Meet our Governors & Associate Members

Tom Jeans

Parent Governor

Co-Chair

ex-officio member of all Committees

Link areas: PE

I have worked in the public service for BBC Children’s. Learning is at the heart of CBeebies and CBBC and we’re very proud of the trust that we’ve established with parents through our stimulating, enriching content for kids. I’m a commercial lawyer and have led legal and commercial teams in both public and private sectors.

My job has given me an insight into the mounting challenges facing children in the UK and I am particularly looking forward to working with the Governing Body to celebrate diversity in all its forms and to promote a culture of inclusiveness and social cohesion amongst adults and children alike within our community.

I’m married to Becky and have two children who attend the School.

Zoe Leventhal

Co-opted Governor

Co-Chair

ex-officio member of all Committees

Link areas: Literacy, Eco

I am a barrister with over 16 years’ experience. I practise in public law and human rights, acting for individuals, NGOs and government bodies. My day to day work involves appearing in Court and advising my clients on strategy and policy decisions across a range of areas including health and welfare law, environmental law and equality & discrimination law.

My training means that I bring a logical and evidenced-based approach to the governing body and enjoy being a trouble-shooter for governors and the Headteacher. I am passionate about our local community and very proud of Wimbledon Chase School. I look forward to engaging with all parts of our community as part of my work on the Governing Body.

 

Michael Fernando

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair

Chair of Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee

 

 

Link areas: Assessment, SMSC/British Values, RE, PSHE, Diversity & Inclusion

I am a solicitor with over 19 years post qualification experience. I am a litigation and regulatory compliance specialist.

I am passionate about education, excellence, aspiration and social mobility. I have a long and happy association with the school. I deeply value its role in improving the life chances of all the children and the integral part it plays in our wonderful local community. I am committed to identifying and maximising any untapped areas of potential within our organisation to ensure it continues to flourish and thrive.

My wife Kathryn Ferguson and I have lived in the area since 2010. Our youngest daughter is a pupil at the school and our eldest daughter is a former pupil.

Oddi Aasheim

Parent Governor

Vice Chair of Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee

Link areas: History & Geography, Mental Health

I am a leadership consultant and work with boards and executive teams across many companies and organisations that aspire to deliver something truly groundbreaking. In addition to leading FirstHuman I also sit on boards of two charities, one global medical charity focused on fungal disease and one local in London providing affordable accommodation.

Being a parent governor with two girls at Wimbledon Chase I am passionate about providing a rich learning environment where each child at the school gets to realise their full potential, not just academically, but in all aspects of life. To make this possible, I have a particular concern for the financial health of our school amid ever tightening funding and will work relentlessly to find new ways to raise funds to allows us to provide as a rich a learning environment as possible.

Caroline Burnett

Co-opted Governor

Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee

Link areas: Training

I have had the pleasure of working at Wimbledon Chase Primary School as Deputy Head teacher since 2002. Prior to working at Wimbledon Chase I worked as Deputy Head in two other schools in the borough of Wandsworth.

As part of the range of responsibilities incorporated into my Deputy Head role I lead on curriculum development. This is an exciting area to be working on as the curriculum is developed with the new Ofsted Framework. I am working alongside the Senior Management Team Subject Leaders to assist in reviewing the delivery of subjects across the school. I also lead on supporting the training of students on placement in our school. It is very rewarding to support trainee teachers to become confident class leaders in the educational workforce.

I have a son who is himself in Primary education and this has helped me in creating a real personal passion for teaching and learning and ‘getting it right’ for our children.

Nathalie Byford-Guy

Staff Governor

Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee

I am a long-standing member of staff at Wimbledon Chase Primary School having taught here since 2007. I have taught across KS2 and I have a real passion for Primary Science and have been the Science Lead at WCPS for over 10 years. I have been part of many research groups at the school over the years and have seen first-hand how education is constantly changing and striving to improve the lives of young people.

I joined the Governing Body in 2019 and serve on the Standards, Teaching & Learning Committee.

I am a parent of three young children who are early on in their primary education and I feel that this new perspective has strengthened my role as a teacher and now a staff governor. I have a keen interest in shaping how education can positively change children's outcomes.

Suzanne Grocott

Local Authority Governor

Chair of School Business Committee

Link areas: Science

I am a Chartered Accountant and have worked in investment banking for over 30 years.  I currently work for a Portfolio Management company, managing a $1bn US Life Insurance portfolio on behalf of a client in addition to a number of infrastructure project finance deals.  My work requires a high level of attention to detail to ensure that operations run smoothly as well as the assessment and reporting of credit risk.

I am married to Andrew and have one son who is a mechanical engineer working in Eastbourne.

We have lived in Wimbledon since 2007.

 

Jonathan Hearn

Co-opted Governor

School Business Committee

Link areas: Equality

I’m a senior lawyer at the global law firm DLA Piper, and I specialise in employment law. It’s been my privilege to be a governor of Wimbledon Chase since soon after my elder daughter joined the school, when I was elected as a parent governor. I was re-elected, and while my other two children went right through the school too, I was asked to remain as a co-opted governor, which has been great.

I adore the school, its ethos and approach - and its huge potential too, for even greater achievements now and in the future. I bring legal expertise, and a lot of knowledge about what’s worked and not worked in the school in the past - plus my commercial expertise from working with a huge range of client organisations in the private and public sectors.  I live very locally, and I also bring this perspective: I’ve seen my three kids go through the school, receiving a great all-round education at Wimbledon Chase, which gave them the very firmest foundations for happiness and success at secondary school. I want Wimbledon Chase to continue to deliver on this, for current and future generations - it’s a privilege to be involved.

I am a member of the School Business Committee, and the governor with specific responsibility for equality issues.

Mac Miller

Co-opted Governor

Chair of Pay and Personnel Committee

School Business Committee

Link areas: Health & Safety, Computing, GDPR

I am retired but previously worked for M&S for 37 years as a Manager in Information Technology. I was a governor at Wimbledon Chase Primary School over 15 years ago when my children were at the school. They are now working having finished university with master degrees.

I have come back to the school as a co-opted governor as I wish to put something back into the local community where I have lived for over 30 years.

David Urquhart

Co-opted Governor

Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee

School Business Committee

Link areas: Safeguarding, Maths

I am a retired Civil Servant with previous experience of working as a governor at Wimbledon Chase which I did when my two sons, now in their twenties, both attended the school.

Kate Baker

Associate Member

School Business Manager

Having worked in IT Training for 20 years in both delivery and management roles, I started at Wimbledon Chase as the School Business Manager in September 2006 when my son was in Year 1.

I report directly to Keith and have overall responsibility for managing the strategy and operation of the business functions, including financial management, Capital expenditure, health and safety, human resources, compliance and administration.

As an Associate Member of the Governing body my role, alongside Keith is to report on financial, site and HR matters through the School Business Committee, Full Governing Board meetings and Local Authority.

Keith Ellis

Headteacher

ex-officio member of all Committees

I am the Headteacher at Wimbledon Chase and am proud to work with such a dedicated staff team, enthusiastic and happy children, committed governors and supportive parents.

I became part of the Governing body at Wimbledon Chase when I joined the school in 2015 and have sat on all of the governing body committees.   I previously worked in Wandsworth for 26 years.

I am very proud to be a member of the Wimbledon Chase community and am passionate about achieving the best possible outcomes for all of the children at the school.

Rachel Knight

Associate Member

I am a Freelance Social Media Manager advising on social media strategy and providing social media training, management and content creation. I have previously worked as a Communications Manager with responsibility for media relations and stakeholder engagement.

I have two children who attend the school.

Theodora Theodoratou

Parent Governor

I work as a Senior Educational Psychologist in an inner London Local Authority with 17 years of experience in child and adolescent development, safeguarding, wellbeing and learning. This includes direct involvement with assessment of children's needs and intervention planning. I have a passion and extensive experience in teaching practices that promote learning, mental health and inclusion as well as direct involvement with creating school communities that promote parental and child participation and belonging. At a more strategic level my daily work involves guiding and supporting school leaders in their roles as well as helping staff reflect on their practice and develop their own emotional wellbeing and teaching. My involvement with local authority SEND strategic planning means I have a lot of first hand knowledge of implementing new legislation and shaping local borough wide initiatives.

I was born in Greece and moved to the UK to study Psychology in 1998. My husband and I moved in the area in 2017 and my daughter attends Wimbledon Chase.

Nese Soysal

Parent Governor

I am an academic for 17 years with a PhD in Education and I have an educational consultancy company. I am conducting research about global education, education for sustainable development and teacher training, and giving courses and consultation about educational issues.

As my job requires, I am passionate about education systems, education for sustainable development, teaching and learning theories, motivational strategies for higher achievement and teacher education. I am committed to providing a rich learning environment for the kids to reach their full potential as I believe that every child can achieve academic success when there are enough opportunities. I also believe the effectiveness of positive learning environments on student success.

My husband Murat and I have been lived in Wimbledon since 2018 with our son at the school.

Allison Hamilton

Co-opted Governor

I am an Educational Psychologist and worked for a local education authority in London for eight years before moving with my family to Tokyo, where I worked independently with clients from the international community. Since our return to London in 2017 I have been working in therapy and psychology centres for children and in a secondary school, as a private consultant.

As an educational psychologist I have worked closely with a wide range of primary, secondary schools and special schools and have also worked extensively within multidisciplinary teams. I am passionate about helping schools implement high quality, inclusive and differentiated teaching for all children with special educational needs and I really enjoy offering training and support to teachers, teaching assistants and management staff in schools. I find it extremely rewarding to work in close partnership with a child’s parents or carers, having developed my experience of and interest in working with families by completing courses in systemic family therapy and coaching. I am guided by my curiosity for each child as a unique individual with special qualities, adopting a holistic and problem solving approach to supporting the child’s learning and development. As a governor I am looking forward to bringing this perspective and experience to supporting the school’s special educational provision and my local community.

I live locally and have three children and a dog who keep me very busy, so I love to hide away once in a while with a good book! I enjoy running walking and also love travelling, having spent a lot of my childhood in South America.

Siân Dotchin

Clerk to Governing Body

I have worked at Wimbledon Chase Primary School since 2001. My roles at school are PA to the Headteacher and Parent Support Advisor. In September 2019 I took on the additional responsibility of Clerk to Governors. I am looking forward to fulfilling the challenges this role brings.

I am contactable via the school office and by email sdotchin.315@lgflmail.org