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Kew Riverside Primary School

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Governors

Kew Riverside Primary School (KRPS) Governing Body: The Instrument of Government dated 30 October 2012 specifies that there are 14 governors, including 2 Parent elected, 1 Local Authority elected, 2 Staff (including Head Teacher), and 9 Co-Opted. There are three committees reporting to the Full Governing Body (FGB): Curriculum & Achievement (C&A); Finance & Resource (F&R); and Families Friends & Communities (FFC) which was formerly called the Engagement & Communication Committee. 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 July 2021 (reappointed; previous appointment from December 2015)
Committees: C&A, F&R, FFC
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: 14 out of 15 meetings
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 18 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.

Darren Norman
Head Teacher – appointment ex-Officio
Current term of office: September 2015
Committees: C&A, F&R, FFC
Other roles: 
2018/19 Attendance: 13 out of 15 meetings
Declared interests: None
I worked as a money markets trader for many years before changing careers and have worked in Richmond for most of my 13-year 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.

Denise Long
Co-opted - appointed by FGB (Chair of C&A)
Current term of office: September 2017 – September 2021
Committees: C&A, F&R, FFC
Other roles: Link governor for Safeguarding and STEM
2018/19 Attendance: 12 out of 15 meetings
Declared interests: None
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 - appointed by FGB
Current term of office: September 2017 – September 2021
Committees: C&A, F&R, FFC
Other roles: Link governor for Wellbeing & Behaviour
2018/19 Attendance: 11 out of 15 meetings
Declared interests: None
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)

Shraddha Kaul
Parent- appointed by Election 
Current term of office: January 2018 – January 2022
Committees: F&R
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: 11 out of 12 meetings
Declared interests: None
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 by FGB (Chair of F&R)
Current term of office: June 2018 – June 2022
Committees: C&A, F&R, FFC
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: 6 out of 9 meetings
Declared interests: None
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. Besides 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 by FGB 
Current term of office: September 2018 – September 2022
Committees: C&A, F&R
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: 9 out of 12 meetings
Declared interests: None                                                                                                                            I have lived in Kew for almost 10 years and have grown to appreciate the community of Kew of which Kew Riverside is very much part and I am very pleased to be able to serve it.  As a father of two young children I appreciate the importance of education in a caring and nurturing environment which lets the individual child grow and flourish.  I have a professional background in tax and now work locally. I am looking forward to using my skills to the school.

Peter King
Co-opted - appointed by FGB 
Current term of office: December 2018 – December 2022
Committees: C&A
Other roles: 
2018/19 Attendance: 5 out of 6 meetings
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 and FFC
Other roles: Link governor for Inclusion
2018/19 Attendance: 5 out of 6 meetings
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.

Ann-Marie Jordan
Co-opted - appointed by FGB
Current term of office September 2019 - September 2023
Committees:
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: n/a
Declared interests: None                                                                                                                            I am a statistician working in the public sector and I have a strong interest and substantial experience in performance measurement and evaluation of public services. I have a background in psychology, speech and language pathology and quantitative and qualitative research. I have a particular interest in provision of support for children with language and communication needs. Having been raised by a primary school teacher, I have always been enthusiastic about the value of good education both in terms of academic achievement and social development. I am really looking forward to being able to use my skills to contribute to a thriving and inclusive school.

Larissa Sutton
Co-opted - appointed by FGB
Current term of office September 2019 - September 2023
Committees:FFC
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: n/a
Declared interests: None                                                                                                                 Having relocated from Australia early in 2018, we made Kew our home and both my daughters have since begun their school journey at Kew Riverside. I have a professional background of Corporate Partnership and Project Management with organisations such as NewsCorp, Conde Nast and Foxtel, and have over 15 years of media & marketing experience across various facets of the industry. I enjoy all things literary and Performing Arts, with a particular love of musical theatre. I am passionate about travelling to experience different cultures and learn fascinating histories, and I like to recharge in nature or with a good book. I am excited about the opportunity to use my skills and experience to support the continued development and success of Kew Riverside Primary School.

Roxanne Matoorian-Pour 
Staff – appointed by Election
Current term of office September 2019 - September 2023
Committees:
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: n/a
Declared interests:None                                                                                                                             I have been a qualified teacher for six years, teaching predominantly in Key Stage 2 in Surrey and London. Prior to embarking on a career in teaching, I graduated with a Business Studies degree and spent several years working in Computing. I joined the Kew Riverside teaching team in the Spring of 2019 - and to also lead in English - and am very pleased to have been elected as Staff Governor. I hope it will give me a chance to understand the ‘bigger picture’ of the runnings of a school and also the opportunity to support in any way I can using my own experience. Outside of school, family time is a huge part of my life and I am lucky enough that many of them live close by. In my free time I like to read, travel and I am currently learning to read and write in Farsi (Persian) to support my spoken ability learnt from my parents.

Dr. Jennifer Cropley 
Parent – appointed by Election
Current term of office October 2019 - October 2023
Committees:
Other roles:
2018/19 Attendance: n/a
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.

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)