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Meet the Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section.

Julia McTavish - Co-chair - Co-opted Parent Governor 

Julia looks after research at the College of Policing, helping the Police to identify, share and use evidence about what works. An organisational psychologist by background she brings analytical and social science research skills to Lyndhurst. She loves holidays with her family, reading and good food.

Andrea Sellars - Co-Chair - Parent Governor

Andrea has (almost) always lived in Camberwell and became a Lyndhurst parent in 2008.  She is a researcher at the Local Government Association where she delivers informatics and leads on business intelligence, corporate governance, political analyses and Peer Review programmes.  Andrea has worked across academic, central and local government sectors for 21 years.


Alongside her daughter's ever busy timetable, she has experience with vocational schools and training; she's also a ballet, film and book enthusiast, currently enjoying micro fiction literature. 

Adrian Gough - Joint Vice Chair - Co-opted

Adrian has been a community governor since 2007. He lives locally and works for the Department for Education. Adrian's experience in central government raises our awareness of emerging government education policy.


Paul Whelan - Joint Vice Chair - Parent Governor

Paul is a Digital Producer and works on educational films and websites. He’s a former Geography teacher who originally trained as a town planner. Paul enjoys cycling and visual arts.

Jim North - Joint Vice Chair - Parent Governor

Jim was the previous chair of the communications group, which looks at ways to improve how the school communicates with the school community. Outside of school Jim works as an actor, producer and a director of a production company and leads our school's Drama Club.


Linda Austin - Co-opted



Sarah Quarmby - Parent Governor


Alison Miln - Local Authority Governor

 Belinda Jarman - Teacher

The role of a governor

The governors work with the school to help it continue to progress. Where there are problems we also support the school through them.


Our key responsibilities are to:

  • think and work strategically to help raise standards

  • monitor and evaluate progress

  • approve the school’s budget and monitor how it is spent

  • support the head and staff, as well as challenge their expectations

  • account for the school’s performance and for the decisions made.


This is different from the day-to-day running of the school, which is our head teacher Mr Hammill’s responsibility.


We have high expectations of children’s standards of work and behaviour and want to provide a caring, challenging and stimulating environment where all children can progress and achieve.


We’re all volunteers and our posts last for four years.


What we don’t do

Although we work for the greater good of the school, our children, staff and parents, we’re unable to discuss individual child, parent or teacher problems.


What’s involved?

We have three full governing body meetings a year that all governors need to attend.


In addition, we choose which of three committees to take part in and influence their decisions: finance and personnel, premises, or curriculum and standards. These committees also meet once per term, usually at 6 pm on Wednesdays.


We have a collective responsibility. No power rests with individuals.

Board of Governors Structure

This includes the Governors' names, role, term of office, category/voting rights and their declaration of interest.