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John Willis – Chair of Governors


As Chair of Governors, John Willis is a Trustee of I CAN.  John is also the Chair of Governors at St. John’s School (Leatherhead) and the Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee of the Chartered College of Teaching. John’s career experience has included a range of roles in investment management and banking.


Jade Tsamplakos 


Jade is a Parent Governor.  She has three children, one of which is currently thriving at Meath.  Jade has seen first hand how important it has been for her child to attend Meath.  Currently a full time mum, Jade has a background in Marketing, Advertising and PR.


Judy Humphris


Judy is a long-time employee of Proctor and Gamble in healthcare and enjoys balancing a full-time global career with family life in Surrey with her three children. She brings an impartial and alternative perspective to the governing board at Meath, as well as an understanding of the challenges and needs of the pupils informed by her mother-in-law, who worked as a speech and language therapist at a local special school.


Will Nash


As a Chartered Surveyor, Will spent over 20 years with a property consultancy advising schools and charities on a wide range of strategic property related matters. He also has extensive understanding of the complexities of working with historic buildiings. Now Director of Estates at St John's School Leatherhead Will is responsible for both strategic development of the estate as well as its day to day challenges.


Tracey Townsend


As a solicitor, Tracey spent 16 years working in the city as a transactional lawyer and professional support lawyer specialising in public sector projects and charity work. Since then Tracey has held a variety of voluntary roles including the various school governorships in schools in Surrey and London.


Kalpana Patil


Kalpana is a children’s surgeon. She looks after babies before birth right through childhood till adolescence. She is a consultant paediatric urologist (looking after problems of kidney bladder and genitalia) with 30 years of experience as a surgeon. She has now retired from the National Health Service as a consultant paediatric urologist in Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust London. She continues to see patients privately in London at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children and The Cromwell Hospital. Her experience as a mainstream school governor prior to joining Meath School in September 2019 was in Hoe Valley Academy School in Woking for 18 months.


Lizzy Bovill


I'm Lizzy Bovill, mother to Alex (Polar Bear) and his sister Emily. Alex is 6 and has been at Meath for two years. Alex was diagnosed with global development delay aged one and now has a diagnosis of Developmental Language Disorder. Alex eventually started at Meath, as his first school, in the equivalent of his reception year. Alex was non-verbal and an able Makaton signer. He now has early speech. The school has developed not only his language but his broader communication, independence and confidence.


My eldest, Emily, is 8 and attends our local mainstream primary school in Surrey. She learnt to sign alongside Alex, registered as a young carer and Alex's greatest advocate.


I am a working mother with nearly 20 years in the NHS and i am the Director of strategy for a GP Federation in North West London. I have spent nine years working at Board level and have a reputation for advocating and ensuring patient and family's feedback, and involvement in decisions about their care, are heard and acted upon at the highest levels. Many of you will know me already as an active parent at the school, but also on the local SEN groups, enabling parents to navigate their way through the EHCP, school application and transport hurdles as well as supporting new parents during their transition to Meath.


Floor Izzard


Floor has worked in learning & development, and project management functions within the financial services sector over the last 15 years. During this time she was involved with the development of employees, strategy and decision making, communications, risk management and change management. She is currently in the process of transitioning to the third sector. Floor is mother to two children; one child attends Meath school, and the other child attends a mainstream school, as well as an independent Dutch school.


Mary Rome


Mary has been a Headteacher in Special Needs Schools and Alternative Provision for 12 years.  Since 2016 she has been Headteacher at Philip Southcote School in Addlestone Moor and has experience of school development, compliance and Ofsted inspections.



Keith Piggott


Keith has enjoyed a career in the Metals and Plastics Industries as a Managing Director, including being on the main board of a public company. He has also worked in the USA and Spain. Additionally, he is a Director of a Property Company. Keith lives locally and was a previous Chairman of Burwood Park Residents Ltd.



Ian Newman



Ian is a Chartered Certified Accountant who has worked in the charity sector at Finance Director level for almost twenty years.  Ian worked for Business Link where he was responsible for managing the integration of the Financial and IT systems to form Business Link for London. He has also worked for Inspiring Futures Foundation for over 10 years a leading provider of careers information, advice and guidance for young people. Ian is now retired, but acts as Treasurer of the Makaton charity which today helps over 100,000 children and adults use Makaton symbols and signs, either as their main method of communication or as a way to support speech.

In his earlier career Ian worked in retail for W H Smith and Waterstones the bookseller, where he held the position of both Finance and IT Director. He was part of the Waterstones management team during the period when the business grew from a small bookselling chain to a national chain with over 250 bookshops.

Hobbies / Interests: In his own time Ian is an active photographer, a member of both a rambling and cycling group. He also enjoys reading, the theatre, music of all types and attending concerts, both Rock and Classical.



Steve Menzies


Steve is a Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA & CGMA) and has 35 years’ experience as a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Chief Operating Officer, and Director on Company Main Boards and subsidiary Boards, with a successful track record influencing and leading transformational change programs. His most recent role was CFO and Main Board Director of The Marken Group, where he led the financial recovery and was a major contributor to the development and execution of a successful Exit Strategy from Private Equity ownership.