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Governors

 

Gaelle Newland - Chair of Governors

Co-opted Governor

I am a mother of three disabled boys with complex needs. I was a trained accountant but had to change my path to suit my family. I am now a governor in two special schools and a trustee of the Auriga Trust. I am passionate about finance and safeguarding but also reading, knitting and walking in nature. 

Committees:

  • Finance and Premises (Chair)
  • Personnel and Safeguarding

Affiliations: Safeguarding; PHSE and Citizenship

Appointment end date: 31 May 2020

Harry James 

Community Governor

Harry was Head of Communication for The Post Office before taking early retirement. He has since (2003) been extensively involved in governance which has included: Chair of Governors at Holy Trinity Primary School (Richmond), Governor at Strodes sixth form college, Chair of Governors at Strathmore special needs school, Chair of the Auriga Academy Trust (a multi academy trust of special needs schools in Richmond) and Chair of the Interim Executive Board of Dormers Wells Infant School (Ealing).

Harry was among the first tranche (2011) of National Leaders of Governance and, since 2017, has been a National Leader of Governance Advocate. This has involved supporting a number of Chairs of Governors, Governing Bodies, and undertaking external reviews of governance throughout the country.

Harry has advised the All Party Parliamentary group on school governance, is a contributing author to the Governors Handbook, The SEND Guide to Governance, and `Twenty Questions’. He is a resident `expert’ for The Key for School Governors website, a coach and mentor for Teach First, and an assessor for Governor Mark (a national accreditation for outstanding governing bodies). He is a member of Richmond Schools Forum.

Harry is also a trustee of Education Support Partnership, a charity that supports all education staff in England and Wales.

In his `spare’ time Harry enjoys challenges (climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, walking The Pennine Way, completing the Three Peaks), travelling, cooking (food programme junkie), reading, supporting Chelsea Football Club, playing squash and tennis, and is currently learning Italian.

Committees:

  • Finance and Premises
  • Pupil and Achievement

Affiliations: The Arts

Appointment end date: 31 Mar 2019

Ivan Pryce - Executive Headteacher

Headteacher

Joining Strathmore as Headteacher in 2010, I have spent my educational career in special schools across 5 London boroughs and with the National Autistic Society. It has been a privilege to see Strathmore grow and move into our new campuses. I have always believed in the strength of collaboration with parents, professionals and organisations to improve the outcomes for our pupils. I am an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and member of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society. You will often see me pedalling between our three campuses and to or from different schools and meetings!

Committees:

  • Finance and Premises
  • Personnel and Safeguarding
  • Pupil Achievement

Appointment end date: 03 Jan 2110

Yolanda Bryant 

Co-opted Governor

Yolanda Bryant worked as a lawyer in local government for 10 year, until having children. She now works part-time as an associate lecturer for the Open University and as a teaching assistant in a mainstream primary school. She is particularly interested in special educational needs teaching and law, and has been a governor at Strathmore since 2013.

Committees:

  • Personnel and Safeguarding (Chair)

Affiliations: Safeguarding; Communication, Language and Literacy; Science

Appointment end date: 30 Mar 2021

Niki Crookdake

Co-opted Governor

I am a mother of two boys now 16 and 18. I trained initially as a solicitor and later moved into finance where I worked for over 20 years.  Since 2008, I have been involved in governance and scrutiny in the education sector.  I was governor of two mainstream schools and also Chair of Richmond Schools Forum, which provides oversight of the spending of the schools, high needs and early years budget in Richmond Local Authority.  

In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog and spending time with my family, often not done together! I also enjoy the outdoors and in particular walking in Cumbria, my birth county.

As governor at Strathmore, I am a member of the Finance and Pupil Achievement committees and am passionate about making a difference for the children who attend the school. 

Committees

  • Finance and Premises
  • Pupil and Achievement

Affiliations: Link Governor for Numeracy

Appointment end date: 22 Mar 2020

Tina Haida

Parent Governor

I am American by birth but have been living in Europe for a long time now.  I first pursued my love of all things French to live in Paris for 5 1/2 years.   I then moved to London to do my Masters in Business at London Business School.  I worked in financial services for a few years but have been a full-time mum since my son Max came along.  He started at Strathmore in September 2016 and has really been enjoying it.   We also have a younger son Nicholas.  

Committees

  • Therapies (Chair)
  • Pupil and Achievement

Appointment end date: 22 Jan 2021

Lauren Crew

Staff Governor

I am Lauren Crew and I am a teacher governor. I am leader of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. I also assist with Assessment across all 3 campuses. I have been a teacher at Strathmore for almost 6 years after doing my student teacher placement here in 2011 and starting my teaching post in 2013

Committees:

  • Pupil and Achievement

Appointment end date: 31 Aug 2019

Sarah Hurtado

Associate Governor

My name is Sarah Hurtado and I am the Deputy Head at Strathmore School and the Head of School at our Russell and Grey Court Campuses.  I started at Strathmore 8 years ago as a Lead Teacher for ASD and previously worked as the Lead Teacher at an Early Years and Primary Resourced Provision at Buckingham Primary School in Hampton.  I have worked as a primary class teacher in both mainstream and special schools in the UK and South America for many years prior to working in Richmond.  I am passionate about inclusion and working with colleagues from our co-located schools to maximise on what we offer our pupils and support them to learn and play together.  I have two teenage children and when I have some spare time I enjoy anything to do with The Arts and travel.

Committees:

  • Personnel and Safeguarding

Appointment end date: 24 May 2020

Eleanor Sheehan

Associate Governor

My name is Eleanor Sheehan and I am a Deputy Headteacher (Head of School for SRRCC).  I joined the school in September 2016 and have several years’ worth of experience of teaching pupils with SEND, including PMLD, SLD, MLD and ASD.  I have a degree in English Literature and a particular interest in the Preparing for Adulthood programme and the future destinations of our learners.  I love working at Strathmore and I am proud of the team work to promote outcomes for the pupils. Most recently, our staff have led collaborative projects with SRRCC such as the Makaton choir, S Club buddies, and weekly class visits to the SRRCC library. Importantly, one of our pupils now attends weekly ICT sessions with a SRRCC Primary class.

Committees:

  • Personnel and Safeguarding
  • Pupil Achievement

Appointment end date: 02 Oct 2020

Mike Harlow

Community Governor

Mike graduated from Imperial College in mechanical engineering before converting to the law. He then worked as a solicitor in London for 15 years, acting for commercial property clients.

Mike spent 11 years at English Heritage as its legal director and corporate secretary. He gained board-level experience of significant organisational change and major reform of heritage law and policy.

Mike joined HM Land Registry as General Counsel and Deputy Chief Land Registrar in February 2018 and took the role of Acting Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar on 1 January 2019.

Committees

  • Premises (Chair)

Appointment end date: 22 Jan 2021

Suzan Dormer

Local Authority Governor

An ex-primary school teacher, a mother and grandmother, Suzan is currently CEO of Screen Craft Rights, a not-for-profit company representing the copyright interest of film and television cinematographers, editors, production designers and costume designers. She was previously CEO of Directors UK. As part of her work she has travelled around the world and chaired committees and organisations nationally and internationally.

Committees

  • Finance and Premises
  • Pupil and Achievement

Appointment end date: 29 Oct 2021

Susie Connor

Associate Member 

Susie is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW).  She has 8 years financial experience in the education sector as School Business Manager for Strathmore School.  Prior to this Susie had 15 years audit and financial experience in the private sector.

Committees

  • Finance and Premises
  • Personnel and Safeguarding

Appointment end date: 28 Jun 2019

Jane Curzon

Parent Governor

My daughter started at Strathmore School in 2016 and I joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in May 2018.

From the time our child joined the school, we have experienced and seen staff provide an outstanding environment for the children to thrive and progress in all areas of education, personal care and independence. This stirred my interest in being part of the governing body and to play a key role in representing parents and caregivers to continue in receiving a high standard of personal care and education for our children.

My background is within the media industry, working as a marketing specialist for large media companies including The Economist Group. My skill sets include management, budget responsibility, analysis, planning and project management. I am also the current Chair for our school charity Friends of Strathmore School (FOSS).

I am passionate about education and ensuring that our children receive the best opportunities so that they can reach their full potential. I consider Strathmore School to be an exceptional and inspirational school, and it is a privilege to be a member of the governing body.

Committees

  • Pupil Achievement 

Appointment end date: 13 May 2022

Linda Sheehan

Associate Member

I am a social worker and have worked for the Royal Borough of Kingston/Achieving for Children (AfC) in various roles since 1999. I am currently the Education Safeguarding Adviser for AfC covering the schools in Kingston and Richmond. My role involves advising schools about effective safeguarding practice as well as delivering safeguarding training to school staff and Governors.

I have been a Brownie Leader for over 30 years and am currently a member of the Girlguiding National Safeguarding Panel.

I am passionate about both education and safeguarding. Both my children are teachers (one Primary, one Secondary) so I appreciate the hard work and dedication of all staff in schools.

In my spare time I enjoy Zumba, tap dancing, walking, rugby (watching!), reading, baking and going to the theatre.

Committees

  • Personnel and Safeguarding

Appointment end date: 01 Apr 2022