Current governors

Jonathan Pritchard - co-opted – Chair

Jonathan has a background in education and social work.  A qualified residential social worker he worked in several Residential Schools, Children’s Homes and Assessment Centres, in senior positions including Head of Care, deputy officer in charge and acting officer in charge in a number of establishments.  He is also a qualified counsellor.  Jonathan was also an elected local Councillor and during his tenure was the political group’s Education and Children spokesman.  In addition to his Governing Body positions, he is Chairman of the local NSPCC branch, Chairman of the local Friends of Cheam Library.  Currently running his own business providing IT support and web-services.

Term of office ends: 15 January 2019
Declared interests: Event Rising (business) from 2001

Governor responsibilities: Health and Wellbeing


John Carpenter - co–opted

John lives locally and is married with two children. He has been a serving metropolitan police officer for 21 years - for 9 years he was the local beat officer in Belmont and was a familiar face at Avenue primary school, reqularly delivering safety talks to all the classes. He also set up and ran an after school club called “Police academy” for the older pupils.
For the last 2 years John has been one of Sutton borough’s safer schools police officers, primarily working within secondary schools assisting them with discipline issues, investigating crime in schools and delivering safety and crime prevention talks. He also assists with police cadets.

Term of office ends: 22 June 2018
Declared interests: None

Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding and Looked-After Children


Rev. Mark Williams - co–opted

After gaining a degree in Theological Studies, Mark trained as a teacher which led to being head of RE, PSE and Careers in Beaminster, Dorset. Mark was subsequently ordained into the Church of England and is now vicar and Methodist minister at St John’s Church, Belmont. He is also Hon. Chaplain to the 219 Sqn Air Cadets, Royal British Legion (Belmont) and the Royal Marsden Hospital. He is vice-chair of SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for RE) and a Safeguarding trainer for the London Methodist District. Mark brings to the school 14 years’ experience in teaching, skills in managing volunteers and dispute resolution, pastoral care and a commitment to the local community of all ages.

Term of office ends: 19 November 2017
Declared interests:
St John's Church, Belmont (religious charity) from March 2005
Community Works (Trustee) from September 2005
Sutton Methodist Circuit Meeting (Trustee) from September 2006
Sutton SACRE (advisory body for RE) from September 2007

Governor responsibilities: Safeguarding and Looked-After Children, Health and Wellbeing, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


Mary Edwards - co-opted

Term of office ends: 29 November 2020
Declared interests: None 

Governor responsibilities: Pupil Premium


Lisa Hunt (Head Teacher)

Lisa is currently the Head Teacher at Avenue Primary Academy. Lisa has 17 years of teaching experience across the primary age range as a teacher, year leader and senior leader; she has held a management position for 11 years and has led English, Maths, PE, Curriculum Development and the Community Cohesion Team; she is a designated Safeguarding lead for the school. Lisa is a Specialist Leader of Education for English within the Teaching School Alliance and is an Associate Advisor for the Local Authority, supporting teaching and learning in both Sutton and other local authorities. She has been a staff governor for seven years.

Term of office ends: n/a
Declared interests: None


Anne Arnold (Bursar)

Anne has worked at Avenue Primary for 15 years and has been Bursar for the last 7 after completing a Certificate in School Business Management.  Anne previously worked in banking and then for BT where she led the major customer billing unit for London, building experience in people management, finance, HR and customer service, as well as systems development and testing.  Anne took a break from paid employment from 1994 to 1999 after the birth of her daughter, although she remained active in the voluntary sector and ran a local parent and toddler group, and was treasurer of Belmont Village Preschool Playgroup and secretary of T.A.P.T.A. (the school’s previous PTA).

Term of office ends: n/a
Declared interests: None


Claire Bignell (Staff)

Claire Bignell is Deputy Head Teacher at Avenue Primary school and responsible for teaching and learning, including assessment.

Term of office ends: 25 February 2020
Declared interests: None


Stephen Parsk MSc MRICS MCIOB – parent

Stephen is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager with over 35 year’s experience in the Construction Industry. He has one child at Avenue with another joining the nursery in September. He is currently a Senior Project Manager working on HS2 Phase 1 Infrastructure delivery. Stephen was formerly a Technical Director with Balfour Beatty for 18 years and worked on a number of prestigious projects namely the London Olympics Aquatics Centre, the Terminal 2 Mid-pier contract at LHR for BAA and in Tel Aviv advising on a new light rail project, to name but a few.

Term of office ends: 18 October 2018
Declared interests: None


Eleanor Ford – parent

Eleanor Ford is Innovation Director for the Time Out Group, working on the future global media and technology strategy, primarily through partnerships, incubation and acquisition.
Beginning her career as an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker, Eleanor formed a travel technology start-up in 2006 based on her frustration at the lack of personalised recommendations for travellers, LikeCube Ltd. Eleanor won Silver Award at the 2007 British Female Inventor and Innovator of the Year Awards, was a Finalist in the Blackberry Women & Technology Awards 2008 and was profiled in the January 2010 edition of Wired.
LikeCube was acquired by Time Out in July 2011 to personalise Time Out content in all territories and pivot the traditional media company into a digitally first global media brand. Eleanor is regularly asked to speak on innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy.

Term of office ends: 26 September 2017
Declared interests: None


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