Our Governors

 

Andy Rothery USE

Andy Rothery (Co-Chair of Governors)
Andy is Co-Chair of the Governing Board 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.

 

 

Kate Ward2 Kate Ward (Co-Chair of Governors)
Kate is a parent governor and was elected co-chair of governors at the Leathersellers’ Federation in October 2019, having previously served as vice chair in the Federation, and as a chair of governors in Lewisham for many years. She is a qualified lawyer, and worked in the City for most of the 1990s. She subsequently retrained as a clinical psychotherapist, graduating with a distinction in 2013, and now runs her own part-time psychotherapy practice from home in Brockley. She also sits on the ethics committee of her training institution. She was educated at a large comprehensive, and went from there to Oxford University. This experience drives her passion for improving the life chances of local children through aspirational and high quality state education. She also has a keen interest in supporting the wellbeing of children, both to promote their personal development and to facilitate their learning. She has two daughters still at Prendergast School, and one who graduated from the sixth form in 2018.
 

 

Kate Bridgman (Co-opted Governor)
Kate is a co-opted governor and has lived in and around Lewisham for over 20 years having moved to the area to attend Goldsmiths College, where she read English and History. After a 15 year career in entertainment marketing for the BBC, Channel 4 and music royalty organisations – and after having her two children – Kate began working in local independent schools, namely Dulwich College and latterly Colfe’s School where she is currently Director of Admissions and Communications. As a member of the school’s Senior Management Team, Kate’s role at Colfe’s includes influencing policy and strategy, managing admissions across all entry points (ages 3-18), supporting community links and partnerships as well as helping to promote and build the school’s profile with local and national media. Kate attended a girls’ comprehensive school in inner-city Liverpool and believes that education is a driving factor in social mobility. She is passionate that a good education should be afforded to all young people, whatever their background.

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Clare Brynley-Jones (Parent Governor)
Clare has a daughter at Prendergast School and has lived in Lewisham on and off since 1990. Currently co-director of a local company, she also volunteers as a mentor for Urban Synergy, an early intervention charity helping young people 11-18 achieve their full potential. She went to Goldsmiths College and has 13 years experience teaching English and Drama in secondary schools and adult education colleges, including 7 years as a Head of Department. She believes that all children in our local schools should be nurtured to become kind, happy, well-rounded adults because collectively they form the future of our community.


Andrew Collier (Co-opted Governor)
Andrew is a co-opted governor. 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.

Andrew Collier USE

 

Ian Duffy
 

Ian Duffy (Co-opted Governor)
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.


Niall Hand (Headteacher Governor)
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.

Niall Hand HT PLS

 

Roger Hibbitt

Roger Hibbitt (Co-opted Governor)
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 OBE (LEA Governor)
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.

Andrew Holmes

 

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Duncan Kamya (Headteacher Governor)
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 is a single parent to a KS3/4 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 KS3/4. 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. Sukhvinder 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.

Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs

 

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Paula Ledger (Headteacher Governor)
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 was elected vice chair of governors at the Leathersellers’ Federation in October 2019. 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.

Sophie Miremadi

Adeyemi Olatunde

Adeyemi Olatunde (Co-opted Governor)
I am a keen advocate for people to voice and exact changes to the parameters in which they find themselves within.  As a past student of Prendergast Ladywell, I enthusiastically engaged with varying facets of my community and its wider surroundings as a key part of Young Citizens, a Young Mayor campaign and briefly as part of the Jimmy Mizen Foundation. 

For higher education, I studied at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar and enjoyed eye-opening experiences in Canada, Brazil, rural Colorado and the American south. I also had the chance to gain experience working with young people either teaching English or with general school support. Having recently graduated from university, I am now using my abilities to build solar products for Base of the Pyramid customers in sub-Saharan Africa. 

During my years away from Prendergast, I have always been in proximity to various educational institutions, through my mother, a Montessori teacher, and my grandmother, a headteacher in Nigeria. I am from a family of educators, and understand the time and soul that is poured into this vocation and the many, many people that are better for it. I gratefully fail to forget the teachers that have forged my spirit and morals. I am excited to work with my fellow governors to better the Leathersellers’ schools and in turn build better people within those school walls that can enact even greater change outside of it.


 

Dr Jacqueline Phillips Owen (Co-opted Governor)

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.
Jacqueline Phillips Owen

 


 

Ian Russell Ian Russell MBE (Foundation Governor)
Ian is a Foundation Governor appointed by the Leathersellers' Company to the Leathersellers' Federation of Schools Governing Board in December 2017.

 

David Sheppard (Co-opted Governor)
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.
David Sheppard EX HT

 

Philip Williams Philip Williams (Foundation Governor)
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.