The governors work with the Head and staff to pursue the school’s core values which have persisted since its foundation by Dr John Betts: happy children, equality of opportunity, educational excellence, and service to others.
We focus on three strategic functions and are responsible for the school’s vision and ethos and its strategic direction; for overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent; and for holding the Headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance. This is done through four committees:
The minutes of governing body meetings, once ratified, are available upon request.
In addition, as a non-denominational voluntary-aided school, we ensure that the school’s founding ethos is maintained; we employ the staff and we are responsible, working together with the Trust, for maintaining and utilising the school’s buildings.
We want every child here to be happy and successful and enjoy school. We are always pleased to hear comments and suggestions from parents, and you can contact the governing body via the school office.
Chair of Governors
Governors at John Betts come from various backgrounds. They are volunteers and attend regular meetings of the Governing Body as well as committees related to the school’s resources, staffing, and curriculum. Governors are appointed or elected for the skills and experience they bring to the core functions of the Board - strategy, scrutiny, and support.
Some governors are current parents (maybe you will recognise them in these pictures!), whereas others may have no primary aged children but regularly attend our school events. All governors share the school’s ethos, vision, and values, and are proud to be part of the John Betts community.
Sophy Doyle – Parent Governor
Chair of the Governing Board
I am a Year 5 parent at John Betts with a professional background in Human Resources. I have worked as an HR Director for many years across a variety of businesses. As an HR generalist, operating at a senior level, I have had extensive experience across a full spectrum of responsibilities in both strategic and operational HR. In addition to being a Governor of John Betts, I am a trustee of a charity which supports families in need.
Mike Jones – Foundation Governor
Vice Chair of the Governing Board
I have lived in the locality of the School for over 40 years. Whilst now retired, I do have a number of non-executive roles in the Property Sector having been a Property Consultant all my life specialising on advising owners, developers & occupiers on their Central London property. I was also a Governor of a Public School for 15 years before retiring in 2020.
Cathy Carney – Foundation Governor
Chair of the Admissions Committee
I had two children who attended John Betts School and have lived nearby for many years. I have worked for the BBC for twenty years, producing children's programmes and more recently as an advisor on editorial policy.
Sara Chiappara – Foundation Governor
Chair of the Curriculum Committee
I am a year 5 parent and parent of a year 9 child who previously attended John Betts. I specialise in book and multimedia publishing and am currently a translator and a freelance editor of textbooks for secondary-school-aged children.
Aidan Coburn – Staff Governor
I have an MA (Cantab) in Music from Cambridge and completed a Post Graduate Vocal Course (MMus and MPerf) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) where I was a Teaching Fellow. I also have a Graduate Diploma in Law from The City Law School. I qualified with QTS through the Graduate Teacher Programme and first started teaching 12 years ago. In 2018 I started working at John Betts as music specialist teacher.
Emily Hammersley – Foundation Governor
I am a Year 5 parent. For 15 years I worked in the financial services sector across a variety of senior client-facing, sales and fund-raising roles. Many of my clients were local authorities and charities.
Vivek Kumar – Foundation Governor
I am a barrister who has lived in the borough for nearly 30 years. I specialise in public law and human rights working for the UK Government and a charity promoting the rule of law in Myanmar/Burma.
Jessica Mair –Head Teacher and Governor
In April 2015 I joined John Betts as Headteacher. Prior to this, I was Deputy Headteacher of Queen’s Manor School, as well as Head of their SEND Unit. My experience includes being Deputy Head at San Andres School in Buenos Aires Argentina. I started my teaching career in 2000 and have taught and worked in a number of schools across London including City of London, Westminster, and Kensington & Chelsea. As Headteacher, I am a member of all the committees on the board. Our governing body are dynamic and progressive and I enjoy working alongside them all to plan strategically the future of John Betts and the best outcomes for all children.
Dave McNamara - Foundation Governor
Chair of the Resources Committee
I have worked in Local Government finance for 30 years, specialising in schools finance. I was the Director of Finance for Children’s Services at LBHF until 2018 and since then have been involved as a governor at six local schools.
Janet Moffat – Foundation Governor
I have worked in education for over 40 years. I was a primary headteacher in Hammersmith for 18 years and since 2012 have worked for several Local education authorities as a School Improvement Advisor. My primary role is helping school leaders and staff improve learning and teaching practices on order to secure the best possible outcomes for all their pupils.
Tom Shepherd – Parent Governor
I am a barrister and part-time Circuit Judge (Recorder) specialising in commercial litigation, restructuring/insolvency and professional liability. I previously taught law at the University of Bristol and was heavily involved in the University’s outreach and widening participation programmes. I have two children at John Betts (Year 1 and Year 4) and have thoroughly enjoyed getting involved with our exceptional school and superb parent community.
Gillian Walsh – Local Authority Governor
I am a marketing and comms professional with over ten years’ experience across a range of industry and sectors. I currently head up M&A marketing at Deloitte. Before moving into financial services, I worked primarily in talent marketing where I led on a variety of diversity and inclusion campaigns and initiatives.