Meet The Governors

The Drapers' Company

Tim Orchard (Chairman of Governors)

Tim Orchard read English at Cambridge University, after which he pursued a career in finance. He worked for S.G. Warburg (now UBS) for many years before starting his own asset management business in 2000. He joined the Court of the Drapers' Company in July 2012 and has served as a governor of the Academy since September 2013.


Felicity Conway

Felicity Conway is a Liveryman of The Drapers’ Company. As a qualified chartered accountant she spent most of her career working for Marks and Spencer plc specialising first in Logistics and then Menswear. Outside of The Drapers’ Company her charitable work has included being a business mentor for the Princes’ Trust.


Benedict Dunhill

Benedict has been a teacher for over 20 years. Having spent 10 years in senior schools where he was a boarding housemaster he has subsequently worked in the primary age range. He is currently on his third headship at a day school in central London. He holds a degree in French Language and Literature and is a member of the Drapers’ Company.


Amanda Sillars

Amanda Sillars has served as a Governor at the Drapers’ Academy since 2014 and has been a member of the Drapers’ Company since 2005.  She is a passionate believer in the benefits of education and is the Link Governor for the DA 6th Form.  Amanda works in financial services, she is trustee of a pension fund, is married and has 3 teenage children.




Queen Mary University of London


Alison Blunt

Alison Blunt is Professor of Geography at Queen Mary, University of London, and co-director of the Centre for Studies of Home, a partnership between QMUL and the Geffrye Museum of the Home. She has previously served as Head of the School of Geography at QMUL and as Council Member and Trustee at the Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers).


Marta Timoncini

Marta Timonciniis Faculty Operating Officer for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. She holds a PhD in Physical Geography and an MBA in Higher Education Management.




Rev. Russell Moul

Married for 30 years to Ailie, Russell has 4 children and 2 grandchildren. He has been ordained for 17 years, and has been a Vicar in Harold Hill for 14 years. Russell has seen Regular Army and TA Service, as well as 18 years with the Civil Service.

His interests include spending time with family, walking the dogs in The Manor, Motorcycling, Rugby, History, The Bible and spending time with his Community. Russell’s only hate in life is television!


Mrs Jenny Moynihan

Jenny is a Parent Governor with two children, her son is in year 11 and her daughter has now left Drapers' Academy. 

Jenny is a married stay at home mum as this fits better with her children's extra-curricular activities.  Previously, she worked in the City of London as Personal Assistant to the Chairman of Mitsui Europe Plc and to former Ambassador China, Japanese Ambassador to the UK.



Mark O'Brien

Married for 27 years to Soo, Mark has 2 children and 1 grandchild. His son is in year 11.

Mark has lived in Harold Hill all his life and attended Neave School (later King’s Wood), formerly on the Drapers’ site. Having worked operationally for the London Fire Brigade for 27 years, Mark is now a Fire Safety Manager.

Mark has been a School Governor for 20 years, as well as a former Chair, for Drapers’ Pyrgo Priory.

He is involved with the Friends of Dagnam Park and is Chair of the Police Safer Neighborhood Team of the Harold Hill Gooshays Ward. Mark firmly believes that community is the most important part of life. Mark’s vision for the future is a big Harold Hill community, with a Learning Village being placed in the Settle Road area and the Drapers’ MAT leading the way with an increase for children’s school places.

Mark’s interests include spending time with family, watching West Ham FC (lose!), jazz and soul music and finds that DJing relieves the stresses of life!




Sean Lambert

Sean is currently Deputy Head at Benenden School. After graduation, he worked in finance at Arthur Andersen, and in HR at Accenture, IBM and Merrill Lynch,  before entering the teaching profession. Prior to Benenden, he taught classics at Abingdon School, St Paul’s School & Eton College, where he was also head of year 12 and a House Master.

He is also a governor at Vine Hall, a co-educational preparatory school in East Sussex.