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Staff and Governors

Our Board of governors

Our Governors include education experts, businesspeople, entrepreneurs and members of the professions. We have a policy of inviting new members who bring relevant specialisms to the school in areas such as human resources, buildings and facilities, finance, law, marketing, and health and safety.

This means that Board membership contains a balance of skills to benefit the development of the school.


JOAN FEARNS - chair of the board of Governors 

Joan has a long history with Hill House having taught here for 14 years, retiring from her role as Head of Junior School in 2013. 

She joined the board in 2018, bringing with her over 25 years of teaching experience.

Since her retirement, Joan has embraced her love of travel, visiting Western Europe, New Zealand, Canada and Singapore. She has recently become involved as a member of a local Multi Academy Trust in the Doncaster area.

Joan has a particular love of Italy, both its culture and food, and aspires to improve her knowledge of the Italian language.

Dr. Antonia Cooper 

Antonia completed her bachelor degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) with Politics and Economics at the University of London. She then lived in Paris studying Law at the Institut Universitaire de Technologie before returning to the UK to work for Eurostar and saw the opening of the Channel Tunnel.

A change of career ensued and Antonia completed her undergraduate Psychology at Nottingham University before completing a MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of Leicester. She then worked at Rampton High Security Hospital before completing her Clinical Doctorate at the University of Leeds. She now works as the locality Lead Clinical Psychologist for Older People’s Mental Health services in Doncaster. Antonia also runs a successful private practice providing medico-legal assessments for psychological trauma, taking instructions from a range of legal practices in the North of England, running clinics in Sheffield, Nottingham, Doncaster and Chesterfield.

Antonia has two daughters at Hill House school and, when she is not at the stables with her daughter, enjoys running and reading.

Neil Ebden 

Neil was appointed to the Board in 2014, having been in the Banking profession for over 20 years. He has worked in a variety of Corporate and Commercial Banking roles at both HSBC & Handelsbanken providing an opportunity to understand the varying dynamics of business, identify trading and operational risk and work with owners and managers in considering strategic ways of mitigating risks, to ensure continuity of performance and progress towards their longer term business plans.

He is father to two young children at Hill House School.


Anuj was appointed to the Board in 2020. Born in Doncaster, he is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ experience in the commercial and residential property development sector. In the past he has worked in both the public and private sector including six years as Development Director of a joint venture property company owned by the UK Government and International Bank.

Since 2009, he has run his own property group which is involved in a number of real estate sectors including development, investment and consultancy.

Anuj is married and father to two children at Hill House.

Robert Leggott 

Rob was appointed to the Board in 2014. Involved in the construction industry since 1986, he has been Company Director at Doncaster based Togel since 1996 and Chief Executive for the last 6 years. Togel operates nationwide on commercial contracts ranging from small refurbishments, to reactive maintenance, to large new build developments, with a broad client base of nationally known names from the hotel, licensed premises, education, commercial, industrial, leisure, retail, public and healthcare sectors.

Rob has 2 children who attend Hill House.


Anthony was appointed to the Board in 2020. He is a practising solicitor currently working at Knights Plc as a Real Estate Partner based in its Nottingham office. Prior to Knights Plc, Anthony has worked at commercial law firms Geldards LLP, Nabarro LLP (now international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP) and Fraser Brown. Anthony has a specialism in residential and commercial development and acts for both developer and landowner clients in relation to site acquisitions and disposals.

Anthony has two boys who attend Hill House School. 


James is a Professor of Anatomical Education at the University of Leeds. He graduated with a BSc in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Sheffield and then went on to study for a PhD at the University of Leeds, where he has worked for the last 12 years. His area of academic interest is in student education and undertakes educational research on the efficacy of digital technology across higher education. He has published and presented his work to an international audience and has received numerous national honours for both his teaching and scholarship.

He is the father to two young children at Hill House School and was appointed to the Board of Governors in 2020.

Jason Sprenger 

Jason was appointed to the Board in 2014. He is a practicing lawyer whose first area of expertise is employment law. Jason have worked as a solicitor in private practice for a number of the UK’s  largest corporate law firms advising HR Directors and personnel on a variety employment related issues. At Eversheds LLP he held the position of Senior Associate, advising the Government prior to the implementation of the 2010 Equality Act.

In 2007 he joined as Legal and Operations Director, the UK’s leading provider of compliance training materials, becoming Chief Executive in 2010. Highfield has quickly grown to be ranked number 6 out of 165 Ofqual approved Awarding Organisations in the UK, with offices in the UK and Middle East in addition to head office in Doncaster.

Jason is father to 3 children who have or still attend Hill House.

Mike Wilson-MacCormack 

Mike was appointed to the Board in 2014. He attended the University of Nottingham and subsequently became a UK registered Architect in 1994.  Mike has over 20 years’ experience working for Benoy a world leading architectural practice that specialises in commercial development and now leads their Newark design studio. 

Mike’s children have attended Hill House School since 2009 and he is familiar with both the physical fabric of the buildings and grounds and its educational program and ethos.

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