Governors Gallery

Christine Blewett

Chair of Governing Body, Co-opted Governor
Member of the Attainment and Progress Committee, and the Finance and Premises Committee. Chair of the Pay Committee and Link Governor for Safeguarding.

I have been a Governor since 2011. I am the Link Governor for Safeguarding. I have worked in health and social services across the tri-borough area for over 30 years both as a clinician and a Social Worker. Currently I work as a specialist nurse in contraception and sexual health for Brook Advisory, and I am a specialist advisor to the Care Quality Commission. I am a Trustee on the Board of Age UK, Kensington and Chelsea and I served as a Governor at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for nine years up till November of last year. I am committed to the School's vision to inspire and create children who are successful in their education and in their lives beyond. I am committed to the School’s vision to inspire and create children who are successful in their education and in their lives beyond.

Peter Blagg

Vice Chair of Governing Body, Co-opted Governor
Chair of the Personnel Committee. Member of the Pay Appeals Committee and Finance and Premises Committee. Link Governor for Health and Safety.

Peter lives locally and was a former pupil; as were his children and currently his grandchildren are pupils at Oxford Gardens. Peter has been a Governor at Oxford Gardens for 35 years.

Tim Jones

Co-opted Governor
Member of the Personnel Committee, Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee and member of the Pay Appeals Committee

I have been a Governor since 2010. For four years (2010 – 2014) I was an elected Councillor on Kensington and Chelsea Council, where I served on the Family and Children’s Scrutiny Committee and the Corporate Parenting Panel. I spent over thirty years as a Headteacher of primary schools, firstly in Newham and more latterly in Brent. Now I work as an Associate Consultant at the Institute of Education working on the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

Warren Boutcher

Co-opted Governor
Chair of the Attainment and Progress Committee. Quality of Education Link Governor.

Warren Boutcher is Professor of Renaissance Studies and from January 1 2017 will be Head of the School of English and Drama, at Queen Mary University of London. Between 2010 and 2013 he served as Dean for Taught Programmes for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in the same university, with overall responsibility for student experience and teaching and learning across nine Schools from English and History to Law and Economics. He has been a governor at Oxford Gardens since May 2012. He serves as Link Governor for Assessment (monitoring the implementation of the School’s plan to improve assessment and marking practices).

Mary Radford

Co-opted Governor
Member of the Finance and Premises Committee. Chair of the Pay Appeals Committee

I became a Governor in 1999 and have been a member of the Finance Committee since 2003. In my professional career I acted as a Solicitor to a Public Company.

Narjis Trabelsi

Staff Governor
Behaviour and Attitudes Link Governor.

I have been teaching at Oxford Gardens since September 2009 and became a teacher Governor recently. As teacher who has taught across key stage two I have been able to see the progression of the curriculum, skills and attitudes within each year group first hand. I feel very fortunate to have worked alongside parents and colleagues as their children have developed through the key stage. Forging close working relationships and being part of the ethos at Oxford Gardens enriches what I am able to bring to the Governing body in my role as teacher Governor. In my role as teacher governor I am able to represent a crucial perspective at Governor’s meetings. I am passionate about the development of the school and the experience I gain as a governor gives me further insight into the school and community which is invaluable to me.

Tara Swan

Co-opted Governor
SEN and Attendance Link Governor

I have been working at OGPS, in Foundation Stage for 8 years. I recently completed a BA Honours Degree in Teaching and Education and also have a Foundation Degree in Leadership and Management for Early Years. I have personal experience of Special Educational Needs and am the Link Governor for this area. I am also Link Governor for Attendance, which I also take a special interest in.

David O'Leary

Member of the Personnel Committee

I have been a Governor since 2017. My family’s association with Oxford Gardens goes back some 75 years with several generations having attended the school. I was a pupil at OGPS from 1988-1996 before completing the rest of my education locally and then at the London School of Economics. After graduating in 2006 I worked in politics, for MPs and for a political party, advising on housing and culture, media & sport policy. I subsequently worked on policy and communications for a central London council before joining the Home Builders Federation as Policy Director in 2013. My role involves developing proposals for measures to increase housing supply and representing the home building industry in discussions with Government.

Jake Butterworth

Member of the Personnel Committee; Pay Committee and Link Governor for GDPR and Leadership.

I have been a Governor at Oxford Gardens since March 2019. I have worked for the Department for Education since March 2019, having previously worked in Prevent for the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, which I did for over three years.

Yossef Rapoport

Member of the Attainment and Progress Committee.

I have had three children attending Oxford Gardens since 2006, with the oldest now in her A levels and the youngest currently in Key Stage 1. They all benefitted from excellent teaching and Oxford Gardens' unique community spirit, which shone through in the aftermath of Grenfell. In this long period I have definitely seen the school develop and improve. I joined the Board as a Parent Governor in March 2019. I am also a Professor at the School of History at Queen Mary University London, where I teach undergraduate students the history of the Islamic world.

Samantha Dossetter

Clerk to the Governing Body

I am the Clerk to the Governing Body and have worked with the school since 2013. I work as an independent clerk across the Boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea; Southwark and Bromley.

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