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Meet our Governors



Bupesh Govindaraju (Board Appointed Governor)

I joined this amazing school as a Co-opted Governor in June 2020. Born and brought up in India, the UK has been my home for the past decade. I have a degree in computer science engineering. I have been working in the technology industry for 17 years and have worked in multi-national enterprises. My takeaways from my work life has been efficient collaboration and adapting technology to solve practical problems. My inspiration to join the board was to contribute back to community by leveraging my technology and management skills. Having a young son made me realise that I don’t have much of an understanding of how the schooling system works here. This role gives me the insight into the working of school and the hard work put in by large number of dedicated people to ensure the children get the best possible education and are prepared for their adult life. I have constantly engaged in initiatives to reach out to young children to introduce them to technology and to aide in creating the right environment to make them inquisitive about technology. Fleetdown is a fantastic school with great staff and has a special place in the community and our role as governors is to ensure we take it to newer heights.


Helen Michel (Community Governor) - SEND Governor

I became a governor with Fleetdown prior to them joining The Galaxy Trust and since then, I have been continuously developing and improving my knowledge of school governance, with a particular focus on the needs of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). I strongly believe that every pupil should have the opportunities to meet their full potential through a high quality, pupil focussed curriculum that is accessible to all.


I have two daughters at Fleetdown and work as an NHS Physiotherapist with older adults in Greenwich. I have a keen interest in staff and pupil health and wellbeing. I enjoy exercising outside and will be very pleased when group sessions are allowed again after lockdown. It is an exciting time to see how the Fleetdown school community will grow as part of the Galaxy Trust family.


Alice Harrington (Head of School, ex-officio Governor)

I am absolutely delighted that Fleetdown are joining The Galaxy Trust and will be part of such a caring and supportive family. I have worked at Fleetdown for eight years and started here as a class teacher. I love working in the classroom with the children and watching all our children achieve amazing successes every day at school. I am incredibly proud to work at Fleetdown and it is a privilege to watch all our children grow and develop into inquisitive, enthusiastic and passionate learners. As most of the children and staff here at Fleetdown will tell you, I love visiting my family in Wales in the holidays, eating far too much chocolate and trips to the park with my two children.


Sonya Stocker (Community Governor) - Named Safeguarding Governor

As a parent the quality of teaching and learning provision for young people is extremely important to me and I am proud to be part of the team responsible for ensuring the school's continuous improvement for the benefit of all children.


Having spent my career working in healthcare as a children’s nurse and health visitor I am passionate about every child having the opportunity to enjoy and achieve. I have spent the last ten years of my career working in the safeguarding arena and look forward to use my skills to support the school in safeguarding its students and championing safeguarding issues. Besides being a parent to two young children and a puppy, I enjoy running, yoga and baking (which is why I need to keep running!).


Rowan Osborne (Staff Governor)

Biography awaited following appointment.


Chloe Watkins (Parent Governor)

Biography awaited following appointment.


Charlie Woodgate (Board Appointed Governor) - Chair

I am a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with over seven years in the construction and surveying industry working in commercial management, cost consultancy and employers agent roles. Having worked in various roles including for a major multi-national organisation, I now work as a Senior QS and Employer's Agent, specialising in new-build housing and regeneration schemes across London, Kent and the South East of England. 

The skills gained through my own education including gaining a Degree at The University of Portsmouth and my time in industry to date, I believe, can bring a number of useful skills and expertise to the governing body of Fleetdown including extensive experience of construction and maintenance works, health and safety, procurement and project planning and management. 

I became a School Governor as I believe it is a great way in which I can utilise these skills and expertise I have gained to make a positive contribution to my local community and the education of the next generation in the community. As part of my role as a Governor I would like to make a contribution to the closing of the gap between industry and business and education of the next generation. 

In my spare time I enjoy playing sport, regularly playing golf and I am currently striving to lower my handicap. I also enjoy watching the news and keeping up to date with politics and current affairs. I have a keen interest in getting involved with and contributing to the improvement of the local community and have aspirations to become involved in local politics in the future. 

I am proud to have been appointed Governor at a primary school in my local community and am committed to doing all I can to contribute to the maintenance and improvement on the high standards set.


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