Who We Are
Olivia Brooks - Parent Governor
Olivia joined the Governing Body in November 2017 when she was elected as a parent Governor.
She worked in the corporate sector as a marketing executive but moved to a career in education after the birth of her three children.
Olivia now works as a student empowerment champion for a Federation of 7 Primary schools. She works with staff and students to develop empowerment strategies for learning both in and out of the classroom. She is passionate about equipping children with the skills they will need to thrive in the uncertain workplace, where many jobs will become obsolete (replaced by robots) and new roles will be created.
As a parent Governor, Olivia hopes to build on the links already made between staff and parents. She is a strong advocate of student empowerment and student and parent voice and is keen to help the school drive development in these areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - Co-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 2018-19)
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.
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.
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 - 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 10.
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 works as Volunteer Services Manager at St. Raphael's Hospice and manages 600 volunteers. She is committed to her local community and enjoys to the challenge of her role as parent Governor.
Kara Thwaites - 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, 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.