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Welcome to our Governors’ section. 


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


School governing bodies ‘are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education’. (The 2015 Governors’ Handbook, published by the Department for Education). For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school'


If you would like to contact the governors, please email the chair of governors Helene Hill:


Meet the Governors


Mr Brendan Crossan - Chair of Governors

I was delighted to be appointed as a Co-opted Governor at the end of the spring 2023 term.  I hope to use my significant experience in the education sector – both teaching and management - to support Kingswood in providing the best possible education.  I live near Dorking, have three grown-up sons and two granddaughters.


Helene Hill – Chair of Governors

I am LA Governor and a Governor at Kingswood Primary School, having previously been Chair of Governors, Vice Chair of Governors and a Governor at Kingswood since 2018.  I started my professional life in advertising agencies, then worked in various marketing roles in professional services firms.  I later retrained as a translator (German) and worked freelance until retiring in 2020. I have two grown up sons and live in Kingston upon Thames. 


Mr Kenneth Thompson - Lead Governor for Resources

Hello everyone! My name is Ken Thompson and I am a grandparent of children at Kingswood. I am pleased to be able to volunteer at Kingswood and to have been appointed as a Co-opted Governor. My background in engineering and operations has led to me being appointed as a joint lead governor for resources.


Mrs Sara Walker - Lead Governor for Quality of Education including EYFS

Hi all! My name is Sara and I am a current parent and Parent Governor at Kingswood Primary School. With experience in Early Years provision, I have been appointed as one of the governor leads for Quality of Education and am also currently interim SEND lead governor. This year sharing responsibility as one of the Co-Vice Chair of Governors.


Mr James Fair

I have been in education for almost 25 years and have taught across both the maintained and independent sectors. I am currently the Deputy Head of an independent prep school in Twickenham and Co-opted Governor at Kingswood.

I live in Tadworth with my wife and two children, and have interests in history, natural history and sports.


Mr Chris Davis

As a parent at, and ex-pupil of, Kingswood Primary School, I am pleased to be able to serve on the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor and support our little community school. I do a lot of community volunteering around the village and my business is also based here so I have an extensive network and knowledge of Lower Kingswood which I feel will help me fulfil my governor duties.    


Mrs Catherine Donohue

Parent Governor


I was elected Parent Governor during 2022-23 and am keen to get involved with governance at Kingswood.  I have a child/children at the School and hope that I can draw on my background in special educational needs to support Kingswood.



Mrs Julia Waterson - Acting Head Teacher

I joined Kingswood as a class teacher and the Deputy Head in 2009 and sit on the Governing Body as elected Staff Governor. With over 25 years of experience in a variety of schools in Croydon and Sutton, I have a passion that children are given the best possible education. I strongly believe that this is what the children receive at Kingswood and am proud to be part of such a supportive staff team.


Tessa Jones - Clerk to the Governing Body
Hello everyone! I have gradually grown my clerking portfolio and bring experience from different types of schools, both primary and secondary, through my role as clerk at various schools. I regularly attend training to ensure that the advice and support I provide remains up to date, have successfully completed the nationally recognised Accredited Clerk qualification and am ACIS qualified. I live locally and have two grown up children.