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The governing body have a wide variety of skills. The link provided lists Governors past and present and specific responsibilities. Alternatively, you can read the brief summaries below.



Niki Sanders (Term of office until 21.10..2020)
Staff Governor / Governor Training link

I am proud to have been teaching within the Early Years at Earlsfield for over years. At Earlsfield we embrace the children’s potential as we develop ‘bright thinkers’ who will have ‘bright futures’. I am committed to the school and have enjoyed sharing my passion for all that we do as part of the Governing Body over the previous five years.



Helen Sawyer (Term of office until 02.07.2019)

Co-opted Governor
Standards in KS 1

I became a governor to contribute to the community and I enjoy being part of a school which supports and encourages its pupils to succeed. I currently work in Higher Education, where my role involves strategic planning and project management, and before this I worked at the NSPCC and in educational research at the University of Oxford.



Suzanne Simmons (Term of office until 24.11.2019)
Co-opted Governor

Chair of Resources Committee / Premises link

Both my children attended Earlsfield prior to secondary school. I understand what it is really like to face and address, not only the big choices and challenges that will ultimately shape our children’s future, but also the smaller, everyday hurdles. I feel I bring this and my work experience in landscape planning, design, fund raising, and project management, to the role of governor.



Eric Chau (Term of office )

Co-opted Governor

My career is focused in the financial services and, with two young children, I appreciate how important a robust education in a nurturing environment is vital towards improving the life outcome for children and young people. I am very glad for the opportunity to share my skills and experience through being a governor at Earlsfield Primary School.


Cathryn Langdon

Cathryn Langdon (Term of office until 08.09.2020)

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Wandsworth for 3 years and I currently work at The Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps young people aged 13-30 to move into jobs, education and training. My professional experience has focused on young people who have struggled to succeed in education and I have seen the impact this can have on their future lives. I am passionate about the role education plays in helping people reach their potential and am looking forward to supporting the continued success and development of Earlsfield.



Costanza De Toma (Term of office until 18.10.2020)

Co-opted Governor / Co-Chair

I work in the field of international development providing advisory services to non governmental organisations in the UK and internationally as well as multilateral organisations such as the UN and the EU. I have served as a governor at Beatrix Potter Primary School since 2010 and I chaired the school’s Governing Body from 2013 to 2016. I decided to step down as Chair as I believe it is healthy for Governing Bodies to have a new lead every few years. I am pleased to be able to offer my knowledge and experience to Earlsfield.


Patrick Ellen

Patrick Ellen (Term of office until 08.09.2020)

Co-opted Governor

I have strong family links with the Earlsfield area and am keen to give something back to my local community in the education sector by being a governor. I currently work in the commercial sector for a global consumer goods company where I focus on data analysis, insight creation and developing category strategies.


Stephen Adamson

Stephen Adamson (Term of office until 24.11.2019)

Co-opted Governor / Co-Chair

My children did very well out of the state school system and I first became a Governor because I wanted to give something back. Since then I've been Chair of Governors in primary, junior and secondary schools in Cambridgeshire and Norwich, and have also just completed a very enjoyable two years as chair of the National Governors Association. For my day job I run a small publishing company.


Steve Trow Headteacher

Steve Trow


I have been fortunate enough to have been a part of Earlsfield School since January 1999 when I joined as Deputy Head. I became Headteacher in September 2001 and feel very proud to be part of a wonderful school community where children, staff and parents make Earlsfield such a great place to work.



Debbie Mayers Parent Governor

Debbie Mayers (Term of office until 24.11.2019)

Parent Governor / Vice Chair / Chair of Children , Families and Community Committee

I have two young children at Earlsfield and have been very impressed by the standard of teaching and the effort that goes into making education an enjoyable experience for the pupils. I am passionate about the role education plays in ensuring that children have the opportunity to achieve their potential with the support and expertise of a good school. With my experience as a solicitor and compliance professional I hope I have the skills to complement the existing governors and I look forward to playing a part in helping the school continue its journey to excellence. 


Karen Elliot

Karen Elliot (Term of office until 22.04.2020)

Governor / Chair of Curriculum and Attainment Sub Committee

I’m passionate about education and, in particular, the use of assessment data in school self evaluation. In my current role as Performance Information Manager in Wandsworth’s Research and Evaluation Unit, I manage the development of reports relating to the end of year assessments and lead on training for schools on data interpretation. I aim to bring these data analysis skills to the role of associate governor at Earlsfield. I also have a daughter in KS2 at Earlsfield.


Ed Swift

Ed Swift (Term of office until 21.10.2020)

Co-Opted Governor

I have been teaching for five years and I am currently Head of Philosophy & Religion at Reed’s School. I also hold a commission with the British Territorial Army as a Second Lieutenant. My fiancee and I have lived in Wandsworth for just over a year now, and I am excited to be a part of the Earlsfield Primary School team and to be a part of such a thriving, caring and energetic school.



Charlie Duff (Term of office)

Parent Governor

I have two young children, who have just started their education at Earlsfield Primary School and I have been very impressed by the standard of teaching and the effort that goes into making education an enjoyable experience for the pupils. With my experience as an investment management professional, I hope I have the skills to complement the existing governors and I look forward to playing a part in helping the school continue its journey to excellence.



Jane Dowek

Clerk to Governors

Wandsworth Borough Council





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