Meet Christ's Non-staff Governors

Jbr   crop 2Johanna Brotherstone was elected as a parent governor in December 2021; her two children are Christ's students. Jo studied Politics and Social Policy at Newcastle University, and started her career in politics, before moving to journalism. She is a senior news editor at Sky News, having previously worked at BBC News for 20 years. She is a champion for equal representation in the media, and a passionate supporter of apprentices and trainees. Jo has lived in Brentford since 2009 and attends St Paul’s Church where she is a Sunday school leader.

Nicky Browne was appointed a foundation governor in 2023. She has lived in Richmond for over thirty years, attends St Mary Magdalene church and sings in the choir. Nicky has a degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford, a PGCE from the University of Cambridge and MBA from Manchester Business School. She has worked chiefly as a self-employed writer having published nine novels for young people. She has a doctorate in Creative Writing and has taught at a number of universities. She currently tutors for Oxford University’s continuing education programme. Her four children attended local schools and she spend some years as a parent governor at a local primary school. She is passionate about the transformative power of education.

Img 8966ceSam 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.

Img 0439ceeCary 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.

Img 0471cDan 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 johnstonKaty 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.

FayjohnstonelightgreybgFay 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 undertaking a senior HR interim career, with projects including Director of People & Services at The Complete Education Services Group, an organisation providing education to neuro-diverse pupils, and Interim People Services Delivery lead at the Nursing & Midwifery Council.  Fay has spent over 30 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.

Img 8873Caroline Pusey has been a Local Authority governor at Christ's since 2017. She has lived in Kew for many years and her children attend local schools, including Christ's. She enjoys supporting her local community and has a strong commitment to ensuring 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 has, for the last four years, worked for the Department for Education where she leads work associated with the recruitment and retention of teachers.

Timelesspicturescouk rm 30The Revd Canon 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.

Img 8904cePeter Sharp entered teaching in 2004 and has taught in maintained and independent schools, including as Director of Teaching & Learning and Deputy Head (Academic). In the summer of 2021 he stepped down from his full-time role in school leadership to pursue his enthusiasm for supporting schools and students as an educational consultant. While living locally he worshipped at St Mary Magdalene where he learnt about Christ’s School and has been a foundation governor since November 2017. He has particular interests in leadership, the professional development of teachers and life-long learning.


Martin Walsh qualified as a chartered accountant 30 years ago. He has spent his senior career in finance and operations roles in media and, most recently, in education. He and his family have lived in the Richmond Borough for over 20 years. He is a trustee of a charity supporting school staff who suffer financial hardship and previously held trustee roles in a large local sports club and a students’ union. 


  • 05:05 PM - 28th September, 2023 We're for an and Welfare Officer at Christ's School. Term Time only - Admin RolePlease visit the website for more information and how to apply. Application forms should be emailed to by 9am on 16/10/2023 Read more
  • 05:02 PM - 26th September, 2023 Well done to the U15’s netball team winning their round 1 national sister in sport match today Vs Radnor House School! 23-11
  • 04:54 PM - 26th September, 2023 Well done to the Y10/11 netball team beating SRR in the Borough League 17-5
  • 04:20 PM - 26th September, 2023 We're looking forward to welcoming our current parents and carers to our Parent Information Evening on Thursday. Please visit our website for more information Read more
  • 07:03 AM - 25th September, 2023 A warm welcome (back) from the PSA! Our event information can be found on the school website Read more but special mention of our Year 7 Parents' and Carers' social in the White Horse pub, Richmond on Tues, 26th Sept, from 7.30pm. RSVP to
  • 10:15 AM - 21st September, 2023 We're recruiting for a Learning Support Assistant. Visit the school website for more information and the application form. Send completed forms to Closing date: 9am, Monday, 2 October 2023 Read more
  • 10:11 AM - 21st September, 2023 6th Form Win! Christ’s Sixth Form Football Team beat Grey Court 4-1 in tonight’s league fixture!MoM Gabriel I-S
  • 04:01 PM - 5th September, 2023 If you have not received your invitation link for the new MCAS app, please email
  • 01:34 PM - 4th September, 2023 We're looking forward to welcoming everyone back to Christ's School: Year 7 start at 8:30am on Tuesday 5th SeptemberYear 12 start at 10am on Tuesday 5th SeptemberYear 8-11 and Year 13 should return for an 8:30am start on Wednesday 6th September
  • 01:02 PM - 24th August, 2023 Christ's School students celebrate GCSE success. Click to find out more: Read more
  • 01:19 PM - 17th August, 2023 Christ's Students Celebrate Fantastic A Level Results. Click to read more: Read more
  • 10:31 AM - 9th August, 2023 A reminder for new year 7 students joining us in September; your homework is to send Mrs Dixon a postcard from whatever you have been doing this summer. We're looking forward to reading about all the interesting places you have been and things you have been doing.