Our governors

We are a group of individuals committed to providing a good education for local children. Trustees come from a range of backgrounds – education, business, politics and the third sector – and are united in our desire to see local children in the Bermondsey area offered a place in a good local school, and that every pupil attending our school is equipped to fulfil their potential.
Leon de Costa
Chair of Governors and Link Governor for safeguarding
Member since: July 2014   Leon de Costa practised as a barrister for eight years from Furnival Chambers, the chambers of Sally O’Neil QC and Oliver Blunt QC . He attended London University and City University followed by the Inns of Court School of Law where he qualified as a barrister.  Leon is currently the Chief Executive of Judicium Education, a school support services company, and has a deep personal and professional interest in the world of education. For his secondary school education, Leon attended a local authority school in Southwark.   Leon can be reached at chairgovs@compass-schools.com.
Doug Lewis CBE
Chair of the Compass Schools Trust and Member, Finance Committee
Member since: July 2013
Educated at the local Grammar School and Greenwich Royal Hospital School, Doug Lewis joined the Navy in 1958 as a rating and served for ten years until he was commissioned. In a varied career he served at sea with HRH The Prince of Wales in HMS JUPITER in 1974-75, was Head of the Administration and Logistics Department in the new HMS ARK ROYAL in 1985, and commanded the RN College Greenwich between 1988 and 1990. Much of the second half of his career was spent in the Ministry of Defence, culminating in being responsible for Personnel Policy for the UK Armed Forces between 1995 and 1998 He was also a leading administrator of Navy rugby and eventually became the Chairman, and later President of the RN Rugby Union. On retirement he became the Chief Executive of a leading law firm for four years.  Doug Lewis has been a Trustee of four different charities, with an active fund-raising role in two of them.  He has been Chairman of Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) since 2004 and is currently also the Chair of the Governing Board of the global International Social Service Network. He became Chair of the Compass School trust in March 2012.
Tom Lee
Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair, Standards Committee
Member since: March 2014 Tom Lee graduated from the University of Bristol with a Maths degree. He is a qualified Maths teacher and Teach First ambassador with two years' teaching experience in a Coventry secondary comprehensive school. During his time there he led several numeracy and literacy initiatives and founded an inter-school collaborative teacher network. Tom is currently working for RMS, the world's leading provider of catastrophe risk models, in their Capital Markets team. In addition to his role as school governor for Compass School Southwark, Tom volunteers with the Teach First HEAPS programme as a sixth-form mentor. Tom is also Chair of the Standards Committee.
Martin Deutz
Chair, Finance Committee and Link Governor for Literacy
Member since: July 2013
Martin Deutz has extensive experience in numerous sectors which gives him an intuitive perspective on commercial and financial situations. He is currently the Director at Urban Monk Limited in London, developing an IT business and advising on aspects of the reform of the British electricity market. He specialises as a financial adviser, focussing on public policy, public services/infrastructure and outsourcing. After graduating in Classics from Cambridge he joined KPMG where he became a senior partner in the PPP/PFI advisory business, with a focus on public sector projects in a number of sectors, including transport, health, defence and IT and on regulatory policy. During 2007 Martin worked for the BT Group eBorders bid where he was responsible for commercial and financial structuring of the bid and for shaping the negotiations with the client. From 2008 to 2010 Martin was Commercial Director at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
Ian Patterson
Member, Standards Committee and Link Governor for Pupil Premium
Member since: July 2015
Ian Patterson is a graduate of the University of Nottingham where he studied French and Politics. Having completed the Teach First programme in 2009, Ian was involved in setting up a successful new academy in London. He served there as Head of MFL for six years, playing a role in the development of the school from inception to full capacity. Ian is currently the Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching and Learning at a free school in Hackney. Ian takes a keen interest in the development of innovative new schools and has served as a governor at two start-up academies in London. He has also worked as a School Director in Argentina and Mexico under the auspices of the Teach for All network.
Tristram Jones-Parry
Member, Standards Committee
Member since: September 2016 Tristram Jones-Parry has over 40 years experience working in the Education sector: teaching maths at Dulwich College and Westminster School, as Headmaster of Emanuel School and Westminster School and then as Manager for the Oxfordshire Further Maths Centre. He has taught in various independent schools and taught STEP online for the Further Maths Centre as well as moderating for the University of Oxford’s entry maths exam. Currently, Tristram is Chair of Trustees for the charity ‘Alive and Kicking’ which often sees him travelling to and working in Africa. Upon his departure from Westminster, Jones-Parry received a great amount of attachment and approval from staff and pupils. He was depicted as "an excellent leader and educator, who devoted his time entirely for the sake of education rather than to building excessive relationship with external high-society figures, who bears a warm heart under a stern appearance, who will always be remembered for picking up rubbish from the Little Dean's Yard ground." As well as being a Governor at Compass School Southwark, Tristram Chairs the Curriculum Committee at Ark Walworth Academy, another secondary school in Southwark.
Amy Gandon
Member, Standards Committee and Link Governor for Gifted & Talented students
Member since: June 2016
Amy is a Classics Teacher at Westminster School and is currently studying part-time for a Masters degree in Social Policy at the London School of Economics.
Peter Atherton
Member, Finance Committee and Interim Parent Governor
Member since: June 2016
Peter is also an interim parent governor, until we appoint parent governors from our school community.
Greg Rosen
Interim parent governor
Member since: January 2014
Greg is Director of Public Policy at Bellenden, an independent public policy consultancy. A former Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths in New Cross, where he has lived for more than a decade, he taught the MA in British Politics at Goldsmiths and currently teaches the History of London at the London campus of Wake Forest University, where he also previously taught British Politics. He has published three books on British political history and contributed essays to several others.
A former Vice-Chair of the Fabian Society, he was chair of the Fabian Society Research and Policy Committee for four years. He is Consultant Director at the think-tank Reform and co-author of three Reform reports. A former Whitehall strategist, he was Head of Media Strategy for the London Development Agency during the successful 2012 Olympic Bid. Greg is also an interim parent governor, until we appoint parent governors from our school community.