Elthamians Team

Elthamians Team

Meet our Team

With a community that includes former and current students, parents and staff, the Elthamians Office actively engages with all friends and stakeholders and supports the development of the school.

Our team includes:

Saoirse O’Donovan, Development Director

A former fundraising consultant, Saoirse joined Eltham College in February 2021 and brings a wealth of fundraising experience. As a consultant, Saoirse worked with a range of clients across the charitable sector including children’s charities, religious organisations, universities, and schools. Having spent ten years teaching in Ireland, Italy, and the UK prior to becoming involved in fundraising, Saoirse has always maintained a passion for education. Saoirse joined Eltham College from the Stonyhurst College Foundation, where she played a leading role in helping to establish the Foundation and secure major gifts in the first number of years. Saoirse lives in Southeast London and is a Governor at Woodside Primary School in Croydon.

Andrew Beattie, Archivist

Andrew Beattie joined Eltham College in 1992, and is one of the longest-serving members of staff. He has been the archivist since 2019 and has a superb knowledge of the history and development of the school since its foundation in 1842 as the Boys’ Mission School. Andrew works closely with the Development Office in its work with former pupils as well as with the Communications team, for whom he has written several booklets, including a general history of the school and an account of how the school fared during the two World Wars of the twentieth century (both published on this website). He also gives talks to groups of parents, students, Old Elthamians and local residents about the history of the school and some of its well-know former students. Andrew is editor of the school’s official magazine, The Elthamian, which is published twice-yearly for current students, parents, staff and Old Elthamians. He makes regular contributions to the school’s Scholarship and Oxbridge programmes and is also a children’s author; his novel The Secret in the Tower, for readers aged 10-12, was published by Sweet Cherry Publishing in 2022.

Russell Joyce, Development Manager

Russell joined Eltham College in January 2022, and as the Development Manager he is responsible for maintaining contact with every living OE across the globe – no mean feat! He should be your first port of call should you need to reach us for any reason. Russell has worked in the independent education sector for over a decade, specialising in alumni relations. Prior to that he worked in the live-events industry, organising a wide range of events for public and private sector clients. Russell is a qualified Mountain Leader and a Duke of Edinburgh Award Expedition Assessor. He enjoys spending his spare time in Britain’s ‘wild country’ areas and fostering a love for the same in today’s youth.

Louise Badelow, Head of Careers and Oxbridge

Louise spent over 25 years in the advertising and communications industry, specialising in recruitment marketing and working at senior level with some of the top graduate employers in the UK. Having developed an in-depth understanding of the recruitment landscape – and identifying the gap in effective careers guidance for young people – in 2014 she decided to make a career change, embarking on a Master’s degree in Career Management and obtaining the Qualification in Careers Guidance. Since then, Louise has worked in a variety of school settings, joining Eltham College in 2017. During her time in post, Louise has implemented an innovative Career Learning Programme across the school, providing students of all ages with activities and interventions that enable them to develop a greater understanding of the opportunities available to them beyond school. She also supports those students who go on to apply to the most elite universities, both in the UK and overseas.

Nathalie Klempster, Careers Administrator

Nathalie joined Eltham College in 2019 as a Career Administrator with a focus on developing the Work Experience Programme. Prior to joining she spent over 15 years working as a Human Resources professional in several multi-national organisations including Unilever and General Electric. During her time working in Human Resources she was responsible for Leadership Development in areas of talent, performance and learning. Nathalie’s interest in developing others, and its application in an educational setting, formally started when she studied Psychology with Education Studies at the University of Warwick. Her current role brings together the experience she has gained working in developing careers in the private sector and her interest in providing young people with a greater understanding of opportunities available to them beyond school.

Old Elthamians Charitable Trust

The Old Elthamians Charitable Trust (OECT) was incorporated in 2012 as part of the modernisation of the Old Elthamians Association and its investments. The objects of the OECT are twofold:

  • the general advancement of education; and
  • the advancement of amateur sports;
with a preference for making such provision to or for the pupils and former pupils of Eltham College (the School for the Sons of Missionaries) and/or to or for the said School or for any of its undertakings wherever they may be situated.

In its short existence it has provided bursaries for pupils at Eltham College and made grants to improve the sporting facilities at the school.

The OECT’s Trustees are currently as follows: Martin Holcombe (1983), Tim Haden-Scott (1983) Russell Dellar (1987) Neale Houlden (1974)


Old Elthamians Association

The Old Elthamians Association was created in 1907 and incorporated as Old Elthamians Association Limited (OEAL) in 2012.

Its guiding principle is to develop engagement and a sense of cohesion among the alumni of Eltham College. There is also an important emphasis on promoting the wellbeing of the school as part of its operation, aiming to provide a seamless support network as pupils leave the school and progress throughout their adult lives. Membership is automatic to all former pupils of the senior section of Eltham College and members of staff.

The OEAL works together with the Elthamians Office to provide social and industry-related activities to help foster Elthamian community spirit and also to participate in publishing the bi-annual Elthamian magazine which provides school news and acts as a record of Old Elthamian achievement and contribution to the wider world.

The OEAL Board is currently as follows:

President: Chris Brain (1998) Chairman: Nick Byers (1980) Treasurer: James Hinchey (2000) Directors: John Willis (1965), Russell Dellar (1987) and Simon McGrahan (Retired Development Director)

AGM Agenda 2021AGM Agenda 2020AGM Agenda 2019OEAL Full Accounts 2020OEA Unaudited Financial Statements August 2019OEAL – Full Accounts 2021 UnsignedOEAL – Filleted Accounts 2021 Unsigned
Articles of Association of Old Elthamians Association – Revised April 2019Articles of Association of Old Elthmians Association – Existing April 2019Old Elthamians Association Ltd Draft Accounts 2019Old Elthamians Association Ltd Filleted Accounts 2019Old Elthamians Association Ltd Full Accounts 2018Proxy AGM 2019


In 1951 a group of, largely, World War II “veterans” was the driving force behind the OEA’s acquisition of The Old Elthamians War Memorial Sports Ground (“Foxbury”) in Chislehurst, Kent, to serve as the headquarters of the OEA and the home of Old Elthamian sports.

In 2012 the ownership of Foxbury was transferred from the Old Elthamians Association to the newly formed Old Elthamians Charitable Trust. Foxbury is let on a commercial basis to provide income to the OECT.

Foxbury remains the spiritual home of the Old Elthamians particularly those who left the school before 2012. The Foxbury name lives on at the school in the form of the new Medical and Well-being Centre which forms part of the new Turberville Building development and for which the OECT made a substantial donation.