Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ

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JUDI DUMONT BARTER :   Chair of Local Academy Committee

Judi is a community governor whose two children have graduated from Chestnut Grove.  Judi has had various roles within social services, health and the voluntary sector.  She has a degree in Education and Psychology and is completing an MSc in Occupational Psychology (Sept 2015). She has a particular interest in leadership, change management and understanding group dynamics. Her experience within education was based on a raising aspirations project for vulnerable girls in secondary education, within the borough of Wandsworth, and as a Learning Mentor in primary settings. Judi is currently the Training and Project Co-ordinator for an Adult Education Personal Development CIC with a UK-wide remit.

Judi was originally appointed as a parent governor in 2008 by parents of CGA and then voted into office as a community governor by the Local Academy Committee.  Judi began a further 4 year term from July 2015. As Chair of the Local Academy Committee, Judi sits on all committees. 

SARAH GUERRA :   Parent LAC Member

Sarah is a parent LAC member. Her daughter is in year 9 and she hopes her younger daughter will join the academy in September. Sarah has had various roles in central government and the third sector.  She has a degree in Law.  She has a particular interest in diversity, leadership, change management and understanding group dynamics. Her professional experience is focused on improving equity in the workplace and educational outcomes. Sarah is currently the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at King’s College London, a Russell Group university which is in the top 25 internationally.  Sarah started her 4 year term earlier this year and is on the Children. Families and Community committee.


Conrad joined as a parent LAC member in summer 2017, lives locally in Balham and sits on the TLA and Resources committee. He is an experienced business leader in the entertainment and media sectors and is currently CEO of media tech start-up business Instrumental, based in Bermondsey. Conrad has a daughter at CGA and three other children in primary school (who are bound for the academy as well). He is passionate about the opportunities that digital and technological innovation can offer schools, pupils and parents to improve educational standards for all and hopes to bring that mindset into the development of the academy over the coming years. 

SARAH MARSHALL  :   Vice Chair of the LAC

Sarah is a community LAC member who lives close to Chestnut Grove.  Sarah has spent her career in finance and management consulting.  Currently she works as an equity analyst, for an asset management company, with a focus on consumer and retail investment opportunities.  She has an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and a Masters in Business Administration for which she studied and worked in the USA.  She has a particular interest in financial analysis and longer term strategic planning, as well as in bringing private sector expertise and perspectives into Chestnut Grove.   Sarah joined the governing body in February 2012, and became Chair of the Resources committee in February 2015.  She also sits on the Children, Families and Communities committee.  

JEHANGIR BYRAMJI  :   Chair of Resources and Finance Committee

Jehangir is chair of the Resources and Finance committee, joining as a community governor in March 2019. Having grown up in South West London and educated at Imperial College where he got a Masters in Electronic Engineering, Jehangir has now lived locally in Wandsworth for over 12 years. Currently he works in corporate innovation, focussed on digital services, working closely with London's start-up and fintech (financial technology) scene to drive product design. As a strategist for many years, he shaped numerous business models in the private and public sectors. Jehangir recognises the value in diversity thought, as well as diversity of backgrounds and the power of the creative subjects and he seeks to ensure that Chestnut Grove can continue to deliver a strong and diverse curriculum. His other pro-bono roles include being a business mentor since 2012 with a particular focus on social enterprises as well as start-ups.

RYAN SUMMERS :   Chair of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee

Ryan joined as a Community Local Academy Committee member in January 2019 and is chair of the Teaching, Learning and Assessment committee. He has worked for the Department for Education for over 6 years on areas such as school governance and standards, academies and free schools, funding and safeguarding, and brings experience of a range of education policy and delivery.

Prior to moving to Wandsworth, Ryan worked in primary schools across Suffolk delivering creative arts education. He is passionate about the importance of arts in the curriculum, promoting apprenticeships, and prioritising the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff.

Ryan also represents Chestnut Grove Academy at the Wandle Learning Trust Chairs' committee. 

SARAH COYTE :   Chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee

Sarah has been a governor at Chestnut Grove since 2017, when she was elected as parent governor and had two children at the school. She is now a community governor, and Chair of the Children, Families and Community committee. She is a senior manager at Lambeth Council, leading on consultation and engagement. She is passionate about hearing the voices of all those within the school community.