Live Q & A

Please join us for a live Q & A with the Head of Old Palace, Mrs Burton, at 5.30pm on Monday, 28 June.
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Dean Sutton JP FRICS

Dean Sutton spent the majority of his career with Harold Williams and Partners and their successor firm Stiles Harold Williams where, prior to retirement, he was a Senior Equity Partner.  During his career as a Chartered Surveyor he advised a variety of Commercial, Ecclesiastical, Educational and Institutional clients and in latter years advised and acted for a number of Government Departments in respect of their property portfolios. He held appointments in the Scout Association locally, regionally and nationally including being elected to the Committee of the Council for eight years.  He served as a Croydon Magistrate for 25 years, being Chairman of the Bench 2005-2006.

He was a Governor of various Primary and Secondary Croydon Education Authority schools prior to being appointed by the Methodist Church as a Foundation Trustee and Governor of Southlands College, Roehampton University for a term of nine years. He is currently Chairman of the Old Palace of John Whitgift School Committee.

Ms Roxanna Sarkar-Patel

Roxanna Sarkar-Patel attended Old Palace School from 2002-2010. Roxanna studied French at University College London and during this time, spent a year abroad working for the British Council. During this time, she worked as an English Language Assistant at one of the top tier culinary schools in Western France. Since graduating, she has attended law school and is now a qualified solicitor.

In her spare time, Roxanna often dedicates time to diversity and inclusion initiatives and has worked with several organisations over the years. Roxanna has always held cherished memories of her time at Old Palace and strongly believes that the guidance and teaching she received from a range of brilliant teachers undoubtedly helped her to build her personality and strengthen her core skills, both of which have been essential to achieving goals in her professional life. Roxanna is so pleased to be part of the school’s development and future, in her role as governor.

Dr Raza Toosy

Dr Raza Toosy is a doctor in Wallington where he has held his role as a General Practice Senior Partner for the last 18 years. He was previously head of the Sutton Commissioning Group and vice-chair of the LMC in Sutton which involved management of primary care at scale. He is passionate about Information Technology having obtained a master’s degree in IT from Kingston with distinction. He is currently the medical director of an IT company creating real-time decision support tools for clinicians selling at a national level. He went to Whitgift where he was keen at sports playing 1st XV rugby for two years and was an international fencer.

After leaving Whitgift in 1989 he attended St George’s Hospital Medical School before doing most of his clinical training in St Helier Hospital. He has a son at Whitgift and a daughter at Old Palace. He believes with his knowledge of health, technology and local private sector schooling he will be able to contribute to the exciting direction in which Old Palace is moving.

Mrs Indrani Balachandran

Indrani was educated in Sri Lanka before training as a Chartered Management Accountant in the UK. She began her career at Philips Electronics where she worked for some 10 years as a Management Accountant. She moved to the Education Sector in 1987 and has lectured to undergraduate, postgraduate and professional accounting students at various universities. Her subject specialism is Management Accounting. She retired from full time lecturing at Canterbury Christ Church University in 2010, but continues as a visiting lecturer at the Cass Business School, City University. She has held various offices in her church, including Church Warden from 2007 to 2010 and is presently the Lay Chair of the Croydon South Deanery.

The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Bishop

Andrew took up his appointment as Incumbent of Croydon in September 2018. He was previously a Residentiary Canon of Guildford Cathedral and Chaplain to the University of Surrey.

Andrew has extensive parish experience in London and Winchester Dioceses as Vicar and Area Dean. He is part of the Church of England’s Strategic Leadership Development Programme.

Prior to ordination, Andrew studied History and Religious Studies and spent a year living and working in Bangladesh at the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Dhaka. Andrew has pursued further studies in theology, completing a Master of Theology degree at Heythrop College, London and a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry at Kings College, London.

Andrew is author of two books, Eucharist Shaping: Hebert’s Liturgy and Society(2013) and Theosomnia: A Christian Theology of Sleep (2018).

Diana Payne

Diana was educated at Old Palace of John Whitgift School and Durham University.  She qualified as a solicitor and is a senior partner in a leading firm, Blackfords LLP. Diana has a daughter at Old Palace School and is currently Chair of the Education & Welfare Sub-Committee.

Ms Shiraz Engineer

Shiraz Engineer attended Old Palace School from 1998 to 2008. Shiraz spent her gapyear working as an Administrative Assistant in the Trinity School office before studying English at the Queen’s University of Belfast. Shiraz worked with the English-Speaking Union for three years, running the oldest and largest national debating competition for schools in England, the Schools’ Mace, as well as the London Debate Challenge. She currently works with Girlguiding UK on a diversity project, engaging more girls and young women from deprived areas and underrepresented communities in guiding.Shiraz is also the events coordinator for the charity The Cup Effect that works towards ending period poverty in the UK and East Africa. Shiraz has always fostered a love of Old Palace and strongly believes that her time here shaped her more as a person than any other place. She is honoured to be giving back to her school in the role of governor.

Yvette Dunne MA (Oxon) FCA

Yvette was born and grew up in the Croydon area, attended Alleyn’s School in Dulwich and then studied Mathematics and Computation at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, Yvette worked in senior finance roles in the banking and recruitment industries, most recently as Finance Director of Reed Managed Services. In 2006 she became Bursar at City of London Freemen’s School and then from 2013 to 2017 she was Finance Director and Clerk to the Governors at St John’s School, Leatherhead, an independent charity. Yvette has trained as a compliance inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate and continues to take part in their inspections around the country. She is now an independent consultant providing a variety of tailored advisory services to the schools sector on risk management, regulatory compliance and financial management. Voluntary work includes board roles on the City of London Local Government Pensions Board and Orbis UK, a sight saving charity as well as hands-on work for Pets As Therapy and Wildlife Aid Foundation.

Alison Jones B.Sc. (Hons) C.Eng. M.I.C.E.

Alison was educated at The Latymer School, Enfield, and at the University of Southampton. She graduated in 1987 with a degree in Civil Engineering and has worked in the profession ever since, obtaining Chartered status in 1992 with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Alison began her career with London Underground Ltd. Following a career break she joined Atkins

Ltd. in 2008 and is now in a senior management role within Atkins’ Structures team. Alison is increasingly involved in education and in professional development: she is responsible for mentoring Graduate Trainees working towards their ICE professional exams, sits on Atkins’ Steering Group for the Graduate Development Programme and is a STEM Ambassador.

Alison has been a parent governor at Wallington High School for Girls and is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for the Civil Engineering faculty at the University of Southampton.

Alison is mother to twin daughters; one daughter was educated at Old Palace of John Whitgift School and the other at Wallington High School for Girls.

Michelle Bereaux

Michelle is the Chief Operating Officer of UBS Asset Management and a Group Managing Director of UBS. Michelle started her career at UBS in 1992 as a lawyer, in Swiss Bank Corporation’s Legal Department in London.  Michelle held numerous positions at UBS, including Global Head of Human Resources for UBS Investment Bank, as well as working in New York for three years from 2001.

Michelle read Politics and Economics at the University of Buckingham and then law at the University of Cambridge