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Kew Riverside Primary School

Children at the heart of everything we do


At the foot of this page is a list of our subject link governors and a list of governors appointments and attendances.

Stephen Hyams (Chair of Governors, Co-opted, appointed 20th September 2018) 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 15 years and have one teenage 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.

John Grant (Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted, appointed 20th September 2018) A former sports ground manager at King’s College London, I have been responsible for HR, health and safety, finance, planning and building and infrastructure management during my career. Now retired, I have a BA Hons from the Open University and enjoy spending time reading, writing poetry, and looking after my grandchildren. I am delighted to be a governor at Kew Riverside, a wonderful, welcoming and progressive school, and ensuring it continues its path towards becoming outstanding.

Darren Norman (Headteacher, appointed September 2015) I worked as a bank trader for 13 years before changing careers and have worked in Richmond for most of my teaching career.  There is nothing quite like leading a primary school with new challenges to overcome every single day.  The enthusiastic and committed school community at Kew Riverside was a huge attraction for me and our children are happy and responsible individuals, with a powerful voice.  I am also lucky to work with a team of staff who strive to achieve the highest standards within an effective learning environment. I live in Hampshire and enjoy the creative arts, all types of cinema and the ups and downs of my beloved Spurs.

Richard Leonard (Chair of Curriculum & Achievement Committee, Parent, appointed April 2015) I’ve worked in the NHS (or Australian public hospitals) all my life. For ten years I led a large and diverse team in a busy Intensive Care Unit through many changes and I am also involved in medical education training and research. This has given me an understanding of how public services work, the pressures placed on them and how people respond to these. It has also taught me above all to put the users of a service first, and to involve them in how it is run. My son attends Kew Riverside, and I’ve been overwhelmed by everyone’s acceptance of his special educational needs. I’m very grateful to the whole community of this excellent school, and am keen to serve it to the best of my abilities.


Julie Ann Smith (Staff Governor, appointed June 2016 ) I have worked as a Teaching Assistant within the London Borough of Richmond for 16 years and joined Kew Riverside in 2005. Much of this time has been spent in key stage one, where the knowledge I have gained at foundation stage has been invaluable to my professional development. I have seen the school flourish over the past 8 years and feel proud to have been part of that journey, working alongside a caring, committed and enthusiastic team and sharing experiences. As staff Governor, I fully support the staff, Governing body and community, in their commitment to ensuring we provide the best education for our children as reflected in our vision. I am a proud parent of three young adults, all educated in this borough. To relax, I enjoy spending quality time as a family, The Arts and supporting my Premiership football team.


Denise Long (Co-opted governor, appointed Sept 2017) I worked as a geophysicist in the oil and gas industry for over 10 years. My primary role was to manage data acquisition and analysis projects throughout South-East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.  Originally from Canada, I moved to the UK in 2012 a few months before my son (Y6) started reception at Kew Riverside.  I know what it is like to arrive in a new country and try to understand a ‘foreign’ educational system.  I also have a daughter in Y3.  For the past 6 years, I have been heavily involved with Kew Riverside as PTA chair, class rep, parent reader and organising individual fundraising events.  I grew up in a working class family. Thus, I feel very strongly that every child should leave school with the necessary skills and strong self-belief that they can accomplish anything they set their mind to no matter what their background is.  I look forward to using my skills and experience to help Kew Riverside continue on its path towards being outstanding in every aspect. (updated September 2018)

Faisal Bachlani (Co-opted governor, appointed Sept 2017)  I have lived in Kew for over 10 years and have two children who joined Kew Riverside in Reception and are currently in Year 6 and Year 2. I think the school is a wonderful asset for our community and I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve it and I hope I can contribute to its future success. In terms of my professional background I have master's degrees in engineering, business and in sustainable development. I used to work in the civil service on business, trade and energy policy and I now work in strategy and communications for an energy company. In my voluntary work I have organised residential programmes for children and young adults. (updated September 2018)

Mark Williams (Parent Governor, appointed June 2018) I have lived in the local area for the best part of twenty years and have three children, all of whom are educated in local state schools. My personal involvement with Kew Riverside is three years and counting, with my son now in the juniors.  Kew Riverside is one of the friendliest and most inclusive schools I have ever known, which is why I was delighted to have the chance to join the Governing Body. It is a pleasure to help support all the hard work and future planning that goes on here.  In my spare time I have a range of interests, but the most important is spending time with the family. (updated September 2018)

Shraddha Kaul (Parent, appointed Jan 2018) Kew has been my home for over 10 years and I became a part of Kew Riverside Primary School in September 2016 when my son started in Reception. I love the nurturing, inclusive and close-knit environment that sets our School apart; which I why I am delighted to be in the Governing Body. We have a strong team of teachers, staff, governors, parents and earnest children; all of us working together to help the School continue delivering all round high-quality learning opportunities.  In terms of professional background – I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and have been working in Banking for nearly 15 years with experience across investment management, designing & implementing business strategy, communication and stakeholder management. 

Sinan Duztas (Co-opted, appointed June 2018) I have been living in Kingston since 2011 and have a three years old daughter.  I have 18 years of Investment Banking / Technology experience working as programme/project manager with B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, MBA and Ph.D. in Management and organisation.  Kew Riverside is a fantastic school and environment for children to grow and also for community in general.  I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve for Kew Riverside and community. From my view, education is one of the most essential virtues in the life and so much important for success in life.    Beside spending my free time with my daughter and wife , I am also a keen swimmer. Most recently I competed in Istanbul and completed  Asia to Europe inter continental Open swimming race. 

James Bick (Co-opted, appointed Sept 2018) 


Peter King (Co-opted, appointed Dec 2018)


2 Vacancies


Tim Mcgough (Clerk to the Governors)

During my working life I have been employed supporting the business lobby and I also worked for a trade union. I subsequently worked for a charity supporting victims of crime and now find myself supporting Governors in their important role of supporting the school in delivering the best possible outcomes for children. (Updated September 2018)

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