School governors have 3 core functions:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
- Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent
Our latest Governors’ Statement
Bozena Birt, Chair of Governors, can be contacted directly via email:
Our Full Governing Body meets 4 times a year and then is structured into 4 different committees:
Curriculum and Standards
Children Families and Community
Quality of Education
Behaviour and Attitudes
Leadership and Management
For further information about the appointment of each governor and their relevant financial and business interests click here.
For Governor attendance, click here.
Meet the Heathmere Governors
Bozena Birt – Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor
Hi, my name is Boena Birt, current Chair of the Heathmere board of governors. I work full time as an organisation change consultant, with a background in eCommerce, marketing and strategy.
As a mother of 2, I am passionate about the role education, particularly primary education, plays in developing our future society. School plays a critical role in supporting the foundations for all children – academic learning and building confidence, as well as developing social and other life skills.
As a Putney local, I am pleased to be able to support Heathmere in its continued drive to ever improve what it can offer its students and community.
Adrian Sia Lu – Vice Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor
My name is Adrian Sia Lu and I have been a Governor at Heathmere since 2018. My background is in business transformation and I currently work for Marks & Spencer.
Previously, I have worked for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Currys and Capgmini, a consultancy. Although I don't have any children, I am very passionate about supporting the development of young people. This is why I am also a Director and Trustee of a university-focused student charity called AIESEC. I used to live in Roehampton and am glad to be still contributing to the local community.
The school has been on an ambitious journey over the past few years and I am so proud of the positive change and impact the whole school community has been able to have on the students at Heathmere. We know there is still more we can do to ensure each child at Heathmere gets the support and challenge they need to do well both in school and in life and I am committed to playing my part on the Governing Board to make that happen.
Swetha Balachandran – Co-opted Governor
My name is Swetha Balachandran and I am excited to have joined the Heathmere Board of Governors in July 2021 as a financial specialist.
My background is in finance, strategy and development and I have degrees in finance and accounting as well as public affairs. I currently work for the CDC Group which is the UK government’s development finance institution and invests to support private sector growth in the world’s poorest countries. Previously, I have worked at The Global Fund on making health programs in Africa more efficient and the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant.
I strongly believe in the transformational value of education and am excited to support Heathmere Primary School in its mission to enable all children to achieve their full potential. I draw inspiration from my mother, who as a math teacher and a school headteacher made me aware of the challenges of running a school while creating a great learning environment. I look forward to contributing to the Roehampton school community.
Billy Bartlett – Staff Governor
My name is Billy Bartlett and I am passionate about making education fair for all and ensuring all children enjoy their early education.
I grew up and was educated in New Malden and so I am familiar with the local area. I graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Geography. After my degree, I worked in the specialist teaching provision at Knollmead Primary School, supporting young people with ASD.
I joined the Teach First Leadership and Development programme and was placed at Heathmere Primary School in 2021. In my first year at Heathmere Primary School, I was an unqualified teacher in Year 2 and was trained by a mentor at the school. This academic year, I am an Early Career Teacher and am teaching in Year 5.
Quratul Aen Rana – Parent Governor
Tatiana Dobreva – Parent Governor
My name is Tatiana Dobreva and I’m a member of the Children, Families and Community committee at Heathmere.
I work full time as a Senior Library Assistant for Wandsworth Libraries and I work directly with children and young adults. I have one child in year 3 in the school. I believe that this gives me a unique perspective and will help me to be a vital part of the team.
I'm a direct person, who believes that our differences should unite us for a better future for our children. I understand what a big responsibility it is to teach young minds and I will do anything in my power to help our children, families and school staff.
Saadiyo Abdi – Parent Governor
Alan Paul – Chair of the Resources Committee and Co-opted Governor
I am Alan Paul, appointed a governor in 2017. I also serve on the Resources Committee.
I am married with 4 grown-up children. My work is now as a business coach and consultant, having had my main career as a lawyer.
Being new to the world of education, I am struck by the challenges the community faces to care for and realise the true potential of each of its children. Heathmere puts the children first, and its excellent values are evident every day through every activity.
I am glad to have the chance to work with the Heathmere team as they work with parents to meet the challenges.
I am looking forward to meeting as many parents as possible.
Robin Das Gupta – Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Co-opted Governor
I am Robin DasGupta and have been a governor since 2017. I chair the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I have served as a teacher, Assistant Headteacher and now a Deputy Headteacher in other London schools and hope that my involvement in education brings the necessary experience to challenge and support the school.
Heathmere benefits from having a strong, caring and ambitious team. The school combines a passion for high standards with a caring ethos and it truly is a central part of the local community. I look forward to meeting all members of the school community.
Freya Guinness – Chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee, Safeguarding Governor and Co-opted Governor
My name is Freya Guinness and I am Chair of the Children, Families and Community committee at Heathmere.
I work full time as a Civil Servant and my background is in business planning and organisational change. I have 3 grown up children who were all at Primary School in Wandsworth. I have been a Governor at Heathmere for 15 years and was Chair of Governors from 2011 to 2019. It is both a big responsibility and a real privilege to be able to be a Governor at Heathmere, it’s our job to support and challenge the school to do its very best for the pupils and ensure that it’s a place where pupils want to come and learn and where staff want to work.
Together we, as a Governing Body, and the staff have a real ambition for Heathmere, I have seen the school develop enormously during my time as Governor and am proud to have been part of that journey. One of the important things a Governing Body does is to listen to the views of the whole school community – staff, pupils and parents – so if there is anything you want to raise with me you can get in touch via the school office or using my email Freya.Guinness@yahoo.com.
Oliver Wheatley – Co-opted Governor
My name is Oliver Wheatley.
I graduated from the University of York with a degree in History in 2013. In 2014, I joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and was placed in a school in west London. In 2016, I moved to Radnor House, Twickenham, where I was promoted to be Head of History & Politics in addition to running the gifted and talented programme.
In 2019, I joined King’s College School, Wimbledon, as deputy head of History, where I have helped guide the department through the exceptional challenges of the past few years. During my holidays, I have undertaken internships to broaden my understanding of education, including at the Department for Education and Seneca
Learning, an online education platform.
Having worked across both the state and independent sectors, and with a keen interest in education policy, I have developed a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities schools face in the current moment. I also believe deeply in the central role primary schools can play in transforming the lives of young people and in properly preparing them to thrive in secondary education and beyond.
Emma Lewis – Headteacher
I have been the Headteacher at Heathmere Primary School since January 2013. I grew up locally and taught in Sutton, Birmingham and Sandwell before coming to Heathmere.
I led the school's journey from Requiring Improvement to Good while honouring a commitment to build a sustainable model of school improvement for the children and community of Roehampton.
My core values are respect, equality and fairness and I strive to lead in this way, ensuring every child at Heathmere has a wide range of experiences that will support them in their future lives.
Harry Morgan – Co-opted Governor
Vacancy – LA Governor
Jane Dowek – Clerk
Hello, my name is Jane Dowek and I have been working as Clerk to the Governors at Heathmere for around 6 years. I also work as a Clerk at 7 other schools. Before I started clerking, I worked as a School Business Manager, for 18 years, at a primary school in Wimbledon. My job is to support the governors in making sure that they address their efforts to the three core functions of governance, attend to their statutory responsibilities and meet regularly to hold the school to account for progress against key priorities.
The Board at Heathmere is enthusiastic and committed to helping the school be the best it can be, which makes my job as a Clerk immensely satisfying.