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Our Governors

Chair of Governors - Maria Parker

I have been the Chair of Governors since 2007. After starting as a Parent Governor in 2001, I was then appointed as a Foundation Governor by the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education in 2008. My role involves leading full governing body meetings and I am also a member of the Curriculum, Pay and Personnel, and Finance Committees. In my professional life, I am a teacher of English at a secondary school in Kent. My three children attended St Margaret’s School and they have very fond memories of their time there. 

St Margaret's Lee Rector - Reverend Tim Goode

I am the Rector at St Margaret's Lee Church, having taken up the post in 2018.  


PCC Governors 

Richard Cook

I am in my third term of office as a governor at St Margaret's. Originally I was an elected Parent Governor, but now all my (four) children have left St Margaret’s (and secondary school as well), and I am enjoying my time as a PCC (Foundation) Governor. I have chaired the Finance Committee for over ten years and am committed to making sure that the maximum amount of money that we have available is properly spent to ensure the best educational outcomes for the children at the school.  After leaving university, I trained as a lawyer and now work in the City of London managing a team of insurance claims adjusters, providing services to Lloyd’s of London (the global insurance market – not the bank).

Vanessa Everett

My youngest son left St Margaret’s in 2005. I, on the other hand, didn’t want to leave, so am currently serving my third term as a Foundation Governor appointed by St Margaret’s Church. I started as a member of the Finance Committee, then moved onto Pay and Personnel, of which I am now Chair. I’ve spent most of my career working for the British Council, which builds international relationships for the UK in over 100 countries through arts, education and English-language programmes. I spent six years in various roles in the organisation’s HR department. I’m also a qualified secondary school foreign languages teacher.

Lisa Dunckley

This is my second term of office as a Foundation Governor. I sit on both the Finance and Premises committees. I'm a chartered accountant, and prior to having children worked in corporate finance as lead adviser to Sport England on the new Wembley Stadium. Now I provide accountancy services to charities and have also retrained as a postnatal counsellor. I am also treasurer for the Friends' of St Margaret's.

Stephany Murdock

I am a Foundation Governor, which means I was appointed by the St Margaret's Church Parish Council; this is my second term. Initially my links with the school were through my children, who were both here for Key Stage 2. We moved here from Southend, which is where they started school; I found it useful as a governor to have knowledge of another primary school. At St Margaret's I am on the Pay and Personnel Committee and I have trained in Safer Recruitment because I also take part in interviewing prospective staff. I have worked as a journalist and, most recently, as a parish administrator.

Jenny Standage

I became a Diocesan Foundation Governor in 2005, so I have been a governor for nine years, and this is my fourth term of office in this capacity. I am a member of the Pay and Personnel Committee, dealing with staffing and pay. I became a governor when I retired as Music Director/Organist and choir trainer at St Margaret’s Church, so I have a particular interest in music in school. I used to come into school to audition children for St Margaret’s choir and have always been concerned that the link between the school and St Margaret’s church should be very strong. As I am also a Reader/Lay Minister at St Margaret’s, my concern is that church and school are securely linked, with Christian teaching through assemblies and the school visiting the church for services, working closely with the head and staff concerned with RE within school.

David Lawson

This is my first term of office as a Foundation Governor. I am currently serving on the Premises Committee.

Caroline Rogerson

This is my first term of office as a Foundation Governor. I am currently serving on the Premises Committee.

Parent Governors

Mark Nightingale

This is my second term of office as a Parent Governor at St Margaret's. I am employed as a Senior Building Surveyor at a London consultancy where we have a variety of clients including schools, local authorities, housing associations and those from the commercial sector. At work I am involved in large to smaller scale projects including repair and refurbishment works. I hope I have been able to put my experience from this to good use as part of the Premises Committee and as a Governor in general. 

Jo Smith

This is my first term of office. I have recently retrained as a teacher through the School Direct training route and currently working as a primary school teacher.

Neel Dakshy

I was elected a Parent Governor at St Margaret's in November 2012 and have sat on the Premises Committee since then. I am a RIBA chartered architect and sat on the Design and Conservation Panel of the London Borough of Lewisham from 2007–13, which included the design review of a number of school projects within the borough. I have also worked on several schemes for the Girls' Day School Trust. I have three children at St Margaret's, giving me current experience of the nursery, infant and junior schools.

Staff Governor - Helen Prentis

I have been teaching at St Margaret's since 2004, working across KS1 and KS2. I was appointed Assistant Headteacher in 2016.

Local Authority Governor - Jane Clark

This is my second term of office as a governor at St Margaret's. Initially, I was a Parent Governor and served for four years whilst my two children attended the school. I am now the Local Authority Governor (appointed by the Mayor himself!) and aim to keep the governing body informed about what is going on within the borough of Lewisham – mainly by attending the Lewisham Governors' Association meetings. I am an experienced primary school teacher myself and have worked for almost 30 years in schools, nurseries and Sure Start Centres. At present, I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee at St Margaret's.