Welcome to the governors’ section of the Acland Burghley website. Together our role is to help shape the overall direction and character of the school, monitor progress and standards, review and approve the budget, appoint and support the headteacher and senior staff, review policies and procedures and ensure the school fulfils its statutory duties.

There are several different types of governor on the governing board at Acland Burghley so it may be helpful to know what the different types mean and how they come to be chosen. At Acland Burghley we have 14 governors: 7 parent governors, 4 co-opted governors, 1 local authority governor, 1 staff governor and the Headteacher.

Associate Governor – An Associate governor is an individual who has skills and experience which the governing body need in addition to the 14 board members. Associate governors are appointed by the governors. They attend governing body meetings but they are not full members of the governing board.

Chair of Governors – The Chair is a governor who has been elected by the governing board to lead it. They are elected every year. Staff governors and head teachers cannot be a chair, vice chair or chair of a committee. Any other type of governor can be elected as a chair. 

Co-opted Governor – This is an individual from the community who has skills and experience which the governing board need. They will be appointed by the existing board, following an interview. At Acland Burghley we try to think about what skills and experience we will need in the future and the overall composition and diversity of the governing board when we select co-opted governors.

Headteacher – The Headteacher is always also a governor.

Local Authority Governor – Maintained schools are required to have at least one Local Authority governor. They do not have to work for the local authority but their appointment is always approved by it (in our case, Camden). 

Parent Governor – A parent governor must have a child for whom they are responsible of legal school age (5 – 16). At Acland Burghley we conduct an election of current parents or responsible adults with a child at the school at the time of the election.

Staff Governor – An individual who is a member of staff, usually elected by the staff, to ensure that staff views are represented on the governing body.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please email

Our key priorities for this year are

  • raising attainment and achievement for all students;
  • securing the financial future of the school and all its services;
  • extending the range, visibility and quality of arts activities and student participation in them;
  • and developing the school culture and ethos.

We meet regularly and non-staff governors also visit the school, making contact with the different departments and attending events and performances. We welcome contact with all those involved in the school and will be happy to hear your views on any matters of concern.

Minutes of full Governing Body meetings are available on request from

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Clerk to Governing Body

Mike Hutchinson

Local Authority nominated governor

Sarah Hayward

Co-opted governors

Julian Turner (Chair of governors)

Dr John Clark
Sheila Chapman
Alan Chesters
Jonny Shipp

Parent governors

Sebastian Camisuli (joint vice chair of governors)
Dr Claire Melamed (joint vice chair of governors)
Steve Carr
Noella Bello Castro
Dr Kim Issroff
Paddy Sutton
Mathew Anthony

Staff governor

Christina Louka


Nicholas John

Associates of the Governing Body

Josie Smalling
Madeleine Holt