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Governing Body – October 2018

Co-opted governors
(Appointed by the Governing Body)

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Tony Mills
Chair of Governors

Term of Office: 20th April 2016 (four year term); Chair of Governors from September 2016.

Declaration of Interests Statement:  Nothing to declare.

The skills I bring to the Governing Body: I enjoy using my Project Management skills in working with the excellent staff and Governors at Chessington and feel privileged to be given the opportunity to help us all get where we want to be.

The reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I became Chair of Governors in September 2016 as I believe Chessington has so much to offer our children and the community.

Personal facts: My career as a Project Manager has been predominately in the engineering and construction industry, utilising my BSc in Chemical Engineering and MSc Pharmaceuticals, where I have been fortunate to work in many countries, including USA, Switzerland, Denmark, India, Ireland, Singapore and Oman. More recently I attained a BSc in Psychology. ​

Other Governor roles: None.

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Karen Carman
Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 16th July 2018 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: Co-Director of LPK CIC.

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 has just started 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.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Ramesh Kapadia
Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 7th December 2016 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: Nothing to declare.

The skills I bring to the Governing Body:
 I have worked in education for my whole career at a variety of levels including teaching, curriculum development, lecturing and educational consultancy.

The reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington:
Since I live in Surbiton, I wanted to use my skills in a local school.

Personal fact: I enjoy walking and have undertaken several long-distance walks, including the Three Peaks and the Thames Path.

Other Governor roles: I am also a Governor at Thorpe Lea Primary School, Surrey.

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Nicola Macbean
Co-opted Governor

Office: 7th December 2016 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: Nothing to declare.

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.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Sonia Molnar
Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 21st September 2016 (four year term).

A Declaration of Interests Statement: Nothing to declare.

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

The reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I have an interest in education, having three children at difference stages of their education, and I wanted 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.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Han-Ley Tang
Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 21st September 2016 (four year term)

Declaration of Interests Statement: Nothing to declare.

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.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Carolyn Withey
Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 16th July 2018 (four year term)

Declaration of Interests Statement: Inclusion Lead at Latchmere School; Acting Deputy Head at Latchmere School from January 2019.

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 is Head Boy!

Other Governor roles: Latchmere School Staff Governor.

Parent governors
(Appointed by the Governing Board)

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Julie Hammond
Parent Governor and Vice-Chair

Term of Office: 9th December 2015 (four year term); Vice-Chair from March 2017 

Declaration of Interests Statement: Nothing to declare.

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 Governor 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.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Vanessa Sinet
Parent Governor

Term of Office: 16th July 2018 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests statement: My husband is the technical manager for CRL Security which is used by Chessington School and I work at another local authority school.

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.

Other Governor roles: None.

Local authority governor
(Nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body)

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Christine Stuart
Local Authority Governor

Term of Office: 16th July 2018 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: Local Councillor on Kingston Council.

Skills I bring to the Governing Body:  A background in Education - Head of Maths, Deputy Headships, Behaviour Support Consultant - Safeguarding. I had both pastoral and administrative roles as deputy head primarily in curriculum management and timetabling, as well as financial management.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: Election as a Councillor in May. Education has been my passion since 1967 when I first started teaching. Being a neighbour of the school I had long felt that I should possibly be offering my past experience for use at the school. I am committed to Chessington as my local community.

Personal facts: My son has cerebral palsy and is unable to speak, walk etc. As a result I have been heavily committed to SEND issues for the past 40 years both as a parent and a professional. SEND, social care and education are the 3 issues which I have a real passion about. My husband and I met while studying in the USA (he was American) and we chose to settle in the UK. We have lived in and around London since 1973 and for nearly 30 of those years we have lived in RBK, moving to live in Chessington 8 years ago.

Other Governor roles: None.

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
(Headteacher)

Term of Office: 1st September 2015 (ongoing).

Declaration of Interests Statement: None.

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.

There 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.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Amy Smith
Staff Governor
(Deputy Headteacher)

Term of Office:  7th December 2016 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: None.

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: I am Deputy Headteacher at Chessington and have been at the school since 2013. I lead the Lower School in Teaching and Learning. I previously taught Science in London and in Devon and bring the expertise I have gained in these different experiences to the Governing Body.

There reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I am motivated to Governance by the volunteer aspect. I truly believe that Governors who give up their time are great public servants and really can do great things for local communities.

Other Governor roles: None

Associate members
(Appointed by the Governing Board)

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Maggie Bailey
Associate member
(No Voting Rights)

Maggie is an Associate Member at Chessington as our association with the Trust develops.

Term of Office: 2nd May 2018 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: CEO of Every Child Every Day Academy Trust.  Headteacher of Greycourt School.

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: I am a National Leader of Education (NLE) with more than 34 years’ experience as a teacher. My experience ranges from some of the most challenging schools in London to some of the most outstanding ones. I was Deputy Headteacher for 16 years at three different schools prior to taking up Headship at Grey Court School when it was Ofsted graded ‘special measures’ in 2007. I am Chair of the Richmond Park Quindrat of local primary and secondary heads.

Reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I believe that ordinary teachers and people can achieve great things and I believe ‘quality first’ teaching stems from the  philosophy that all students regardless of ability or background deserve the best, and nothing but the best is good enough.

A personal fact: I was a national netball champion when younger!

Other Governor roles: Headteacher at Greycourt School.

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Paul Dale
Parent Governor
(Voting rights on Finance and Business Committee [F&B])

Term of Office: 2nd May 2018 (four year term).
(Previously Parent Governor from 7th December 2016 to 2nd May 2018).

Declaration of Interests Statement: Director of TDC The Dales company.

The skills I bring to the Governing Body: Worldly advice on technology and a parents view.

The reason for becoming a Governor at Chessington: I became a Governor in 2016 when my eldest son joined the school having moved him mid-term from a private school in Ewell to join Chessington. We knew from the start that Chessington was the right fit for us as a whole family and enjoy being part of the school. My youngest son joins in September 2019 and I am very much looking forward to giving our continued support to the school and the senior leadership team.

A personal fact(s): I am a Director of The Dales Company, a global consulting organisation based in the UK that supplies Technology, Digital, Marketing, Event and Media consulting services with key clients in the UK, Malaysia and the USA. When I am not working, I like long walks with our two dogs and visiting the Great Dorset Steam Fair.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Andrew Evans
Associate member
(Voting rights on Achievement, Teaching and Learning committee [ATL])

Term of Office: 2nd May 2018 (four year term).

(Previously Co-Opted Governor): 6th March 2017 to 22nd March 2018.

Declaration of Interests Statement: None.

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.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Frank Kitson
Associate member
(No Voting Rights)
(Also Chair of the Board of Trustees at Every Child, Every Day Academy Trust)

Frank is an Associate Member at Chessington as our association with the Trust develops.

Term of Office:  2nd May 2018 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: Chair of the Board of Trustees, Every Child Every Day Academy Trust. 

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: I am a Civil Servant with 25 years’ experience of teacher training, education policy, project management and communications and am currently leading an Agile team of communications developers at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Prior to this I spent eight years at the Teacher Training Agency.

Reason for becoming an Associate Member at Chessington: This is a time of tremendous change and opportunity in education nationally and locally and the progress of the School means we have the capacity and strength to make bold improvements to the education and happiness of our young people and local community.

A Personal Fact(s): I have been a Governor since 2005, eight of these as a Chair.

Other Governor roles: Currently Community Governor at Grey Court School.

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Paul Moralee
Associate member
(Voting rights on the Finance & Business committee [F&B])
(Business Manager)

Term of Office:  7th December 2016 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: None.

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: 24 years of Business Manager experience serving in two schools.

Reason for becoming an Associate Member at Chessington: Being an Associate Member is a natural fit with my role.

Other Governor roles: None.

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Sarah Wilson
Associate member
(Voting rights on the Achievement, Teaching & Learning committee [ATL], and also the Student, Staff and Community Wellbeing Committee [SSCW])
(Deputy Headteacher)

Term of Office:  7th December 2016 (four year term).

Declaration of Interests Statement: None

Skills I bring to the Governing Body: I am Deputy Headteacher at Chessington and have been at the school since January 2016. I lead on the Upper School, Safeguarding and Raising Standards. I have previously taught in a wide range of London schools in Ealing, Croydon and Kingston.

Reason for becoming an Associate Member at Chessington: I am motivated to Governance due to the roles the Governing Body can have in seeing the the wider picture on school improvement. Precise questions and thoughts from Governors lead to reflection and in turn improvements for young people.

Other Governor roles: None

Retired governors

ISHPAL CHAGGER
Retired Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 3rd January 2017 until 7th October 2017.

Declaration of Interests Statement: None.

Other Governor Roles: None.

PAUL DALE
Retired Parent Governor

Term of Office: 7th December 2016 until 2 May 2018, however now an Associate Member (please visit the Associate Members page here).

ANDREW EVANS
Retired Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 16th March 2017 until 22nd March 2018, however now an Associate Member (please visit the Associate Members page here).

ANDREW JOHNSON-CREEK
Retired Local Authority Governor

Term of Office: 7th December 2016 until 4th May 2018.

Declaration of Interests Statement: Previously a local Councillor on Kingston 
Council.

Other Governor roles: None.

MARY HENES
Retired Co-opted Governor

Term of Office: 21st September 2016 until 2nd September 2018.

Declaration of Interests Statement: Nothing to declare.

Other Governor roles: None.

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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.

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