The Governing Board and the school’s strategic leadership

The Governing Board works with the Senior Leadership Team to provide strategic leadership and scrutiny of our effectiveness. The Governing Board comprises people from the local community, parents, local authority and staff, including the head teacher. Some governors are voted for by parents and staff but the majority are selected for their skill, knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of the school.

The core responsibilities of a Governing Board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of the staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial management of the organisation and making sure money is well spent

The Governing Board plays a crucial role in holding the school to account for securing the best possible outcomes for its pupils. By challenging key decisions and asking probing questions about the school’s performance data, governors can help to guarantee high standards of education provision.

Governors are linked to a specific area of the school’s work or a statutory responsibility e.g. early years, special educational needs. Details of the Governing Board membership and their specific responsibilities can be found below.

The full Governing Board meets at least twice a term to review progress against the school development plan. Governors also visit the school during the working day to see for themselves how the school runs on a day-to-day basis and to monitor progress against the school’s priorities with their linked member of staff.

The chair of governors can be contacted on







Governor profiles


Janet Scott - Chair of Governors

Employment: Company Secretary, Marine Components International Limited

I worked in the education sector for 25 years and for 18 years was involved with a small charity that recruited volunteers to be school governors. I have seen firsthand how rewarding the role is and the impact effective governance can have on educational outcomes for children. With the challenges schools are currently facing it is more important than ever to have the right people sitting around the table. It is good to be able to contribute in a small way and give something back to the local community.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Community

Chair of the Governing Body, Discipline and appeals panels, complaints

Appointed 26th January 2011. Term ends 19th June 2021.



Fr David Cloake - Vice-chair of Governors

Employment: Priest and Vicar of Ss Philip & James Church, Whitton

I am associated with Chase Bridge School because my children are members of the student body. I have enjoyed a number of roles on various school governing bodies, though largely with faith schools as part of my working life. As this is my first opportunity to be a parent governor, I have taken a particular interest in the culture and delivery of the education at Chase Bridge School. I offer what I can to the school who serve my own children so ably.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Community

Vice Chair of the Governing Body and Named Governor for Safeguarding, Safeguarding and SEND Link Governor, Pay and Performance Management

Appointed 10th June 2014. Term ends 29th November 2021.



Emily Tafler

I am honoured to be able to contribute to Chase Bridge’s future plans and hope that my experience as a teacher, Teach First Ambassador and managing communications in the media and digital industries will bring a range of skills to the role. I am a parent of two children at Chase Bridge and look forward to working with fellow governors to support the education and well-being of all children at the school.

Governing board role: Parent Governor

Appointed 13th May 2019. Term ends 13th May 2023.



Mike Dormer

I've spent my entire working life in the film and television industry, originally as a documetary maker but mainly as a drama producer. For several years I was a governor at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in Siducp. I live in St Margarets and volunteered as a governor to support education in Richmond. Chase Bridge is a vibrant creative community and I'm very much looking forward to becoming part of it.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Community

Curriculum link Governor, Pay and Performance Management

Appointed 3rd December 2014. Term ends 3rd December 2022.



Greg Twitcher

Employment: Global Account Director - Visa International

I am a qualified accountant and have worked in the Financial Services sector for my whole career. Through my work I have lived in various countries across Asia, The Middle East and Europe. My daughters were educated in the State sector and benefited hugely from attending local primary and secondary schools that were well run, with a high quality of teachers and a pro-active and strong set of governors. I now welcome the opportunity to join the Board of Governors at Chase Bridge School and look forward to working with you all in the near future.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Community

Finance Link Governor

Appointed 3rd February 2016. Term ends 3rd February 2023.



Lorraine Templeton

I became a school governor because I wanted to benefit my local community in a volunteering capacity. My interest lies in the importance of raising children not only to be successful in the core curriculum areas, but also to be well-rounded, happy and caring individuals; Chase Bridge shares these aims and I look forward to working with the team.

Although I have no formal experience of education, I hope that the skills and experience developed throughout my career in IT management will enable me to support the staff and pupils to realise the school's ambitions.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Community

SEND link Governor, Pay and Performance Management

Appointed 17th June 2015. Term ends 17th June 2023.



Eleanor Wright

I have been a governor since my children were at Chase Bridge in the 1990s. I became a governor because of my interest in the school and in education, and in the hope that I could be helpful. I am a solicitor specialising in education law and a member of Richmond Dyslexia Association, and I also sit on local admission and exclusion appeal panels.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Community

Deputy Safeguarding Governor

Appointed 10th June 1995. Term ends 19th June 2021.



Michael Ashe

Employment: Regional Officer – BBC Children in Need

I've been working in not-for-profit organisations since 1994, helping people to improve their lives and build a better world. I've supported a wide range of organisations to focus on results, value the people who work in them and develop systems to increase effectiveness. Being a governor gives me the chance to learn from a great team of people and contribute to the local institution that is the most important to my family. I have been a school governor before, at my children's previous school in Lambeth.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Parent

Disadvantaged pupils and extended day link Governor

Appointed 8th February 2017. Term ends 8th February 2021.



James Lovatt

Employment: Head of Compliance Europe - TD Securities

I have worked for a number of financial services firms and lived in the local area for approximately fifteen years. Over that time I have realised how important it is to have a variety of views contributing to decision making. I want to be able to use my skills and expertise from the financial sector to hopefully contribute to the continued success of Chase Bridge. In addition I am excited to learn how such an important sector functions and will enjoy developing new skills along the way. I look forward to working with all members of the Chase Bridge community in the future. I am married with two young daughters and enjoy playing golf.

Governing board role: Local Authority Governor

Admin and Premises Link Governor

Appointed 8th February 2017. Term ends 8th February 2021.



Harj Singh Mann

Employment: Financial Controller - Pladis Global (formerly United Biscuits)

I have been a qualified chartered accountant for seven years with experience in working with both domestic and offshore teams. In my spare time I enjoy skiing, keeping fit, travelling and educational charity work both in the UK and overseas. I have a vested interest in Chase Bridge as I was a pupil here myself from 1991-1994. I was delighted to see the level of progress the school has undergone since I was an infant and I am privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to add value to the institution that gave such a stable foundation to my education.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor – Community

Maths link Governor

Appointed 29th November 2017. Term ends 29th November 2021.



Joanna Wilkinson

Having two children attend the school over the last seven years, I have been impressed with how the school is run and I am looking forward to the opportunity to make a contribution. In addition to my experience as a mother, I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Criminology. During my master's degree I focused on issues around the online safety of children and my dissertation was on sexting - which is now becoming a concern amongst older primary school children, so I would like to contribute to any ongoing Chase Bridge initiatives to promote the online safety of our pupils.

Governing board role: Parent Governor

KS1 link Governor

Appointed 10th May 2018. Term ends 10th May 2022.



Jonathon Lisseman

Employment: Associate Headteacher - Hammersmith Academy

I have worked in secondary education for the last 23 years, 14 of which have been at a senior level in good and outstanding schools. I am passionate about improving the life chances of all students through education and recognise the important role that governors play in the success of any school.

I have a deep commitment to community / comprehensive schooling that brings students and families from all walks of life to learn together. I have lived in St Margaret’s for the last 18 years and feel proud to be able to serve the community in this way.

I look forward to working with all the stakeholders over the coming years.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor – Community

Lower KS2 link Governor

Appointed 16th May 2018. Term ends 16th May 2022.



Una Blair

I come from an interior design background, having previously worked for IKEA. My three children are past pupils. I am a family link carer for two children with special needs within the borough, and finally I am a long-time supporter of London Irish Rugby Club.

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor

Upper KS2 link Governor

Appointed 28th November 2012. Term ends 19th June 2021.



Sue Wood

Governing board role: Staff Governor

Appointed 8th October 2019. Term ends 8th October 2023.



Andrew King

Governing board role: Headteacher - Ex officio

This is my second post as a headteacher and I have also worked as an inspector and consultant for ten years working across primary and secondary schools. Although I have a love of music my specialist area is maths and I have written several books over the years about mathematics education – I still retain a passion for number, shape and pattern and sometimes even get a chance to teach it!



Brian Ostro

Governing board role: Deputy Headteacher.

Attends meetings of the governing body.



Past Governors

Caroline McCarthy. Parent Governor. Term ended 28th November 2019.

Anne-Marie Fussey. Staff Governor. Term ended 8th October 2019.

Iyas AlQasem. Parent Governor - Leadership and Management Link Governor. Term ended 27th February 2019.


Governing Board Meetings

Minutes of full governing board meetings for the past two years can be found below:

27 November 2019

9 October 2019

26 June 2019

15 MAY 2019

27 MARCH 2019


28 NOVEMBER 2018

10 OCTOBER 2018

20 JUNE 2018

16 MAY 2018

21 MARCH 2018


29 NOVEMBER 2017


Get In Touch

Chase Bridge Primary School
Kneller Road

020 8892 1242

Headteacher: Mr King
School Business Manager: Mrs Fleming