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Who we are

Sarah Berke
Chair & Community Governor

I have been a governor for fourteen years - first as a parent governor and latterly as a community governor; a lot longer than I envisaged when I first joined the governing body when my son was in Year 7!  I have stayed on as a governor because I find it incredibly interesting, enjoyable and rewarding.

I have been involved with education for most of my working life.  Initially, working in universities, managing and designing admissions and enrolment systems, both in this country, and in New Zealand, where I lived for 10 years. Later in life, I trained as a Primary School teacher.  I spent 15 years working in local primary schools and now do occasional supply teaching.  Having worked for so long in education, I am passionate and really interested in all aspects of lifelong learning.

Carol Holah
Co- Vice Chair & Community Governor

I started training as a primary class teacher in 1998 where I discovered my passion for special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  I am now an Inclusion Leader / SENDCo at a large Infant Teaching School and home to the Thames South Teaching School Hub.  I have facilitated training for nursery/pre-school and primary school staff in areas of SEND as well as facilitating the SEND training for Bromley's Newly Qualified Teachers.  As a Specialist Leader in Education for SEND, I do outreach support work as and when required, reviewing schools' SEND provision.

I have extended my own study by obtaining Advanced Skills in Autism, as well as Master's level qualifications for the National Award for SENCo (2011) and Language, Literacies and Dyslexia (2019) enabling me to be a specialist teacher and assessor of dyslexia.  I enjoy setting up projects and supporting teachers' development, utilising my qualification as a facilitator in the Outstanding Teacher Programme and coaching.

I am a married mum of two sons, both of whom are at Warlingham and our whole family are huge fans of Crystal Palace FC.

Simon Wermig
Co- Vice Chair & Community Governor

I am very pleased to be a member of the governing body. I have a long professional background within safeguarding and child protection, as well as having experience in the recruitment and IT industry.

I am married with six children, the youngest of whom is currently in Year 8 at Warlingham, and I look forward to her siblings joining her in the years to come. I have a keen interest in music and the arts and greatly value these areas of the curriculum. I am always prepared to ask the right questions, balancing holding the school to account for decision-making, whilst supporting and encouraging change to ensure I have a positive impact on the educational standards and wellbeing of students so that, ultimately, all staff and students alike exceed their potential and are valued members of the local community.

Rebecca Bristow
Staff Governor

I am a Teacher of English at Warlingham School & Sixth Form College and have recently joined the governing body. I used to be a student at Warlingham and have an invested interest in the school and local community. Since starting my teaching career, I have been involved in a number of roles such as the Inspire Programme Co-Ordinator and KS4 Co-Ordinator (MAT cover).

After university, I started a career in the world of Fashion Marketing and Events but quickly learned that my aspirations revolved around helping others and contributing to my local community. I am extremely passionate about educating young people and coaching them to become well-rounded, successful individuals. It is an honour and privilege to be a part of their life journey and I hope to make a small, positive difference.

I enjoy working alongside my colleagues at Warlingham and benefit from their experience, enthusiasm and energy.

James Brouner
Community Governor

I am delighted and incredibly proud to have been appointed a Community Governor at Warlingham. Over the years, I have developed a number of skills and attributes within Safeguarding and Risk Management Planning that will benefit my role. I am experienced in asking challenging questions and am enthusiastic about ensuring that all students develop as best they can throughout their school journey, whilst feeling safe and secure within the school environment.

I have been a resident of Warlingham for over 25 years and have a good understanding of the local community.  My wife and I have a son who started Year 7 in September. Together as a family, we enjoy socialising with family and friends, walking our dog Bella and going on holiday.  We are all huge Chelsea fans and I coach at my son’s football team.  I also enjoy playing golf, horse racing and travelling.

Sally Gardner
Parent Governor

I am delighted to be a parent governor at Warlingham.  I have worked for over 20 years as a teacher in Primary Education and have taught all phases of education. I am the Creative Arts Leader at my school and part of the Leadership Team. I am deeply passionate about the Arts and their value in education. I have also spent time working as a specialist teacher of Art, Music and Design Technology and Food and Nutrition Education. I like to involve children in the decision-making in their education and seek to empower them to shape their choices and offer them opportunities to experience learning that may open their horizons to new pathways.

I have one son at Warlingham School & Sixth Form College.  Our family is mad about football and movies.

Nickesh Kumar
Community Governor

I am very excited to serve on the governing body of Warlingham School & Sixth Form College as a parent governor. I have three sons aged 18, 14 and 8 and a daughter aged 13. I have two children at Warlingham.

Professionally, I offer over 20 years experience in finance, business and project management, including leadership positions across a wide range of blue-chip multinational companies. I feel that this wide range of skills and experience will help me to make a positive contribution to the life of the school, in addition to the education and growth of the pupils.

I have always wanted to contribute in some way to something that is so fundamental to our lives. When the opportunity to volunteer at the school arose, I did not hesitate to put my name forward for it. I am passionate and motivated about ensuring all of our children have a positive experience of school. I want them to feel happy, to be the best they can be, to dream big and to work hard to reach their goals however great or small. I look forward to supporting the School in any way that I can.

Grace Mosuro
Community Governor

I have several years of leadership and management experience across both the recruitment and outsourced public services sectors and over eight years’ experience leading operational delivery teams. I have enjoyed designing retention and team capacity building strategies for large change management projects, as well as leading on the development of strategic relationships to inform organisational delivery and development.

I am passionate about embedding equality, diversity and inclusion within organisations and have recently helped to lead a major inclusion project for a leading apprenticeship and training provider.

I am mother to a 9-year-old daughter and count myself as an avid fitness enthusiast and creative. I am looking forward to supporting the school as a Community Governor, working closely with fellow Governors to have impact wherever needed but with particular focus on careers and the work of the school's Anti-Racism Action Group.

Jo Roberts
Parent Governor

I’m really pleased to have been appointed as a parent governor. I come to the role with many years’ experience working in financial services and corporate communications, advising businesses on how to effectively engage and communicate with their people. This has given me wide-ranging insight into how successful companies are run and the different considerations and sensitivities that need to be understood and managed in any organisation. Whilst I don’t come from a professional education background, I hope I can bring a valuable set of experiences and skills to the team.

I was lucky enough to have a very positive experience of education throughout school and university and I understand what a huge difference that can make. I want to support the school in doing its best for its students to them all a rounded, happy and healthy start to life.

I have three children, the oldest of which is at Warlingham, and my twin girls are at primary school. Naturally, family life takes up a lot of my time but when I’m not doing a school run, watching a tennis lesson or helping with homework, I enjoy being outside, keeping fit, watching sport and I also love a bit of baking.

Shirley Si Ahmed
Associate Governor

I have lived in South Croydon for 20 years. I have two sons, the oldest in Year 7 at Warlingham and the other in Year 1 in our local primary school.

I have worked for the last six years as the School Business Leader at Purley Oaks Primary, a three-form entry LA maintained school in the London Borough of Croydon. Prior to that, I worked in the Local Authority in Croydon leading on the traded service to schools’ function and, before that, in the School Improvement 14-19 team. Before working in education, I worked in sales and marketing for a number of large food and drink manufacturers including Britvic (PepsiCo and Robinsons), Nestle and British Bakeries (Hovis).  In my current position, I am a member of the senior leadership team and take responsibility for all school support functions. I have extensive experience in leading a wide range of school support disciplines including Finance, HR, Health & Safety, Premises Management, Data Protection, ICT, Resource and Infrastructure Management, and Catering.  I work closely with the governing board at my school, and I am very keen to share my experience and support the board at Warlingham.

I have a degree in Archaeology from the University of Nottingham and am currently on the Senior Leader Masters Degree L7 Apprenticeship Programme in School Leadership and Management with the National College of Education.

In my spare time(!), I volunteer for the Scouts Association and am Group Secretary for my local unit.

I hope that my experience will add value to the board at Warlingham. I am excited to become an Associate Governor.

Angela Smith
Staff Governor

I started as a Teaching Assistant at Warlingham School in 2013 having completed my training. Prior to joining Warlingham, I spent 28 years working as a project manager in Investment Banking in the City of London. I have recently trained as a Learning Mentor and am currently working with students in Sharman House.

I am married and have a son aged 12 years and a daughter aged 11 years. When I am not running them around to their clubs, I enjoy dancing - both ballet and tap - something I have done since the age of 4. I like to visit the theatre when I can, catching up on the latest musicals. During school holidays, my family love to travel overseas.

Natalie Smith
Associate Governor

It is an honour to join the Governor Team during this exciting phase of Warlingham's journey.

I am a strategic and innovative Head of HR in the business aviation sector, providing solutions to managers to address people management. Interventions are strategic, customer-focused, results-orientated and consistent with a values-based culture. This is delivered through interactive coaching to drive the development of strategies to manage performance in a niche market. My work also incorporates the development of opportunities for the local community through STEM apprenticeship schemes with local colleges.

My career started in Higher Education at the London School of Economics, where I obtained my Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. It is an exciting opportunity for me to continue my passion for education, learning and development in my local community at Warlingham School & Sixth Form College.

I have a son at the school and my family and I reside in and enjoy the village and its amenities, including horse riding, squash and walking.

Michele Stacey
Community Governor

I have over 20 years of experience in enforcement and regulation and I was keen to see if I could use my regulatory experience to make a positive contribution to the school as a governor. I am passionate about education being the best it can be and want to do all I can to make sure students feel happy, safe and supported during their learning journey.

I have two children at Warlingham and was once a student here myself - many years ago! I continue to enjoy my role as a school governor and look forward to offering my support to the school, its staff and students.


Sue Woodgate
Community Governor

I have twins in the Sixth Form at Warlingham School & Sixth Form College and have been a Governor since 2016. I look forward to continuing being involved and assisting in the school's objectives to continuously improve and to help students become well-rounded individuals, whilst maintaining its strong ethos. Roles I have undertaken, whether in my career as a Chartered Accountant or voluntarily, have been hands-on, often requiring attention to detail to find ways to deal with issues in a practical and beneficial manner. I enjoy travelling and going to the theatre and concerts.


Joanna E (Year 13)
Student Governor

Jasmine R (Year 13)
Student Governor

Alanna B (Year 12)
Student Governor

Ronnie G (Year 12)
Student Governor

Clerk to the Governors

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