From the Articles of Association:

  • Members may appoint up to 5 governors
  • Members may appoint 2 staff governors
  • The Headteacher
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • A minimum of 2 parent governors

 All our governors sit on the curriculum, staffing and finance committees (on which they have full voting rights) in addition to other committee's.

Mr John Paterson

Chair, Trustee

10.12.12 - 09.12.16

John has been a member of the Governing Body for 21 years and he been Chair Of Governors for the last 18 years. John is a trustee and a member. He chairs the Full Governing Body meetings as well the Finance Committee meetings. John is also a member of the Pay Committee.

John is now retired, having worked as an Environmental Officer for Greenwich Local Authority. His daughter attended Townley a number of years ago and John has maintained his strong connection with the school ever since. 


Mr Desmond Deehan 

Member, CEO Executive Headteacher, Ex-officio

Whilst employed

Desmond is Headteacher of Townley Grammar School, a large Girls Grammar School in outer London. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, a Mayor of London Music Champion and recently became one of the London Representatives for the GSHA. He has been a speaker at conferences and appeared on TV on the subjects of Grammar School Admissions and GCSE changes.

He is most proud of the work done to develop the opportunities and achievements of young women. Desmond sits on the TECHUK “Girls in Tech” Working Group, which aims to increase the numbers of girls taking technology subjects and following such careers. He has established a unique partnership with the technology companies of Silicon Valley to support young female computer scientists and created the Townley Leadership Academy to train the next generation of Leaders. Desmond’s vision is of young people with “academic, emotional and physical confidence. Creating inspirational learners who have the courage to take risks and the wisdom to learn from their mistakes.”








Mrs Nevita Pandya

Head of School


Mrs Pandya became Head of School in June 2018.  

(Bio to follow shortly)

Mrs Leanna Rogers 

Chair of Governors



This September we bid John Paterson as Chair a fond farewell and begin the new school year with a new Chair of Governors, Leanna Rogers.

Leanna's teaching career has consisted of a variety of teaching and leadership roles in a range of Secondary Schools, including the Harris Gerrard Academy, Blackfen School for Girls, Bexley Grammar School, the now King Henry School and at Townley Grammar School.

Leanna is currently the Deputy Head Teacher responsible for Inclusion in a local Primary School, as well as having a role within the local authority, where she is  co-chair of the Designated Teacher Safeguarding Forum for Bexley. An ex-Townley student Leanna is very much looking forward to working with the Head of School, Mrs Pandya, and the Senior Leadership Team, Parents and Governors to ensure  that the students continue to receive the outstanding level of education and care that she has already witnessed on her visits to Townley Grammar.






Mrs Elena Dalrymple 

Parent Governor



Elena was appointed to the governing body in 2018.

Currently the Editorial Director of an education website, she has worked as an editor and journalist for 20 years on national magazines, customer publications and online. As a graduate of St Hilda's College, the last Oxford college to go co-educational, she feels passionately about women's education and Oxbridge outreach.

Elena is a Townley parent; she also has a son who attends another Bexley grammar school and a younger daughter at primary school. She lives in Bexley.








Mr Fabian de Fabiani 

Staff Governor

15.12.15 - 14.12.19


Fabian de Fabiani, B.A, M.A, FRSA:
Fabian is an Assistant Head Teacher at Townley Grammar School and Director of Character & Wellbeing across the Odyssey Trust for Education. Within this role, Fabian has been “Highly Commended” by the DfE and leads nationally as well as internationally on Character Education. Fabian has been a long-serving advocate of character education, positive education and student/staff wellbeing and as such, he has been involved in the strategic planning of the provision we offer both at Townley and beyond. In collaboration with the International Positive Education Network( IPEN), Canterbury Christchurch University, Dulwich College and ACE( The Association of Character Education), Fabian has delivered numerous keynote addresses and strategically coordinated conferences. Prior to teaching, Fabian worked within the spheres of public policy formulation and politics.





Dr Kathryn Stevenson

Parent Governor



Kathryn was appointed as governor in September 2018.

Kathryn has worked with children and families as a clinical psychologist for fifteen years. She has worked in a range of settings: in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, in mainstream and specialist autism schools and currently at Great Ormond Street Hospital in a national centre for complex autism assessment. The focus in her work has always been understanding the psychological, emotional, social and learning needs of children and young people and from this, developing effective support for them, their families and those that work closely with them.  She is committed to ensuring the best possible environment for students at Townley to learn and develop.  

 Kathryn lives in Blackheath and has three children, one of whom attends Townley.





Ms D Spencer



Dionne was invited to join the governors from September 2018.

Dionne is passionate about child development which stems from her first degree in Early Childhood Studies and as a former Governor at a primary school. Dionne has over 15 years experience of working within the higher education sector and has a particular interest in attainment, progression and the transition of students in to university. 

Dionne now combines her experience of working in University’s with her interests. She is currently working towards completing her doctoral thesis with a particular focus on how coaching supports under-represented student groups during their undergraduate studies.





Ms Danielle Turner

Staff Governor

17.11.17 – 16.11.21


Danielle was elected as Staff Governor in November 2017. She was appointed as Head of Sixth Form at Townley Grammar in the summer of 2018 and within this role she aims to continue ensuring the academic provision delivered in the Sixth Form is outstanding whilst also focusing on providing a personalised approach which centres on the students’ well being and individual achievements. She has worked at Townley Grammar since 2014 and prior to this worked in the learning and development sector of a global law firm before pursuing her passion and completing an English Literature degree at Greenwich University. She still works closely with the employability team at Greenwich University to encourage other graduates to enter the teaching profession. It was whilst completing her degree that Danielle decided to embark on her journey into teaching and she has not looked back since! She thoroughly enjoys working with the sixth form students helping them realise their potential as they enter the next stages in their academic careers.

Ms Hope Wilton-Waddell



Hope Wilton-Waddell is a Teach First Ambassador with a first class degree in Biomedical Science from Kings College London. Hope’s role is across the Odyssey Trust for Education in both King Henry and Townley Grammar School, she specialises in Science teaching and is a member of the Teaching and Learning Team. Prior to working in education, Hope specialised in parasitology, she worked with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine as a junior research fellow. Hope’s enduring ambition is to inspire pupils and colleagues alike unto greater love Science and a genuine passion for receiving and delivering education. 

Rachel Power 




Rachel was invited to join the Governors from September 2018.

Bio to follow shortly.











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