Together Everyone Achieves More
Meet our Governors
Steven Bryen (Parent Governor)
I have two children at the school and professionally I work in the technology industry and have been working for the world's largest and most innovative companies over the last 15+years. I am passionate about enabling the next generation with STEM skills, and regularly volunteer supporting various programmes supporting young people interested in a career in technology. This ranges from teaching coding at schools, judging technology competitions, mentoring, and working with various charities to support under-represented groups with mentoring, career advice and training.
I became a School Governor as I feel it is a great opportunity to take the skills I have learned in the professional world around technology, marketing and PR to make a positive contribution to the future of Fleetdown. I am proud to be appointed as a School Governor and am committed to making a positive impact and helping the school to be the best place for children to learn and grow.
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.
Alice Oyenuga (Board Appointed Governor)
I have a career spanning over 15 years working with children, young people and their families in a range of settings. I am extremely passionate and dedicated to ensuring all children and young people are given access to the tools required to reach their individual potential.
Using strength based and trauma informed approaches, I understand the importance of looking at all aspects of children and young people’s lives to gain better understanding of their needs whilst empowering and enabling families to create sustainable change. I have a long-running career in the Youth Justice system, managing a team of specialist staff and my experience working with schools has focused on prevention and early intervention support.
I decided to become a Covernor as my career has shown me the impact the education system can have on some children and young people’s life choices and I would like to be part of a team that facilitates a positive experience for the children of Fleetdown Primary School and families.
I am also a parent to 2 little boys, so in the very little spare time I have I enjoy going out, trying new foods and reading.
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!).
Curtis Sutherland (Staff Governor)
Trevor Waite (Parent Governor) - Chair
I have two daughters at the school and my reason for wanting to join was simple, I wanted to be a part of supporting, maintaining and shaping our school. I have been impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of staff having been around and attended events over several years and want to help this continue.
The school is the hub of our local community and the children at the school represent its future and they should be given every opportunity possible to excel at the school. In terms of my personal and professional life, I enjoy spending as much time as possible with my wife and children playing sports and relaxing. I have 25 years of experience in the financial services industry and am currently Managing Director of the European Branch of a large international bank.
I specialise in large scale business change projects, implementation of new businesses and operational efficiency. This requires management of large global teams and budgets. I encourage a relaxed but focused and productive environment and believe teamwork and the well being of staff and pupils is central to achieving our goals, and I am dedicated to helping deliver this to our school.
Charlie Woodgate (Board Appointed Governor) - Vice-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.