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Board of Directors


The Trafalgar Castle School Board of Directors is responsible for the school’s overall stewardship and governance, which includes overseeing the school’s financial affairs, policies and strategic direction, and appointment of the Head of School. A committed group of volunteers, board members are drawn from current and past parents, alumnae and external friends of the school. Board members also include the President of the Parents’ Guild.

Members are recruited for their specific skills and/or expertise, their alignment of values with the school, and a commitment to ensuring the school achieves its mission and vision.

The Board of Directors meets as a full Board at regularly scheduled meetings throughout the school year, and also conducts its business through the following committees that bring recommendations to the entire Board:

Finance and Property Committee


The Finance and Property Committee reviews the monthly financial results; annual budget; management processes and internal controls over financial reporting, compliance and operations; and meets with the external auditors to recommend approval of the audited annual financial statements. The Committee also recommends the appointment of the external auditors to the Board. It advises on financial strategies and reviews the school’s investments in compliance with the school’s investment policy. The Committee makes recommendations to the Board on matters dealing with the improvement, maintenance, and use of the property of the School.

Governance Committee


Advising on matters relating to the Board’s governance, structure, policies and processes, the Governance Committee also identifies, assesses and recommends qualified individuals as nominees for appointment as directors. It develops recommendations regarding the experience, competencies, skills and personal qualities for potential directors, taking into account the Board’s short-term needs and long-term succession plans.

Board of Directors


Karen Gordon, Chair


A parent of a current Trafalgar student, Karen is Principal at Gordon Strategy Inc., a communications strategy firm. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2019, Karen has previously been Vice-Chair and is the Chair since 2021.

Tracey Bean


A parent of two Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2017 and 2018, Tracey is the Vice President, Commercial Credit Risk Management at TD Bank, with over 20 years experience in the financial industry. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2014, Tracey is the Chair of the school’s Finance and Property Committee, and has previously been the Treasurer of the school’s Parents’ Guild.

Joanne Burghardt


A friend of the Trafalgar community, Joanne is a journalist at Torstar Community Brands. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2020, Joanne currently sits on the school’s Governance Committee.

Sean Cable


A parent of a two current Trafalgar students, Sean is Partner, National and Global Accounting Consulting Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2019, and a non-Board Committee member since 2018, Sean currently sits on the school’s Finance and Property Committee.

Jan Campbell


Jan is a former administrator at Trafalgar Castle School, and is recently retired from the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario where she was Executive Director for six years. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Jan currently sits on the school’s Governance Committee.

Lesley Campbell


A Trafalgar alumna from the class of 2008, Lesley is a civil litigation lawyer at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP. Lesley has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2019.

Natalie Ceccato 


A parent of a former Trafalgar student, Natalie is Director of Business Insights and Customer Experience in the Health Sector. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2018, Natalie is passionate about education and currently sits on the School's Finance and Property Committee.

Shahid Chaudhry 


A parent of a current Trafalgar student, Shahid has also been a guardian for several former Trafalgar students. He is an Immigration Consultant at CD Alliance Inc. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Shahid currently sits on the school’s Finance and Property Committee.

Phil Downes


A parent of a current Trafalgar student and a Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2021, Phil is a Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Phil is keen to contribute to effective and transparent decision-making. He is currently Chair of the School’s Governance Committee.

Selena Fredericks


A Trafalgar alumna from the Class of 2002, Selena is the Marketing Director at A.M. Fredericks Underwriting Management Ltd. She is also a member of the Toronto Insurance Women’s Association. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Selena wanted to give back to her alma mater, as she credits Trafalgar with giving her many wonderful memories and positive, life-changing experiences. Selena sits on the Board's Governance Committee.

Sean Godfrey


A parent of two Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2018 and 2019, Sean is a pediatrician at Kinderclinic Pediatric Office. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2016, Sean is a strong advocate for independent girls’ schools and believes passionately that Trafalgar Castle is a wonderful place for girls to thrive and succeed. He currently sits on the school’s Governance Committee.

David Hogg


A parent of a current Trafalgar student, David is involved with a variety of volunteer activities that includes a directorship of a non-profit social services organization in Toronto, as well as actively raising two teenagers. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2018, David currently sits on the School's Finance and Property Committee.

Nicole Igel, Parents’ Guild President, Ex-Officio


A parent of two current Trafalgar students and an alumna from the Class of 2020, Nicole has been the President of the school’s Parents’ Guild since 2019. Previous to that, she was Parents’ Guild Vice-President.

Simonetta Lanzi


A parent of two current Trafalgar students, Simonetta is a lawyer at Reilly & Partners Professional Corporation. Simonetta has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2020.

Dave Meredith


A parent of a current Trafalgar student and a Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2020, Dave is the Director of Operations at the Town of Ajax. As a member of the Board of Directors since 2017, Dave currently sits on the school’s Finance and Property Committee.

Seema Nundy


A Trafalgar alumna from the Class of 1987 and a parent of a Trafalgar alum from the Class of 2021, Seema is an Associate Partner at Ernst & Young LLP. Seema has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2019.

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