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Meet the committee

Samantha Axbey - Head Teacher


Julie Key - Chair of the Management Committee

(community member)

Julie was a forensic accounting partner in a large London accountancy firm. She is currently a magistrate, working in both the adult and youth courts; a trustee and treasurer on the Board of St Giles Trust, a national charity working with adults in vulnerable circumstances and young people who are at risk of or who are criminally exploited; and chair of governors of a three form entry primary school. Julie has two children: one doing her A levels and the other at university. She firmly believes that all children and young people should be offered access to high quality education that suits their needs. 

Term of office: 4 years from September 2022

Jill Braun - Vice Chair of the Management Committee & Chair of the Education Committee
(Community member)


Jill, until her retirement, was an Access Arrangement Assessor for Malden Oaks and Chessington College. Prior to that she held various roles for Kingston Local Authority: SEN Advisory Teacher, Parent Partnership Officer and Educational Consultant. Jill has also been a Specialist SEN and Literacy Teacher.

Term of office: 4 years from September 2019

Claude Green 
(LA Appointed)

Claude  has spent most of his working life at Reuters in a variety of financial and then general management positions both in the UK and Europe. After retiring, he went to film school where he learnt the art of fiction and documentary film making. Since then he has made a number of short films and is currently working on a new feature film script.

Term of office: 4 years from November 2020

Supriya Jackman - Chair of the Finance Committee 

(community member)

Supriya is the Head of Policy at an international payments platform with experience in Financial Crime governance across Private and Commercial Banking. She has recently completed a Masters degree at Cranfield University with a thesis focussed on risk governance in these areas. 

Outside of her day-to-day role, Supriya enjoys being a mentor and working on Diversity and Inclusion initiatives to support in creating an environment where people are comfortable to be themselves. She is an avid proponent of providing high quality education in order to equip children to realise their potential

Term of office: 4 years from December 2021

Clare McNamara

(community member)

Clare is a senior civil servant at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and currently leads a team that develops and implements government policies on gas systems, networks and  markets. She is also mum to three teenage children and has lived in the local area for nearly 20 years.

Stuart Holmes
(Community Member)


Stuart Holmes has been a modern languages teacher since 2004 having graduated in German with French from Newcastle University. He has had a variety of both pastoral and curriculum roles within middle and senior leadership; he is currently Assistant Headteacher at a local secondary school, where he is the school's Designated Safeguarding Lead. 

Throughout his time in schools Stuart has been particularly interested in developing the work schools' work around equality and diversity and providing young people enrichment experiences outside of the classroom. 

Term of office: 4 years from February 2022

Beccy Privett
(Parent member)

Beccy is currently a part time University Lecturer in Education and Teacher Training with
adults who are studying alongside working in early years, primary and secondary settings. In
addition, she teaches part time in an alternative provision with children from Year 4 to Year
7 who have complex needs; many of whom have missed significant chunks of education.
She has an extensive background in primary education working in a range of schools. Her
passion is to see all young people included within a classroom and given the opportunity to
learn so they can reach their full potential.
Beccy has close personal experience of the difference Malden Oaks can make in a young
person’s life and is passionate about being involved to help and support them change more
young lives for the better.
Beccy is married with three children, is a First-Class graduate of The University of Greenwich
and has lived in the Kingston area her whole life.

Term of office: 4 years from March 2022

Tracy Ataise
(Staff Member)


Tracy Atiase is the staff member on the management committee. She has been a teacher for over 25 years, predominantly teaching in special schools.  Tracy has worked at Malden Oaks for four years as a GCSE & 6th Form English Teacher, Careers Lead and Learning Environment Lead. Tracy has also worked for the tuition service as a tutor teaching both medical and SEN students. Tracy is currently a  KS3 nurture teacher. 

Term of office: 4 years from September 2022

Robert Green  (Associate Member - Previously Chair )

Robert has been a member of the Management Committee since 2015. Previously a senior civil servant in the Department for Education, Cabinet Office and Ofsted, Robert was awarded the CBE in 2008. He has been governor of a comprehensive school, a special school and Kingston University, and a non-executive with a national children’s charity: he finds his involvement with Malden Oaks the most rewarding of all. Robert is married with three grown-up children, and lives within cycling distance of Malden Oaks.

Term of office : Associate member from Sept23

Michael Gascoinge 
(Community Member)


Working for over 30 years in secondary schools, mostly in Kingston, Mike has a vast experience of education. For 20 years he was on the Senior Leadership Team of Tiffin School, which he led as Heateacher for the last 8 years, during a period of great change, retiring from this post in the summer of 2023. For many years Mike also served on the local Schools' Forum, chairing that body for 3 years, and working with AfC and other local stakeholders to help decide upon and manage the local education budget and funding formula. Outside of education, Mike has two grown up children, is a dedicated and passionate historian, and also has a close interest in the workings of the criminal justice system.

Term of office: 4 years from January 2024

Ciaran Beatty
(Community Member)



Ciarán is a headteacher of a local Richmond primary school. He has a passion for education and literature. Holding a masters in Children's literature, he firmly believes in the transformative power of high-quality literature in shaping the lives of young people. With a wealth of experience in education, Ciarán has held various senior leadership positions, guiding schools to success and fostering a culture of excellence among children and staff.

Beyond his work in education, Ciarán has a keen interest in property development and design. This passion for creating spaces extends to his approach to education, where he strives to provide students with environments that are conducive to learning and growth.

Term of office: 4 years from February 2024