The Academy Governors

Thomas’s Academy is supported by a Board of Governors who provide a wealth of experience from the independent and state education systems, from local and central Government and from the world of business. They support and challenge the Academy to develop a truly outstanding offer for local children.

Andrew Fenwick (Chair)
Andrew co-founded Brunswick in 1987 and is Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 with PricewaterhouseCoopers in London and attended Harvard Business School's Program for Management Development in the spring of 1992. He is a non-executive director of Fenwick Limited, a non-executive director of the Royal Parks Agency and a founding Trustee and Deputy Chairman of the Royal Parks Foundation. Andrew has been Chair of Governors at New King’s since 1992, he has continued as Chair of Governors at Thomas’s Academy and is Chair of the Finance Committee. 

Tobyn Thomas
Tobyn was educated at Wellington College and attended the University of Grenoble, France. He has extensive work experience including theatre production, publishing, futures and options, public relations and media management. Prior to joining the schools in 1992, he ran the media operation of the XVI Universidad in Sheffield, one of the largest multi-sports events ever held in the UK, and the French operation of the 1991 Rugby World Cup. Tobyn is the elder son of David and Joanna Thomas, who founded Thomas's, and is brother to Ben Thomas. He originally joined Thomas’s in 1992 as Director of Administration. He has been a Principal since 1995. Tobyn is also a trustee of the CAIRN Trust and is Vice Chair of the Governing Body at Thomas’s Academy.

Ben Thomas
Ben was educated at Eton College and Durham University, where he read English, and holds an MA in Education from the Institute of Education. After teaching in Lesotho, Southern Africa, he spent two years working in investment banking before joining Thomas's London Day Schools. Ben is the younger son of David and Joanna Thomas, Founding Principals of Thomas's, and is brother to Tobyn Thomas. He has been a Principal since 1995, was Headmaster of Thomas's Battersea Prep School for 18 years and is now Head of Thomas's Battersea Senior School. Ben is a former Governor of St Paul's School and is Chairman of Thomas's Foundation and Katherine Low Settlement. He is a member of the Education and Safeguarding Committee at Thomas’s Academy.

Pat Bunche
Pat is a retired local government officer and retains a passion for Early Years and Childcare. She has over 35 years’ experience working in Hammersmith and Fulham with 15 of these years in the local authority as Head of Early Years and Childcare Services and Interim Head of the Community Investment Team. She also has over 20 years in the local voluntary sector in roles which included Interim Director of the White City Enterprise and Assistant Regional Manager for the Early Years Alliance. She has recently started a new voluntary role as an Independent Person for Wiltshire County Council which she has added to her other voluntary roles in Hammersmith and Fulham. Pat is currently the Chair of the Education subcommittee, Safeguarding and GDPR Governor.

Sam Merullo 
Sam has founded and run a range of successful businesses in the UK and USA. Before this he was a lawyer, having worked for the magic circle law firm, Allen & Overy LLP. He was educated at Durham University, BPP Law School and the College of Law. Sam joined as a Governor at New King’s in 2012 and has continued as a Governor of Thomas’s Academy. He is Chair of the Buildings and Services Committee and is lead Governor with regards to inclusion at the school.

Kathrin Sizeland 
Kathrin has recently joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor. Kathrin trained as both a Chef and a Childcare worker in Germany. She previously worked in German Saturday School in Bayswater, and was Director of a German playgroup (Heidi and Peter) in Knightsbridge. Kathrin has three young children, two of whom attend Thomas’s Academy.

Paul Gill 
Paul is a Senior Management Consultant at Accenture specialising in people change for some of the largest companies in the UK. Paul also leads the Learning & Development team for Accenture's Analyst Consulting Group in the UK, responsible for the training developed for and received by more than 800 graduates in their Strategy, Consulting and Digital businesses. Before working for Accenture, Paul was a secondary school teacher in London for two years after completing the Teach First programme. Paul moved to Fulham from Sheffield after graduating many years ago and has called it home ever since. 

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.

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