Each Compass school has a local governing body composed of a group of volunteers drawn from the community, each bringing a range of skills, expertise and professional experience. Our Governors provide essential links between the school, parents/carers and the local community. Governors work with staff and parents in an atmosphere of co-operation to provide the best possible framework for educating our children. They are involved in all aspects of school life and meet regularly with leadership teams.

Governors fulfil their responsibilities by:

  • Supporting the school and its ambition by working strategically to develop and implement vision and ethos;
  • Ensuring that the children are receiving the best education and achieve the best outcomes by monitoring the quality of teaching and standards across the school;
  • Making sure the school uses its financial resources effectively and in line with the budget plan;
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s performance and for the decisions they make.


Chair of Governors - Linda Perks

Linda is the Chair of Governors for Willow Dene School. She is now retired but was previously Regional Secretary for Unison, the public service trade union. Linda comes from a family of school support staff and has a background in advising and representing staff employed in public services, including schools. She has been a local authority governor at Willow Dene School for four years. Linda is also an elected councillor for the Royal Borough of Greenwich representing Charlton ward.

Linda can be contacted at the Willow Dene school contact address.


Willow Dene Governance Structure


Linda Perks

Chair of Governors

Kafayet Eletu

Vice Chair of Governors

Sharifa Sheikh

Parent Governor

Natalie Palmer

Co-opted Governor

Keith Simson

Co-opted Governor

Lynne Wainwright

Co-opted Governor

Jennifer Freeman

Co-opted Governor

Jodie Mathers

Co-opted Governor

Yen Zhong Co-opted Governor

Rachel Harrison

Executive Head Teacher

Katie Dooley

Staff Governor

Barbara Box Staff Governor


If you are interested in becoming a Local School Governor at our school or would like to hear more about what the role involves, please email

Please see the attachments section below for detailed governance information, including terms of office, appointment information and pecuniary interests.

MAT Governance Information Links

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Data Protection

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