Our Governing Body
Our Governing Body
The Rev'd Prebendary Philip Chester
Chair of Governors
Ex officio Foundation Governor (Incumbent)
Fr Philip is the Vicar of St Matthew's, Westminster. He read Law at Birmingham University, trained for ordination at Durham University, and served as a curate in Shrewsbury before joining the team at St Martin in the Fields in 1985.
From 1988 he was Chaplain to King's College, London, until his appointment to St Matthew's in 1995.
In addition to his responsibilities to the church, parish and school, Fr Philip is the Area Dean of Westminster (St Margaret's) and so is part of the senior leadership team in the Diocese of London. Fr Philip is a trustee of a number of charities.
Appointed by the Westminster (St Margaret) Deanery Synod (March ’19- March ’23);
Lead Governor for Admissions
Appointed by the Westminster (St Margaret) Deanery Synod (September ’18 to September ’22);
Lead Governor for Child Protection
Louise is a barrister and a local resident. She has been a Foundation Governor since 2000 and is very proud to be associated with the school, particularly because of its spiritual and inclusive ethos.
Appointed by the Parochial Church Council of St Matthew’s, Westminster (September '21 to August '25)
Liz is the Development Director of Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford. Her career has spanned both private and voluntary sectors. After six years at American Express Liz took her marketing expertise to a local charitable organisation in Mumbai, India, and spent two years volunteering with VSO. On her return to London, Liz became a member of the St Matthew's Westminster community becoming both a member of the Parochial Church Council and a governor of the school, alongside pursuing a career in fundraising for both international and UK charities. Liz is married to Sebastian, and has two children.
Appointed by the Parochial Church Council of St Matthew’s, Westminster (March ’19 – March ’23)
Lead governor for Health & Safety
Susan has a clinical background with qualifications in both paediatric and adult nursing. She has held senior nursing posts at St Thomas’ Hospital, and at Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust. Most recently, she was the Lead Clinician for the Health Service Ombudsman recruiting and heading up a team of NHS clinicians who provided advice to the Health Investigators in respect of complaints about NHS care.
In retirement Susan has built up a portfolio of posts including:
- trustee of the Demelza Children’s Hospice and chair of its Clinical Governance Committee
- Foundation Governor of the Grey Coat Hospital School, serving on its Nominations Committee
- Co-Opted Trustee of the United Westminster & Grey Coat Foundation, of which she is the Vice Chair and serves on the Remuneration and Nominations committees
She is a member of the Parochial Church Council at St Matthews Church where she has also served as churchwarden. To Susan the importance of the school as part of the St Matthews community is something very special and she ensures that the PCC and members of the congregation are briefed about developments and news at the school. She believes passionately in the rights of children.
Susan has two grown up children and her husband is a Bishop in the Church of England.
Appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (June '19 - May '23)
Lead Governor for Finance
Mark is a career Civil Servant with over 30 years of experience in the Home Office as a statistician and business manager. He currently works for the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser and also supports various teams covering matters relating to forensic science, forensic pathology and corporate services. He is the Lead Governor for financial matters and the Science curriculum at the school. His other interests include genealogy, enjoying watching the England cricket team, and singing.
Vice Chair of the GB, Foundation Governor
Appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools (September ’19 – September ’23);
Lorrae has been a governor of the school, first as an elected Parent governor when her daughter attended the school, and then as a Foundation governor since 2015. She is a third generation Londoner and has lived in SW1 all her life (apart from long stays in New York and Berlin), working around Westminster in both the public and private sector. In a big career change she joined the Museum of London in 2011 and loves working there.
Lorrae enjoys supporting her local school and attends as many events in school and church as is possible. "The children are a joy to watch, as they progress and grow in confidence."
Executive Headteacher (Ex officio governor)
Elected Staff Governor 2019-2023
Elected Parent Governor: 2019-2023
Naomi is mother to two children at the school. She is an environmental scientist at an engineering consultancy, supports Corporate Social Responsibility activities, and is also involved in local planning at a neighbourhood level.
(Assistant Headteacher) Associate Governor: 2020-2021
Elected Parent Governor: 2018-2022
I have 4 children, 3 of whom attend the school. We are a military family.
Prior to having children I worked at Rolls Royce Plc for 12 years where I was the Brand Manager at their headquarters in London. I travelled the world ensuring that their brand standards were upheld.
As well as being a governor I have a keen interest in fund raising for the school - organising summer and Christmas fairs. My husband has also participated in sporting events to raise money for the school.
Dr Nicholas Simons
Nominated by the Local Authority (September '21- September '25)
The school’s governors after a meeting in March 2019:
CONSTITUTION AND INTERESTS – 2020/2021:
- Two (elected) parent governors; One Local Authority governor; One (elected) staff governor; One Headteacher
- Seven Foundation governors appointed as follows:
- Two by the Parochial Church Council of St Matthew’s, Westminster; Two by the London Diocesan Board for Schools
- Two by the Deanery Synod of Westminster (St Margaret); The parish priest of St Matthew’s, Westminster (ex officio)
- Governors' attendance at meetings 2019-2020
- Governors' declarations of interest 2020-2021