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Governors

Chair of Governors – David Heminway

David HeminwayDavid Heminway read Theology at King's College, London and a PGCE at the University of Cambridge. He held a number of senior academic and pastoral posts at the City of London School and for many years served on the School's Senior Management Team as Director of Admissions. David also oversaw the relationship between City and the Chapel Royal and the Temple Church, whose choristers were pupils at the School.

He retired in December 2014 but maintains his connection with the independent schools admissions world through consultancy work.

David is a communicant Anglican and worships at a traditionalist Anglo Catholic church, where he has helped extensively with the life of the parish, having been a long-standing trustee and PCC Secretary. He enjoys reading, music, cooking, the company of friends, visiting European cities, and travelling further afield.


Deputy Chair of Governors – Michael Pittendreigh

Michael PittendreighMichael Pittendreigh is recently retired. He was the Assistant Director of Education for the Diocese of Westminster. His responsibilities included giving advice and support to Heads and Governing Bodies throughout the Diocese, as well as dealing with safeguarding and child protection issues. He is a graduate of Manchester University and was engaged in Catholic secondary education as a teacher, Deputy Head and for nine years as Head of a Catholic boys’ comprehensive school. Michael is married to Bernadette, who is Head of Special Educational Needs at a Catholic comprehensive school, and they have a grown up son, and a daughter who also teaches in a Catholic school in the Diocese.


Father Sławomir WitońFather Slawomir Witon a native of Poland, is the Dean of Westminster Cathedral, responsible for the whole life of the Cathedral on behalf of the Archbishop. He undertook his priestly formation in London at the Redemptoris Mater House of Formation in Marylebone and at Allen Hall, the Diocesan Seminary, where he read philosophy and theology. As part of his formation he lived and ministered in Kazakhstan and Siberia. Father Witoń was ordained priest in 2005 and was appointed to Westminster Cathedral as a Cathedral Chaplain and subsequently as Sub-Administrator and Master of Ceremonies to the Archbishop, before his appointment as Parish Priest in the busy north London parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Saint George, Enfield, where he ministered for nine years. Father Witoń was appointed Dean of Westminster Cathedral in 2020.


Martin HattrellMartin Hattrell was educated at Ampleforth College, Yorkshire and then read Literae Humaniores at The Queen’s College, Oxford. After Oxford he studied law at The College of Law in London and he then undertook his articles at Slaughter and May in the City, qualifying as a solicitor in 1987. He was a partner at Slaughter and May from May 1994, practising as a corporate lawyer across a broad range of practice areas including M&A (public and private), equity capital markets and general corporate legal advice. Martin is now retired.

He was a chorister in the Schola Cantorum (treble and then bass) throughout his time at Ampleforth College and continues to be interested in music and singing. He is married to Katherine and they have four children of whom their 3 daughters were educated at St. Mary’s, Ascot and their son was educated at Ampleforth. In addition to his family and music, his main interests include golf, cricket, bridge, field sports and farming in Norfolk.


Father Alexander MasterFather Alexander Master was educated at Harrow School and then at Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores at Corpus Christi College. He was ordained in 2004 and worked in parishes and hospital chaplaincy in Oxford and London before, in 2009, joining the staff of Westminster Cathedral, where he undertook a variety of roles, including Sub-Administrator and Precentor. In 2016 he was appointed Private Secretary to Cardinal Vincent Nichols.


Robert EnserroRobert Enserro is a founding partner and the Chief Executive of Macrosynergy, a macroeconomic research and technology company. Robert is responsible for the company’s strategic business development and operations.

From 2005 to 2009, Robert worked at BlueCrest Capital as a Portfolio Manager and Head of Business Development for Emerging Markets. Before joining BlueCrest, Robert was a sovereign debt trader, managing proprietary and flow trading efforts at Deutsche Bank, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, UBS and Chase Manhattan/Chemical Bank, where he started his professional career.

Prior to working at Deutsche Bank, Robert spent three years at Bank of America, where he created and was Co-Head of the Central Bank Liquidity Desk, the bank’s first cross-product sales effort for central banks and sovereign wealth funds.

Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Public Policy and in Spanish from Hamilton College (USA).

Robert and his family moved to London from New York in 2005. He and his wife, Vanessa, have two children. Their son, Francesco, attended WCCS and now attends Westminster School. They are members of Farm Street Church, where both of their children were baptised.


James O’BrienJames O’Brien was educated at Prior Park College, Bath, and he read English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He currently teaches English at Eton and is the House Master in Waynflete. He took up this pastoral role in 2012. James served as Deputy Head of English and Head of E block (Year 10). In addition to his duties at school, James was head coach of Middlesex Schools Under 18 rugby for five years. Before coming to Eton, James taught at Harrow and before that at Downside.


Father Stuart SeatonFather Stuart Seaton is the Catholic Chaplain at Harrow School. Father Stuart obtained degrees in Theology from Durham and Leeds Universities prior to being ordained in the Church of England in 1999. He served in parishes and schools as an Anglican minister before being received into the Catholic Church in 2007. He subsequently trained for the Catholic priesthood at Allen Hall Seminary, London, and received dispensation from Pope Benedict XVI to be ordained priest as a married man. Following his ordination in 2010, he became the Catholic Chaplain at Harrow School. In addition to his chaplaincy duties, he teaches Religious Studies and History. He has particular interests in philosophical apologetics, church history and music. He is married to Hilary and they have three sons.


Kate FinchKate Finch has three children, the youngest of whom, Charlie, was a chorister at WCCS.

Raised in Lancashire, Kate spent her primary years at a state RC school before moving to Bolton School Girls’ Division where she remained for her secondary education. Following A Levels she read English at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London. During her undergraduate years Kate worked part time at the National Portrait Gallery and on graduating accepted a permanent role in the NPG’s Exhibitions team. She remained there for a couple of years following which she secured a place on the Mountbatten Internship Programme and moved to New York City for a year where she gained hands on business experience managing a small physiotherapy practice and was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in International Business. In 2000 Kate moved to Bristol to join her husband and there completed post graduate legal training and qualified as a solicitor (with a specialism in commercial property) in a leading Bristol law firm. She remained in private practice until 2012 at which point she elected to take a break and is now self-employed providing general counsel and company secretarial services to a number of global clients, in such diverse sectors as natural resources, property and wine farming.

Kate enjoys a variety of leisure activities including shooting, music and the Arts, although finds no greater relaxation than devouring a good book.


Nick RobinsonNick Robinson was educated at Worth School in Sussex. He went on the study for an English degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and then a PGCE in Mathematics at Goldsmith’s College, London University. Nick started his teaching career at Eltham College in south London and after five years returned to Worth Abbey School to become a Housemaster in 1986. He spent 12 years on the staff at Worth as a Housemaster, and also spent one year as a Development Director to lead a successful fundraising campaign for a new Performing Arts Centre. In 1998 Nick was appointed as Headmaster of King’s College Choir School in Cambridge, where he remained for 19 years until his retirement in August 2017. Music has played a central part in Nick’s life. As a teenager he became a conductor of the Sevenoaks Youth Orchestra and while at Eltham College he founded the Eltham College Community Orchestra. He has also sung in various choirs. In November 2004, Nick co-founded a children’s music charity with the Duchess of Kent called ‘Future Talent’, which supports talented children from low-income backgrounds from all parts of the UK up to age 18. Nick has been the Chairman of Future Talent since it was founded and plays a very active part in the life of the charity.


Maria StraussMaria Strauss is a Partner at the law firm Farrer & Co and specialises in employment law and safeguarding cases for a range of clients. Maria is originally from Northern Ireland. She was educated at a Catholic girls’ grammar school and then studied law at Queen’s University Belfast before completing her legal training at the College of Law. Maria lives in London with her husband Orlando and son Leo.


Laura PigoriniLaura Pigorini is the founder, sole partner, and managing director of London School Advice, an educational consulting firm specializing in giving advice to families on all aspects related to school and university education in the UK and the US. What began as a search for the best schools and universities for each of her three children, ended up becoming Laura´s passion and, finally, her profession. Laura´s experience led her to create London School Advice, made up of a team of teaching experts, professionals and former heads to help students achieve their goals through an individual path. Laura has been the Founder and Trustee for the Archangel MLD trust. In addition to this, Laura is also a devoted member of the Catholic church and has volunteered at Wormwood Scrubs prison. Laura is married and has three children. They live in London and have made Pimlico their neighbourhood for the past fifteen years.


If you wish to contact any member of the Governing body, please write to:

Clerk to the Governors
c/o Westminster Cathedral Choir School
Ambrosden Avenue
London
SW1P 1QH