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Governor Biographies

Mrs Naureen Khalid - Chair

Naureen is married with three daughters who are or have been Newstead students. Naureen’s background is in education. She was a university lecturer before giving up work to start her family. 

Naureen has been heavily involved with Newstead, first as a member of the PTA’s Social Committee and the cover staff team, and then as a governor. She joined the governing body as a parent governor and is currently an appointed governor. 

Naureen is also a trustee in a local multi-academy trust. She is the author of a widely-read blog (Governing Matters) and regularly speaks about school governance at conferences. 

Mr Steve Penny - Vice Chair

After leaving the Royal Air Force as a Wing Commander, Steve joined Lockheed Martin as a communications engineer and was subsequently seconded to the US and UK governments, working in both London and Washington. He is currently working in the area of Information Security. Steve was initially educated at Warwick University and subsequently studied at London, Loughborough and Oxford Brookes universities. He is a STEM UCAS tutor for the Social Mobility Foundation, having completed a further degree with the Open University which included experience of teaching in secondary schools. Steve's interests include music (playing and composition), skiing and he is a commissioned officer in the Air Training Corps. 

Mr Jonathan Capon

Jonathan is a Global Account Director at Visa Europe where he has worked for a number of years. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at NatWest Bank in a variety of roles within Corporate and Institutional Finance and Corporate Banking. After graduating from Queen Mary College, University of London, Jonathan attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from where he was commissioned into the Army. Jonathan was elected as a Parent Governor in 2008 and upon the expiry of his 4-year term was made an Appointed Governor by the Members of the Academy Trust. 

Jonathan has been married for 23 years to Mary and lives in Orpington with his 3 daughters; the elder two attended Newstead Wood School. 

Mr Solomon Ako-Otchere

Sol has nearly 20 years’ experience in finance, risk and governance. 

After graduating from the London School of Economics, Sol joined Mercer Consulting in their Investment and Pensions consultancy and later trained as a Chartered Accountant with the Audit Commission. 

Sol is currently a Senior Finance Manager with Public Health England. Previous roles have included Head of Audit for the UK Health Research Authority (HRA) and also the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). 

Sol is married with two children. 

Ms Eileen Xiaoyu Zhang 

Eileen is married with three daughters, the oldest of which currently attends Newstead Wood. Eileen studied in China, the United States and the United Kingdom. Eileen is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has worked in the financial services sector for the past 18 years. She currently works as an Analytical Manager at S&P Global Ratings, covering credit analysis for the public sector in Europe. 

Mrs Jenny Wilkins

Jenny joined the LGB in 2021 and brings a wealth of experience from the Charity sector. Jenny is also actively involved in the Orpington and District Division Girl Guides and St. Giles PCC.  

Dr Adebola Fasusi

Ade is an Educational and Child Psychologist who has over 10 years experience working in the Education sector. Her experiences include supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/caregivers, schools and local authorities. She is a Newstead alumna and desires to support the community using this skill set as a member of our LGB. 

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