Governor Biographies


Wim Bushell – Chair of Governors

Wim is the Deputy Chairman of Gallagher London, a global insurance company. His education at Millfield as a boarder in Walton (1970 – 1973) fuelled his passion for sports and as well as participating in a wide variety of sports (amongst which football, cricket and rugby) he gained first team colours in football. After leaving Millfield, his interest in sports did not dwindle and he continued to play for two seasons for Corinthian Casuals AFC, swapping sports afterwards to play for Richmond RFC, also captaining the infamous Richmond ‘Heavies’. Additionally, he was captain of Lloyd's Gentlemen's Rugby XV. Wim is a keen golfer and is also a member of the MCC.

In 1974, Wim went to work for a small insurance brokerage firm (Wigham, Richardson and Bevington) in the City. In 1987 he became a partner in a company called MRC Limited, which sold itself, in 1996 to a Chicago based brokerage firm, Arthur J. Gallagher, where he became Managing Director, then Chairman of the Reinsurance arm. After this company was acquired by Aon Corporation, another Chicago based operation, Wim became Deputy Chairman for Aon Re UK and has since returned to Arthur J Gallagher as Deputy Chairman of Gallagher London. As well as having been educated at Millfield, Wim was an Old Millfieldian Society committee member in 2003 - 2006. He joined the Foundation Committee from 2007 – 2008 and was appointed a Governor in 2009.

Sanda De Silva

Sanda is a qualified account along with a powerful skill set and a genuine passion for the development of her local community. Sanda currently works in HSBC Global Banking and Markets as an Investment Banker working with public sector clients. She focuses on the funding strategy of sovereigns and supranationals predominantly relating to the development needs of various countries.

Sanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (University of London) and a Masters in Finance (University of Durham). She is also a certified CFA and CIMA professional. She has represented Sri Lanka in international English debating, having taken part in tournaments in South Korea, USA, Greece and Qatar. She also coached the national Sri Lankan English Debating team that took part in the World Schools’ Debating Championships held in South Africa in 2012.

Lorimer Tucker

Larry Tucker was born just over 2 miles away from Bobby Moore Academy and spent his entire working life in the Lloyd’s Insurance market in the City of London.   Educated at Forest School in Snaresbrook, he became a Partner in his firm in 1988 and a Chartered Insurer upon its launch in 1996.     During his work career, he specialised in problem solving and innovation, which, before his retirement in 2015, included industry presentations and the mentoring of others. 

He has been a lifelong West Ham United fan and more recently has devoted his time to the building and racing of Historic Race cars, actively competing in both UK and Europe often co-driving with his son who delights in being faster than his father.

 Juliet Jaggs

Juliet spent twenty years as a teacher and senior leader in secondary schools, where she fulfilled academic and pastoral roles including those associated with inclusion, sixth form and boarding.

She became an education consultant in 2008 managing various school improvement projects throughout primary and secondary schools. She led Ofsted inspections and trained new teachers, governors and middle leaders.

Juliet worked alongside government departments to establish school review and inspection systems in the Middle East, the United States of America and the Channel Islands.

She joined the David Ross Education Trust as its Director of Development in 2018.

Joanne Hoareau

Joanne Hoareau runs the David Ross Foundation which is the sponsor of The David Ross Education Trust.  She is a Governor at Bobby Moore Academy and was previously a Governor at Newnham Primary. 

Joanne joined the Trust and help extend the vision to give all children the best opportunities through education, sport and cultural experiences.  She studied Economics & Politics at Loughborough University and previously worked at Carphone Warehouse and also in private equity at Oxford Technology.

Rachelle Pennock

Rachelle Pennock is a Senior Leader in education, working as an Assistant Head Teacher at a secondary school in Newham.  Rachelle has had experience working in a range of inner-London schools, with responsibility for raising standards and teaching and learning.
She graduated from the University of Leicester having studied History as an undergraduate and completed her PGCE at the University of East Anglia. As part of the Women's Ed cohort, Rachelle is currently completing her Masters in Senior Educational Leadership and Level 7 Apprenticeship with the National College of Education. 

Sophie Etherton

Sophie Etherton is a qualified librarian with a passion for child literacy.  Sophie was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Brisbane.  She has lived and worked in seven different countries in a number of fields including education, management and hospitality.

Sophie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business (Management) from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Library Studies (UCL).  She is an enthusiastic reader and enjoys outdoor pursuits.

Lara Onanuga

Lara Onanuga holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.  She is also a Fellow of the International Compliance Association (FICA) and holds professional Certifications as a Bank Operations Manager and a Compliance Professional.  She works with Guaranty Trust Bank UK Ltd as a Senior Compliance Manager and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer, she is passionate about achieving quality and high standards in all things and helping others to improve in their work.

Lara is currently the Head of Children Department for a Charity Organisation and helps train children to be responsible adults, useful for themselves and the society at large in the future.  She has been a Parent Governor in another school within the Newham Borough between 2012 and 2019.   She has been a member of different Committees of the Governing Body during this period.  She therefore comes to BMA with skills in finance, assessment of curriculum, quality assurance and monitoring of standards across the board.