Governors

Lynn Charlton - Chair of Governors

I have lived in Kingston since 1967, when I came here originally to train as a teacher. Since then, I have worked in Primary and Middle schools, both locally and in central London. I retired as a head teacher in 2014.

I have two adult children who attended St John’s in the 1980’s and as a PSA member at that time, was closely involved in the life of the school, raising funds for the building of the school hall. I attend St John’s church and am also a long standing member of the local charity, the Spring Grove Fringe, an amateur theatre group.

I have always been passionate about education and getting the best for our children.  They are our future and so, as a governor, I will work hard to ensure that the best is what they receive.

Greg Limna - Foundation Governor and Vice Chair

I am a new Foundation Governor at St John’s and excited to be part of the Governing Body. I’ve lived in the area since 2011 and am married with 3 children, a daughter in class 2 and younger twins. I am a civil engineer having started my career in Manchester working on sewage projects in the north west of England and abroad. I now work on the implementation of rail infrastructure projects such as High Speed 1 and Crossrail. My link subject is computing and I hope I can support the school and contribute to its continued success.

Sophie Constable - Staff Governor

I’ve been teaching for 20 years and have been a member of staff at St John’s for over 10 years now. I started teaching part-time in the Nursery and gradually increased my days to now working full time in Reception. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work in KS1 and lower KS2 and have been lucky enough to watch children start their journey in Nursery all the way to Year 6. I am currently job sharing the Early Years Leader role and I am also the Art co-ordinator.  I live in Kingston and have two children of my own: a son aged 15 and a daughter aged 12, who both attend a local Kingston secondary school. As staff governor, I would like to support the school from a staff perspective. I see my role as one in which I can bring my teaching experience and knowledge of the school to ensure we can give all the children at St John’s the very best education we can.

Rev Mark Stafford - Ex officio

Lucy and I moved to South Kingston in 2019 when I became Vicar at St John’s Church. Prior to this I was a parish priest in North Nottinghamshire, I also worked for ten years as a social worker and have experience in working in child protection and fostering.

I am a regular visitor to St John’s school, and I am at school most weeks for collective worship and am always keen to foster the links between the School and the Church.

Lucy and I have 5 adult children between us and 2 much loved granddaughters, with a third on the way.

I am also link governor for Collective worship, Religious education EAL and safeguarding

Simon Hamilton - Parent Governor

I have been a Parent Governor at St John’s since 2020 and enjoy playing a part in the school as part of the Governing Body. Penny and I moved to Kingston in 2012 and have 2 children at St John’s – my son in year 2 and my daughter just starting in reception.  I am very proud of St John’s and the whole team in their relentless focus in developing all of the children to their full potential across mind, body and spirit. I work in the City at a merchant bank as part of the senior leadership team responsible for one of our global divisions.

James Gay - Parent Governor

I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2019. I am a qualified solicitor and I currently practice law at the National Education Union (formerly known as the National Union of Teachers) Through my work I am acutely aware of the challenges facing schools today and the difficulties there are in running and planning around a results focused school curriculum. I have three boys at St John’s School and am proud to be part of the governing body whilst offering my legal skills where required. I enjoy running and am taking part in the 2020 London Marathon as well as watching and playing a variety of other team sports.

Michael Wraight - Foundation Governor

I was opted on as a Foundation Governor in 2020 through my role as a member of the PCC at St Johns Church.  I am currently the Lettings Director of Matthew James Estate Agents in Surbiton who have been involved in supporting events at the school since my children started in 2015.  Having acted as Class Rep for 2 years when II was approached to stand as a Governor I felt this was an opportunity to be more involved.  I now have 1 child at the school in Year 3 with our eldest leaving in 2020 to start Secondary school.  I enjoy watching rugby and am a season ticket holder at Harlequins and am an avid music fan enjoying the live music experience as often as I can.

Linda Sellers - Parent Governor

I was interested in taking on the role of governor after being involved in the St Johns Church community for many years and now wanted a way to be more actively involved in the school as my son entered Y3. My career, initially working with arts organisations on their fundraising and governance has led to me now working as a ‘headhunter’ for the charity and education sector - recruiting a diversity of talent into leadership roles.  This experience has given me a good understanding of the incredible challenges schools, teachers and governing bodies need to overcome.  As a governor I want to help ensure the school continues to be able to put children’s welfare and best interests at the heart of every decision. 

Vanessa Hamilton – Local Authority Governor

My role is to bring an awareness and understanding of the local authority priorities and policies to inform debate and priorities at the school level. I have lived in Kingston since 1999 and I am married with one daughter, who started university this year. I am an Instructional Designer by background with over 25 years’ experience in organisational  learning and development – with specific expertise in leadership, team development and change management. For the last five years, I have also volunteered in a neighbouring girls’ school supporting  literacy and numeracy development in pupils from years 3-8. I am the link governor for mathematics, and I am very excited about supporting St. John’s to help every pupil learn, grow and achieve their full potential in a safe, supportive and nurturing school family.

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