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Hillbrook Primary School

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Meet The Governors

Craig Rajgopaul - Chair of Governors
Partnership Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

"I grew up in Edinburgh, but have lived in London since 2002. I work as a barrister who specialises in employment, education and commercial law, but have also worked with autistic children since 1995. My long-standing interest in special educational needs has previously seen me teach at a special needs school in Japan, take on the role of governor at a special needs school in Wandsworth, and also volunteer to make an appearance for parents in special educational needs and disability tribunals. I have a nephew with Down's syndrome and a partner called Prat." 

Debbie Hart - Headteacher

Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee & Curriculum, Community and Parents Committee

 

"I am originally from the East Midlands and moved to London in 2007 with my husband Daniel. I have been a Head teacher since 2002 in a variety of schools and Hillbrook is my 5th Headship. I joined the School in September 2017 and have loved leading such a busy, creative and inspiring school. No two days are ever the same and I am lucky to work alongside a passionate and dedicated team of professionals who only want the very best for our children here at Hillbrook. I live in Wimbledon and really enjoy making the most of being in London!"

 

Hasib Dewan - Vice Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

 

“I was delighted to join Hillbrook Primary. I’m so pleased to be part of a school in an area close to my heart, as I was born in St Georges Hospital and grew up in Colliers Wood, just down the road!

I currently work as a Consultant in the City specialising in Technology and Business transformation, but I’ve always been passionate about education. Before working in the City, I worked for a university 2011 to 2016, I’ve been a governor for another school, and have volunteered for the Merton Youth Justice Service for over 5 years, supporting young people who had committed a crime in the local area.

I love playing rugby at the weekend, and during the week am trying my hand at learning Spanish (though not very well!)” 

Julian Bennet

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Chair of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

"I was born in Hong Kong but have always considered south London to be my home, and finally followed up on that when I moved to Hillbrook Road, about 100 yards from the school doors, in 2012. I am passionate about education at the local level as I've seen the impact great teachers and staff can have on children's upbringing. By day I work in the City of London as a private equity professional investing in technology companies, and by night (alongside Hillbrook!) I am on the board of trustees of Concern Worldwide (a charity focused on international development and aid relief) and on the board of The Foundry, a provider of visual FX software to the post-production industry. I love to swim, cycle and play rugby in my spare time (though not necessarily at the same time...)"

Ed Davies

LA Governor appointed by Wandsworth
Chair of Curriculum, Community and Parents Committee


"I was appointed governor by the local authority, and have been the Chair of the Curriculum Committee since 2010. I work as a barrister and specialise in company and commercial law. I am also a member of the Erskine Chambers in Lincoln's Inn. I live in Tooting with my family, and enjoy sport - particularly rugby and the triathlon."

Shola Apena-Rogers

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Member of Curriculum, Community and Parents Committee 

 

"I have lived in Tooting for the past 9 years and have two sons attending Hillbrook in Nursery and Year 1. I am a Forensic Psychologist, currently working within a local authority Children and Families service in North London. I believe that education and the broader value that a positive school experience can offer is important for all children. As a parent governor on the curriculum committee, I want to contribute to maintaining the school’s high standards, by supporting and challenging to ensure good decisions are made at every opportunity. It is an exciting time for the school which is transitioning both in structure and curriculum and I want to provide input that will support positive outcomes for every child."

Helen Barnett

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Member of Curriculum, Community and Parents Committee

 

“I was born and raised in Lancashire but moved to South-West London in October 2001.  I lived in Tooting for over 10 years and am a mother to two daughters, both of which attend Hillbrook.  As the SEN Assistant at the school, I believe my position as a parent and a member of staff offers valuable insight into how Hillbrook should be managed to benefit of all the school’s community.”

Michael Brown 

Elected Parent Governor 
Member of Curriculum and Learning Committee

 

“I was born and raised in Belfast before leaving to read English Literature at the University of St Andrews, departing with a Masters degree and (little did I know then) my future wife. From there, I moved to South West London where I’ve been juggling the equally challenging yet rewarding roles of actor and stay-at-home parent.

 

It was a real honour to be elected as a parent governor in 2018 and it is a position I have enjoyed tremendously thus far. It’s not my job to speak on the Hillbrook parents’ behalf as such, but I can certainly bring a parental perspective to all the issues discussed and the strategic decisions made and, in that sense, I hope I can do you proud.

 

In my spare time (which is in limited supply) I enjoy cinema, pub quizzes and watching my beloved Fulham Football Club.”

Mae Christie

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Member of Curriculum, Community and Parents Committee

 

"I was born and raised in the deep south of the United States in Louisiana, studied politics at university and worked in the legal profession in Washington, DC before going forward to become a minister. I trained for priestly ministry at Westcott House in Cambridge, matriculating at Trinity College, Cambridge. I enjoy football, music, cooking and politics." 

 

Matt Foster

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body

Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

 

 “I grew up in Hull (East Yorkshire), moved to London to study in 2012 and have now lived in Wandsworth for the past couple of years. I have a real interest in education and the impact that it can have on a child’s future. I work as a family solicitor, specialising in relationship breakdown, financial arrangements and private children law. In my spare time I enjoy running, reading and attending live music events.” 

Simon Gallant

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body

Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee & Curriculum, Community and Parents Committee

 

"I have worked in a number of schools in South West London since 2001 and joined Hillbrook in 2015. I love being involved in such an exciting and vibrant school community and working hard to make a difference for the children and families who are part of our school. When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching football and running."

Riz Khan 

Elected Parent Governor 
Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

 

"I was born in Fiji and lived in New Zealand before moving to London. I have previously worked as a Solicitor and for Domestic Violence Agencies. Currently, my husband and I are self employed and run a photography business. 

 

I was delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in 2018 and have thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility of this role. 

 

I am extremely enthusiastic about my relationship with Hillbrook. Both my children attend the school, one in Nursery and the other in Year 1. I enjoy meeting other parents and carers during the school day as well as at the weekly Wednesday "Parent Time" meetings and through PFTA fund raising activities.

 

 In my free time I enjoy playing Badminton and going on nature walks with my family."

Victoria Morgan

Partnership Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Member of Curriculum, Community and Parents Committee

 

"I was born and raised in Bristol, moving to London when I was 18. I have lived in Wandsworth for over 3 years and am thrilled to be part of Hillbrook School's governing body. I am the Head of Assessment at Pearson, a worldwide education organisation. I am passionate about how education and assessment can improve the lives of young people."

Parimal Patel

Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Body
Member of Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee

"I have lived in Wandsworth for the majority of my life, attending Ravenstone Primary School in Balham and Chestnut Grove Secondary School. I currently reside in Tooting with my family; including 2 children, who I am proud to say both attend Hillbrook School.

As a governor, I sit on the Finance and Personal Committee and am fully dedicated in ensuring Hillbrook gets best value. I work for Wandsworth Council as a Business Manager and believe that I am ideally placed to not only understand the concerns of fellow parents but also have a greater awareness of local issues that may impact our children’s welfare.

I am always keen to hear of any ideas that parents may have, so please feel free to contact me whenever you see me in the playground."