Governor Profiles

 

Richard Burton

Chair of Governors

I became a Governor at Meadow shortly after my son started to attend the school and that is more than 14 years ago!  I have previously been Chair of the Governing body (13 years) and have been a member of various committees during that time too. I am proud of the progress the school has made and, more importantly, the achievement of our pupils. I am very clear this has been achieved through the hard work and dedication of the whole staff team. I work in Financial Services and my career has spanned banking, mortgage lending and insurance. I am currently working as a Senior Conduct Risk Officer for AmTrust, a Lloyds managing agent based in the City of London. Not surprising that my work background has led my interests as a Governor to finance, resources and premises. When I am not working or being a Governor I enjoy watching football and I am a season ticket holder at Fulham

Graeme Vickery

Vice Chair of Governors

Graeme has been a school Governor since 2010.  He sits on the Finance and Personal Committee, is the nominated governor with special interest in the 6th form and is deputy governor for safeguarding and child protection. His son is a former pupil.

Graeme is civil servant responsible for legislation relating to the recycling of unwanted electrical items.  He has expertise in project and people management, analysis and problem solving.  His external interests include cycling, model railways and Arsenal Football Club.

Pauline Hardy

Co-Opted Governor

My name is Pauline Hardy and I have worked at Meadow High School since 1990.  I lead the Teaching Assistants team and to help with the smooth running of day to day school life.  I have been a Governor for (not sure how long) and have a special interest in the school site development to ensure that the students get the best from their time here.

 

Sana Bhopal

Staff Governor

I have been at Meadow High School since November 2004! Since my time at Meadow I have been the Humanities Faculty Lead, Maths Faculty Leader covering Maternity leave for a year and History Subject Lead. I am also the Pupil Voice coordinator, running council meetings and organise whole school fundraising events. I have also been a staff Governor at Meadow since October 2015.

My specialist subject is History and I also teach English. I have a BA Honours in History with Politics.

Through my new role as Lead Practitioner, I am keen to contribute new ideas and knowledge that have a tangible positive impact on the pupils, teachers and leaders. My aim is to ensure that staff are skilled to deal with the changing nature of our students and are equipped to teach creative, fun and innovative lessons, ensuring that the pupils progress not only academically but also socially and emotionally, with the end goal of making them independent. I will also endeavour to ensure that staff are fully supported in their role working collaboratively and as a team, I believe 'alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much' -Helen Keller.

 

Huma Mirza

Parent Governor

My name is Huma Mirza.  I am the newly appointed parent governor.  I believe parent governors offer a unique insight as their children are recipients of the school’s teaching and care. My daughter, Hana Mirza is a student at Meadow High School and is currently in
Year 9.

I have a particularly good understanding of children with special needs, as two of my children have been diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.  As a parent, I have always endeavoured to motivate and inspire my children by giving them every opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their ability or special needs.

Currently, I’m working at Dorney School as an assistant to the SENCO and I am also a part of the SEN team. My role also requires me to engage with parents to discuss concerns and also to provide reassurance regarding appropriate provision and support for their children. Prior to this, I have worked at William Byrd School as a teaching assistant, supporting children with special educational needs.

Finally, being a committed and a dedicated individual, I feel confident that I will bring with me a positive attitude, new ideas, enthusiasm and will fully support the school to consolidate it’s strengths for the betterment of the children, staff and the wider community.

 

Ricky Mills

Parent Governor

I've been a parent Governors since April 2016.  My son has been a pupil at the school since 2011.    I have been an active member of Friends of Meadow since then.  As well as bringing a parent perspective to the Governing Body I have experience in the building trade.  I am the Governor with special responsibility for Health and Safety.

Kiran Kalia

Governor

I have been a governor at Meadow High School since February 2016.  Both my daughters have been working as teachers at the school since 2010 and I became interested in the school and took a keen interest in the school ‘out of hours activities’ that they participated in.

I had previously worked in various schools in a voluntary capacity while my four children were growing up and was exposed to training as a ‘named person to help with special needs statements for parents and carers’.  I also worked in a self-employed capacity jointly with my husband for many years prior to 2000 and was strongly involved in making strategic decisions for the business.

Since August 2000 I have worked in the civil service in various roles within the Home Office. One of these roles was an Equality and Diversity Advisor and the lessons and skills learnt are very transferable and relevant to the governor role.

I have a special responsibility in supporting EAL within the school

 

 

 

John Goodbody

Parent Governor

My daughter joined Meadow High School in year 7 in 2016 and I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2017. 

My working life has involved designing, implementing and supporting high value payment systems for 25 years, after graduating from the University of Bradford in managerial sciences.  The work combined technical IT skills with the need to communicate effectively and work with clients to satisfy their requirements.  I worked for British Coal for a year and, despite being based in Harrow, I did have the unforgettable experience of descending into a deep mine once.

The passion and enthusiasm of the staff at Meadow High School, to help my daughter make the most of her abilities, motivated me to become a governor.  In the role, I hope to support and constructively criticise the school, with the aim of making it even better for our children.

In my spare time I enjoy Indian food, American folk music and the footballing talents of Hayes & Yeading United.  I play tennis, the piano, swim and am usually up for a game of table tennis, although all of them with more enthusiasm than skill.  For a few hours a week I have fun helping at Coteford Junior School.

 

 

 

Sabih Khan

Parent Governor

I was recently appointed as a Parent Governor to Meadow High School (October 2017). My daughter is currently in Year 9.

For the past 25 years I have worked as a consultant in the IT industry (both public and private sectors) and will be actively looking at ways to bring some of the experiences and lessons learned to the School. I am currently working for Nationwide Building Society as a Network Architect.

I am looking forward to becoming a very active and committed member of the Governing Body.

Phil Haig

Co-opted Governor appointed February 2018

I am a retired businessman and experienced Governor.   I started as a Parent Governor at Grangewood Special School where I stayed for over 30 years serving as Chair for 20 years.  I was instrumental in setting up and establishing the Eden Multi-Academy Trust and have only recently retired as a Director/Trustee.

As well as being a Co-opted Governor at Meadow High School I am the Chair of Governors at Cherry Lane Primary School.

I am a Primary School Representative on the London Borough of Hillingdon Schools’ Forum of which I am currently Deputy Chair. I also chair the High Needs Funding Group and the DSG (Dedicated School’s Grant) Monitoring Group/Early Years Funding Group. I have recently been appointed as the Governor Representative on the Schools’ Strategic Partnership Board (SSPB)

I am Deputy Chair of the London Borough of Hillingdon Governors’ Executive Committee and also Chair a number of Admissions Appeals Panels for Academies and Voluntary Aided Schools.

 

Gill Duncan
Clerk to the Governing Body

Gill is an experienced clerk who also clerks for the Governing Body at Coteford Junior School and Coteford Infant School.  She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Masters in History and a Masters in Online and Distance Education. She currently works as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University in the Arts Faculty.

 

Jenny Rigby
Head Teacher,  Meadow High School

(See profile on Senior Leadership Team page)