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.

Marion Gibbs CBE

Marion was captivated by the classics at her state school and went on to read classics at Bristol University. She taught classics for 38 years, with a brief excursus to become an HMI, before Ofsted changed everything. A Head for 21 years in London, she carried on teaching throughout. She also co-founded and led for 12 years a ground-breaking state-independent school partnership, involving secondary schools in Southwark and neighbouring boroughs – classics was of course part of this. She is currently a Trustee of Charleston in Sussex and an independent member of an Academy Trust.

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

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.

Dr Mai Musié

Mai read classical civilisation at Swansea University. She came to classics through a rather unconventional route; a chance encounter with Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.  A 6th Form summer’s excursion to Greece solidified her interest in the ancient world, which led her to study the subject at university. She is passionate about increasing access to classics for marginalised groups.

Mai is a Knowledge Exchange Officer at the University of Oxford and co-founder of the Classics in Communities project. She has worked in Higher Education for the last ten years on access and outreach projects including running the Classics Outreach Programme for the Faculty of Classics, Oxford. Her research areas include race and ethnicity in the ancient world, classics education, and medieval Ge’ez manuscripts.

Professor Michael Scott

Michael is a Professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Warwick. He realised he wanted to be a classicist having spent his 17th birthday at the archaeological site of Olympia.

Alongside his academic work, Michael has long been passionate about communicating the ancient world to national and international audiences through articles, books and talks, as well as TV and Radio documentaries. He is equally committed to ensuring everyone has access to the ancient world, and has most recently founded the Warwick Classics Network in conjunction with Classics for All to support the teaching of classics and ancient history in schools across the West Midlands. An Honorary Citizen of Delphi, Michael is also President of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association branch, the largest branch in the UK.