Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Our Staff & Governors

Our Staff (gallery)

"Staff appear effortlessly to achieve the often mutually exclusive combination of high standards and expectations in a caring, supportive and low pressure environment."

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The Belhaven Staff

Teaching Staff

Teaching Staff (ID 1047)

  • Mr Olly Langton
    Headmaster
  • Mr John Marriott
    Deputy Head Academic (SMT)
  • Mrs Katie Gale
    Deputy Head Pastoral (SMT)
  • Mr William Townshend
    Head of Geography; Head of Sport
  • Mrs Amanda Parks
    Form 5 Class Teacher
  • Mr Noel Curry
    Head of Classics
  • Mrs Karen Leitch
    Head of Learning Support
  • Ms Lucy Wimbledon
    Head of Art
  • Mrs Jane Haddon
    Art, RMPS, DT
  • Mrs Lesley Townshend
    Form 4 Class Teacher
  • Mrs Sophie Swift
    Form 4 Class Teacher
  • Mrs Anna McGrath
    Housemistress of Girls' House; Drama
  • Mr Ian Dryburgh
    Head of PE & Sports Coach
  • Mr Jack White
    Housemaster of Boys' House; Maths
  • Mr Jak Purkiss
    English & Humanities
  • Mrs Lindsay Grey
    Head of French
  • Mr David Dawson
    Head of Science
  • Miss Emily Watt
    Head of STEM
  • Mrs Hannah-Louise Scott
    Head of Music (Prep School)
  • Mrs Alice Johnstone
    Pre-Prep Lead & Class Teacher
  • Miss Leanne Birrell
    Pre-Prep Class Teacher
  • Mrs Rachel Gibson
    Pre-Prep Class Teacher
  • Mrs Rebecca Macdonald
    Pre-Prep Teaching Assistant
  • Miss Marian Lloyd
    Head of Music (Pre-Prep)
  • Mr Angus Brown
    Teaching & Boarding Assistant; Sports Coach
  • Miss Amelia Dyer
    Teaching & Boarding Assistant

 

Non-Teaching Staff

Non-Teaching Staff (ID 1048)

Key Contacts

POST NAME EMAIL

Chair of Governors

Mrs Camilla Gray Muir 

cgraymuir@belhavenhill.com
Headmaster

Mr Olly Langton 

ollylangton@belhavenhill.com

Headmaster's Wife

Mrs Rosie Langton

rosielangton@belhavenhill.com

Deputy Head Academic

Mr John Marriott 

johnmarriott@belhavenhill.com

Deputy Head Pastoral / Child Protection Co-ordinator 

Mrs Katie Gale 

katiegale@belhavenhill.com
Bursar Mrs Isabella Bennett bursar@belhavenhill.com

Admissions’ Registrar and Development Officer

Mrs Olivia Reynolds 

admissions@belhavenhill.com

School Nurse 

Mrs Angela Brennan

nurse@belhavenhill.com

Housemaster of Boys’ House

Mr Jack White jwhite@belhavenhill.com

Housemistress of Girls’ House

Mrs Anna McGrath 

annamcgrath@belhavenhill.com

Head of Learning Support

Mrs Karen Leitch 

karenleitch@belhavenhill.com

School Secretary

Mrs Nicola Brunton
Mrs Tricia Mulroy
secretary@belhavenhill.com

 

The Governors

The Governors of the School are its trustees for the purposes of charity law and its directors for the purposes of company law.

Governors are identified and appointed by the Board of Governors, which aims to achieve a balance of skills and experience appropriate to the running of the School: in particular educational, financial, commercial, parent representative, property and marketing.

Governors serve for three years after which period they may be elected for a further three-year term, except for the Chair and Convenors of any committee set up by the Board, who remain eligible for immediate re-election on retiring while in office or within three years after.

The Governors meet at least three times a year and consider the strategic planning for the School, oversee the running of the School and receive regular formal reports from the Headmaster and others (as appropriate) to ensure the School is running effectively.

There are three permanent Committees of the Board; the Finance Committee, the Charity & Governance Committee and the Education & Welfare Committee.  Each of the three permanent Committees reports to every Board meeting and meets at least three times a year.  In addition, the Charity & Governance Committee has delegated powers to form a Nominations Committee (to oversee appointments of senior staff) and a Bursarial Awards Committee (to oversee the making of annual Bursarial Awards on behalf of the School.)  There is also a Marketing Committee and a Health & Safety Committee, each comprising Governors with relevant expertise who report to, and act under, the direction of the full Board of Governors.

The position of Governor is entirely voluntary and is unpaid.

Mrs Camilla Gray Muir - Chair of Governors

Camilla was brought up in London and educated at Wycombe Abbey. She has an MA in Law from Magdalene College, Cambridge.  She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1992 as a member of the Inner Temple and was a member of QEB Chambers, Queen Elizabeth Building, Middle Temple, specialising in family law until shortly after she moved to Scotland in 2001. She sat on the Board of Governors of the National Galleries of Scotland from 2007 to 2021.  She has worked as a Director of the family company, Sundial Properties Ltd since 2008. Camilla joined the Board of Governors at Belhaven in 2015 and has served as Chair of Governors since 2018. She was appointed as a Director of IAPS in September 2023.  Camilla is married, with four children, all of them past pupils at Belhaven.  The family lives in Edinburgh and Angus.

Mr Angus Carrick-Buchanan - Chair of the Marketing Committee

Angus was educated at Strathallan and read History at Glasgow University and Surveying at Heriot Watt University. He spent several years in private practice Surveying and subsequently worked for a small Edinburgh PR consultancy specialising in property, travel and retail banking. Serving for 13 years in the Queen’s Own Yeomanry he returned in 2006 to run his family estate near Stranraer. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Wigtownshire and an Elder in his local Church.
Angus is married and has three children who benefitted from a Belhaven education.

Mrs Sophy Campbell - Chair of the Safeguarding Committee; Education & Welfare 

Educated at Downe House, Sophy has a BSc in Biological Sciences from Edinburgh University, (incorporating two years studying medicine at Guy’s & St Thomas’s in London.) Following graduation she spent eleven years teaching science and maths at Hill House School in London. She was a member of the Senior Management Team at the School and had responsibility for a large year group. Subsequently she has held a number of voluntary positions, including chairing the management group for The Gate, (a pregnancy crisis centre in Westminster), sitting on the PTA at Broomwood School in London and more recently helping with riding therapy at Muirfield RDA. She was Chair of the Belhaven PTFA for four years before joining the Board of Governors in July 2022. Sophy is married, lives in East Lothian and has two children who were pupils at Belhaven.

Mr Charles Ross-Stewart - Chair of the Charity & Governance Committee; Finance

Charles was educated at Belhaven and Winchester and has an LLB Hons from Edinburgh University. Charles qualified as a solicitor in Scotland and then went on to work and re-qualify as a solicitor in England before moving to work in Legal & Compliance roles in the banking industry in London for over 20 years. He retired from full-time employment and returned to live in Edinburgh in 2019. He now focusses on part time risk management consulting and charitable work. He is married with two grown-up children.

Mr William Gunson - Chair of Education & Welfare Committee

William was born in New Zealand of Scots descent, and educated at King’s College in Auckland.  After a legal career in New Zealand, he and his wife moved to Paris to teach at the Sorbonne, then to the UK where he read for an MPhil at Oxford.  He taught French and Classics at Charterhouse, and is now the Laundimer Housemaster and Lay Chaplain at Oundle School, where he teaches Modern Languages.  He co-founded the Trivium/Quadrivium programme, coaches cricket and hockey, conducts a choir and holds an RAF commission with the CCF.

Mr Andrew Stobart - Finance Committee

Born in Aberdeen, Andrew was educated at Aysgarth and Winchester. He has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University. He worked in London in corporate finance for three years before moving to Edinburgh. He joined investment managers, Baillie Gifford, in 1991. He has managed funds for institutional clients for 30 years, for the last 15 years investing in Emerging Markets shares, and before that in Japanese and UK companies. He has travelled extensively for work throughout Asia, Latin America and eastern Europe and to over half the states of the USA. He is married and lives in East Lothian. His son was a pupil at Belhaven.

Mr Hew Bruce-Gardyne - Chair of Finance Committee

Hew was educated at Belhaven and Winchester College, before reading Engineering at Oxford University. He cut his teeth in London as a Strategy Consultant before moving back to Edinburgh and into the IT world 20 years ago.  He was the CTO of Registers of Scotland, a department within the Scottish government that maintains records related to land, property and other legal documents, and is now Co-Founder and Head of Business Intelligence at TVSquared, a “big data” company focussing on TV Advertising. He was previously a Governor of George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh. He is married to Lucinda, creator of 'Genius Gluten Free', and they live in Edinburgh with their three  teenage sons.

M Geoffroy Lefebvre

An old Belhavian, Geoffroy completed his education in France, with MSc degrees from École Polytechnique and École National Supérieure des Télecommunications and an MBA from INSEAD in France and Singapore. After working as a management consultant for Accenture and McKinsey & Co, he joined Richemont International SA in 2011. Since then he has held roles as Deputy CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, CEO of Baume & Mercier and latterly as CEO of Yoox Net-a-Porter Group in Milan since January 2021. He has been on the board of Champagne Billecart-Salmon since 2018 and Da Vinci Holdings since 2019 and he is the sponsor of a joint educational project between Yoox Net-a-Porter and the Prince’s Foundation, called The Modern Artisan. He is married and has four children, all of whom have been pupils at Belhaven.

Mr Ed Harvey-Jamieson - Charity & Governance Committee

Mr Cameron Wylie - Education & Welfare

Mr Colin Wright - Chair of Health & Safety

Mr Hamish Bailie - Finance Committee

 

Mrs Emma Greville Williams - Charity & Governance Committee

Emma was brought up in Edinburgh and educated at St Leonard’s in St Andrews.  She has an MA in Jurisprudence from St Hugh’s College, Oxford and qualified as an English solicitor over 30 years ago.  Since then, Emma has practiced as a corporate lawyer in the City and in Edinburgh, latterly in knowledge management/training roles.  She taught on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh for over 10 years and between 2015 and 2019 had a full-time academic post in the University of Edinburgh Law School, running the Diploma, managing the tutor team and being a personal tutor to students.  Emma currently works part-time as a Practice Development Lawyer for the Corporate team at Brodies LLP in Edinburgh.  She is a Trustee of the Lamp of Lothian charity.  Emma lives in Midlothian and has three grown up children, all of whom were pupils at Belhaven.

Governing Documents

Belhaven Hill School Trust Limited is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association (Charity number: SC007118; company number: SC041034).

As a charity, the School is subject to review by the Office of the Scottish Charities Regulator (OSCR), to ensure that it meets the relevant charity tests and continues to deliver public benefit. This is a rolling process, and the School was last (successfully) reviewed in 2013.

Contact

While the Headmaster is the most appropriate initial contact for most issues or queries, the Chair of Governors can always be contacted through the school office, by post, at the address below

The Chair of Governors,
Belhaven Hill School,
Belhaven Road,
Dunbar,
East Lothian EH42 1NN,
Scotland

or by email:

cgraymuir@belhavenhill.com