About Russell House

Who's Who


Craig McCarthy was appointed Headmaster in 2012. Having first qualified as a solicitor, Craig later found his true vocation while living in a prestigious Scottish boarding school where his wife Emily taught English. He began his teaching career at a thriving Perthshire preparatory school. Science and all sports are his passions and he very much enjoys running chess and children's philosophy sessions, that we call Brights. Craig and Emily have two boys, Patrick and Thomas.

Senior Management Team

Deputy Head
Shirley Gascoigne

Head of Pre-Prep
Caroline Chaffé

Tricia Pereira

Anne Irvine

Department Heads

Head of Art
Patricia Farraway

Head of Curriculum Support
Clare Williamson

Head of English
Katrina Reay

Head of Games and IT
Damon Trigger

Head of Humanities
Joseph Plant

Head of Mathematics
Shirley Gascoigne

Head of Modern Languages
Leonie Boff

Head of Music
Deborah Bannister

Head of Science
Julia Carn


Main School

Form 7
Katrina Reay

Form 6
Sarah Curling

Form 5
Joseph Plant

Form 4
Helen Hutchison

Form 3
Esther Waller

Form 2
Jennifer Varley



Form 1
Caroline Chaffé

Sarah Sexton

Louise Bennett

Russell Robins
Tanya Warner

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The governors have a duty to oversee the overall running of the school and to ensure its continued success. Governors meet a minimum of once a term and on other ad-hoc occasions. They are selected to provide a broad base of educational, business and professional expertise.

The Governors can be contacted through the school. Please mark correspondence "Private and Confidentialand For the attention of the Chair of The Governors, email: enquiries@russellhouse.kent.sch.uk

Dr Yvonne Lindsay - Chair

Yvonne Lindsay became closely involved at Russell House in 2006 as the representative of the Proprietor. She worked as the school bursar for four years before returning to her medical life. Following a career as a local GP, she now works as a Specialty Doctor at our local hospice.

Andrew Lindsay

Andrew Lindsay first became involved in Russell House in 1985 when he volunteered to run a crystal growing course for the school's Activity Week while at University! Since then his three daughters have passed through the school and he has been involved with the financial affairs of the school since 2009. Andrew has an MBA and has worked in the City since 1992 in a range of analytical and investment roles.

Jackie Imas

Jackie Imas, who is also a member of the Lindsay family, has spent more than 25 years working in marketing communications and is director of Scintec Communications, which focuses on communications for science and technology companies. She has been involved with Russell House since 2000 and is active within school through work with the website, school magazine and general marketing activities.