The Guardian Family Network offers guardianship support to overseas students at UK independent boarding schools.

We have excellent relationships with several partners across the world, dedicated to helping to provide a high level of service to our clients. We communicate in a timely manner liaising between our partner agencies, schools and guardians to ensure that our students receive the best academic and pastoral support whilst they are studying in the UK.

Our bespoke services include production of financial estimates and statements, payment of school bills and other associated costs, making travel arrangements, assistance with purchasing of school uniform and handling of day to day issues occurring within normal school life. This allows parents to have complete peace of mind whilst their son or daughter is studying in the UK.

Siobhan Skaife

Siobhan was educated at independent schools from nursery through to the Sixth form, attending a boarding school from the age of 11 to 18.  She then went on to Bath University where she graduated with a degree in Applied Physics.  Afterwards she commenced a career in Sales and Marketing where Siobhan spent 10 years gaining experience in both Retail and Foodservice. She has always loved children and has volunteered at her daughters schools since they were young.  Both girls are now grown up, one having just graduated from University and the other is currently studying for her A levels.

Siobhan has been a guardian for over 9 years, finding the experience very rewarding and managing to juggle between this commitment and her job.  “Being a guardian brings a great deal of happiness as your children grow with an understanding of other cultures combined with a strong study ethos that students from overseas bring.”

She has worked in various capacities for the Guardian Family Network and further to purchasing the business in May 2016, Siobhan is now the Managing Director with responsibilities to include the finances, marketing and the recruitment of guardians. Every day is different at The Guardian Family Network, which provides an exciting and interesting challenge to the team.

Emily Cavender Dengel

Having worked in Independent Schools for over fifteen years in a variety of key roles, including a stint of five years as resident Head of Boarding & Pastoral Care and Safeguarding & Welfare Officer at a Preparatory Boarding School; Emily’s passion has always been for helping children develop and reach their full potential by whatever means are accessible to them.

Starting out as a nanny in the South East immediately upon leaving School, Emily moved to London where the slower, friendlier pace of the rural South West soon called her home, where she discovered her natural talent for management across the Education sector.

Now happily based back in the South West near to her family, Emily lives with her husband and three daughters, where she continues to add to her growing list of qualifications in her spare time and is currently working towards an MBA.  Emily brings a vast array of experiences, an eye for administrative efficiency and a genuine passion for the education of children to The Guardian Family Network.

Charmaine Melrose

After having two lovely daughters Charmaine decided to re-train as a bookkeeper so that she could work around caring for two young children.  Her bookkeeping business in now in its tenth year and she still gets enormous satisfaction from supporting small-sized businesses and seeing them grow year on year.

Both her girls have been educated in independent schools, giving her an understanding of their workings and expectations.

Charmaine has been The Guardian Family’s bookkeeper for three years and is now more involved with supporting their administration team as it continues to grow.


Hannah Alsbury-Morris

Hannah gained her honours degree in Biology from Oxford Brookes in 2002. After university she worked with The Body Shop International before becoming the Manager of a bespoke uniform & school equipment outfitters. The School Shop served clients from across the globe, for 15 independent schools across the South of England.

Hannah is a married mother of two young daughters, lives in West Sussex and is also a trained First Responder for South East Coast Ambulance Service. Hannah’s family have been involved in fostering children since she was 11. Hannah and her husband continued this, fostering from 2008 until recently.

Hannah first became part of The Guardian Family Network when she became a Guardian in 2014. She is now the Communications Manager and her responsibilities include social media, marketing, advertising and the recruitment of new guardians. As a dedicated member of the team, Hannah is passionate about making a difference, helping to ensure that we find the best match between our students and their guardian families.

Outside work, Hannah loves spending time with her family and friends and on occasion can be found at the stables with her horse.