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Meet Our Governors

Who are our School Governors?

Alexandra Primary School is very lucky to have a team of governors with a variety of skills dedicated to helping make the school as great as possible!

 

Robert Waiting is the Headteacher. 

I became headteacher at the school in September 2019. I had previously worked as a deputy head teacher in another Kingston primary school for six years and been part of senior leadership teams in schools across Richmond and Kingston for over ten years. I am passionate about developing high quality teaching and learning and working closely with the local community to deliver this. I am proud to be the head teacher of such an inclusive and ambitious school and I am excited about the prospects available to us as we develop our new identity as a primary school.

As Headteacher, I sit on all Committees and work with the Governing Body to develop the school's Strategic Vision and Development Plan. It is also my responsibility to ensure that the school implements the strategy effectively and I look to the Governing Body to support and challenge the Leadership Team to ensure that we do.

 

Lorraine Slattery is the Chair of Governors

Lorraine Slattery was nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor in July 2022 and became Chair of Governors in September 2022.  Lorraine has a commercial background in travel, retail, travel-related financial services and international higher education and has served on the executive boards of various organisations over the past 20+ years in the role of Chief People/Human Resources Officer. 

In her most recent role, she worked in the Higher Education sector, employing c.700 English language and academic subject teachers as well as hundreds of management and support staff in dedicated teaching units. She also served on the boards of the joint ventures between her company and the University of Stirling and Drew University (US).  She spent 6 years as a Governor at two large secondary schools, at one of which she was Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Marketing Committee. Until recently, Lorraine was a director and trustee of INTO Giving, a charity dedicated to the promotion, funding and support of girls’ and refugee education in and from ‘developing countries’.

Lorraine has always been hugely committed to lifelong learning for herself and a strong advocate of development for her employees. She is passionate about the power of education to enable social mobility and the mitigation of disadvantaged starting points, something from which she herself has benefited hugely.  She wants to continue to ‘pay it forward’ to future generations and is honoured to play her part in doing that for Alexandra Primary School.

 

Sue Jackson is a co-opted governor

Sue Jackson is also Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. Sue started teaching in 1974 and retired a few years ago as the Headteacher of two federated Surrey schools, a nursery & infant school and an all through primary school. Sue is a local resident and was an elected parent governor at Alexandra in the 1980s when her two children attended Alexandra School. Sue has served as a governor for over 35 years in a variety of schools.  


 Elinor Barikor is a parent governor

It is a true privilege to be able to say that my 3 children, who are each so different, are growing and developing, both educationally and just as importantly in their sense of self-confidence, as a result of the exceptional community of Alexandra Primary School. 

For 16 years I have been running my own businesses in the Arts and Technology sectors and have first-hand experience of both small and large business, marketing, communications and finance. My work allows me to interact with, and benefit from, people from many different and diverse backgrounds daily and I see Alexandra’s inclusive nature preparing our children for the accepting, diverse, adult world we hope they will live in. 

I would seek to contribute through my professional background, first-hand knowledge as a parent of children of differing ages/needs and my limited but varied experience of other Primary schools in London. 

It is my firm belief that Alexandra Primary School has the ability to secure and develop even further its unique offering, as it finishes its transition to Primary School, to continue to ensure that the pupils - both collectively and individually, are benefitting from the teaching, pastoral care and governance that make it truly outstanding.

Jane Casling is a co-opted governor

I retired last January after a 35+ year career in business information publishing with a specialism in marketing and data. Becoming a governor at Alexandra Primary School will allow me to ‘give something back’ to the local community in south-west London. As a mother of a 25 year old son I was involved in his school communities mainly through the PTA and was always interested in the ‘politics’ of the education he received. I have friends and family members who are involved in the sector and so keep in touch with their issues.

My business career would allow me to bring a number of skills to bear on helping to support the school’s leadership team and staff through a period of apparently unrelenting change!

  • I am financially literate and have been involved in business strategy at board level
  • I have managed teams of various sizes over the years and have developed leadership skills and a common-sense attitude to solving people problems
  • My specialism in marketing gives me clear views on promotion and marketing

Megan Griffiths is a staff governor

Megan Griffiths has worked at Alexandra Primary School since 2017. Megan is a Reception teacher and EYFS lead and has a passion for teaching and nurturing the whole child. 

Megan is the PSHE Lead and is currently leading the school in become Rights Respecting (Unicef). This ethos ties in with Alexandra's values of community, exploration, excellence and nurture. 

Adam Johnson is a co-opted governor

Adam Johnson is also the Chair of the Finances, Resources and Planning Committee.  He is an experienced Project Manager with a strong track record of delivering complex change within organisations. His experience includes ten years of Project Management and over five years working in the Middle East, primarily within Saudi Arabia on large infrastructure projects, including significant experience in the aviation sector. Having recently returned to the UK, Adam is new to the Kingston area and keen to be involved in supporting the local community and applying his Project Management skills to support the school.

Katie Meredith is a co-opted governor

I am proud of Alexandra’s nurturing and child centred ethos, and its important place in the community. I work with the other governors to maintain these, as well as support it in responding openly and decisively to the challenges within the recent Ofsted report. As the mother of two at Alexandra, I have a long-term commitment to the school’s success. But my motivation is to ensure every child at Alexandra feels happy, safe and benefits from a first class education. As a Senior Civil Servant, I have a strong public service ethos; experience of setting strategic direction and managing change; and of leading teams. I am also a Barrister and can contribute strong legal and analytical skills. I am committed to diversity and inclusion, and have experience of championing equalities issues and working with a wide range of people to achieve common goals. As the daughter of a teacher, I appreciate their huge commitment and the importance of giving them constructive support.    

Rachel Stewart is a parent governor

Rachel is a parent governor.  Rachel has two children at Alexandra, and during their time here she has been privileged to help out wherever possible – on trips, in art classes, changing library books and listening to children read. Rachel is passionate about the environment, and is often to be found literally elbow deep sorting rubbish for recycling after PSA events! Rachel is a qualified management accountant with 15 years experience within the finance functions of fast-paced trading organisations. 

Georgina Herry is an associate member.

Georgina is passionate about education. Throughout her career, she has worked in schools supporting strategic school improvement across a number of specialist, mainstream and early years settings. She has also worked as a SENDCo and Senior Leader and successfully collaborated on several local and national SEND projects including developments with the Whole School SEND team and the Institute of Education. 

Polly Jones is an associate member.

Polly Jones is the Assistant Head, and has been at Alexandra Primary School since 2008.

Stella Maerker is an associate member

I have a strong passion for early childhood education, I believe primary schools have a unique opportunity to equip children of all backgrounds and abilities in the best possible way for the life ahead of them. Visiting the school, I have witnessed the genuine care and appreciation for each individual child. As a mum of two young children myself, I feel inspired by the school’s vision to establish lifelong learning.

My academic background is across business management, leadership and sustainability studies and I bring experience of leadership positions in the corporate sector. I hope that my knowledge and experience will be a useful contribution in helping the school achieve its goals and long-term vision.

Gloria Reid is an associate member

Primary education has long been a passion of mine.  Now retired, and relocated from Yorkshire, I have been a teacher, LA Adviser and School Improvement Partner, and educational consultant.  I have also been a school governor for over thirty years in various capacities. I provided governor training for my LA and undertook Reviews of Governance after Ofsted Inspections. 

My granddaughter attends Alexandra Primary School.   I was very impressed with the school when I attended the open day and with the educational philosophy that it clearly shows.  

Rose Peacock is an associate member

Rose Peacock has been Deputy Headteacher since September 2020.