Our governors

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.

Parent Governor Election – Closing date Friday 18th October 5pm


Parent Governor Election Form

Click link above to vote


The Governors of Compass School Southwark are very pleased to be holding our first election for two Parent Governors to join our governing body. We have five candidates for you to consider for this important role. Parents or carers of a child or children in the school are invited to nominate their top 3 preferences by Friday 18th October 2019 at 5 pm when the ballot will close. 


Child confirmed as currently at school.

Since my son joined the school from Primary School, I have been an active influence in my son’s school life at Compass. I have such a good rapport with staff and the school as a whole. I want to play my part in seeing the school be the best I know it is. I was a school governor for eight years in Keyworth Primary School and I have received a long service award. I was a school governor for four years at Kingsdale Foundation School.


Child confirmed as currently at school.

I feel that I would be a beneficial asset to your governing body, I am parent governor at Southwark Park Primary School and have been for over 1 year now. I also work at Rotherhithe Primary school I am a learning mentor and part of the safeguarding team. I have 17 years’ experience in my current school and have been in many roles including teaching assistant, outreach worker and coordinator assistant, midday supervisor, I was acting attendance officer for 6 months covering another member of staff and now my current position learning mentor. I have a wealth of knowledge and understanding of what is expected to be part of the governing committee. One of my biggest reasons for applying for this post is I am very passionate about supporting and being involved in my child’s school, education and wellbeing. Therefore, I am also parent govern at my younger children’s school, I am acting governor for mental health and wellbeing. I also attended your parent governor meeting to show interest and have already been in talks with several other parents to encourage them to complete this application too, so if I’m not a successful candidate you will have someone as passionate as myself that would support and help the school to thrive further.


Child confirmed as currently at school.

I currently work in a Southwark primary school which is part of the Riverhill Federation. I am an Office Manager and deal with HR and Finance. I have ‘new’ knowledge of Pay and HR Processes and day to day running of a busy school office. Good knowledge of the community and my children actively engage in all school activities and are well rounded, well performing and achieving students. I bring with me an open mind and I am willing to engage and voice opinion of the school and its community.


Child confirmed as currently at school.

I believe that I should become a parent governor because I have been a part of Compass for many years. I can see the progress it has made and where the downfalls are. I am also a big part of the local community and hear a lot of what is said regarding Compass. I want the school to succeed and believe that I might be the voice the school needs to help move forward and get the community on its side and be the best school for its community’s children.


Child confirmed as currently at school.

I am currently a Learning Support Assistant in the behavior unit of St James’ Primary School where I have worked for the past 5 years. I therefore understand the wide range of needs children in mainstream schools present. I am passionate about my children’s education as well as that of the children in the local community. I understand the importance of developing in my children and others, the core values of resilience and independence. I encourage my children to work hard and be the best they can be and support them with home learning.

The reason I would like to be a governor is so I have a say in the future of Compass School. I have twin girls in Y6 at St James’ and intend to send them to Compass in September 2020. My son is currently happy at the school and I pleased with the provision he has received.

I am a strong individual and an open communicator. I am supportive of the school and its vision.

I am hard working, punctual, honest and reliable and I believe I would make a great addition to your governing body.


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.

Martin Deutz

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.  

Heather Baker

Member since: March 2018

Member of Standards Committee, Link Governor for SEND and Inclusion, and English. 
Heather studied Politics and International Relations at the University of York, and now works as a project manager in the Department for Education. 
Previously she worked in Education Standards, focusing on improving access to high quality teaching and leadership.

Sally Wood

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.

Grace Majumdar

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.

Tristram Jones-Parry

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.

Peter Atherton

Member since: June 2016

Peter is also an interim parent governor, until we appoint parent governors from our school community.

Ben May

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.

Richard Cuevas

Member since: March 2018

Richard currently works as a Regulatory Governance and Compliance professional in the financial services industry, working for the last 10 years in investment banks.  He was called to the Bar in 2002 and spent the early part of his career at The Law Society of England & Wales investigating allegations of professional misconduct against members of the profession. Richard later completed a Masters in Law at the University of Westminster in 2009 before moving into banking.            

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.

Greg Rosen

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.