Hilary read English at Selwyn College Cambridge and began her teaching career in civil war-divided Sri Lanka, becoming Head of English at Colombo International School. A PGCE at Durham and several happy years in the Maintained Sector later, Hilary joined Lancing College as a Housemistress in 1996, and has taught English and also Drama, R.S. and PSHE.
Fronting Lancing’s move to full co-education in 2000, Hilary has enjoyed a range of roles including Housemistress to both Manor and Field’s Houses, Deputy Head and, since 2014, Senior Deputy Head. She is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead, an ISI Inspector and governor of Dorset House Prep School. Hilary and husband Phil (Head of R.S.) have brought up and educated their three children at Lancing. Pupil and staff welfare are central to her current role and travel and reading stimulating and sustaining alongside this.