Sue Laidlaw, Senior Partner and Founder
Sue’s passion for teaching began at an early age - even before she started school herself! Following her four year B.Ed (Hons) degree at Westminster College, Oxford, she spent ten years teaching in both the state and the independent sector culminating in several significant senior management roles.
At the heart of all she does, Sue centres the child. Her experience with so many childnre over the years endorses these values.
Sue founded Laidlaw Education over two decades ago and has delighted in each stage of its development and growth. She is the Director of Education for the Junior Tennis Foundation (JTC) and the fc** Tennis Academy. She continues to be involved with and oversee each part of the consultancy on a daily basis and thoroughly enjoys working with the close-knit office team.
Sue is privileged to have been Education Consultant to the Archant Good Schools Show, in addition to writing monthly articles for Archant’s Core Titles and sub-editing their magazine “School Report”. She is consultant to The Educationalist.
Besides enjoying family life, her hobbies include an enthusiasm for opera, ballet, film and literature. She loves visiting art galleries and has a long “to do” list of hobbies and interests to pursue more fully in the future!
Victoria Webb, Partner
Victoria graduated from Exeter University and initially spent ten years working in Brand Marketing at SC Johnson and United Biscuits. Her brands included Pledge, Toilet Duck and McCoys Crisps and she specialised in New Product Development. She spent five years abroad in Geneva and Dublin, returning to London in 2001, gaining firsthand experience of relocating with a family and sorting out schools. Victoria’s four children all attended a local primary school and then four different independent schools.
Victoria joined Sue Laidlaw in 2002 and became a Partner in Laidlaw Education in 2007.
Susan Wharton, Finance Manager
Susan graduated from Exeter University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Initially she trained in audit then spent 12 years specialising in expatriate tax, dealing with the US and UK tax affairs of senior executives relocating to work in the UK for large global employers. She gave that up before the birth of her third and fourth children (twins!) in 2003, and came to work for us dealing with financial matters when her twin boys started school in 2008. Susan’s four children all attended a state primary school, and have also gone on to attend four different local independent schools.
Ginny Waterkeyn, Office Manager
After a one year Private Secretary’s course, Ginny spent four years at the University of London (Goldsmiths) where she read French and Drama. Having graduated with a BA Hons, she started working in marketing and in 1984 joined Crabtree and Evelyn where she worked in the export department becoming their Export Marketing Manager and travelling widely liaising with distributors around the world. She stopped working just before the birth of her first child. After bringing up her three boys she was ready to return to work and joined Laidlaw Education on a part time basis ten years ago. Her children attended a local primary school followed by an independent secondary school.