Our Governors

Should you wish to contact the Governors the preferred method is via email to governors@sccn.rbksch.org

The governors are volunteers so cannot respond immediately. Should you not be able to email please write to the office ‘FAO – Chair of Governors’ marking the envelope ‘Confidential’.




Term of office 
Attendance this year
Sushila Abraham LA Governor Committee Member:  Resources 18/11/2013-18/11/2019


Esther White Head teacher Head teacher 01/09/2018-01/09/2012 1/3
 Andrew Christopher Co-Opted Governor/Chair Committee Member:  Resources  30/09/2002-09/02/2012  1/3
 Linda Palmer Co-Opted Governor/ Vice-Chair Committee Member:  Curriculum, Families & Community, Resources  30/09/2005-09/02/2021  1/3
 Jane Colombo   Co-Opted Governor/ Child Protection & SEND  Committee Member:  Resources and Curriculum, Families and Community  08/10/2014-03/10/2019  1/3
 Janaki Wood  Staff Governor  Teacher  17/09/2018-17/09/2012  1/3
 Rebecca Francis  Parent Governor  Committee Member:  Curriculum, Families & Community  06/02/2017-19/01/2020  1/3
Mr Verster DuPlessis   Parent Governor  Committee Member:  Resources  stepped down July 2018   0/3
 Nita Dilley    Parent Governor Committee Member:  Resources committee & Curriculum, Families & Community  08/12/2016-31/10/2019  1/3
 Tess Nixon Clerk to the Governors Clerk to the Governors 1/3

Governing Body Structure

Statements from our governors

I am a local Solicitor and have 30 years of experience and I run my own practice so I have good knowledge of governance and can give input where necessary.

I work closely with families and know their needs and that of their children. I have also the experience and knowledge of the needs of children with physical and learning difficulties. I am the local councillor. I know the needs of my residents and they know they can approach me even if they do not live in my ward.

I am very happy to see how the Nursery has developed in the few years that I have been their LA Governor. It is an establishment where the needs of our children are met very well.

 – Sushila Abraham, LA Governor

I am the Acting Headteacher of the school and was the Deputy head for 6 years. I am passionate about early years and have worked in this area of the education system for more than 21 years. My differing roles have including setting up and running sure start Children’s Centres as well as supporting families and under 5’s within Kingston.  I am still involved in teaching regularly as well as leading the school. I have been at the school for  7 years and have loved to watch it grow and flourish over the years.

  – Esther White, Head teacher

I have been linked with SCCN since my daughter attended in 2001, becoming first a Parent Governor and then a Co-opted Governor and currently Chair. I have seen the Nursery grow, develop and diversify over the past 6 years and look forward to a continued association.  As Chair I am delighted to work with an extremely talented and skilled team from the Centre, it is clear to me from my knowledge of many other Centres and Providers that Surbiton is the place to which others aspire. From my own experience with both my children, those who access high quality provision at an early stage benefit later in their educational life. I live in Banstead and maintain a close association with Surbiton & Kingston through voluntary work that both my wife and I do with St John Ambulance.

– Andrew Christopher, Chair

I am a retired local Head teacher (and JP) – still greatly interested in education.  Being a co-opted Governor of Surbiton Children’s Centre Nursery sustains this interest (my son attended the Nursery over 35 years ago and loved it!)

I really enjoy visiting the Nursery – it is inspirational – the foundation for further learning is apparent and this has been recognised by OFSTED and our Local Authority.

Thank you to all at SCCN.

– Linda Palmer,Vice Chair

In excess of ten years experience of line management and finance management across three blue chip companies

My son attended SCCN in 2014/15 and my daughter in 2017/18.

We are very fortunate to have such a unique resource in Surbiton Children’s Centre Nursery.  Having been impressed with many aspects of the nursery school, it would be fantastic to have the opportunity both to be involved in its future and to be able to give something back to our local community.

– Jane Colombo, Child Protection & SEND

I am the Early years Leader  and also a class teacher (4 days a week) at the Nursery and have been here for more than 7 years. I have been involved as a part tof the school for many more than that and I  was a parent myself bringing my children to SCCN. I have a passion for outdoor learning and love to explore our local area.

– Janaki Wood, Teaching

I became a Parent Governor of the school to be more involved in my daughter’s education.  I hope to send my other child to the Nursery in the future. Through being a Parent Governor I’m happy to be able to give something back to the school and the community.

 – Rebecca Francis, Parent

I am the mother of three children – my eldest attended SCCN in 2016/17 and I plan to use the nursery for my other two children in the coming years. I have over ten years experience working as an analyst in Government and have specific skills and knowledge in conducting social research, project management and monitoring and evaluating social policy. I hope to use this experience to help support the governance of the nursery.

– Nita Dilley, Parent

Ex Civil Servant and joined SCCN after a career break to have children. My daughter will be attending SCCN from September 2018.

– Tess Nixon, Clerk to the Governors