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Across our schools, we have developed a collaborative approach to leadership. Each Head leads their own school, whilst also engaging with colleagues to be leaders for the whole Foundation. 

Chief Compliance Officer and General Legal Counsel

Sarah North

Sarah joined the Stephen Perse Foundation in 2017 and was promoted to Chief Compliance Officer and General Legal Counsel in 2023.

Sarah read French and Italian at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. She taught English as a foreign language in schools in both Italy and France before qualifying as a solicitor, specialising in dispute resolution. She spent three years at a leading London law firm before moving to a Cambridge law firm in 2012.

Sarah is responsible for all areas of regulatory compliance, including data protection, policy drafting, school inspection readiness, negotiating and drafting contracts and provides general in-house legal advice. She remains a practising solicitor.

Sarah is an elected parent Governor of the University of Cambridge Primary School.

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