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The Charter Schools Educational Trust

Transforming lives through the power of inclusive education

Trust Governance

Governance at The Charter Schools Educational Trust 

As an educational trust, our goals are to be a beacon of exceptional practice for inclusive education within and beyond our local communities; to serve pupils in our communities in Southeast London throughout their school careers, and to have the capacity and expertise to grow and sustain our family of schools.

Good governance is crucial in the leadership and management of our Trust and its schools, and is key to driving up school and pupil performance.  The Trust Board is responsible for setting the overall vision and values for the Trust, and agreeing the trust-wide key strategic priorities and direction for its schools. Trustees make sure that the trust is compliant with its charitable objectives, and also with company and charity law.

The Trust board is supported by the work of Local Governing Boards (LGB) in each school.

Our Members, Trustees and Governors share the firm belief that all young people have the potential to achieve in school and succeed in life.  Each of our schools reflect the Trust’s commitment to non-selective, co-educational learning, serving the diverse local communities in which they are based.

John Godfrey
Chair of The Charter Schools Educational Trust


The Charter Schools Educational Trust Governance



Emmanuel Amadi MVO
Elizabeth Brown
Sue Bowler
Marion Gibbs CBE
John Godfrey
(Ex officio)





John Godfrey (Chair)
Cassie Buchanan (CEO)
        Emmanuel Amadi MVO          
                    Amanda King                       Stephen Potter
David Gallie
Kate Chhatwal OBE
Steven Russell 
                     Simon Tucker                       Claire Maugham



Local Governing Body
The Charter School North Dulwich

Amanda King (Chair)
Alton McDonald (Vice Chair)
Christian Hicks (Headteacher)
Sue Tibballs
Thecla Shreuders
Sam Jaffa
Andrew Somerville (staff governor)
David Malone (parent governor)
Lucy Hamer (parent Governor)

2 staff governor vacancies

Local Governing Body
The Charter School East Dulwich

Stephen Potter (Chair)
Rosamund Jones (Vice Chair)
Alex Crossman (Headteacher)
Philippa Jupp (staff governor)
Celia Johnson (parent governor)
Tim Naik (parent governor)
Catherine Rose
Gwen Sinnott
                      Laura Duffell                                      Nadya Morgenstern                 Fatheya Mikail



          Local Governing Body            Charles Dickens Primary School

Claire Maugham (Co-Chair)
       Rebecca Kaloo (Co-Chair)         Michael Eggleton (Head of School)
Ran Holst (parent governor)
Paola Wilson (parent governor
Linda Taylor (staff governor)
      Louise Worley (staff governor)                        Matthew Harris                     Daniel Efunnuga

3 appointed governor vacancies