Deansfield is a friendly open school and the Governors work with the staff and parents in an atmosphere of co-operation to provide the best possible framework for educating our children. Governors are involved in all aspects of school life and their duties include appointing staff, reviewing the school Development Plan and setting the school Budget. Parent Governors are always available for discussions with parents and meet the Headteacher on a regular basis.

Members of the Governing Body


Jo Gordon





Hugh Lewis
Chair of Governors from November 2015. Co-Opted Governor,  initially appointed as Parent Governor September 1999.
I am a local solicitor whose three children all attended Deansfield. I am married to a member of Deansfield staff. I currently Chair the Resources Committee. My aim is to ensure that the Schools annual budget is applied effectively to create a happy and safe environment in which each child can access a broad and rich curriculum. I hope in doing so we will impact positively on academic achievements and promote the school’s published values.


Siobhan Callanan
Previous Chair of Governors. Co-opted governor, initially appointed November 2005
Child Protection and Safeguarding Governor

I have been a Governor at Deansfield since 2005 and I was elected Chair of Governors in 2008.
I became a governor at Deansfield as a way of getting involved in the school life.  It certainly gives you on insight in to how a school is run and a deeper appreciation and respect for our teaching staff.
I really enjoy coming in to our school to see how our children learn.  Over the years I have seen Deansfield grow and change.  It is a real privilege to be a part of that.

Bob Love
Co-opted governor

I became a Governor at Deansfield over thirty years ago when my eldest daughter was in the Nursery class because I wanted to contribute to the education of all the pupils in the School.  I served as Chair of the Governing Body for several years. At various times over the years I have served on nine other Governing Bodies, five of which I chaired. I currently serve on seven Governing Bodies, four of which I chair. I have been designated by the Department for Education as a National Leader of Governance and in that capacity I am called upon to advise other Chairs of Governors.



Darren Attridge
Vice Chair, appointed November 2012. Co-Opted governor, initially appointed November 2006
Pupil Premium Governor
I am a Qualified Accountant, with experience on having effective and accurate policies and processes in place to improve effectiveness and maintain high standards of delivery.  Being Inquisitive in nature provides the ability to challenge leadership regarding Raise Online, progress and attainment and other reports provided to the board of governors throughout the school’s journey to being and maintaining an outstanding position.I am currently sitting on the Learning and Achievement Committee. I have a specific focus on effective use of Pupil premium.


Karen Attard
Co-Opted governor, initially appointed November 2011

I have 2 children currently attending Deansfield Primary School.  I am Chair of the Learning and Achievement committee. As a Deputy Headteacher of a primary school in Tower Hamlets with over 20 years experience, I offer the school support in evaluating achievement and the curriculum. As part of my job, I visit many other schools, including those within the federation and am keen to explore how good practice is shared between them. I have supported the school during Local Authority Reviews and enjoy being part of an active governing body.  


Lorraine Watts
Co-Opted Governor, initially appointed November 2009

I have been a governor at Deansfield for many years, initially as a parent governor.  My three children attended Deansfield.  During those years I was heavily involved in school life with the Parents Association and volunteering as a class reader.  I was previously a medical PA but now I volunteer in local ventures, including also being a governor at a secondary school, giving something back to the community.

Governors appointed by the London Borough of Greenwich:

Gill Efford

I have been a local authority appointed governor at Deansfield Primary School for over 28 years. I have seen the school change and develop over this time into a thriving an innovative environment in which the children learn and develop as individuals. I am currently in a leadership role in another Eltham primary school so have an insight into the demanding, yet fulfilling and crucial role that teachers play in the lives of children.




Elected members from the teaching staff:

Karen Baldwin
Staff Governor, elected  January 2014

I have been a teacher at Deansfield for 16 years. I have worked throughout the school as a class teacher in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and was literacy leader for several years. I now lead on assessment throughout the school and am also a member of the senior leadership team. In my role as staff governor I sit on the Learning and Achievement committee and my in depth knowledge of progress and attainment across the school enables me to bring detailed information to governors to support strategic planning. As well as being a governor at Deansfield, I am also an associate governor at the primary school that my own children attended in the borough of Bromley

Elected by the parents of pupils attending the school:

Nicola Wilkes
Parent Governor, appointed February 2013
SEND/LAC Governor
I have two children in years 2 & 5 and attended Deansfield myself many moons ago!
I have a background in Financial Services Regulation and Human Resources and have worked in the industry for over 20 years. I am also a School Governor at a Greenwich Secondary School.



The whole governing body meets once a term. There are also regular committee meetings.

Resources Committee - meets half termly

  • Looks at all aspects of managing school's delegated budget ensuring good value for money.

  • Responsible for decisions on major improvements to school premises, for example the recent improvements to the reception area and offices, and on-going repairs and maintenance.

  • Ensures school complies with employment legislation and deals with all aspects of staff organisation and improvement.

    Members of Resources Committee:
    Hugh Lewis (Chair)                                             
    Jo Gordon
    Siobhan Callanan                                               
    Bob Love                                                                                                       
    Nicola Wilkes

Learning and Achievement Committee - meets termly

  • Looks at all aspects of children's progress and achievements as well as new curriculum initiatives.

    Menbers of Learning and Achievement Committee:
    Karen Attard (Chair)
    Nicola Wilkes
    Jo Gordon
    Siobhan Callanan
    Bob Love
    Darren Attridge
    Lorraine Watts
    Karen Baldwin