Governing Body

Anna Westcott  

Chair of Governors 

Safeguarding Governor

Anna is a businesswoman with over 25 years’ experience in Financial Services operations, sales, and people management. In her most recent role, she was Head of Operations for a Sporting Charity. Her experience in the Investment Financial sector is extensive and enables her to have a thorough questioning approach. She has also formerly been an LEA governor for 10 years in two boroughs and worked with both successful flagship schools as well as those who faced challenges for a range of reasons. Anna is the founder and CEO of Hebe Skincare Gold, a natural store promoting sustainable goods. Anna is also the parent of a former Vita et Pax pupil.

Chris Howell 

Honorary Governor 

Chris Howell MBE is a former student and parent of Vita et Pax Preparatory School. Chris has also received an MBE for his architectural designs and services. Chris joined the governing body in September 1995.

Assim Jemal 

Vice Chair

Our Vice Chair of the Governing body, Assim Jemal, is an educational coordinator and the Principal of St Albans Independent College. Assim is also the parent of a former Vita et Pax pupil. Assim joined our Governing body in September 2018.

Kaya Jayarajah


Kaya Jayarajah is the most recent addition to our governing body, joining in February 2021. Kaya is a former student of the school and she is an anaesthetic doctor in a major London Hospital.

Anna Howell


Anna Howell is a distinguished lawyer and former student of the school. Anna’s children also attended Vita et Pax, before the family relocated to Hong Kong. Anna has been a member of our governing body since October 2019.

Semaya Aziz


Semiya Aziz is a vastly experienced GP, working both for the NHS and privately. Semiya is also a recent past parent to three children at Vita et Pax. Semiya has been a member of our governing body since October 2019.
Benjamin Washington Clerk   

You can contact the Chair of Governors, Mrs Anna Westcott, by writing to her confidentially c/o the Clerk to the Governors, Vita et Pax Preparatory School, 6a Priory Close, Oakwood, N14 4AT or email at chair@vitaetpax.co.uk