Our Governors are a diverse and enthusiastic group of governors, each with different skills and motivations for being involved with Shaftesbury Park School. We are united in our commitment to the school and our interest in seeing pupils excel and enjoy their learning experience.

Our complement of governors includes people with knowledge and experience in the education sector: a former headteacher, literacy consultant and safeguarding officer. We also have two local councillors on the governing body, a civil servant and someone from the corporate finance sector. A number of parents are also on the board of governors and a number of us are French speakers!

We follow a traditional governance structure and have Curriculum, Bilingual and Operations Committees chaired by different governors reporting into the main meeting of governors each term.

Governors are pro-active in visiting the school and each governor is linked with a class and a theme (healthy schools, curriculum, safeguarding etc) so that governors can focus their visits and champion areas of activity, as well as ensuring that the school is doing everything they can to deliver excellence in this area.

Name Type of Governor Introduction
James Cousins   Chair of Governors  Co-opted Governor I’ve had a varied career, starting in the City. I’ve subsequently worked as a consultant for the health service, councils, and police forces across the country and most recently as a manager for the NHS. I’ve been a governor at Shaftesbury Park for over eight years and am proud to now send my children here (in Badgers and Penguins). I’m the link governor for numeracy and have taken a leading role in the school’s work on defining it’s vision and mission.
Alison Melrose Vice Chair of Governors  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 and I am the link governor for attendance and behaviour.
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.
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. 
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.
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.
Aly Ganney Co-opted Governor I became a co-opted Governor almost 18 months ago and I am the Governor linked to the bilingual stream. I am also a parent at the school as I have two children in the bilingual stream, a daughter in Year Three (Penguins class) and a son in Reception (Leopards class) .
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.
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.
Moya Wilkie 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.
Our Staff Governors are Bunmi Richards and Julia Humble.

If you would like to contact our Chair or Vice-Chair of Governors, please email the school at and the message will be passed on. If you would like to contact a parent Governor, please speak to them in the playground.