The Governing Body

Miranda Wightman (Chair)

Miranda Wightman

Chair

St John’s Foundation Governor

I have been Chair of Governors for the last year. My 2 children are now both at secondary school but were both educated at St John’s and St Clement’s School. I enjoy still being involved with the school and we are committed to providing the best education for the children in the school in a happy and thriving environment.

I have been a governor for 7 years and am currently a Foundation Governor for St John’s Church. I work for BT as a Senior Project Manager.

Joseph Bell

Joseph Bell

Headteacher

I joined St John’s and St Clement’s Primary School as head teacher in September 2016. I am working closely with the governing body to develop the learning and teaching at the school so we provide the best possible education for our children. Children are at the heart of all I do and I have two young children of my own.

Rev'd Gill O'Neill

Rev'd Gill O'Neill

St John's Foundation Governor

Emily Elias

*Emily Elias

St John’s Foundation Governor

I have children at the school in Years 6 and Year 1 and I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as governor at St. John’s and St. Clement’s which I find to be a happy and supportive place.

I believe that we are lucky to have the community we do at school and hope, as a foundation governor, to assist links between the church and school communities. I look forward to contributing to the continued improvement of the school.

I work as a singer and singing teacher as well as doing a weekly singing slot with KS1 at this school.

Nicola Harland

Nicola Harland

St John's Foundation Governor

*Libby Coates

*Libby Coates

St Clement's Foundation Governor

As a former St John’s and St Clement’s pupil myself, I was keen to be involved with the school. My daughter is in Year 1. The School has changed significantly since I attended it and I am keen to continue to help improve the strategic development and vision for the school. The staff are enthusiastic and committed which enables them to make learning as effective and interesting as possible for all those involved. I hope the governing body, parents and staff can work well collaboratively to ensure positive change and transformation for the school in the future. I am currently the Vice Chair of a local children’s nursery and charity and am heavily involved in St John’s church and am keen to improve the well established relationships we have with both churches. I currently work for The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Paul Tanner

Paul Tanner

St Clement's Governor

I’ve been a Governor at St John’s and St Clement’s since 2009. I’ve lived in this part of London for more years than I care to remember, and I’ve developed a great affection for the area. My primary role in my time as a governor has been as the Chair of the Pupils, Parents and Community Committee, and during that time I’ve seen a strong leadership team and dedicated staff deliver major improvements at the school. There is a real sense of ambition for our children. I’ve spent many years managing large technology programmes for major corporates, and now work for a small company, which in partnership with Virgin Media, design and operate wide area fibre optic networks supporting public bodies across London and the South East.

Chris Gonde, Local Authority Governor

*Chris Gonde

Local Authority Governor

It’s fantastic being a school governor at St John’s and St Clements. I am now in my 3rd year as local authority appointed governor. My 5 year old daughter Alicia in 1I on her first day at school pointed at my photo on the school notice board and said “that’s like you dad, do you work here?” Well, I work in the largest transplant centre in Europe at Kings College Hospital. I am also a director of London Mutual Credit Union, a community bank. I bring my strategic insight and financial skills to the school which enable me and other governors to make hard decisions for the benefit all pupils and the school. My role as chair of Finance and Resource Committee is to ensure we make right decisions about the school’s budget and staffing. As chair I ensure that all proceedings are fair and every voice heard. My motto as a school governor is to ask challenging questions which are focussed on improvement and hold the head and senior leaders to account for pupils’ outcome. In my spare time I enjoy running marathons.

Karen Hullock, Co-opted Governor

Karen Hullock

Co-opted Governor

I became a Co-opted governor in Spring 2015, and my son also attends the school. As a child psychotherapist, I have a keen interest in how schools can successfully support children’s emotional wellbeing, which in turn enables them to make good academic progress. Much of my clinical practice involves working with 3-11 year olds who have experienced early trauma and neglect, many of whom are looked after children.

I currently work for the Loughborough Federation of schools in Lambeth, and also for Place2Be, a leading children’s mental health charity.

Samantha Dodd, Co-opted Governor

Samantha Dodd

Co-opted Governor

I became a Co-opted Governor in Spring 2015. My two children attend the school and are currently in Year 4 and Reception.
As an educational psychologist I am interested in how schools can support the social and emotional wellbeing of all children, and support all children, including those with SEN, to achieve their full learning potential.

I work as a Senior Educational Psychologist in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where I have worked for thirteen years. Prior to that I worked as a secondary school teacher and Key Stage 3 SENCo in the London Borough of Harrow.

Abbie Omole, St Clement's Governor

Abbie Omole

St Clement's Governor

As the newest member of the Governor team, I am very passionate about education and interested in making a difference and bringing change. I’ve lived in London all my life and have been involved in a number of local initiatives such as becoming a Youth Ambassador for Peckham, organising and involved in Summer University (summer school aimed at children with various activities) and recently volunteering as an English tutor for Primary and Secondary schools within Southwark.

I work as a Business Analyst with one of America’s largest financial insurance company in the London office. I hope to bring my skills, experience and passion to inspire, encourage and lend a hand in making our education system a world class one.

Anna Harding, Associate Member to the Governing Body

Anna Harding

Associate Member to the Governing Body

I came to St John’s and St Clement’s as deputy headteacher in September 2004. I have been an adviser to the governors since that time (that means I attend all the meetings but I do not have voting rights!) I became a teacher in 1996 and have worked in primary schools in High Wycombe and Earls Court prior to this one. My role in school is varied; I monitor attendance and punctuality; I support and help to develop our teachers and support staff by managing their continuing professional development; I manage and lead our lunchtime team; I am a deputy designated person for child protection and I am most proud of my recent role in shaping our new curriculum. I enjoy working as part of a team dedicated to making a difference to children’s lives and raising standards in our school. I have two children. I am now able to see schools from both sides of the fence and I think this gives me a new perspective on decision making in our school.

Chris Coulcher

Chris Coulcher

Staff Governor

Julie Parker

Julie Parker

Parent Governor

Billie Lindsay

Billie Lindsay

Parent Governor

I have a child in Reception and love the friendly and dynamic atmosphere at the school. I am delighted to be involved as a parent governor. I am passionate about cultural learning and love that creativity, inclusivity and challenge are highly valued at St John’s and St Clement’s.

My work in the Arts focuses on external affairs and partnerships and I hope to bring these skills to the governing body.

Alli Crank, Associate Member to the Governing Body

Alli Crank

Associate Member to the Governing Body

*Indicates Governors with children attending the school

**Southwark Diocesan Board of Education