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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


Greg Ross-Sampson

Parent Governor

I am a father of two children, one having complex needs.  I have served as a trustee or board member for a charities and not-for-profits since 2011.  With over 13 years working at Director level, I have experience delivering significant operational improvements, business-wide change programmes and efficiency and financial savings. 

 My career has been spent in both the public and private sectors having serviced such clients as IBM, and events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympics. 

I hold a BSc in Computing from Macquarie University in Sydney and have studied at IMD and INSEAD, and hold an MBA from London Business School.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

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

Nandita Sinha

Parent Governor

I grew up and was educated in Singapore. Having graduated with a law degree, I chose to work in publishing and media. My first job was as a writer/editor at a children’s publishing house in Singapore. Deciding to make use of my university education, I moved to a law publishing house. A short stint in television followed but realising that I preferred paper publishing, I returned to it as an Equity Editor at an investment bank.

In 1999, I moved to London with my husband, and continued to work in legal and financial editing in the City. We have two children: Tara is now 15 years old and Dylan is 14 years old. Dylan was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay at 18 months old. While they were young, I worked as a freelance editor for publications for academics and professionals. When we were advised that Dylan could go to a mainstream primary school, I decided to become a full-time parent in order to better prepare him socially and emotionally.

While the education system in the UK is similar to that in Singapore, there were areas I needed to familiarise myself with - and it was not always easy. This was particularly so for Dylan, a completely new world for myself and my husband. Our priority was to ensure that he was in a setting that understood and appreciated his learning, as well as his social and emotional needs. Even though there were provisions and facilities, it was not always easy to access them, and we have been through a number of settings prior to Clarendon, where he is now very happy. 

As parent governor, I hope to be able to make a positive contribution to the running of the school, as well as to the pupils and their parents.

Appointed by the Local Governing Board

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

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