Meet our governors

 

 
Louise Round
Co-Opted
Chair of governors
Chair-futures
Chair RR6

Link areas; Safeguarding, Strategy

I have been a governor since 2010 and became chair in 2013. My daughter attended the school but has now gone off to university, having thoroughly enjoyed her time at Ricards and I am enormously proud of the school and its determination to ensure that every student reaches their potential. The school’s values of trust, equality, resilience and aspiration are really important to me.

In another life, I am the chief executive of a district council in Surrey and a qualified solicitor, working for most of my career in councils with responsibility for children’s services. One of the areas in which I specialised was the law relating to education which has come in handy during my time as a governor! I have lived in the area for over 20 years.

   

 

Virginia McKay
Co-opted
Co-Vice Chair Curriculum
Futures
Pay committee

Link areas; Training, Curriculum

I was appointed in 2014. Having spent my career working in adult education in both the college and university sector, I am passionate about education and I have seen first-hand how education transforms lives.

Ricards is a dynamic and inspiring school and I believe my broad understanding of educational issues and experience as both a teacher and teacher trainer will help me contribute positively to its development and direction.

 

 

   

 

Ivor Heller
Co-Opted
Finance & Premises

Link area; Sports, Communication

Awaiting bio.

   

 

Chris Roberts 
Co opted
Governor Finance & Premises

Link area; STEM

I volunteered for a governor role through SGOSS and was appointed in 2017 as a co-opted governor.  I've a particular interest in encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers and will be getting more involved in safeguarding matters.

I work as a senior manager in IT, having extensive experience with information security and e-safety issues.  I also work closely with financial planning and capital development projects.

   

 

Cllr Edward Foley
Co-opted
Chair-Finance & Premises
Futures
Pay cmmte

Link areas; PFI & Finance

I started in 2011 as a parent governor and then became a community governor and now am a co-opted member. My daughter has attended the school and is currently a student in RR6.

I own and run an estate agency in Wimbledon Village. I was elected as an independent councilor in 2014 for Merton and sit on the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Panel as well.

I am a Trustee for the Merton United Charities and also the head coach of the Under 15’s at Old Emanuel Rugby Club. I am proud to be able to use my experience to put something back into Ricards Lodge High School.

   

 

Amanda Doig-Moore
Parent governor
Chair- Personnel & Inclusion
Curriculum
RR6

Link areas; SEN, Marketing

I was appointed in 2015 as a parent governor. My aim is to bring both support and challenge to the school, to make sure that the best possible outcome is reached for students, staff and parents.

I passionately believe that every child is entitled to an outstanding state education, alongside a high level of academic achievement and pastoral care. With two daughters at the school, both with very different abilities, I feel I am able to effectively see the entire spectrum that the school offers across the learning groups, and to ensure it is kept at the highest level.

As well as currently working full time in the media sector, I also help to raise funds and arrange events for FOR (Friends of Ricards), as well as my duties as Governor.

   

 

Cllr Najeeb Latif
Co-opted
Finance 
Pay committee

Link area; Maths

I started in 2013 as a Local Authority Governor and am now a co-opted Governor. I was elected as a Conservative Councilor in 2014 for Wimbledon Village Ward and sit on several Committees in Merton Council.

I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and am always keen to help and advise pupils in Ricards Lodge on any matters relating to Science, Technology and Engineering.

   

 

Andrew Alty
Co-opted
Personnel & Inclusion

Link areas; Careers, Community

I have over twenty years’ experience creating and managing arts-based educational projects for and by young people, in both formal and informal settings.

I have been a Creative Learning Manager at New Wimbledon Theatre, Merton’s largest commercial theatre since 2011.

I joined the Board of Governors in 2014 and am particularly interested in supporting and developing theatre; music and dance at Ricards as well as assisting the school in creating pathways into the arts for RR6 students.

   

 

Julia Groom
Parent governor
Curriculum

Link areas; Healthy Schools

I was elected as a parent governor in July 2015. I have lived in the area for the past 14 years and have three children, the oldest of whom is at Ricards Lodge.

I am a consultant in public health, with a special interest in children and young people’s health and wellbeing. I believe it is vital to have both excellent academic achievement and strong pastoral support in a successful school.

I hope I can bring my experience to support and challenge Ricards Lodge to achieve the very best it can for all students.

   

 

Carolyn Green
Parent governor
Curriculum,
Personel 
& Inclusion

Link areas; Y7 Transition

I am a newly appointed parent governor. Although originally from Canada, I have lived in Wimbledon for the last 20 years. I have three teenage children, the youngest of which is at Ricards. I am a teacher with a specialism in Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. I am also involved with local charities, including the Lunchbowl Network and South London Refugee Association.

Where possible I am also a volunteer with FOR (Friends of Ricards) I am hoping to become involved in many aspects of our school, but am especially interested in those students with special educational needs and their access to the curriculum. I am also keen to see our school increasingly become a place where all are included, supported and involved and look forward to getting to know our school community better in the next few years.

   
 
Greg Thorpe
Parent governor
Finance & Premises 

Link areas: TBC

I became a Parent Governor at the end of 2017, and I am delighted to be playing an active role in ensuring the continued success of the school now that Ricards has achieved ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted status. With two daughters already at the school and my third daughter joining in September 18 I was eager to make an active contribution and to provide parents like myself with a viewpoint and a say on how the school develops. As the Managing Director of a Marketing Agency I look forward to applying my commercial and communication skills to the benefit of the pupils, teachers, parents and the wider Ricards Lodge community, and will be specifically involved in the Finance and Premises Committee.

 

Emma Day
Co-opted (staff)
Partnerships

 

 

 

Alison Jerrard
Headteacher
Whole school improvement