Governors

Any correspondence or queries should be sent to the Clerk to the Governors, c/o the School or via email: office@rws.uk.net

Attendance of Governor meetings for this academic year can be found by clicking here.

Attendance of Governor meetings for the previous academic year can be found by clicking here.

Governors Terms of Office can be found by clicking here.

Our register of Director's & Governor's Business Interests can be found by clicking here.

Minutes taken from our FGB meetings are listed here:

7th September 2017

28th November 2017

20th March 2018

25th June 2018

6th September 2018

The Board of Directors appointed the following members of the Governing Body:

Mr Jeremy Allen

JEREMY ALLEN

Chair of Governors | Link Governor Roles: Single Central Record

Jez is an IT professional (30 years), the last 23 years with HSBC. He has extensive experience running large change programs and implementing technology solutions to support business processes.

Jez is married with 3 sons, (23, 21 and 16). His two elder sons attended RWS and achieved a very high level of academic qualifications. One son (23) has achieved a First at University (Exeter & Rutgers (NYC)), one son (21 – who was Head Boy at the School) achieved a First at Warwick University.

Jez’s youngest son (16) is currently in year 11. All 3 have benefited from the fantastic academic and extra-curricular opportunities that RWS has to offer.

Mrs Desiree Evans

DESIREE EVANS

Governor | Link Governor Roles: Safeguarding (Medical)

Desiree was previously a governor at the Highway school Orpington and Newstead Wood School for Girls, Orpington; she joined the RWS Governing Body in 2014.

Before retirement Desiree worked for the NHS, primarily training as a SRN then later becoming a Health Visitor and Community Practice teacher, training student Health Visitors; Desiree especially loved working with new mothers and their families in the community.

Since becoming a Link Governor for SEND and Safeguarding, Desiree’s previous role as a health visitor has given her more insight and understanding of this role.

On a personal note Desiree is married, has two grown-up sons and two lovely grandchildren.

Mr Will Jones

WILLIAM JONES

Staff Governor | Link Governor Roles: Behaviour and Development; Governor Training

William has worked as a mechanical engineer in many diverse industries, mainly test and evaluation for the defence industry. He was a negotiator with the AEEU in an MOD establishment.

William has worked as a Design and Technology technician at Ravens Wood School since 2002. He has held the post of Staff Governor for the past nine years, serving on many committees and sub-committees. William has a son at the school in the Sixth Form.

Dr Jean Kelly

JEAN KELLY

Governor | Link Governor Role: Teaching and Learning; Continuing Professional Development; Review, Plan, Teach

Jean was a teacher and teacher educator for all of her working life in the school, university and further education sectors. Her last role was as head of a professional body for teachers, trainers and tutors until she retired from full-time work in 2015. She is now a self-employed education consultant and is currently researching innovative development opportunities for leaders and teams in colleges and work-based learning providers.

Jean has two sons who were educated at Hayes School and now four grandchildren so is keen to support education in the Bromley area.

Mr David Kenny

DAVID KENNY

Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance and Estates Committee, Parent Governor | Link Governor Roles: Estates and Health & Safety

Dave is a Parent Governor with 3 sons at the school in years 7, 9 and 11.

Dave's background is in the Financial Services industry, initially at Barclays where he worked for 10 years. He has been at Commerzbank for the last 15 years where he is an IT Manager, within the Infrastructure function, providing the platforms upon which the Banks applications run.

Dave is a keen advocate of enrichment activities in the school that give young people the experience and skills they need to grow into well-rounded members of the community, and equip them for life after RWS.

Outside of work Dave has volunteered as a Scout leader for the last 5 years and he previously spent 6 years as co-chair for a Primary School PTA. He is also a member of the Governing Body’s Pay and Finance committees.

Janet Latinwo

JANET LATINWO

Parent Governor | Link Governor Role: Safeguarding

Janet is a Parent Governor and Senior Lawyer specialising in child protection law.

She has 3 children, and her son attends RWS. She has been a community Governor for a Bromley primary school for the past 7 years.

Janet was co-opted as a member of the Bromley Education, Policy, and Development Scrutiny Committee between 2012-2014, and is currently a member of a number of committees, Boards and a children’s panel in an advisory capacity. She is the Chair of Trustees for a children’s charity and is the London Co-Ordinator for a disabilities charity.

Mrs Clare Longley

CLARE LONGLEY

Chair of Achievement and Curriculum Committee, Parent Governor | Link Governor Roles: Pupil Premium; SEND

Clare is a Parent Governor and qualified counsellor, working with children and young people in local schools. She has 3 sons at the School who are entering the Sixth Form.

Clare’s background is in business journalism and media relations in the UK and abroad. She is passionate about challenging and stretching more able students, maintaining fair support for students with additional needs, promoting positive mental health for all students and staff, and encouraging open parent/staff dialogue.

Andrew Ponting

ANDREW PONTING

Governor, Trust Finance and Audit Committee | Link Governor Role: FInance

Andrew is a chartered accountant, specialising in advising on Mergers and Acquisitions. Most of his career has been spent in London, but with two years in Tokyo.

He has two daughters, one at Hayes School and one at Newstead Wood. Andrew was previously a parent governor at Hayes School, from 2014-17.

Mrs Linda Tooher

LINDA TOOHER

Governor | Link Governor Role: SEND; More able learners

Linda trained as a teacher and has been involved in Education for 38 years. She has worked in Bexley, Lewisham and Bromley schools and has a wide range of teaching experience from Pre-school to Secondary. Her main area of expertise is in the support of vulnerable pupils (and their families) with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties within the educational context of school. However, she believes in an holistic approach to enhancing the progress of every pupil – working with the pupil, the family and the staff to establish the best relationship and environment for academic achievement.

Linda has lived in Bromley for nearly 40 years and has two lovely grown up daughters. She is a creative person who enjoys sport, art, drama, modern dance and interior design.

Jing Xu

JING XU

Governor | Link Governor Role: Careers; STEM

Jing graduated from Imperial College London with a Master degree in Biological-Engineering. She developed her interests in volunteering at University and joined an educational charity after graduation. Her work involved working with underprivileged young people across London. Jing is currently working in the Student Recruitment and Outreach division at Imperial College London (6 years) and has developed an in-depth knowledge in Higher Education.

Jing is passionate about education and is very keen to inspire young people with the idea of post Ravens Wood options, especially in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She hopes by becoming a school governor, she can utilise her expertise in this area and provide useful insight into school policies and strategies.