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The Unicorn School

The Unicorn School

A Specialist School supporting pupils with dyslexia and related learning difficulties

School Governors

Board of Governors

The Unicorn School’s Board of Governors is listed below.
The Chair of Governors, Mr Andrew Strivens, can be contacted via The Unicorn School.
The Clerk to the Governors, Ms Diane Kenyon, can be contacted via The Unicorn School.

Andrew Strivens: Chair of Governors

Following an MA in Chemistry at Oxford University, Andrew qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London, before becoming a Director of Management Consulting at PwC, and then taking a series of executive board roles in professional service firms in London and the South East.  Since 2011 he has devoted his time to supporting special needs education.  He was previously Deputy Chair at the Unicorn, and is currently Chair of Governors at Mary Hare, the UK’s leading school for deaf pupils, based in Newbury - one of the country’s largest residential special schools.  He returned to the Unicorn Board in Spring 2022 to further support the development of the Unicorn Trust.  Andrew lives in Oxford and is married with two adult children, one a budding lawyer and the other a Unicorn alumnus, currently studying at Bath University.

Marion Frostick: Deputy Chair of Governors

Marion studied French and Music at the University of Birmingham, and began her career as a secondary school French teacher. She moved into staff training and development with the British Council, and completed an MBA at Henley Management College. This led to 15 years as a freelance management skills training consultant, with clients including the BBC, Virgin Mobile, American Express and British Airways. She returned to teaching with a master’s degree from Oxford Brookes, specialising in dyslexia and literacy, and further training in supporting autistic students. For the last 14 years she has been working at the University of Oxford as a specialist study skills tutor for students with specific learning differences, including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism.

Marion lives in Oxford, is married to Andrew and has two children, both dyslexic.

Arj Arul

Arj practices as a solicitor in Oxford, where he lives with his young family.  He manages a law firm which provides employment and dispute resolution services.  This work sees Arj using his diverse commercial background to advise individuals and businesses on a wide range of issues and representing in courts and tribunals around the country.

Arj holds a part-time role as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University and is also involved in legal education with other institutions from time to time at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.  He is no stranger to governance, having previously chaired a local primary school governing body and currently sitting as vice-chair on the board of trustees of a local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Julia Bennett


Julia’s early career was as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young becoming an audit manager with a diverse portfolio of clients.  In 2004, following a career break, she volunteered for Citizens Advice, and gradually became more and more involved with the organisation. Julia has held supervisory and operations management roles across the county, including three years as Deputy Director of Citizens Advice Oxfordshire South & Vale, and is now part of the team at Citizens Advice Oxford.  


Niki Dinsey 

Niki brings over 20 years of IT experience in the education sector. He has worked at various institutions and education sector companies throughout his career. Niki has a passion for developing and implementing technology solutions to improve teaching and learning.

As IT Director of Abingdon School, Niki strategically plans, develops, and implements technology services and solutions. He works closely with educational stakeholders to ensure that the school’s IT systems are up-to-date, secure and effective.

Outside of work, Niki enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and travelling. He has a passion for learning new technology and exploring the latest Artificial Intelligence trends.                   

Naomi Hargreaves

Naomi started her career in the City and moved into Financial public relations, specialising in the financial services sector.  She started working with numerous public companies, on the team advising on M&A and flotations from a PR Perspective. In her late 20s she got her first board appointment with the UK arm of a US advertising agency.  She went on to form her own PR consultancy, called Delaney PR which she successfully ran for 9 years before subsequently selling to Grey (at the time the 5th largest advertising agency world-wide) where she became a Main Board Director of the UK division and Head of Financial Services.

She has advised the boards of numerous companies on their PR, marketing and fundraising from banks and PLCs through to premier football clubs and International charities.

Naomi is married with 2 children and 2 dogs!

Fiona Love

Fiona has worked at Chandlings Prep School for 20 years, initially appointed as Head of Science she has since held a variety of roles within the school and is currently Deputy Head Academic and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Her husband Steven also works in education, as do two of her three daughters, ensuring teaching and learning are regular topics of conversation in the Love household.

Working with young people is both rewarding and challenging, a profession like no other. Children have the ability to inspire and surprise, ensuring that no two days in a school are the same. Fiona firmly believes that if we nurture and facilitate then all of our young people have the potential to excel.

Natalie-Jane Macdonald

Natalie-Jane Macdonald has been a Governor of the Unicorn School since 2012. She is Chief Executive of Acorn Care and Education, a leading Children’s Services provider, which runs 15 schools across England for children who have special educational needs, and supports 1,800 looked after children in fostering placements.

Acorn’s Longdon Hall school in Staffordshire was named SEN school of the year in July 2014. Natalie-Jane’s previous experience is in healthcare. She qualified as a doctor in Scotland and worked in the NHS for a number of years before moving into healthcare management. She spent a number of years at BUPA in a variety of senior management roles. She is also a non-executive director of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.

Natalie has been awarded an MBE for services to healthcare in the 2021 list of New Year's Honours.  She received the prestigious award in recognition of her successful 30-year career and for effectively leading Sunrise's care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is married with three children.

Sue Piper

Sue has a background in psychology, mainstream and special needs teaching, along with education and residential care experience; with over 25 years spent in the field of autism. She joined her current school, Prior’s Court over 20 years ago and has worked in many different roles. She has been the head for 12 years and as Director of Education oversees the learning and therapeutic services for 5-25 year olds at the school. She continues to train others in her capacity as an Advanced Consultant TEACCH Trainer and was instrumental in developing the specialist approach which underpins the autism best practice at Prior’s Court. Sue works with a variety of schools, focusing on School Improvement work and has spoken at international conferences in America, India and China.

Sue is married with 2 children and 3 dogs! She really enjoys walking, swimming and relaxing when there is a quiet moment.

Matthew Small

Matt studied Economics and Statistics at Leeds University. Following a brief career in the military he moved into education.
He is currently Assistant Headmaster at Cheam School, near Newbury. Alongside teaching Maths and Sport, one of his key roles is overseeing Safeguarding as the Designated Safeguarding Lead. He will have responsibility for Safeguarding within the Governing Body.
He is married to Nicola, a school nurse, and has two adult children.


David Ward

David was educated at St David’s College, North Wales and Manchester Metropolitan where he studied an honours degree in Education and an MA focused on Educational Studies from De Montfort University. He has spent 36 years in teaching as a Housemaster, Deputy Head and for the last 14 years as Principal/Headmaster of various schools . David is dyslexic and has a wealth of teaching & leadership experience supporting those ‘who learn differently’ in schools. He has previously worked as Director of Strategic Management at St David’s College and as an Educational Consultant. 

David is currently Director of Support & Services at Chatsworth Schools and Headteacher Elect of Riverston School, part of the Chatsworth Group, taking up the post in September 2021.

David is married to Jane, a physiotherapist, and they live in Gloucestershire with their two daughters. Whilst teaching, he spent 4 years as a professional sportsman as an International Rugby player and is an Outdoor Education enthusiast.