The Governing Body is responsible for the overall strategy and policies of the College, not the day-to-day management which is the responsibility of the Headmaster. The Governors appoint the Headmaster and the Bursar, control the school’s finances, make decisions on building projects and monitor all aspects of the College’s academic and curricular performance.
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Stephen Wells (Chairman) (Chairman from 2013 and Trust Governor from 2011; Chairman of Estate and Commercial Committee, Finance Committee) Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and Association of Project Managers. Current position is Operations Director for Major Programmes, leading new Cultural and Education developments. Previous positions include Head of Design and Engineering for the London 2012 Olympic Park; Project Director for the South Bank Regeneration and Grade 1 Royal Festival Hall refurbishment; Design Director for new city district in St. Petersburg, Russia; Project Director for English Heritage and Client Project Manager for the British Museum Great Court. Stephen is married to Denise, a lawyer (and class Rep) and has two sons in the Senior School at Eltham College.
(Nominated Governor from Bexley Council since 1993; Estate and Commercial Committee) is widowed, with a grown up family (of whom step-son Robert is an OE) and is now retired. Elected member of Bexley Council from 1974-1986, and 1990-present. Has served on most Council Committees and chaired many of them. Deputy Mayor 1999-2000 and Mayor 2007-2008. Serves a number of Charities including the East Wickham and Welling War Memorial Trust and the Welling Community Centres Trust. Bexley's Representative member of Greater London Reserve Forces and Cadet Association.
(Nominated Governor for the Baptist Missionary Society in 1998; Academic Committee) OE (1964-71) studied Biology at Bristol University and Religious Studies at London School of Theology; Teacher of Science and Biology at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar (1976-79), and Eltham College (1979-84, 2000, and on a temporary basis 2001-3); Pastor and Minister at Hither Green Baptist Church (1986-2006); followed by Minister at Zion Baptist Church, Cambridge; (2006-2013). Currently involved in preaching and teaching in schools. Served as chairman of Lewisham SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) and Co-Chairman of LEAP (Lewisham Evangelical Action Partnership). Married to Rachel, with daughter Joanna and son Matthew (OE).
(Nominated Governor from the Staff Common Rooms in 2004; Junior School Committee, Academic Committee) Teacher of French and Italian at Kidbrooke School, Cairo American College, and Eltham College (1985-2003); Head of Girls and Community Service, as well as Team Leader for Leavers' Ball; Hon Sec of Independent Schools Community Service Committee. Fund Raiser for JAGS Appeal Committee, London Chorus Sponsorship Committee, Blackheath Halls Management Committee, and Chairman of Goldsmiths Youth Orchestra for many years. Currently Concert Manager for the London Chorus and Deputy Chairman and Trustee of The Conservatoire Blackheath. Also Trustee of Footballs For Fun - a charity helping children in Africa. Events Organiser for various charities, notably The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Chairman of ECCO. Married to John, with three daughters.
(Trust Governor since 2012; Finance Committee) Educated at Colne Valley High Comprehensive School in Huddersfield, followed by university at St Catherine's College, Oxford and Guildford Law School. Did articles and five years qualified employment with a London law firm, Slaughter and May, before joining Hanson Plc, a large FTSE 100 conglomerate in 1982. Became Company Secretary and Head of Legal before joining the Board of the company in 1993. Member of various Hanson governance and risk committees. Retired at the end of 2009, following the take-over of Hanson by HeidelbergCement AG in 2007. Remains chairman of the Hanson head office pension scheme. Participant in numerous sports over the years; soccer blue; member of Beckenham Tennis and Squash Club for almost 40 years and of The Addington Golf Club for almost 20 years. Both daughter and son attended Eltham College.
(Trust Governor since 2005; Estate & Commercial Committee, Academic Committee) First female member of Eltham College Sixth Form (Part-time); Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; Member of Association of Reflexologists; ITEC in Nutrition. Past Lady Captain at Chislehurst Golf Club. Married to Andrew (Past OEA President), mother of Michael and Katie (both OEs) and as a result was a member of the PTA, Form Representative, and achieved ECDL at Eltham.
(Parent Governor, elected in 2014; Finance Committee) Lee is a qualified actuary and partner at the professional services firm KPMG, where he advises a range of leading companies on finance, investment and risk management. He has two sons currently at the school, Tom in Year 11 and Harvey in Year 7, who make full use of the opportunities available, especially in sports and music. They also play rugby and cricket at OE Sports Club, where Lee coaches U12 rugby. Lee has two other children, Katie in Year 9 and William in Reception, and he hopes they will also attend the school in the near future. He is married to Amanda, a teacher, his grandfather was a Headmaster, his uncle is a retired Headmaster and his mother is a retired Bursar and is now a school Chair of Governors.
(Trust Governor since 2001; Chairman of the Junior School Committee, Academic Committee, Child Protection Governor) After teaching in a variety of Primary Schools as a class teacher, English, as an Additional Language teacher and a Special Needs teacher, Rosemary became a visiting lecturer at Roehampton University on the B.Ed programme, where she also completed an M.Phil. With particular interests in children's oral and reading development, and in students' perceptions of their school experience, she is now a Visiting Lecturer at the School of Education and Training at the University of Greenwich. In addition she works with the Oxleas NHS trust, supporting adults with aphasia and she is a trained parent- teenager mediator and Chairman of West Kent Mediation. Married to Roger with two children of whom Richard is an OE.
(Trust Governor since 2007; Finance Committee, Estate and Commercial Committee, Chairman of the IT Committee) Bill trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte in New Zealand before moving to the UK in 1980. In 1983 he joined the insurance broker Alexander Howden which was acquired by Aon in 1996. He has had a number of senior management and board positions in the group in Finance, IT and Operations. He is currently the Group Financial Controller for Aon in the UK. He is married to Michelle with two children, William and Aria, who are both OEs.
Chris Ring (Nominated Governor for Bromley Council; Estate and Commercial Committee) After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers and Lybrand, Chris moved into Private Client Stockbroking with Scrimgeour Kemp Gee becoming a partner in 1983. He moved to Wise Speke in 1988 to set up the London office moving on to run Natwest Stockbrokers between 1996 and 2001 and the private client business of Shore Capital between 2002 and 2008. Chris joined Investec Wealth and Investment in July 2008. Chris has had long term involvement in the management of Sports Clubs including time as Chairman of Bromley Cricket Club. He is married to Sally with 2 children including Andrew who is an OE.
(Trust Governor 2013, Academic Committee) Studied Law at Birmingham University and qualified as a solicitor in 1979. He has practised in the City of London since qualification and is a specialist in insurance related law and litigation. He has been a partner with Kennedys Law LLP since 1985. He is married to Barbara with three children Christopher, Katie and Tom all of whom are OEs.
(Elected as Parent Governor in June 2006, but now Trust Governor; member of the Junior School Committee, Academic Committee and Estate and Commercial Committee with responsibility for Health and Safety) Born and bred in France, Isabelle completed a Master's degree in English at Orléans University and came to live in the UK in 1985. She taught French and Mathematics. She has served on the Eltham College PTA for eight years; first as a committee member, then as vice-chairman and finally as chairman. She was a form representative and co-ordinator from 1998 to 2009. Isabelle is married to Robert, a chartered surveyor, with two sons, Alexander and Edward, who are both OEs.
How can I contact them?
Please use the details below to contact the Governors:
Mr Stephen Wells RIBA
Chair of Governors
Grove Park Road
Telephone 020 8857 7360
Email c/o Eltham College Bursar