Holy Trinity CofE Primary School

Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

Meet the Governors

Kirsty Warwick

Chair of Governors

Chair of Children, Families and Community Committee
I am a Parent Governor and was elected in June 2015. I sit on the Children, Families & Community committee.
I have one child at the school and one who left in 2018. I have been actively involved in HOTS, our Friends/PTA, since my eldest joined in reception 2011. Professionally, I’ve worked in PR, marketing and communications for over twenty years in the charity sector for Macmillan, CLIC Sargent, Carers UK, RNID (now Action on Hearing Loss), and the NHS. I’m also a former trustee of Friends of South Park Gardens, leading on their communications. I’m passionate about engaging children, parents, staff, governors and the local community, and also volunteer when and where I can.

Catherine Allen

Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee
I was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2015. I chair the Standards, Teaching and Learning Committee for which I will draw upon my career in finance and banking. I am a Chartered Accountant and for the past three years have worked as part of a Senior Management Team at Morgan Stanley. Holy Trinity School is going to play a large part in my family's life for the next seven years, since my children are in Year 5 and Year 3.

Every child deserves a rounded education: academic achievement is important but environment and culture of a school is crucial to educational success and beyond. My parents were head-teachers and my brother is a primary school teacher, giving me a unique insight into one of the most powerful influences in our children’s lives and making me passionate about how children learn. I believe governors are central in helping create a healthy, safe and happy school ethos. I look forward to representing parents and contributing to our school community.

Rev Mark Eminson

I am delighted to be joining the Governing Body as the new Team Rector of Merton Priory, based mostly at Holy Trinity Church (from September 2019). I had about six years as a governor in a Church of England Junior School in my previous parish in the Bognor Regis area, so hope to learn quickly! I will also be in the school every week for assemblies and we have three children who have joined as pupils. Schools are places of learning and yet so much more; in different ways, akin to a family or a church, fundamental building blocks of a happy, just and holy society. I look forward to working with and serving this school community

Caroline Hopper

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by Merton Priory PCC, and have two children who both attend Holy Trinity School. I am a member of the Children, Families & Community Committee, which focuses on pupil well-being and how the school relates to parents, carers and the wider community. As governor I am keen to support Holy Trinity School in providing well-rounded, excellent education to all children.
I am a Chartered Physiotherapist by profession, with 20 years experience in general management within Heath and Social Care. Currently I am the Physiotherapy Manager at a nearby hospital.

Amy McWade

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by Merton Priory PCC, and Chair of the Business Committee. I have two children at the school, one in Year 3, and one in Reception. I am a Business and Finance Consultant, specialising in management accounting and pricing. I have significant experience in budgeting, planning, forecasting and decision-making at a strategic level, ensuring best use of resources, reducing costs and improving revenues. I am hugely passionate about supporting the school, particularly in the context of business, finance, property and health, and safety, to ensure the best education and development for each and every child

Beckie Mills

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by Merton Priory PCC. I have over 10 years teaching experience in both formal and informal education contexts, so am particularly interested in the work of the Standards, Teaching & Learning Committee. I have one child at Holy Trinity, in Reception class.

I am the Participation Officer at Polka Theatre, and also a Freelance Theatre Director. I have previously worked for a range of theatres including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Donmar Warehouse. I am a strong supporter of the power of arts activities to enable self-expression, development and creativity in children of all ages.

Claire Sunderland-Hay

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Southwark. As part of my Governor role I am on the Business committee.

In my professional life, I work for one of the City of London's oldest institutions, where I head up work on engaging with financial technology. In previous roles, I have had extensive experience with strategy and leadership as well as the foundation and creation of new areas, business management, planning and projects. I qualified as a chartered accountant in corporate finance after studying Maths at university, and I am passionate about encouraging enjoyment in STEM education for all.

Fiona Warren

I was elected as a parent governor in December 2016 and am Chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee. I have a son at Holy Trinity and I have seen my step-children through primary and secondary education. My professional background is in psychotherapy and psychology. My career has been in the NHS and Universities contributing to the delivery, development, evaluation and audit of mental health services; evaluating the effectiveness of psychotherapy models and training a wide range of staff groups. The teaching aspect of my University roles included designing curricula and setting and monitoring academic standards. An influence I have carried with me from early in my career has been the power of groups and community to support, empower and foster psychological and social growth in individuals.
I would like to support the school in nurturing our children to realise their potential to thrive.

Rodrigo Paes Barreto

I am a Foundation Governor and was elected in January 2018. I sit on the Children, Families and Community committee.I have one child at the school. Professionally, I’ve worked in Marketing for the last 20 years (Shell Brazil, Nestle USA and Kimberly-Clark Europe). For the last 8 years, I have been working as a Marketing Consultant, helping people and teams in large organisations to learn new marketing and leadership skills. I am passionate about learning, education and making our school a great place to prepare children and help them achieve their full potential.

Gillian Wood

I took up the role as Governor in September 2018 and sit on the Children, Families and Community committee.

I currently work as a buyer at Fortnum and Mason and have worked in the Food industry for 20 years. My previous roles were in Packaging and Product Development in Daylesford Organic and at Marks and Spencer.

I have a strong interest in food and the environment. As a governor I hope
to represent the best interests of children and for their development in a happy, healthy and sustainable school.

Debra Francis

I am a grandparent of a reception learner and member of the Christ church family.
I am excited be involved in the development and progression of an already achieving church school.
I have experience of committees, community groups and associations throughout my career in early year’s education and developmental community work.
At present I am work within foster care, specialising in the holistic care of 0-18 year olds.
I am passionate about supporting young people to flourish and nurturing individual talents. As a governor I can offer enthusiasm, ideas and forward thinking.
I wish to contribute in any way I can and to take pride in all that we can achieve together.

Lee Howes

I am a Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Southwark in September 2018.
In my role as Governor, I am a member of the Business Committee and recently appointed Treasurer, whilst my professional background is in HR and facilities as well as property investment and portfolio management.
My daughter is currently in Year 3 at Holy Trinity and my son also formerly attended (left July 2019). My interest in working with the Governing Body was driven by the opportunity to support the School in providing an inclusive, nurturing learning environment where both staff and children feel motivated and indivdually valued.

Kat Hastie

I am a Foundation Governor appointee by Holy Trinity Church in July 2019 and I also sit on the business committee.
I have been a qualified solicitor for over ten years and have worked in international law firms here in London as well as in Brussels and Tokyo. I currently work for the UK Government in the Competition and Markets Authority. I hope to bring my legal and public sector experience to Holy Trinity to ensure processes are implemented correctly and risks are mitigated as well as helping to ensure the critically important job of educating children continues to be delivered in an outstanding way.

Gemma Donaldson

I joined the Standards, Teaching & Learning committee in 2018. I have lived in Wimbledon for more than ten years and am a member of the congregation at Holy Trinity Church. I’ve always been a volunteer with Girlguiding and I’m currently a Brownie and Guide leader in Wimbledon, so some younger members of the School community might know me as Snowy Owl! When not knee deep in adventurous activities with the Brownies or Guides, I work in university management and am currently Director of Operations for an academic faculty at a university in London. I’m also an elected staff member of the governing body of the university. I hope to use my experience of supporting and engaging with young people, and delivering both operational activities and governance oversight in the higher education sector, to the benefit of the School community.

Gus Rankin

Izzy Rickards

Head-teacher and Governor

Kerryn Witting

Year 3 Teacher, PSHE and Mental Health Leader, and Staff Governor