Member and Trustee Biographies
SUE BOWLER - MEMBER
Sue is the joint Director of Integrated Care at Guy’s and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, with responsibility for adult community health services across Lambeth and Southwark. Sue is skilled in partnership working, managing and engaging stakeholders, project and performance management in the public sector.
ELIZABETH BROWN - MEMBER
Elizabeth is a local resident who has been involved with The Trust since 2001 when the first of four children to attend started at The Charter School North Dulwich, one year after the school opened. From 2007, the year before the school converted to academy status, Elizabeth was vice-chair and then became the Chair of the Local Governing Body and a Trustee in 2011. She became a Member of the Trust when it became a MAT in 2016.
Elizabeth was instrumental in the campaign to open a new Free School, The Charter School East Dulwich.
MARION GIBBS CBE - MEMBER
A former HMI, Marion is also the retired headteacher of James Allen's Girls' School, an independent school in Dulwich. Marion received a CBE in 2012 for her partnership work between the state and independent sectors across South London, including the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership which she founded in 2003 for 10 Southwark secondary schools and which still flourishes today. She is currently also a Trustee of Classics for All and the Charleston Trust.
JOHN GODFREY - CHAIR OF TRUSTEES AND MEMBER (ex-officio)
John was the Chair of Governors for The Charter School East Dulwich until November 2019. He is a consultant for data and technology companies helping them innovate and grow. John has lived in Dulwich all his life. He grew up in a home opposite The Charter School North Dulwich and is the parent of a child at The Charter School East Dulwich. John’s teaching degree and interest in education led to becoming a founder proposer of The Charter School East Dulwich, and he now works with the New Schools Network.
CASSIE BUCHANAN - CEO
Cassie joined the Trust as CEO in April 2020. A former Ofsted Inspector, Cassie Buchanan has, since 2012, been the Headteacher at Charles Dickens Primary School where she was pivotal in overseeing Charles Dickens’ role as the lead school for the London South Teaching Schools Alliance and led the establishment of the Charles Dickens Research School – a rare national accolade.
Cassie is a National Leader of Education, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and brings with her a wealth of experience in leading collaboratively. Her focus, as the new CEO, will be on extending the sustainable delivery of the Trust’s mission of outstanding, inclusive education through effective collaboration with schools within the primary and secondary sectors, whilst supporting the continued excellent performance of our schools.
EMMANUEL AMADI MVO – VICE CHAIR OF TRUSTEES AND MEMBER
Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's foremost companies and NGOs. He has been a consultancy leader for over ten years, following his earlier careers in the business and NGO sectors. He maintains a deep commitment to community and societal issues and has been directly involved with The Charter School as both a parent and a governor for the past ten years.
Manny was a part of the team which successfully bid for the opening of The Charter School East Dulwich in 2015.
AMANDA KING – TRUSTEE & CHAIR OF GOVERNORS TCSND
Amanda was appointed Chair of the Local Governing Body of The Charter School North Dulwich in July 2019 after serving as vice-chair since 2016. She believes in the importance of inclusive education as a driver for equality of opportunity and aspiration amongst young people. She is an arts consultant for the public sector working with organisations such as the Tate and the National Gallery.
STEPHEN POTTER - TUSTEE & CHAIR OF GOVERNORS TCSED
Stephen is the Chair of the local governing body at The Charter School East Dulwich. He has lived in East Dulwich for the past 30 years. Stephen was the Deputy Headteacher of The Charter School North Dulwich at its foundation in 2000 and later served as its Acting Headteacher. Stephen went on to become Principal of Lambeth Academy. On his retirement, he worked for the Headteacher’s association ASCL and continues to work as an educational adviser. Both his daughters attended The Charter School North Dulwich.
CLAIRE MAUGHAM - TRUSTEE & CO-CHAIR OF GOVERNORS AT CDPS
Claire is Co-Chair of Governors at Charles Dickens Primary School and has been on the governing body since 2012. She works in corporate affairs for a major UK employer, and has senior experience in the charity sector and the civil service. She has three children, two of whom currently attend Charles Dickens.
KATE CHHATWAL - TRUSTEE
Dr Kate Chhatwal lives locally and has been a TCSET trustee since 2018. Kate’s day job is Chief Executive of Challenge Partners, a school improvement charity working with over 500 primary, secondary and special schools across England.
Her previous roles include Executive Director at Southwark Teaching School Alliance, and Chief Programme Officer at education leadership development charity The Future Leaders Trust. Kate also spent over a decade at the Department for Education. She holds a PhD in education policy from the European University Institute.
Kate is also a trustee at STEP Academy Trust, and Co-Founder and Vice Chair of the Leading Women's Alliance.
SIMON TUCKER – TRUSTEE
Simon works with governments and charities on innovation and new ventures. He is passionate about helping every child develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to thrive as an adult. He has a child at the Charter School East Dulwich and was part of the group that set up the Charter School East Dulwich.
Simon was Chair of Governors and link governor for Leadership and Management at The Charter School East Dulwich until his appointment as a Trustee in September 2018
DAVID GALLIE – TRUSTEE
David is the Greater London Authority’s Assistant Director of Finance, leading on the preparation of the Mayor of London’s £16bn budget for police, transport, fire and the Mayor’s Development Corporations. He is also responsible for the GLA’s investments of £2.5bn and borrowings of £4.5bn.
Previously he worked in senior finance positions at three London Boroughs, including running a local authority’s support functions for schools, including its education finance function.
David was Chair of Governors of the Charter School North Dulwich throughout most of the last decade and is also a non-Executive Director on the Elliott Foundation Multi-Academy Trust.
Committees - Budget & Audit
STEVEN RUSSELL – TRUSTEE
Steven is a partner in PwC's restructuring practice, with nineteen years of experience in corporate change management, specialising in advising companies in turnaround situations.
Committees – Budget & Audit