Geoffrey de Jager


Although he came relatively late to the study of Latin, via his law degree, Geoffrey quickly discovered that the language teaches grammar, logic and process thinking at the highest level.

In his other incarnations, Geoffrey is life president of Oxford Philomusica, honorary life member of Elias Ashmole Group of the Ashmolean Museum, an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Oxford and a patron of the National Galleries Scotland and the Sparrow Schools Foundation.

Nicholas Barber CBE

Honorary President

Nicholas Barber read Greats (Classics) at Oxford, after which he moved to America where he started a classics department at Marlboro College in Vermont.

He then began a long career in the shipping business, rising to chief executive of Ocean Group. He renewed his classical roots when he became a trustee of the British Museum and later chairman of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum during its recent major rejuvenation project.

He has also chaired a publishing company whose publications included books on classical themes. He is a foundation fellow of Wadham College, Oxford.


Christopher Clarke

Honorary Treasurer

Christopher is a firm believer in education that has both breadth and depth to prepare children for an ever-changing world; and that the teaching of classics can make a valuable contribution to doing so.

Formerly an investment banker, Christopher was subsequently a deputy chairman of the Competition Commission for six years and a non-executive director of two listed companies.

Carolyn Foreman

Education Consultant

Originally a classicist, Carolyn held senior management posts in education in London, rising to become head of the schools division of the Inner London Education Authority.

She has also served as a governor in state and independent schools and as a trustee and office-holder in several children’s charities, including Shaftesbury Young People and the Sir John Cass Foundation.

Deborah Hughes

Deborah was relatively late in developing her love for Classics, having little exposure to anything that could be described as ancient during her modern history degree at Wadham College, Oxford.

As an experienced senior leader in a north London secondary school, she has been at the front line in introducing Classics to students who have had no previous access to the subject. Having seen first hand the wonderful merits of a classical education for young people, Deborah is now a passionate advocate for access to the subject for all.

Sir Rupert Jackson

We are pleased to announce that Sir Rupert Jackson has joined our Board of Trustees as of early October.

Sir Rupert Jackson read classics at Cambridge for two years before defecting to study law.  He has retained a lifelong interest in classics and would like to see the benefits of a classical education extended to as many state school pupils as possible.

Rupert practised for 25 years as a barrister, then served as a judge for 20 years.  He is now an arbitrator based in London and also a part time judge in Kazakhstan.  He occasionally gives lectures on Roman history.  He is an honorary fellow of Jesus College Cambridge and an honorary professor at University College London

Sarah Jackson OBE

Sarah’s love of classics was sparked by Barclay Millar, one of the authors of Ecce Romani, who strode across her classroom at Perth Academy proclaiming ‘ambulo…I walk … ambulance’. She went on to study Classics and Italian at Oxford.

Sarah is CEO for the charity, Working Families, and has more than 20 years experience of managing and fundraising in the not-for-profit sector. She sits on the board of the charity Commonweal Housing.

Professor David Langslow

David is professor of classics at Manchester University. He’s a proselytiser for classics and active in promoting CfA with various schools in Greater Manchester. Prior to his arrival at Manchester in January 1999 he was a university lecturer in Latin philology and linguistics in the University of Oxford and a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford (1984-1998).

Matthew Lindsey-Clark

Matthew came to the Classics as a small boy via Andrew Lang’s Tales of Troy and Greece and has remained enthralled by the ancient world ever since.  His interest was reinforced by inspirational teachers at every level of study, culminating in reading Classics at Oxford, and he is passionate about the benefits that an understanding of Classical languages and civilisation can bring to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Matthew is an investment banker and is currently a Senior Managing Director of Evercore in London.  He takes great pleasure in gardens and gardening, and is a Trustee of the Royal Horticulture Society, where regular exposure to botanical Latin at least helps to address some of the rustiness of his Latin vocab.

Jimmy Mulville

We are delighted to announce that Jimmy Mulville has joined our Board of Trustees. Jimmy came to the Classics at university where he read French and Classics at Jesus College, Cambridge.“In my case studying Classics at Cambridge changed my life for the better giving me many opportunities. It was an engine for social mobility.”

Jimmy is Managing Director of Hat Trick Productions, which he co-founded in 1986. Since then, it has grown into one of the country’s leading producers of comedy, drama and entertainment.