Our Governors

 

Andy Rothery USE Chair of Governors - Andy Rothery
Andy was elected Chair of the Governing Board in July 2017 and is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Leathersellers' Company. Andy was born in Brockley and currently lives in New Cross. he spent 27 years at Deloitte where he was Head of the UK real estate business and then retired from there in 2015. Andy is currently self-employed working on ad hoc advisory projects. Locally he is a Trustee of the London Transport Museum and The Florence Trust. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an elected member of the management committee of the Lewisham Governors Association. Andy attended Brockley and Kidbrooke Park Primary Schools, won a full scholarship to Colfe's and went on to study PPE at St Catherine's College, Oxford. Andy has a particular interest in promoting social mobility for young people.

 

Christopher Barrow Foundation Governor - Christopher Barrow
Christopher Barrow sits on the Court (main board) of the Leathersellers’ Company where he is a member of the Education Committee and Chairman of the Investment Sub-Committee. After a two-year stint in teaching, he spent 28 years in investment banking including a period of 18 years in Asia. In 2007 he acquired a safe deposit business in London. He has been a Governor since 2007 and chaired the Federation’s Finance Committee before being elected Chair of Governors in 2013. Christopher stood down as Chair of Governors in July 2017. He is married with three children, all of whom share his interest in food, wine, sport and travel.

 

Andrew Collier USE Parent Governor - Andrew Collier
Andrew is an elected parent governor with a child at Prendergast Primary school. Andrew believes that robust and transparent governance is essential for all our schools to be as good as our children deserve. Andrew works as a theatre producer, and has experience in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Through his work he has developed a keen interest in leadership, communications and digital marketing, and hopes to contribute this experience to the Leathersellers’ Federation.

 


 

Martin Dove Foundation Governor - Martin Dove
Martin is a Foundation Governor and a member of the Court of The Leathersellers' Company and their charitable trust. Martin works for the public sector providing assurance on the delivery of major programmes and projects in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  He is a Chartered Accountant and chairs the Finance & Remuneration Committee of The Leathersellers' Federation of Schools.

 

Ian Duffy
 

Co-opted Governor - Ian Duffy
Ian is a co-opted governor, and also has a child at Prendergast Primary school. He has lived in Lewisham since 2010, and has previously been trustee and vice-chair of governors at a South London secondary school that improved to Good under its most recent Ofsted inspection, and chaired its HR, finance and audit committee. He is BP’s head of UK communications and community development, responsible for developing BP's approach to community engagement including STEM education, having originally joined BP's refining business in 1999 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is a chartered chemical engineer and chartered scientist, a trustee of the BP Foundation and the Emmaus Lambeth homelessness charity and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a non-executive director of STEM Learning Ltd, who operate the National STEM Learning Centre and Network on behalf of government, industry and charitable trusts, and a trustee of the ENTHUSE Charitable Trust, which funds continuing professional development of STEM teachers and technicians in maintained UK schools. He leads a major educational research and development programme focusing on inspiring more young people to choose the STEM subjects after the age of 16, and his major passion in education is increasing social mobility and ensuring opportunity for all young people to succeed.

 


 

Chantelle Fionda
 
Co-opted Governor - Chantelle Fionda
Chantelle is a co-opted governor. Chantelle has worked at Pendergast Ladywell School for 7 years as a Year Leader and English teacher. Over these years Chantelle has developed a well formed familiarity with the staff, students and their families which has enabled her to gain a good and knowledgeable insight into the notions of staff and students alike.

 

Niall Hand HT PLS Headteacher Governor - Niall Hand
Niall is the Headteacher of Prendergast Ladywell School and has been in post since 2013. Niall was born in Lambeth and attended a comprehensive school in Wandsworth. He lives in Honor Oak in the borough of Lewisham, 15 minutes’ walk from the school he serves. Niall has worked as a History Teacher and held a number of leadership roles in 3 x Secondary Schools in South London for over 17 years.

 


 

Roger Hibbitt Co-opted Governor - Roger Hibbitt
Roger lives in Lewisham and wishes to help ensure local families and their children attend excellent schools. His professional career was in secondary education in London schools. Roger brings successful experience as a headteacher and now, in retirement, as an experienced governor and adviser to the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools. 

 


 

Andrew Holmes LEA Governor - Andrew Holmes OBE
Living locally, Andrew originally joined Prendergast as a co-opted Community Governor, until later being nominated by the Local Authority to become its representative. Now retired, Andrew comes from a multinational company in the private sector, operating at board level.  He brings to the table general management skills and as a civil engineer by profession looks for aspiration from within the sphere of maths and science. Andrew has an ongoing interest in all matters educational and was previously a governor at an all-through school in West Africa and a governor of the University of Greenwich for five years.

 

 

Will Jellis
 
Co-opted Governor - Will Jellis
Will is a co-opted governor from Prendergast Vale School where he is currently Lead Teacher of History.  He has been a teacher at Prendergast Vale for two years now but has been involved in the world of education for much longer. Prior to starting at Prendergast Vale, Will worked for a number of educational charities that involved working in schools across the country. Given this background in educational charity a particular interest of Will’s is in the overlap between the sectors of charity and education. 

 


 

Greg Jones QC Foundation Governor - Gregory Jones QC
Greg
ory is a Foundation Governor. He is a practicing barrister and lives in Lewisham with his wife and two daughters, both born in Lewisham Hospital. He went to Pelham Road Primary School and Colfe's School. Gregory studied at Oxford and London universities before being called to the bar. He is a former governor of Colfe's School and is currently on the governing House Council of St Stephen's House, Oxford University. Having served as Common Councilman (Independent) between 2013/17,
Gregory is an elected Alderman in the city of London and a Liveryman of both the Leathersellers' Company and the Butchers' Company. He is on the electoral role of St Mary's Church, Lewisham and also frequently attends St Stephen's Church, Lewisham where his wife sings in the choir. He is a founder and active member of the Lewisham Park (Crescent) Residents' Association.

 

Duncan Kamya USE Headteacher Governor - Duncan Kamya
Duncan is the Headteacher of Prendergast Vale School and has been in post since September 2016. He was born and educated in London. Duncan has taught GCSE and A level sciences in each of the four regions of London. Prior to joining the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools he was a Deputy Headteacher in a successful school in East London.   In addition, Duncan has worked for Ofsted as an inspector and also for Ofqual, reporting on national standards across GCSE Sciences.

 


       

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs

Co-opted Governor - Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs
Sukhvinder is a single parent to a year 8 pupil. After many years of involvement in policy making at national level, she has committed to working locally and supporting her surrounding communities while her daughter settles into KS3 and 4. She is a board member of the Lewisham and Greenwich Hospitals and SWAN Housing. Part-time, she is CEO of the local Citizens Advice service where she is developing a partnership of 8 leading providers across the borough benefitting around 30,000 residents. In addition, she is MD of Engage-Building Networks of Trust, helping organisations become better connected to the people they serve. Having previously run the international think tank the Runnymede Trust and the grant-making foundation the Barrow Cadbury Trust, she brings high level knowledge of inclusion, equality and social mobility. Sukhvinder is committed to improving life chances. She Chaired the Secondary Education Commission for Birmingham City Council and served as Vice-Chair to the Secretary of State for Education on the Raising Achievements Taskforce. With a range of major public and private sector appointments spanning two decades, Sukhvinder has considerable experience of good governance.


 

Caroline Kelly USE Staff Governor - Caroline Kelly
Caroline has been elected staff governor since 2004 and is the longest-serving governor on the board. Most of this time she has been an active member of the sub-committees Human Resources, Curriculum, Health and Safety and, since its formation last year, the 'School Improvement Board' (SIB).  Having taught in Prendergast for over 20 years as an English and (until last summer) Philosophy teacher, Caroline has an excellent knowledge of the school and its students and staff. She is an ardent advocate of state, versus private, education; all five of her children have been educated in local state schools. Caroline has an English BA Queen Mary College, London, Philosophy of Education MA (Distinction) Institute of Education, and subsequently studied for a PhD in Philosophy of Education for 12 years until the birth of her fifth child to be able to spend more time with her children. Caroline believes that she bring hugely important skills and knowledge to the Governing Board, both in her Philosophical training in seeking for clarity and logical rigour to debate, while challenging obfuscation, and in her life-long experience as a teacher and student of educational aims and practices. Caroline was elected as the first Federation wide Staff Governor in 2017.

 

Paula Ledger USE Headteacher Governor - Paula Ledger
Paula is a Headteacher Governor. Paula joined Prendergast School as Headteacher in September 2016.  She has an MA in Education Management from Kings’ College, University of London, a PGCE in Innovation in Education from the University of Warwick, a PGCE in History and Religious Studies from Nottingham University, BA Hons in Historical Studies from the University of London and the NPQH.  She is also an accredited facilitator for the National College of Teaching and has delivered many CPD programmes such as the NPQML and SLE programme. Paula is a Lewisham resident and is passionate about improving education in Lewisham.  She strongly believes that we need to support our students to make good progress in their academic studies, but far more importantly that we ensure that all of our students are happy, safe and have a wide range of opportunities both within and outside of the classroom. She believes that we are stronger together and that through collaboration we have greater success.

 

Sophie Miremadi Foundation Governor - Sophie Miremadi
Sophie is a foundation governor, as a member of the Leathersellers' Company. Her professional career has been largely spent in the civil service, with a spell in consulting. Sophie is currently Director of External Affairs at Virgin Money, where she helps to manage the bank's interests in public policy, including education and skills, financial exclusion and mental health.  Sophie lives in Camberwell, where she has two little girls in school and nursery.

 



Jacqueline Phillips Owen

Co-opted Governor - Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen
Jacqueline was appointed a governor in October 2017 and has a daughter at Prendergast School. Jacqueline has lived in Lewisham since 2001 and has worked in Lewisham and surrounding boroughs for the past 13 years as a doctor in paediatrics and then as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. She is also an academic affiliated with King's College London and continues to teach medical and MSc students and to supervise junior doctors. She holds a degree in Medicine, and a PhD in Neuroscience from University College London and is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Jacqueline is a Consultant Psychiatrist working within South London and The Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and as such is committed to supporting the Leathersellers' Federation in addressing the needs of children and young people with mental and physical health problems.

 

 

 


 

Richard Russell Co-opted Governor - Richard Russell
Richard has been the Headmaster of Colfe’s School since September 2005
. He began his teaching career at Sevenoaks School in 1983 as a Classics teacher. Subsequent posts of responsibility at Sevenoaks included International Baccalaureate Co-ordinator and Director of Studies. In 1998 Richard moved to Forest School as Deputy Warden. Forest is the only major independent school in London's East End. In addition to being a Federation governor, Richard is also a school governor at Deptford Green School and the British School of Paris. Richard was educated at Methodist College Belfast and Jesus College Cambridge where he graduated in Classics. During the latter part of his time at university and the early part of his teaching career he participated in four seasons of Mediterranean archaeology.

 

David Sheppard EX HT Co-opted Governor - David Sheppard
David is Executive Head of the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools and took up post in September 2013.  Prior to joining the Leathersellers’ Federation of Schools he has worked as a teacher and school leader since 1978. David is a National Leader of Education since March 2012, and a Trustee of the English and Media Centre. He has been a governor of a number of maintained schools since 1998.

 

 

Kate Ward USE Parent Governor - Kate Ward
Kate was elected Vice Chair of the Governing Board in July 2017. Kate is a parent governor with children in years 8, 10 and 12 at Prendergast School. Kate has lived in Brockley for 15 years and
in or around Lewisham for nearly 30 years. She works as a psychotherapist, and is also a lawyer, with a long history of voluntary community service. Kate recently joined the Ethics Committee of the Metanoia Institute, which is a well-established educational charity specialising in the professional training of counsellors and psychotherapists. She also has ten years of experience of leading governance in a Lewisham primary school, with a proven track record of effectiveness. Ofsted said that governance under her chairship was 'rigorous', and that governors provided the right level of challenge and support. They also said that governance had a good impact on teaching, and on pupils' outcomes. Kate believes that state schools today face three serious challenges: further raising standards, a national crisis in teacher recruitment, and potentially catastrophic funding issues. Schools need a clear and coherent strategy to move forward in these times of rapid and unprecedented educational reform, and so effective governance has never been more important.

 

Philip Williams Foundation Governor - Philip Williams
Philip was appointed as a Governor by the Leathersellers’ Company. He is a member of the Court of the Leathersellers and sits on the committee which allocates the Company’s charitable grants. Philip became a Governor because he is very keen to support the Company’s educational work in Lewisham as well as its charitable work, particularly its efforts to improve outcomes for the least advantaged. Philip is also Chief Executive of a software and financial documentation business based in the City, and a Trustee of a family charitable foundation.