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.
Katy Taylor - Foundation Governor
I am mum to Molly (year 6) at St John's. I have been a governor for 7 years.
I work as marketing and customer experience director for transport company Go-Ahead.
I support the school through mentoring the headteacher, advising on financial management, consulting on strategic decisions and supporting communication between the teaching, non-teaching staff and the schools wider community such as the church, parents and the local community.
Greg Limna - Foundation Governor and Chair of Resources Committee
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.
Alan Bennett - Associate
Some may think it boring but I’ve lived in Kingston all my life. My schools were Latchmere Road then
Hinchley Wood followed by Kingston College of Technology (now the University on Penrhyn Road) to
study Maths. My whole working life was in the Gas Industry, the later years in Gas Transmission & Pressure Control. After infant baptism in the C of E at Ham, childhood and youth saw me at Richmond Road Methodist Church. When that closed we joined the one on Fairfield South. On retirement a friend asked me to fill a sudden vacancy on the Governing Board at St.John’s : four Headteachers later I’m still here.
AV Warren - Foundation Governor and Vice Chair
I have been an “All Saints” Foundation Governor since 2010. My daughter, Mia, moved on to Secondary school in September 2018 but my son, William, still attends the school - in Year 5. I currently hold the position of Vice Chair. I am passionate about ensuring that both staff and pupils are fully supported in their lives at St John’s and as my career is in Recruitment I have been able to aid the staff as and when vacancies have arisen. My Link Subject for this year is Humanities.
Elena Sanchez - Parent Governor, Treasurer
I am a Parent Governor, my youngest daughter is in Year 6 at the school while my oldest finished Year 6 in the summer 2017. I am a scientist by training and have been working in a science based company for over twenty years. I have worked in DNA testing laboratories, and in my current role I train other scientists to help them obtain measurement results that are valid and reliable. I have also worked in project management and science communication roles and initiatives. I enjoy walks with my family, travelling and exploring new places and when everything is quiet, getting lost in a good book.
Katie Kwateng - Foundation Governor and Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
As a parishioner at St John’s Church, I was asked to be a governor at the school by Rev. Maunder. I was really enthusiastic about taking on this role as I am also a parent at the school. My daughter moved on to Secondary school in September 2018 but my son is still at the school - in Year 5. They both love coming to school and have always been enthusiastic about learning so I wanted to get involved as well and see what was happening in the school. I am also a primary school teacher working in Year 6 in a different school in the borough of Kingston so feel I am able to offer some advice and support to the governing body and the teaching staff within the school. I have been teaching for 20 years and have worked in different roles in 3 different schools around this area. As a result, I hope my experience can help to keep St John’s moving in the right direction.
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.
Elizabeth Briten - LA Governor
I was born in Yorkshire and qualified as a State Registered Nurse at Leeds General Infirmary before coming to Kingston Polytechnic to train to be a teacher in 1983. I taught at a school in Twickenham before becoming a Deputy Headteacher at Claygate Primary school. In 1999 I moved to Kingston University where I currently work in the School of Education as a Senior Lecturer in Primary Science. I have worked there for 20 years teaching science on both the primary PGCE and BA Hons programmes. During this time I undertook further study gaining an MSc from Kings College London in 2011. I know St John's well and am happy to utilise my wealth of experience to support the school.