Anthony Ardee

Past pupil (1986-1990), then Harrow School, London and Trinity College, Dublin. Anthony is a founding member of the Irish Pig Society, a loving father of four children, and Macra na Feirme College Quiz overall winner (2003). Anthony and his wife Fionnuala are the owner-managers of Killruddery Estate, Bray Co. Wicklow ( Anthony also sits on the Trust Board and acts as a liaison between the two.

Ninian Falkiner

Ninian Falkiner (BA,LLB, HDipED.) has over thirty years of teaching experience as a Housemaster and Senior Master of St. Columba’s College. A keen historian, Ninian currently lives with his wife in Sutton, Co. Dublin. Amongst his roles on the Board, Ninian is a liaison for the staff and looks after HR related matters.

Fiona Hesnan

Fiona Hesnan (BA (hons) Education, R.G.N. T.E.F.L.) is originally from Scotland and comes from a clinical and business background. Her interest in education stems from a piece of work undertaken during her undergraduate degree when she was asked to examine the influence education had on a pre-school child’s life. This observational study dramatically affected the way she viewed the role of education and turned her attitude from ambivalence to believing that good education can make a real difference. Fiona has also been a Headfort mother of three and feels strongly that Headfort School made a huge impact on the educational lives of her children. She would encourage any parent and their child  to come and see the school and have a taste of a typical Headfort day. They will be amazed.

Amanda Morris

Amanda Morris (BA,HDip Ed, Dip Hist European Art), has worked as a teacher and Housemistress at St. Columba’s College where she is now Director of Girls’ Boarding and involved in admissions to the College.  She also sits on the Board of the Network Trust, a Board which oversees the development of ethos in a number of secondary schools in Ireland and Scotland. Three of Amanda’s children were pupils at Headfort.  Amanda assists the Board on a number of fronts including Development and Pastoral Care, and in particular takes an interest in Headfort’s engagement with other schools.

Alan Morrissey, Chairman

Alan (BA Mkt, MBA), is a parent at Headfort and a business person with interests in Bio Tech, Property, Manufacturing and Consulting.
Alan resides in Co. Meath with his wife Julie and three children and is a keen equestrian sport participant.

Alice Nugent

Alice is the owner-manager of Ballinlough Castle, hosts to the very successful Body & Soul festival. She is also Founder & Director of the Katie Nugent Fund. Alice has a background in marketing and advertising, and her role on the board is to assist with the marketing of the school.

Jono Wardell

Jono was born in Galway and was a boarder in Headfort from the age of 8 to 13 (1987 to 1992), after which he went to St. Columba’s College (1992 to 1997) and then to Trinity College, Dublin (1997 to 2002). Leaving TCD with an MA, Jono then qualified as an accountant (ACA) and worked for a number of years with audit firm PWC in Dublin before joining law firm Maples and Calder, initially as Financial Controller and currently as Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Jono chairs Headfort’s Finance committee. He is also a Fellow of St Columba’s College.

The Board of Directors of Headfort Trust


Anthony Ardee

See bio under The School Board

Ed Galvin

Past Pupil; Farmer

Geraldine Gaughran

Kells, Co. Meath

Alex Mountcharles  (Chairman)

Entrepreneur; Director, Slane Castle

Daphne Shackleton

Kells, Co. Meath

Anne Ward

Kells, Co. Meath