Thomas’s Academy Trust - Company number: 09635397 

Registered office: Thomas’s Academy, New King’s Road, London SW6 4LY


The Governing Body

Stuart Richie

Stuart is married with two children and lives round the corner from the Academy. He is a barrister practising from Fountain Court Chambers in London, specialising in commercial law and civil fraud. He was appointed Q.C. in 2012 and has, since 2018, sat part-time as a Judge of the Crown Court. He is a member of Chambers' management committee, was its Equality and Diversity Officer and currently has responsibility for Wellbeing. He is a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple and a Commercial Mediator. Outside the law he was a governor of a prep school for 10 years, and music is his principal hobby. He is Chair of the Bar Choral Society and Chair Elect of the Gerald Finzi Trust.

Tim Stilwell Revd Tim Stilwell is married to Jo and has three grown up children . He has served as vicar of St Dionis, Parsons Green for 16 years, having previously worked in Hammersmith and Bristol. Before ordained ministry, he taught History and PE in a secondary school in Exeter. He has a season ticket at Craven Cottage and lists mountaineering as one of his passions in life. 

Charlotte Manson-Bahr

Charlotte was born and now lives in Fulham with her three children. Prior to being elected chair of governors Charlotte was a governor of New Kings and a trustee of the Academy. Professionally Charlotte is a solicitor and recently led the real estate execution efforts at Signal Capital for its pan-European special situation & value-add real estate investment strategy. Signal is a c. $1.5bn asset management business investing in distressed and special situations real estate transactions across the capital stack. Charlotte joined Signal shortly after inception in 2015 and left in October 2021 to focus on her children, role of governor and other voluntary work. Prior to Signal, Charlotte started her career at Allen & Overy LLP working in the London, Hong Kong and Amsterdam offices. She then worked at the Department for Business negotiating domestic and European Consumer law legislation. Charlotte studied at the Guildford College of Law and obtained an LLB from Durham University. In her spare time Charlotte likes all things outdoors; running in Bishop’s Park and skiing.

Tobyn Thomas


Born in Calcutta, lives in London, educated at Wellington College and attended Grenoble University, Tobyn has worked in publishing, theatre production, public relations and media management. He ran the media operation of the XVI Universiade in Sheffield and then The Rugby World Cup in France in 1991. He joined Thomas’s as Director of Administration in 1992, became Partner in 1995 and joint Executive Principal in 1999 on the retirement of the Founding Principals from executive management. He is married to Samantha and has three daughters, Isobel, Alice and Matilda who are all former pupils of Thomas’s Clapham. He has two dogs.

Sarah-Jane  Bailes

Sarah-Jane is a mother of four boys. She went to Edinburgh University and has a degree in Sociology. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 with Arthur Andersen after which she worked for a period of time at Deloitte. Sarah-Jane is the owner of “Pure Baby”, an infant clothes business. Sarah-Jane is involved with the Daisy Trust Charity and helps run a choir in SW London which raises money for local charities. Sarah-Jane is a proud mother of many boys and spinner of many plates! 

Pat Bunche

Pat has a long term involvement with firstly New King's and then Thomas’s. Her working career has primarily been in the Early Years field and she maintains a passion for ensuring that children get the best start in life and on their educational journey. She is a parent and now a grandparent of primary school aged children. Before retirement Pat was the Head of Early Years and Childcare Services in Hammersmith and Fulham and has worked extensively in the private and voluntary early years sectors. She is currently the Safeguarding and GDPR leads as well as chairing the Education Subcommittee.  

Sam Merullo

Sam has founded, run and exited a range of successful businesses in the UK and USA. Amongst other things, he is currently a Mentor at the Founder Institute and a Venture Scout at Backed VC. He started his career as a lawyer for the magic circle law firm, Allen & Overy LLP having been educated at Durham University, BPP Law School and the College of Law. Sam joined as a Governor of New King’s in 2012 and has continued as a Trustee of Thomas’s Academy. He is Chair of the Buildings and Services Committee.

Ben Thomas

Ben is Head of Thomas’s Battersea and a Principal of Thomas’s London Day Schools. He was educated at Eton and Durham University and holds a Master’s degree in Education from the UCL Institute of Education. Ben has twenty-two years’ experience as a school Head. For eight years until 2020 he also served on the board of St Paul’s School, where he was a member of the Education Committee, Chair of the Safeguarding Committee and Deputy Chairman of Governors. He is Chairman of the Katherine Low Settlement, a community centre in Battersea, and a trustee of Thomas’s Foundation. Ben is married to Katie and they have a son and two daughters, now in their 20s, who were all pupils at Thomas’s Battersea.

Chi-pa Choi

Chi-pa is a co-founder of Calimere Point Risk Advisory, a consultancy focused on data analytics. Prior to this he was a credit derivatives structurer at JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. He read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and joined Thomas's Academy as a Parent Governor in 2020 and was made chair of the finance committee in 2021.

Sean Goorah

Sean is a secondary school teacher at the Fulham Boys' School and has lived in Fulham for 10+ years. He has an interest in education and social mobility as well as the introduction of new policies/systems which seek to enable this. Sean has two children (Jack - 5 and Freddie - 4), who are both at Thomas’s Academy.

Additional Information:

Committee Membership 

Scheme of delegation and Terms of Reference 

Memorandum of Association 

Articles of Association 

Funding Agreement 

Governor Details 

Governor Register of Business and Pecuniary Interests 

Governor Meeting Attendance Records