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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.

Doug Lewis CBE

Member and Trustee 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 and Trustee 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.  

Summer Soroush

Summer is an experienced Data Analyst working with KPMG UK. She has a MSc in Physical Oceanography accredited by the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology. She enjoys being involved in the local community and being a governors at Compass School.

Heather Baker

Trustee 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

Trustee 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

Trustee 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

Trustee 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.

Carrie Lucas

Carrie has children at Compass School and works in a local Southwark primary school which is part of the Riverhill Federation. She prides herself on knowledge of the community.

Peter Atherton

Trustee since: June 2016

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

Lisa Salkeld-Townsley

Lias has a child at Compass School and is also employed at a local Southwark primary school. She has extensive experience of education in roles varying from learning mentor to attendance and safeguarding. 

Ben May

Trustee 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

Trustee 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.