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The Governors work to support the school’s leaders in their realisation of the vision for Capella House School and to ensure the highest possible standards for its pupils.

Following approval from the DfE, the members of the working group became the school’s first Governors and are now recruiting for a number of talented new people to offer a range of skills and experience to the school. 

We are very keen to hear from anyone who feels they would be able to serve on the Capella House Governing Body which meets at least once a term and on a number of committees which look at particular issues (such as safeguarding, personnel and teaching and learning).

Please contact the school for more information.


Andrew Whiteside - Chair

Co=opted Governor

I joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1991, served overseas in the British Embassies in Budapest, Rome and Baghdad, and worked in various policy departments including Middle East, Central Europe, Counter Proliferation, Counter Narcotics and Counter Terrorism.

For the last 7 years I have held various leadership roles in inter departmental transformation programmes to share IT and Corporate services.  This has given me valuable experience in business strategy, and planning, business change, and performance assurance.  I am looking to apply this to my role as a governor.

I have a Physics degree from Oxford University, and a Post Graduate qualification in Organisational Change.  I speak Hungarian and Italian.

My wife is an Assistant Head and SENCO in the borough.  My daughter is at university and my son is a sixth former.

Address: c/o Capella House School, Egerton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7SL

Appointed by the Auriga Academy Trust

Term of Office: 09/07/2019 - 09/07/2023

Dominic Sunderland - Headteacher


I have worked in Education for just over 20 years, initially as a learning support assistant in a school for pupils with autism before I graduated with a BA Primary Education (Hons.) from Roehampton University. I have been a class teacher and leader within both mainstream and special schools.  I have taught across all key stages during my time as a teacher from Early Years to Key Stage 4 and have had a number of roles and responsibilities. I have a keen interest in technology and physical activity and how they play a key role in education today. 

I believe that relationships are the single most important aspect of leading a successful school. This is something that I instil in all members of the school team. Relationships built with families are key to supporting the success of their child, if a relationship is established and based upon strong communication, honesty and trust it ensures that even in challenging circumstances everyone is working together with the pupil’s success in mind.  

I am an ambitious and passionate leader and believe strongly that all children, regardless of their starting point or needs, have the right to an education that is aspirational and equips them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead successful lives. 

Peter Bailey

Co-opted Governor

I am a retired Primary School Head teacher. I have been a head teacher in nine different schools varying in size from 21 pupils to 720 pupils. I have taught in a Social Priority Areas in London and in rural two-teacher schools in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. I have also been responsible for a Hearing-Impaired Unit. I have a granddaughter who is on the Autistic Spectrum and hope to bring an understanding of special needs to this role.

Although I am person who listens to reasoned arguments and gives wide consideration to views that may differ from my own I have personal principles and feel strongly about matters of social justice. With the marked divisions in our country at present I feel it is important that the views of those less well-placed and who have special needs are heard.

I have been a School Governor in a range of schools and was appointed as an elected member of my local council. I am an active member of a political party and have stood in local elections three times. I have been a branch secretary to my professional association the NAHT.

Despite being retired I am an active sportsman playing football into my 70s plus Bowls and Chess

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 09/07/2019 - 09/07/2023

Michelle Coleman

Co-opted Governor

I have been involved in Education for nearly 30 years, previous to this I worked in industry in Dublin, Ireland.  During my early career as an educator I worked across both the mainstream and specialist settings as both teacher and Senior Leader, predominantly based within the Kingston and Richmond Local Authorities.

Over the last 10 years I have worked extensively as a SEND Consultant in London.  A great deal of the work has been to provide Leadership and Management consultancy providing strategic and operational support to schools, Academies, and Free Schools.  My work has focussed mainly on Special Educational Needs and Inclusion; supporting senior leaders with re-structuring their SEN/Inclusion Departments in line with school context, resources and the National Agenda.

I have provided extensive training for Staff, including governors and the schools’ SEN departments. Sometimes I have worked as an Interim SENCO setting up systems, training and reorganising the departments.  I was also heavily involved in the setting up of The St. Marylebone CofE Bridge School, a specialist Free School for children with speech language and communication needs in Westminster, which I also led (Headteacher) and managed during its first year. I continue to have links with the school and provide support if necessary.

My most recent work has been involved with establishing and setting up the new Resource Base for Girls with Autism and Social Emotional Mental Health at Tolworth Girls School in Kingston.  I hope that my educational and SEND experience plus my extensive involvement with the St. Marylebone Bridge School will be of benefit to both the Governing body and the pupils at Capella House.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 09/07/2019 - 09/07/2023

Naomi Greaves

Co-opted Governor

I am currently employed as a social worker working in Safeguarding to ensure that vulnerable children and young people receive the support that they need. I have previously been a Governor at a mainstream primary school, taking the lead in scrutinising safeguarding procedures and having an overview of the progress of pupils with special educational needs within the school. This is therefore an area of expertise which I hope to bring to this new venture, ensuring that all the new Capella House pupils are thriving in every aspect of their lives. 

I have also previously been employed and volunteered in politics at a national and local level and so have experience in campaigning, including bringing together differing groups of people to achieve shared goals.

In my spare time I enjoy being part of my local church community, travelling and making novice attempts at DIY.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 09/07/2019 - 09/07/2023

Peter Heyer - Vice Chair

LA Governor

I studied Business Studies with Engineering and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant with PriceWaterHouseCoopers. Having spent over 20 years working in Finance at various banks, including Barclays, RBS and HSBC, I am delighted to contribute as part of the governance body to achieving strong financial management & governance at Capella House. I am father to three teenagers, actively involved in their education and when I am not working you could find me on the slopes, on my bike or learning foreign languages.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 09/07/2019 - 09/07/2023

Melanie Bywell

Parent Governor

I am an HR professional, currently working as an HR leader in Broadcast Media. I have had approximately 17 years’ experience as a strategic People Partner and I hold an MA in HR.  

I am the mother of an autistic special needs child and I firmly believe that every child should be afforded the opportunity to be educated in a safe, stimulating and happy environment in which they can progress and learn. That said, I am also keenly aware of the constraints within which our teaching professionals and their support professionals operate, and therefore I am committed to aiding in whatever way I can and to that end I have volunteered as a governor for the past five years, first for a mainstream primary school and latterly, for Capella House.   

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 24/02/2020 - 23/02/2024

Helen Bridge - Clerk

As Clerk to the governing body, my role will be to provide effective administrative support, to organise and co-ordinate information flow and to provide procedural and legislative advice to the Governors. I already act as clerk to both the Clarendon Governing Body, Strathmore Governing Body and the Auriga Academy Trust Board.

In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, running, skiing and going to the theatre.