Governor’s Profiles


2019 – 2020 – Governor’s Profiles


Ruth Murton

Chair of Governors

I have worked professionally in and around education for over 30 years. I am committed to ensuring that all children and young people get the best possible education so they a can be successful in whatever future path they choose. I have been a governor at a number of schools, most recently as Vice Chair of Governors at Collingwood College in Camberley, an 11-18 academy and Chair of Governors at West Byfleet Junior School. I run my own business providing leadership development; helping to improve school leadership and governance through practical support, training and guidance.

I am married with three grown up daughters and I’m a grandmother too. I come from a family of artists, musicians and dancers. The fact that Thamesmead provides specific educational opportunities for some students who have a passion for the performing arts is of great personal interest to me. I am looking forward to attending a variety of events over the coming months.


Mick Martin

Chair of Admissions Committee

Martin Mike

I moved to Laleham in 1976 whilst in the RAF. I joined British Airways in 1978 specialising in training flight crew  and retired at the end of March 2000.    I was appointed as a magistrate in 1989 until December 2009. I then became a governor at Thamesmead where my daughter had completed her secondary education in the early 1980s. I am the link governor for Health and Safety and chair the Admissions Committee.

Mike Coombs

Vice Chair of Governors

I became a governor in February 2009 and am currently Vice Chair of the governing body. I graduated in Classics from London University then worked for IBM before starting my own IT supply and services company aimed at large corporate customers. I live and work locally, am married and have a daughter and son both who attended Thamesmead.  I played competitive football, cricket and athletics.

William Kerr

Parent Governor

I currently have one child at Thamesmead. After completing my education, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then lived and worked in Europe, mainly in Italy as an auditor/financial controller, for 15 years before returning to the UK.
I moved to Shepperton in 2004. I have worked for The Vitec Group plc for the last 15 years and I am now the Group Treasurer. I am also a member-nominated Trustee Director of the Group’s Pension Scheme.

I hope to use the experience I have gained in my working career in assisting the Governors and the new Head Teacher in helping to make Thamesmead an outstanding school.

Dave Theaker


Theaker Dave

When my two children graduated from Thamesmead, I left the PTA and was elected to the Thamesmead School Governing Body.  I have worked with four Headteachers. In 2010 I received the Governor Service Award from Surrey County Council.


Nikki Jenkins


I am a new Governor to the school. I Chaired the Friends of Thamesmead association for three years and was a member for five.

Historically, I worked at The Riverside Club in Chiswick for almost 10 years in various roles, ultimately supervising their accounts department. I took a career break to have a family and returned to work as part of the office team in an Ofsted Outstanding Primary School. From the school, I went on to be the Office Manager/Deputy General Manager of Hazelwood, home to London Irish. My daughter has now left Thamesmead to attend College.  I am delighted with the education and support she received.

Fred Pogson

Vice Chair of Governors

I moved to Shepperton in 2015 and previously served as a primary school governor in Teddington. Currently at the MoD, I am a member of the Army Educational and Training Services branch. My first degree was in Psychology and I have an MA in Education. My professional background includes training design and delivery, coaching, instructor development, policy development and change management.

Jason Tender


I became a Governor at Thamesmead School in September 2017. I have live in Shepperton. I have worked in Financial Services for nearly 30 years and have undertaken customer facing roles, data analytics, product management and change management.  My role is centred on customers and delivering the best possible outcomes, working to time and budget.

I commit time to supporting Life Skills, a scheme that helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.  I am also a keen competitive table-tennis player representing Team GB, Middlesex County as well as playing in local leagues.

Philip Reeves


Dave Munby

Chair of the Resources Committee

Munby Dave

I am a Parent Governor and Chair of the Resources Committee. I am a Chartered Management Accountant with wide experience in the Public Sector, currently working for Macmillan Cancer Support after having spent 12 years with the Metropolitan Police managing the provision of Information Technology to ensure it met the needs of frontline policing. Prior to that I had a long career working for Royal Mail in various senior roles. I have been a parent Governor at Thamesmead for three years and have three children at the school.

Jennie Burtsell

Staff Governor

I have been the Head of Performing Arts and Music at Thamesmead School since September 2017. I as previously Head of KS3 Music and a Lead Practitioner involved in whole school learning and teaching, in an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ School. I am extremely passionate about music and the Arts and feel that arts education is the key to developing confident, independent and creative individuals. When I am not teaching I can usually be found playing oboe with the Surrey Mozart Players’ Orchestra, conducting ‘The Accidentals’ and ‘The Pirbright Singers’, or running. (I’m not fast, but I can run a long way!)

Gemma Seabrook


I recently joined Thamesmead School as a new governor. I have lived in Walton on Thames for over 20 years and both my children were educated in Surrey. I am currently working for the University of London as a careers consultant. I have worked in careers education and pastoral care, in schools, sixth form and most recently in Higher Education for 14 years.  I have helped students to make the transition into work, apprenticeships and university and I am fully committed to supporting young people to make positive choices for their own future.


Koen Claeys


I became a Governor in March 2019.  I was born in Belgium and moved to the UK in 2002. I am married with 2 teenage boys. Our family home is in Ashford, Surrey.  I have worked in education all of my professional career.  I taught in Belgium for 8 years.  In the UK I have taught in the Maintained sector, the Independent sector and the Special Needs Sector.  I was the Senior Deputy Head at St James Senior Boys’ School (Ashford) before becoming the Headteacher of Bredon School (Gloucester).  In September 2019 I will be taking on the Headship of The Moat School (Fulham).

In my spare time I like to stay fit by doing long distance running.  I completed the London and Paris Marathon.  I also like to go for walks in the local parks with my family and Hazel, our Golden Retriever.

Thomas Queen


I joined the board of governors in March 2019. I grew up in Surrey and now work as a Management Consultant with experience in transport, central government, oil and gas, TMT and healthcare. Projects I have worked on include operational efficiency, data strategy, data governance, systems implementation, process optimisation, and due diligence.

I studied European Studies and Modern Languages at the University of Bath and worked and studied abroad in Frankfurt and northern Italy. Outside of work, my interests include sprint triathlon, running, swimming, and playing the piano and guitar.

Alex Warner


I have had 26 years’ experience in business predominantly in public transport. During my career, I have held directorships for several train, bus and coach companies, including at Managing Director and Non-Executive Director level.

In the last decade, I have headed up Royal Mail’s operation in Wales and Borders and been Managing Director of its Specialist Services Division. I also own and am the Chief Executive of a transport and logistics consultancy company. Additionally, I have been a non-executive director of a large multi-site leisure business.

 I have a daughter at Thamesmead and another who finished here in 2018 and was very happy at the school. Thamesmead is a great school, with a fabulous ethos and culture. I am passionate about helping it further develop and build on previous and current successes.

Marie Lucas-Caller


I have lived in Ashford since I was born and attended a local Primary school to me. My mother fought hard to ensure I attended Thamesmead as my secondary school and I left there in 1999. After I completed my BA in Costume for film and theatre I returned to Thamesmead and complete the Graduate Teacher Programme to become a Textiles and DT teacher. I left teaching to have a family and went on to have 2 sets of twins. I returned to work at a local children’s centre buy my role has since focussed on family support. My daughter’s now attend Thamesmead and my boys attend the primary school that I work at. Currently I am a Home School Link Worker, Emotional Literacy Support Assistant and Deputy Safeguarding Lead.


Faye Willans

Staff Governor

I began working at Thamesmead in 2013, and have experienced a variety of roles including House Leader, Head of Careers, and at present Curriculum Leader for English.

My genuine passion for my subject and in education mean that I have a vested interest in the school in which I work; I became a governor as I would like to contribute to the further development and growth of an already excellent school. My hobbies include reading, theatre, running and spending time with family and friends.