Governor’s Profiles


2017 – 2018 – Governor’s Profiles


 Sandy Baars

Chair of Safeguarding

Baars Sandy

I have been a Thamesmead governor for a number of years and was Chair for five years. After graduating in classics from Oxford University I worked in local government and the NHS before taking a career break to bring up my children and do some voluntary work. I returned to work as a school bursar in a local primary school before joining the commissioning team at the London Borough of Kingston. I am now retired. All three of my children went to Thamesmead before going on to Sixth Form College and university.

Rob Blandford


I have been the Secretary of the “Friends of Thamesmead” for 3 years, helping with out with fund raising activities such as quiz nights, fashion shows, fun runs, and the Shepperton Village Fayre.

This has given me an insight into the effort involved, and difficulties of raising additional funding for the school, which is now more important than ever. We need to find ways of raising more funds and to examine how these funds are distributed.

I have two children at Thamesmead already and another child in year 4 at Ashley School.    Given the importance of Thamesmead to my Family, and the influence it is having on our future, I feel it is appropriate that I should contribute something to the ongoing success of the school. Being a Governor will allow me to contribute to the future strategy of the school, support the Head teacher and give guidance when appropriate.

I am an I.T. Manager, specialising in large infrastructure projects located at Heathrow.  We recruit a large number of new graduates every year, so I see the “output” from the education system and learn about trends, priorities, concerns, among young people leaving education.

 Mike Coombs

Vice Chair of Governors

Coombs Mike

I became a governor in February 2009 and am currently Vice Chair of the governing body. I graduated in Classics from London University then worked for IBM before starting my own IT supply and services company aimed at large corporate customers. I live and work locally, am married and have a daughter and son both who attended Thamesmead.  I played competitive football, cricket and athletics.

Karen Griffiths

Parent Governor

I become a parent governor here at Thamesmead School in September 2017.  I have two children, one at Thamesmead and the other who has now left.  I am a Human Resources Manager at a University in Surrey.  Having been a parent governor at another school, I am aware of the commitment required and the sense of satisfaction when you become a part of the strategic vision of a school.

Thamesmead has been a solid influence in the lives of both my children and I have enjoyed seeing them grow and how school has facilitated that in so many ways.  As a new head arrives I would like to be part of the Governing Body which helps maintain the legacy of Mr Rodin and to help the school to continue on its impressive trajectory.

Anne Jakubovic

Chair of Standards & Performance Committee

Jakubovic Anne

I have been a Governor at Thamesmead since 2008. I have an additional role as Link Governor for Special Educational Needs and Pupil Premium. I have particular interest and experience in the curriculum and Teaching and Learning since I am a teacher in a local primary school. I have 3 daughters, all of whom attended Thamesmead.

Nikki Jenkins


I am a new Governor to the school. I Chaired the Friends of Thamesmead association for three years and was a member for five.

Historically, I worked at The Riverside Club in Chiswick for almost 10 years in various roles, ultimately supervising their accounts department. I took a career break to have a family and returned to work as part of the office team in an Ofsted Outstanding Primary School. From the school, I went on to be the Office Manager/Deputy General Manager of Hazelwood, home to London Irish. My daughter has now left Thamesmead to attend College.  I am delighted with the education and support she received.

William Kerr

Parent Governor

I currently have one child at Thamesmead. After completing my education, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then lived and worked in Europe, mainly in Italy as an auditor/financial controller, for 15 years before returning to the UK.
I moved to Shepperton in 2004. I have worked for The Vitec Group plc for the last 15 years and I am now the Group Treasurer. I am also a member-nominated Trustee Director of the Group’s Pension Scheme.

I hope to use the experience I have gained in my working career in assisting the Governors and the new Head Teacher in helping to make Thamesmead an outstanding school.

Greg Martin


Martin Greg

I have lived in Ashford for over 36 years. Both my children attended local schools including Thamesmead and Strode’s College. I very much enjoyed my teaching career as Head of Science, Deputy Head and acting Headteacher. I am the link governor for the SCITT and I am the Vice Chair of the Resources Committee.

Mick Martin

Chair of Admissions Committee

Martin Mike

I moved to Laleham in 1976 whilst in the RAF. I joined British Airways in 1978 specialising in training flight crew  and retired at the end of March 2000.    I was appointed as a magistrate in 1989 until December 2009. I then became a governor at Thamesmead where my daughter had completed her secondary education in the early 1980s. I am the link governor for Health and Safety and chair the Admissions Committee.

Dave Munby

Chair of the Resources Committee

Munby Dave

I am a Parent Governor and Chair of the Resources Committee. I am a Chartered Management Accountant with wide experience in the Public Sector, currently working for Macmillan Cancer Support after having spent 12 years with the Metropolitan Police managing the provision of Information Technology to ensure it met the needs of frontline policing. Prior to that I had a long career working for Royal Mail in various senior roles. I have been a parent Governor at Thamesmead for three years and have three children at the school.

Ruth Murton

Chair of Governor

I have worked professionally in and around education for over 30 years. I am committed to ensuring that all children and young people get the best possible education so they a can be successful in whatever future path they choose. I have been a governor at a number of schools, most recently as Vice Chair of Governors at Collingwood College in Camberley, an 11-18 academy and Chair of Governors at West Byfleet Junior School. I run my own business providing leadership development; helping to improve school leadership and governance through practical support, training and guidance.

I am married with three grown up daughters and I’m a grandmother too. I come from a family of artists, musicians and dancers. The fact that Thamesmead provides specific educational opportunities for some students who have a passion for the performing arts is of great personal interest to me. I am looking forward to attending a variety of events over the coming months.


Fred Pogson


I moved to Shepperton in 2015 and previously served as a primary school governor in Teddington. Currently at the MoD, I am a member of the Army Educational and Training Services branch. My first degree was in Psychology and I have an MA in Education. My professional background includes training design and delivery, coaching, instructor development, policy development and change management.

 Philip Reeves



Dave Theaker


Theaker Dave

When my two children graduated from Thamesmead, I left the PTA and was elected to the Thamesmead School Governing Body.  I have worked with four Headteachers. In 2010 I received the Governor Service Award from Surrey County Council.

Jason Tender


I became a Governor at Thamesmead School in September 2017. I have live in Shepperton. I have worked in Financial Services for nearly 30 years and have undertaken customer facing roles, data analytics, product management and change management.  My role is centred on customers and delivering the best possible outcomes, working to time and budget.

I commit time to supporting Life Skills, a scheme that helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.  I am also a keen competitive table-tennis player representing Team GB, Middlesex County as well as playing in local leagues.