CGFT Meet the Trustees

The Cecil Grant Founder's Trust Deed, requires a minimum of seven trustees, made up of two School Governors, two Old Georgians, two Parents, and the Headteacher. The CGFT Trustees are all volunteers whose role is to administer the Trust in accordance with the Rev Cecil Grant’s wishes.

"for the benefit of Georgians for all years to come”


Chair Mrs Jane Hyman Trustees Mrs Jill Tallantire
Secretary Mr David Horton   Mrs Elizabeth Cowan
Treasurer Mrs Jennie Griffths   Mrs Beverly Greenfield
Headmistress Miss Helen Barton   Mr Benjamin Noakes
      Mrs Jane Hyman

Benjamin Noakes - Governor Trustee

Ben is a parent to three children who all currently attend St George’s. He is a governor of the school and sits on the Staff & Students Committee.

Ben and his wife Helen have lived with their children in Harpenden since 2010. He has spent his entire career working in the city in the financial markets as a foreign exchange options broker. 

In any of his spare time he can be found at Harpenden Golf Club. 

David Horton – Secretary – Georgian Trustee

David is a former pupil of St Georges from 1983-90. David has been a member of the Old Georgians for several years and took over as Secretary of CGFT in November 2013. He has been a qualified solicitor since 2003 and works as a commercial lawyer for a media technology company, based at Pinewood Film Studios. David lives in Harpenden with his wife Rebecca and two children. In his spare time David is a ski instructor (a passion arising from St George’s ski holidays) and teaches at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead.

Jennie Griffiths - Treasurer - Parent Trustee

A parent of two sons, Jennie trained as a Chartered Management Accountant. After a short career break to have children (during which time Jennie worked as a Clerk to the Governing Body for local schools), Jennie returned to accountancy at a Chartered Accountants practice in Wheathampstead, where she enjoys supporting a range of clients.

Helen Barton - Headmistress Trustee

Headmistress of St George’s, need we say more!

Elizabeth Cowan – Governor Trustee

Liz is a parent to two children; one still currently at St George’s. Liz is a Governor on the Curriculum Committee, and she volunteers in the Science Department. She ran the Tea Tent at the school Summer Fete until 2019. Liz trained and practised as a solicitor before she had her children. Until recently Liz was PCC Secretary of her church and she is secretary of her children’s Scout Group. In her spare time Liz enjoys singing in a local Chamber Choir, playing tennis and walking the dog.

Beverly Greenfield – Parent Trustee

Beverly is a parent of two children, one currently at St George’s, and is an active member of the PSA. She previously worked for the Royal London Society for the Blind for 14 years, helping visually impaired and vulnerable people with learning, physical or mental health difficulties into sustainable employment; Beverly now works for Hertfordshire County Council. Hobbies include cooking, spending time with family and friends and supporting her church team at St John’s in Lemsford.

Jane Hyman – Georgian Trustee

A parent of two daughters at St George’s, Jane is an architect, and was a director of an international firm of architects prior to moving to Harpenden. She was also a Design Tutor at Kingston University for three years. At Roundwood Primary Jane was Vice Chair of Governors for four years, as part of the Finance and Premises committee.  Jane became Chair of the Founder's Trust in April 2019. When she has time, Jane ‘enjoys’ running and gardening.

Mrs Jill Tallantire - Parent Trustee

Jill is married with 4 children, three of which are currently at St. Georges'. Jill works part-time, and is an active member of the PSA. As a parent Jill understands how fortunate the school community is to receive the benefit of the Founders Trust and is keen that all Georgians have the opportunity to 'Aim Higher'.

Bryan Kelly - Parent Trustee

Bryan Kelly is married with one child, an A-Level student at St George's. Bryan grew up in the United States and has made his home in the United Kingdom for over a decade. He studied mechanical engineering in university and is a Licensed Professional Engineer (inactive) in the State of Texas. He later obtained a Master in Business Administration. Bryan has worked in the oil & gas industry for almost 30 years