St Matthew's C of E Nursery and Primary School


Governing Body

The Governing Body sets performance targets for all areas of life at St Matthew's School. This work includes such diverse subjects as the times of school sessions, the level of pay for teachers, the targets for pupil achievement and the balanced treatment of political issues. Many of the targets are informed by central or local government policies. Click here for a list of Governor information.

Liz Broad - Chair of Governors

I was appointed to the governing body in November 2018.  I have worshipped in the Parish of Wimbledon, at St Mary’s, for over 40 years, and served as a governor (including as Chair) at Bishop Gilpin for 22 years until 2011. My entire working life has been spent in education:  initially as a primary teacher in Mitcham and latterly as Head of Primary Initial Teacher Education at Roehampton University.  During my career I have visited St Matthew’s on a number of occasions to observe student teachers on placement, and I have enjoyed getting to know the school and staff even better since becoming a governor.  I am a member of the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education and also sit on its Schools’ Committee, which gives me helpful advance warning of any imminent changes to policy which require governors’ attention.  I have a background in children’s literature and the teaching of reading and I am a member of the UK Literacy Association’s Executive Council, serving also as chair of its International Sub-Committee.  All this plus family, a garden and a small and rather naughty puppy keep me well-occupied in retirement!

Gary Quinn - Head Teacher and Ex Officio Governor

Helen Orchard - Ex Officio Governor and Vice Chair

I have been Team Vicar of St Matthew's Church since April 2011.  One of the reasons I applied for the job was because of the school: I could tell even at interview what a special place it is.  I really enjoy coming into school to lead collective worship and spend time with the staff and children.  It is also lovely having the school coming to the church on a regular basis for festivals: Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Leavers' Service, as well as for other visits to learn more about the church and the Christian faith.  It is a pleasure and privilege to serve on the Governing Body and I also chair the Curriculum Committee.  I am interested in all areas of school life but have a particular responsibility for issues relating to spirituality and religion.

Naomi Manhire - Teacher Governor

Nick Wood - Wimbledon PCC Representative

I have two children at St Matthews and have been lucky enough to be a Governor since 2017. Having spent my career working in Banking, I was naturally asked to join the Finance & Premises Committee and oversee the Maintenance Fund. Given the stretched finances of all schools, I’m very happy to serve in this way.

There is something very special about our school, and the link to St Matthews church, and I feel privileged to be a part of this community. I’m also a manager of the Raynes Park Tigers U8 football team so I’m very pleased with the level of sporting provision at school, where St Matthews always punches above its weight.



James Boatman - Parent Govenor

I have two sons at St Matthews, am married to Emma and was elected as a Parent Governor in 2018. I provide a current parents perspective on the governing body and am a point of contact for all parents. I often drop William and Hector to school in the mornings so please introduce yourself if you would like to chat. The school governing body provides important support to Mr Quinn and the teaching staff and I hope to help with the continued success of St Matthews.


Will Cooper - PCC Representative

 I was originally elected as a Parent Governor in May 2014, and am now enjoying a second term as a PCC representative. With my eldest daughter now leaving the school after 7 very happy years, I am pleased that I am able to continue my association with St. Matthew's for at least 2 more years as both a parent and a governor. It is a real privilege to be part of such a close-knit community, and I hope that I can continue to support the school in realising all aspects of its development plan. As a Deputy Head teacher in a secondary school, I am pleased to be a member of the Curriculum Committee and am a strong supporter of the integrated curriculum model, which encourages the children to make connections between all their areas of study and to apply their understanding to unfamiliar situations. I am also the Safeguarding Governor for the school, a role for which I receive a range of statutory training and guidance. I am a very keen DIY enthusiast, tennis player and watcher of Formula 1 motor racing.

Sally Aitken-Davies - PCC Representative

I have been a Governor of St Matthews since 2013.

Having lived in Merton for over forty years bringing up our family of three grown up children all of whom went to school locally I bring to the Governing Body local knowledge and experience.Extensive previous service as a School Governor in the borough gave me confidence to take on the role as PCC representative, I am a regular attender at St Matthew's Church. I have recently retired as a physiotherapist working locally in the community. This has given me extensive local knowledge and contacts in the area which I might hopefully to be able to bring for the benefit of the children at St Matthew’s.

Gary van Wyk - Foundation Governor

It is a privilege to serve as a Governor of St Matthews School since January 2011. I have volunteered in different capacities in associations and church life in Wimbledon/Raynes Park since moving here from South Africa in 2002. My 3 daughters have fond memories of when they attended St Matthews School. Being part of a smaller school makes it easier for children and parents to get to know each other which gives our school a unique community feeling.  I work in healthcare development and enjoy watching most sports especially rugby.   

Wijanty D'Haese - Parent Governor

I have two children at St Matthews and I have been a governing body member since 2015.  My professional background is in strategic management consulting and major government projects.  I believe that the school governing body plays an important role in ensuring high standards of education and providing a happy experience for the children.   I hope I would be able to contribute to the work of the governing body in its strategic role and in supporting the staff to achieve those outcome.

Mrs Zoe Grogan - Foundation Governor

I was appointed to the governing body in May 2018. I am a Foundation Governor which means I was appointed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and alongside my fellow governors play a particular role in ensuring the school’s Christian ethos and character. I regularly attend St Matthew’s Church where I play an active role in children’s worship. I am also a parent and have one son at St Matthew’s. Since he joined the school in 2017, we have loved being part of such a vibrant and caring school community. My professional background is as a board adviser and search consultant advising corporate clients on leadership challenges including a wide range of senior executive and non-executive appointments.

Cllr. Andrew Howard - LA Governor