The Governing body is made up of individuals drawn from different parts of our school’s life: parents, staff, members of the community, and church. Governors are ordinary people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.
In November 2018, the school officially became an academy within the London Diocesan Board for Schools Academies Trust 2. This meant that all Governors were appointed to new terms of four years by the Trustees of the Trust, and our work is determined by a Scheme of Delegation from the Trust. If you’d like to understand this better, you can read the Scheme of Delegation by clicking here. The Governing board is now called the “Local Academy Committee” or LAC for short.
Committee members work with the school leadership to ensure high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:
Many of our non-staff Committee members are frequently in school and at school events, and are always happy to have a conversation about any aspect of our school’s life.
However you can also contact them by asking the school office to pass on a message or by emailing them at:
In addition to the Headteacher, our Local Academy Committee is made up of:
Our current Committee members are as follows:
Anne has been a governor since January 2018 and Chair of the LAC since January 2019. She has previously worked in law and public policy and now spends her time caring for her family and doing volunteer work. She loves walking her cocker spaniel in Richmond Park, reading fiction, and swimming in the sea (when it’s warm!). She’s married with two teenage sons.
Cecilia has been a governor since December 2017. She used to work at BBC Schools TV then CBeebies Interactive and is now the editor of a children’s website. Throughout her son’s primary and secondary school, she was an active member of the PTA. She loves scuba-diving, skiing, cycling, reading. Now that her son’s at uni, she’s privileged to continue supporting children’s education as a governor at this lovely school!
Lauren has been a staff Governor since September 2018. She is currently the Assistant Head at St Richard’s. She lives locally in Twickenham with her husband and two sons. She is very interested in sports and loves to watch her son play football on the weekends. She loves to travel. When there is spare time, Lauren enjoys sitting down with a good book.
Rev. Debs became a governor at the start of 2021 having become vicar of St Richard’s Church in November 2020. Prior to becoming a vicar Debs worked in education, including as a Primary School Teacher and so is delighted to be here in Hanworth with the opportunity to contribute to the flourishing of the St Richard’s family, including the church and school. She is enjoying exploring the local area and is a keen gardener. Debs is married and has two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Mayank joined the governing board in June 2019. He is passionate about helping people and organisations find the right solutions to their business needs and challenges. He works as a procurement consultant with a leading European frozen foods brand. In his free time, he likes to read spiritual and motivational books.
Anita has been a Senior Account & Carrier Relationship Director in the telecommunication industry for over 20 years, with an MBA, MSc and PhD. She is an active member of St. Richards Church in Hanworth and a Children’s Leader there. Anita has always worked closely with churches and schools from an early age in a range of roles, including: teaching and managing youth groups and Christian confirmation classes, helping run schools and working with Missionary charities in deprived societies. She is a member of the Re-Evaluation Co-Counselling group (RC), who believe that by talking we can solve everything. Anita is a very devoted mother to her son and passionately believes in making the community a safer and better place for all our children to live in.
Allan is an IT professional; he is an active member in the local congregation. Also, he is part of devising activities for children during summer holidays and experienced in organising career guidance programmes for the youth since his college days. He likes theatre performances and connecting with people. He enjoys taking his children and wife to watch and play cricket.
The LAC does not distribute its work amongst individual committees; instead we all meet monthly. Advantages are that all members have involvement in all of the key issues, such as the quality of teaching and finance. Issues can be tackled promptly and time is not wasted reporting individual committee decisions.
Although we meet as a full committee, LAC members each take an area of responsibility within the school. These are as follows:
Admissions: Rev. Debs Wignall
Health & Safety, Premises: Anne Messer
Inclusion and SEND: Cecilia Thwaites
Safeguarding: Allan Joseph
Finance: Shezad Awan
GDPR & Website: Mayank Taneja
Pay and Performance: Rev. Debs Wignall and Anne Messer
The public minutes from each Local Academy Committee meeting can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
A record of governor attendance at 2020-21 Local Academy Committee meetings can be found here: