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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.

John Grant (Chair) 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) Most of my teaching career has been in Richmond, but I have also worked in Ealing.  Teaching in a primary school gets better and better each year, with new challenges to overcome.  The enthusiastic and committed school community was a huge attraction for me and our children are happy and responsible individuals, with a powerful voice.  I work with a team of staff who strive to achieve the highest standards within a learning environment that supports and challenges children - their knowledge, skills and understanding every day. I live in Hampshire and enjoy the creative arts, all types of cinema and the ups and downs of my favourite team, Spurs.

Stephen Hyams (Co Chair of Engagement & Communications Committee) 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.

Lorna Francis  (Co Chair of Engagement & Communications Committee) I have lived in the local area most of my life.  I have 4 children, one at Christ’s, two at Kew Riverside and a two year old. My career expands from producing TV and radio in advertising to, more recently, bereavement counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy. Along with my continued training, a belief in our community and a strong passion for children to get a great education and to feel good about themselves, I feel that my skills will help Kew Riverside be an even more wonderful school for children (and their family) to learn and grow in.

Richard Leonard (Chair of Curriculum & Achievement Committee) 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.

Graham Webber (Chair of Finance & Resouces Committee) Having moved to the area earlier this year, I am very excited to become a newly co-opted Governor at Kew Riverside.  I am passionate about the importance of giving every child the best opportunity to realise their full potential.  I have ten years’ experience in the civil service, with a focus on international policy, public finance, project management and strategy.  I am married, and in my spare time I enjoy art, sport, and travel.


Julie Ann Smith (Support Staff Governor) 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.


Keren Menashe (Co-opted governor) I have been living in the UK for nine years, of which five now in the Kew area, and enjoy it very much. I have three girls, two of whom attend Kew Riverside and one due to join in a couple of years. Education had already been running through my veins for over fifteen years before I even undertook my postgraduate degrees. I have worked with various age groups (adults, youth and toddlers), in various places around the world and in a number of different positions within the education field and find that there is still so much to do, grow, improve and explore. I feel that now it is time for me to give something back to the school, working alongside all of its wonderful partners.

Jamie Holloway (Co-opted governor) I joined the Kew Riverside governing body to fulfill a long term wish of becoming more involved in the community. I specialise in contract services, purchase and negotiation, and have a number of years’ experience in data analysis. I am a strong advocate of SEN and early years’ support for children. I live in South Worple Way, in Mortlake.

Pam Mangat  (Co-opted governor) I am a former BBC journalist, now a freelancer, and have always been interested in putting my energy into becoming a governor. As a daughter of an immigrant, the British education system has always been held in high regards in my family. I feel I have benefitted so much from being educated in the UK and I am keen to contribute my knowledge and skills in assisting Kew Riverside provide the best possible education to children in our community. Coming from an ethnic background provides me with a different outlook and experience which I believe is beneficial to the diverse community Kew Riverside serves.

Denise Long (Co-opted governor) 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 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 Y2.  For the past 5 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.

Faisal Bachlani (Co-opted governor) I have lived in Kew for over 10 years and have two children attending Kew Riverside. I think the school is a wonderful asset for our community; I am honoured to have the opportunity to serve it and I hope I can contribute to its future success. I was previously in the UK civil service working on business policy and I now work in strategy and communications for an energy company. In my past voluntary work I was responsible for project managing residential programmes for children and young adults. I have an MBA and master's degrees in Engineering and in Sustainable Development.

Sarah Yee (Associate governor)


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