Meet our Governors
Sue BatesonChair of Governors
I am Chair of Governors of Adamsrill School and have a very long association with the school. I was born and brought up in South East London and was a pupil at Adamsrill (with my brother and cousins and I remember playing on the grassy field where the new building now is). When both my children were pupils at school in the 1990s, I became active in the PTA. I was first elected as a parent governor and later became a co-opted governor.
I was elected as Chair six years ago and have seen the school through many changes and three OFSTED inspections during that time. I am the designated governor for safeguarding and lead for governors on Health and Safety matters.
I still live locally and have spent my working career in the housing field. I am currently a civil servant.
Judy EvansVice Chair
I became a parent governor at Adamsrill in 1990, when my two children attended the school and have been on the governing body ever since as a co-opted governor.
I have worked with school governors for many years as a Governance Officer and also co-ordinated training for governors. I am very ambitious for our pupils and support the Head teacher and staff with their hard work to ensure that each pupil reaches their full potential whilst at Adamsrill.
I am currently a joint Vice Chair of the Governing Board and a member of the Resources Committee and the Standards and Achievement Committee. I am also a link governor for Attendance and SEND.
Shirley HamiltonVice Chair
I have significant ties to the Sydenham/Forest Hill community, having lived in Forest Hill for the past 36+ years. Moreover, all three of my adult children attended Adamsrill; in fact two of my grandchildren have also attended the school; so I am particularly happy and proud to be able to sit on the schools Governing Board. I have an in depth knowledge of the demographics of the area as well as the potential needs of our community, given that I am also a Leader of one of the local faith groups. In this capacity, I have worked extensively and contributed positively to the community for almost 30 years.
Professionally, I have worked as a Curriculum Development Manager for an Adult Education College. I have a degree in Modern Foreign languages with International Studies, post graduate qualifications in Education and in Management. I qualified as a teacher in the post 16 sector, and worked in a variety of educational institutions for 20 years. Prior to that I had a managerial career in Lewisham’s’ Housing department and started my working life in the civil service.
As well as my duties managing multi-disciplinary teams in the adult education college, I was also a Teacher Educator. I am certain that my past and current experience will be of value to the school and I am willing to share my knowledge and skills as necessary.
Jo HibbittLocal Authority Governor
Jo retired after fifteen years of headship at Plumstead Manor Girls School in South East London. She taught for 37 years in Greenwich and during her career Jo has been head teacher or acting head teacher in three different secondary schools.
Throughout her career Jo was committed to enabling young people to have the widest possible educational opportunities to enable them to access higher education and employment. She led Plumstead Manor School in developing and promoting Performing Arts and Vocational courses and spent her career providing opportunities for young people to experience enjoyment and gain employment in the Arts.
Lennox HamiltonLocal Authority Governor
I have several years’ experience of school governance and governance in the community sector. I have been a Local Authority appointed governor and have served as the chair of the Premise Committee. My previous and current work experience have stood me in good stead as a Governor.
As a senior Project Manager and Consultant, I regularly work with, and on behalf of, school staff; including Senior Leaders, Teaching and Support Staff. Moreover, I have experience of over 17 years in Education Construction Project and Facilities Management, and prior to that 15 years in Housing Estates and Property Management, at senior level.
I am educated to Degree Level: A Bachelor of Humanities Degree, University of London. I am a qualified Prince 2 Project Management Practitioner; holder of P405 Asbestos Management Qualification; Level 4 qualification in Management of Health and Safety; trained Psychodynamic Counsellor; qualified Reflexologist (ITEC Level 3 Diploma).
I have a wealth of Leadership experience; including as Senior Pastor of a local church, and an ordained Bishop in good standing. I have served as adviser to the former Mayor of Lewisham, and active Community Champion on Race Equality issues.
My connection to Adamsrill has spanned over three decades, my three grown up children attended the school as part of the nursery until they left at the end of year 6. I have also had two of my four grandchildren educated at the school. My years as a governor initially started in the 1990’s, I have a strong commitment to the local and school community.
Jeanette BellParent Governor
I have been a parent governor at Adamsrill since January 2018. I am a mum to three daughters aged 10, 8 and 5. My youngest two are in years 3 and 1 at Adamsrill, and my eldest attends Watergate school where I have also been a governor since 2014.
I have always enjoyed being very active in the Adamsrill school community, volunteering my time on a range of activities over the last four years, including FOA events, support reading in KS1 and co-running an animation workshop. As a governor I am part of the Standards and Achievement committee and I am also the link governor for Art.
I am very proud to be a member of the Adamsrill community and am ambitious for our children to have the best possible educational opportunities and for our school to continue to flourish.
Chryseus YamaguchieParent Governor
I have recently joined the Adamsrill Governing Board and am looking forward to supporting the development of the school even further. My children are at the school, in year 1 and 3 and are learning and developing well, as well as enjoying their school years. I have always lived in Lewisham Borough and know the local area well and have recently moved into working in Lewisham borough schools.
Professionally my background is with SEND, having worked in the health, voluntary sector and social care with children and families with disabilities. I started teaching nearly 20 years ago and so have strong knowledge and understanding in the educational system; teaching, learning, data, policy, achievement and enjoyment. I have been in special needs teaching and leadership for the majority of this time, mostly with children with complex needs.
In June 2019 I joined the Lewisham Sensory teachers’ team supporting children with vision impairment across the borough, working with nurseries, schools, colleges and families around vision needs. It is enabling me to understand the borough and the schools within it further. I really hope that I can contribute to the Governing Board as I join a brilliant team.
Stuart DaymanParent Governor
I’ve been a parent at Adamsrill since 2011 and currently have a daughter in year 3. Previously a professional musician, I’m working closely with the music department as a link governor. At present I’m working for Transport for London as an operational development manager in air quality schemes. I believe in the importance of having a great education experience and I want our children at Adamsrill to be given the best opportunities to learn and develop in all aspects of school life.
Ms Cheryl TackieParent Governor
Ms Cheryl Tackie
I have been a parent governor for the last 4 years and have a 20 year career background in Business & Law working in both public and private sectors.
I have two daughters, one who currently attends Adamsrill in year 5 and the one who recently left Adamsrill and has made an amazing transition into secondary education with the support of her teachers.
In my time as parent governor, I have witnessed some incredibly positive changes, the most obvious, seeing our school Ofsted rating progress from requiring improvement to good.
You can usually find me in the playground in the morning and at school pick up and regularly attend parents’ forums, evenings and give my full support to FOA events.
I very much enjoy meeting and assisting other parents within the school as well as understanding the complex financial, practical and emotional challenges of running a busy and successful school.
Monique LeslieCo-opted Governor
I am a Co-opted governor and part of the Resources Committee at Adamsrill. I became a school governor as I had volunteered before as a Learning Mentor and Reading Partner through my work in the City and truly enjoyed the experience. I enjoy being a Governor at Adamsrill: the children are excited and eager to learn and share with me, and the other Governors, what they are learning and I love to see the children’s work displayed around the school. As a Governor I am here to support the school and also support the children so that they can excel and reach their full potential academically and creatively.
Dr Ewan MitchellCo-opted Governor
Dr Ewan Mitchell
Ewan Mitchell is a co-opted governor currently working as a Data Scientist at Aviva. He spends his time trying to understand numerical trends and simplifying data for senior executives. After studying for a doctorate in astrophysics Ewan spent seven years teaching mathematics at senior schools in London and Essex both as a classroom teacher and head of department. Since becoming a data scientist, he has built models to predict the financial stability of companies, and used text analytics to help companies understand what their customers are saying about them. More recently, he worked with the National Emergencies trust to help them understand which parts of the country would be in greatest economic need as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. As a governor he has particular interests in mathematics, science and provision for the most able pupils.
Dillon ChiparimanduCo-opted Governor