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Governors

Greetings from the governing body at Kew Riverside Primary School. We are very proud of our small, welcoming school, which truly cherishes its diversity and inclusion and takes good care of each individual child.

We work closely with Liz and the rest of the Senior Leadership Team to ensure our vision becomes a reality, constantly striving for improvement. Our work is carried out through regular meetings, as well as visits to the school to see first-hand how things are going.

The governors come from a wide range of backgrounds, to create a diverse team to support the Headteacher. Some are also parents or staff here, while the rest have no connection with the school other than a desire to help. If you are interested in discussing what is involved in being a governor, please feel free to contact us at governors@kewriverside.richmond.sch.uk  

Stephen Hyams, Chair of Governors

 

 

Kew Riverside Primary School (KRPS) Governing Body: The Instrument of Government dated 30 October 2012 specifies that there are 12 governors, including 2 Parent elected, 1 Local Authority elected, 2 Staff (including Head Teacher), and 7 Co-Opted. There are two committees reporting to the Full Governing Body (FGB): Curriculum & Achievement (C&A); and Finance & Resource (F&R). If you wish to contact the governors, please email governors@kewriverside.richmond.sch.uk

Stephen Hyams

Co-opted - appointed by FGB (Chair of Governors)
Current term of office: September 2019 to September 2023 (reappointed; previous appointment from December 2015)
Committees: C&A, F&R
Other roles:
Declared interests: None

I am an actuary with more than 30 years’ experience in pension consultancy, advising trustee boards and employers. I have lived in the area for about 20 years and have one son. Becoming a school governor fulfils a long-held ambition, and I am very pleased to have been co-opted onto the governing board of such a delightful and very local school as Kew Riverside. I am keen to support the school in providing the very finest education for all the children and to play my part in helping the local community.

Liz Strong

Head Teacher - appointment ex-Officio
Current term of office: March 2021
Committees: C&A, F&R
Declared interests: None

Michelle Green 

Co-opted - appointed by FGB 
Current term of office: December 2021-December 2025
Committees: C&A, F&R
Other roles: Link governor for Safeguarding 
Declared interests: None

I am Michelle Green, a Life Coach for children, young people and families. I am passionate about inspiring young people to believe in themselves and focusing on what they want to achieve.

My life coaching journey initially began with empowering and encouraging my children to focus on what they wanted. I accomplished this by identifying their strengths, increasing their confidence and supporting them in their choices, and now they are happy and thriving positive young people.

I'm delighted to be co-opted into Kew Riverside school to support the school's vision, for children to have the learning opportunities that will allow them to develop skills and knowledge, build confidence and be happy and thriving.

My hobbies and interests consist of; keeping fit by engaging in daily gym workouts and boxing sessions; travelling; listening to rare groove classics and 80's music.

Marie Mavale 

Staff Governor - appointed by staff

Current term of office: September 2021 - September 2025

Committees:

Declared Interests: None 

Peter King

Co-opted - appointed by FGB 
Current term of office: December 2018 – December 2022
Committees: C&A
Other roles: Safeguarding Governor
Declared interests: None

For 18 years I have been an Upper Tribunal Judge specialising in Immigration and human rights. I have lived in East Sheen since 1983. My wife sings in two choirs. My son is a surgeon and my daughter is a primary school teacher. I am a member of Kew Gardens Rotary Club and look forward very much to serving not only the local community but the school.

Patrick Neave

LA nominated - appointed by FGB 
Current term of office: May 2019 – May 2023
Committees: C&A, F&R
Other roles: Link governor for Inclusion, Safeguarding
Declared interests: None

I have worked in the City of London in investment banking, shipping and commodities and with a trade association and am recently retired. My career has included Company Secretaryship and Corporate Governance. With my family, I have lived in Kew for over 30 years and am delighted to become a Governor of Kew Riverside and to contribute to its well-being, excellence and future aspirations. For my hobbies, I enjoy art, particularly pastel portraiture, reading and gardening.

Jennifer Cropley (Chair of F&R)

Parent – appointed by Election
Current term of office: October 2019 - October 2023
Committees: F&R, C&A
Other roles:
Declared interests: None    

I relocated to west London from Sydney, Australia with my family in 2018, and we were lucky to find Kew Riverside Primary School for my two older boys (currently in year 6 and year 3). Kew Riverside is a gem of a school with a happy, engaged population of pupils, and I am honoured to be able to contribute as a governor to its ongoing success. I bring a keen appreciation of learning and a lived understanding of the challenges of international relocation, something that affects many families at this wonderfully diverse school. My professional background is in academic science: I hold degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry and a PhD in Medicine, and spent many years as a researcher and lecturer in genetics. I have recently diversified into small business, combining my interests in science and hospitality to run deep work retreats. Aside from my family, my two passions are the wonders of nature and the glory that humanity at its best can achieve, which I indulge with travel, hiking, reading, music, singing, and the occasional cryptic crossword.

Manali Lukha

Parent - appointed by Election
Current term of office: October 2020 - October 2024
Committees: C&A
Other roles:
Declared interests: none

I am a Richmond resident (have a son at Kew Riverside) and have been part of the local community for nearly 20 years.
Alongside my role as a wife and mum, I have two other jobs that occupy my time. As Head of ITV Weather I am responsible for overseeing the delivery of National and Regional Weather bulletins across all ITV broadcasts as well as managing online and social media output. My other principal role is as a non-executive director for Keele University. I have undertaken this position for the last 3 years, this has given me an insight and appreciation of the challenges in the education sector.
I am keen to support all elements of Kew Riverside school and contribute to its standing in our community.

Charlotte Hands-Wicks (Chair of C & A)

Co-opted - Appointed by FGB
Current term of office: March 2021 - March 2025
Committees: C&A
Other roles:
Declared interests: none

I am a Primary School Teacher and work part-time.  I have a Masters in Leading Innovation and change in Education and have worked in school marketing.  I held a Senior Leadership role until I moved to a part-time role to work around my young family.  I have teaching experience in Reception, Years 1,2,4 and 6 and hope to be able to use my skill set to support Kew Riverside in reaching their goals.  I grew up and live in Chiswick with my husband and two children.  Outside of work, I love travel and theatre.

James Symonds

Co-opted - appointed by FGB 
Current term of office: February 2022 - February 2026
Committees: 
Other roles: 
Declared interests: None

I have been teaching in the primary setting since 2010 and have held numerous roles across two schools. I am currently Head of Year 6 at St. George’s Junior School in Weybridge, Surrey. 

I wanted to become a Governor at Kew Riverside Primary School because I very much value the aims and ethos of the school. I believe that my knowledge of primary education and interest in wider educational issues enables me to complement the existing range of skills within the governing body. As an advocate for extension and challenge within the primary framework, I look forward to supporting Kew Riverside Primary in providing every child with the best opportunity to excel. Throughout my career in education, I have developed a keen interest in Maths, pastoral care and mental wellbeing.  I especially look forward to being involved with initiatives that will support the school in promoting pupil wellbeing alongside academic excellence.

 

Outside of my work, I enjoy playing golf, personal fitness and I am an avid football fan and Brentford FC season ticket holder. 

Helen Oakley

Co-opted - appointed by FGB 
Current term of office: February 2022 - February 2026
Committees: 
Other roles: 
Declared interests: None

Clerk to the governors - Alex Watson Jones

Current term of office - December 2021 ongoing

 

Governors that have left in the last 12 months

Denise Long

Co-opted - appointed by FGB (Chair of C&A and Vice Chair of Governors)
End of term: September 2017 - December 2021

Declared Interests: None

Vania deStefani

Co-opted - appointed by FGB
End of term: March 2021 - September 2021

Cheng Yoe

Co-opted - appointed by FGB
End of term: March 2021 - September 2021

Jessica Tuckey

Staff Governor
End of term: October 2020 - May 2021

Gaye Russell

Co-opted - appointed by FGB 
End of term: March 2021 - May 2021