Meet the Governors

Robert Stanier: The Reverend Robert Stanier became vicar of St Andrew and St Mark, Surbiton in 2013, and has been the Chair of Governors since 2015. Before becoming ordained he worked in strategic consultancy. His previous post as an ordained minister was as the chaplain at Archbishop Tenison's School, Lambeth, a boys' secondary school, with girls in the 6th form. He has three young children.

Matt Gates: After joining SASM in 2012, Matt has worked as a class teacher, phase leader, assistant headteacher and deputy headteacher. He has 2 young children and is passionate about science and technology.

Emily Woodward: Staff Governor

Anne Barker: Following a career in education, as a Diocesan Governor, Anne Barker works to support links between the school and the parish and the Diocese of Southwark. She is chair of the Management and Resources Committee and the Curriculum and Standards Committee and a also a member of the Pay and Admissions Committees and the Faith Group.


Michael Johns-Perring: Chair of the Faith Group Committee, and a member of the Management and Resources Committee. The Reverend Michael Johns-Perring became Assistant Curate of St Andrew and St Mark, Surbiton in 2019, and has been the Deputy Chair of Governors since 2020. He is also the SEND Governor and Link Governor to Humanities. Before becoming ordained he worked for the civil service, at the Judicial Appointments Commission and the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. Ahead of starting at St Andrew and St Mark, Fr Michael trained for ministry at Westcott House, in Cambridge. He has two young children, enjoys reading, cricket and linocut printing.

Tristan Lefebvre: Tristan Lefebvre is the Chair of the Finance Committee and Link Governor for Computing. He has an avid interest in education and educational policy. Tristan hopes to help the staff and pupils of St. Andrews and St. Mark continue to achieve the high standard of a well rounded education.




Joy Aboim: Joy was appointed Diocesan Governor in 2018 and is a member of St Andrew’s Church. Joy has over 20 years’ experience in the Tech/IT sector and is an active STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador and student mentor. A life-time learner, Joy is passionate about education and considers it a great equaliser. She is a keen runner and triathlete. Joy is the Link Governor for science , the LAC & PLAC Governor and one of the safeguarding governors for the the school.

Ian Corfield: Ian was appointed as a Parent Governor in March 2019. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and Licensed Insolvency Practitioner. He has 2 daughters who are currently at SASM.

Shafaly Kahn: Shafaly was appointed as a Foundation Governor in December 2017. She has a MSc in Operational Research and statistics and worked for Market Research industry as a Statistician. Her passion for Mathematics lead her to offer to help with Maths Intervention Classes in Maple and SASM. She has a very keen interest in Maths Mastery Approach and often volunteers as a Classroom Assistant. Shafaly is the link governor for Maths and DT, one of the safeguarding governors and is a member of the C&S and Faith Committee. She has 3 children who have completed their schooling at SASM.

Claire Johnston: Claire was appointed as a Parent Governor in September 2019 and is Link Governor to Music, PSHE and RSE. Claire was born and raised in South Africa and has been living in the UK for 22 years, 12 of those years in Surbiton. She works in the financial industry. She has 3 children, the oldest two having completed their junior schooling at SASM and the youngest one is currently in year 5.


Dr Lucy Davis: Lucy was appointed as a Foundation Governor in October 2021 and is a member of the Management and Resources Committee and Link Governor for art. Lucy is a member of the congregation of St Mark’s, has two young children, one of whom attends a Church of England primary school in Surbiton. Having been fortunate enough herself to spend many happy years undertaking research in her chosen subject (History of Art), Lucy is passionate about education and the opportunities and rewards it offers to all of us. She has been curator of paintings at the Wallace Collection in London since 2011.