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Meet our Governing Board

Andrew Dodge

Andrew is our Chair and has over 25 years’ experience as a governor in all school phases. He works as a trainer/consultant, giving training and support to governors and boards of Maintained schools, Academies and Free Schools across London. He is regularly commissioned to support individual Governing Boards, heads and chairs, including Ealing where he is a Senior Associate. He regularly gives keynote speeches at governor events and the Teachers TV “Just for Governors” features his training. Andrew has also had a successful 35-year career as a composer/lyricist working for the BBC and UK theatres, including education/schools work. He has produced all Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo Songbooks.



Rob Collie

Rob is our Vice-Chair and a Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in senior finance roles in industry and the accounting profession. For the last ten years, he has been a Director of Finance at Sky, accountable for Sky’s core Finance processes (payments, receivables, accounting) across Sky UK, Ireland Germany and Italy. He is also accountable for the Finance and Procurement systems and controls that these teams rely on. Rob sits on the Sky Data Governance Committee and the Sky Business Continuity Committee, leading these for Finance. Rob has led the award-winning Sky Finance graduate scheme and has sponsored the introduction of apprentices within Sky Finance.

Eileen Sheedy

Eileen is one of our Governors. She is a mother of three, has been involved in education for over 25 years.  Eileen welcomes the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people who represent both the parents and the wider school community. As a Governor, Eileen expects the Academy to be ambitious and dedicated to ensuring an exciting and ‘bold’ education for all. Eileen is currently serving as headteacher of a large primary school within the Isleworth area.


Heidi Swidenbank

Heidi is our Headteacher and one of our Governors. Heidi has over 20 years’ experience in secondary education. She led a highly successful school in Berkshire as Headteacher, before taking up the post at Bolder Academy in September 2017. Heidi is also a Lead Ofsted Inspector as well as a school improvement partner. She has extensive senior leadership experience working in both inner and outer London and worked in one of the first all-through academies. Heidi is a qualified English teacher and worked for a local authority leading on literacy in both primary and secondary sectors. Heidi is currently a Governor at The Blue School, an outstanding primary school.


Birinder Tember

Birinder Tember is a parent of one of our first Year 7 students.  He has worked as a Strategy and Change Management Consultant coaching employees worldwide. His MBA research project on Performance Management extended to 28 countries and was a key driver for BT’s Global Strategy. His passion for eastern culture changed his career focus and following extensive formal training in Chinese Medicine, coupled with his Martial arts background, he set up clinics and schools in Kingston and West London. He also headed MSc programmes in Nutrition; Herbal Medicine and student clinic supervision for acupuncture. Birinder is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development. He is Clinical Director at the College of Naturopathic Medicine and a committee member of the British Acupuncture Councils Education Committee. He is a recognised Lineage holder in China and currently holds a 6th Dan grade in the Chinese Internal Martial Arts awarded by the Beijing Wushu Institute. Birinder is currently studying the Guqin & Guzheng (Chinese Zither) with Master Cheng Yu.


Victoria Eadie

Victoria is one of our Governors and also one of the founding Members. She is currently CEO of Tudor Park Education, which has two schools – Springwest Academy and Logic Studio School. Prior to this she was Headteacher of Feltham Community for eight years. In all of her senior leadership positions she has shown a total commitment to high educational provision, effective planning and delivery with outstanding leadership. Victoria has worked as a Local Leader of Education, mentoring and supporting other colleagues.  She is Chair of Hounslow Education Improvement Partnership and executive board member of The London West Alliance of schools.  She has been a Primary School governor and is currently a governor for Woodbridge Park, an alternative education provider.


Caroline McKay 

Caroline is one of our Members. She has been Headteacher of Ivybridge Primary School since 2000 during which time the school has successfully expanded from one to two form entry. Caroline is committed to ensuring that all students receive a high-quality education whatever their individual needs and talents might be, and in 2015 the school was recognised for its success in supporting students from deprived backgrounds with a national Pupil Premium Award. Caroline is Chair of the local Education Improvement Partnership and has previously supported improvement in other local schools as a Primary Strategy Consultant Leader, Executive Head Teacher and Consultant Head Teacher. Caroline is committed to schools working together in partnership to provide a high-quality education to all students in the local area and was one of the founding Head Teachers of Collabor8 (C8) which is a strong partnership of 8 local primary schools.


Euan Ferguson

Euan is one of our Members. He has been the Headteacher of Isleworth and Syon School since 2000. He was previously the Deputy Head there, having also worked as a Head of Sixth Form and Head of Mathematics locally. Euan started his career teaching Science. Euan is in favour of collaboration above isolation and believes schools are stronger in partnership. Isleworth and Syon is one of the original members of ‘Challenge Partners’ and also currently leads on Sport and PE locally.

Wendy Smith

I am delighted to be joining your board of governors and really excited at the prospect of watching this amazing body of super talent – that’s all of you – grow in numbers, move in to brand new bricks and mortar and take your futures in this life by storm.

I came to see the school as I am chair of governors at Three Bridges Primary School in Southall and had heard what a great opportunity Bolder was for our children. We are a two-form entry school and have just been given outstanding by OFSTED. What is so rewarding about being involved in schools is just how much you are always learning and I am always looking to see excellence in action.

Needless to say, I was so impressed with the school’s values, the pupils, staff and the curriculum offer, I was upfront and said that I would be interested in joining the Board. As it happened, my skills and experience matched what Bolder Governors had been looking for. Andrew Dodge your chair has already visited Three Bridges and we are looking forward to developing links between the schools. I am really looking forward to working with you all and – thanks for letting me join in the journey.


Bethan Jones

Bethan is our elected teacher Governor. She is a mathematics teacher and is also responsible for student leadership within the school. She has previously been a trustee at the University of Exeter Students’ Guild and therefore has had a similar experience to governance before. She hopes to bring the perspectives of her fellow teachers in discussions and hopes she can provide insight into the day-to-day running of the school. She aims to do everything she can to ensure the students at Bolder Academy have the very best educational experience possible.

Jo Killingley

As a proud Bolder parent, it is an honour to be a Parent Governor. I started my career as a primary school teacher in London, before moving into children’s television as a producer, and setting up my own company, Dot To Dot Productions in 2003. In my business, we aim to take the seed of an idea and grow it into something ambitious and exciting, by working collaboratively and playing to everyone’s strengths. As someone who struggled in an old-fashioned secondary school, I would like to help Bolder continue to unlock the unique potential in every child, and encourage them to work together and think really big. In addition, with education budgets being cut, I would love to be able to offer up my creativity and financial experience to assist the school in finding new ways of raising funds, enabling it to keep thriving.


Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca is the Clerk to the Governing Board. She previously completed sixteen years’ service as an engineering officer in the Army.  Since leaving the military she has lead on Local Authority projects which support the armed forces community and has also worked within the Governor Services team of a Local Authority.  Rebecca is an experienced Clerk to Governors and supports a number of schools in west London.  She provides administrative support to governors and will also advise on procedural matters.  Rebecca enjoys working with ambitious schools that are committed to providing high quality education for all.


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