We are a group of individuals committed to providing a good education for local children. Trustees come from a range of backgrounds – education, business, politics and the third sector – and are united in our desire to see local children in the Bermondsey area offered a place in a good local school, and that every pupil attending our school is equipped to fulfil their potential.
Doug Lewis CBE
Member since: July 2013
Educated at the local Grammar School and Greenwich Royal Hospital School, Doug Lewis joined the Navy in 1958 as a rating and served for ten years until he was commissioned. In a varied career he served at sea with HRH The Prince of Wales in HMS JUPITER in 1974-75, was Head of the Administration and Logistics Department in the new HMS ARK ROYAL in 1985, and commanded the RN College Greenwich between 1988 and 1990. Much of the second half of his career was spent in the Ministry of Defence, culminating in being responsible for Personnel Policy for the UK Armed Forces between 1995 and 1998 He was also a leading administrator of Navy rugby and eventually became the Chairman, and later President of the RN Rugby Union. On retirement he became the Chief Executive of a leading law firm for four years. Doug Lewis has been a Trustee of four different charities, with an active fund-raising role in two of them. He has been Chairman of Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) since 2004 and is currently also the Chair of the Governing Board of the global International Social Service Network. He became Chair of the Compass School trust in March 2012.
Chair of Governors, Member of Compass Schools Trust, the Finance Committee, and the Standards Committee and Link Governor for Humanities and Enrichment Member since: July 2013
Martin Deutz was a founder of the school and worked particularly on the financial and operational aspects of our start-up. He has since been closely involved in supporting the Principal and the business team during our expansion to our present scale. He helped set up the school because he believes strongly in the power of education to transform lives and is very committed to advancing our values in everything we do. For Martin, enrichment has always been a particular priority as he sees this as giving our students the opportunity to expand their interests and experiences.
After graduating in Classics from Cambridge Martin joined KPMG where he became a senior partner in the infrastructure financing advisory business, with a focus on public sector projects in a number of sectors, including transport, health, defence and IT, and regulatory policy. He worked extensively with clients across the EU and Asia as well as in the UK. His most famous project was working on the financing of Eurotunnel. He was also partner in charge of the art collection and the chair of the UK firm’s LGBT staff group. From 2008 to 2010 Martin was Commercial Director at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, advising ministers on the financing of green energy, structuring experimental green energy projects and negotiating with the Treasury to secure funding.
Since 2010 Martin has worked with private clients and a number of voluntary groups, including as a fund-raiser for FRINGE!, an LGBT film festival which takes place annually in Hackney. In his spare time Martin plays the piano and is a keen art enthusiast.
Member since: March 2018
Member since: March 2018
Having trained at a large city firm, qualifying as a solicitor in 2015, Sally works as a child protection solicitor for a local authority. As a resident local to the school, Sally was appointed to the board of governors in March 2018, and acts as the safeguarding specialist on the board.
Member since: March 2018
Grace is a statistician in the Department for Education. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, she taught Mathematics in Manchester through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. Prior to joining the Department for Education, Grace spent two years at a London-based education media agency, working with a range of private, public and charitable sector clients to develop and deliver education programmes in the UK and overseas.
Member since: September 2016
Tristram Jones-Parry has over 40 years experience working in the Education sector: teaching maths at Dulwich College and Westminster School, as Headmaster of Emanuel School and Westminster School and then as Manager for the Oxfordshire Further Maths Centre. He has taught in various independent schools and taught STEP online for the Further Maths Centre as well as moderating for the University of Oxford’s entry maths exam. Currently, Tristram is Chair of Trustees for the charity ‘Alive and Kicking’ which often sees him travelling to and working in Africa.
Upon his departure from Westminster, Jones-Parry received a great amount of attachment and approval from staff and pupils. He was depicted as “an excellent leader and educator, who devoted his time entirely for the sake of education rather than to building excessive relationship with external high-society figures, who bears a warm heart under a stern appearance, who will always be remembered for picking up rubbish from the Little Dean’s Yard ground.”
As well as being a Governor at Compass School Southwark, Tristram Chairs the Curriculum Committee at Ark Walworth Academy, another secondary school in Southwark.
Member since: June 2016
Peter is also an interim parent governor, until we appoint parent governors from our school community.
Member since: May 2018
Ben has extensive experience of teaching in the independent and state sector. Previously to taking up his role as Leader of Creative Arts at Compass, he was Director of Drama at Ardingly College where he produced two highly successful Arts festivals with a broad range of young people and some of the country’s leading creative practitioners. Whilst teaching in London schools he ran a theatre company for young people with his partner, playwright and novelist Sarah May. The Mayhem Company created work through a unique process of devising whilst collaborating with a professional writer performing plays at The Young Vic, Southwark Playhouse, Royal Court Theatre Local and Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. Ben is currently developing Play On at Compass with Gareth Jones through the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership. Play On will be a digital resource for the teaching of Shakespeare in English and Drama.
Member since: March 2018
Richard attended a school not too dissimilar to Compass School and knows only too well the importance of a good education whatever your background! He is passionate about improving the outcomes for all young students and supporting the School achieve its strategic objectives. Richard is married and has two small children. In his spare time, he likes to cook and volunteer at other charitable organisations.
Member since: January 2014
Greg is Director of Public Policy at Bellenden, an independent public policy consultancy. A former Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths in New Cross, where he has lived for more than a decade, he taught the MA in British Politics at Goldsmiths and currently teaches the History of London at the London campus of Wake Forest University, where he also previously taught British Politics. He has published three books on British political history and contributed essays to several others.
A former Vice-Chair of the Fabian Society, he was chair of the Fabian Society Research and Policy Committee for four years. He is Consultant Director at the think-tank Reform and co-author of three Reform reports.
A former Whitehall strategist, he was Head of Media Strategy for the London Development Agency during the successful 2012 Olympic Bid.
Greg is also an interim parent governor, until we appoint parent governors from our school community.