I am a retired qualified local government accountant and have a background in finance, facilities and customer services’ delivery at a senior level. I have been a member of a number of governing bodies within Surrey and Merton. My intention is to contribute to the improvements achieved by the school so far, and assist wherever possible, in the drive to ensure that the students of Chessington Community College have the opportunity to achieve their potential.
Nicola Sheppard, Vice Chair of Governors and Personal Development, Behaviour, Welfare & Community Committee
I’ve been a Parent Governor since 2009 and 2 of my 3 sons currently attend the school, my eldest left in 2013. I have worked in VIP client management; as a PA to a member of a foreign royal family and now work with an International Interior Design team. I am passionately committed to the continued improvement and development of the school as the Borough’s truly comprehensive school. It is a privilege to work alongside dedicated staff and Governors to offer everyone an excellent education. In my spare time, I am an avid Chelsea FC supporter and enjoy travel and the Arts.
I started as a parent governor in 2013, my daughter is currently in year 10 of the school, and one of my sons is in year 8. My background is in ICT and I have previously worked in a secondary school. Having held various voluntary roles I have many skills to offer the school in its quest to becoming outstanding, and supporting the school in ensuring pupils reach their full potential.
I became a co-opted governor in 2015 and, although I have no immediate connection with the school, I am very keen to play my part within the team responsible for setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction, for holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the pupils and for overseeing the financial performance of the school, making sure that it’s money is well spent. My background is primarily in IT and governance and I am currently working within one of the UK’s largest Insurance companies in the role of risk management and governance manager. I am proud to be on the leadership team of a good school determined to achieve its ambition of rapidly becoming truly outstanding and whose aim is to ensure that every student receives the very best quality education within a safe and supportive environment.
I became a parent governor in 2009 to help drive up standards. After studying German, Swedish and International Relations at Surrey University, I taught commercial correspondence in Berlin before working in tourism in London and Edinburgh. More recently, I worked in local government, looking after twinning links and international projects. Following redundancy, I have re-trained to teach English as a foreign language to adults and enjoyed working as a volunteer at the 2012 London Olympics. Hobbies include being a keen member of a pub quiz team and travel.
Amelia Evans, LEA Governor
After studying Spanish and Italian at university I completed postgraduate studies in Law. I currently work for the Surrey SEN team managing their SEN tribunals and will shortly take up a position as a trainee barrister. I have substantial experience in education law, having represented parents and local authorities in SEN tribunals and school exclusion hearings. I very much believe that education is essential to provide children with the skills they need for adult life and extends far beyond academics. I am looking forward to working with everyone at the school to ensure that all the students fulfil their potential.
I have held the position of Local Authority Governor since 2002
I have worked as a Teacher of Science at the school since September 2006. I am very proud working here and seeing the transformation that has occurred over the years. My background has varied considerably before becoming a science teacher, working as a formulation chemist making cosmetics and healthcare products, being a trainee medic/surgeon, mud sampler, organic synthetic chemist (developing anti-cancer drugs) and working in the petrochemical industry. All these experiences have helped me aspire and bring to life my teaching practice.
Gareth Edwards, Parent Governor
I became a governor in 2014 to support the school’s desire to add to this local community through educational excellence. As the father of 4 children in the local area I see both the impact that this school has at present and the ambition it has for the future. Our eldest is currently in year 10 and we have a daughter in year 8. My background is in education, having trained in schools just like Chessington and then working for many years in a local private school. I currently work with young people as Youth and Families Pastor at a local Church.
I joined CCC as Clerk to the Governing Body in April 2014. Prior to this I worked as an Office Manager for a Global Consulting Company for over 27 years. I currently have a son in Year 13 and my daughter in year 8 at the school. I very much look forward to working with all the Governors in what will, I am sure, become an outstanding school.
Mr Hugh Morrison, Co-opted Governor
I am a retired Chartered Engineer, having worked for over 40 years in the shipbuilding and offshore construction industries. Following my initial training in Scotland I then worked at several locations around Europe, ending my career with almost 20 years at Lloyd’s Register of Shipping in London. Since my retirement I have maintained involvement in the professional institutions with which I am affiliated and work part time as a volunteer at the National Maritime Museum. I previously served as a Parent Governor at St Andrew’s & St Marks’s junior school in Surbiton and at Tolworth Girls’ School. As a new governor at Chessington I look forward to applying my previous experience as a governor and my personal knowledge of business and health and safety matters in the support of the students and the teaching staff at the school.
Tina Sharp, Co-opted Governor
I was appointed as a Co-opted Governor in July 2015 and sit as a member of the Finance Committee. I am a finance professional and have a background in corporate advisory and investment work. Additionally, I have sat on a number of boards in both the public and private sectors (including a listed company). I was also previously Chair of Governor’s of Fern Hill Primary School in Kingston, where I oversaw the expansion of the school and led the recruitment of a new Headteacher. I am passionate about the role education has to play in play in shaping the outcomes for children and young people. I am committed to the notion of excellence and of encouraging our young people to strive to be the best they can and ensuring equality of outcomes. I look forward to supporting the senior leadership team in delivering excellence to the school’s pupils.