Our Governors


Andy Rothery USE

Andy Rothery (Chair of Governors)
Andy is 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.


Daniel Becker (Co-opted Governor)
Appointed by the Governing Board 8th December 2021

Katie Carruthers (Parent Governor)
Katie was elected as a parent governor in July 2021. She has a daughter at Prendergast, and two more at local junior schools. She grew up in south London, studied modern languages at Oxford, and is now a Creative Director in the advertising industry. She hopes her day job using creativity to solve problems and find the best way forwards will help in her role as governor. In the past she’s also enjoyed working with school children – from teaching languages abroad to running school holiday trips, and more recently, mentoring pupils to find their chosen career.

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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 (LA Governor)
Ian is the Governing Board's LA 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 communications and advocacy for UK offshore wind, 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 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 led 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.

Polly Fox

Polly Fox (Parent Governor)
Polly was elected as a parent governor in October 2020. Polly has lived in Lewisham since 2001 and has a daughter at Prendergast and a son at Prendergast Vale. Originally from the North East of England, she attended a comprehensive school and sixth form college before studying modern languages at Oxford. Having worked for nearly 15 years as a sub editor in the publishing industry, she is now part of the Communications and Marketing team at the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone. She is particularly interested in ensuring that children across all the Federation schools have equal access to an outstanding education, including diverse art, sport and music opportunities.

Stuart Fuller (Foundation Governor)
Stuart is a member of the Leathersellers' Company and a Foundation Governor. He grew up in nearby Croydon and went on to study at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He has worked in finance and asset management in London and New York for the past 20 years, focusing on lending money to companies. He has previously served as a Governor of Colfe's School and is passionate about education and giving the best opportunities to each child to fulfill their own talents. Stuart has 3 children at primary and secondary school.

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Fr Steve Hall (Foundation Governor)
I’m Fr Steve Hall, Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Lewisham, which enjoys a historic connection with the founders of Prendergast School, the Federation and the Leathersellers’ Company.

We welcome Prendergast School every year for its Founders’ Day service.

I have worked as a chaplain at university and in prison (surprising similarities) and have been a school governor at various schools for 20 years.

As well as being a governor at the Leathersellers’ Federation I am also a governor at St Mary’s C of E School and Chaplain to Colfe’s School. We have many links with the life of our local community in central Lewisham, from schools to care homes, Lewisham Hospital and our Mayor and Council and I am a founding member of Lewisham Interfaith Forum.

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Niall Hand HT PLS


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.
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.

Louisa Itam (Co-opted Governor)
Appointed by the Governing Board 8th December 2021.

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.
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Sukhvinder Kaur-Stubbs (Co-opted Governor)
Sukhvinder is a single parent to a KS4 pupil. After many years of involvement in policy making at national level, she has committed to working locally and supporting her surrounding communities. 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

Paula Ledger USE

Paula Ledger (Executive Headteacher Governor)
Paula is the Executive Headteacher. Paula worked within the Federation as a Headteacher, before becoming the Executive Headteacher in September 2020. 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 facilitators 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.

Kelly lovegrove Kelly Lovegrove (Headteacher Governor)
Kelly is Headteacher of Prendergast School and has been at Prendergast since September 2020. She has completed an MSc in Education Leadership and Management and is a science teacher who is passionate about STEM education for young women.
Kelly is a keen follower of emerging educational practice and enjoys reading research into effective pedagogical strategies.


Sharifa McCogg (Staff Governor)
Sharifa was elected as Staff Governor in November 2020.
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Sophie Miremadi

Sophie Miremadi (Foundation Governor)
Sophie is Vice Chair of the Governing Board, and as a member of the Leathersellers' Company, she is a Foundation Governor. She has spent 20 years in public policy, working in government, consulting and most recently as Director of External Affairs at Virgin Money, where she helped to manage the bank's interests in areas such as education and skills, financial exclusion and mental health.  Sophie is now an independent public policy adviser. She lives in Camberwell, and has three small children.

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

Kate Ward2 Kate Ward (Foundation Governor)
Kate is a Foundation Governor and served as co-chair of governors at the Leathersellers’ Federation from October 2019-December 2021, having previously served as vice chair in the Federation. She also served 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. 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 three daughters, one of whom is still at Prendergast School, and two who have already graduated from the sixth form.