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Governor Who's Who

Christ Church School has 14 governors. Please see below for more details about the people who currently make up the Governing Body.

The Department for Education instructs that governors should be recruited for the skills they can bring into the service of the school.  The 14 governors are made up of 8 foundation governors, 1 nominated by the borough, 1 member of staff, 2 elected by the parents, 1 co-opted and the Headteacher.  This gives a majority of 2 foundation governors as required by legislation.

NAME

PICTURE

GOVERNOR TYPE/DATE OF OFFICE

DETAILS/REGISTER OF INTEREST

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Amy Brown

Staff Governor

 

October 2021 - October 2025

Amy Brown has been teaching for 5 years and has experience across Key Stage 2. Originally from North Yorkshire, she began teaching in a small village primary school before moving to London at the beginning of 2020.She is PSHE lead at Christ Church as well as being part of the RE teaching and learning team and on the Christian Ethos committee. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential as well as creating a happy and safe learning environment. She is looking forward to being on the Governing body and being able to bring the voice of the children and staff of Christ Church.

 
Claire Caldwell

Elected Parent Governor

 

May 2021 - May 2025

Claire Caldwell is a parent of four children, two who currently are at the school and two who are now in secondary school. Her family are part of New Malden Baptist church. Claire previously taught RE and Philosophy at a secondary school in Tooting. She originally is from Northern Ireland but has enjoyed living in both Vancouver and Zambia before moving to New Malden. 

Claire is part of the Admissions committee, the Pupil Impact committee and the Christian Ethos committee. She is also deeply interested in Wellbeing amongst both staff and pupils. 

Claire enjoys sports, cooking and travel, though people bring me the biggest joy. 

Pupil Impact

Christian Ethos

Anna Edwards

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese

 

July 2022 - July 2026

Anna is a member of Christ Church and has two children at Christ Church School. Anna is a qualified teacher who has been working in education for 12 years, she currently is working as Head of Psychology at Kingston Grammar School and has previously taught science and worked as a nurture group teacher. 

 

Marcy Gwanzura

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese

 

September 2021 - September 2025

Marcy Gwanzura comes from an Engineering, Computer Science and Business background and, in her current work as a Cyber Security engineer, she is passionate about fostering a sense of gender equality and racial diversity within primary school education and encouraging children from all backgrounds to pursue their interest in STEM subjects.

As a practising Christian, her values align with the school ethos and she hopes to inspire pupils to explore the positive relationship between faith and education.

Having two girls of her own has taught her a lot about being compassionate, patient and attentive to children’s needs, as well as creating an environment conducive to healthy development.

She is excited about being a governor because she believes she brings a wide range of experience from having worked in both the private and public sectors.

She is particularly interested in ensuring mathematics and IT lessons are engaging and accessible to all students.

 

Nick Hudson

Co-opted Governor

 

March 2015 - March 2023

Nick Hudson (Vice-Chair) is parent to two boys, both formerly at the school, and he has been an active member of Christ Church since 2002. He has extensive experience of committee, management and team-related work and is passionate about working with the school and its excellent staff to help ensure that all pupils are given the best chance to achieve their potential. He also has a particular interest in technology and IT and how its use can help the school’s teaching staff. He has a passion for sporting and creative activities, such as the school’s brilliant provision for music.

Pupil Impact (Chair)

Dave Pamphilon     Details to follow  

Andrew Rankin

Governor appointed by the Local Authority 

 

January 2021 - January 2025

Andrew Rankin retired a few years ago from working in the post-16 sector of education but he has a lively interest in primary education. He has college management experience and is a long term member of the Association for Science Education. He is keen that all subjects are taught well, but science is his passion. Andrew has been a member of Christ Church since he was a teenager.

Christian Ethos (Chair)

HR

Mike Sainsbury

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese

September 2020 - 2024

Mike Sainsbury became a governor in 2020. He has lived in New Malden since 1986 and has been an active member of Christ Church since then. He has been an Operations Manager at a large London university since 2016 having previously worked in Human Resources for many years. Mike has substantial previous experience as a primary school governor and is delighted that he can bring his personal and professional experience to the school, particularly at the moment to the HR and Business Impact committees. He is very pleased to be working with the school’s excellent staff and the other governors to ensure that Christ Church remains a school where every pupil has the opportunity to thrive in a caring Christian community.

HR

Business Impact

Emma Scott

Elected Parent Governor

 

November 2015 – November 2022

Emma Scott is the mother of two children, who both attend the school. A Chartered Accountant with over 15 years of professional experience. Emma is delighted to be able to apply her skills to support and help advance the school.

Business Impact (Chair)

Robert Shrimpton

Foundation Governor (appointed by SDBE)

 

September 2014 - September 2022

Robert Shrimpton (Chair of Governors) has worked in the Education sector for 12 years and is a qualified teacher with experience in teaching children with special needs across the Key stages. He is an Assistant Head teacher at Cricket Green School in Mitcham. Robert is a Designated Safeguarding Lead and has expertise in this field and delivering training to support special needs children in education.

Pupil Impact

Joy Uren

Foundation Governor (appointed by SDBE)

 

November  2018 - November 2022

Joy Uren is a member of St John the Divine Church in New Malden and has been associated with Christ Church school for many years, as a neighbour to the school and as a parent of two girls who attended the school a number of years ago. She taught for many years in special education at St Philips School in Chessington. She is a specialist dyslexia teacher and since retiring in 2012, works part-time tutoring from home. She has a great interest in the area of dyslexia and in facilitating young people to achieve their potential.

Christian Ethos

Neil Meehan

Headteacher

Ex-officio

Neil Meehan joined the school as Headteacher in September 2022. He was previously Executive Headteacher at Laleham and Ashford C of E Primary Schools Partnership in Surrey.

Pupil Impact

Business Impact

HR

Christian Ethos

 

Register of Interest: Where no Register of Interest is noted, this is because the governor has declared that they have no pecuniary or business interests related to the school. They have also declared that they have no family or close personal connections to those working for the school. Declarations of Interest 2021

Local Authority Governor Checklists (which further indicates governor areas of interest): Kingston LA maintains a list of Mandatory Governing Roles. These will be reviewed in the Full Governing Body meeting on 29th September. For the 2021-22 academic year, these were as follows:

Chair: Robert Shrimpton; Vice-Chair: Nick Hudson; Clerk to Governors: Saskia Watkin; Safer Recruitment (trained governors): Andrew Rankin and Tabitha White; Performance Management (trained governors): Andrew Rankin and Rachel von Rietberg.

Kingston LA also maintains a list of Link Governing Roles. In 2019/20 these are as follows: Child Protection: Robert Shrimpton; Curriculum: Nick Hudson; Health and Safety: Rachel von Rietberg and Mike Sainsbury; Looked after Children: Joy Uren; SEND: Robert Shrimpton; Early Years: Rachel von Rietberg.

Past Governors (who have served within the last 12 months)

NAME

PICTURE

GOVERNOR TYPE/DATE OF OFFICE

RECENT PREVIOUS GOVERNORS

COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Lucy Bond

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese

September 2020 - November 2021

Lucy Bond has worked as a primary school teacher since 1997,initially class teaching but now specialising in music. She is passionate about the teaching of music and singing, but is also interested in the wider education of children. She has three children, the youngest is still at Christ Church.

Lucy has been an active member of Christ Church New Malden, leading the worship music regularly and playing during services. As a member of the Christian Ethos committee, Lucy is committed to maintaining and enhancing the distinct Christian Ethos of the school.

Register of Interest: Lucy teaches at the school for 1.5 days a week.

Pupil Impact

Christian Ethos

Nina Burich

Not available

Elected Parent Governor

 

September 2018 - March 2021

Nina is a parent Governor and has two children who attend Christ Church Primary School. She has supported the school on a number of projects before becoming a parent elected Governor. She brings to her position her passion for the school to be a place where children can learn, enjoy and grow in a safe, fun and exciting environment. She has a PhD and has worked in academia, charity sector and local government, and brings these skills and experience to this role along with her viewpoint as a parent.

Business Impact

HR

Jenny Cropper

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese September 2020 - 2021

Jenny Cropper (Treasurer) is a retired Civil Servant married to Roderick Cropper and they have been resident in New Malden for nearly 40 years. She is an active member of Christ Church New Malden where she regularly leads the 3 to 5 year old Sunday group called Scramblers and helps out at the "Hive" (a Monday drop in cafe for all young people of Senior School age). She is in School most Thursdays as part of the "Open the Book" team. Her interests include cooking, sewing, knitting and singing.

Business Impact

Rachel von Rietburg

Foundation governor appointed by the Diocese

September 2020 - 2021

Rachel von Reitburg has worked in the childcare sector for 24 years and is a Qualified Montessori Pre School Teacher. She has owned and run a children’s play centre in New Malden for the last 9 years. Rachel is a member of Christ Church and teaches Sunday school to the youngest group of children, aged 2-3 years. She has three children who attended the school. Rachel is the Early Years Governor.

HR

Christian Ethos

Geraldine Summers

Staff Governor

 

September 2020 – September 2021

Geraldine Summers has worked in Y6 at CCNM since 2017. She worked mainly in local and central government before re-training as a nursery nurse. Geraldine then decided to attend university to train as a teacher and qualified in 2009. Since then, she has worked in a several schools in Merton and Sutton before crossing over into Kingston and CCNM. Geraldine lives in Sutton and has two children. She likes walking, reading and has recently become rather too enamoured with nonograms.

Pupil Impact

Tabitha White

Headteacher

Ex-officio

Tabitha White joined the school as Headteacher in January 2012, having previously been the Headteacher of St Michael's CofE Primary School for nearly 12 years.

Pupil Impact

Business Impact

HR

Christian Ethos

Associate members are non-governors who sit on at least one  sub-committee. Associate members have no voting rights at the Full Board of Governors and, at CCNM, also have no voting rights at the committee level.

NAME

PICTURE

GOVERNOR TYPE/DATE OF OFFICE

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS

(with no voting rights)

FULL BOARD AND COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP

Andrew Burkinshaw

Associate member

September 2017 – ongoing

Andrew is the School’s Deputy Headteacher.

Full Board

Business Impact

Christian Ethos

Ian Duncan

Associate member

June 2017 – ongoing

Ian is the School’s Business Manager responsible for anything that affects the operation of both sites including health and safety, maintenance, finances and human resources. Ian was a PCC governor of Christ Church Infants and then the amalgamated Primary School for eight years. Both Ian’s daughters attended the school.

Business Impact

Anna Hornby

Associate member

September 2020 - ongoing

Anna is the class teacher in Lion Class and is the RE Subject Leader.

Christian Ethos