Governing Body

The Governing Body Consists of a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 Governors, of whom three are nominated by the Baptist Missionary Society, the Council for World Mission, and the United Reformed Church respectively. At least two Governors must have been current Eltham College parents at the time of their appointment.

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.

Eltham College – Articles of Association

Policy on the Recruitment of Governors

Peter Doyle (Chair of Governors)(Trust Governor since 2017; Estate and Commercial Committee).
Peter is Head of the Family Investment Office (‘FIO’) at the Grosvenor Estate. His responsibilities include the financial affairs of the Grosvenor Estate, Grosvenor Trusts and the Rural Estates. He was a partner in KPMG until 2002, serving on the UK Board for 3 years. Before joining the Grosvenor Estate, he acted as Interim Finance Director at the Export Credit Guarantee Department and also at Benfield Group, the reinsurance broker. He has been a board member of Peabody, on the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School at Cambridge, and chaired the Church Urban Fund. Presently he is a Trustee of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and chairs The Black Stork Charity, set up to build a new Defence and Rehabilitation Centre in the Midlands. He also sits on the Audit Committee of the University of Cambridge. Following seven years at Eltham, Peter read economics at Queens’ College, Cambridge and has also studied at INSEAD. He is married to Margaret and is a father to a son and daughter, and has 4 grandchildren.
Graham Dransfield
(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. Graham 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. He became Company Secretary and Head of Legal before joining the Board of the company in 1993. He has been a member of various Hanson governance and risk committees and retired at the end of 2009, following the take-over of Hanson by HeidelbergCement AG in 2007. He remains chairman of the Hanson head office pension scheme. Graham participated 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 his daughter and son attended Eltham College.
Anne Edwards
(Trust Governor since 2005; Academic Committee).
Anne was the first female member of Eltham College Sixth Form (part-time). She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; a member of the Association of Reflexologists and a past Lady Captain at Chislehurst Golf Club. She is 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.
Martin Fosten
(Nominated Governor for the United Reformed Church since 2017; Chairman of Academic Committee).
Martin was educated locally and has attended Christ Church URC Petts Wood for over 60 years where he continues as an Elder, youth leader and choir master. He went into teaching following a Business Studies degree sponsored by Vauxhall Motors and a completed PGCE at London University. He was a Housemaster and Teacher of Economics and Business Studies at Alleyn’s School for 23 years before becoming Academic and Pastoral Principal of The Royal Ballet School (2002 to 2010). He has been a Governor at Alleyn’s for 11 years until 2014 and remains a senior examiner with International Baccalaureate. Martin is married to Amanda with three children, two of whom are involved in education, one as a primary school teacher and the other a University lecturer.
Wayne Hawkins(Nominated Governor for the Council for World Missions since 2018; Junior School Committee).
Wayne is currently employed by the Council for World Mission, which is the successor body to the London Missionary Society one of the schools founding missionary societies. He currently serves as Deputy General Secretary and Mission Secretary for Europe. He was educated in Birmingham and London following which he was Minister at two congregational churches in Scunthorpe and Southam, Warwickshire. Previously, he was involved in local politics and served two terms as an elected Mayor.
Lee Jagger
(Governor since 2014; Finance Committee, Chairman of Co-education 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 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. 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.
Andrew Neden
(Trust Governor since 2017; Chairman of Finance Committee; Estate and Commercial Committee).
Andrew was educated at St Lawrence College Ramsgate and St Catharine’s College Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was a Partner at KPMG till 2014. Presently he is non-executive director and chair of audit committee for the Nottingham Building Society, Wesleyan Assurance Society and Bank ABC International. He is Chair of Aetna Insurance Company Limited and Northgate Warwick Limited, Chair of Great St Helens Trust and St Peters Canary Wharf Trust. Married to Fiona (formerly captain of hockey at Durham University) with three adult sons, the eldest of whom, Alastair plays for Old Elthamians.
Brian O’Donoghue
(Trust Governor since 2017; Chairman of Junior School Committee, Co-education Committee).
Brian read History at Durham University, then studied for the Law Society Finals at Guildford College of Law before working for a large law firm in the City of London for seven years. Now Brian oversees administration for a large church in London and is a trustee of various charities including the London Diocesan Fund. He is married to Claire, a former RS, Ethics and Philosophy teacher at Haberdasher Aske's School for Girls. They have four children, one of whom is at Eltham.
Antony Spencer
(Trust Governor since 2017; Academic Committee, Co-education Committee)
Antony is Principal of St Lawrence College, an independent HMC 3-18 boarding and day school in Ramsgate, Kent. Prior to this he was Deputy Head (Academic) at Clifton College, Bristol, and before entering the teaching profession worked as a Chartered Accountant in a number of finance roles. He graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford with a degree in PPE. Whilst at Oxford he represented the university at hockey. He is married with four children.
Peter Swaffield(Nominated Governor for the Baptist Missionary Society - 'BMS World Mission' in September 2018). Peter is an OE, as was his late brother, who left the school in 1972 to read English at Oxford. Following teacher training at Exeter University he became an English teacher in a London comprehensive before joining the English Department at Eltham. He returned to Oxford in 1978 to read Theology and to train for Baptist ministry. Peter has served as pastor and leader at Baptist churches in South Devon, West Wickham and Hertfordshire; he was appointed as Director of Training for the 'Oasis Trust' teaching theology on a course for inner city youth workers based in Southwark. Chaplaincy within the world of sport led to his appointment as a chaplain to the 1988 Olympic Games in South Korea, in addition to chaplaincy at two Commonwealth Games and the World Student Games. He was Assistant Chaplain, teaching English and RS, at Berkhamsted School from 2001 - 2010 when he became Chaplain and Head of Religious Studies at Eltham, retiring as Senior Chaplain in 2017. For the last three years he has been a governor of The Ebbsfleet Academy, a co-educational secondary school with academy status.
He has three adult children. Peter preaches frequently in both URC and Baptist churches in Kent and South East London. He enjoys golf and plays cricket for one of Kent's Over 60's cricket teams.
Tim Wilson
(Trust Governor since 2013, Academic Committee) Tim 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.
Alison Paterson(Trust Governor since 2019; Junior School Committee, Co-education Committee)

How can I contact them?

Please use the details below to contact the Governors:

Peter Doyle
Chair of Governors
Eltham College
Grove Park Road
SE9 4QF

Telephone 020 8857 7360

Email c/o Eltham College Bursar Susan Roxby