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



Mike Dormer - Chair of Governors

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

Chair of the Governing Body, Safeguarding, Pay and Performance Management, Three-year Strategy Group, Recruitment and Selection.

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


The chair of governors can be contacted via email at



Michael Ashe - Vice-chair of Governors

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

Vice-chair of the Governing Body, Pay and Performance Management, Disadvantaged pupils and extended day link Governor.

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



Fr David Cloake

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

Named Governor for Safeguarding, Safeguarding and SEND Link Governor.

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 and Three-Year Strategy Group.

Appointed 13th May 2019. Term ends 13th May 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

Inclusion and SEND link Governor.

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


Appointed 10th June 1995. Term ends 19th June 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

Pay and Performance Management, Admin and Premises, Health & Safety 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.



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, Pay and Performance Management, Three-year Strategy Group.

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


Ash Patel

Governing board role: Co-opted Governor - Parent

Financial Planning Group, Pay and Performance Management, Three-year Strategy Group.

During the past 15 years of my working career I have been a senior member of project teams where major institutions (commercial and not for profit - NHS/Government Agencies) are going through re-structure/ change / transformation (ICT)/ new capital investment injection(Estates, Facilities Management). As a qualified ACMA accountant I have driven those changes from a financial budgeting/planning, financial modelling and funding approval needs.

As a parent of a son at Chase Bridge I can bring those skills and experience to Chase Bridge to help the school achieve its long term financial and non-financial goals.

Appointed September 2020. Term ends 29th July 2024.



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

Deputy Headteacher.

Attends meetings of the governing board.



Past Governors

Joanna Wilkinson. Parent Governor. Term ended 3rd September 2020.

Sue Wood. Staff Governor. Term ended 3rd September 2020.

Una Blair. Co-opted Governor. Term ended 31st August 2020.

Greg Twitcher. Co-opted Governor - Community. Term ended 31st August 2020.

Janet Scott. Chair of Governors. Term ended 31st July 2020.

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

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


Governing Board Meetings

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

20 May 2020

13 May 2020

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