School Strategy Board (Governors)


School Strategy Board

(Governing Body)

Our Schools Strategy Board (SSB) meets once per half term. Our SSB provides the local governance function for our schools which fits within the overall governance structure of GLF Schools. Further information about governance at GLF Schools can be found here.

The three core functions of governance are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management, including well-being, of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


It is therefore important that our SSB comprises the right people with the right skills to make appropriate and informed decisions for a school, taking into account the views of children and students, staff, parents and the local community.

The Chair of the School Strategy Board may be contacted via the headteacher or in confidence through the school office or directly via email

Members of the School Strategy Board


Name Role
Mr Stuart Wilson Chair
Mr Mark Beach Vice Chair
Mr John Williams    Head Teacher
Mrs Julie McGowan School Business Leader
Mrs Carol Everingham Safeguarding
Rev. Tim Goode  Community
Mr Tim Rogers GLF Education Partner
Mr Luke Nicolaou GLF Central Team
Mrs Jette Wainwright Clerk to the Members


The GLF Trust Board delegates certain functions to School Strategy Boards (SSBs), which form the local governance level within the Trust. The SSB must comprise the right people with the right skills to make appropriate and informed decisions for a school, taking into account the views of pupils, staff, parents and the local community.

GLF Schools is clear that each school must retain its own distinct character to meet the needs of its local area. The Trust places a high value on recruiting members for the School Strategy Boards who can represent the local community whilst also contributing a useful skillset and encourages applications from interested parties (click here for more information).

SSBs include members of the Trust’s central team to ensure effective collaboration and communication between the Executive team and the SSB.

Who we are


Stuart Wilson  - Chair


image 2bStuart joined the governing board in March 2016 and has a child in year 2 and Reception.  He is Commercial Director for a British manufacturing company and hopes to share his business experience and skills with the leadership team of Whyteleafe school..  Being his first post as a Governor, Stuart is keen in developing his knowledge of the educational system through regular visits and training so as to appreciate the challenges faced and hopefully provide advice and guidance so that all pupils can achieve their best.




Mark Beach photo

Mark Beach - Vice Chair

Mark joined as a governor in March 2017. He has one child at the school in year 2. Mark works for a consultancy firm in the City of London and is keen to merge the skills learned in the corporate world with the governing body to support and challenge the leadership team to provide the best education for all children attending the school.  As Mark's first post as a governor, he is keen to understand the education system to effectively offer guidance for improvement






Rev Timothy Goode BA Hons (Music), BA Hons (Theology) PGCE

Rev Timothy Goode has been a governor since 2013 and the governor responsible for ensuring the delivery of SEN provision throughout the school since 2014. He is also a governor at St Peter and St Paul's C of E Infant School in Chaldon. He is the Vicar of St Luke's Whyteleafe and St Peter and St Paul's Chaldon and the Southwark Diocese Disability Advisor.  Before he was ordained in 2009 he was a full time teacher. He was a music classroom teacher at St Philomena's Comprehensive School in Carshalton from 1991-1995 and Director of Music at Homefield Preparatory School from 1995 - 2007.



Carol Everingham 

Carol Everingham joined as a Governor in January 2016.  She is a speech and language therapist and has worked independently and for the local NHS service in a range of educational settings.  She was Head of Therapy at a special school and a member of the Senior Management Team.  She is also a Governor at a dyslexia school and has been a Trustee of a national charity for people with language and communication difficulties.  She was impressed by the high level of educational standards at Whyteleafe School when she visited, and the provision for children with special needs.  She was enthusiastic about being asked to join the Governing Body so that she could share her knowledge and support and promote the school.





John Williams - Head Teacher

John is the Head Teacher here at Whyteleafe School. He has worked in numerous schools across 4 different local authorities and has been a governor in 4 different schools.




Julie McGowan


Julie McGowan - School Business Leader

Julie has been School Business Leader at Whyteleafe School for 2 years but has worked at Whyteleafe for 10 years.


Timothy Rogers, School Improvement & Interim Leadership Support, 1478213445, 04 March 2015



Tim Rogers - GLF Education Partner

Tim is the Education Partner for six schools within GLF, including Whyteleafe School. He oversees KS1, Early Years and Childrens' Centres. Formerly a Headteacher of two schools in the primary sector, Tim joined GLF Schools in 2015.  




Luke Nicolaou, GLF Schools IT Director, 1449271621, 25 June 2014


Luke Nicolaou - GLF Central Team

Luke is the Director of IT Services for GLF Schools. Luke joined in 2014 and leads the team of IT technicians committed to supporting schools in terms of administration and learning and teaching. 




Clerk to Governors

Jette Wainwright

Jette has been clerk to governors at Whyteleafe for four years, and became a clerk after being a governor at her children’s Junior School.  She was in post for five years, during which time she was Chair of Children & Learning Committee, Link Governor, and Vice Chair of Governors.  She has been a clerk for almost six years and has gradually increased the number of schools she works for to six.  All six are in the primary sector - The Earlswood Federation, Salfords School, Warlingham Village Primary School,  Marden Lodge, and Hillcroft as well as Whyteleafe.  She regularly attends training to ensure that the advice and support she provides to her governing teams is up to date.  Last year she successfully completed the nationally recognised Accredited Clerk qualification. Prior to this Jette was Marketing Co-ordinator in a large actuarial firm



Local Governing Body Membership Details – updated September 2017

Name Category Appointing Body


Commitee Membership and

Position of Responsibility

Start End 
Stuart Wilson Ordinary SSB Chair 10/03/16 09/03/20
Mark Beach Parent Parents Vice Chair 01/03/17 28/02/21
Tim Goode Ordinary SSB


01/12/14 30/11/18
John Williams Ex-officio   Headteacher n/a n/a
Julie McGowan SBL   School Business Leader n/a n/a
Carol Everingham Ordinary SSB Safeguarding 20/01/16 19/01/20
Tim Rogers GLF GLF GLF Education Partner 01/09/17 n/a
Luke Nicolaou GLF GLF GLF Central Team 01/09/17  


To contact the Governors, please write to us at the School Office or by e-mail.

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