|Dr Geraldine Hutchinson||Chair of Governors||
I am Head of Teaching and Learning at CfBT Education Trust and Chair of Governors at St Marks Academy. I am passionate about ensuring success for each and every pupil and making sure that St Marks is a happy and nurturing school of choice for the local community.
|Reverend Joabe Calvacanti||Vice Chair of Governors||
I am the Vicar of nearby St. Mark's Church, and Area Dean of Merton, and also a governor of two local Primary Schools. I love being involved in the Academy - I am frequently inspired by the skills and commitment of the staff, and constantly encouraged by the creativity and energy of the students. Our Church is committed to serving our community, and we are passionate about trying to enable local young people to get the best possible care and education.
|Richard Hughes||I began my career in educational publishing but then pursued the real thing and taught for over thirty years before retiring slightly early. I continue to work as a senior examiner with Edexcel and CIE, where I am involved with the new Pre-U qualification. I much appreciate being involved as a governor at St Mark's , watching the institution develop and strengthen.|
|Faith Pilgrim||I'm a Teach First Ambassador who has an interest in making faith schools' communities of exellence for their students, staff and community.|
|Simon Surtees||As a staff member of CfBT, I have been a Governor of St Marks since 2009. I currently manage a Project designed to help young people, who have disengaged with education, to take a renewed interest in making the most of the potential they have. You could say that's why I love working with St Marks, the Principal and the staff. We all want St Marks pupils to realise the potential we know they all have!|
|Nigel Fishwick||I am an experienced marketing professional who has worked with blue chip companies worldwide, from Asda to Zanussi, for many years. I am passionate about bringing best practice from the commercial sector into education, so that schools can maximise their resources effectively and focus on what they do best: meeting the needs and aspirations of pupils.|
|Afua Boaten||Community Governor||I am very passionate about education, both formal and informal and as such have always taken a great interest in the education of my children and now my grandchildren. I believe that education is a fundamental part of nation building and it is therefore imperative that we ensure a better future for our children and grandchildren by giving them the building blocks to enable them to be the best they can be academically and ultimately successful individuals. They are after all the leaders of the future and there is nothing more satisfying than to see a pupil’s joy knowing they have given their all and come up trumps! I would also like to work on getting more parent/carer participation, as I believe a stronger more open partnership with parents can only create a stronger and more successful school community.|
|Wendy Tansey|| I have over the last 10 years worked as a business mentor within the Young Enterprise scheme at 3 schools and as a mentor, one on one, at a girls senior school within their gifted and talented programme. It felt right that I should try to broaden my experience by working as a school governor.
When I heard that St Mark's were looking for new people to join their governor group it was the opportunity I had been looking for. I have not regretted it.
The challenges the school faces are still substantial but it is great to help with somewhere where a track record of success is being established.