Meet the Governing Body

Mr Desmond Jarrett

Chair of Governors

Chair of Governors
Special interest - Premises, Health and Safety Issues
Chair of Trustees – Friends of Oak Lodge Charity

Prior to my retirement, I was an investment manager dealing with commercial real estate investments and unlisted securities. I have experience in financial analysis, accounting and project management.

I enjoy gardening, tennis, croquet, country walks and overseas adventures.

The role of school governor attracted me as it is a way to have involvement in the local community and in the case of Oak Lodge, it has developed a deeper awareness of Deaf culture and the challenges of ensuring the best quality learning experience is delivered to Oak Lodge students.

Sue Machell

Vice Chair of Governors

Vice Chair Of Governors and Link Governor for Residential (Phoenix House)

My professional background is in nursing, midwifery and health visiting. I was previously the Chief Executive on an NHS Trust in South London and then worked for The Kings Fund, a health policy think tank as a Senior Fellow in leadership and organisational Development. I am now an independent consultant doing work with the NHS, social care, education, the arts and the voluntary sector involving individual and team leadership and organisational development.
I am a keen swimmer and walker and enjoy cooking and reading.
I am also a very bad golfer!

I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to work with the staff, students and parents at this extraordinary school. I have learned about Deaf culture and now understand the real and immediate challenges of providing a unique learning environment for this group of students. Being a governor is a two way process - you get as much out as you put in.

Kate Clanchy

Chair of School & Residential Comittee

Co-opted Governor

Chair of School and Residential Committee
Link Governor – data and pupil progress
Director, Friends of Oak Lodge School for Deaf Young People Limited

I have spent 18 years in education, latterly as Head and now as Improvement Director at a school in West London. I have experience in state and independent schools, boarding and day, mixed and single sex, secondary and all-through, selective and non-selective.
My hobbies are visiting gardens and gardening, especially wildlife friendly gardens
I enjoy Languages (French, Russian, German, Japanese, BSL level 2), Number and word puzzles& listening to
Classical music.

I particularly enjoy being a Governor of Oak Lodge School, because it is a welcoming, caring and aspirational school with wonderful pupils and staff in my local community. It is rewarding for me to have a role in education outside my day job and to work with like-minded Governors to support the school in becoming the best it can be.

Mr Stephen Cave

Safeguarding & Sixth Form Governor

Co-opted Governor

Link Role – Sixth Form I work as a senior lawyer in central government, and have experience in a wide range of legal issues affecting bodies in the public sector.

Interests: All the usual ones! Cinema, walking, swimming, cycling, languages and travel. I’ve also been known to enjoy a bit of sci-fi.

I live close to Oak Lodge, and like playing an active in my local community, and using my professional skills to help the pupils and staff at the school.
I’ve got BSL level 2, and it’s great to be able to put that to good use as a governor too.

Jeanne Shaw

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Having worked as a Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for many years, I am particularly interested in SEN in the school. I am currently studying for BSL Level 1.

I worked in inner city London schools as a teacher & SENCO and a Deputy Head for 40+ years. I then supported and supervised students at both Kingston and Roehampton Universities. As well as my teaching qualifications, I also have the National Headship qualification. I retired in 2013.

I enjoy music, theatre and the arts. I love travelling, experiencing new cultures, making samplers, reading & cycling.
My children were all educated in Wandsworth state schools & I worked in the borough for many years. I value the opportunity to give something back to the system. Having deafness in my family, plus my long experience as a SENCO, gives me a special interest in Oak Lodge.

Mr Amjad Shah

Associate Governor

Associate Governor
School and Residential Committee

I enjoy sports, particularly football and squash, and also like to keep fit with swimming and running. I love playing board games, particularly chess.
I am a keen cook, and being a chemist, I love experimenting with various spices and have developed some signature dishes, which are enjoyed by my family. I like travelling to explore new destinations around the world and this is where I often find inspiration for cooking.
I am a chemistry teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience and I am currently teaching in a secondary school in Orpington, London. I am also an associate lecturer at a London University, lecturing on the Chemistry Subject Enhancement Course for PGCE teacher trainees. Prior to teaching I was a physiotherapist and worked across various NHS trusts across London. I hold a Masters of Science in Learning and Teaching from the University of Oxford and I am a Member of The Royal Society of Chemistry. I am profoundly deaf but I have had limited experience with the Deaf community, having only being a member of Glasgow Deaf Football Club and training with Fulham Deaf Football Club for a limited period. I am passionate about raising education standards and this role provides both an opportunity to re-establish my link with the Deaf community and culture, and also work with educators to ensure the students at Oak Lodge experience a high standard of education.

Angela Dudman

Staff Governor

Staff Governor

All my working life and still currently, I have worked in finance. This has been for finance companies, entertainments companies, and art galleries. Managing the accounts for various superstars and groups.

I love gardening, I have been researching my family history for over 10 years and which I find fascinating. I also enjoy upholstery and soft furnishing projects.

I have worked in the main school and transferred to Deaf First 6 years ago I wanted to be able to contribute to the whole school function. I wanted to be involved more in how we can improve the life of staff and students and to help widen the knowledge of our wonderful school

The role of school governor attracted me as it is a way to have involvement in the local community and in the case of Oak Lodge, it has developed a deeper awareness of Deaf culture and the challenges of ensuring the best quality learning experience is delivered to Oak Lodge students.

Thea Hamilton

Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

Link role – Environment & Sustainability

I work for Cancer Research UK as the Sustainability Executive. Before doing my masters in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, I worked for an education charity with TA responsibilities and also ran the environmental clubs. I am passionate about environmental issues. My hobbies are reading, going to the theatre, cycling and going for walks. I wanted to be a governor at Oak Lodge, as I passed my BSL level 1 and 2, did my undergraduate research on the inclusion of Deaf children in schools, and wanted to be more involved with my local community.

Dr Jane Biddulph

Parent Governor

Parent Governor

Link role – Curriculum, Therapy support I have a son (George) and a daughter (Katie) who are both now teenagers. My daughter has been at Oak Lodge School for over three years.

I have been an academic in public health within the higher education sector for over twenty years. This has involved teaching, curriculum development and health research with particular research interests in mental health, hearing, vision, cognition, and disability. I love spending time with my children, and we spend many hours exploring the countryside, historic houses, and having picnics when the weather is good. We also love technology and keeping up to date with the latest films at the cinema. As a family we have a keen interest in sports and in particular, hockey. Although, the rest of the family maybe on the pitch, you will often find me wrapped up warm and watching from the side. I have always enjoyed volunteer work and have been a volunteer in both primary and secondary schools. I am passionate about education as our educational experiences are life-changing. It has been great to contribute and make a positive difference to the community, and over the years it has been a pleasure to meet many dedicated people who I wouldn’t otherwise have met. I have enjoyed learning new skills, and also using skills that I use day to day in another setting. I have particularly enjoyed talking to people and asking questions. This can lead to reflection on an issue, understanding of the different perspectives, and discussion on the different ways to approach it, which I find both fascinating and insightful.

Mr James Torrance

Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee

Co-opted Governor
Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and Link Governor – Finance

An Accountant by training, I currently work as a consultant advising companies in the Life Sciences industry. I’m a keen cyclist and also love to cook, particularly barbecues when the weather’s good. I love being able use my skills to help out in the community. Learning more about Oak Lodge and the value it brings to pupils and the wider community has been a huge privilege and I’m constantly in awe of the dedication and skills of all the staff at Oak Lodge.

Mr Michael Bowen

Clerk to Governors