Belmont School Educational Trust Ltd is overseen by a Board of Governors comprising men and women who work hard for the school in a pro bono capacity in order to ensure that the school is managed effectively to provide outstanding education for all its pupils.  Every governor serves on at least one sub-committee, and takes responsibility for a particular aspect of governance, acting as a conduit between the School and the full Board.  The sub-committees cover the following areas of governance:

  • Estates, Health and Safety
  • Education
  • Finance and Audit
  • Legal and Compliance
  • Nominations and Remuneration
  • Safeguarding


Andrew Baker

Andrew is the The Chairman of Governors and brings his considerable experience of financial analysis, strategic oversight, change management, project execution and team management to his role at Belmont.  After a 35 year career in institutional asset management in the City of London he has now retired.  In his last executive role he was Chief Executive of AIMA the London-based global trade body representing the hedge fund industry.  He is active in local charities in the education, health and heritage sectors.

He has a BSc honours degree from Imperial College, London in Mathematics.

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Matthew Biddle

Matthew is a parent governor, with three children at the school.

Matthew is a Chartered Surveyor and is Managing Director of McLaren Living, a residential development company, prior to which he was Managing Director of a number of businesses within the Berkeley Group Plc for 18 years. Matthew has extensive property, development and construction experience along with leadership experience of establishing and growing new businesses.

Matthew has a BSc(Hons) in Construction Management from University of Portsmouth and MSc in Property Development from London South Bank University.

Chris Filbey

Chris has been a Housemaster at Epsom College since September 2017. He also teaches Spanish and French and coaches hockey and cricket. He joined Epsom from Haileybury, where he was Head of Modern Foreign Languages and an Assistant Housemaster. Chris was educated at Sherborne School and, thereafter, attained a BA(Hons) in Modern European Languages from the University of Durham. He worked in the travel industry for three years at Abercrombie and Kent before re-training as a teacher and completing a PGCE at the University of Buckingham.

Hannah O'Keeffe

Hannah is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.  She is a Chartered Accountant, having qualified with KPMG in London, where she worked for a number of years.  More recently, she has worked voluntarily for a number of charitable organisations, including within the education sector.

Hannah is qualified as a generalist adviser with the Citizens Advice and also has a BA Honours degree from Jesus College, Oxford, in History.

Tonya Wheals

Having completed an Agronomy degree and a Masters in Environmental Law, Tonya has worked for nearly 25 years in the Agricultural and Environmental industry and is a “vocal” advocate for sustainable farming. The majority of her career has been spent in Regulatory and Compliance, working for large multi-national companies both in the UK and abroad. More recently Tonya has been running a Global Regulatory consultancy and mainly works from home to work around children – she has three sons all of whom have gone through Belmont.

Tonya leads the Policy and Compliance and Nominations and Renumerations committees.

Sharon Maher

Sharon is the Safeguarding Governor. 

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