Meet The Trustees
Ms Rebecca McGowan (Chair)
I have been a member of the Board of Governors since 2013, and Chair of Governors since 2014. In my professional life I am a qualified actuary and have spent the last 20+ 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 am appointed as a Community Governor but since September 2020 am also a parent of a CBSC student.
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.
Mr David Baron (Vice Chair)
I have lived in Wallington for 26 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 15 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.
Ms 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 36 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 Alan Forder
I volunteered as a governor and was appointed by the Governing Body as a Community Governor in April 2018. Having recently taken early retirement I was looking for a role where I could use the experience and knowledge I have gained through my working life for the benefit of others. I recently joined a local Primary School as a local authority governor and was looking to expand on this experience, I have a raft of experience in finance, audit, project management and board level leadership across a wide range of multinational companies. As well as finance and audit qualifications, I have a Masters degree in Business Administration. I hope that this wide range of skills and experience will help me to make a positive contribution to the life of the school and the education and growth of the pupils.
Mrs 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.
Mr Simon Barber (Principal)
I have taught in London schools for over 40 years and have been Principal at Carshalton Boys Sports College since 2001. I am Chair of Governors for the Limes College Pupil Referral Unit as well as a PiXL Regional Leader for London secondary schools and a Teach First ‘National School Forum, member.
CLERK TO THE Trust
Ms Jo Long
I have worked at CBSC since June 2007 as HR Manager and Clerk to the Governing Body. I have over 20 years’ experience in HR and have been Clerk to the FGB since September 2012.