Meet the Community Team

The Development and Engagement team are here to help. Please contact us at community@stpaulsschool.org.uk

Ellie Sleeman
Alex Wilson
Sarah Griffett
Olivia Levins
Viera Ghods
Samantha Bushell
Andrea Hudson

Ellie Sleeman

Director of Development and Engagement

Ellie heads up the St Paul’s Community team (which oversees relationships with parents, past parents and Old Paulines) and the Communication and Marketing Department, manages relationships with principal donors and supporters and develops the engagement and fundraising strategies for the school.

Ellie joined St Paul’s in 2017 bringing with her vast experience across the corporate, education and charity sectors including most recently senior roles at Wellington College and the Roundhouse.


Alex Wilson

Associate Director, Pauline Relations

Alex manages key relationships across the community and school from both an engagement and fundraising perspective. He also continues to be involved in the academic life of the school retaining his role as a tutor, interviewer in admissions and sits on the Education Executive.

After a brief career practising as a lawyer, Alex first joined St Paul’s in 1991 as a Classics Master, going on to hold the position of Director of Sport and then Senior Undermaster from 2001. He taught Latin, Greek and Ancient History for over 20 years running a similar number of classical trips to Italy and Greece, and was an integral part of the Sports department coaching Cricket, Rugby and Fives. Alex joined the St Paul’s Community Office in 2017.


Engagement and Events Team

Rachael Kirkham

Head of Engagement and Special Events

Rachael leads on the events and engagement strategy for St Paul’s and the Pauline Community including the programme of stewardship, cultivation and fundraising events, professional networking and alumni engagement.

Rachael joined St Paul’s in 2020 bringing with her a wealth of experience in the worlds of not-for-profit, donor stewardship, fundraising and special events from a variety of organisations including University of Westminster, Cancerbackup, Macmillan Cancer Support leading the Donor Stewardship and Special Events team, and managing the Philanthropy and Events team at Children with Cancer UK.


Sarah Griffett

Events Manager

Sarah  oversees the school’s events programme leading on major school events, events processes and supporting the Parents’ Groups.

Sarah joined St Paul’s in August 2017 from the events team at Virgin Racing. Sarah graduated from the University of Winchester with a BA in Drama and Theatre Arts.


Olivia Levins

Engagement and Events Officer

Olivia is responsible for the day-to-day delivering of events management, volunteering, careers and networking programmes and donor care.

Olivia joined St Paul’s in October 2018 from Borderline, a charity which helps homeless Scots in Greater London. She graduated from the University of Nottingham with a BA in Politics and International Relations in 2017.


Viera Ghods

Development and Alumni Administrator

Viera is the first point of call for any queries about the St Paul’s Community programme and works on events, data and donor programmes.

Viera joined St Paul’s in 2009 as Campaign Administrator to support the Renewal Campaign, having previously worked in the charity sector.


Development Team

Samantha Bushell

Development Manager

Sam is responsible for implementing the fundraising strategy across the St Paul’s  School community, with a particular focus on the regular giving and legacy programmes.

Sam joined St Paul’s in 2018 October from a similar role at an international boarding school in Surrey and has broad experience of alumni relations and fundraising in education.


Andrea Hudson

Operations Manager and Personal Assistant to the Director of Development and Engagement

Andrea leads the team’s data strategy, develops enrichment projects and oversees gift management.

Andrea joined St Paul’s in 2014 and has a wealth of experience across the independent schools sector including Marlborough College, St James & The Abbey, RGS Worcester and Downe House.


To contact any member of the team, please email community@stpaulsschool.org.uk

To contact the school’s marketing team, please email marketing@stpaulsschool.org.uk

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