Who We Are

Who We Are 2018-05-17T07:15:32+00:00

The governors are nominated or elected by staff, parents, the Church Foundation or the wider community. The Clerk to St Mary’s Governing Body is Alison Watts

Ben is an experienced secondary school teacher with a particular interest in the performing arts, has worked at senior management level in schools for the last twenty one years and was on the Management Board at King’s College School, Wimbledon until 2017. As a National Governors’ Association nominee, Ben helped select the founding trustees for the College of Teaching, and is currently a member of an advisory group to the College. He believes that the College has the potential to be the most significant development in education in this country for a generation. A passionate musician, he is organist and director of music at St Peter’s in Petersham, and enjoys playing, singing and conducting music locally whenever time allows. All three of Ben’s children attended St Mary’s, although his two oldest children have now moved on to local secondary schools.  He is delighted to serve, support and celebrate this remarkable school in its aim to be a compassionate, loving, caring and inclusive community.

Ieke is a Christian, is married and is the mother of three boys, two of whom are at St Mary’s. She has lived and worshipped in Twickenham since 2004 and has been a Foundation Governor since 2013. Born in the Netherlands, where she trained as a teacher, she has worked in education, conference organisation, and pharmaceuticals, most recently in marketing.
Victoria is a civil servant and communications specialist who has spent the past 6 years working as a Deputy Director in the Prime Minister’s Office. Previously, Victoria was Head of Communication at the Government Olympic Executive, working on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Victoria attends St Mary’s Church and has two sons of pre-school age.
Hugo is a Chartered Surveyor by profession, Hugo took a close interest in the proposals for the third site at Strafford Road. Hugo was married and confirmed at St Mary’s Church and his two sets of twins were christened there. Hugo and his wife believe that Christian principles and ethos should run consistently through both home and school life. When not working or herding his children, Hugo enjoys running, rowing (Twickenham Rowing Club), reading and wine tasting.
Katherine is passionate about creating the fertile soil within which children and young people can grow in their love of God, for each other and for our world. After an English degree, a PhD in Applied Social Science and a coalface background in social work, she retrained as an integrative psychotherapist and is currently working as a therapist in private practice, in two charities and an a secondary school. She is an active member of St Mary’s Church on the PCC, Standing Committee, Children and Young People’s groups and she hugely enjoys running the Sunday morning (not Snoring!) group for teenagers.
Jeff has been Vicar of St Mary’s Church since 2002, in the old days when St Mary’s School was one form entry! He was born, grew up and went to university in Wales where he read for a degree in English and Theatre in Education. He then moved to Sussex where he worked as a Pastoral Assistant in various parishes before reading for a degree in Theology whilst at the Seminary in Chichester. He has been Curate of Eastbourne and Rector of Upper St Leonard’s before moving to Twickenham. His principle enjoyments are; his black Labrador, Mudd, reading poetry and crime thrillers, theatre, opera, ballet and visiting galleries in London. He is Chair of the Trustee of St Mary’s School and Mayor’s Chaplain.
Anneliese is a chartered accountant by profession and has worked in finance for seven years. She currently works in the NHS and previously has worked in management consultancy and in Local government, where her roles included children’s finance and auditing schools. While not working, she can be found running and cycling in Richmond Park, attempting to bake (making a mess!) and eating out.
Ruth has been the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator of SENCo for the past 8 years and this role has enabled her to develop a specialism in ensuring high quality provision for children with special educational needs. She is wholly supportive of the Christian ethos at St Mary’s and strongly supports effective home/ school partnerships.
Eloise has been working in Crude Oil Trading and Shipping for the past 15 years, with vast experience in communications with companies globally, member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, trained as an accountant, and formerly a Management Accountant for CapGemini E&Y. She would like to support the school in maintaining St Mary’s “Outstanding” Ofsted rating, building good foundations in educating children and retaining continuity during the change of Headteacher.  She has strong interest in safeguarding children and instilling good Christian principles, but most importantly that children are valued. She has been a dedicated FoSM Rep since 2012, regular parent volunteer and St Mary’s Church member.  She has two children, one of whom attends St Mary’s.
Natalie is a strategic communications expert with fifteen years’ experience in financial services. She now runs her own consultancy advising firms on stakeholder management, employee engagement and PR. As the school adapts to a new era of funding and leadership, she hopes to help St Mary’s work effectively with its stakeholders, maximise external funds and retain the best teachers. She has worked with the Chair of Governors and Headteacher to launch St Mary’s Fund and has been actively involved in FOSM since 2015. She read PPE at Oxford and has two children, one in the school and one due to start in 2018.

Robin is a regular worshipper at St Mary’s Church. He works as an operations director for a media company based in the City of London. Robin lives in Twickenham with his family and both of his children attended St Mary’s School, although his son has now moved on to a local secondary school.
Piotr has been our school Chaplain since 2013. As well as regularly visiting children in the classrooms, he also leads Collective Worship each week, when he supports the Christian values of the school by providing the children with an opportunity for reflection. In this way, he ensures our children are supported in their stillness and silence in the presence of God.
Rhys Williams returned to St Mary’s in 2014, after spending four years using his classroom experience to help train teachers in St Mary’s University, during which time he became Programme Director for the Primary Education degree. Prior to this he spent 8 years working in St Mary’s as class teacher and eventually Deputy Headteacher.  Prior to his teaching career he spent nearly twenty years in the City of London working in operations and audit for international financial institutions.

In 2017/18, the following committees benefit from the active participation of these members of staff:

Admissions Committee – Clare Cronin

Ethos Committee – Rhys Williams, Kieran Murphy

Finance and Staffing Committee – Denise Donald, Simon Minty

Safety and Community Committee –  Justyna Konach, Emily Price (Chair of FoSM)