Christopher Wright - Chair of Governors
Chris currently chairs the Board of Governors and the Head Teacher’s Review Panel and works with the Head and Chairs of our three main Governor Committees to ensure that we meet our strategic objectives. He has been a Foundation Governor at St Agatha's since February 2012, having joined the Board of Governors immediately following the schools conversion to an Academy, and has served as Chair since September 2014, having previously been Vice Chair of Governors from November 2012 to September 2014, Chair of our Resources Committee (and the Finance and Audit Committee which preceded this) from February 2012 to September 2014 and Academy Company Secretary from November 2012 to March 2013.
Chris is a Corporate Treasurer and Chartered Management Accountant by profession, and currently manages the Group Treasury and Global Shared Service Finance function at a large international travel catering business headquartered in London and was a key member of the management team that listed this formally privately-owned business on the London Stock Exchange in July 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree in Law & Economics from the University of Keele, is an Associate Member of both the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), and has held a number of volunteer positions over the past 15 years with the Scout Association, the UK's largest co-educational youth charity. He is married with three children, all of who attend St Agatha’s
Elizabeth Cahill – Headteacher
Elizabeth was appointed as Headteacher of St Agatha’s Catholic Primary School in September 2013. As such, her position on the board of governors is Ex Officio. This means she is a member of the governing body by virtue of holding the Headteacher’s post. She sits on all the committees.
Having qualified as a teacher in 1992, Elizabeth has taught across Early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in Catholic Primary schools across Merton and Kingston. Previously, she completed a Law Degree and more recently a Master’s Degree in School Leadership. She is mother to two children, one in the primary and the other in the secondary sector.
Colin Rand – Vice Chair & Resources Committee Chair
Colin joined the Board of Governors in February 2015 as one of our Parent Governors and has chaired our Resources Committee since September 2016 as well as being Communications Link Governor. A management consultant by profession, Colin works advising multinational companies on a range of business and management issues and has extensive experience working with complex organisations on topics including governance, cost control and operational strategy.
As a member of the Board of Governors, he is keen to support the school leadership in ensuring the school is managed as well as possible and as a parent of two children at St Agatha’s, Colin is keen to see the school continue to grow and succeed as a school which fosters the all-round learning of all the children in a supportive and caring environment.
Louisa Collyer-Hamlin - CRC Committee Chair
Louisa was appointed a Foundation Governor in February 2012 and chairs our Children, Families and Community Committee as well as being the Child Protection and Safeguarding Link Governor and E-Safety Link Governor. She works closely with the school monitoring safeguarding policies and procedures and has carried a series of duty visits on issues related to safeguarding, special needs and behaviour. Louisa has reviewed many of the school’s statutory policies, most of which can be found on the school website.
Louisa is a mother of three children at St Agatha's, Martha, Flora and Joseph. She works in External Affairs for an organisation representing care homes across England. Prior to that she worked in public affairs across the private and voluntary sectors, and also brings the experience and skills from being a Trustee and Founding Member of a charity supporting three schools in Nepal.
Rebecca Murphy - C&A Committee Chair
Rebecca joined the Board of Governors in June 2015 as one of our Parent Governors and has chaired our Curriculum & Achievement Committee since September 2016. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience working predominantly in a consulting environment, and currently works in Learning and Development for a professional services firm, supporting the business in identifying learning needs and developing appropriate solutions.
Rebecca has a daughter at St Agatha’s and a son who has been through the school and is now at secondary school.
Nikki Wells - Responsible Officer and C&A Committee Member
Nikki was appointed as our Community Governor in October 2015 and sits on our Curriculum & Achievement Committee. She has also been our Responsible Officer for a number of years which involves providing oversight to the schools Financial processes. Nikki has spent the last 8 years in Client Relationship Management at RBS, working with a wide range of the banks clients, from Business Start-Ups to Large Corporates.
In her current role, Nikki relationship manages a small portfolio of Large Corporate clients in the Financial Institutions Sector. Passionate about encouraging her colleagues to aim higher, she also acts as Global Vice-Chair of RBS Focused Women’s Network, a voluntary network whose aim is to attract, retain and develop female talent within the bank. Outside of work Nikki is a keen to ensure young females have role models to aspire to, and as a result takes part in the Springboard Mentor programme, mentoring university undergraduates.
Deirdre Doherty - Resources Committee Member
Deirdre was appointed a Foundation Governor in March 2016 and is a member of the Resources Committee as well as being the Finance Link Governor and ICT Link Governor. She works closely with the school reviewing & monitoring the finances, including budgets, ensuring they support delivery of the school development plan. Additionally she carries out duty visits on ICT to review relevant policies and the benefit that each aspect of the school's ICT provision has for pupils. She also will ‘champion' the school's use of ICT, ensuring that the governing board recognises its importance.
St Agatha’s is a registered Charity; Deirdre is a Finance Director with wide ranging experience gained within the complex natural resources industry and the charity sector. Throughout her career she has lead and developed Finance, HR, Legal, Procurement and IT teams. Currently she is a Chief Financial Officer at a social integration charity which works with young people aged 16-18. Deirdre is keen that the school continues to thrive and remains financially sustainable and believes that with her financial management background she can add value to the school over the next few years.
Rita White - C&A Committee Member
Rita recently joined St Agatha’s school as a Foundation Governor and is part of the Curriculum and Achievement Committee with responsibility as a Link Governor for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Rita is a primary school teacher and her career in teacher education includes working as an Early Years Phase Leader, Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Deputy Head teacher and Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Training. She has particular interests in Early Years Education, Forest Schools and Inclusion and Diversity and has been a parishioner at St Agatha’s since moving to Kingston.
Timothy Ayles – Resources Committee Member
Tim has been a Foundation Governor at St Agatha's since April 2016 and sits on the Resources Committee. He is a Director at Rothschild & Co, where he leads the credit team of Rothschild Credit Management (Europe), which is responsible for investing and monitoring investments held in third party funds supporting a wide range of companies.
He has experience in investing in leveraged loans, high yield bonds, subordinated debt and commercial property loans. Tim has an MA (Oxon) in Theology from the University of Oxford. Previously Tim served as a Justice of the Peace for five years. He is married with one child.
Alison McConvey - CFC Committee Member
Alison was elected as one of our two Staff Governors in April 2016, sits on our Children, Families and Community Committee and acts as Link Governor for History & Geography. Alison has been a member of staff at St Agatha’s School since 2000, primarily in the role of teaching assistant, particularly in KS2. She is mother to five children (four of whom attended St Agatha’s), and a grandmother. Alison believes in strong links between home, school and parish and she takes a full role in parish life having been a catechist at St Agatha’s Church since 1998, helping children to prepare for their First Holy Communion.
Agnieszka Falinska-Huggett - CFC Committee Member
Agnieszka recently joined St Agatha’s school as a Foundation Governor and sits on our Children, Families and Community Committee as well as acting as Link Governor for PE and Healthy School. She works closely with the school and has undertaken duty visits related to healthy schools, healthy eating and physical education. She believes encouraging children to eat a nutritious, balanced diet is crucial to help their learning as well as help them make healthier choices as they become adult and that being active boosts cognitive performance and helps children to focus making learning easier.
Agnieszka has 2 girls at St Agatha’s and works as a full time NHS Consultant specialising in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolic disorders and looks after patients both in hospital and out-patient clinics. She also has a research background and holds a PhD in Neuroscience.
Luke van de Wiel - C&A Committee Member
Luke has recently joined the board of governors and sits on the Curriculum and Achievement committee. He is the link governor for Science. Luke van de Wiel has been a teacher at St Agatha’s school since 2012, teaching in year 2 and then year 1.
He is the subject leader for both History and Geography. Luke graduated with a degree in Geography with Environmental Management from Exeter University and a PGCE in Primary Teaching from St Mary’s University College in Twickenham. Luke has been involved in the Scouting movement for many years and is currently the assistant Cub Scout leader at St Mary’s Barnes Scout group.
Carolina Otero-Lopes - Resources Committee Member
Carolina was elected Parent Governor in April 2019. As an insights professional she has worked for over 15 years for international companies driving brand strategy, conducting research, analysing data, monitoring trends, measuring performance and developing communications. She has also participated in her company's graduate program assessing and mentoring university candidates in their application process.
Carolina has a daughter and a son at St Agatha’s and is keen to help the school work closely with parents to support children's development and prepare them for the future.