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Governors

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Primesh Kalia - Chair

LA Governor

In my career I am qualified as a Chartered Engineer, Building Services Consultant. I have a BSc honours degree from Manchester University and started as a mechanical services design engineer in the private sector. The majority of my work has been with local authorities; Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and Islington Councils as the Head of Engineering and Energy.

I have two grown up sons.

The relocation of Clarendon school with a new build school will be a great opportunity with modern and well designed facilities all under one roof. I am looking forward to working with a very dedicated and experienced team and contributing my expertise.

M.A; BSc honours; C.ENG; MCIBSE; MCIM

Address - c/o Clarendon School, Egerton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7SL

Appointed by the Auriga Academy Trust

Term of Office: 30/11/2019 - 30/11/2023

Keith Tysoe - Co Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

I have worked in education for over 30 years both in mainstream and special schools. Currently I work as an adviser for an education service covering three inner London boroughs. I work with a range of primary and secondary schools on all aspects of school improvement. In my work I have particular responsibility for the oversight of special educational needs and disabilities provision across the three boroughs. Previously I worked as an education adviser for the London Borough of Richmond so I have a good understanding of the educational provision in the Richmond area. During my career I have taught and worked as a senior leader in a wide range of educational settings including the management of a centre for children with special educational needs in Malaysia. My wide experience brings professional knowledge and expertise that I hope will be of benefit to both the governing body and pupils at Clarendon School.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 31/07/2015 - 31/07/2023

Jo Dixon - Co Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor at Clarendon since 2000 after having my arm twisted while my daughter was at the school!  It is undeniably difficult having a child with learning difficulties but over the years I have seen the difference it makes when others take the time to get to really know them and are prepared to believe in them and support them to achieve.  That is what Clarendon is about and I am keen to see that vision become ever more a reality.

I am excited by the advantages that joint working through the Auriga Academy Trust can bring to the school and to vulnerable pupils more widely.  I am Vice Chair of the Trustee Board and looking forward to seeing the Clarendon passion for equipping young people with learning disabilities for a life included in and contributing to their communities being realised more widely.

I have previously also been both a parent and special school representative on a number of borough and charity boards seeking to improve SEND provision locally.  I also work as a volunteer with my local church.  I used to work in Clinical Research and Science Writing.  I relax with music, walking and swimming and am a keen supporter of the Harlequins rugby team.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 26/01/2017 - 26/01/2025

John Kipps - Headteacher

I trained as a Primary teacher and have worked in Richmond since 1989. Since joining Clarendon in 1993 I have co-ordinated a number of subjects (Art, Drama, Music, Science, Design and Technology) and held a variety of roles (classteacher, KS3 team leader and Deputy Head) before becoming Headteacher in 2006. Since then the school has taken on the management of the Gateway Centre for pupils with Autism Spectrum Conditions. I am proud to be part of such a dedicated, caring and forward-looking staff team, and of the many and varied achievements of our pupils.

I have two grown-up daughters, both of whom attended Richmond schools and my interests include travel, acting, singing, gardening, cooking and tending my allotment.

Helen Bridge - Clerk

As Clerk to the Clarendon 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 am a Mum to 2 children and in my spare time I enjoy walking my dog, running, skiing and going to the theatre.

Lindsay Patience

Co-opted Governor

After completing my degree in Economics and Management at Jesus College, Oxford I signed up for the TeachFirst programme. I taught Economics, Business, Law, Accounting and IT in two large London compressive schools for 10 years. Both schools had specialist SEN provision, one for Visual Impairment and one for Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties. I held various leadership positions including Assistant Headteacher, Director of Learning, Head of Enterprise, Head of Year and Head of Sixth Form.  

After having my first child in 2016, I stepped down from school leadership and am now a part time classroom teacher at a leading independent school. My commitment to state education, and in particular to addressing educational disadvantage, has not diminished though. I am the cofounder of a social enterprise called Flexible Teacher Talent which promotes and supports flexible working in the education sector. 

I am proud and privileged to be a Governor at Clarendon. 

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 21/01/2019 - 21/01/2023

Roberta Borsotti

Co-opted Governor

Originally from Italy, I have been living in the UK for 20 years.

I hold a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, and during university I spent 2 years studying in Germany.

I then moved to the UK and worked first in Banking as an Account Manager for High Net Worth clients, and subsequently for the market leader in IT research, where my last role was Inside Area Manager for Italy, Spain and Portugal.

I took a break from work from when my first child was born, and had two other children. When my youngest started school, I began working as Office Administrator at The Gateway.

I am excited to have recently joined the Governing Body, and I hope that my day-to-day experience of working for the school will allow me to make a positive contribution.

Outside of work, my interests include travelling, reading, going to the theatre, painting furniture, cooking, baking and writing recipes.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

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

Bharat Gopalan

Co-opted Governor

Bharat is one of our more recent governors, joining in 2021.  He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a Masters from the University of Reading.  He has extensive Financial Services experience and is currently a Finance Director with Deutsche Bank in London. 

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 06/07/2021 - 05/07/2025 

Kalliopi Selioti

Co-opted Governor

 

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 22/03/2022 - 21/03/2026 

Jane Sherlock

Parent Governor

Jane is a special parent, with a degree in Psychology. Most of her 25 years working experience is with tier one investment banks, running global change programs in IT; process policy change, legal requirements, governance and regulatory change. She loves reading, yoga and getting creative with her daughter.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 22/03/2022 - 21/03/2026 

Kelly Faulkner

Parent Governor

Kelly is a parent of 3 children attending schools in the Borough of Richmond including her eldest daughter at Clarendon Secondary School. Her professional career began at UNICEF in New York, before relocating to Europe and moving into international product management and marketing in the telecommunications industry. She has an MBA from the London Business School and now works in property management.  After the diagnosis at birth of her first child, her family started their journey into the world of special needs and all the joys and challenges that involves. She feels honoured to be a Parent Governor at Clarendon and to have the opportunity to contribute to the vital work of the Auriga Academy Trust.

Appointed by Parents

Term of Office: 29/04/2022 - 28/04/2026 

Michel Sinanan

Staff Governor

Michael is an Assistant Headteacher at Clarendon Secondary Centre who has over 37 years experience as an educator.  He has enjoyed working with a wide range of students from postgraduate research level through to secondary students with special educational needs, including those with SEMH and those in challenging and disadvantaged circumstances.

Michael has worked as a teacher trainer, educational researcher and professionally as an opera singer.  He has a background in maths and science and favours analytical approaches, creative thinking and decision-making based on research and evidence.  Michael supports values of the enlightenment and is a member of the British Humanist Society.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 22/03/2022 - 21/03/2026 

Nick Travers (stepped down)

Co-opted Governor

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 17/12/2019 - 16/12/2023 

Stepped Down: 08/11/2021

John Collins (stepped down)

Staff Governor

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

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

Stepped Down: 15/09/2021

Nandita Sinha (stepped down)

Parent Governor

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 28/11/2019 - 27/11/2023

Stepped Down: 21/02/2022

Greg Ross-Sampson (stepped down)

Parent Governor

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

Term of Office: 21/01/2019 - 21/01/2023

Stepped Down: 08/02/2022