Meet the Team

Meet the Team


Murray Hudson

Managing Director & Chairman, Gratnells

Murray Hudson joined his father at Gratnells in 2000, having previously obtained a Degree in Design Engineering and Manufacture at Loughborough University before working as a BBC journalist for 10 years.  Murray succeeded his father as Managing Director in April 2012 and is currently on both the Executive Council and Management Committee of the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), the UK trade body that represents school suppliers. He was chairman of the British Educational Furniture Manufacturers Group from 2012-2016. Murray lives in central Cambridge and when he is not supporting his son Rory on a kart track he is on his bike.


Richard Picking

International Marketing Director, Gratnells

Richard has an extensive background in marketing, having worked around the world with blue chip companies such as Loctite and Ciba Geigy. Most recently he has been running his own digital marketing agency. Richard joined Gratnells as Marketing Director and is responsible for UK and International markets. Away from the office Richard is keen on bikes – both the pedal and the motor varieties.


Dr. Katherine Forsey

Learning Rooms & STEM Consultant

Dr Katherine Forsey is one of the UK’s leading outdoor education experts and also works within schools to support creative curriculum development.  As an experienced Project Manager and Programme Co-ordinator, Katherine has a broad experience of delivering progressive educational programmes and managing their expansion. Besides co-ordinating the content and input of all other Gratnells Learning Rooms Panel Experts, Katherine offers her own expertise in outdoor education as part of our forthcoming Learning Rooms modules.


Gratnells Learning Rooms Contributors

Professor Peter Barrett

Professor of Management in Property and Construction, MSc, PhD, DSc, FRICS

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and in 1989 was the first Chartered Building Surveyor to gain a PhD. He has since supervised and supported a wide range of Post Graduate students. To date, he has produced over 170 single volume publications, refereed papers and reports, and has made over 110 presentations in around 16 countries. Professor Barrett has undertaken a wide range of research, typified by a management focus around real world problems using a range of hard and soft research methods. He is currently focusing on the theme of Senses, Brain and Spaces, that is the impact of spaces on people through their senses as holistically interpreted by their brains. This is being pursued via the HEAD project.  Peter’s work is typified by a sustained interest in two main areas; optimising the experience of the built environment and organisation and management in higher education.


Dr. Harriet Sturdy

Harriet attended University studying History, followed by an extremely happy time researching for a PhD funded by the Wellcome Trust. Harriet’s focus and responsibility then turned to the school in Cambridge which would have closed if Harriet had not decided to take it on and ensure it was run efficiently. In 2006 Harriet and Dan opened Cambridge International School (CIS) with under 20 students. This grew rapidly and within 8 years, over 300 students, both local British children and children from all around the world, were happily educated in two idyllic settings, aided by an outstanding teaching team. Harriet now teaches for a few hours a week at a new school set up by parents and staff from CIS.