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The Charter School

East Dulwich

Governor Biographies

Stephen Potter
Chair of Governors

Stephen is the Chair of the local governing body and the school's designated safeguarding governor. He has lived in East Dulwich for the past 30 years. Stephen was the Deputy Headteacher of The Charter School North Dulwich at its foundation in 2000 and later served as its Acting Headteacher. Stephen went on to become Principal of Lambeth Academy. On his retirement, he worked for the headteacher’s association ASCL and continues to work as an educational adviser. Both his daughters attended The Charter School North Dulwich.


Rosamund Jones
Vice-Chair of Governors

Rosamund is Vice Chair of Governors. Ros is a senior radio producer at the BBC. She has been a local resident for 25 years. She was one of the parents who campaigned for The Charter School North Dulwich to be founded in 2000. Ros was a parent governor at The Charter School North Dulwich for four years before joining the campaign to found The Charter School East Dulwich.   


Philippa Jupp
Staff Governor

Philippa Jupp is a staff governor.  She is a Maths teacher and has been with the school since it opened in 2016.  Philippa is passionate about education and children’s wellbeing.  She is a keen member of our staffing body and aims to inspire children and equip them with the skills they need to thrive.  In her spare time, Philippa enjoys playing in her netball league and cooking for her friends and family.  


Laura Duffell
Co-opted Governor

Laura is a matron at Kings College Hospital specialising in child health. She has a background in supporting families of children with complex needs in the community, with a focus on social care and enabling all children and young people to access education. She was involved in the launch of the personal budgets within Southwark helping families and professionals work together more closely to meet children's needs. Laura grew up on a farm in Devon and has lived in Southwark since moving to London to train as a children's nurse. She has a child in the school and is looking forward to contributing to the school community in her role as a governor. 


Gwen Sinnott
Co-opted Governor

Gwen has worked for over 25 years within education, children and families services.  Bringing together skills in research, IT, survey design, data gathering and analysis as well as training and coaching she has supported Schools and Local Authorities in using key data and intelligence for planning and self-evaluation, focusing on providing good quality services and outcomes.  She has managed and led analytical services in 3 London Local Authorities and was President of the London Education Research Network.  Gwen has lived in the local community for almost 20 years and has a child at the school.


Celia Johnson
Parent Governor

Celia is a parent governor who has a son at The Charter School East Dulwich. She works in retail but has 16 years’ experience teaching English and ICT in secondary schools, the last five of which were at SEN specialist schools. She is proud to be part of our founding cohort of parents and hopes to support staff, parents and students to success in the future.



Tim Naik
Parent Governor

Tim is a criminal barrister with a son in the School's founding cohort and a daughter two years' below. Originally from North West England, Tim came to London to study for the Bar 25 years ago and never left.  Prior to being appointed Parent Governor at The Charter School East Dulwich, he completed a six-year term as a Governor at a local primary school.


Catherine Rose
Co-opted Governor

Catherine is a local councillor and has previously served as the Mayor of Southwark. Prior to becoming Mayor, she had been a member of Southwark’s Education and Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Sub-Committee. Catherine has also developed proposals for improving life for children and families. Catherine was actively involved in the campaign to establish the school and is the parent of a child in the school.