Beths
Grammar
School

Governing Body

The Governing Body is currently made up of the following:

  • 2 Parent Governor (elected by parents)
  • 2 Staff Governors 
  • 6 Trust Members/Appointed Governors
  • 1 Appointed Governors
  • 2 Co-opted Governors
  • 1 Headteacher

To view the welcoming video from our Chair of Governors, please click on the link below:

 

 

Mr Hares, Chair of Governors, can be contacted at cog@beths.bexley.sch.uk  

Mr Webdale Clerk to Governors, can be contacted at geoff.r.webdale@googlemail.com  

Chris Hares 

Trust Member and Appointed Governor
Term of Office: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019

Chair of Governors; Member of all Committees

Since leaving Beths as a student in 2007, I went on to study BA British Politics and Legislative Studies at the University of Hull and MA International Political Economy at King’s College London. I have built a career focused on communications and politics, but always with a focus on helping people. In my roles I have been an advocate on national broadcast news, helped shape Government policy, working with MPs and supported many young people starting out in their careers. I am now a Parliamentary and Stakeholder Engagement Manager at a health regulator. I owe much of this career to the foundation that Beths gave me. 

As a former student at Beths, this school has always been somewhere that I care about greatly. Beths has a fantastic culture of being supported by former students and the community it has makes me very proud. Once you have been here, it becomes a part of you. After many years of coming back to the school as a volunteer after leaving, and with a range of skills behind me that I felt the school could use, I decided it was time to give something back more formally. Becoming a governor was a logical step.

Being a governor is now a really important part of what I do. It takes up a few hours of my time here and there but it is all worthwhile. I think the best way to make an impact as a governor is to use the skills and expertise you have – whether that is working with young people, or policy, or a legal background, or finance – and find a way to use it to help run the school. I would strongly recommend anyone who cares about the future of this school to consider it, because delivering outcomes for the students here is really rewarding. 

Tessie Espindola

Appointed Governor
Term Commenced: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021

Joint Vice Chair of Governors; Finance Committee

A newly appointed Governor and at present I serve as a member of the Finance Committee. I attended a Grammar School and a Grammar School’s Sixth Form outside of the Borough of Bexley, experiences that led me strongly to believe that in order to enable every child to reach their full potential, the School must apply its resources effectively and efficiently.

I studied Law at King’s College London and qualified as a Barrister in 1999. After working at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Royal Bank of Scotland and Citibank, I joined FCE Bank plc (Ford Credit Europe), where I specialise in consumer credit, insurance and data protection.

I have two children, the eldest in his first year at Beths. Outside work, I am the District Coordinator for the Lewisham and Greenwich Woodcraft Folk, as well as playing tennis (not very well) at Bexley Tennis Club.

Catherine Guest

Parent Governor
Term of Office: 27 February 2017 to 26 February 2021

Joint Vice Chair of Governors; Students Committee; Responsible Officer

After many years in different roles in the educational publishing industry, then gaining a PGCE in primary teaching, I now work for the National Literacy Trust which is a charity working to give disadvantaged children and young people the literacy skills they need.

I have 3 children, each with very different interests and aptitudes, the middle of whom was in Y8 at Beths when I became a parent governor. So one of the reasons I wanted to become a governor was to help ensure every student at Beths continues to have a range of high quality opportunities, both academic and extra-curricular, so all can find their strengths in a supportive environment.

I hope to contribute some insights from other dimensions of education plus an enthusiasm for learning and willingness to make a difference.

Christopher Kirk

Trust Member and Appointed Governor
Term of Office: 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018

I have been a Governor at various schools since 1989 and at Beths since 2002, just entering my fifth year as Chairman of the Governing Body. Like many of the Governors at Beths I started as a Parent Governor and later took on the Vice Chair role before becoming Chair after I had retired from work. My son left Beths in 2010 and I also have two daughters. All three went to university and are now married with their own children. I graduated from Southampton University in 1976 with a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering and worked in British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) for over thirty years as a Systems Engineer. I am a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Chartered Engineer. I have seen many changes in the way Governing Bodies have operated over the years but the one common thing is that they all focus on the best outcomes for the children under their care. Their role is strategic, operating in harmony with the operational role of the school, but at the end of the day they hold many responsibilities devolved from the DfE. If you are committed to your children’s education, whatever your background or expertise, then I would urge you to look into becoming a Governor whenever a vacancy arises. You need to be able to devote some time for this role but it is not onerous and many employers will give paid leave. You can find more information on becoming a Governor at Beths in the Governing Body / Governor Vacancies section of the website.

Malcolm Appleby

Trust Member and Appointed Governor
Term of Office: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021

Chair of Finance & Assets Committee

 

 

Richard Blyghton

Ex Officio
Term Commenced: 1 May 2017

Headteacher; Member of all Committees



 

Julie Bowen

Trust Member and Appointed Governor
Term of Office: 7 March 2017 to 31 December 2020

Chair of Human Resources Committee; Link Governor for Social Sciences

I have been involved in education all my life. I have a teaching degree and taught until I became an Anglican priest in 2012 with a second degree in Theology and Ordained Ministry. I became a Parent Governor of Beths in 2013 and then an Appointed Governor in early 2017. I am also a Governor at a local primary school as well as being a School Chaplain with teaching responsibilities at another Grammar School. Alongside this I am also a Parish Priest in Bromley. I have two sons, one in his final college year and the other in his final year at Beths. Being a Governor offers opportunity to change lives, to help nurture students and staff, to create an environment of safety, pride, learning and growth where young people can find their path, develop their skills and begin to achieve their potential. Herein lie the young people who will influence the future and it is both exciting and a huge privilege to be part of their story.

Stephen Mulvaney

​Trust Member and Appointed Governor
Term of Office: 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021

Human Resources Committee; Professional Development; Head Teacher Performance Review

I became a parent Governor when my son was a student and Beths. I qualified as a Nurse in 1983, and I have worked in a range of clinical positions, in number of acute general hospitals within the NHS. I was one of the first Resuscitation Training officers in the NHS.

I have over twenty five years’ experience in the field of education and development within the NHS, working both in a direct training role and as a facilitator in the process of change management and I now specialize in the field of personal and organizational development.  I became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2005.

Olu Obafaiye

Parent Governor

Term of Office: 22 November 2017 to 21 November 2021

Students Committee

I have been residing in Bexley Council for almost fifteen years, since November 2003.  I holds a B.Sc. (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, and Masters in Business Administration (MBA). I have been in a managerial role for almost ten years in the public sector, and during this period I have gained a vast knowledge and experience in all areas of business administration and management. Presently I work as a manager with London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in Environmental Services Department.

I have also gained some skills over the years from carrying out volunteering roles as a Secretary to the Board of Trustees of a charitable organisation, and as a Church Administrator. In addition, I am one of the Neighbourhood Co-ordinators in Erith Park, a Committee Member of Bexley Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association; and also the Vice Treasurer of Beths Parents’ Association.

I am currently sponsoring the education of a boy in East Africa through partnership with a charitable organisation called World Vision UK; and also I am of one of their Ambassadors in UK to promote their good works and image. 

I strongly believe a good and effective governing body is very vital to a school’s success and performance. I became a parent governor because it is a wonderful way to support my local community and it is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference to the life chances of children by giving up your time and skills for a worthy cause. Our children are our future, by investing time and efforts on them will offer a variety of positive outcomes – not just to the community but to the nation as a whole. I want to make a real difference to the life chances of students and the school’s success by making myself available, and to use my time, skills and experience for this great and wonderful cause. I like to relax and chill by reading, watching detective movies and playing chess.

Maria Pack

Co-opted Governor​
Term of Office: 25 September 2014 to 24 September 2018

Careers/Sixth Form; Students Committee; Link Governor for Mathematics; Health & Safety


My earliest memories of Beths were when I was around 4 years old when I watched the Beths Big Band play at the annual school fete where my father was conducting! Over 40 years later, my association with Beths still remains strong.

I studied Chemistry at the University of Southampton and subsequently gained a PhD specialising in Superconducting materials. After a short time working as an editor for a publisher, I gained a PGCE and became a chemistry teacher at Beths. A sabbatical allowed me the opportunity to work for the Royal Society of Chemistry in their Education team which then lead to 15 years working on a variety of projects, including setting up a national CPD programme to train non-specialist science teachers that are teaching chemistry.

Following a family of 3 children who are at schools in Bexley, I am currently an Education Consultant working for various organisations and schools including CLEAPSS, an organisation that supports practical work in science, DT and art.

I have been a governor at Beths for 16 years and have served on various committees. I am currently a co-opted governor serving on the Students committee and am regularly in school supporting the Primary school liaison scheme.

Mike Pack

Co-opted Governor
Term of Office: 10 January 2018 to 9 March 2022

Finance & Assets Committee; Travel Plan; Link Governor for Science

I joined Beths in 1968 as a teacher of physics and chemistry when the school was 3 forms of entry with a role of 480 students. In the 70s with an interest in applied science I became part of the engineering team teaching electronic aspects of engineering. I have had many roles across the school culminating in that of a Deputy Head until my full-time retirement in 2006.  During my entire teaching career at Beths I have seen the school grow from strength to strength and am very proud to have been part of its development and feel privileged to have worked with so many fantastic students and dedicated staff.

As a keen musician I have been pleased to nurture musical development of Beths students running bands and orchestras in numerous concerts for over 30 years.

I am a co-opted governor, sitting on the Finance and Asset Management sub-committee with an extensive knowledge of the school from curriculum to buildings. As a holder of a PCV licence, I am also the Beths coach driver (!) and am regularly in school.

Theresa Tolhurst

Staff Governor​
Term of Office: 8 October 2018 to 7 October 2022 

I have been recently appointed as Staff Governor.  I joined Beths in September 2012 having worked as a Business Lecturer in West Kent College for 3 years.  Since arriving at Beths, I have experienced roles in a pastoral capacity as both a Form Tutor and Assistant Head of Year, and in a teaching capacity as the GCSE Economics Co-ordinator and now as The Head of Department of the Business Education Department.  I teach a range of subjects within the department, both Key stage 4 and 5, including Accounting, Economics and Business Studies.  My role also includes the Enterprise Co-ordinator which involves planning and managing enterprise facilities for all year groups throughout the year.

I applied to be considered as the Staff Governor as I believe I have many attributes and skills which could help develop the strategic direction of our community at Beths.  I would like the opportunity to make a difference and aim to ensure that our main objective is to develop our students and provide them with the opportunity to receive the best education possible.  I look forward to representing the staff within the governing body and echo the school’s ethos and culture, taking these into consideration when making strategic change and implementing decisions for our school.

Kim Sangster

Staff Governor
Term of Office: 6 March 2017 to 5 March 2021

Human Resources Committee

I have been a full-time member of staff since 2002 and am currently the Learning Resource Centre, IAG and Cover Manager, having previously been the Examinations Officer. I am a staff governor, currently serving on the Human Resources committee, but have previously served on both Finance and Students committees. Prior to joining Beths as a member of staff, I was a parent of a student at the school and served as Vice-Chair of the Parents Association and also as a Parent Governor.


Tony Slonecki

Trust Member & Appointed Governor
Term of Office: 23 October 2013 to 31 December 2018

Link Governor for Design Technology and Art

Over twenty years ago, with two sons in the lower school at Beths, I was initially appointed as a Parent Governor to the Governing Body and later become an Appointed Governor and Trust Member of Beths. For many years I served as Chair of the Students Committee and more recently as a member of the HR Committee.  I graduated from St Mary’s University College with a teaching degree in Art and later, following further studies in design & technology, gained an M.Ed in Technology in Education at Goldsmiths University of London.

My career began with teaching in the classrooms of schools in Bexley and Kent before joining the education advisory services of Kent and Croydon.  In recent years I was the Managing Director of an education based charity promoting links and opportunities between schools and businesses. The years serving Beths as a Governor have been very rewarding. I have valued the opportunity to support and contribute to the unique character and ethos of Beths in educating and developing young people.

Geoff Webdale

 

 


 

 Clerk to the Governors

Attendance 2018-19

Governing Body

Chair is in bold italics.

  FGB
18.09.2018
FGB
06.12.2018
FGB
06.03.2019
FGB
04.07.2019
Mr M. Appleby Present      
Mr R.J. Blyghton Present      
Rev J. Bowen Present      
Mrs M.T. Espindola Present      
Mrs C. Guest Present      
Mr C. Hares Present      
Mr C. Kirk Present      
Mr S. Mulvaney Absent      
Mr O. Obafaiye Present      
Dr M. Pack Present      
Mr M. Pack Present      
Mrs K. Sangster Present      
Mr T. Slonecki Present      

Student Meetings

Chair is in bold italics.

  Students
09.10.2018
Students
16.01.2019
Students
08.05.2019
Mr M. Appleby N/A    
Mr R.J. Blyghton Present    
Rev J. Bowen N/A    
Mrs C. Guest Present    
Mr C. Hares Present    
Mr C. Kirk Present    
Mr S. Mulvaney N/A    
Mr. O. Obafaiye Absent    
Dr M. Pack N/A    
Mr M. Pack Absent    
Mrs K. Sangster N/A    
Mr T. Slonecki N/A    

Finance Meetings

Chair is in bold italics.

  Finance
07.11.2018
Finance
12.02.2019
Finance
20.06.2019
Mr M. Appleby Present    
Mr R.J. Blyghton N/A    
Rev J. Bowen N/A    
Mrs M.T. Espindola Present    
Mrs C. Guest N/A    
Mr C. Hares N/A    
Mr C. Kirk N/A    
Mrs K. Lanning N/A    
Mr S. Mulvaney N/A    
Dr M. Pack N/A    
Mr M. Pack Present    
Mr J. Parsons N/A    
Mrs K. Sangster N/A    
Mr T. Slonecki N/A    

HR Meetings

Chair is in bold italics.

  HR
20.11.2018
HR
06.02.2019
HR
11.06.2018
Mr M. Appleby N/A    
Mr R.J. Blyghton Present    
Rev J. Bowen Present    
Mrs C. Guest N/A    
Mr C. Hares Present    
Mr C. Kirk N/A    
Mrs K. Lanning N/A    
Mr S. Mulvaney Present    
Dr M. Pack N/A    
Mr M. Pack N/A    
Mr J. Parsons N/A    
Mrs K. Sangster Absent    
Mr T. Slonecki Present    

 

Register of Interests

Name Beths Grammar
Employee
Name of Spouse/Partner
or Other Family Member
(if applicable)
Employment of Spouse/Partner
or Other Family Member
(if applicable)
Other Business Interests of Self
or Spouse
Any other interests to declare
Julie Bowen No LA Governor
Old Bexley CE School
March 2013 - August 2019
Maria Pack Yes Daughter of Mike Pack,
Co-opted Governor
Provider of Teaching Service
Position
Self-employed Tutor at 
Beths Grammar School
Mike Pack Yes Father of Maria Pack,
Co-opted Governor
 Part-time Coach Driver at Beths Grammar School Member of Bexley Appeals and
Exclusions Panels

Tony

Slonecki

No Patricia Sloneki

Providing consultancy