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 of Governor / Appointed byDate of appointmentTerm of office Attendance at 22-23 meetings
Declared Business and Pecuniary Interests
Date of Declaration
Sandrine PaillasseTrust29 Jan 202029 Jan 2020 - 28 Jan 20244 out of 5Head, St Christophers School, Memberships – ASCL, NAHT, Girls School Assoc, IAPS, London Prep School GSA rep, Trustee & Governor - Bute House School5 Oct 2023
Adam WatkinTrust8 Oct 20198 Oct 23 - 7 Oct 20275 out of 5Civil Servant, Member of the FDA – Civil Servant Union 6 Oct 2023
Stephanie TyrerTrust / Chair 17 Jan 201917 Jan 2019 - 15 Jan 20275 out of 5Husband – Partner Linklaters
26 Sept 2023
Monica DuncanPrincipal1 January 20091 Jan 2009 - 5 out of 5Employee Aldridge Education, Director Aldridge Services Ltd, Governor LAET & ST Lukes, Trustee London Diocesan Board for Schools 25 Sept 2023
Antonio MaizeParent29 Mar 202229 Mar 2022 - 28 Mar 20265 out of 5Employed Caterlink (Dukes catering contractor), none9 Oct 2023
Rebecca LeakeTrust 4 Oct 20224 Oct 2022 - 3 Oct 20264 out of 4Employee Linklaters LLP, none4 Oct 2023
Catherine WilliamsTrust 29 Nov 202229 Nov 2022 - 28 Nov 20264 out of 4Teacher, Governor Belmont Junior School26 Sept 2023
Olukemi DohertyParent 29 Nov 202214 Nov 2022 - 13 Nov 20264 out of 4Civil Servant, none4 Oct 2023
Maria ChristopherStaff 29 Nov 202215 Nov 2022 - 14 Nov 20263 out of 4Aldridge Education employee, None6 Oct 2023
Jonathan LewisTrust26 Sept 202326 Sept 2023 - 25 Sept 2027 Newly appointedDirector, i-media Ltd, MSA
Advertising Ltd, JPLC Ltd,
Wonderland Ltd
11 Oct 2023

Governors who have left office in the last 12 months

Governor Name
Type of Governor / Appointed byDate of AppointmentTerm of office Attendance 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