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 very 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 is 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.

BRIDGET PALMER :   Vice Chair of Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee and Lead on Pay Panel
Bridget is a Parent Governor, with three children at Chestnut Grove She is a Director in the Legal Group at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. With a background in public, employment and health and safety law, she is used to reading and analysing documents and procedures, and is enjoying contributing to management and leadership in the school context. 
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.  

SHEILA MITCHELL  :   Chair of Children, Families and Communities Commitee

Sheila is a Community Governor; her eldest son has just left Chestnut Grove and her younger son is in year 11. She was also a Governor at their primary school for many years. She has worked in Marketing for 25 years mainly for major retailers and has been the marketing director of 2 national charities. Currently, she runs her own management consultancy specialising in ‘glueing brands and customers together’ and ensuring the customer’s voice is heard throughout the organisation. She brings these skills of customer focus, insight and communication to the governing body. She believes that all children should have a great education that equips them for the modern world, regardless of their background or ability.

PAUL THOMAS  :   Vice Chair of Children, Families and Communities Committee

Paul has worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for thirty years, most of it specialising in HR and staff issues. He has been a Governor at Chestnut Grove for five years, first as a parent and now as a community governor.  He has a daughter in Year 8.  He is also Chair of Governors at a local primary school.  His aims are that that every child should learn to enjoy learning and that schools should value both diversity and progress as much as they do attainment.  


Sarah is a Parent Governor whose two sons have both attended Chestnut Grove. She currently works as a Senior Project Officer for Lambeth Council. She also has extensive experience of urban regeneration, and community and resident involvement. Her qualifications include a degree in Psychology along with a post-graduate certificate in management. 


Charlotte is a parent governor with two children at Chestnut Grove, in years 11 and 7. She is an arts project manager and facilitator with a Fine Art degree from Central Saint Martins. She has over 20 years experience delivering creative projects with schools, galleries, disability and community groups across London. Charlotte has also initiated and developed park regeneration projects within Wandsworth and Lambeth, working closely with local communities and councils.

Charlotte joined the governing body in 2014 and aims to bring her creative and community focused experience to support Chestnut Groves Creative Learning Community.  

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.

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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