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Ed Gossage

Chair. Co-Opted Governor

Ed, a father of two, took the Chair's role at the start of 2012. Ed has one children at King Athelstan (a daughter in Year 6) and a son who graduated to secondary school in 2018 following eight very happy years there. Both children very much enjoy telling him all about writing and counting - things which Ed previously thought he knew a fair amount about (how times change!). Ed is the chairman and co-founder of 7DOTS, a creative tech agency (they build websites and apps!) in Kingston. His passions are cycling, cooking, eating (too much), watching Formula 1 with his son and pretending he's ten thirty years younger than he is on a snowboard.

Damon Hart-Davis

Vice Chair. Co-Opted Governor

Damon has an IT and finance background with about 15 years in the City and has started a number of ventures. One of his current interests is energy efficiency and renewable energy, cutting his own bills and carbon footprint, helping others do the same, and writing about it. Damon has two children, both at King Athelstan. Damon became a governor at least in part because he feels that getting the best for his children is best achieved by helping raise the standards for the whole school however he can help.

Asha Lodh

Co-Opted Governor

Several years ago Asha gave up editing books for a living to become an artist for almost no living. She loves motherhood, her rubbish Shopper bike, swimming at Hampton Open Air Pool, tending the allotment and knitting. One day soon she will stop complaining about children’s books and get round to writing one of her own.

David Ryder-Mills

Co-Opted Governor

Dave retired this year. His career was divided into three quarters a secondary school science teacher and one quarter casework manager for a Member of Parliament. Along the way he managed to find the time to raise three children, spend an inordinate length of time exploring caves, serve two terms as a Local Councillor, play a little cricket and watch a lot more. He confirms that he is now busier than ever.

Helen Beresford- Murray

Co-Opted Governor

Helen has a strong background in education. Prior to being a mum she worked for a London Borough as a Primary School Teacher, Deputy Head of a maintained Beacon Nursery School and Early Years Consultant. Helen has two children in King Athelstan and currently works as a childminder whilst her children are still young. She is passionate about ensuring that school is a fun place to be, where children are valued as individuals and are given a voice in their own learning. Helen believes that children should be encouraged to reach their full potential through a curriculum that is rich and wide, offering relevant, exciting and memorable learning opportunities both inside and beyond the classroom.

Kathy Collins

Local Authority Governor

Kathy worked in Education finance for many years, the last eight as the Director of Finance and Resources at a large secondary academy. Although this sounds a very high powered job it also involved changing light bulbs, finding dead rats and making an awful lot of tea. She would like to help ensure that King Athelstan is a well resourced, safe and inspiring learning environment.

Majeed Neky

Parent Governor

Justin Irwin

Parent Governor

Vida Stevens

Staff Governor

Emily Newton


Kate Hendry

Clerk to the Governors

School calendar

  • SEND Parent/Carer Consultations this week - details to follow.
    1 March 2021
  • Wear a Hat Day for Brain Tumour Research
    26 March 2021
  • Science Super Learning Day
    22 April 2021

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Newsletter February 2021
12 February 2021