School Governors

The Goldfinch Local Governing Board has an essential role to play in working with the Trust Board to lead the school. The Governors promote the school’s values and help set the strategic direction. The Governors give their time, expertise and varied perspectives to the challenges the school faces.


Together with the Trust and the school leadership team, they aim to ensure that the school works hard to provide the best all-round education for every child. Goldfinch’s key values of Respect, Responsibility, Resourcefulness, Resilience and Reflection are as relevant to the members of Local Governing Board as they are to the children and staff.


The Annual General Meeting of the Dunraven Educational Trust is held in the Autumn term.  For details about the Trust's Governance, please view the website HERE


Notice of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021


One vacancy remains on the LGB for a second Parent Governor.  To find out more about the role of the Governor, either for Goldfinch or one of our Trust's schools, please contact

The Role of the Local Governing Board


Goldfinch is proud to have joined the Dunraven Educational Trust in January 2019. The Trust is run by a Board of Trustees, who appoint the members of the school’s Local Governing Board. Working closely together, the Board of Trustees and the Local Governing Board have three core responsibilities:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school.


Meet the Governors


Our Governors are:


GoldfinchGOV 6069Steve Hayes

Chair of Governors

Steve has been a school governor in South London for fifteen years. As well as Chair of Governors at Goldfinch, he is Vice Chair of Governors at an outstanding primary school in Lambeth, secretary of the Lambeth Governors Forum and sits as a governor observer on the Lambeth Schools Partnership Board. For 25 years he had his own business as a project consultant with clients including Unilever, GlaxoSmithKline and UBS. He has been a volunteer and trustee for a number of local and national voluntary organisations. He is committed to working with the trustees, governors and staff to ensure the best possible education for all Goldfinch’s children.

Term of office: October 2019 - July 2023

GoldfinchGOV  2Kate Bower

Link responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Kate trained as a Chartered Town Planner and following a successful career in planning, moved into the world of political PR, specialising in Property matters. Following a career break to raise her two children, Kate uses her experience and skills to assist a number of not-for-profit and charitable organisations including London First, Orchid Project, HomeStart and is an ambassador for HFT, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities. Kate was recently appointed to the Magistracy. She is a former Governor of a secondary school in Hertfordshire. She is very pleased to be supporting Goldfinch, in particular the children with SEN.

Term of office: April 2019 - April 2023

David Burgess   IMG 8743David Burgess

David is the Publishing Director of The Legal 500, the largest leading law firm referral research group, which now spans 180 countries. He was recently named one of the world’s “Global leaders and influencers in legal business”, and sits on the board of the Association of Corporate Counsel Alliance in Washington DC. He travels extensively across the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe speaking at conferences, and providing bespoke training for law firms and general counsel. David previously served as a governor at a Lambeth primary school for five years. He is committed to helping to provide the best school experience for children at Goldfinch and across the Dunraven Educational Trust.

Term of office: April 2019 - April 2023


GoldfinchGOV  3Rosemary Newlove

Rosemary is a retired Primary Head Teacher of an outstanding London school. She has expertise in teaching and learning and improving outcomes for all children. Rosemary is very pleased to be able to help support Goldfinch in the next stages of its development.


Term of office: April 2019 - April 2023

GoldfinchGOV 180725928Joe Norton-Jones

Link responsibility for Safeguarding

Joe is the Assistant Head at the Virtual School in Greenwich. He is responsible for the academic progress and wellbeing of children known to social care. Having previously served as a staff governor at his previous school, Joe is now the safeguarding link governor at Goldfinch. Joe lives locally and is working to support Goldfinch grow and flourish in the community. He has previous experience of working for the Metropolitan Police and has spent 12 years in child facing roles at special schools, alternative provision and, most recently, 5 years as a senior leader at a mainstream secondary school in Camberwell. 

Term of office: April 2019 - April 2023

GoldfinchGOV Hamimah Semambo

Link responsibility for Health and Safety

Hamimah is a qualified nurse with over 10 years experience working in the NHS supporting the health and wellbeing of children and their families. She is passionate about equality for all and bridging the gap between poor health and poverty. Hamimah is committed to supporting the holistic wellbeing of children and she will bring her knowledge and enthusiasm of health to contribute in shaping the learning experience for the children at Goldfinch.

Term of office: April 2019 - April 2023

GoldfinchGOV 9773Emilie Haston


Emilie attends the Local Governing Board as part of her role as headteacher of Goldfinch Primary School.


20210210 145826Paul Thomas

Paul has many years of experience as a school governor at Chestnut Grove and at Goldfinch when it was known as Eardley School.  He is delighted to have rejoined the Local Governing Board and is particularly keen to help in its aim of extending its reach and impact across the local community.

He is recently retired from a long career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and has a wide range of management and HR experience.  His interests include sport (particularly cricket) and theatre, which is particularly fortunate as his son is a professional actor and his daughter is at The Brit School.  Paul is a member, writer and director for the local Furzedown Community Theatre which has produced a number of pantos and family shows in recent years.

Term of office: January 2021 - January 2024

Ellie Roberts

Staff Governor

Ellie has worked at Goldfinch as the Year Six class teacher for three years. Before working at Goldfinch, she worked as a class teacher in a primary school in Penge, South London.  Ellie has experience as the Science Lead at Goldfinch and has recently been appointed as the Maths Lead.  Already working in the school, she has first-hand experience of the education system and knowlede of teaching and learning, and is committed to ensuring every hild receives the best education. 

Term of office: June 2021 - June 2025

Charlotte McDermott

Parent Governor

Charlotte was appointed unopposed to the role of Parent Governor in March 2022.  Charlotte is currently Vice-Chair of Friends of Goldfinch PTA.   

Term of office: March 2022 - March 2026


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