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 now over 20 years ago.  I have been Chair of the Governing body for much of that time and have been a member of various committees and working groups too. Over the years the school has changed, not only the needs of our pupils, but the buildings too and with completion of the new school building we now have a school to be proud of and fit for the future. 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 retired from a career in financial services in 2020, so it may not be a surprise that my interests as a Governor are in finance, resource. premises and now compliance – our policies, GDPR etc.  In my spare time I enjoy watching football and my sons and I are season ticket holders at Fulham.

 

Graeme Vickery

Vice Chair of Governors

Graeme is Deputy Chair and has been a school governor since 2010.  He chairs the Achievement Committee, is the nominated governor with special interest in pupil progress 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 supports Arsenal.

 

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.

 

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.

Phil Haigh

LA Governor

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.

 

Nicky Hill

Co-opted Governor

 

 

Georgia Bhad

Parent Governor

I became a Meadow High parent in September 2018 when my son started in Year 7. 

I have worked for SENDIASS Hillingdon since February 2014 as an independent supporter and now as a casework officer. I was also the Chair of the Hillingdon Parent Carers Forum from their relaunch in 2011 until 2014 when I became Vice Chair. I am still a co-opted member of the forum today as part of my role in SENDIASS. 

I enjoy spending time with my three children, watching films, reading, travelling and trying, unsuccessfully, to get better at snowboarding. 

 

Ms B Hughes

Parent Governor

 

Jenny Rigby
Head Teacher,  Meadow High School

(See profile on Senior Leadership Team page)