Chestnut Grove Academy
45 Chestnut Grove
Balham, London SW12 8JZ
T: 020 8673 8737

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JUDI DUMONT BARTER :   Chair of Local Academy Committee

Judi started her governance journey in 2008 as a parent representative. Both her children had successful school careers at Chestnut Grove Academy – one is a make-up artist within Estée Lauder and the other is a police officer with Surrey Police.

Judi works for the charity Inclusion Barnet, and has been with them since May 2021, generally supporting charity infrastructure. Since May 2022, she has been leading a project supporting minority communities at higher risk of cardiovascular disease.

Becoming Chair of Governors in 2014, Judi has supported CGA to transition to academy status; led the recruitment of the current headteacher; and worked with the executive heads (CGA and Chesterton) to become a multi-academy trust. From 2019–2023, Judi was also co-Chair of Paxton Academy, which is part of the Wandle Trust family of schools.

Judi has a life-long passion for psychology and gained a BA and Masters in the subject area. She is continually inspired and curious to understand how to support humanity to flourish in all aspects of living, but especially through positive and rewarding work and group engagement. In addition, she has in the past 5 years focused her energy on supporting anti-racism in both school and work settings – holding fast to the belief that change is possible to dismantle structural racism in all its forms.

JO DAVIES :   Co-Vice Chair

Jo joined the Chestnut Grove Academy Committee in 2021 as a co-opted LAC member. She is a retired Chartered Accountant, with many years' experience in project management and corporate recovery. She was a mentor for the Prince's Trust Charity in the Youth Enterprise Scheme, and a voluntary tutor for several local primary and secondary schools.


Jacques is Balham born and bred, and his four children all attended Chestnut Grove Academy (as well as Ravenstone Primary School). He works as a specialist for the Association of School and College Leaders. Prior to joining ASCL, Jacques spent 38 years in seven comprehensive schools, culminating in 17 years of headship, with 14 years as Headteacher at a large secondary school in north London.

Jacques has been a governor in four secondary schools, a primary school, on the corporation of a Further Education College, and the Court of Imperial College, London. He has had experience as Lead Inspector for School Improvement Partner, as well as chairing the London Heads Forum, and representing London nationally for ASCL. He was also a founding Director of Camden Learning. Jacques has an MA in Education, the National Professional Qualification for Headship, and the Professional Qualification for School Inspection, as well as his original degree in astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Mo has recently joined as a Local Committee member and is part of the Safeguarding team. He currently works within the Home Office as a Higher Officer and serves as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer in the Defence Serious Crime Unit (Army Reserve). In the past, he has also served the country in varied roles, being part of the British Army, Met Police, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

Mo is passionate about education and the welfare and protection of children and young people. He strives to ensure that every child is given equal opportunities to help them grow into well-rounded individuals and members of society.

ALEX DIXEY  :   LAC member

Alex is a lawyer in the City and specialises in commercial contracts, intellectual property and IT. He has experienced both state and private education via scholarship, and has also worked in different educational backgrounds, spending his summers working with students learning English as a foreign language. In his role as a LAC member, Alex is keen to ensure that students feel represented and that they excel, whatever their background and personal identity.


Sarah has lived in Tooting for over 20 years, and takes a particular interest in children, family and community related business. A recognised thought leader, and born and bred black Londoner, she is the mother of four daughters in a blended family (two of whom have attended Chestnut Grove Academy).

Currently head of a new division at the Bank of England, Sarah shapes and leads their approach to culture, diversity and inclusion.  Previously, she was Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Kings’ College London: working with their senior leadership, she instigated a suite of strategic projects. Prior to these positions, she had a variety of change and people transformation roles across government and the third sector. Sarah’s career started in public policy and legal compliance.

Additional roles that Sarah has held include being on the Research Excellence Framework's Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel, Advance HE's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Chair of the Nuffield Council for Bio-Ethics membership committee, and an independent governor at the University of Brighton.


Danielle Morley is CEO of Bonsucro, the leading global sustainability platform and standard for sugarcane. She also sits on the Board for ISEAL – the global membership organization for credible sustainability standards. Danielle has a wide range of sector expertise in sugarcane, palm oil, water, forests, climate change and human rights.

Prior to her appointment at Bonsucro in 2018, Danielle was European Director of Outreach and Engagement at the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, and Executive Director of the Freshwater Action Network at Water Aid.

She holds a master’s degree in environmental technology and a bachelor’s degree in Law.

EMMA OLIVER :   LAC member

Emma is currently Co-Head of Thomas’s Putney Vale. Emma read History at the University of Exeter before starting her teaching career via Teach First. Emma spent 11 years working in the maintained sector, as a Head of Department, then as a Head of Faculty, as well as Deputy Director of Sixth Form and a Lead Practitioner. Of those 11 years, she spent the last six working for two of the largest multi-academy trusts in the UK – ARK and the Harris Federation, before starting at Thomas’s in February 2021.


Conrad began his career in FMCG marketing with roles at Boots and then Kraft Jacobs Suchard. In 1994 he moved into the entertainment industry, joining PolyGram Filmed Entertainment in marketing and quickly moved into the rights acquisitions team. In 1999 he became VP of Programming for the now Universal Pictures International.

After a move in 2000 to Momentum Pictures to run their Home Entertainment division, in 2003 he set up The Rights Company – a business that created digital content with established artists, broadcasters, sportsmen and entertainment brands, and licensed it to major distributors – as well as consulting with independent producers on their rights management. The company was sold to Warner Music Group in 2006.

From then until early 2014 Conrad was President of Warner Music Entertainment and in April 2014 Conrad co-founded and is CEO of Instrumental, a music tech company focused on the independent music sector.

Conrad has had four children attend Chestnut Grove Academy.