Hilary is Head Mistress of Newcastle High School for Girls and she has held senior leadership positions in education for more than 20 years. She is committed to making a difference to the lives of people in the region and has developed considerable experience in the management of significant change having been responsible for the merger of two long standing schools in Newcastle. This experience has given her the skills and understanding to deal with people as they respond to unexpected change and an appreciation of what it takes to deliver successful organisational transformation.

Hilary is committed to providing her pupils with a wide range of opportunities to participate in sport/physical activity to enable them to experience the benefits of an active lifestyle and she is a passionate supporter of her school's many sports teams. Her role as President of the Girls Schools Association has given her invaluable experience of operating on a national stage and through her role as Board member of Schools North East she is connected to key educational decision makers across the region.