Mrs Naureen Khalid (Appointed Governor) Chair
Naureen is married with three daughters who are or have been Newstead students. Naureen’s background is in education. She was a University Lecturer before giving up work to start her family.
Naureen has been heavily involved with Newstead, first as a member of the PTA’s Social Committee and the cover staff team, and then as a governor. She joined the governing body as a parent governor and is currently an appointed governor.
Naureen is also a trustee in a local multi-academy trust. She is the author of a widely read blog (Governing Matters) and regularly speaks about school governance at conferences.
Mr Steve Penny (Appointed Governor) Vice Chair
After leaving the Royal Air Force as a Wing Commander, Steve joined Lockheed Martin as a communications engineer and was subsequently seconded to the US and UK Governments working in both London and Washington. He is currently working in the area of Information Security. Steve was initially educated at Warwick University and subsequently studied at London, Loughborough and Oxford Brookes Universities. He is a STEM UCAS tutor for the Social Mobility Foundation, having completed a further degree with the OU which included experience of teaching in secondary schools. Steve's interests include Music (playing and composition), skiing and he is a commissioned officer in the Air Training Corps.
Mr Jonathan Capon (Appointed Governor)
Jonathan is an Global Account Director at Visa Europe where he has worked for the past 11 years. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at NatWest Bank in a variety of roles within Corporate and Institutional Finance and Corporate Banking. After graduating from Queen Mary College, University of London, Jonathan attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from where he was commissioned into the Army. Jonathan was elected as a Parent Governor in 2008 and upon the expiry of his 4 year term was made an appointed Governor by the Members of the Academy Trust.
Jonathan has been married for 23 years to Mary and lives in Orpington with his 3 daughters; the elder two attending Newstead Wood School.
Mrs Jo-Anne Penn (Appointed Governor)
Jo is married with one daughter who left NWS in 2011. She is a practising Osteopath, Senior Clinical Tutor and lecturer at the British School of Osteopathy. Jo has recently rejoined the governing body as an appointed governor. She previously served as both a parent and community governor over an eight year period, with four years as Chair. Jo is currently serving on an Interim Executive Board, is a National Leader of Governance supporting Chairs through coaching and mentoring and is studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Academic and Clinical Education.
Mr Nicholas Burgess (Staff Governor)
Nick is the school’s Network Manager as well as being a staff governor.
After 13 years’ experience working on the support staff within selective schools, 6 of which at Newstead, Nick was keen to give something back to the school and become a Staff Governor.
Nick’s interests include Outdoor Pursuits and he leads the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme at Newstead as well as being heavily involved in the organisation of a number of other outdoor trips.
Mr Solomon Ako-Otchere (Appointed Governor)
Sol has nearly 20 years’ experience in finance, risk and governance.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, Sol joined Mercer Consulting in their Investment and Pensions consultancy and later trained as a Chartered Accountant with the Audit Commission.
Sol is currently a Senior Finance Manager with Public Health England. Previous roles have included Head of Audit for the UK Health Research Authority (HRA) and also the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
Sol is married with two children.
Ms Eileen Xiaoyu Zhang (Parent Governor)
Eileen is married with three daughters, the oldest of which currently attends Newstead Wood. Eileen studied in China, the United States and the United Kingdom. Eileen is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has worked in the financial services sector for the past 18 years. She currently works as an Analytical Manager at S&P Global Ratings, covering credit analysis for the public sector in Europe.