Governor’s Profiles


2021 – 2022 – Governors’ Profiles


Bill Kerr

Chair of Governing Body

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1985 I lived and worked in Europe for 15 years, mainly in Italy before returning to the UK. My family moved to Shepperton in 2004. After 19 years with The Vitec Group, a PLC based in Richmond, where I was Group Treasurer for the last 10 years, I retired on 31st March 2020.

I joined the Governing Board in September 2017 as a parent Governor. My daughter has now completed Year 11 and is going to College. My younger son is still attending Thamesmead. My aim is to assist and support the Head Teacher and his staff with the strategy behind their daily efforts to look after, keep safe and educate all of Thamesmead 1,000+ students.


Jason Tendler

Vice Chair of Governors

I became a Governor at Thamesmead School in September 2017 when my daughter was in Year 8. She has now left the school with strong GCSE results and is continuing her education at a local college.  I have lived in or around Shepperton for the past 20 years, so know the local area well. My professional background is in Financial Services where I have worked for over 30 years. I 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. Currently I am a Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and Vice-Chair of the Personal, Development, Behaviour & Welfare committee.

Fred Pogson

Vice Chair of Governors

I moved to Shepperton in 2015 as we felt Thamesmead was the right school for my youngest child, who subsequently completed their GCSEs in 2019 and moved on to Esher College. I recently retired from the British Army, having served in the Educational and Training Services Branch. My professional background includes training design and delivery, coaching, instructor development, policy development and change management. My first degree was in Psychology and I have an MA in Education. Currently I am a Vice-Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Curriculum, Learning and Standards committee.

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. 

Marie Lucas-Caller

Chair of Personal Development, Behaviour & Welfare

I have lived in Ashford since I was born and attended a local Primary school. 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 completed 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, but my role has since focused on family support. My daughters 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.


Alex Warner

Chair of Resources and Audit

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.

Koen Claeys

Vice Chair of Pay and Staffing

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.

Jay Khimji


I became a Governor at Thamesmead School in November 2021, shortly after my son started attending the school. I am an actuary by profession and have provided advice to pension schemes for over 20 years. My role requires integrity, strategic thinking and analytical competence and I am keen to utilise the skills I have gained to help the school make progress towards its objectives.

I am, in addition, particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion and I believe the school must play a pivotal role in striving to ensure everyone has a chance to succeed and to help pupils set their dreams without being constrained by their background.

Mike Coombs


I became a governor in February 2009. 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.

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.


Faye Willans


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.


Gareth Cooper


Originally from South Africa, I have been in the UK for 20 years now. My experience is in both Business and Education, and I’ve been teaching Mathematics & Further Mathematics at Latymer Upper, an Independent Co-educational school in West London, for 15 years – I have also been a Head of Year in the Lower School for 14 of those years.

My love for sport has also meant I have many years of playing and coaching experience too, mainly in Cricket and Hockey, and was previously the Head of Cricket at Latymer, for 7 years.  My family recently moved to Shepperton, and I joined as a Governor at Thamesmead over the Summer – I very much look forward to being a part of the continued growth and development of the school in the years ahead.

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.


Ruth Murton


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.

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.

Philip Reeves


Julie Patterson

Staff Governor

I am the staff governor for Thamesmead and I was appointed as of September 2021.

I live locally in Chertsey with my husband and two sons, now aged 17 and 21.

I started my working career in recruitment and moved into the Oil and Gas industry in my early twenties where I worked in the procurement depart for many years on many different projects.

I have been working at Thamesmead School since 2017 as their Exams Officer and thoroughly enjoy my role.  I work mostly with the Y11 students during a ‘normal’ exam year and love interacting with the them, getting to know them and doing what I can to make sure their exams run as smoothly as possible.

I am passionate about education and believe we should all do as much as we can to help and guide students to make the most of their time at Thamesmead School.

I am looking forward to becoming an integral member of the Governing Body.

Alexis Zenonos


I recently joined Thamesmead School as a new Governor and have a daughter in year 7. I have lived in the Staines area all my life and have been a police officer since 2009. I have worked in many areas of policing, including front line emergency response, transport, firearms and have recently worked on the largest technological change programme the police service has ever seen.

I look forward to working closely with Thamesmead, senior leadership team and other Governors to ensure it is the best secondary school for education and welfare, and continues to support and prepare our children to become successful adults and leaders for the future.

Scott Lovelock

I am a new Governor at Thamesmead.

I work in youth engagement Nationally and have a real passion for seeing young people realise their true potential and being the very best version of themselves.

I have a son currently attending the school and I’m really excited to be part of the excellent governing body shaping the positive future of Thamesmead.