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Meet the chair of governors

Jo Klaces

"It has been one of the great pleasures and privileges of my later life to serve on Queensbridge’s Governing Body for the last  ten years , the last two as Chair.

Queensbridge is a dynamic and responsive place , alert to the needs of all its students who come from so many different backgrounds and bring their varied experiences, enriching the  school on a daily basis. But, in all this liveliness and energy the school brings stability  and continuity.

Governors are committed to supporting the provision of  a thriving and cohesive learning community which serves the learning needs of pupils and staff, helping and encouraging each and every individual to reach their aspirations and potential. Queensbridge is both safety net and trampoline, catching and nurturing the vulnerable, launching everyone into what we hope is their positive future with the skills to navigate this complex world.  

As Governors we work with the school to uphold the core values of kindness, respect for each other and achievement. We meet as a full governing body each term to celebrate, question and to ensure that the strategic vision for the school is being upheld. Each governor also explores different aspects of school life as a link governor attached to a particular department or area, according to experience or inclination.

It is a serious role, as it should be – we are dealing with the future of young people - but it is also exciting, thought provoking, companionable and very supportive."

Committee and special responsibilities:

  • Strategy committee member
  • Link Governor: Curriculum impact/SEND provision/Governing board training


Our Governors are elected to serve a four-year term. Governors, including the Chair of Governors and the Governance Professional, can be contacted at any time through the normal school contact routes.


Sourour Bensalem Trevelyan

Parent Govenor

20th June 2022 - 19th June 2026

Parents in Partnership

Kirsten De Vos

Parent Govenor

8th October 2021 - 7 October 2025

Parents in Partnership

Careers Link Governor

Eco/Sustainability and climate change strategies

Andrew Faux

Parent Govenor

20th June 2022 - 19th June 2026


Dr Birgit Kehrer

Partnership governor

13th March 2023 - 12 March 2027

School Food Link Govenor

Ms Jo Klaces

Co-opted Govenor

24th May 2022 - 23rd May 2026


SEND Provision Link Governor

Quality of Education & Impact of the curriculum

Governor Training and Development

Mr Stephen Lewis

Parent Govenor

11th May 2021 - 10th May 2025

Vice Chair 

Finance Committee 

Pupil Premium & Personnel Dev  link Governor   

Personnel and Policies 

David Masters

Co-opted Govenor

25th Jan 2024 - 24th Jan 2028

Vice Chair

Finance Committee

Pupil Premium & Personnel Dev  link Governor

Personnel and Policies

Huy Nguyen

Staff Govenor

14th November 2022 - 13th November 2026


Christopher Radford

Co-opted Govenor

22nd September 2022 - 21st September 2026


Harpinder Singh




Phil  Smith

Local Authority Governor

11th July 2020 - 10th July 2024

Safeguarding Link Governor

Personnel (SCR)

Phil Tompkins

Co-opted governor

13th January 2022 - 12th January 2026

Health and Safety

Personal Development / Welfare, well-being and work load Link Governor

Deborah James

Co-opted governor

28th September 2023 - 27th September 2027


Daniel Parnell

Parent governor

1st December 2022 - 30th November 2026


Sherine El-Menshawy

Co-opted governor

25th January 2024 - 24th January 2028

PSHE/RSE/EDI link governor




Calendar of meetings

Full Governing Board  (6:00 pm)

Thursday 19th Sept 2024

Thursday 23rd January 2025

Thursday 27th March 2025

Thursday 12th June 2025


Strategy Committee Meeting (4:30 pm)

Wednesday 16th October 2024

Wednesday 4th December 2024

Wednesday 26th February 2025

Wednesday 7th May 2025

Wednesday 16th July 2025


Finance Committee Meeting (4:30 pm)

Wednesday 11th September 2024

Wednesday 18th December 2024

Wednesday 19th March 2025

Wednesday 21st May 2025

Wednesday 2nd July 2025