Thames Ditton Infant School

Loving Learning and Growing Together

Meet the Governors

Confidentiality Statement: Governors respect the confidential nature of discussions and do not disclose governor business or decisions. When minutes of governing body meetings, Part 1, are approved they are made available to any member of the public who requests sight of them.

Professional Negligence Statement: Advice given by governors at this school is incidental to their professional expertise and is not being given in their professional capacity.


The Governing Body has adopted an open meeting protocol, which is published here for those who might wish to attend a meeting. The Governing Body has also agreed a Code of Conduct, which sets out the expectations and commitment required from members of the governing body.


The Governing Body of Thames Ditton Infant School was reconstituted on 1st September 2016 with a change of status to a Foundation School.


The Governing Body currently comprises a total of 14 governors and associate members who do not have voting rights:


  • 4 elected parent governors,
  • 1 elected staff governor,
  • 1 Local Authority governor,
  • 1 Headteacher,
  • 5 Co-opted governors, and
  • 2 Foundation governors
  • Associate members


Governors are appointed for a term of four years.


There are four committees:

  • Finance and Resources;
  • Personnel (with a Pay Committee from time to time)
  • Safeguarding and Wellbeing
  • Curriculum and Data.


These committees do much of the work and report to the Full Governing Body.


There are four FGB meetings in an academic year – two in the first term – and each Committee meets three times during the year. Governors work for the good of the school, providing a strategic overview and holding the Senior Leadership Team to account.


Governing Body


 Governor TypeCommitteeSpecialismsDate of AppointmentTerm of Office (end date)
Mrs Elspeth LeachHeadteacherAll 01/09/2022 
Ms Charissa Fiander-DerryFoundation Governor

Curriculum & Data Committee

Personnel Committee

Co-Chair and Chair of Curriculum & Data Committee20/06/201719/06/2025
Ms Hannah EvansCo-opted GovernorPersonnel Committee Safeguarding & Wellbeing CommitteeTraining Governor03/12/201902/12/2023
Mrs Sophie FrameStaff Governor

Curriculum & Data Committee

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Committee

Dr Nitu GehduCo-opted Governor

Safeguarding/Child Protection Governor

Safeguarding & Wellbeing Committee

Chair of Safeguarding & Wellbeing Committee22/09/202021/09/2024
Mr Edward CooksonParent Governor

Finance & Resources Committee

Curriculum & Data Committee

Mr Bronek CarrFoundation GovernorFinance & Resources Committee 30/09/202129/09/2025
Ms Nicki YoungParent GovernorPersonnel Committee 16/11/202115/11/2025
Mrs Isobelle SinclairCo-opted GovernorOn Maternity Leave 18/1/202217/1/2026
Ms Emma PalmerParent Governor  6/10/20225/10/2026
Mr Charlie CompsonParent Governor  14/10/202213/10/2026
Mr Dave EdwardsCo-opted Governor  15/11/202214/11/2026
Mr Stewart HoltLA Governor  19/1/202318/1/2023
Ms Alice SaywellAssociate MemberCurriculum & Data 14/09/202113/09/2025
Ms Sarah WoodthorpeAssociate MemberFinance & Resources Committee 14/09/202113/09/2025
Ms Lucy RaynorAssociate MemberPersonnel Committee 18/10/202117/10/2025
Ms Melannie McGuinnessAssociate Member, SBMFinance & Resources Committee 21/11/2022 
Governors who have retired or stepped down in the last 12 months     
Ms Hannah WhiteParent Governor  04/05/202128/02/2022
Mr Matt BowenLocal Authority Governor  01/09/202022/07/2022
Dr Elizabeth Scott-BaumannParent Governor  12/12/201822/07/2022
Mrs Rebecca HicksHead teacher  01/09/201231/08/2022


Mr Jay Bimbrah

Co-Opted Governor  26/10/201825/10/2022
Mr Ivo GattoCo-Opted Governor  20/09/202131/12/2022


Clerk to the Governing Body is Sara Morgan.


Governors must also declare any conflicts of interest in agenda items before every meeting.


Hannah White stepped down as a Parent Governor, effective 28 February 2022.


Matt Bowen stepped down as a Local Authority Governor, effective 22 July 2022.


Dr Elizabeth Scott-Baumann stepped down as a Parent Governor, effective 22 July 2022.


Rebecca Hicks stepped down as the Head Teacher and Governor, effective 22 July 2022.


Jay Bimbrah's term of office as Co-Opted Governor finished on 25 October 2022.


Ivo Gatto stepped down as a Co-Opted Governor on 31 December 2022.


Governing Body Meeting Dates for Academic Year 2022-2023