Meet the Governors

Governors play a key role in helping the school provide the best possible education for all its pupils. They work strategically in the background, leaving day to day running of the school to the headteacher and staff, and are accountable to parents and the wider community to ensure that standards are of the highest quality.

Governors usually serve a term of four years and provide their services in an unpaid capacity. The work requires commitment but is extremely rewarding. More information about becoming a governor will be available at a later date.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Bernard Tomkins and he can be contacted in writing to Chair of Governors, Cheam Common Junior Academy, Kingsmead Avenue, Worcester Park, KT4 8UT.


Meet Our Governors
  • Bernard Tomkins (Chair of Governors)

    I have been a governor for 17 years, starting as a parent governor and have been Chair of Governors of St Mary’s Catholic Foundation Schools in Carshalton for seven years. I became National Leader in Governance in January 2014, a role in which I have worked with a number of chairs of governors on issues ranging from just needing someone to discuss a new idea or process with, to completely reviewing governance structures.

    I am trained to carry out external reviews of governance and I am a trained facilitator. I also present termly updates and governor training to chairs of governors for the Diocese of Southwark. In my day job I work for a large international vehicle leasing company where I run a team selling transport solutions to the public sector.

  • Alison Saunders

    My name is Alison Saunders and I am a Year leader and Science leader at Cheam Common Junior Academy. This is my third year at Cheam Common, having previously worked in Harrow for a number of years. I am passionate about improving the life chances and aspirations of children.

    ​I joined the governing body in September 2016 as it presented itself as an excellent opportunity for me to gain more experience and understanding of wider leadership responsibilities, beyond my classroom role. It also provides me the opportunity to contribute to decisions that are made by the governing body and to build strong links between the governing body and the staff of the school.

  • Natasha Kelly

    My name is Natasha Kelly and I am a Year 6 teacher at Cheam Common Junior Academy. This is my third year of teaching, having previously worked in Coventry.

    As part of the P.E. team, I am responsible for Healthy Schools, as well as leading the Junior Travel Ambassadors and the Eco Council. I love sports, particularly football, and help out with the school's girls' football teams.

    I also teach Yoga and run the Healthy Lions Club, a group for disadvantaged children who don't normally have access to sports and games.

  • Lee Webster

    After 4 years teaching in Japan and 6 years teaching in Newham, London, I have gained valuable experience within education, as a result I am now a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE).

    In addition, I have a creative background where I worked as a Freelance Designer; I often use my creativity to approach situations from a different perspective. Furthermore, I have spent 6 years abroad which enabled me to develop excellent interpersonal skills.

    I look forward to sharing my experience as a Governor and becoming a member of a governing body where I am sure I will be able to develop my skills and knowledge further.

  • Laura Edwards

  • Jenny Rowley

    Jenny has worked in this area of education for all of her career, both within health and education services. She has been employed in the London Borough of Sutton since 1999 and now works for Cognus Limited commissioned by the LA. She has for the last five years managed the Education Safeguarding team and has robust links and working protocols with Health, Social Care and the Met Police.

    She has written many documents and handbooks for schools in the Local Authority and the Local Safeguarding Children Board including; Self-Harm, Child Sexual Exploitation, Domestic Abuse, Mental Health and Wellbeing and Inappropriate Sexual Behaviours. Her most recent is a handbook, June 2017, for Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools and a comprehensive safeguarding review tool for schools to use in preparation for Ofsted Inspections.

    In her role, Jenny offers advice, support and training for all schools on Safeguarding, Child Protection, Managing Allegations/Safer Recruiment, PSHE including RSE, Substance Misuse, Domestic Abuse and Mental Health (Self Harm).

    Jenny is also a governor at another primary school and a secondary grammar school.

  • Noel McEvilly

    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.

  • Luisa Orchard

    I am a highly motivated, achievement-focused individual experienced in sales development, customer loyalty programs and service management with ‘high-demand’ CIP/VIP clients. I have successfully managed clients’ requirements such as Sir Elton John’s guests international travel needs for his White Tie and Tiara Ball. In assisting the Elton John Aids Foundation to raise much needed funds for Aids victims as a recognition I was thanked for my extensive efforts in OK magazine.

    As a young girl due to unfortunate circumstances I lived in Sicily. Not knowing how to speak, read or write Italian I found it extremely hard,but with great help from my school teachers I successfully learnt all these attributes in order to accomplish and successfully gain the school grades that are required to take up employment in Italy. From that point I have always believed anything is achievable when you put your mind to it and due to this experience I am extremely passionate about Education and I am always constantly looking at improving myself, even at the age of 33 I achieved an A levels in English Literature.

    Working for Sir Richard Branson I was given a great opportunity of working abroad in Nigeria, and I am true believer that travel can educate us all in ways we never thought possible.

    I thrive on solving problems mentoring younger staff in my line of business and I pride myself on the ability that I hold to quickly engage in order to build a great team rapport and client confidence.

    14 years ago as I junior member of staff at Virgin Atlantic I achieved the highest sales target in the company’s history by making £3.9 million in 12 months and to this date no one has exceeded this. My knowledge base and management style have been tested in large and small teams.

    By my nature, I am honest, adaptable, dependable and diligent, and I am extremely honoured to be serving as a School Governor at Cheam Common Junior Academy.