Who We Are

The Governing Body is made up of 16 members as follows: 5 Parent Govenors, 8 Co-opted Governors, 1 Staff Governor, 1 Local Authority Governor and the Headteacher.

Members of the Governing Body


Ben Bennett

Ben Bennett - Co-opted Governor

Ben joined the Governing Body in October 2016 as an Associate Member, and then became a Co-opted Governor in April 2017

Ben has worked for the past 20 years in the professional services sector, including financial services, commercial property and law.  He is currently Executive Partner (Chief Operating Officer) at a top 20 accountancy firm.  He has an MBA from Henley Business School, having previously studied law at Cambridge University.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

He has previously been a Governor at two state primary schools and is particularly interested in the development of individuals to fulfil their potential.  Outside of work, he enjoys some peace and quiet on the golf course (in almost any conditions), most sports, scuba diving, photography and travel.

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Cllr Adam Bush - Co-opted Governor

Adam joined the Governing Body in November 2012 as a Local Authority governor. He was elected onto the newly constituted Governing Body as a co-opted Governor in July 2015.

He is a ward councillor for Raynes Park in the London Borough of Merton.

 Adam sits on the Business Committee and is a Maths Link Governor.

Adam has lived in Raynes Park for most of his life.  He has an Honours degree in Accounting & Finance from Kingston University and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).  Adam is also a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.  Adam is currently working for BDO LLP.


Rebecca Costain - Parent Governor (Vice-Chair) 2016-17

Rebecca joined the Governing Body in April 2012 and serves on the Business Committee and Standards & Quality Committee.  She is Link Governor for DT and ICT.

Rebecca is a resident of Raynes Park and is keen to contribute to her local community and develop her role so that she is able to support RPHS in becoming an outstanding school.

Prior to having children Rebecca worked in the finance sector in the Isle of Man and is a Chartered Company Secretary.


Hamish Dowlen - Co-opted Governor
Hamish joined the Governing Body in March 2011 as a Local Authority Governor.  He was elected onto the newly constituted Governing Body as a co-opted Governor in July 2015.  He is Chair of the Business Committee and is Link Governor for MFL and Creative and Performing Arts..
Hamish has worked for the past eleven years as a reinsurance consultant, both in the City of London and in Munich, Germany. He holds a master of arts degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from Cambridge University.
He is particularly interested in educational matters, having worked during his gap year at a specialist music school in Kent. His main interests are playing the piano, travelling in Eastern Europe and classic cars.

Terry Fairs

Terry Fairs - Parent Governor
Terry started his Governor career in 2013, when he joined the Governing Body of his daughter's primary school, and joined Raynes Park High School's Governing Body in March 2016.
Terry brings 20 years' experience in computing and IT training which he hopes to put to good use on the Governing Body.  As a parent Governor he hopes to bring the school and parents together to give the young adults of RPHS the best education they can receive at school and at home with the help of Insight and Frog.  He will be asking the hard questions and see things from a parent's point of view.

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Kirsten Heard - Headteacher

Kirsten began as Headteacher in September 2015.  She joined us from The Green School in Isleworth where she was Deputy Headteacher with an interest in inclusion.

She is Sociology graduate and her PGCE specialism was RE.  She is committed to securing the very best outcomes for all RPHS students.

Bukky Maybank
Bukky Maybank - Co-opted Governor
Bukky was elected onto the Governing Body as a co-opted Governor in September 2015.
She has lived in the area for 5 years and recently bought a home near the school.  Bukky is keen to give back to her community and make a real and immediate difference to the school and the education of the children in her local area.
Bukky is a commercial lawyer, delivering legal advice and solutions that support the business objectives of global brands and mitigate their risks.  She is currently working in the fashion and retail space, but has previously worked in private practice in the City, where she was seconded pro-bono to charities like Oxfam and Teach First - a charity working to address educational disadvantage in England and Wales.  She hopes she can deploy her legal training and skills, and business acumen to add value to the school.
She enjoys playing football, photography and her book club and can sometimes be persuaded to enter the odd triathlon.

Christian Mba (Media)

Christian Mba - Staff Governor

Christian Mba joined the Governing Body as Staff Governor in September 2016 as a Staff Governor.  He has been a member of staff at the school since 2013, serving as Head of the Media Studies Department, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, before being appointed as Assistant Headteacher in 2016.
Having graduated from Kingston University in 2006, Christian completed the Graduate Teacher Programme with specialism in English and Media Studies.  He has worked in a range of academic and pastoral roles, as well as serving as a School Improvement Officer for a local authority in South London.

Christian is also a former RPHS student attending the school from 1996-2000.  With many fond memories of his time at the school, Christian is keen to ensure that the school serves as an engine of growth for students, staff and the wider school community.

Moira McGarr

Moira McGarr - Co-opted Governor
Moira was elected co-opted Governor in July 2015.  She has lived in Raynes Park for 8 years and has one child.  Prior to being a Homemaker, Moira worked in senior roles within Human Resources, predominantly in the business to business service sector.
Moira is keen to participate in her local community, utilising her professional skills to support the continuing success and future development of Raynes Park High School.  She is very excited about her new role and the challenges it will bring.  in her spare time she loves walking her dog, visiting national trust places and reading or watching murder mysteries.
Graham Orpwood

Graham Orpwood - Go-opted Governor

Graham joined the Governing Body as an Associate Member in September 2016, and then became a Co-opted Governor in April 2017.  He is a member of the Standards & Quality Committee and Link Governor for Science.

A lifelong educator, Graham has been a science teacher at primary, secondary and tertiary levels in both England and Canada.  For the past 30 years he has also been a researcher and teacher educator, with special interests in curriculum, assessment and numeracy.

With a BSc and MSc in Chemistry and a PhD in education, Graham is a Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto.


Michael Ross - Co-opted Governor (Chair 2016-17)

Mike joined the Governing Body in December 2012 and was elected onto the newly constituted Governing Body as a co-opted Governor in July 2015.

Mike is a member of the Premises, Health, Safety & Safeguarding Committee and the Business Committee.  He is the Link Governor for Business, Economics and Law.

 He has lived in Merton Park for 26 years with his partner and their two sons, one of whom attends RPHS.

Until his retirement, Mike was Chief Executive of the Residential Property Tribunal Service, a non-Departmental public body. He has a background in corporate planning, finance and change management. After graduating in Modern History at Oxford, he had a varied career history working in Government, ranging from Head of Training at the Department of the Environment to management of the national resurvey of listed buildings and sponsorship of the London Zoo. He has been a magistrate for 33 years and is Chairman of the Morden Girls Football League.

Alison Rowett (Parent Gov)

Alison Rowett - Parent Governor

Alison joined the Governing Body in April 2014 as a parent Governor.

Alison is a science graduate and has a background in the provision of data for the NHS, a great asset in understanding the data aspects of the work of the Governing Body and in supporting and challenging the information provided for Governors by the school.  She serves on the Standards and Quality Committee and is Link Governor for Science, Humanities and Sociology.


Rebecca Shingleton - Parent Governor

Rebecca joined the Governing Body in 2010.  She sits on the Standards and Quality Committee and is Link Governor for PSHE and RE.

Her oldest child has just completed Year 13.  Rebecca is particularly interested in the social and emotional aspects of learning.

She is involved in several community groups and is a keen football fan hence her voluntary involvement in a Little League Football club acting as their Child Welfare Officer.

Rebecca works therapeutically with children and families in educational settings


Marina Szanto - Co-opted Governor

Marina joined the Governing Body in December 2010 and was elected onto the newly constituted Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in July 2015. She is Link Governor for Safeguarding, Children in Care and Pupil Premium.

Marina has a wide range of experience across the Secondary Education sector.  her career as a Senior Leader spans 5 London Local Authorities over 25 years.  This includes as a Headteacher in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Her most recent experience prior to retirement was as an Education Consultant supporting schools that were underperforming.

Marina has an MA in Education and Social Policy and is committed to local community schools delivering and outstanding educational experience to its local young people.

Ginny Toubal

Ginny Toubal - Parent Governor

Ginny joined the Governing Body in May 2015 and sits on the Standards and Quality Committee and the Health, Safety, Premises and Safeguarding Committee.  She is Link Governor for English and Health and Social Care.

Ginny has lived in the local community of Raynes Park for 12 years and has two children, her son being in Year 7.

After graduating from university with a BSc and a formal nursing qualification Ginny worked in NHS hospital trusts in London before entering the healthcare recruitment industry.  She then worked at a senior management level firstly in a Central London Nursing Agency and subsequently for a nationwide healthcare company.

Ginny now works as Volunteer Coordinator at St. Raphael's Hospice, North Cheam, facilitating training programmes and managing 200 volunteers.  She is committed to her local community and looking forward to the challenge of her new role as parent Governor.


Margaret Tulloch  - Local Authority Governor

Margaret is a Governor appointed by the local authority, and has been a governor since 1986. Her son was a pupil at the school when it was a boys’ school.  Margaret sits on the Premises, Health, Safety & Safeguarding Committee and Business Committee and is Link Governor for Equalities, SEN/HAHS and Admin including Leisure.

Nationally Margaret was on the National Executive of the Campaign for State Education (CASE) from 1988 to 2004, for most of that time as Secretary. For several years she was a trustee of the Advisory Centre for Education, including 9 years as Chair. She is a trustee of the research charity Research and Information on State Education (RISE) and secretary of Comprehensive Future, a campaign aiming to end selection on ability and aptitude.