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Governors: Who's Who?

Composition of the Governing Body
There are 16 governors in Bishop Gilpin's governing body, 14 of whom who are elected/appointed initially for a four-year term and two of whom - the head teacher and the rector of St Mary's church - are ex-officio, that is, they have positions on the board for as long as they remain in their respective posts. The governing body must comprise the following:

  • two parents elected by the parents

  • two co-opted governors

  • one appointed by the Local Authority

  • one headteacher

  • one staff governor

  • nine Foundation governors


The Foundation governors comprise:

  • two appointed by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education (SDBE)

  • five appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC)

  • one appointed by the Merton Deanery Synod

  • Team Rector (or someone appointed by the Archdeacon of Lambeth)

From time to time additional associate members come to meetings to provide particular expertise. These members of the governing body are not able to vote at Main Governing Board (MGB) meetings. 

The Governors have a mix of relevant professional qualifications, in the fields of education, finance, premises and law. This combination of skills and experience enables the Governing Body collectively to implement a strong strategic direction for the school, including the review and challenge of the School Development Plan and school budget.

It is a requirement that schools show the following information about their Governors & Associate Governors on the website (including any who have left the governing board in the previous 12 months):

Full name
By whom the governor was appointed, and their term of office
On which committees the governor sits, whether they chair the meetings, and their attendance in the previous year
With which members of staff the governor has been allocated links
Any relevant business or pecuniary interests
Any relevant relationships with other governors or staff at the school, or with other schools 


Full Name
Category of Governor
Appointed by
Term of office
Committees (and voting rights)
Positions of responsibility
Attendance 2019/20
Start Finish MGB (#, out of) Sub-committees (#, out of)
Charlotte Edgar Co-opted Governing Body Jul-16 Jul-21 Pay Chair, PTA link 6,6 PTA (5,6)
Rod Fripp Foundation SDBE Sept-17 Sept-21 Premises Vice-Chair, Chair of Premises 6,6 Premises (4,4)
Matt Ball Ex-offico as Headteacher Ex-officio Sept-10 NA Faith Premises Finance L&T 6,6 Premises (4,4) Faith (2,3) Finance (5,6) L&T (7,7)
Damian Oliver Staff School Body Feb-16 Feb-24 Faith 4,6 Faith (3,3)
Clive Gardner Ex-officio as Team Rector or nominee Ex-officio Apr-15 NA Faith Chair of Faith 5,6 Faith (3,3)
Eugenie de Naurois Co-opted Governing Body Dec-20 Dec-24 Admissions, Finance NA NA
Phil Carter Parent Parent Body Nov-20 Nov-24 School Fund Secretary NA NA
Bernhard Godderidge Parent Parent Body Mar-18 Mar-22 Premises 4,6 Premises (1,4)
Nick Donlevy Local Authority Local Authority Jul-16 Jul-24 L&T, Pay Chair of L&T, Safeguarding 6,6 L&T (5,7)
Dr Priscilla Chadwick Foundation Deanery Synod Apr-16 Apr-24 Faith, Pay 5,6 Faith (3,3)
Nicola Cook Foundation PCC Sept-20 Sept-24 Pay, Admissions Chair of Pay NA NA
Kristen McFee Foundation PCC Sept-19 Sept-23 Finance, L&T 5,6 Finance (5,5) L&T (7,7)
Tim Naughton Foundation PCC Sept-17 Sept-21 Finance, Pay Chair of Finance, Chair of School Fund 5,6 Finance (4,6)
Diane Neil Mills Foundation PCC Sept-17 Sept-21 Admissions, L&T 5,6 Admissions (4.4) L&T (7,7)
Vacancy Foundation PCC
Alison McGrath Foundation SDBE Sept-14 Sept-21 Admissions, L&T Chair of Admissions, SEND/PP 6,6 Admissions (4,4) L&T (7,7)
Martin Long Associate Governing Body Sept-17 Sept-21 Premises NA Premies (4,4)
Kit Goldsmith Clerk Governing Body Oct-18 NA 6,6 NA


Martin Long –  Sept 17 - Sept 21
Bus/Pec interests: Director Ashfold Management Services
Any staff/gov relationships: None

Kit Goldsmith – From Oct 2018
Committees: MGB (N/A)
Bus/Pec interests: None
Any staff/gov relationships: None 


Vacancies - there is currently a PCC Governor vacancy which is being has been advertised. For further information please contact the Clerk, Kit Goldsmith, on gbclerk@bishopgilpin.org