Our Governors

The Governing Body

 What is the Governing Body?

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.

What do Governors do?

Governors work with the school leadership to ensure high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

How do I make contact with Governors?

Many of our non-staff governors 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 the governors by asking the school office to pass on a message or by emailing them at:


Who are St Richard’s School’s governors?

In addition to the Head Teacher, our Governing Body is made up of:

  • 2 Foundation Governors appointed by the LDBS Academies Trust 2
  • The Incumbent of St Richards Church  appointed by the LDBS Academies Trust 2
  • 2 Elected Parent Governors
  • 1 Elected Staff Governor

We currently have vacancies for two further Foundation Governors to join our team.

Our current Governors are as follows:

Mrs Anne Messer, Chair of Governors

Anne has been a governor since January 2018 and Chair of the governors since January 2018. 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.

Revd Dr Craig Holmes, Ex-officio, Vice-Chair

Craig has been vicar of St Richard’s since Oct 2010, and a governer since 2011. Although he is most often in the school to support its religious life, he loves learning, having had a previous life as an atmospheric scientist. He also loves running, gadgets, motorbikes and his wife and 2 children, though not necessarily in that order.

Mrs Cecilia Thwaites, Foundation Governor

Mrs L McCarthy, Staff Governor

 Parent Governor

 Parent Governor

St Richards became an Academy within the LDBS Academies Trust 2 in November 2018. This page is currently under reconstruction.  

Workings of the Governing Body

The governing body does not distribute its work amongst committees; instead we meet monthly as a full Governing Body. Advantages are that all governors have involvement in all of the key issues, such as the quality of teaching and finance. Issues can be tackled promptly by the full GB and time is not wasted reporting committee decisions.

Named Governor Responsibilities

Admissions Committee:

Curriculum and Standards:

Headteacher’s Performance Panel:

Health & Safety, Premises:

Inclusion and SEND:

Parents, Pupils and Community:

Pay and Performance Panel:

Senior Appointments Panel:

Attendance and Register of Interests

A record of governor attendance at 2016-17 full Governing Body meetings can be found here.


A register of Governors’ interests can be found here.

Governor Statements of Interest
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