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Carwarden House

Community School and Sixth Form

Meet our Trustees

Meet our Trustees

If you would like to contact one of the Trustees for Carwraden House School please use the email address provided below:

They will be able to help you with any queries and direct you to the correct person/place.  

Kim Walker (Joint Chair of Trustees and Looked After Children Lead)

 Kim joined as a parent Trustee in 2013, wanting to support the school where one of her two children is attending. Following the school's conversion into an academy in 2014 she has continued as a member nominated Trustee of the academy's Trust.

Kim also works part time as a play assistant in a local preschool, and is an active member of Stepping Stones DS, a local support group for families who have children with Down Syndrome. Prior to having children, she enjoyed working with adults who have learning difficulties for Mencap and social services, following her BSc Psychology and Geography degree at Keele University, where she met her husband who studied Music and Languages.

Debra Bratt   (Joint Chair of Trustees, ECHP, Work Experience and Numeracy Lead)

 Debra joined as a parent Trustee in 2013, wanting to support to school where one of her three children is attending.  Following the school’s conversion to an academy in 2014 she has continued as a member of the academy trust. Debra was chair of the audit and resources committee for several years helping oversee the conversion to a single academy in 2014. She currently sits on the student progress committee and the head teacher’s performance review panel and is co-chair of the Trustees body.

With experience and qualifications in business and finance, Debra was previously a civil servant working for HMRC in various locations across the country. She spent time working in the technical aspects of taxation and latterly as a manager. She was involved in local re-structuring and managing the change process with staff.

Debra has a keen interest in ensuring the services for children are as good as they can be and strongly believes in the voice of parent/carers. She helped set up Hampshire Parent Carer Network, a parent/carer forum and became their treasurer. She was also a trustee of a local Down Syndrome Support Group and helped create a new pathway for secondary aged children with a view to them moving into adulthood. Debra is keen to put children/young people at the heart of everything that we do and her training in person centred practices supports this.

Currently Debra works as an independent advice and support worker in Hampshire for a local charity, supporting families with their EHCP’s and other educational difficulties. She’s recently completed her level 1 & 2 IPSEA Legal Training.

She met her husband in her native West Midlands and moved to Hampshire where they’ve settled with their 3 children. Debra’s a keen netballer and still plays competitively although she’s starting to feel her age! She enjoys playing tennis when she gets the time and skiing but accepts, she’s not very good at it.

Nicolas Gold - Parent Trustee

Nicolas Gold (BSc, PhD, FBCS, FHEA) is an Associate Professor in Computer

Science at University College London.   He has previously worked at Durham.

University, UMIST and King's College London.  His current research and teaching activities encompass software engineering, music computing (applied in healthcare and secondary education), and professional and research ethics (including data protection and copyright law).  He has published widely in these areas.  Alongside course teaching, Nicolas supervises and provides pastoral care to individual undergraduate and postgraduate students (with particular pastoral responsibility for students aged under 18).  Nicolas has held a range of other responsibilities including committee chairing and participation in a range of areas connected with teaching and research, and has provided ad-hoc guidance and review in connection with disability-related issues.  He has considerable quality assurance experience having worked as an external examiner, consultant, and course-approval panel member for several other UK universities.  Nicolas is also an amateur musician and photographer. Nicolas has been a Carwarden parent for more than 6 years and has a particular interest in inclusive practice and how this can be supported through policy, culture, and supportive advice.  He currently serves on the Audit and Resources Committee.                         

Carole Blunden-Lee  (Designated Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and Sixth Form Trustees)

Carole has spent her whole married life living and working in the Camberley, Farnham and Crowthorne area. She diversified from classroom teaching 30 years ago and has since trained and specialised in working with pupils who have specific learning difficulties. Carole has recently retired from teaching at Wellington College where she had been since 1990, latterly as Head of Academic Support. She is now moving on from teaching pupils who have specific learning difficulties to focus on the Trustees and special educational needs provision in school. The new links between Carwarden House and Wellington College as part of the teaching partnership means that there will be more liaisons between the schools in the group and opportunities to be gained for our students. Carole is currently Chair of the School Improvement Committee of a primary school in Crowthorne that has a recently been awarded Good by Ofsted. She knows how important it is to be a ‘critical friend’ and ask the appropriate questions in order to ensure all pupils’ needs are met.

Carole has a great zest for life and believes everybody has a talent which needs to be developed and nurtured. She enjoys travel, reading and more reading [originally an English teacher], entertaining and being entertained.

Karen Packham (Literacy and E-Safety Lead)

My name is Karen Packham, I am a Staff Trustee and am responsible for Literacy and e-safety.  I sit on the Student Progress Committee (SPC) and am responsible for the SPC policy review.  Having initially worked at Carwarden as a TA, after nearly 12 years and completing a degree and teacher training, I am the Leader of Numeracy.  I became a Trustee as I wanted to give something back to the school after being supported so well through my training.  In my spare time I enjoy Zumba, 5K running and spending time with my family and friends. 

 Sarah Dennison (Health and Safety Lead) 

Sarah qualified as a pharmacist in the mid-1980s, and worked in hospital pharmacy in the NHS, independent sector and overseas before moving into healthcare regulation in 2003. She currently works for The Care Quality Commission, the regulator for health and adult social care and has responsibilities for national oversight of controlled drug arrangements following on from The Shipman Inquiry. When time permits, she enjoys keeping fit, dog walking, jewellery making, travel and socialising.

Sarah lives in Frimley with her husband and Poppy, her Jack Russell. She has two children and two step children (all grown up). She joined the school as a community Trustee in 2017 when her youngest went off to university. Whilst her children attended Wellington College, she heard of the alliance between the two schools and this sparked her enthusiasm to offer her support. With a health science degree and a background in regulation and governance, she is committed to a quality service and driving improvement. She is determined to do everything she can to ensure that the children at the school have the best start in life and are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need by the time they leave the school.

Charlie Sutton (Equality Lead)

Charlie Sutton joined Wellington College as Housemaster of The Stanley in September 2018 from Pangbourne College where he was a Housemaster, Head of Boarding and a member of the Senior Leadership Team for 4 years. Previous to this role he was Head of Physical Education and Rugby at Pangbourne (2 years) and his remit included, academic teaching, coaching all sports with a particular focus on rugby and cricket teams and providing assistance to those wishing to pursue a career in sport. Before Pangbourne, Charlie was Director of Cricket and a PE teacher at Ryde School on the Isle of Wight (5 years). Charlie was educated at St Edward’s School Oxford and studied Sports Science at Durham University, playing both rugby and cricket for them, before embarking on his PGCE in PE at Exeter University. He has also played Minor Counties cricket for Oxfordshire and rugby for Newcastle Falcons Academy. As well as his love of all sport, Charlie has a passion for music which was honed during his six years as a Chorister at Christ Church Cathedral School. He has an appreciation for the CCF, having passed his initial RCB briefing for Sandhurst before deciding to take a different career path. Charlie also enjoys long walks, travelling, reading and socialising with friends and family. He is married to Laura who was Head of Psychology at Pangbourne and a former Head of Science at Ryde High School. Charlie and Laura have two sons, Freddie (2) and Rory (5 months) along with Bubba and Moo, their two cats!!

 Charlie is deeply passionate about education and trying to make a positive difference to every single student in his care. Charlie takes great pride in seeing students thrive in their respective fields and actively encourages all students to be the best versions of themselves whilst upholding the core values of; kindness, inclusivity, courage, respect, integrity and resilience. Whilst, Charlie has no prior experience of being on a governing board, he is excited about this potential new venture, especially after working with Maria Ramsay this year in developing the Wellington and Carwarden partnership. This link continues to go from strength to strength, with the development of the Frimley Park Hospital partnership being a particular highlight. There are more exciting initiatives in the pipeline for next year which will benefit both schools and their students.

Ed Venables  (Additional Income Lead)

After university, Ed worked in the City for twelve years in various equity and credit research roles before moving to a private equity hedge fund. Then, around the time of the financial crisis he decided to move his family to Crowthorne and started a completely new career as an Economics and Business teacher at Wellington College. Over the past 11 years he has been a head of department, a housemaster and now is the director of admissions and a member of the executive leadership team. Ed has a wife, three sons and a cockerpoo! Holidays are spent at their house on Anglesey in North Wales.

The best times of Ed’s career was working with Maria Ramsay to establish the link between his house and the Carwarden Sixth form. It has been a project full of joy and learning and one that has been beneficial to everyone involved. Winning a TES Independent Schools award for the link was a very special moment and seeing it continue to grow and flourish makes him incredibly happy. Since moving out of the boarding house Ed missed the Carwarden students immensely and so being involved at Trustee level is so exciting.

Becky Smith - Clerk to the Trustee Body


Chris Hamilton - Trustee

I have a background in scientific publishing and research and personal interests in natural history, technology and autism. After a decade working in a local education authority and running large-scale public services, I took early retirement in 2008 to combine paid work with voluntary roles in arts education, disability support and environmental protection.

I joined my first governing board in November 2009, later serving as its Vice Chair and Chair and helping to see the school through its move to new premises on a new site, recruiting a new headteacher and establishing a new structure. I was also a governor of Cherrywood Primary School in Farnborough and Interim Chair of Governors of Philip Southcote Special School in Chertsey, where I found myself leading on headteacher recruitment as soon as I arrived. I’m currently a governor of High Close (Wokingham) and Portesbery (Deepcut) special schools and Wildridings (Bracknell) primary school as well as Carwarden. Every school is very different and there are always things for a governor to learn, good ideas to share and interesting challenges to deal with.  I think we’re all making great use of technology to meet, keep in touch and do our jobs but it will be nice to get back into schools when we can.  

Karen Cummings - Trustee

I live in Bracknell with my husband and our daughter, who is in Year 7 at Carwarden. We are family orientated and enjoy visiting National Trust properties and having picnics. I enjoy exercising and meeting with friends, Covid permitting!

I was a Primary school teacher for 15 years, I stopped working 3 and a half years ago to concentrate on our daughter. I joined Bearwood Primary School in Winnersh, Wokingham, as an NQT and never left! During my time at Bearwood I had a number of roles. Mr roles spanned from class teacher to Literacy and Assessment lead.

Over the 15 years I gradually reduced my working hours, mainly due to wanting to have more time with our daughter. Before I left teaching I worked 1 day a week, I covered staff’s PPA time throughout the school, I taught children in the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. My main interests are in the Creative Curriculum and assessment and have experience in both areas within education. I am hoping I can bring my experiences from Bearwood to the Carwarden Trustee Board and can be an asset to the school community. I feel I am able to contribute as an ex-teacher and a parent of a child with special needs. I will serve on the Student Progress Committee.


Mark Windle - Trustee

Mark is currently managing the new Gulfstream (Business jet) program for a large international pilot training organisation in Farnborough. He previously flew for many UK airlines including Virgin Atlantic as well as being an RAF pilot.  Alongside this, he has been involved with recruitment for those starting their journey to become cabin crew or pilots as well as for experienced personnel with this sector. He also volunteered in the Air Cadets working with children and young adults who have an interest in aviation.  

Mark is the father of 4 children and serves on the Audit and Resources Committee alongside the main board.