School Governors

We are the Governors

Owain Thomas

Chair of Governors –Co-opted Governor – originally from South Wales, has lived in London since leaving university in 1994 and is now a barrister.

Believes passionately that children from all backgrounds must have the chance to succeed to the best of their ability.
Date of appointment: 08.12.14
Term of office: 07.12.18
Register of interests: none

Christopher Toye:

Executive Headteacher for the Wyvern Federation of schools which includes Wyvil Primary School, Ashmole Primary School, Vauxhall Primary School and Aurora House.
Date of appointment: 01.09.16
Term of office: Governor ex-officio n/a
Register of interests: Executive Headteacher for Wyvern Federation. Governor at Lilian Baylis Technology School. Anglo Portuguese School Trustee.

Lucy Peake

Head of School– grew up in Pimlico and has been at HMPS since 1997.
Date of appointment: 01.06.14
Term of office: 31.05.18
Register of interests: none

Neil Moorcroft

 Co-opted Governor – Assistant Headteacher. Neil has been at HMPS since 2001, and takes great pleasure in being a part of what he calls the ‘HMPS family’. He studied to be a teacher at Roehampton Institute. In his spare time, he likes reading and the seaside.
Date of appointment: 08.12.14
Term of office: 07.12.18

Register of interests: none

John Connolly

Parent Governor – both his two children have attended HMPS (Joe and Eddie). An educationalist who works for England’s Children’s Commissioner, John was previously with the Teacher Training Agency and the Department of Education. West Ham fan!
Date of appointment: 05.12.1
Term of office: 04.12.18
Register of interests: none

Helen Whitehouse

Local Authority Governor – Helen has called South London home for over 8 years, and has been a civil servant for 9 years, now working for the Ministry of Justice. She loves the enthusiasm and dedication of the HMPS staff – and how friendly and well behaved the pupils are.
Date of appointment: 01.09.14
Term of office: 31.08.18
Register of interests: none

Ana Andrés

Co-opted Governor – technology and education enthusiast. Ana has been working as a technology researcher and innovator for over 10 years. She has lived in Spain, France and in the US before settling down in London. She has an interest in how technology can help education.
Date of appointment: 08.12.14
Term of office: 07.12.18
Register of interests: none

Verity Threlfell

Co-opted Governor –Civil Servant.

Lives locally but has worked in 6 countries and believes that understanding different cultures and languages is a huge advantage in life. She wants to ensure our young people have the skills they need to be successful and to contribute to society.
Date of appointment: 08.12.14
Term of office: 07.12.18
Register of interests: none

Deepesh Patel 

Co-opted Governor –Originally from Cheltenham, Deepesh has lived in London for 3 years since leaving Durham University. Deepesh is a Digital Acquisition Manager at Travelex, has previously worked with the British Science Association and co-founded a science education company. He is a fellow of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation and is a passionate advocate for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
Date of appointment: 30.11.15
Term of office: 29.11.19
Register of interests: none

Vanessa Bennett

Staff Governor – Assistant Headteacher. Vanessa has taught at Herbert Morrison since 2000 after completing her PGCE at South Bank University. Vanessa is passionate about the development of the whole child. In her spare time she likes to eat out and visit the theatre.
Date of appointment: 28.11.16
Term of office: 27.11.20

Sara Holt

Parent Governor –has 2 girls at Herbert Morrison and has been supporting events as part of the Friends of Herbert Morrison team since 2012. Sara is in her final year of study for a post-graduate diploma in Occupational Therapy and is specialising in Paediatrics. Sara is dedicated to promoting the many benefits of meaningful activities for children. Sara does a little bit of rapping in her spare time.
Date of appointment: 28.11.16
Term of office: 27.11.20
Kirsty Simmons: Parent Governor –
Date of appointment: 28.11.16
Term of office: 27.11.20

Committe Structure and Membership

Achievement Committee

  • Ana Andres (Chair)
  • Deepesh Patel
  • Neil Moorcroft
  • Verity Threlfell
  • John Connolly

Pupil/Parent/Community Committee

  • Verity Threlfell (Chair)
  • Vanessa Bennett
  • Deepesh Patel
  • Kirsty Simmons

Resources Committee

  • Owain Thomas (Chair)
  • Helen Whitehouse
  • John Connolly
  • Lucy Peake
  • Chris Toye

Full Governing Body Meeting attendance

There are three Full Governing Body meetings per year; one in each term – Autumn, Spring and Summer.

Please click on the academic year to view attendance records:

If you wish to speak to any of our governors, please contact the school office on 0207 720 3439 or email admin@herbertmorrison.lambeth.sch.uk.

Part of the Wyvern Federation