Charlotte House Rickmansworth


Ms Catriona Smith, MA (Hons) – Chair of Governors

Catriona is a solicitor and, before retirement, was a partner with a “Magic Circle” law firm for many years, specialising in Intellectual Property litigation, a subject on which she writes and lectures at regular intervals. She now works part time for an IP specialist practice, using her accumulated knowledge to help and advise on IP and life as a lawyer. Catriona lives locally and is glad to spend time on Charlotte House activities, her daughter having benefitted so much from her time at the School.

Mrs Joanne Askew BSc (Hons) MRICS

Joanne grew-up in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood.  She has two teenage daughters, one at RMS and another at Durham University.

Joanne is a commercial investment surveyor and has latterly been running a business with her husband.  Joanne joined the board in June 2017.

Mr Adam Hatfield, FCA

Adam, who lives in Chorleywood has been a Governor since 2002 and is a former pupil, as was his brother, elder sister and brother-in-law.  Both of Adam’s daughters attended the school in the 1990’s, as did his three nieces, and his wife was for a time an active member of the PTA.  Adam is a chartered accountant

Mr Paul McGlone, MA FIA

Paul and his wife have lived in Rickmansworth and Chorleywood since 1994. Their daughter attended the school from 2005 to 2013, while their son attends a local boys’ school.

Paul is an actuary and works for a large pensions consulting firm, splitting his time between managing the business and advising clients.

Dr Karen McNerney BSc (Hons), PGCE, MSc, EdD

Karen grew up and was educated in Wimbledon. She graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with an Honours degree in Biochemistry. However, she knew that she always wanted to teach and moved to Swansea to complete a P.G.C.E in Primary Teaching. She has taught both boys and girls in prep. schools in North London and Hertfordshire before joining Northwood Prep in 2001. Karen completed her Doctorate of Education in 2012 and is working towards applying the findings of her research into practice at MTP. Karen started as Head of Merchant Taylors’ Prep from September 2015.

Mrs Shreya Ramroop LLB ACA

Shreya and her husband live in Rickmansworth and have two daughters, both of whom attended Charlotte House from nursery to year 6. They both had a wonderful experience at the school, benefitting from its nurturing and encouraging environment. Shreya is a Chartered Accountant with 20 years experience , she currently runs her own accountancy practice specialising in the provision of part time finance director services.

Mrs Sarah Starr, BA (Hons) – Company Secretary

Sarah has a long relationship with the school and lives locally.  Her three daughters all attended the school and she served on the PTA for over ten years.  Her career was spent in marketing, particularly market research, after gaining a degree in statistics.  She is also involved in Young Enterprise, which offers business-linked programmes to young people, and is a member of the Watford area board.

Mr Robert Stuttaford DipM, FCIM

Robert and his wife have lived in Chorleywood since 1994.  They have two grown up children who went to local prep schools. Robert is a marketing professional and currently runs his own marketing consultancy which focuses on branding and business development for professional and financial services firms.

Mrs Pippa Wilson

Pippa has lived in or around Chorleywood for nearly 40 years.  She teaches at St John’s Prep School in Northwood.  Pippa has worked there for over 20 years, teaching in the lower part of the Prep School and more recently in the Pre-Prep Department.

When her daughter started at Charlotte House, Pippa became a class rep and before long chaired the PTA.  She is very supportive of the caring, nurturing approach of Charlotte House, which gave her daughter a sound grounding for transfer to her senior school.

The Governors, including the Chair, may be contacted in writing via the School office, addressed in an envelope marked ‘Private & Confidential’ or via email to: