Governing Body

The Governors of the school are people drawn from the local community and others interested in the well being of the school. The Head directs the running of the school and the Governing Body is responsible for strategic direction and monitoring the school’s progress. The Governors receive termly reports from the Headteacher on the school and its activities, and consider information from the London Borough of Greenwich Education Authority on policy matters, the school resources and changes to premises. The Governors are involved in appointing staff and act as an appeal body in cases when children have to be excluded. Governors take an active part in the school through curriculum visits and attendance at events and performances. The composition of the school’s Governing Body differs from county schools because The John Roan is voluntary controlled. Foundation Trustees manage The John Roan Foundation legacy funds and property. The school’s annual budget is funded by the London Borough of Greenwich Education Authority.

If you would like to apply for governorship in school, please contact the Headteacher's Personal Assistant.
Email: Mrs P Taylor
People from ethnic minority & disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly welcome to apply.

If you would like to email the Governors please use this address:

 Catharine Wensley Catharine Wensley (Headteacher)
Christine Whatford (Chair) I was appointed as the first Director of Education in Hammersmith and Fulham, a post which I held until I retired. In 2002 I was proud to be awarded the CBE for services to education. I now do a combination of voluntary work and education consultancy I have served as Interim Director of Education and Children's Services in Tower Hamlets and Greenwich since I retired and as Chair of Governors at two secondary schools  I have also been a governor at a Further Education College and  currently am a University Governor. My entire career has been in London and I have always been interested not just in schools, but in the centrality of learning from the cradle to the grave in terms of improving and equalising life chances, raising the achievement of all and closing the attainment gap experienced by children from less advantaged backgrounds. C whatford
Linda karlsen Linda Karlsen MA (Vice Chair) Following a long career in secondary education, culminating as a Deputy Head at The John Roan, I moved into local authority work in 2002.  I was in the Greenwich Excellence in Cities team, leading and managing the development of the Aimhigher programme that encouraged students to be the first in their family to aspire to higher education. I also led on the Gifted and Talented programme, aimed at preparing the most able students in local authority schools to consider attending top universities. It included visits to Russell Group and Oxbridge universities as well as providing additional summer school GCSEs in Latin and astronomy. I have also worked as an independent consultant delivering academic coaching to a number of London local authorities. My professional experience in inner-city schools and my own personal background as the first in my family to undertake higher education gives rise to a commitment to working with ‘under-represented’ groups. This is my second term as a governor at the John Roan School
Linda Nelson I started at the Roan Girls School in 1963 and have remained involved with the school ever since. On leaving school I joined the Old Roan Association and in 1996 I became a Trustee of the John Roan Foundation and a year later a Foundation Governor. I have always worked in accounts (although never sought qualifications), worked for Shell Exploration for 15 years finishing  as Project Accountant on the construction of the Gannet Oil Rig and then 20 years as accountant for an international manufacturer. I retired in 2014.  Linda nelson
C farrant Catherine Farrant I have 16 years’ experience as a Community Governor at Halstow School, Thomas Tallis and now The John Roan.  In that time I have covered all aspects of Governance and spent four years as a Chair of Governors at Halstow.  I am also a National Leader in Governance and have provided support to governing bodies of other Schools on a school improvement journey.  I have a long experience of and interest in the Education Sector and am passionate about ensuring equality of access to excellent education for all in the Community.
Chris Strong - Foundation Governor I am a chartered Surveyor and former pupil of The John Roan school In addition to being a School Governor, I have been a Trustee of The John Roan Foundation for 13 years and a Trustee and an Old Roan representative on the Hope Memorial Trust (Braithwaite) for the past two years. My working life has been split between the public sector (HMG/FCO) and private sector (American Express and Citigroup). I currently work for Accenture, managing the corporate property portfolio in Europe, Middle East and Africa. I have also spent three and half years living and working in Zambia. I hold a master’s degree in Real Estate Investment & Finance. I am married, with two grown up children.  Chris strong
Fiona fraser Fiona Fraser I am originally from Kent, where I lived until attending University in Nottingham. In 1996 I completed a post graduate degree in Social Work. I have lived in Greenwich since 1997 and have worked as a social worker in a neighbouring London Borough for the last 18 years. I have two daughters, one of whom attends The John Roan. I am passionate about local, outstanding education, accessible for all the children in the area. I believe the school and local community should work together closely to ensure this happens and I consider I work hard  to strengthen school and community ties. I have been a parent governor for two years. In this role, I listen to and represent the views of parents and  promote the interests of all students, whilst working in partnership with the school to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children. I am currently the link  governor for Looked After Children and Safeguarding: an important role in ensuring oversight and scrutiny of safeguarding policy, procedure and practice. In my spare time I like to run. In 2015, I ran The London Marathon on behalf of The John Roan and raised over £600. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in fund raising for the school.
Rachel Booth I am a Parent Governor and have been a member of the Governing Body since January 2014, shortly after the eldest of my three children started school here. I am involved in the achievement and community committee. Firstly, I have an enormous sense of pride in contributing to The John Roan. I attended a comprehensive school myself and strongly believe in the value of investing in local schools. For all of our students, I am committed to ensuring high expectations and academic fulfilment. I am also passionate about enabling and encouraging students to develop their own interests within and outside a rich and varied curriculum. School should be a place where there are lots of opportunities to explore new and unusual experiences. I want our students to find what they are great at and know how to focus on that. Professionally, I am a primary school teacher, have held senior management posts and served as a staff governor. In addition to this, I have worked as a product designer of greeting cards and gifts in a global brand and licensing company.  Rachel booth
R wilson Roddy Wilson A member of the teaching staff I have been co-opted to the Governing Body (having previously served as a staff governor). I am the Head of History and Politics and also have a crucial and exciting whole-school role as Teaching and Learning Co-ordinator. Teaching is my passion and I love the school (this is my fifteenth year on the staff), believing that we have something truly special at The John Roan. My aim is that every one of our students has a rich and varied educational diet (education should be an adventure not a journey), thus ensuring they are both academically successful and fully rounded as young people for the exciting challenges that life will offer.
Baljinder Dhesi I have lived in the local area all my life and attended local schools and colleges during my formative years. I was a PLCV operative in my first job role and then went on to work for TFL, who I am currently employed with now. I have been on various committees including the local temple, the local Resident's Association Management Committee and am a member of the Safer Neighbourhood Team. I have been involved with Health and Safety and Risk Assessment at work and I am currently a Trauma Support Volunteer. I have been on the School Committee for over five years and have an interest in the school buildings, as lead on Health and Safety for parent governors.  I have been on the Catering Sub Committee for bringing the catering back in house. Dheshi

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