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


 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 Head Teacher 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, works closely 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


 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. She is currently completing an MSc in Social and Public Communication at the London School of Economics. As a graduate of St Hilda's College, the last Oxford college to go co-educational, Elena 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.






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 sixteen 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

 BA, MSc - Vice Chair of Governors



Dionne has worked in the Higher Education (HE) Sector for over 16 years and is the Head of Student Casework at a London University. Her work mainly focuses on the challenges and concerns raised by students during their studies and learning from those experiences to improve University procedures, regulations and the student experience.  Alongside her career in HE Dionne has 7 years’ experience as a coach, an MSc in Coaching Psychology and is currently completing a Doctorate in Coaching and Mentoring.

In her role as a governor, she has a particular interest in equality and diversity for all Townley students and is passionate about being a governor in a uniquely diverse grammar school. She is also interested in the transition to Sixth Form and from Sixth Form to University.

Outside of work and governance, Dionne enjoys spending quality time with her daughter and supporting her to achieve her aspirations. She also continues to coach within HE and the community.




Miss Danielle Thurlow

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. 

Mr Adam Greenwood 



Adam is Headmaster of The Pointer School, a prep and pre-prep in Blackheath, South East London. Prior to Headship he worked in both independent and state sector at secondary level as a Geography specialist. He has a wide range of educational interests including meta-cognition, resilience and AI.

Educated at Loughborough University and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he served as a Captain in the Army before entering teaching. More recently he completed an MBA in Educational Leadership (International) at UCL and runs a leading online education platform. 

As a Governor he is the lead link to the school on 21C and, in due course, he would like to be the Chair/Vice Chair of Governors.

Outside of teaching he spends his time with his two children Katherine (4) and James (2), his Miniature Schnauzer (Winnie) and travelling the USA visiting his wife’s family.  








Dr Simon Cork



Dr Simon Cork is an academic focussing on Medical Education and neuroscience at King’s College London. His work at King’s focusses mainly on students from widening participation backgrounds who are not fully represented in medical professions, facilitating both their entry into and their progression through medical school.

He has a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Durham and has been engaging in scientific research to understand how the brain regulates appetite and contributes to obesity for over 10 years.

He has made regular appearance on both TV and radio commenting on research into obesity with the aim of increasing awareness around the physiology of body weight regulation.

In his role as a governor, he has a particular interest in the science curriculum as well as facilitating the transition to higher education, with an ambition to increase the number of Townley students acquiring places in their first-choice university.

Mr Vaheesan Sinnathamby 



Vaheesan is an investment banking professional specialised in securities sales & trading. He is a managing director in fixed income at Haitong International in London, where he led the Hong Kong bank’s fixed income expansion into Europe. Haitong International is a subsidiary of Haitong Securities, which is one of China's oldest and second largest securities firms by assets.

Prior to joining Haitong International, Vaheesan spent almost a decade working for Goldman Sachs within the EMEA fixed income, currency and commodities division. He has extensive experience in debt capital markets, sales & trading, finance, client relationship management and regulation. 

As a co-opted governor at Townley Grammar, Vaheesan is working closely with the head of school on all strategic and international partnerships.





Miss Sarah Hunter-Wainwright



 Sarah has a degree in Politics from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has worked for the House of Commons for the last 10 years in a variety of roles. She has worked on equality and diversity issues and is focusing on social mobility in one of the workplace equality networks.

As a Governor she is the lead link for both equalities and staff development.

A former pupil of Bexley Grammar School, she currently lives in the Bexleyheath area. In her spare time, she competes in Ballroom and Latin American dancing.

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