Alumnae Profiles

Jo-Cook.jpgMiss Joanna Cook

Rower in 2012 Olympic Squad

“The extracurricular opportunities at LEH are extraordinary; everyone has the chance to find something they can excel at.”

Jo Cook left LEH in 2002 with A levels in English Literature, Psychology, Economics, Latin and General Studies, and joined Nottingham University to read Psychology. At the same time, she joined Notts County Rowing Club and competed in the U23s and the European Championships. In 2008, Jo was selected for the British Senior Squad and competed at the World Championships in the women's 8 in 2009, 2010 and 2011. She won a bronze medal in 2011 and was part of Britain's best ever women's 8. She went on to be a reserve for Team GB at the London Olympics in 2012. Jo now has made the transition from the world of sport into marketing and lives in Barons Court with her fiance.

“I started rowing at LEH. We were consistently the best rowing school at the Nationals and I knew then that I wanted to row in the Olympics. It has been resilience and determination that made me a World Championship medallist and got me into the Olympic Squad.”


Moira-Black.jpgMs Moira Black CBE

Company Director, portfolio of companies

“It was assumed, if you were intelligent and diligent, you would succeed. There was never any discussion about whether you would be disadvantaged as a woman; crucially, they never sowed that seed of doubt.”

Moira left LEH in 1967 and went up to Somerville College, Oxford, as a Beilby Scholar to read Chemistry. On leaving university, she joined Price Waterhouse and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1976. In 1984, she was admitted to the partnership. She stayed with the Firm until 1993, before moving to chair Riverside Community Health Care NHS Trust. Moira has for some years had, and continues to have, a portfolio of non-executive directorships in both the private and public sectors, covering healthcare, financial services, defence, regulation and higher education. She was appointed CBE in 1998 for services to consumers and to healthcare.

Moira lives in London with her husband, Dr Robert Gurd.

“The School prepared me extremely well for passing exams and for coping with having to learn independently at university. Miss Hester gave me an extraordinarily good grounding in maths, and Mrs Ribchester, who taught me physics at A level, forced us to think.”


Ahlya-Fateh.jpgMrs Ahlya Fateh (née Rafique)

Managing  Director, Amanda Wakeley

“I loved my time at LEH. It is empowering to be a part of something so big.”

Ahlya Fateh left LEH in 1989. She graduated from Exeter University with a degree in French and Russian before securing a place at Price Waterhouse Coopers as a graduate trainee accountant. In 1996, Ahlya joined Condé Nast International as Assistant Business Manager and was involved in strategic analysis and researching new market opportunities. In 1998 with the launch of Russian Vogue she was seconded to Russia as Editorial Business Director before returning to Tatler in the UK as Managing Editor in 2001. Ahlya was runner-up in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (Media Professional 2009) and was appointed to the English Cricket Board as Head of Women's Cricket Committee in May 2009. She left Tatler in 2010 to become Managing Director of the fashion label Tata Naka before moving to her current role, in 2014 as Managing Director of Amanda Wakeley. Ahlya lives in Weybridge with her husband, Ali, and their two daughters, Sabrina and Lara.

“I have always been ambitious, and LEH gave me the work ethic and confidence to be the best I can. I had a fantastic teacher of Russian at LEH, and it was my Russian which helped me get the role with Vogue, which has been a springboard for my career.”


Letizia-Treves.jpgMs Letizia Treves

LEH 1985-1992
Curator of Italian Painting 1600-1800 and Head of the Curatorial Department, the National Gallery

“My time at LEH was extremely happy. I was encouraged – particularly by the Art Department – to pursue my interest in the arts and this played an important part in what I went on to do.”

Letizia Treves left LEH in 1992 with A levels in French, Latin, Art & Design, and Classical Civ. She went to Cambridge to study Italian/French and History of Art followed by an MA in History of Art at the Courtauld Institute in London. She joined Sotheby's Old Master Paintings Department in 1996 and became a Senior Director there, specialising in Italian paintings. In April 2013 Letizia joined the National Gallery as Curator of Italian Paintings 1600-1800 and Head of the Curatorial Department.Letizia lives in Ravenscourt Park with her husband Robert and their daughters Isabella and Sofia.

“The discipline and high quality of teaching at LEH certainly helped channel my efforts and my love of the arts was nurtured there.”


Maryno43Ms Mary Geraghty

LEH 1984-1991

Legal Director EMEA, Starbucks Coffee Company

“We were given a top notch academic grounding, and every opportunity to excel at a high level in sport, the arts or wherever our interests lay.”

Mary left LEH in 1991 with A levels in French, German, Geography and Textiles. She graduated from University College London with a degree in Modern European Studies, before joining the College of Law to convert to law. Mary started her career at one of the large city law firms (Herbert Smith) before moving in-house to Harrods’ legal team. She spent 7 years as Group General Counsel at Arcadia Group (owner of high street retail brands which include Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge) before moving to Starbucks to head up their EMEA legal team in 2015. 

Mary lives in Chiswick with her husband Simon and two daughters.

“LEH gives you the toolkit to go after and achieve what you want to achieve.”


Sara-Hassan.jpgMs Sara Hassan

Contributing Fashion Editor, Sunday Times

"LEH was an incredible foundation for me. I was taught to be confident, industrious and to never give up. The Art Department was amazingly strong and catapulted my thirst for art which Miss Pauffley recognised and nurtured.”

Sara Hassan left LEH in 1995 with ‘A' levels in English Literature, Textiles and Art & Design. Following a foundation year at Wimbledon School of Art, Sara joined Central St. Martins to read Fashion Communication and Promotion. After graduating, she spent four years at British Vogue as Fashion Co-ordinator before moving to the Sunday Times magazine as Fashion Editor, working on fashion shoots and cover imagery. While producing and styling fashion campaigns for high-profile advertising campaigns such as TM Lewin, Austin Reed, Viyella and My-Wardrobe, Sara now combines working as a freelance Fashion Editor with lecturing at Central St. Martins and the Surrey Institute. She is also a public speaker for the likes of Jaegar and French Connection, advising their target markets on fashion trends as well as brand consulting for QVC jewellery.

Sara lives with her husband in Esher. Further information is available at

“The school was full of role models; we were inspired to be modern, progressive, independent women.”

Suzanne-Lapwood.jpgDr Suzanne Lapwood (née Huddart)

Lead Doctor, Helen and Douglas House Hospices for children and young adults

“What I really appreciated were the Oxbridge preparation sessions which exposed me to a very broad, creative, mature way of learning. It was a meeting of minds between teacher and pupil, sparking ideas off one another.”

Suzanne left LEH in 1976 and graduated from Cambridge University in 1979 with an MA in Biological Sciences. She joined the University of Oxford to study Clinical Medicine before qualifying as a General Practitioner in 1986. In 1999, Suzanne also gained a Diploma in palliative medicine (Distinction) and now her main medical role is as Lead Doctor at the Helen and Douglas House Hospices for children and young adults, as featured in a recent BBC2 documentary series. She also works for Oxfordshire PCT as a locum General Practitioner and GP appraiser. Suzanne co-chairs the national Education and Training working party for Children's Palliative Medicine, is on the Executive of the Association for Paediatric Palliative Medicine and has been External Examiner for the Diploma and Masters in Palliative Medicine (Paediatrics) at Cardiff University. She has facilitated the development of paediatric palliative medicine as a subspecialty in its own right, and co-authored the new 'Curriculum in paediatric palliative medicine' (2008), informed partly by a research project she undertook regarding the education, training and support needs of children's hospice doctors in the UK. Suzanne lives in Oxford with her husband Robin, a schoolmaster and Anglican clergyman, and their children,Jonathan and Anna.

“Our year group had a real sense of cohesion and a good proportion of us still keep in touch through email and regular reunions. I also kept in contact with my Head Mistress, Miss Garwood Scott, until she died; we used to write to one another and we'd meet up each year when she visited Cambridge.”