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          Governing Body

          The Governing Body is currently made up of the following:

          • 2 Parent Governor (elected by parents)
          • 2 Staff Governors 
          • 4 Trust Members/Appointed Governors
          • 4 Appointed Governors
          • 2 Co-opted Governors
          • 1 Headteacher

          To view the welcoming video from our Chair of Governors, please click on the link below:



          Mr Hares, Chair of Governors, can be contacted at cog@beths.bexley.sch.uk  

          Mr Webdale, Clerk to Governors, can be contacted at mrwebdale@beths.bexley.sch.uk  

          Chris Hares 

          Trust Member and Appointed Governor
          Term of Office: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019

          Chair of Governors; Member of all Committees

          Since leaving Beths as a student in 2007, I went on to study BA British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull and MA International Political Economy at King’s College London. I have built a career focused on communications and politics, but always with a focus on helping people. In my roles I have been an advocate on national broadcast news, helped shape Government policy, working with MPs and supported many young people starting out in their careers. I am now a Parliamentary and Stakeholder Engagement Manager at a health regulator. I owe much of this career to the foundation that Beths gave me. 

          As a former student at Beths, this school has always been somewhere that I care about greatly. Beths has a fantastic culture of being supported by former students and the community it has makes me very proud. Once you have been here, it becomes a part of you. After many years of coming back to the school as a volunteer after leaving, and with a range of skills behind me that I felt the school could use, I decided it was time to give something back more formally. Becoming a governor was a logical step.

          Being a governor is now a really important part of what I do. It takes up a few hours of my time here and there but it is all worthwhile. I think the best way to make an impact as a governor is to use the skills and expertise you have – whether that is working with young people, or policy, or a legal background, or finance – and find a way to use it to help run the school. I would strongly recommend anyone who cares about the future of this school to consider it, because delivering outcomes for the students here is really rewarding. 

          Tessie Espindola

          Appointed Governor
          Term Commenced: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021

          Joint Vice Chair of Governors; Finance Committee

          A newly appointed Joint Vice Chair of the Governing Board and at present I serve as a member of the Finance Committee. I attended a Grammar School outside of the Borough of Bexley, experiences that led me strongly to believe that in order to enable every child to reach their full potential, the School must apply its resources effectively and efficiently.

          I studied Law at King’s College London and qualified as a Barrister in 1999. After working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Bank of Scotland, Citibank, and FCE Bank plc (Ford Credit Europe), where I specialised in consumer credit, insurance and data protection, I now work for a Fin Tech start up in London where supporting and developing ideas and processes in a smaller organisation has given me an insight and experience which I can bring to Governor discussions and better support the SLT.

          I have two children, the eldest in his second year at Beths. Outside work, I am involved with the Lewisham and Greenwich Woodcraft Folk, as well as playing tennis (not very well) at Bexley Tennis Club.

          Catherine Guest

          Parent Governor
          Term of Office: 27 February 2017 to 26 February 2021

          Joint Vice Chair of Governors; Students Committee; Responsible Officer

          After many years in different roles in the educational publishing industry, then gaining a PGCE in primary teaching, I now work for the National Literacy Trust which is a charity working to give disadvantaged children and young people the literacy skills they need.

          I have 3 children, each with very different interests and aptitudes, the middle of whom was in Y8 at Beths when I became a parent governor. So one of the reasons I wanted to become a governor was to help ensure every student at Beths continues to have a range of high quality opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, so all can find their strengths in a supportive environment.

          I hope to contribute some insights from other dimensions of education plus an enthusiasm for learning and willingness to make a difference.

          Malcolm Appleby

          Trust Member and Appointed Governor
          Term of Office: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021

          Chair of Finance & Assets Committee



          Richard Blyghton

          Ex Officio
          Term Commenced: 1 May 2017

          Headteacher; Member of all Committees

          Julie Bowen

          Trust Member and Appointed Governor
          Term of Office: 7 March 2017 to 31 December 2020

          Chair of Human Resources Committee; Link Governor for Social Sciences

          I have been involved in education all my life. I have a teaching degree and taught until I became an Anglican priest in 2012 with a second degree in Theology and Ordained Ministry. I became a Parent Governor of Beths in 2013 and then an Appointed Governor in early 2017. I am also a Governor at a local primary school as well as being a School Chaplain with teaching responsibilities at another Grammar School. Alongside this I am also a Parish Priest in Bromley. I have two sons, one in his final college year and the other in his final year at Beths. Being a Governor offers opportunity to change lives, to help nurture students and staff, to create an environment of safety, pride, learning and growth where young people can find their path, develop their skills and begin to achieve their potential. Herein lie the young people who will influence the future and it is both exciting and a huge privilege to be part of their story.

          Jonathan Brock 

          Appointed Governor
          Term of Office: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022

          Human Resources Committee

          I am a newly appointed Governor and a previous student of Beths, having attended between 2002 and 2009. Following my time at the school, I studied for a bachelor’s degree in Business Management at the University of Brighton. Following my graduation, I then worked as a Human Resources graduate in the utilities industry. I completed the graduate scheme and have held a variety of management roles since. I am currently the Programme Manager for a London-based charity, where I am responsible for delivering the largest Water Efficiency programme in the UK.

          Beths holds a special place for me.  It has provided me with a solid foundation for my career and has given me friends for life. I am eager to spend time shaping Beths’ strategy for the future, given my personal experience from when I was a student, as well as the skills I have gained since leaving.

          I am really looking forward to getting involved in the Governing Body, to play my part in ensuring Beths remains a strong proposition for prospective students as well as continuing to achieve high academic standards.

          Stephen Mulvaney

          ​Trust Member and Appointed Governor
          Term of Office: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021

          Human Resources Committee; Professional Development; Head Teacher Performance Review

          I became a parent Governor when my son was a student and Beths. I qualified as a Nurse in 1983, and I have worked in a range of clinical positions, in number of acute general hospitals within the NHS. I was one of the first Resuscitation Training officers in the NHS.

          I have over twenty five years’ experience in the field of education and development within the NHS, working both in a direct training role and as a facilitator in the process of change management and I now specialize in the field of personal and organizational development.  I became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2005.

          Olu Obafaiye

          Parent Governor

          Term of Office: 22 November 2017 to 21 November 2021

          Students Committee

          I have been residing in Bexley Council for almost fifteen years, since November 2003.  I holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, and Masters in Business Administration (MBA). I have been in a managerial role for almost ten years in the public sector, and during this period I have gained a vast knowledge and experience in all areas of business administration and management. Presently I work as a manager with London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in Environmental Services Department.

          I have also gained some skills over the years from carrying out volunteering roles as a Secretary to the Board of Trustees of a charitable organisation, and as a Church Administrator. In addition, I am one of the Neighbourhood Co-ordinators in Erith Park, a Committee Member of Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association; and also the Vice Treasurer of Beths Parents’ Association.

          I am currently sponsoring the education of a boy in East Africa through partnership with a charitable organisation called World Vision UK; and also I am of one of their Ambassadors in UK to promote their good works and image. 

          I strongly believe a good and effective governing body is very vital to a school’s success and performance. I became a parent governor because it is a wonderful way to support my local community and it is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference to the life chances of children by giving up your time and skills for a worthy cause. Our children are our future, by investing time and efforts on them will offer a variety of positive outcomes – not just to the community but to the nation as a whole. I want to make a real difference to the life chances of students and the school’s success by making myself available, and to use my time, skills and experience for this great and wonderful cause. I like to relax and chill by reading, watching detective movies and playing chess.

          Cathy Palmer

          Appointed Governor
          Term of Office: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022

          Students Committee

          I am a newly appointed Governor and am passionate about education, having spent the vast majority of my working life as a teacher and then Inclusion Manager.  I currently work for Bexley Local Authority as Strategic Lead for SEN Support.  This involves me supporting all of Bexley’s primary and secondary schools to ensure that vulnerable children and those with special educational needs and disabilities are able to thrive and make good academic progress.

          On a personal level, I have a son who is currently in Year 10 at Beths. I see how Beths has helped shaped my son into a lovely young man, who enjoys education and is excited and prepared for the challenges the next few years will bring him.

          Maria Pack

          Co-opted Governor​
          Term of Office: 25 September 2014 to 24 September 2018

          Careers/Sixth Form; Students Committee; Link Governor for Mathematics; Health & Safety

          My earliest memories of Beths were when I was around 4 years old when I watched the Beths Big Band play at the annual school fete where my father was conducting! Over 40 years later, my association with Beths still remains strong.

          I studied Chemistry at the University of Southampton and subsequently gained a PhD specialising in Superconducting materials. After a short time working as an editor for a publisher, I gained a PGCE and became a chemistry teacher at Beths. A sabbatical allowed me the opportunity to work for the Royal Society of Chemistry in their Education team which then lead to 15 years working on a variety of projects, including setting up a national CPD programme to train non-specialist science teachers that are teaching chemistry.

          Following a family of 3 children who are at schools in Bexley, I am currently an Education Consultant working for various organisations and schools including CLEAPSS, an organisation that supports practical work in science, DT and art.

          I have been a governor at Beths for 16 years and have served on various committees. I am currently a co-opted governor serving on the Students committee and am regularly in school supporting the Primary school liaison scheme.

          Mike Pack

          Co-opted Governor
          Term of Office: 10 January 2018 to 9 March 2022

          Finance & Assets Committee; Travel Plan; Link Governor for Science

          I joined Beths in 1968 as a teacher of physics and chemistry when the school was 3 forms of entry with a role of 480 students. In the 70s with an interest in applied science I became part of the engineering team teaching electronic aspects of engineering. I have had many roles across the school culminating in that of a Deputy Head until my full-time retirement in 2006.  During my entire teaching career at Beths I have seen the school grow from strength to strength and am very proud to have been part of its development and feel privileged to have worked with so many fantastic students and dedicated staff.

          As a keen musician I have been pleased to nurture musical development of Beths students running bands and orchestras in numerous concerts for over 30 years.

          I am a co-opted governor, sitting on the Finance and Asset Management sub-committee with an extensive knowledge of the school from curriculum to buildings. As a holder of a PCV licence, I am also the Beths coach driver (!) and am regularly in school.

          Raymond Ramsay

          Appointed Governor
          Term of Office: 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022

          Finance Commitee

          I am a Certified Charted accountant with experience in providing audit and advisory services to academy trust’s and schools. Before moving into education finance, I worked for a top 10 London accountancy firm specialising in charities, housing associations and the NHS.  As a current CFO to an academy trust, I am committed to improving opportunities for the students.  I shall be using my expertise to assist the Governors in the trust in order to meet their compliance requirements in my role as responsible officer.

          Outside of work I am a keen runner and I feel all students should be giving the opportunity to receive an all round education insuring students can focus on all physical and mental activities.

          Kim Sangster

          Staff Governor
          Term of Office: 6 March 2017 to 5 March 2021

          Human Resources Committee

          I have been a full-time member of staff since 2002 and am currently the Learning Resource Centre, IAG and Cover Manager, having previously been the Examinations Officer. I am a staff governor, currently serving on the Human Resources committee, but have previously served on both Finance and Students committees. Prior to joining Beths as a member of staff, I was a parent of a student at the school and served as Vice-Chair of the Parents Association and also as a Parent Governor.

          Theresa Tolhurst

          Staff Governor​
          Term of Office: 8 October 2018 to 7 October 2022 

          I have been recently appointed as Staff Governor.  I joined Beths in September 2012 having worked as a Business Lecturer in West Kent College for 3 years.  Since arriving at Beths, I have experienced roles in a pastoral capacity as both a Form Tutor and Assistant Head of Year, and in a teaching capacity as the GCSE Economics Co-ordinator and now as The Head of Department of the Business Education Department.  I teach a range of subjects within the department, both Key stage 4 and 5, including Accounting, Economics and Business Studies.  My role also includes the Enterprise Co-ordinator which involves planning and managing enterprise facilities for all year groups throughout the year.

          I applied to be considered as the Staff Governor as I believe I have many attributes and skills which could help develop the strategic direction of our community at Beths.  I would like the opportunity to make a difference and aim to ensure that our main objective is to develop our students and provide them with the opportunity to receive the best education possible.  I look forward to representing the staff within the governing body and echo the school’s ethos and culture, taking these into consideration when making strategic change and implementing decisions for our school.

          Geoff Webdale




           Clerk to the Governors


          Attendance 2019-20

          Governing Body

          Chair is in bold italics.

          Mr M. Appleby Absent Absent Present Absent
          Mr R.J. Blyghton Present Present Present Present
          Rev J. Bowen Absent Present Present Absent
          Mr J. Brock Present Present Present Present
          Mrs M.T. Espindola Present Present Present Absent
          Mrs C. Guest Present Present Present Present
          Mr C. Hares Present Present Present Present
          Mr S. Mulvaney Present Present Present Present
          Mr O. Obafaiye Present Present Present Absent
          Dr M. Pack Present Absent Absent Present
          Mr M. Pack Present Present Present Present
          Ms C. Palmer Present Present Absent Absent
          Mr R. Ramsay Absent Present Present Present
          Mrs K. Sangster Present Present Present Present
          Ms T. Tolhurst Present Present Present Present

          Student Meetings

          Chair is in bold italics.

          Mr M. Appleby N/A N/A N/A
          Mr R.J. Blyghton Present Present Present
          Rev J. Bowen N/A N/A N/A
          Mr J. Brock N/A N/A N/A
          Mrs M.T. Espindola     Present
          Mrs C. Guest Present Present Present
          Mr C. Hares Present Absent Present
          Mr S. Mulvaney N/A N/A N/A
          Mr. O. Obafaiye Present Absent Present
          Dr M. Pack Present Present Present
          Mr M. Pack Present N/A N/A
          Ms C. Palmer Present Absent Present
          Mr R. Ramsay N/A N/A N/A
          Mrs K. Sangster N/A N/A N/A
          Ms T. Tolhurst Present Absent Present

          Finance Meetings

          Chair is in bold italics.



          Mr M. Appleby Present Present Present
          Mr R.J. Blyghton Present Present Present
          Rev J. Bowen N/A N/A N/A
          Mr J. Brock N/A N/A N/A
          Mrs M.T. Espindola Present Present Absent
          Mrs C. Guest N/A N/A N/A
          Mr C. Hares N/A Present Present
          Mrs K. Lanning N/A N/A N/A
          Mr S. Mulvaney N/A N/A N/A
          Dr M. Pack N/A N/A N/A
          Mr M. Pack Present Present Present
          Ms C. Palmer N/A N/A N/A
          Mr R. Ramsay Absent Absent Present
          Mrs K. Sangster N/A N/A N/A
          Ms T. Tolhurst N/A N/A N/A

          HR Meetings

          Chair is in bold italics.



          Mr M. Appleby N/A - N/A
          Mr R.J. Blyghton Present Present  
          Rev J. Bowen Present Present  
          Mr J. Brock Present Present  
          Mrs C. Guest N/A -  
          Mr C. Hares Present Absent  
          Mrs K. Lanning N/A -  
          Mr S. Mulvaney Present Present  
          Dr M. Pack N/A -  
          Mr M. Pack N/A -  
          Ms C. Palmer - -  
          Mr R. Ramsay - -  
          Mrs K. Sangster Absent Present  
          Ms T. Tolhurst N/A -  


          Register of Interests

          Name Beths Grammar
          Name of Spouse/Partner
          or Other Family Member
          (if applicable)
          Employment of Spouse/Partner
          or Other Family Member
          (if applicable)
          Other Business Interests of Self
          or Spouse
          Any other interests to declare
          Julie Bowen No LA Governor
          Old Bexley CE School
          March 2013 - August 2019
          Maria Pack Yes Daughter of Mike Pack,
          Co-opted Governor
          Provider of Teaching Service
          Self-employed Tutor at 
          Beths Grammar School
          Mike Pack Yes Father of Maria Pack,
          Co-opted Governor
           Part-time Coach Driver at Beths Grammar School Member of Bexley Appeals and
          Exclusions Panels



          No Patricia Sloneki

          Providing consultancy

          Raymond Ramsay No - - CFO at the Griffin Schools Trust   


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