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Our Governors

Chair of Governors - Neel Dakshy

I have been Chair of Governors since 2021. Previously, 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. 

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).

Mark Nightingale

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. 

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.

Bianca Johnson


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Ian Butcher


New governor - Bio coming soon!

SDBE Governors

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.

Maria Parker

Following a long spell as Chair of Governors since 2007, i am now a PCC governor. 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. 

Parent Governors

Yi Baylis

I was born and grew up in China and I came to the UK to study Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge in 2004. I then retrained as a charted management accountant and started my career in Finance. I love numbers and maths so outside of work, I serve as the Treasurer of the Good Shepherd Church in Lee. I also enjoy outdoor jogging and at the moment, learning to play the piano. 

I am an advocate of diversity: in education, workplace, community etc. I believe that different races, languages, backgrounds, experiences… all that would broaden our horizons and help us form comprehensive views of the world and provide us with open minds in life. I have a passion in education and life-long learning (this is so deeply embedded in Chinese culture!). I hope with my background, I’ll be able to support and bring a different perspective to the school’s vision and values.

Eric Kitaka

I can describe myself as being black British with a passion for education.  I am currently working as a Technical manager for the Staple Food Group based in Orpington. Prior to this, I was working for a German company – Ebrofrost UK, based in Rye (making pasta!!) also as a technical manager.

My background is in food and agriculture and I hold a BSC in commercial horticulture and an MSc in Food Safety and Quality Management from the Natural Resources Institute, (University of Greenwich). In all these roles, I ensure that food is of the required standard and is safe to eat and food is labelled, advertised and presented in a way that is not false or misleading. I have in depth knowledge in nutrition, labelling and allergens. I am also aware of the new law introduced to extend labelling requirements for people with food allergies and intolerances.

On a personal note, I was born in Uganda, did my primary and secondary education in Kenya, (Nairobi), did my A -level education in Stockholm – Sweden, then exported to the UK for my university education. So, my knowledge, life experiences and education are diverse.  My wife, Suzan, was born in Rwanda, and is one of the survivors of the Rwanda genocide. She arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker.

Jerome Pavaday


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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 - Grace Harding


Having taken a new role in the national children and young people's mental health team my eyes have been opened to the pressures that children and schools are under. In many cases schools are becoming not just places of education (which I believe is crucial to social mobility and reducing inequalities) but also places of safety, comfort and even meals. Having benefited from an excellent education I want to ensure this is on offer for others so they have access to some of the same opportunities I have had. If times were tough before, they are only going to be harder in our current climate. Having now settled myself, I would like to give something back to my local community to help - whether this is ensuring they receive the best standard of care and education. I also think that my skills as a senior manager and now project manager within one of the biggest organisations in the country (the NHS) has provided me with skills suitable to this role. I have experience developing national policy and strategy as well as internal governance and assurance processes.

Associate Governor - Andy Sullivan


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