Meet Christ's Non-staff Governors
Johanna Brotherstone was elected as a parent governor in December 2021. Jo studied Politics and Social Policy at Newcastle University. After 25 years working in Westminster, she stood back from an editorial career at BBC News. During her time there, she coordinated teams covering many high-profile events, including five general elections. She also played a key role in the delivery of diversity targets and was a passionate advocate for the career development of apprentices and trainees. Jo has lived in Brentford since 2009 and attends St Paul’s Church where she is a Sunday school leader and seasonal volunteer for The Shelter Project Hounslow. Through the Royal Voluntary Service she has supported the Covid-19 vaccination programme as an NHS Volunteer Responder.
Sam Burnett is an employment lawyer who worked for a number of national and international law firms in the City before joining a global legal, regulatory and business information company as an employment law professional support lawyer. She also has a background in accounting and school finance as well as 6 years’ experience in school governance clerking. Sam has been a Christ’s School parent since 2016 and is committed to supporting the school to provide the best possible opportunities for every one of its students, including fostering inclusivity. Sam has lived in Richmond borough for 16 years and attends All Souls Church, St Margarets. She was appointed as a Richmond Team Ministry foundation governor in September 2021.
Penny Cox was appointed as an SDBE foundation governor in June 2021. Penny has lived in Richmond for over 30 years and attends Holy Trinity Church. Penny has an MA in Effective Learning from the Institute of Education. She is a retired primary school headteacher and was honoured to receive an MBE for services to education. Penny is a strong advocate of the state education system and the extra dimension that a school with Christian values can bring to all members of its community. She is committed to working hard to support the school's pursuit of excellence for all its pupils.
Cary Depel has lived in the Putney/Roehampton area since 2007. He has an undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance, and graduate degrees in US law, UK law, Philosophy, and Comparative Religions. He is an English solicitor and American lawyer by background. He has been a long-standing parishioner of St. Peter’s Ightham, where his children were baptised, and an occasional attendee of All Saints Putney Common. He is a co-founder and director/chairman of a stem cell-derived therapy business and a healthy bread business. He has worked in the City in Financial Services and Mining and has served as the Chairman of The Institute of Risk Management. He has also served as Chairman of the British Olympic Wrestling Association and the Scottish Olympic Wrestling Association. He is an ardent fan of the Church of England segment of our state school system.
Dan Evans is a parent governor, currently with two children in the school and one at Holy Trinity primary. His career has been at the Department for Education in a variety of roles, including early years finance, special educational needs and more recently the school curriculum. He joined Christ's Board of Governors in November 2019, having been a governor at Windham Nursery School for 9 years, most recently as deputy chair, and as chair of the resources committee.
Katy Johnston was appointed a foundation governor in June 2019. Katy has lived in Richmond for over 10 years and attends Holy Trinity Church. She has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and an MA in Systematic Theology from King's College London. She worked in publishing and investment banking, before retraining as a secondary school teacher after her daughter started school. Katy is a trustee of the Riverbank Trust, a local charity, and of the West London Deaf Children's Society. She believes in the importance of the best possible educational experience for children of all needs and backgrounds, and is delighted to be on the Governing Board of Christ's School.
Fay Johnstone was appointed a foundation governor in October 2018, representing the Richmond Team Ministry. She has lived in and around Richmond for most of her life, and attended school in the borough. Fay has a BSc(Hons) degree in Psychology from The Open University, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Fay is currently Director of People & Services at The Complete Education Services Group, an organisation providing education to neuro-diverse pupils, having spent over 25 years leading and managing HR functions in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including in medical royal colleges, social research, social housing, further education, real estate and FM consultancy, travel and defence research. Fay has worshipped and sung in the choir at St Mary Magdalene for over 40 years, and occasionally deputises for the Director of Music. Fay has previously been a foundation governor at a junior/primary school in the borough.
Caroline Pusey has been a Local Authority governor at Christ's since the summer of 2017. She has lived in Kew for many years and her children attend local schools. She enjoys supporting her local community and has a strong commitment to seeking to ensure access to high quality education for all. Professionally she has degrees in International Relations from Birmingham and Aberystwyth and has worked for over 20 years in central government in a large variety of roles, the majority of which have been in the Ministry of Defence. She has worked in a job-share partnership for over 10 years and her current role is in the Department for Education where she leads work associated with the recruitment and retention of teachers.
The Revd Wilma Roest moved to Richmond in 2016 to be the new Team Rector of the Richmond Team Ministry and Vicar of St Mary Magdalene. An aspect of that role is to be governor at Christ’s School, which Wilma greatly enjoys. Wilma has a background in musicology (University of Utrecht) and education (teacher and teacher governor in various state primary school). She was ordained in 1999 and has since served in various Church of England parishes in South London. Wilma is passionate about the ethos of Christ’s School and its connections with the local community. In her free time Wilma enjoys travelling, snorkelling and underwater photography, and the occasional very slow run in Richmond Park.
Jordana Smith is a mother of two sons. She lives in Fulham and is the founder and director of a family support and wellbeing company. She is a passionate advocate for young people, and desires for them to reach their full potential and purpose in life. She has spent the last four years as youth and community worker working with young people within her local community, empowering them to achieve, and live the life God has for them. She is a worship leader at her local church, and a trustee for a London based charity who work with young people and the environment. She is a Business and Mass Communications graduate who studied at The University of Westminster and London Metropolitan University. She became a foundation governor at Christ's in May 2021.
Peter Sharp entered teaching in 2004 having studied sciences at Cambridge and Imperial. He has taught science in a number of schools (state and private) and is currently Director of Teaching and Learning at Westminster School. He moved to Twickenham five years ago and he and his wife attend St Mary Magdalene Church in Richmond where he learnt about Christ’s School. He has particular interests in teaching & learning, the professional development of teachers and life-long learning.
Louise Stevenson was appointed as an Associate Governor in February 2021. She relocated to SW London in November 2019. Louise has worked in the education sector for approaching 30 years, both as a primary teacher and an Educational Psychologist (EP), with a range of experience across mainstream, specialist, maintained and independent settings. She has degrees in Theology and Education, and Psychology, alongside a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Birmingham. Louise has particular interests in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), Children Looked After (CLA) and the Able and Ambitious. She attends Holy Trinity Church, Richmond, alongside her husband and teenage son. Louise has served on governing bodies previously, both as a teacher and parent governor, and is looking forward to serving the local community and taking on a new challenge by joining the governing body at Christ's School.
Rowan Woodward is a co-opted Governor with 1 child left at the school in the sixth form - 2 having previously graduated. She has been a governor at Christ's for 10 years and before that, was a governor for 8 years at her children's local primary school, Marshgate Primary. She has lived locally in Richmond for over 20 years. Her professional background includes a degree in Production Engineering and Management from Loughborough University and a career in computer programming and business systems implementation at one of the top 10 consulting firms. She currently runs a local bookkeeping business. She is passionate about education and strongly believes in supporting her local community.