Shaftesbury Park has a strong and supportive governing body who play an active role in improving the school. They work in partnership with with the school's leadership team to:

  • set the school's standards and ambition,
  • oversee the quality of education and offer challenge where necessary,
  • set and monitor the school's budget,
  • work with the head to agree the staffing structure and appoint senior leaders,
  • create and monitor the school improvement plan.

We would be delighted to hear from anyone about the school and can be contacted via the school office or by emailing

There is currently one vacancy on the board, for which the board is actively recruiting. The current board membership is:

James Cousins (Chair of governors)

Co-opted Governor

I've been a governor at Shaftesbury Park for over 10 years and had the immense privilege of serving as chair since 2015/2016. As well as chair I'm the link governor for numeracy, pupil premium and pupil voice.

I live locally and now send my children to the school. Professionally I am a manager for the NHS, having previously worked in the City and as a consultant for the health service, councils, and police forces across the country.

Alison Melrose (Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee)

Co-opted Governor

I started my teaching career at Norland Place School before joining Broomwood Hall and becoming the Head of the Lower School. In more recent years I took on the Director of Admissions role and subsequently became the Operations Director for Northwood Schools. I now work as an education consultant supporting all aspects of school management. I became a governor at Shaftesbury Park in 2010.

Moya Wilkie (Chair of Curriculum and Achievement Committee)

Parent Governor

I have lived in the Shaftesbury Estate for over a decade and my daughter started in the bilingual stream in 2015. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2016 with a responsibility to support the whole school body – both bilingual and enterprise streams. I spent 12 years working at the Institute of Education, and my initial work as a Governor has focused on Equality issues.

 Anthony Boon

Co-opted Governor

I am a Wandsworth resident and parent of two. My interest in Shaftesbury Park School lies particularly in its quest to establish a bilingual stream as I have a bilingual (French and English language) background. In addition I find it interesting and rewarding to help the school's senior leadership team as it works for the good of the pupils and to do this through a committee where the Governors represent different people, from all walks of life all working towards one common goal.

Elena Hahn

Co-opted Governor

I have been a Parent Governor since 2011 as well as the link Safeguarding Governor. I work as a Safeguarding Children Trainer for the NHS and until last Summer I had all my three boys at Shaftesbury Park School. My oldest son is now attending secondary school but I still have one boy in Dolphins and another one in Sharks.

Nathalie Jackson

Parent Governor

With over 20 years of child development experience I have worked in various settings including; child care, family guidance centre, preschool and university and undertaken many different positions including; child psychologist, child literature trainer and preschool manager. Education and culture are a passion for me! I have my eldest daughter in the bilingual stream.

Patrick Montgomery

Co-opted Governor

I have two children with the eldest in Foxes class and the youngest in Leopards class. I have been living in the area for the last 6 years and love living here with all it’s got to offer. I am very impressed with how Shaftesbury Park has been evolving and how my sons are enjoying their time here. As someone born in Ireland, raised in Holland and who has made the great international city of London my home I am a big believer in the benefits of the bilingual environment that we are developing at Shaftesbury Park.

Guy Senior

Local Authority Governor

Guy was first elected to Wandsworth Council in 1990 and has represented his local area ever since. In addition to his work for a financial services company in the city, Guy has held various leading roles in the Council, including being in charge of planning and leisure services, though he is currently in charge of roads and transport. Guy is also a director of Battersea Arts Centre.

George Spencer

Co-opted Governor

My career has been in the insurance, construction and steel sectors and in management consulting. I have been a charity trustee and chair and have been a governor of Shaftesbury Park since 2006. I am married with two sons and two daughters and have lived locally for twenty years.

Pat Taylor

Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor here for 8 years – my son used to attend the school – and a teacher for more than 20 years in both the state and independent sectors. As a SpLd (dyslexia) specialist I work at Shaftesbury Park one day a week and I am also an art psychotherapist, so my interests are in literacy and neuro-diverse learning.

Staff governors are Bunmi Richards and Julia Humble.