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Meet the Governors



Ms Rebecca McGowan (Chair)
 Rebecca McGowan
I have been a member of the Board of Governors since 2013, sitting on the Finance & Staffing Committee and have become co-Chair in 2014. In my professional life I am a qualified actuary and have spent the last 15 years, since graduating from the University of Kent, working with the trustees of corporate pension schemes as well a holding a number of leadership and management roles with my employer. I have two young sons who both attend a local primary school and have lived in Sutton for the last 12 years.
I originally applied to become a governor as I was keen to play a greater part in the local community and viewed it as an opportunity to apply my professional skills in a different environment to the (hopeful) benefit of others. Since joining Carshalton Boys though I have been bowled over by the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm of both the students and staff and it is an honour to have the opportunity to have a greater involvement, through chairing the governing body, in the progression of Carshalton Boys.


Ms Susan O’Neill (Vice Chair)
 Susan O'Neill
I am a retired headteacher of an inner London secondary school.  I spent all of my teaching career in London schools working in both inner and outer London.  I loved my work and still find the optimism and talent of young people inspirational.  I have lived in Wallington for almost 32 years so consider that I know the local area fairly well.
Since stopping work I have involved myself in a range of local voluntary activities, including being a governor at CBSC, an adviser at the local Citizens' Advice Bureau and working for the local branch of Cats Protection.  I greatly enjoy the variety of this second career but I am also glad to have a little more time for my other interests, particularly travel and visiting places of interest and exhibitions.


Mr David Baron (Vice Chair)
 David Baron
I have lived in Wallington for 22 years. My wife and I have two sons whom both have attended CBSC through to the sixth form.  I was encouraged by my wife to become a Governor when our eldest was in Y8 and have served on the board of governors for just over 11 years now.  My experience I bring to the role as a Governor, other than being a parent, is having been in a management role for nearly 40 years for a large retail company. This has exposed me to various aspects of financial management, staffing policy and people management which I believe have been useful in carrying out my duties as a governor.


Mrs Jean Knight
Jean Knight
I commenced work as a scenic and interior designer and then moved into construction refurbishment work, during which time I became a visiting lecturer.  I finished my paid career as head of a department in a school of art and design within an F.E. college.  Now I am company secretary for a charitable trust.




Mr Russell Boots-Taylor
 Russell Boots-Taylor
I have been a Governor for six years in April 2015 and seen dramatic and exciting changes at the school in that time.  I work in Technology and have keenly seen the transition of the IT Suite along with other areas while I have been part of the Premises Committee.


Mrs Joanne Damianou
 Joanne Damianou
I feel strongly that all children have a right to equal and fair education.  Being a Parent Governor has enabled me to extend my involvement with the school and further help strengthen the links between the school, parents and the local community.


Mrs Catherine Fontinelle
 Catherine Fontinelle
I am a mother of two boys; my eldest child is currently in Y8 at CBSC, my youngest child is hoping to join him next September.  I work part-time at Epsom and St. Helier Hospital in the Microbiology department, as a biomedical scientist. I am degree-level educated, the first graduate in my family, and have worked for the NHS for over twenty years.
In my spare time, I am a trustee for a Scout group in Streatham, PTA volunteer at Woodmansterne Primary School, part-time taxi service for both my children, black belt in kick boxing (retired) and keen ballroom dancer. I have taken part in ‘I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here’ and I have visited the school to give some talks about Microbiology and food poisoning.


Mr Graham Skipp
 Graham Skipp
I work for Openreach as a Planning & Delivery Manager, part of a wider team delivering fibre and superfast broadband across the UK.  I have been in the BT Group for nearly 35 years.  My son Ryan is currently in Y9.  I have been a parent Governor at CBSC for two years now, but also a Governor at Manor Park Primary for nearly ten years.  My interests include watching Fulham FC (season ticket holder) and I am a member of CAMRA. Through work I am a union (Prospect) branch secretary and also a member of the national Openreach Industrial Relations Committee.


Mrs Valerie Roberts
 Valerie Roberts
Apart from being a mum of two I also run a local basketball club for young students in Sutton.  My son attends Carshalton Boys Sports College which in turn makes me passionate about what the school does and how it makes things happen.


Mrs Rebecca Watkins
 Rebecca Watkins
I work for Springfield Church as Youth Pastor.  I have two boys at Carshalton Boys Sports College.


Mrs Samantha Clements
 Samantha Clements
As a new parent governor I wanted to have a better understanding of our secondary school system. Having my son start the school just over a year ago I’m excited to see what opportunities are available for all our boys. I have a finance background within the building and security industries, as well as being a member of the Sutton Dyslexic Association which has helped support my son in his own development. Looking forward to being involved with the progression and achievements with greater things in time to come.




Mrs Hayley Wood
 Hayley Wood
I joined the Science Department fifteen years ago in February 2000.  I am currently the Science Technician Manager, who primarily co-ordinates a fantastic team of ladies, as we provide technical support to the wider Science team.  As a parent at CBSC, I watched my son with pride, achieve through his time at Carshalton Boys and go on to University and obtain his degree. The first in our family!  It has been a pleasure being part of Carshalton Boys as it has developed and grown over the years into the amazing success story it is today.


Mr Stephen Black
 Stephen Black
I came to Carshalton Boys in September 2002 from one of the Kent grammar schools.  Throughout my 25 years in the classroom I have been aware of the impact of conditions outside the classroom on achievement.  As a governor I have been able to help create better conditions for learning and to argue for continued provision of learning opportunities beyond the curriculum.


Mrs Edwina Rozek
 Edwina Rozek
I have worked at Carshalton Boys for 20 years, during this time I have watched the school go from strength to strength and have carried out various roles within the Admin Department.  I am currently the Administration Manager and head up a great team who are the hub of all communications between the school and parents etc.  Do not hesitate to contact me if you ever have any queries.


Mr Simon Barber (Principal)
 Simon Barber


Ms Jenny Gaylor (Vice Principal)
 Jenny Gaylor




Ms Jo Long
Joanne Long
I have worked at CBSC since June 2007 as Personnel Officer and Clerk to the Governing Body.  I have over 15 years’ experience in HR and have been Clerk to the FGB since September 2012.