Governor’s Profiles


2016 – 2017



Sandy Baars

Chair of Governors

Baars Sandy

I have been a Thamesmead governor for a number of years and Chair for four 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 not retired. All three of my children went to Thamesmead before going on to Sixth Form College and university.  I want Thamesmead to become an outstanding school.

 Lisa Chambers

Co-Opted Governor

Chambers Lisa

I have worked in the Inclusion team at Thamesmead since 2007 supporting our most vulnerable students and their families.  I provide staff with advice on how best to support these students to ensure they have the greatest chance to reach their potential and leave us with positive life chances.  I  am a member of the team for Child Protection and Safeguarding issues in the school.

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.

Helen Dunn

Parent Governor

Dunn Helen

I have worked in the public sector all my working life starting in the IT Department of the Science Museum in 1987. I am currently the Head of ICT at Spelthorne Council and I am seconded part-time to our neighbouring borough of Runnymede where I also act as Head of ICT in a shared capacity. I am new to being a Governor so I am on a steep learning curve but I intend to give it the commitment it deserves.


 John Goulborn

Vice Chair of Governor

Goulbord John

I retired from teaching in 2011 after over 30 years in the profession, the last 14 years as Headteacher of two secondary schools. I was most recently Headteacher of a brand new school in North West London which was judged by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in 2007 and 2011. I became a Thamesmead governor two years ago.

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.

 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 a member of the Strategic Direction Working Group.

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

Parent Governor

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.

Peter Rodin


Rodin Peter


Pete Stevenson

Staff Governor

Stevenson Pete

I have been a teacher at Thamesmead since 2010. I am a science teacher with a background in Biology and environmental chemistry. I have been the coordinator of triple science, and I am currently the Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator. I am committed to helping the students achieve success both academically and also on a personal level.

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.

John Noakes


I became a Governor at Thamesmead School in February 2016. I have been a School Governor elsewhere and am delighted to join the Governing Body here at Thamesmead. I live 40 miles from the school. I have a speciality in Internet Safety for students and parents and it is a pleasure to see this subject taken very seriously. With this subject in mind, I am a member of the Safeguarding Committee. Professionally, I’ve spent the past 30 years in IT sales and marketing with IBM, Microsoft, SAP and recently started a new role at Vodafone. Prior to my IT career, I went to sea at age 16 and spent 14 years as a Navigating Officer and Captain, becoming the youngest Captain in the British Merchant Navy at age 26. My hobbies include cycling, digital photography and music and I play lead guitar in a local blues/rock band.

 Richard Warren



I became a magistrate in 2004 and take the chair in court. I also sit in the Crown Court and Youth Court. I was a member of the team at Hounslow Borough hearing appeals on schools admissions for a year and qualified as an advisor with the CAB.  I am a member of the Resources Committee, Admission Committee and link governor for inclusion.