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Governors

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John Watkin - Chair

Co-opted Governor

John Watkin is a retired teacher. His 38-year career included mainstream secondary schools, here and overseas, and alternative provision in London. He spent 15 years in senior leadership in both sectors, ending as headteacher of a large pupil referral unit in East London. Since retiring, John has worked as a specialist consultant, supporting local authorities in the areas of school exclusion, alternative provision and fair access.

Favourite pastimes include open water swimming, visiting art galleries, photography and walking the dog.

Appointed by the Auriga Academy Trust

Term of Office 04/04/2019 - 04/04/2023

Address - c/o Strathmore School, St Richard Reynolds Catholic College, Station Rd, Twickenham TW1 4DQ

Harry James 

Co-opted 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 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.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 02/04/2019 - 02/04/2023

Stepped Down 21/03/2022

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!

Laura Dyer

Staff Governor

I have worked in Strathmore school for 6 years, 3 years as a TA and 3 years as a HLTA. Before working at Strathmore I worked in a nursery as a room leader and the setting senco. I have 3 children, one of which is disabled.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 05/07/2021 - 04/07/2025

Lauren Crew

Associate Governor

My name is Lauren Crew and I have worked at Strathmore for 9 years. I came to Strathmore as a student teacher when I was 19 as part of my university placement with Roehampton University. Since qualifying, I have worked at Strathmore as a class teacher and then the Early Years Foundation Stage Lead across the Russell and St Richard Reynolds Campuses. During this time I was a Staff Governor. I am now Assistant Headteacher at our Strathmore @ SRR Campus in Twickenham and have been in this role for a year.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 01/09/2019 - 01/09/2023

Alexander Lee

Co-opted Governor

Alex is the Headteacher of Deer Park School in East Twickenham, and a resident of the local community. He was worked as a senior leader in Enfield, Hackney and Richmond schools, and is passionate about the provision of opportunities and personal development for young people. Prior to working in leadership, Alex was a Year 6 class teacher and is a graduate of the Teach First and Future Leaders programmes. He is now an NPQH mentor for Teach First, a mentor for Sutton Trust students, and sits on the selection panel for the Morehead-Cain scholarship. Outside of these roles, Alex enjoys the outdoors with his wife, two small children, and reasonably well-behaved dog.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 05/07/2021 - 04/07/2025

Sarah Hurtado

Associate Governor

My name is Sarah Hurtado, and I am the Head of School at The Russell and Grey Court Campuses. I started at Strathmore 10 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.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 25/05/2020 - 25/05/2024

Eleanor Bukht

Associate Governor

My name is Eleanor Bukht, and I am Head of School at St Richard Reynolds Campus.  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 am proud to be part of a team who work tirelessly to promote outcomes for the learners and celebrate every small step of development.

Our staff have led collaborative projects with SRRCC, such as the Makaton choir and weekly class visits to the SRRCC library. We love giving our learners the opportunity to generalise their skills through regular visits to our local community; keep your eyes peeled for our learners scooting and cycling to their destinations! We are also committed to working with local shop and leisure facility employees to use AAC to communicate with our learners.

I love reading and am a fan of Oliver Jeffers, Maya Angelou, Simon Sinek and Brene Brown.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 03/10/2020 - 03/10/2024

Adriana  Martyr

Associate Governor

I am the Head of Centre at our Grey Court Campus and am the Assistant Headteacher supporting Sarah Hurtado.  I came to work at Strathmore as a Class Teacher several years ago and am passionate about music, the Arts, inclusion and supporting learners to be independent.  I previously worked as a Class Teacher in Colombia, South America.  

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 01/12/2020 - 30/11/2024

Rebecca Branch

Co-opted Governor

Rebecca is an arts education manager experienced in developing and delivering high quality creative learning programmes, resources and training.  She has worked in hundreds of schools and settings across London, building partnerships to support creative teaching and learning and recently led on the schools’ engagement for ‘Steve McQueen Year 3’ – an artwork involving over 76,000 children.  In her spare time Rebecca enjoys cooking and reading, and is currently increasing her knowledge of all things football, thanks to her six year old son! 

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 05/07/2021 - 04/07/2025

Amy Upton

Staff Governor

My name is Amy Upton and I am a Class Teacher at Strathmore school and currently the curriculum Co-Lead for Expressive and Receptive Communication. I started at Strathmore in September 2017 at our Grey Court Campus working with secondary age learners in Key Stage 3 and 14-19. In 2020 in moved to the Russell Campus and currently work with primary age learners in Key Stage 2.

In my time at Strathmore, I have worked with a range of learners varying needs and I am passionate about quality education, learning and progress for all our learners. In my spare time I like to visit my friends and family, go for long river walks and escape in a good book!

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 05/07/2021 - 04/07/2025

Dr Peter Evans

Parent Governor

Peter is a father to three children, with one attending Strathmore at St Richard Reynolds campus. His other children attend other local schools.  He has been part of the Strathmore community since his son joined in year 7. At work, he is a scientist and has a keen interest in promoting STEM subjects and environmental awareness for children of all ages. 

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 23/09/2020 - 22/09/2024

Thomas McFall

Co-opted Governor

 

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 23/09/2020 - 22/09/2024

Jane Curzon - Vice Chair

Co-opted 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.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Safeguarding Governor

Term of Office 16/05/2018 - 21/03/2022 (Parent Governor)

Term of Office 21/03/2022 - 20/03/2026 (Co-opted Governor)

Mitch Pender

Co-opted Governor

Mitch is both an entrepreneur and investor.  Earlier in his career, he was an entrepreneur, having helped create several technology businesses.  He later transitioned to investment management, where he has primarily focused on early and mid-stage investments in the UK and European technology startups.  An MBA in Finance from HEC Paris has provided a bridge between operational and investment roles in the tech-startup community. 

Mitch is a resident of Sheen, and he has a son in primary school and a daughter with additional needs.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 21/03/2022 - 20/03/2026

Minta Townshend

Parent Governor

Aminta is a parent to one child with additional needs. She is Vice-Chair of Richmond Parent Carer Forum, and a parent rep on the Richmond & Kingston SENDIASS Advisory Group. She formerly worked in Film & Television in a production role, moving into corporate and broadcast video before having her son in 2015. Since then, she has worked for several charities and across the voluntary sector both on events and parental engagement projects. 

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 21/03/2022 - 20/03/2026

Emilia Armattoe-Fowler

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 20/09/2021 - 19/09/2025

Stepped Down 11/01/2022

Pam Dalton

Co-opted Governor

Pam has been a practising lawyer for 30 years specialising in intellectual property and media law. During her career she has been involved in a variety of pro-bono work including working at Tower Hamlets Centre where she focussed on housing and educational tribunals.  

Pam is currently the legal director for content at Sky and has 3 children.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 20/09/2021 - 19/09/2025

Stepped Down 29/11/2021

Suzan Dormer

LA Governor

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 20/10/2017 - 30/10/2021

Stepped Down 29/06/2021

Gaelle Newland

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office 01/06/2020 - 01/06/2024

Stepped Down 23/07/2021

Helen Bridge - Clerk

Clerk

As Clerk to the governing body, my role is to provide effective administrative support, to organise and co-ordinate information flow and to provide procedural and legislative advice to the Governors. I already act as clerk to both the Clarendon Governing Body, Strathmore Governing Body and the Auriga Academy Trust Board.

In my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, running, skiing and going to the theatre.