Meet the Governors

Noel McEvilly: Chair of Governors

As a proud resident of Worcester Park for more than 20 years I am an active member of St Matthias Catholic Church and a father to four children. I have been a governor at Cheam Common Infants for many years and am an active member of St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls Parent Association.

My professional career began working in computing within banking in London and took me to the position of Managing Director for International Communication Technologies for Eastern Europe where I worked in Vienna for two years before co-founding Brontide Limited, an ICT infrastructure and consultancy business which has expanded considerably over recent years.

Dorothy Middlemass: Vice-chair of Governors

Dorothy has had over 40 years’ experience in education, 25 of these in primary headship. She has worked as English Adviser, publishing a number of teaching resources and has been a tutor for the National Professional Qualification for Headship. She has supported many schools through her work as an External Adviser, a School Improvement Partner and a National Leader of Education. Since retiring from headship in 2011 she has worked part time as an Education Consultant.

Pam Cooper: Co-opted Governor

I first became a Governor of Cheam Park Farm Infants School in 2002 and have continued to serve as a governor through the school becoming an academy and forming Cheam Park Farm Primary Academy. I am Vice Chair at Cheam Park Farm and, in 2019 I joined the joint Local Governing Board of Cheam Common Infants and Cheam Common Junior schools.


I am currently the Link Governor for Inclusion (SEND, DA and EAL) on both Local Governing Boards and Link Governor for Achievement for Cheam Park Farm. Over the years I have also had experience in the areas of literacy, safeguarding, curriculum development and admissions. Over the last few years I have also supported reading in Year 2 at Cheam Park Farm on a weekly basis and helped on school trips. Outside of school I work on a voluntary basis for a local Christian charity providing assemblies and RE support in primary schools in Sutton.

Marcus Le Brocq: Parent Governor

Marcus is a School Parent Governor at CCI and CCJ with three children across both settings. He has a long professional background working with Children and Families. Initially with the looked after children's team at London Borough of Sutton then retraining to become a teacher and working for a charity delivering social emotional literacy (PSHE) programmes to primary schools all over London. He has a passion for ensuring fair access to education and inclusion for all learners.

Michael Shepherd: Parent Governor

Michael has three children currently attending Cheam Common Infants. He has a degree in accounting & finance and currently works in the HR function as Reward Manager for an Asset Management company.

Michael chose to apply to be a parent governor at Cheam Common, when the opportunity arose, to be able to use his professional skills to make a positive contribution to the school community, and governance of the school to ensure the best possible future for the children at Cheam Common.

Michael has been a parent governor since 2017.

Geeta Watson: Co-opted Governor

My name is Geeta Watson and I am one of the co-opted governors. Before the formation of the new governing body, I was a parent governor for Cheam Common Infants - a role I was elected to in May 2018.
I am currently a stay at home mum of 3 (2 boys and a girl) I am also an avid Chelsea fan! Before having my third child I was a Primary School teacher at another local Sutton school.

It is a real privilege to be part of the governing body for Cheam Common. I am passionate about education and look forward to supporting the school in enabling every pupil to reach their full potential.

Miss S Gunner: Principal - Cheam Common Junior Academy

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Mrs L Thorndycraft: Principal - Cheam Common Infants' Academy

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