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Meet our Governors

Mamie Barden

 

 

What do you do as a school governor?

I am the Co-Chair of Governors. Additionally, I am the Vice-Chair of the Children, Families and Communities Committee. I am the link governor for the school website.

 

What is the best bit about being a school governor at Merton Abbey?

Two of my children attend Merton Abbey and I love being involved in their education as both a parent and as a governor. Through these roles I am able to gain more insight into their education and stay more informed of what is happening in the school. Also, it is an excellent way to build relationships with more of the teachers and school staff, which makes me feel part of the Merton Abbey family.

 

What do you do in your time, when you're not carrying out your governor duties?

For nearly 10 years, I have worked in university administration. Currently, I work part-time at a local London university. The rest of my time is spent looking (or running) after my three children.

 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I was born and raised in Texas, USA. I love cooking dishes that remind me of my youth, such as Tex-Mex Enchiladas and Texas Sheet Cake. In London, I still celebrate American Thanksgiving each year by cooking a big turkey feast! 

Frances Cresswell

 

 

What do you do as a school governor?

I am the Co-Chair of Governors and help support the Governing Board to hold the school's senior leaders to account. I ensure we ask purposeful and challenging questions to make sure the school is achieving its aims, and creating an environment where everyone is valued and inspired to achieve their best and to help others.

 

I sit on the Children, Families and Communities Committee which focuses on the school’s contribution to pupils’ personal development, behaviour, welfare, safeguarding, and the broader links the school has with the wider community.

 

What is the best bit about being a school governor at Merton Abbey?

I love the community feel of the school and am excited to be a part of it. Being a governor means I can help ensure that the school is the best it can be. I enjoy seeing the strategies and policies that we talk about in the governing meetings being implemented around the school.

 

What do you do in your time, when you're not carrying out your governor duties?

I have lived in South Wimbledon for over ten years and love the community feeling of the area. I work part-time for a charity addressing the problem of electronic waste, encouraging us to value our electrical items for longer by learning to fix them at community events and trying to influence policy to make items more repairable. In between being a governor, being a parent and working part-time, I like going to the theatre and attend podcast recordings.

 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself

I grew up in Lytham St Annes next to the sea, and my first jobs were as a chambermaid in one of the many hotels and serving in a fish & chip shop.

Tom Young

 

 

What do you do as a school governor? 
Our role as governors is to act as ‘critical friends’ to the school. With the other governors, I help define the strategic objectives for the school, and support the leadership team to achieve them. I currently chair the Resources Committee, we ensure the school’s resources (eg. staff, premises, budget) are used effectively.
 
What is the best bit about being a school governor at Merton Abbey?
Everyone at Merton Abbey is enthusiastic and committed to making a difference, and that’s great to be a part of. I love the opportunity to visit and observe the broad curriculum; the morning assemblies are the best way to start a day!
 
What do you do in your time, when you're not carrying out your governor duties? 
Professionally I manage a team delivering projects and IT support to a global medical company. But that’s just until I get my big break and can travel the world as a rock superstar (once I learn the guitar).
 
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself
I once played Little Red Riding Hood in a school play, and would love to get back on stage one day.

 

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.

Rahul Duseja

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 15 years and Chair its Residents’ Group, The High Path Community Association. My other voluntary roles include the Duke of Edinburgh Award - Merton, Chair of Safer Neighbourhood Panel - Abbey ward, Chair of Colliers Wood PPG and Friends of Merton Abbey.

Eloise Kohler

Lesley Scott

 

 

I started working at Merton Abbey School in 2002 as a Nursery Nurse for ten years and then 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.

Marpessa Tholel

 

What do you do as a school governor? 

I am the English and Curriculum Link Governor and I chair the Teaching and Learning Committee.

 
What is the best bit about being a school governor at Merton Abbey? 

As a parent school governor, I can be more involved in my children's primary education. I have the opportunity to regularly monitor the school's efforts to create a thriving learning environment for children in this community. 


What do you do in your time, when you're not carrying out your governor duties? 

I am a stay at home mum since the birth of my second child, studying to obtain an International Diploma in Business Analysis. 
I am pastoring the new-found Pentecostal Church Well of Salvation. 


Tell us an interesting fact about yourself 

As a Dutch native, I have always loved the English language. I studied it at uni, not knowing I would actually end up living in the UK. 

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