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Governing Body 2020-21

Co-Opted Governors
(Appointed by the Governing Body)

Chair of Governors

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Karen Carman
Chair of Governors;
Co-Opted Governor;
Chair of the Finance & Business Committee (F&B)

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: As I am co-director of an organisation that works with adults (and their families) who have found that the traditional education system did not work for them, and I also run my own bookkeeping and advice business, I understand the need for schools to ensure all children reach their full potential, and also the need to balance the budget. I am experienced in analysing performance and financial data both in and out of an education setting.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: My eldest child is at the School and I feel it is important to try and ‘put back’ something into the community that my family are benefiting from.

Personal facts: I enjoy renovating houses (9 so far!) and gardening.

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Andrew Evans
Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

The skills I bring to the Governing Body: I currently work for a Local Authority in the children, schools and families department and so bring knowledge of the children and young people’s landscape and skills in strategy, partnerships, projects, analysis and building relationships.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: Having recently settled in Chessington I want to use my skills and knowledge to support the School and community to provide excellent all-round opportunities for children and young people.

A personal fact(s): I am a big sports fan and enjoy going to see live matches, particularly watching Arsenal when I can.

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Andreas Kirsch
Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office:  1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body:  I am a Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London, teaching Japanese Culture and Society. In May 2018 I was elected as Councillor for Chessington South Ward. I have taken part in various activities with the School including one of the Police Youth panel meetings; joint activity between Chessington School, the Police and Friends of Churchfields (which I founded) at Churchfields playground and taking part in the Youth Engagement Event organised by the Royal Borough of Kingston's Neighbourhood Manager. 

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I strongly believe in equal opportunities for every child, with each child getting the best possible education. I  hope that my background as Councillor, getting involved with Community matters as well as my professional background as Teaching Fellow, will enable me to help and support the School on its onward journey.

Personal facts: I was born in Germany and after living in Japan for two year, I moved with my family to Kingston in 2009 and to Chessington in 2012, 

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Nicola Macbean
Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office (Second term of office): 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

The skills I bring to the Governing Body: I hope I can bring to the Board my passion for education, an international background and experience from the charitable sector, where I have also been a Trustee.

The reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I have a long-standing interest in education having trained as a teacher and obtained a Master’s degree in education planning and economics.

Personal fact: I now run a charity to support those working for human rights in China.

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Han-Ley Tang
Co-Opted Governor;
Vice-Chair of the Finance & Business Committee (F&B)

Term of Office (Second term of office): 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

The skills I bring to the Governing Body: My background is in management consulting, with expertise in data and analytics for corporate strategy, operational effectiveness, and regulatory compliance.

The reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: .I have volunteered as a Governor to apply my skills to a fresh challenge and make a positive difference to education in the Borough.

Personal facts: In my spare time, I enjoy football (GGMU!) and Formula 1, fixing an old motorcycle, and tinkering with technology.

Female staff
Emma Turner
Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

The skills I bring to the Governing Body: I currently work as a School Business Manager in a Single Academy Trust and have previously worked in local Kingston and Surrey Schools as Business Manager and supporting schools in working together. I have a degree in Education, and qualifications in school finance, project management and am an accredited School Resource Management Advisor (SRMA) supporting schools in making sure they use their resources to obtain value for money and the best possible outcomes for pupils.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: My daughter will be starting Chessington School in September 2021, and I would like to volunteer my skills but also support the Trust on their journey in any way I can.

A personal fact(s): During lockdown I started running and trying my best to continue!

Female staff
Sarah Ward
Co-Opted Governor

Term of Office: 19th May 2021 until 18th May 2025 (four year term).

The skills I bring to the Governing BodyTBA.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: TBA

A personal fact(s): TBA

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Carolyn Withey
Co-Opted Governor;
Chair of the Student, Staff & Community Wellbeing Committee (SSCW)

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: Having worked in Primary Education since leaving school, I have a solid background of information both at ground and strategic level. I have specific interests in Special Educational Needs and Disability and the barriers to learning children face.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: Both my children are at Chessington School and I wanted to be able to give something back. I recognise the passion from the Leadership team to make this school the best it can be, and would like to help achieve that.

Personal fact: My eldest son was Head Boy, last year.

Parent Governors
(Appointed by the Governing Body)

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Vanessa Sinet
Co Vice-Chair of Governors
Parent Governor;
Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: My experience in secondary schools over the past seven years includes learning and behaviour support, counselling students and administrating at the front of the school. I am currently an Operations Manager in an outstanding school working closely with all support, teaching and senior leadership staff.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: My two youngest children started at Chessington School in 2016 and 2017. This school has embarked on an exciting journey and I relish the idea of being part of it.

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Gregor Falck
Co Vice-Chair of Governors
Parent Governor

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body:  My experience is in tech platforms and ecommerce. I am an account director for a global corporation providing solutions to the wider travel industry. My core expertise is building and delivering on strategic objectives. I aim to achieve success by motivating and empowering people.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I have a son at Chessington School and I'm inspired by the energy and the direction that the School is going in. I am keen to contribute to that journey and to the School’s continued success. I have a passion for identifying talent and building an nurturing environment to help grow individuals to the best of their capability.

Personal facts: I am a qualified ICC Level 2 cricket coach. I coach an under 9 Colts' Cricket Team and play cricket, hockey as well as enjoying running, tennis, golf and some occasional mountain biking!

Staff Governors
(The Headteacher is an Ex-Officio member of the Governing Body. The other Staff Governor is appointed by Staff)

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Ashraf Ali
Staff Governor
(Headeacher)
CEO of Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 (ongoing).

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: I have been Headteacher at Chessington since September 2015. I am also a local resident who has worked in a number of schools in the local area such as Grey Court and the Coombe schools. As headteacher I bring a wide range of skills and experiences to the Governing Body including school improvement, financial management and connection with local stakeholders.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: The motivation of knowing that a small group of well minded people really can change the lives of children.

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Tamara Graham
Staff Governor, Head of Physical Education

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: I have been the head of Physical Education at Chessington School since 2017. In my role and through extracurricular activities I have the pleasure of interacting with every child in the School. The experiences, insights and expertise gained through these interactions support my role as Staff Governor.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I believe that pupils should always be at the heart of every decision made within schools. My drive is to positively impact the lives of children beyond my individual role within the classroom.

A personal fact: I am an animal lover, enjoy travel and am a sponsored athlete for Sutton United women's football team.

Associate Members

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Julie Hammond
Associate Member

Term of Office:1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term). Vice-Chair of Governors from March 2017 to August 2019; Chair of Governors from 1 September 2019 to 31st March 2021. 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: My background is in scientific research and health and safety and in 2007 I decided to go back to full time education to study a Masters degree in Osteopathic Medicine, furthering my medical knowledge.

Reason for becoming a Associate Member at Chessington: I became a Parent Governor in 2016 after my daughter chose to join the school.

Personal facts: I play saxophone and clarinet and am a keen cycling fan.

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Sonia Molnar
Co-Opted Governor;
Vice-Chair of the Student, Staff & Community Wellbeing Committee (SSCW)

Term of Office (Second Term of Office): 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025 (four year term).

The skills I bring to the Governing Body: I have previously been a Safeguarding and SEND Governor at Chessington School and have an understanding of issues facing SEND children and families as I have a child with a severe learning disability.

Reason for becoming an Associate Member at Chessington: I have an interest in education, having three children in three different key stages, and I want to support the school to ensure that they help SEND students to reach their full potential.

Personal facts: I enjoy travelling, reading and the performing arts.

Retired Governors/Associate Members

RAMESH KAPADIA
Retired Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2025.

Retired: 24th May 2021.

TONY MILLS
Retired Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:  20th April 2016 until 19th April 2020.

CHRISTINE STUART
Retired Local Authority Governor

Term of Office:  16th July 2018 until 31st March 2020. 

FRANK KITSON
Retired Co-opted Governor

Term of Office:  2nd May 2018 until May 2020.

SARAH WILSON
Retired Associate Member

Term of Office:  7th December 2016 until 6th December 2020.

PAUL MORALEE
Retired Associate Member

Term of Office: 7th December 2016 until 6th December 2020.

AMY SMITH
Retired Staff Governor

Term of Office: 1st December 2016 until 30th November 2020

SONIA MOLNAR
Retired Governor

Term of Office: 21st September 2020 until 30th November 2020.

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Chessington School, Garrison Lane, Chessington, Surrey KT9 2JS

Chessington School is a co-educational, non-selective, secondary school providing excellence in education for pupils aged 11 to 16

Everyone valued • Every day an opportunity • Every moment focused on success

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Every day an opportunity
Every moment focused on success

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Chessington School is part of Every Child Every Day Academy Trust, a company limited by guarantee that is registered in England (Company Number:08185432), with a registered office c/o Grey Court School, Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, TW10 7HN

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