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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 Nell. 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  

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

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
Other roles:
2019/20 Attendance: 14 out of 14
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

Denise Long

Co-opted - appointed by FGB (Chair of C&A and Vice Chair of Governors)
Current term of office: September 2017 – September 2021
Committees: C&A, F&R
Other roles: Link governor for Safeguarding and STEM
2019/2020 Attendance: 12 out of 14
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 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 Y6.  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)

Marie Mavale 

Staff Governor

Current term of office: September 2021 - September 2025


Declared Interest: None 


Peter King

Co-opted - appointed by FGB 
Current term of office: December 2018 – December 2022
Committees: C&A
Other roles: Safeguarding Governor
2019/2020 Attendance: 7 out of 12
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
2019/2020 Attendance: 12 out of 14
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:
2019/2020 Attendance: 9 out of 10
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 
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)

Current term of office: March 2021
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 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.


Clerk - Alex Watson Jones

Clerk to the Governors
Current term of office: December 2021 ongoing