Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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JUDI DUMONT BARTER :   Chair of Governing Body

Judi is a community governor whose two children have graduated from Chestnut Grove.  Judi has had various roles within social services, health and the voluntary sector.  She has a degree in Education and Psychology and is completing an MSc in Occupational Psychology (Sept 2015). She has a particular interest in leadership, change management and understanding group dynamics. Her experience within education was based on a raising aspirations project for vulnerable girls in secondary education, within the borough of Wandsworth, and as a Learning Mentor in primary settings. Judi is currently the Training and Project Co-ordinator for an Adult Education Personal Development CIC with a UK-wide remit.

Judi was originally appointed as a parent governor in 2008 by parents of CGA and then voted into office as a community governor by the Full Governing Body.  Judi began a further 4 year term from July 2015. As Chair of Governors, Judi sits on all committees. 

MARTIN GOFFE  :   Chair of Site Committee

Martin is a long-standing and committed member of the Chestnut Grove Governing Body.  Originally, he was a parent governor, but when his son left the school (for Art College), he became a Community Governor.  Martin’s long career as a teacher himself for 37 years, and his subsequent research and additional qualifications (MSc in ‘Life Transitions’) provide the valuable experience which he brings to the role of governor. He is on the Resources Committee, and as Chair of the Site Committee, is the governor who was most involved in the re-building project. He is also an active member of the University of the Third Age.  

RICHARD GORRINGE  :   Chair of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee

Richard has been a community governor for six years.  He brings to the role considerable experience of the educational system, having been a college principal, and for 12 years a consultant/project manager for central government.  His particular field of expertise is in the sphere of vocational and continuing education.  He is also particularly interested in the design and delivery of staff development. He has a passion for improving performance and ensuring all young people meet their potential.

SARAH GUERRA :   Parent Governor

Sarah is a parent governor. Her daughter is in year 9 and she hopes her younger daughter will join the academy in September. Sarah has had various roles in central government and the third sector.  She has a degree in Law.  She has a particular interest in diversity, leadership, change management and understanding group dynamics. Her professional experience is focused on improving equity in the workplace and educational outcomes. Sarah is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at King’s College London, a Russell Group university which is in the top 25 internationally.  Sarah started her 4 year term earlier this year and is on the Children. Families and Community committee.

CONRAD WITHEY : Parent Governor

Conrad joined as a parent governor in summer 2017, lives locally in Balham and sits on the TLA and Resources committee. He is an experienced business leader in the entertainment and media sectors and is currently CEO of media tech start-up business Instrumental, based in Bermondsey. Conrad has a daughter at CGA and three other children in primary school (who are bound for the academy as well). He is passionate about the opportunities that digital and technological innovation can offer schools, pupils and parents to improve educational standards for all and hopes to bring that mindset into the development of the academy over the coming years. 

SARAH MARSHALL  :   Chair of Resources Committee

Sarah is a community governor who lives close to Chestnut Grove.  Sarah has spent her career in finance and management consulting.  Currently she works as an equity analyst, for an asset management company, with a focus on consumer and retail investment opportunities.  She has an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a Masters in Business Administration for which she studied and worked in the USA.  She has a particular interest in financial analysis and longer term strategic planning, as well as in bringing private sector expertise and perspectives into Chestnut Grove.   Sarah joined the governing body in February 2012, and became Chair of the Resources committee in February 2015.  She also sits on the Children, Families and Communities committee.  

ROSE CALDWELL: Vice Chair of Resources Committee

Rose trained as a chartered accountant and has worked in the not for profit sector for almost 20 years both on finance and leadership roles. Rose has lived in the community for 8 years and has 3 children at primary school.  She is currently Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK), an international humanitarian and development agency. Rose feels strongly that all children have a right to a good education.  Rose is also a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and BOND, the membership organisation for international development agencies.

WILLIAM GARDNER: Community Governor

William joined the governing body in September 2017 and sits on the Teaching, Learning & Achievement and Resources Committees. William lives locally in Balham and brings expertise of the education sector, having worked alongside a network of senior education leaders within the specialist recruitment field. William holds a degree in Business Management & Leadership and previously lived and studied abroad during his time at University. He is particularly passionate about leadership, CPD and talent attraction and retention.

HELEN HOLDING :   Teacher Governor

Helen is an elected Teacher Governor and is Head of Modern Foreign Languages at the Academy. She is a member of the Teaching & Learning and the Site Committee.

She has been teaching at the school for 8 years, during which time she has been a tutor as well as a classroom teacher. In addition to her role as a Head of Department, she is an Associate Assistant Headteacher responsible for the induction of all NQTs and the coordination of the PGCE programme. She lives locally and has two children.

BEN KEEBLE :   Support Staff Governor

Ben is the Facilities Manager at Chestnut Grove Academy. He was voted in to his Governor role by other members of support staff in 2014. Ben serves on the Resources Committee in his role of Support Staff Governor and on the Site Committee in his role as Premises Manager. Having only worked in education for the last 4 years, he has found that being a Governor is a good way to learn all about the inner workings of the Academy, and enjoys being involved in the continued improvement and success of the pupils and staff at Chestnut Grove.


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