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Meet our Governors

Sandy Cowling

I have been a governor in several schools and have been Chair of Governors at Merton Abbey for the past few years.

I am now retired, but spent my whole working life in education, so I greatly enjoy using my knowledge to support staff, parents and pupils at Merton Abbey. I am particularly interested in seeing the ways in which staff organise their teaching to develop the talents and overcome the difficulties of all children. I visit school regularly, so that I can keep up-to-date with Merton Abbey's activities, projects and needs. I also keep in touch with our local councillors and other members of the Local Authority.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, swimming and gardening and spending time with my husband and now adult children, all of whom attended state schools in Merton.

Cypren Edmunds

As a Governor I sit on the 'Teaching, Learning, Curriculum and Achievement' and, the 'Leadership, Management, Behaviour and Safeguarding' Committees’. I have resided on the High Path Estate for over fifteen years and Chair its residents’ group, The High Path Community Association. My other voluntary roles include: Duke of Edinburgh Award - Merton, Chair of Safer Neighbourhood Panel - Abbey ward, Chair of Colliers Wood PPG and Friends of Merton Abbey.

Mamie Barden

I serve on the governing board as the parent of a child in Merton Abbey Primary.  I work in university administration, with a background in higher education and law.  I joined the Board of Governors because I want to have a say that represents the point of view of parents, and hopefully have a positive influence on an already great primary school.  I also currently serve on the Scholarships Committee at the University of Westminster, Learn to Lead Programme Committee at the International Students House London, and the Reading Committee with the Chevening Scholarship Secretariat as an Academic Specialist.


Sanjay Hatwal

I serve on the governing board as a parent of two children in Merton Abbey Primary. I currently work for the Pension Protection Fund as a Software Development Team Manager and work collaboratively to meet the organisations strategic goals & KPI's. I have joined the Board of Governors for I wish to help the school in raising the bar to the highest level possible, and for that influence & help in areas using my skills & expertise.

Tom Young

As a co-opted governor I offer a range of skills developed during my career to the governing body. These include business process improvement, project and change management, strategy development and effective prioritisation and resource utilisation.

 I’m proud to serve Merton Abbey Primary School, and to work with the governors, staff and parents to improve the opportunities for all children who attend.

Frances Cresswell

I joined the Governors’ Board as a parent governor in Autumn 2016. I have a daughter at Merton Abbey Primary School and want to help the school achieve its aims and create an environment where everyone is valued and inspired to achieve their best and help others. I have lived in South Wimbledon for ten years and work as Business Operations Manager providing office support for a non-profit organisation.


Janine Bartlett

'I have been involved with the school since my son attended nursery. I love the community/ family feel to the school & am excited to be involved in how the school functions & hope that my role as Governor enables me to contribute & learn more about Merton Abbey School. 

Lesley Scott

I started working at Merton Abbey in 2002 as a nursery nurse for ten years and moved onto my current position as a Teaching Assistant.  I have witnessed Merton Abbey emerge into a school that strives to provide every child the opportunity to have access to the curriculum and work in many ways with the diverse community it serves. As a Governor, I have an insight into the hard work and commitment that goes on behind the scenes and hope that I can play a small part in the continuing growth and progression of Merton Abbey Primary School.