Governing Body

To contact the Chairman of the Governing Body please email Patrick Roberts, Clerk to the Governing Body

A. J. Lajtha, MA, FCIB

Buildings & Estate Committee, Chairman of the Governing Body, Cranleigh International Committee, Education Committee, Finance Committee, Foundation Trustee, Nominations Committee, Strategy & Risk Committee

Adrian Lajtha. Educated at Uppingham and Pembroke College, Oxford (MA in Greats). Married to Rachel, former ballet dancer and teacher at Cranleigh Prep School. Five daughters, one at the Senior School, one at Cranleigh Prep School. Former Senior Partner at Accenture, Chief Leadership Officer.

Interests: history, opera, jazz, all sports.

M. M. S. Fisher, MA

Chair of Education Committee, Chair of Nominations Committee, Cranleigh Abu Dhabi Board Member, Cranleigh China Board Member, Cranleigh International Committee, Deputy Chair of Governing Body, Finance Committee

Monica Fisher. Educated at Oxford High School and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (MA in Zoology). Worked for American banks in the City for 20 years.  Has held various trusteeships and non-executive directorships, in the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. Married with one son and one daughter.

Interests: tennis, travel and wildlife photography.

S. E. Bayliss, MA

Education Committee, Safeguarding Lead Governor

Sarah Bayliss. Educated at Roedean School and Worcester College, Oxford (Modern Languages). Worked for investment banks in the City and in Tokyo; now works in the voluntary sector, having previously been a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for 15 years at HMP Send (Chair 2012-2014) she now works for the charity The Nazareth Way which supports the work of prison chaplaincies in Surrey. Married with three sons and one daughter.

Interests: tennis, opera, theatre and bridge.

J. Boyd, OBE, MA

Strategy & Risk Committee

John Boyd. Educated at Grosvenor Grammar School Belfast and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Has spent nearly 30 years in the Parachute Regiment including operational deployments to Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Two children; a son at Cranleigh School, and a daughter at Cranleigh Prep School.

Interests: Irish Rugby, shooting, military history, aggressive gardening and skiing badly.  

J. A. Brown, MA Oxon

Education Committee

Jenny Brown. Educated at North London Collegiate School and Oxford University, where she read English. She started her career in publishing at Pergamon Press, but the move into English teaching at Cranleigh School ‘felt like coming home’. She taught at Highgate School in 1995 and then South Hampstead High School in 2000. She was Head of English at Channing School and then Director of Senior School at St Paul’s Girls’ School, before becoming Head at St Alban’s High School in 2014. She has been Headmistress of The City of London School for Girls since 2019. She sits on the Advisory Board of the charity, IntoUniversity and the Membership Committee of the HMC. She is also a Governor at Lancing College and Beechwood Park School.

Any leisure hours are full of John Donne, George Eliot, Jane Austen, editing her husband’s plays, swimming in very cold water and enjoying the company of her two children.

R. M. Chesser, MA, MB BChir, MRCP

Strategy & Risk Committee

Ros Chesser. Medical degree at Trinity Hall Cambridge and Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. General Practitioner. Married to an Old Cranleighan with three children. 

Interests: tennis, biking and singing.

F. N. Farrant, BA

Education Committee, SEN Representative

Faye Farrant. Studied Russian at Manchester University. 22 years of HR experience in Financial Services and Fintech in the UK and New York. Currently Chief People Officer at Schroders Personal Wealth. Married to Henry, with two children. Loves travel, reading, walking the dogs and spending time with family and friends.

P. S. P. Going BSc MRICS

Chairman of the Buildings & Estate Committee, Finance Committee

Patrick Going. Educated at Tunbridge Wells Grammar School and Oxford Brooke University (BSc Estate Management). Married to Heather with four children all of whom have or are attending Cranleigh School. Patrick is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and former Partner of Cushman & Wakefield, he is currently Managing Director of Marick Real Estate.  

Interests: tennis, golf, auctioneering and National Schools Equestrian Association.

S. Gunapala, BEng MEng FCA

Finance Committee, Risk Management Group

San Gunapala. Married to Sophie and has two daughters. Engineering degree and masters from Warwick University. He is a Chartered Accountant and Partner at Ernst & Young in their audit practice. Council member at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales.

Interests: cricket, football, reading and theatre.

K. J. S. Kerr, BA Hons, MCIPD

Finance Committee