Co-educational independent day school for ages 11 to 18

Where Are They Now?

 
  • Nasreen Ahmed GP Partner
  • Nasreen Ahmed GP Partner

    Nasreen completed medical school with an MB BS and an intercalated BSc in Pharmacology at King’s College London, graduating in 2008. She completed her GP training in London.

    "I very much enjoyed my time at Dunottar. I was well supported in achieving my goals and also pursuing my own interests, learning skills I have needed to continue my professional development. I have made friends for life and cherish the memories I have of both students and teachers alike. The school motto of ‘Do Ut Des’ has underlined the ethos for both my work and personal life.”

  • Dr Nazneen Ahmed Research Assistant, Oxford University
  • Nazneen Ahmed Research Assistant, Oxford University

    Research Assistant at one of the World's Leading Universities

    Nazneen gained her Doctorate of Philosophy at Oxford University.

    “The incredible teachers and supportive, nurturing environment at Dunottar enabled me to achieve to the very best of my ability. At Dunottar, we were always taught to believe in ourselves as young women and that nothing was beyond us. I was helped to pursue my love of books and writing and I now research and write professionally as an academic at the University of Oxford. I firmly believe that I could not have had a better education and I treasure my memories of the school. I only hope that many more generations of girls will have the opportunity to experience the magic and joy of an exemplary education at Dunottar.”

  • Zarah Ameen Consultant Gynaecologist
  • Zarah Ameen Consultant Gynaecologist
    Dr Zahra Ameen trained at Guys and St Thomas' medical school. She completed specialist registrar training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in order to achieve her ambition of a consultant post in this field. She sub-specialised in acute gynaecology and early pregnancy complications.
     
    "I have very fond and happy memories of Dunottar; some of my best years were spent at the school. My teachers really went above and beyond their normal duties to ensure that I worked hard and fulfilled my dream of becoming a doctor. It is a testament to their hard work and dedication that over 10 years on, my friends and I still make the effort to stay in touch with our teachers."
  • Hannah Aylwin Geoscientist
  • Hannah Aylwin Geoscientist
    Hannah graduated with an Msci in Geoscience and works for an oil and gas advisory and consultancy, specialising in European and African projects.
     
    “Dunottar’s small classes, one-to-one attention and flexibility meant that the pace of learning was always individually tailored; this teaching style enabled me to secure a fundamental understanding of each subject before moving on.  Dunottar not only encouraged me to voice questions and opinions, but provided an environment that allowed me to grow in confidence and achieve this."
  • Jenny Aylwin Strategy Consultant
  • Jenny Aylwin Strategy Consultant
    After graduating from Oxford University, former Head Girl Jenny travelled the world.  Her adventures included climbing a mountain in the Andes, cycling down Bolivia’s ‘Death Road’ and cooking marshmallows over molten lava. She now works for a global management consulting firm.
     
    "The individual care and attention provided to each pupil stands Dunottar apart from other schools. Everyone, no matter what their strengths, is encouraged to achieve their full potential. Without the one-to-one support from my teachers and small class sizes (4, 5, 8 and 12 of us in my four A level classes) I very much doubt I would have achieved the grades I needed for Oxford - and doubt I would be where I am today. I can't recommend the school highly enough!"
  • Sue Bachorski Head of Human Resources and Training
  • Sue Bachorski Head of Human Resources and Training

    Following a degree in History of Art and professional HR qualifications, Sue worked at the British Council and three city law firms. She now works at a city law firm that specialises in 'business crime' and fraud litigation.
     
    “I have very fond memories of my time at Dunottar and I remember particularly Mrs Lovett's English classes, which inspire me to this day, encouraging my great love of English literature. I will never forget her rendition of Chaucer's prologue in olde English!”

     

  • Emily Bryant Osteopath
  • Emily Bryant Osteopath
    After qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in London, Emily set up her own business as an osteopath, specialising in the treatment and rehabilitation of amateur to elite athletes. An osteopath to a rugby club, she holds the highest qualification awarded from the Rugby Football Union in immediate pitch-side trauma care.
     
    “I have so many fond memories of Dunottar School. The friendly and nurturing environment is so unique and provides each student with the confidence to succeed. The individual care and one-on-one support given to each student was invaluable.”
  • Katharine Carpenter BBC Presenter and Reporter
  • Katharine Carpenter BBC Presenter and Reporter

    After gaining a first class honours degree in English Literature, Katharine did a postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism at the Centre for Journalism Studies. She was snapped up by the BBC, who offered her a place on their Journalism training programme. She now works for BBC London.
     
    “Looking back on my school years, I know I was incredibly lucky to learn and grow in the environment of Dunottar. Not only did the school give me a solid academic background, nurturing my strengths and working on my weaknesses, but it enabled me to develop into a more confident young person.

    "I arrived at Dunottar rather shy and unsure of myself, but overcame much of that insecurity thanks to the dedication of the teaching staff, the wonderful friends I made and the raft of extra-curricular activities I enjoyed. I have particularly fond memories of playing sport, singing in choirs and participating in school plays - passions which I continued at university and beyond. It is this rounded approach to education which makes Dunottar stand out and the friends I have from school are all fun, interesting and broad-minded.”

  • Tessa Craig Associate Director
  • Tessa Craig Associate Director
    Following a degree in European Studies (French and Economics), Tessa has been working for a global leader in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services for over 18 years in various roles. She has recently started a new position focusing on the company's largest global clients.
     
    “I think I loved most things about Dunottar - the teachers, lots of friends, learning and, importantly, the space and the grounds. What a wonderful place to learn and to grow up!”
  • Carlie Cheall Graduate Surveyor
  • Carlie Cheall Graduate Surveyor

    Carlie was a Deputy Head Girl at Dunottar.  She gained BSc in Town Planning and Social policy and is currently studying a part-time master’s degree in Real Estate.

    “It is rare amongst my university peers for people to care about what their schools are doing. But we are always interested to know what is happening.  We go to events and drop by to visit teachers long after we have left. It is this close-knit environment that is so unique.  I don't think that it can be understood unless is has been experienced.”
     

  • Catherine Jenkins Graduate Trainee Consultant
  • Catherine Jenkins Graduate Trainee Consultant
    Catherine graduated with a first class honours degree in Psychology and her dissertation about business coaching has been accepted for publication in a psychology journal. She is now working at an IT consulting company in London.
     
    “For me the best thing about Dunottar was the smaller class sizes - in subjects like languages and maths, the small classes ensured that teachers would check you understood the lesson.”
     
  • Elizabeth Hill Deputy Company Manager
  • Elizabeth Hill Deputy Company Manager

    “Dunottar prepared me for my chosen degree through the fantastic English and Drama teachers I had. I'm always reminded of the years I spent there, the sixth form being the happiest.  I remember school trips and frantic studying; the universal agreement that the walk from the bottom pitch to the top was the worst thing ever; and teachers becoming like friends.  Some I regard as such today.

    “One day, I hope to send my children to Dunottar.  It has a unique ability to provide the right mix of education in a fun, safe, beautiful setting.”

  • Dr Emma Hill GP Partner & Author
  • Emma Hill GP Partner & Author
    After leaving Dunottar in 1991, Emma took a degree is Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and the University of London.  She was awarded an MBBS with a Distinction in Clinical Science. She also has a BSc from the Open University. Her book, 'So you want to be a Medical Mum?' was shortlisted for the Medical Journalists Association Open Book Award 2008.
     
    “I have so many happy memories of Dunottar.  I even had my wedding reception there!”
  • Rosie Hyde Barrister
  • Rosie Hyde Barrister

    Rosie read Jurisprudence (Law) at Oxford University.  As a barrister, she specialises in family law.

    "I discovered my love for debating at Dunottar. In Year 7, my English teacher selected and coached me to take part in an inter-school public speaking contest, in which I was runner-up. From there I joined the debating club, initially debating against fellow students and then frequently representing Dunottar. Now I use my debating and public speaking skills every day in court before Judges as a barrister. I still love debating!

    “As you can tell, I remain extremely grateful for Dunottar's outstanding English department!”

  • Ruth Hyde Consultant
  • Ruth Hyde Consultant
    Ruth graduated from the University of Hertfordshire in 2006 with First Class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. She published her own research into new technologies, gave numerous presentations about e-Learning to a range of companies and institutions at conferences nationally and internationally. She continued working at the University of Hertfordshire where she was involved in building a Data Warehouse. Following this she spent a year in Saint Lucia, running projects at Dunnottar School (a special needs school in the Caribbean), where she successfully applied for a grant for playground equipment and then project-managed the building of the playground. She now works for one of the ‘Big Four’ firms, which provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management and tax services to clients.
     
    "What fond memories I have of my days at Dunottar; those years really shaped me…’
  • Verity Lambert Head of Year &Teacher
  • Verity Lambert Head of Year &Teacher
    Verity graduated with a first class honours degree in Primary Education. She works in a primary school in London, where she is also ICT and RE Coordinator.
     
    “Dunottar allows each student to develop as an individual and supports them to achieve their chosen future path.”
  • Fiona Ledger Senior Production Manager
  • Fiona Ledger Senior Production Manager

    Following a degree in History and Modern Languages at Oxford University, Fiona spent fifteen years as a Producer then Deputy Editor at the BBC World Service.  She then became a writer, independent producer, consultant and trainer for eleven years, after which she spent five years running an improvised radio drama recorded on location in Nepal.  She is currently running a Maternal Child Health media campaign in Ethiopia to reduce maternal mortality.

    Fiona has been awarded with a gold medal for producing the 1996 series 'King of the Dump', recorded on location in Namibia on a rubbish dump.  She also gained a silver award in 1992 for ‘From the Kremlin to the Cape: a history of Africa and the Soviet Union’ - both in the New York Festivals Radio Awards category (now called the New York Festivals World's Best Radio Programs). She received two BBC Global Reith Awards in 2009:  Best non-English Production and Team of the Year (with her team in Nepal).

    She has also written ‘Mr. Bigstuff and the Goddess of Charm - Parties, Cars, Love and Ambition South of the Sahara’, published by Picador, March 2001. Watch out for her forthcoming e-publication, 'Stranger in the Stadium - a snap shot of foreign footballers in Europe in the Early Noughties’.
     
    “Dunottar was where I spent most of my school years. I have very happy memories of the school; there were some life-changing teachers: Miss Wise, Miss Sinclair, Miss Korner, Mrs Lovatt and Miss Liesching. The buildings and grounds were spectacular - space to walk, talk and dream your future with fantastic best friends.”

  • Lesley Loughlin
  • Lesley Loughlin

    Lesley has had long-lasting connections with Dunottar.  She married Hugh Loughlin, Dunottar's Head of Science (now retired), and later their daughter Tessa became a pupil. Lesley’s granddaughter Olivia is the most recent family member to attend the school.
     
    "I feel that being a pupil at Dunottar was the most significant thing that came out of my childhood. Lasting memories of being a dancer in the Shakespeare plays staged on the island or the terrace of this amazing building and grounds are right up there at the top of the list.

    "Although I was not the most gifted academically, Dunottar gave me a love of learning that has lasted me a lifetime. I trained as a secretary and had many interesting jobs including PA for the HR Director of the Prince's Trust and Music Department Administrator in a large public school. Now retired, I look back at all the young folk that have graced its halls and think just how lucky we all were."

  • Amy Manners Undergraduate Lawyer
  • Amy Manners Undergraduate Lawyer

    "As a pupil from a lower-income family, the opportunity to attend Dunottar was incredible. Dunottar offered me two academic scholarships - a partial one in senior school and a second for the sixth form. I really appreciated then, and even more so now, how lucky I was to be a student there."

    “The support offered at Dunottar is completely unique: I know I speak for everyone who was in my year when I say that at least one teacher had a major impact on their education and on their subsequent university or professional lives. During my time at the school, I knew and could speak to every single member of staff, whether that person taught me or not. The teachers care about more than just exam results, and that is reflected in the relationships that they have with their pupils.

    "Most people, when they look back on their school days have horror stories of bullying or unhappiness. However, Dunottar pupils do not. The most introverted and shy children leave Dunottar with a voice, and the confidence to push past their own personal boundaries. What Dunottar offers is a chance for pupils who would struggle elsewhere to achieve their full potential, and it offers every child a secure and caring environment to learn in.

    "I am the first member of my family to ever attend university and I attribute much of this to the encouragement I received whilst at the school: Dunottar changed my life.”

  • Emma Marks Estate Agency Director
  • Emma Marks Estate Agency Director

    Emma qualified a Speech and Language Therapist and, after gaining considerable experience working with people with brain injury, she became Clinical Lead for Neuro Disability in Camden. Following the birth of her second child, she decided to change careers and set up a family Estate Agency.
     
    “The support, encouragement and fun that I had during my school life have given me a quiet confidence, which has helped me work through so many life experiences without drama - not least my recent drastic change of career!

    “While at Dunottar, I was very active in the music department, being part of the orchestra and choirs. The tours, regular rehearsals and concerts, while providing a great distraction from the workload, were brilliant to be part of. Going back to the School in 2013 to take part in the 21st anniversary concert of the chamber choir was just brilliant!

    “I was also part of the squad for the Three Peaks Challenge and completed all three of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. These activities alone just show the breadth of experiences Dunottar pupils have always been encouraged to enjoy.”

  • Jenny McMaster Communications & Project Manager
  • Jenny McMaster Communications & Project Manager
    Jenny works for a national children’s charity.
     
    “Dunottar holds many happy memories for me – beautiful surroundings, dedicated and nurturing staff, who were always willing to go the extra mile, fun competing against other schools in sports competitions, and forming friendships which are still going strong many years later. The uniquely small class sizes meant each pupil got individual attention, support and encouragement to achieve the best she could. I know it helped me to build confidence in my own opinions and abilities. I loved my time at Dunottar and my friends and I often reminisce about our time there.”
  • Rebecca Peet Service Delivery Manager
  • Rebecca Peet Service Delivery Manager
    Rebecca graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 2011 and currently works with one of the company’s largest clients.
     
    “At a school like Dunottar, it is impossible to fly under the radar: every student is given the attention and care needed to reach the best results. Each student is valued and encouraged to become a confident, well-rounded, independent individual and to fully achieve her potential. I am particularly thankful to Dunottar as it gave me not just an education, but an amazing group of friends and support system.”
  • Professor Helen Picton Scientific Director
  • Helen Picton Scientific Director

    Helen is a Professor of Reproduction and Early Development and also Scientific Director for Reproductive Medicine Works at a Medical School of one of the Russell Group Universities.

    Helen is both an academic and a lacrosse enthusiast, who gained a number of international caps for scotland lacrosse. She coached two universities’ ladies’ lacrosse teams to UAU championships before finally hanging up her boots and stick. She is well known in her field of work and has a high international profile.

    “I remember my school days at Dunottar with great fondness. The school provided me with the opportunity to learn and to become involved in many different subjects and activities. I particularly loved science and sport: I was as happy in the biology and chemistry labs as I was chasing around after a lacrosse ball with friends before school or during team training sessions.

    “My time at Dunottar gave me a firm grounding in many subjects and provided me with an enduring common sense and work ethic. It gave me the confidence to get on and try new things and to have the courage of my convictions and so try to make a difference in my research career."
     


  • Rea Pope Scientist & Head of Chemistry
  • Rea Pope Scientist & Head of Chemistry

    After leaving Dunottar in 2000, Rea gained a BSc in Biochemistry and Genetics. She became a scientist, developing needle free injections in the new business development department for the largest supplier of industrial gases and related equipment in the United Kingdom.
     
    “It was during this time that I reflected on my education and realised that I wanted to become a teacher, who could inspire others like I had been inspired by my teachers at Dunottar. I gave up my job and went back to university. After gaining a PGCE in Chemistry from Kings College London, I am working to fulfil my ambition of encouraging more women into science in the same way my teachers encouraged me.

    “Dunottar provided me with the support and encouragement I needed to develop from a shy, quiet girl, who had no confidence in her abilities, into the woman I am today. For that, I will be eternally grateful.”

  • Natalie Powell Consultant Physician
  • Natalie Powell Consultant Physician

    As well as being a Consultant Physician in Acute Medicine, Stroke and Geriatric medicine at an NHS Trust, Natalie is the Lead Clinician for Acute Geriatric care. In addition, she is the Associate Chief of Patient Safety for Medicine and has recently been appointed as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at a Medical School.

    “I have such fond memories of Dunottar; friends of mine have sent their children there on the basis of my experience and have not been disappointed. I am so proud to see all of my peers doing so well in life and know that Dunottar gave them the confidence and drive to achieve their dreams.”

  • Antonia Rees-Brown Entrepreneur
  • Antonia Rees-Brown Entrepreneur

    Antonia left Dunottar in 1978 and visited far-flung destinations around the world. She has run her own package holiday business and set up a popular cycling club, Bikefit Surrey, in Reigate.  She has now launched Steamer Lane, an online fashion business, with her partner.
     
    “We have been lucky enough to see some fabulous parts of the world, and enjoy the feel and 'vibe' of the surfing community. Our clothes are a wearable postcard of our adventures.”

    “No matter what I've been doing, I've always been very active and the beach life scene is part of that. I learnt to swim at Dunottar, which is where it all started!

    “I was just an average student, neither very popular nor very clever, just fair to middling, with a small group of friends and a bit of a flair for English and drama.  Dunottar drew those strengths out of me and made much of my small successes, so that I managed to gain some confidence, as I was rather shy at first.

    “This ability to step out of a comfort zone to be in the limelight has been key to my career, hobby and sports choices.”

  • Catherine Robson Entrepreneur
  • Catherine Robson Entrepreneur
    A year after leaving Dunottar, Catherine established a successful marketing company for businesses in the UK and Europe.  She is currently setting up a second business, The Guide to Work, a careers portal and online training provider for young people.
     
    “Dunottar School sees their students as individuals, and are nurtured as such. We were treated as young adults in Sixth Form and so, when I left, I felt prepared and ready to go out into the world."
  • Megan Russell Tour Manager
  • Megan Russell Tour Manager

    Megan works for a professional orchestra and her career involves jet setting around the world, managing tours and concerts at international concert halls.  She works with international artists from the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
     
    "I remember the process of choosing schools when I was in Year 6. Before visiting Dunottar, I had my heart set on going to one of the other schools in Surrey but, upon being shown around Dunottar, I knew it was the school for me. It is a feeling that is hard to describe: a welcoming, nurturing environment, where I always felt completely at home. I have made friends for life from Dunottar and, despite the miles, 13 years after leaving, these girls are still my best friends.

    "Dunottar was, and still is, a unique school. I have always felt that it enabled pupils to achieve their highest academic potential, no matter what their academic level is. Every pupil is encouraged to excel in core subject areas along with her interest areas. I took part in many extra-curricular activities during my time at Dunottar, which have moulded my life now. Being involved in music led me on to pursue this hobby at university and this hobby has now become my career."

  • Rachel Russell Speech & Language Therapist
  • Rachel Russell Speech & Language Therapist
    Rachel graduated from UCL with a First Class BSc Hons in Speech Sciences. As a qualified speech and language therapist, she specialises in working with children with Learning and Physical Disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. She has also set up her own Private Speech and Language Therapy Business Communicating Counts with a friend.
     
    “When I first started Dunottar, my teacher told me to re-do my art work because I ‘could do better'. At my previous school, I had never felt I could do something well. This expectation, encouragement and support helped make me always try and do things to the best of my ability, without which I would not have achieved and be where I am today.”
  • Dr Bronwen Steiner Patent Examiner
  • Bronwen Steiner Patent Examiner

    Bronwen’s role is an international one, which involves working in English, French and German.  She holds a degree from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences, a Master’s degree in Materials Science and a PhD in Ceramic Composites.

    She is also a keen rower, who has represented Cambridge at National Championships and rowed for Wales.  She has also represented Great Britain in the Masters' World Cup with cross country skiing.
     
    “From the academic point of view, I feel that the small class sizes combined with very engaged teachers helped me to be confident in my abilities. It was good to have this confidence later as, at Cambridge, not only was I a rather small fish in a larger pond, but surprising in this day, there were a lot of people prepared to tell me that girls can't do science or maths.

    “I benefited from the free choice of GCSEs and A levels, which meant that, despite not intending to study languages, I could take both French and German at GCSE; without these I would never have my current job. Most teachers were very enthusiastic about their subjects and I felt as though they did care about how all of us did.”

  • Lorna Taylor Paediatric Physiotherapist
  • Lorna Taylor Paediatric Physiotherapist

    Following a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, Lorna decided to move into the health, education and business sector.  First she established Children First Physiotherapy, a physiotherapy service in the East Midlands. Then she set up her current award-winning company Jolly Back, which sells products to improve back care and ergonomics for children, education and therapy professionals.

    In 2011, she was nominated by Medilink as a Best Start-Up Company Finalist. In the same year, she was listed in the Director Magazine under Hot 20 Businesses to Watch and then she won the Most Innovative Business Winner category of East Midlands Women of Worth, sponsored by the East Midlands Development Agency. A year later, she gained the 2012 Education Resources Award - Best Primary Product (Non-ICT) and the 2012 Practical Pre-School Silver Award.
     
    “Dunottar encouraged creativity, nurtured my strengths and never tried to “fit any of us to a mould”.  I am grateful that I was given the space and direction to grow as an individual. As a result of my time at Dunottar, I have been able to set up two successful companies, both of which I thoroughly enjoy, along with the important job of being a mother to three.”

    “I remember the staff fondly and at reunions they were genuinely happy and celebrated our achievements. It was a fun, nurturing environment and I treasure the friendships made – still being in touch with class friends over 20 years later!  THANK YOU. The only down side – choosing a secondary school for our daughters as we live in Derbyshire – nothing quite compares to Dunottar and its fabulous, special  learning environment!”

  • Katie Trethewy Soprano
  • Katie Trethewy Soprano
    Katie studied music at Birmingham University and achieved a post-graduate Distinction in singing at Birmingham Conservatoire. She now studies with Philip Doghan. She sings and records regularly as a soloist and with many leading groups. She can be heard as a soloist on Ensemble Plus Ultra’s recordings of Victoria’s Sacred Works, which have won a Gramophone Award for Early Music. She is an experienced choral and consort singer.
     
    “Looking back, the best thing about my time at Dunottar was the fantastic music tuition I received, both in the classroom and in my singing and instrumental lessons.  I was given numerous opportunities to perform in both solo and ensemble situations - in school, on tours abroad, in festivals, and so on. The list is endless! I have no doubt that were it not for these, I would not have the professional career I have today.”
  • Emma Tring Soprano
  • Emma Tring Soprano
    Emma studied Music at Bristol University and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She is a full-time soprano with the BBC Singers.  As well as regular solos within the group, she has sung with the BBC Orchestras.  Alongside this work, she regularly performs with Gramophone award winners I Fagiolini. A famous national and international recording artist, she regularly appears as a concert soloist around the UK and has performed Australia, Thailand and the Middle East.
     
    "Dunottar school was a safe and supportive environment for me to learn and discover my own interests and strengths."
  • Joanna Trollope OBE, Author
  • Joanna Trollope OBE, Author

    Joanna is the author of many highly acclaimed bestselling novels.  In 2012, she chaired the Orange Prize for Fiction and in 2013, she wrote a contemporary reworking of Jane Austen's ‘Sense & Sensibility’ as part of The Austen Project. Further details of her achievements can be found on the official Joanna Trollope OBE website.
     
    “I arrived at Dunottar in my grey and royal blue school uniform as a very anxious 7-year-old new girl in the autumn of 1950, which now feels unbelievably long ago. I left four years later with the 11 plus under my belt and a confidence I certainly lacked earlier. When I think about my school days at Dunottar now, the sun always seemed to be out, which I interpret as representing only good and happy memories!”

    Photograph by Barker Evans

  • Dr Kathryn Vile GP Partner
  • Kathryn Vile GP Partner
    Kathryn was a boarder at Dunottar between 1971 and 1977.  She read Medicine at Bristol, became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1989 and has been a partner in General Practice since 1993. More recently, she developed her interest in nutrition and gained an MSc in Nutritional Medicine; she now uses this qualification to develop obesity services for the south-west.
     
    “I was encouraged in my interest in science by Mrs Fletcher (biology teacher) and maths by Miss Humby but also a life-long love of books and reading from Mrs Lovett - sadly missed… I still see some of my friends from Dunottar days and have recently caught up with a few more through the wonders of Facebook!”
  • Gina Watson Lawyer
  • Gina Watson Lawyer

    Gina has been a qualified solicitor since 1987 and, before having children, she was a partner in a legal practice.  She now works as a consultant, specialising in construction law.

    “Beautiful grounds, great teenage friends, exciting lacrosse tournaments in mud and rain, caring teachers, and plenty of responsibility in the Sixth Form...”

  • Sophie Wehbi Director
  • Sophie Wehbi Director
    Sophie is a Director and Co-Founder of a popular website for dining and restaurants and Senior Graphics Operator at a News Channel in the Middle East.
     
    “Dunottar provided me with a solid education and knowledge of the world; the confidence to talk to people and in turn set up my own company; and finally the chance to mix with other pupils from the same respectful backgrounds.
     
    “I also made friends for life. Never did I imagine after leaving school I would still be close friends with nearly everyone from my class!  At Dunottar, I developed a love for sports, which continues today.  I have many fond memories of learning, playing in the gardens, school plays, etc. I was also given a wonderful opportunity to go to Tanzania, whetting my appetite to see the world.”
  • Victoria White Shipping Manager
  • Victoria White Shipping Manager

    Victoria holds a BA (Hons) in Music Industry Management & Marketing.

    “Dunottar had a large influence on the paths I have chosen later in life, my morals and general behaviour towards others. There were so many teachers who were great role models for a young girl, and the school always had great family feeling environment. I have a huge amount of happy memories of playing in the beautiful school grounds and enjoying the amazing school trips.”

  • Kerry Wilson House Mistress & Teacher
  • Kerry Wilson House Mistress & Teacher

    Kerry spent six years in theatre management and marketing after leaving Dunottar in 1996. During this period, she took her Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma at London Guildhall and a Postgraduate Diploma at Guildford College.  She then spent three years as the Groups Manager for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

    Following a decision to change careers, she trained as a teacher and has been teaching business, economics and drama at an independent school in Surrey since 2005.

  • Rebecca Wilson Audit Manager
  • Rebecca Wilson Audit Manager

    Rebecca graduated with a first class honours degree in Mathematics at Bristol University. She works at one of the ‘Big Four’ international firms, which provides professional audit, tax and advisory services. Her role involves reviewing grants to charities and NGOs in countries in conflict (e.g. Ethiopia, Congo).

    “Fond memories of climbing the tree out the front of school, camping on the top pitch, singing the hippopotamus song in music lessons with Mr Lamont…”

  • Marie-Claire Wyatt Communications Planning Executive
  • Marie-Claire Wyatt Communications Planning Executive

    Marie-Claire holds a degree in French and Cultural Studies; she has lived, studied and worked in France and China. She now works for a global advertising company.

    “Dunottar always put an emphasis on growing and supporting an individual's talents and interests.  It also taught us that we could do anything we put our mind to – all we needed to do was persevere, no matter what. This was certainly something I took with me when I made the (then) terrifying decision to live and work abroad.  It’s also something I took with me when I decided to pursue my career in the competitive world of advertising.

    “The strong community feeling of Dunottar also lives on, and I am always proud to tell everyone that I am still close friends with the people that I went to school with, some of whom I have known for over fifteen years!”