Governing Body

The governing body has been reconstituted at a smaller size in line with the new Government guidance to ensure it has the range of skills it needs and can be cohesive and dynamic.  It is a combination of former governors and new governors selected for their skills, knowledge and experience.  It includes governors representative of the parents and staff.

The governing body are charged with driving up academy and student performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.  Its prime purpose in law is therefore to conduct the academy with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the academy.

Its core functions are defined as:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the principal to account for the educational performance of the academy and its students, and the performance management of staff
  • overseeing the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent

The governing body normally meets 6 times a year.

Click here to view our Governor profiles.

Contacting the Governors 

All correspondence to members of the Governing Body should be addressed to them at:
Duke’s Aldridge Academy, Trulock Road, Tottenham, London, N17 0PG

If you wish to email the Chair of Governors, Stephanie Tyler, email

Governing Body Members

Governor NameType
Term of office start date
Term of office end dateRegister of interest
Attendance at 22-23 meetings
Sandrine PaillasseTrust Governor29 January 202028 January 2024Head, St Christophers School, Memberships – ASCL, NAHT, Girls School Assoc, Schools Inclusion Alliance, Independent Prep Schools Assoc4 out of 5
Adam WatkinTrust Governor8 October 20197 October 2027Civil Servant, Member of the FDA – Civil Servant Union5 out of 5
Stephanie TyrerChair of Governors17 January 20191 January 2023Husband – Partner Linklaters
5 out of 5
Monica DuncanPrincipal1 January 2009N/AEmployee Aldridge Education,
Director Aldridge Services Ltd,
Governor LAET & ST Lukes,
Trustee London Diocesan
Board for Schools
5 out of 5
Antonio MaizeParent Governor29 March 202228 March 2026Employed Caterlink (Dukes catering contractor), none5 out of 5
Rebecca LeakeTrust Governor 4 October 20223 October 2026Employee Linklaters LLP, none4 out of 4
Catherine WilliamsTrust Governor29 November 202228 November 2026Governor Belmont Junior School4 out of 4
Olukemi DohertyParent Governor29 November 202213 November 2026Civil Servant, none4 out of 4
Maria ChristopherStaff Governor29 November 202214 November 2026Aldridge Education employee, None3 out of 4
Jonathan LewisTrust29 November 202228 November 2026Director, i-media Ltd, MSA
Advertising Ltd, JPLC Ltd,
Wonderland Ltd
Newly appointed

Governors who have left office in the last 12 months

Governor Name
Term of office start date
Term of office end dateAttendance to meetings

As a member of the Aldridge Education family of schools, our Local Governing Committee is part of the overall governance structure of the multi-academy trust.  Please see the Aldridge Education website for further information on Governing Policies and Accountability – here