Governing Body

The Governing Body Consists of a maximum of 12 elected Trust Governors, one Governor nominated by the Baptist Missionary Society, one by the Council for World Mission, one by the United Reformed Church, one Governor nominated by each of the London Boroughs of Bexley and Bromley and three additional nominated Governors.

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 – Memorandum & Articles of Association

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.
Peter Doyle(Trust Governor since 2017; Estate & 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 7 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. 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.
Anne Edwards
(Trust Governor since 2005, Chairman of the Academic Committee; Junior School Committee, Estate & Commercial 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.
Martin Fosten
(Nominated Governor for the United Reformed Church in 2017; Academic Committee). 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. Went into teaching following a business studies degree sponsored by Vauxhall Motors and a PGCE at London University. 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). Governor at Alleyn’s for 11 years until 2014 and remains a senior examiner with International Baccalaureate. 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 Wayne Hawkins 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
(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.
Rosemary Morgan
(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.
Andrew Neden
(Trust Governor since 2017; Chairman of Finance Committee; Estate & Commercial Committee). Educated St Lawrence College Ramsgate, St Catharine’s College Cambridge. Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Partner at KPMG till 2014. Presently, non-executive director and chair of audit committee for the Nottingham Building Society, Wesleyan Assurance Society and Bank ABC International. 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; Junior School 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 7 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 & Philosophy teacher at Haberdasher Aske's School for Girls. They have two sons at Eltham - Tom (Year 9) and Fred (Year 7). They also have another son, Will (Year 5) and a daughter, Ella (Year 12), at schools in central London.
William Oram
(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 RingTrust Governor; Estates and Commercial Committee) 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.
Antony Spencer(Trust Governor since 2017; Academic Committee) Antony Spencer 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 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.
Isabelle Wort
(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
Eltham College
Grove Park Road
SE9 4QF

Telephone 020 8857 7360

Email c/o Eltham College Bursar Susan Roxby