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The Governors are appointed by the Dunraven Educational Trust, the charitable company and Multi Academy Trust which runs the school. The governing body has a wide range of responsibilities - clearly defined by the scheme of delegation and by law. Governors aim to support the staff team to ensure that the standards of student achievement remain high and help to steer the school's future direction. Governors are also accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community.

The Dunraven Local Board have 4 full meetings each academic year.  Governors need to be able to prioritise their diaries to attend these meetings and our Strategic Planning Day held on a Saturday in the summer term.  Governors also need to support the school at other meetings and activities often held during school hours in term time.

Governors have to complete an enhanced DBS check before appointment and sign up to our Code of Conduct.  Governors will be evaluated each year on their support and contribution which could affect their place on the Governing Board.  The Board works in partnership with the Trust Board under a Scheme of Delegation which is reviewed each year.

The Annual General Meeting of the Dunraven Educational Trust is held in the Autumn Term.  For details about the Trust's Governance, please view the website HERE

Notice of the Annual General Meeting 2021

We are always happy to hear from anyone interested in the role of a Governor, either at Dunraven School or at one of our Trust's schools.  If you would like to find out more, please contact


Paul Thomas - Chair

Paul worked at a large specialist Housing Association for 26 years where he was a director for the last 15 years. He now runs a land management and forestry company. Paul has been a governor at Dunraven Educational Trust for five years where he is currently Chair of Governors for Dunraven School.

Term of Office – July 2019 to June 2023


Mel Nieuwenhuys - Vice Chair

Following a successful career as a film and television editor, Mel moved into education; first as a film tutor at a drama college and currently as a Learning Support Assistant at a local primary school. Committed to child-centred comprehensive education that serves the whole local community, she considers it a privilege to be the link governor for Inclusion and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Mel has been a governor at DET since 2011.

Term of OfficeJuly 2019 to June 2023

Nina Paul

Term of Office - November 2020 to November 2024

Kenny Temowo

Term of Office - December 2020 to December 2024

David Burke

Term of Office - December 2021 to December 2025


Parent Governors

Alison Berryman

Alison is a senior commercial solicitor.  She works at a central London law firm, where she has been a partner since 2008, and heads up a team specialising in IT and data protection law.  Alison is also the chair of Friends of Dunraven, the school's PTFA, which became a registered charity in 2017.  With 2 children currently in the primary phase, Alison has a keen interest in the the school's progress and direction and is delighted to have been elected as a governor in 2018.

Term of Office - October 2018 to September 2022

Kirsty Pearce

Kirsty is a Qualified Accountant who spent most of her employed career in the banking sector: in Regulation, Capital and Risk (traded and credit). More recently she has been working with local small business and charities as a sole practitioner. She is an experienced school governor having been a governor of a local primary school for 8 years where she was the vice-chair of governors and chaired the attainment sub-committee. She is the treasurer and trustee of a local charity, The Woodfield Project and the treasurer of a local children’s football team. She was voted in as a parent governor for Dunraven in 2018 where she has two children in the secondary school with a further child to join in a few years’ time.

Term of Office - October 2018 to September 2022

Staff Governor

Aisling Brown

Aisling has worked as an English teacher at Dunraven since 2017 and has worked as an Associate Director of Learning for Years 11 and 8.    She was elected as Staff Governor in June 2021.

Term of Office - June 2021 to May 2025