The Governing Body works as a team to make sure the school is a safe and happy place for children to learn and staff to work. Governors have a general responsibility for seeing that the school is run effectively. The strength of the Governing Body lies in the collective knowledge, experience and expertise of its members.

The Governing Body has three main roles:

  • To work with the Headteacher and staff to provide and support the strategic direction and vision for the school.
  • To have responsibility for monitoring and evaluating the school's effectiveness, asking challenging questions and pressing for continuous improvement to promote the interests of the school and its pupils.
  • To ensure accountability. The Headteacher and staff report to the Governing Body on the school's performance. In turn, the Governing Body is answerable to parents and the wider local community for the school's overall performance.

The full Governing Body meets once every term to discuss the strategic issues facing the school at the time. In addition, there are two sub-committees that meet once every term. These sub-committees cover:

  • Curriculum and Special Educational Needs
  • Resources – Finance, Health & Safety, HR, Premises

Governors can include parents, staff members, local authority representatives and members of the community. The Governing Body is supported by a Clerk and by the local authority. Governors often visit the school to observe different aspects of its activities and may receive training run by the local authority.

The current members of the Governing Body are listed below. The usual term of office is 4 years. The Governing Body can be contacted through the school office.  To contact the Chair of Governors, Matt Martin, please write or email to: 

Matt Martin, Chair of Governors
Burlington Infant & Nursery School, Burlington Road, New Malden, KT3 4LT

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please come and speak to us. Minutes of our governing body meetings are also available on request. For all enquiries please contact our clerk

Instrument of Government

Governor Meeting Attendance Record


Name of Governor Category of Governor and Term of Office Roles and Committees Any relevant business interests/other governance roles/relationships with school staff

Mr Matt Martin

Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)

10.1.22 - 10.1.26

Chair of Governors

Director of Ivygate Estate Agents

Mrs Marian Freedman

Local Authority Governor

4.5.22 - 4.5.26


Resources Governor for Attendance

Resources Governor for Health and Safety

Trustee of Kingston Upon Thames United Charities

Mrs Michelle Dalby

Parent Governor (appointed by Parent Elections)

16.12.20 - 16.12.24

Vice Chair

Curriculum Governor for English

Self-employed independent Usborne organiser operating under the name My Book Bug

Director of ACT Studios

The school uses My Book Bug to purchase Usborne books and run Book Fairs

Mrs Mary Arbuthnot

Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)

11.10.22 - 11.10.26

Curriculum Governor for Science and Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children and Pupil Premium Grant

Husband is Governor at Burlington Junior School

Mrs Hannah Pirinen 

Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)

15.7.21 - 15.7.25

Curriculum Committee Chair

Curriculum Governor for Maths


Mrs Holly Smith

Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)

23.11.23 - 23.11.27

Curriculum Governor for PPG, Geography and History


Mrs Louisa Feldwick

Associate Member

1.12.21 - 1.12.26

Curriculum Governor for EAL and Diversity, RE and PSHE

PE Teacher at our school

Mrs Jennifer Saxby

Associate Member

4.9.23 - 4.9.27

Curriculum Governor for OPAL, Music, Art and Drama


Mrs Helen Field

Associate Member

8.1.24 - 8.1.28

Curriculum Governor for STEM


Mrs Jee Young Lim

Parent Governor (appointed by Parent Elections)

24.4.23 - 24.4.27

Resources Committee Chair

Resources Governor for Finance


Mr Tristan O'Garro

Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)

13.07.23 - 13.07.2027

Resources Governor 

Curriculum Governor for PE and Computing


Mr Roshan Sivapalan

Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)

15.09.23 - 15.09.27

Resources Governor for Safeguarding


Mrs Michelle Docwra

Elected by school staff

23.11.23 - 23.11.27


Mrs Su Yay-Walker

Ex Officio Governor (appointed by virtue of position)

1.4.14 -


Resources Committee

Curriculum Committee

Director of Freehold Company for Flats

Trustee for BSA 

Governors who have stepped down within last 12 months:
Mrs Navita Rathod
Elected by school staff
Curriculum Governor for Foundation Subjects
Resources Governor
Mrs Tricia Ayre
Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)
Curriculum Governor for EYFS
Ms Hannah Lee
Co-opted (Elected unopposed by Governing Body)
Co Vice Chair
Resources Governor for HR, Staffing and Safeguarding

Governor Diversity Information 2023-24


Meet our Governors

Matt Martin

I began my close association with Burlington in 2010 in a role of Parent Governor, when my youngest daughter was in Reception. In 2013, I took over as Chair of Governors and save for a break between 2018-2021, have continued in that capacity ever since.  I am extremely proud of my association with this outstanding school and consider myself extremely blessed to continue in the role as Chair of Governors.




Roshan Sivapalan

Having grown up in the local area, as a former pupil myself (a very long time ago!) and more recently with my own children now attending Burlington I have held a close affiliation with the school for many years. I believe in the paramount importance of early years education to provide the necessary foundations for our pupils, in their formative years, to go on and excel in all forms of their social, emotional and physical development as well as later academic achievement. My professional background is in real estate and law and I have established and run small businesses in these sectors. I am very grateful for the opportunity in becoming a Governor of the school to help promote the growth and development of our future generation and in doing so support the local community. I have been a member of the resources committee of the governing body since late 2022 as well as being a link governor for safeguarding.


Michelle Dalby

I am a parent Governor and I have two daughters who are at Burlington Infants and Juniors. I feel privileged to have become a Governor in 2016 to give me the opportunity to support our community, and to contribute towards providing a high standard of education for all of the children at the school.  My background is in academic science, where I worked as a research scientist for 20 years. More recently I started my own business selling children’s books, as I passionately believe that getting young children interested in reading is key to their education. I am on the Curriculum Committee, focusing on reading and writing.