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Who We Are

Michael Ross -Co-opted Governor (Chair 2020- 2021)


Mike joined the Governing Body in December 2012 and was elected onto the newly reconstituted 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 30 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 38 years and is Chairman of the Morden Girls Football League.

Tracey Benzecry - Co-opted Governor (Vice-Chair 2020-2021)

Tracey was elected as a co-opted governor in March 2019.  She has lived in the Raynes Park and Wimbledon area since 1986.

She worked as a solicitor in the private client department of a City law firm before retiring to raise her two children.  Since then she has taken on various volunteer roles, including governor of a primary school.

Herself a first generation university student, Tracey is passionate about improving children's life choices through education.

Stephen Benjamin - Co-Opted Governor


Stephen joined the Governing Body in March 2018 when he was appointed as a co-opted Governor. He is a member of both the Business Committee and Health, Safety, Premises and Safeguarding Committee.

Stephen has worked in the residential and commercial property sector from 1971 to the present day, progressing through various companies to the role of Chief Executive then Chairman of a large firm of consultant surveyors and valuers.

With one of his fellow directors, in 2003, he founded his present company which still operates in the commercial sector, but now finds that he has sufficient spare time to offer something back to the community.

Stephen has two children; a son who is a partner in a City law firm and a daughter who works in media and communications. He has lived in West Wimbledon and Raynes Park since 1982 and as a local resident, is keen to see Raynes Park High school continue to be at the forefront of Merton schools, under its existing strong leadership.

Lise Charmillot - Co-Opted Governor

Lise joined the Governing Body in July 2019 when she was appointed as a co-opted Governor.  She is a member of the Business Committee and Link Governor for Information Communication Technology (ICT) and e-Safety.

With a MSc in Finance, Lise has been working in the financial industry since 2007 and has had the chance to acquire a diverse experience through roles across different products, clients and sectors.

Originally from French speaking Switzerland, she moved to Wimbledon in 2015 and is keen to help improve children's and young people's future.

Hannah Davidson - Co-Opted Governor

Hannah was elected as a co-opted Governor in March 2020 and has lived in the Raynes Park and Wimbledon area since 2017. She is a member of the Standards & Quality Committee and Link Governor for Maths and Numeracy.

Following her graduation from Newcastle University, Hannah has been a Mathematics and Music Teacher at an independent girls school in Central London for six years and is also completing the MA Leadership course at the Institute of Education, UCL.

Hannah has a keen interest in student and staff wellbeing as well as curriculum and assessment development. She is dedicated to ensuring RPHS is able to deliver outstanding education and wellbeing provision for our local young people.

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.

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.

Samantha Kuti - Staff Governor

Samantha joined the Governing Body in March 2019 as a staff Governor and is a member of the Standards & Quality Committee.

Samantha has worked at Raynes Park High School for 16 years and is currently the Head of the Access Centre - an Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) for students with a primary diagnosis of Autism and an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Samantha has taught Maths at Raynes Park High School for 16 years and continues to do so, while also being committed to delivering an outstanding provision for students with Autism and is currently working towards gaining the National Autistic Society (NAS) accreditation for the Access Centre and the wider school.

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.

Dean Murphy - Parent Governor

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Maxine Ovens - Parent Governor


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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.

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, More Able 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.