GOVERNING BODY – PERSONAL PROFILES
SHERRY BARLOW (Staff Governor)
Sherry has lived in Long Ditton with her husband, Simon, since 2001. She has two sons, who went to Long Ditton St.Mary's School and who are now at Hinchley Wood Secondary School. She studied Information Systems Management at university and worked as an IT Consultant in the private sector before completing her PGCE at Kingston University. She has over ten years’ experience teaching children between 7 and 11 years of age.
Sherry is a full time teacher at Long Ditton St.Marys Junior School and takes a lead on Maths and how it is taught in the school as well as being a part of the Senior Leadership Team. She joined the school governing body in September 2018.
RACHEL COOK (Foundation Governor)
Rachel grew up in Hampshire but moved to Surbiton in 2002. She now lives in Long Ditton with her husband and their two children, both of whom attended Long Ditton Infants and now Long Ditton St Mary's Junior School. She studied law at the University of Warwick and the College of Law, Guildford, and works for a City of London law firm as a solicitor specialising in employment law. Rachel was elected Co-Chair of Governors in September 2017. To her children's embarrassment, she enjoys running (very slowly) and commuting around Long Ditton, Surbiton and central London on her Micro Scooter (very quickly).
BARRY FAIRBANK (Local Authority Governor)
Barry has lived in the area since 1995 and is married to a former teacher. They have two sons. Barry spent the major part of his working life in City based organisations specialising in financial services and subsequently became self-employed advising on financial services risk and compliance issues. He has represented Long Ditton on Elmbridge Borough Council since 2000 and served as Mayor of the borough for the year 2014/15. He was Chairman of the Board of Governors from September 2009 to September 2017 and is a Trustee of the Long Ditton Village Hall; a member of the Long Ditton Youth Project; and a member of the St Mary’s Community Hall Committee.
MINOUSHE GRANT (Parent Governor)
Minoushe grew up in West London and later attended Sussex University to read Mathematics and Artificial intelligence. Once she had completed her degree, she gained a PGCE in teaching secondary mathematics as she had always wanted to be a teacher. She moved back to London for two years where she taught in the East End. Once married she moved back to Brighton where she taught in both a pupil referral unit and a large mixed secondary comprehensive. In 2013 Minoushe gained her MA from Warwick University in Educational Leadership and Management and also a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL).
In 2014, Minoushe decided to take a career break to focus on her family and moved to Hinchley Wood. During the last few years she has been able to spend more time with her family and have an additional child. She is passionate about teaching and education. She believes that all children regardless of their background and needs deserve the very best education. Being dyslexic herself, she understands the struggles and frustrations that children with additional needs can face. She believes that what is best is not only for our children to aim and achieve high, but also for our staff to be happy and feel appreciated. Minoushe’s educational interests include; pastoral care, Pupil Premium, SEND, primary to secondary transition and school leadership.
She is currently working part time as a maths consultant. In the future she hopes to continue her journey to becoming a Headteacher.
HUGH HOGAN-FLEMING (Associate Member)
Hugh is currently Interim Head of School at LDSM, having arrived as Deputy Headteacher in 2018. Prior to his appointment, Hugh was Assistant and Acting Deputy Headteacher at a primary school in Dorking. He has also taught in Kingston and Dorset, having begun his career at a village school with only 65 pupils!
Hugh studied music at university and, having played for the National Children's Orchestra as a child, joined them as pastoral staff for their holiday courses, which inspired a desire to work full-time with children and young people. He remains involved with the organisation as a Course Manager during the holidays.
Hugh lives in the south-east of the county with his wife, also a primary teacher, and their two young children. His role at school involves the day-to-day operations of the school; he also leads on assessment and RE.
SAMANTHA HOOKE (Foundation Governor)
Sam has lived in Surbiton since 2001 where her husband, Mike, grew up and they moved to the Long Ditton area in 2009. She has three children with one child currently a pupil at Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School and another at Long Ditton Infant & Nursery School. Her eldest child has recently completed her primary school education at Long Ditton St Mary’s and now attends Hinchley Wood Secondary School. Sam studied law at the University of Exeter and qualified as a family law solicitor. She worked as a partner in a London law firm for several years before starting a career break after her second child. Sam has experience in acting for parents and children in child protection cases and is the current Safeguarding Governor, Vice Chair of the Children and Learning Committee and member of the Admissions and Staffing and Pay Committees.
Sam has been both Chair and Vice Chair of the Friends of Long Ditton Infant & Nursery School and continues to be involved in the Friends of both schools. She is committed to supporting both Long Ditton St Mary’s School and the local community.
TASHI LASSALLE (Foundation Governor)
Tashi moved to Long Ditton in December 2011. As a mother with two children in local schools she is committed to first class education provision for all. She is currently the Communications Director for the Church of England. As a Diocesan foundation governor she takes a particular interest in the ethos and Christian values of the school. She worships at St Mary's Long Ditton.
RUTH MERRY (Foundation Governor)
Ruth has lived in Surbiton since 2000 and is married to Darren who grew up in Surbiton. Ruth has two children both currently attending Long Ditton St Marys Junior School.
Ruth has over 17 years’ experience working in senior commercial roles within a complex, regulated and customer driven environment. She is commercially competent with a proven track record. Ruth is committed to personal and professional development. Her insight and dedication to development, combined with her inspiring leadership style and ability to adapt to all situations, has enabled her to motivate and lead her teams to deliver outstanding performance whilst maintaining the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.
Ruth is committed to serving the school and the wider community and bringing a wealth of experience to public duty. She was elected Co-Chair of Governors in September 2017.
PETER MUNRO (Foundation Governor)
Peter grew up in Perth, Western Australia and moved to London in 2002 to study. He married Joanne in 2008 and they moved to Surbiton, where Joanne grew up, in 2009. They have two children, Nate and Amandine, who both attend Long Ditton St Mary’s Junior School. Peter completed a PhD in Physics at Imperial College London in 2006 and, since then, has worked in academia in the UK and Australia. Peter and his family returned to London in March 2015 for him to take up the position of Royal Society University Research Fellow at University College London where he lectures and develops biomedical imaging techniques.
Peter values family and enjoys being part of the school and church communities. Peter grew up in a Christian family and has been a Christian for most of his adult life. He and his wife are currently members of Everyday Wimbledon church. In his spare time Peter enjoys playing cricket and Australian rules football.
RUTH PINGREE (Co-opted Governor)
Ruth grew up on the Isle of Wight, leaving in 1998 to study Law at UEA, where she met her husband, Roland. Ruth moved to Surbiton in 2001, finished her legal training at the Inns of Court School of Law and qualified as a barrister in 2002. Ruth practised criminal law until after the birth of her second child. During her years of practice she developed a particular interest in youth and vulnerable victim cases. Ruth and Roland have lived locally since 2001. They married in 2007 and have two children at LDSM.
COLIN POWELL (Associate Member)
Colin has lived in Long Ditton since 1991. He grew up and attended school locally. He has a degree in Mathematics and Music. Colin has a background in Primary Education at teacher, Deputy Head and Headship level and has worked in a diverse range of schools. His current post is Diocesan Director of Education for the Diocese of Southwark. Colin has worked for the Diocesan Board for10 years, prior to this he was a School Improvement Inspector in Kingston and a Headteacher of an 'Outstanding' Church school for 10 years. Colin is passionate about education and giving pupils the best life chances. In his spare time Colin enjoys music, eating out and spending time with family and friends.
SARAH RAWLINSON (Foundation Governor)
Sarah and Stephen, her husband, have lived in Long Ditton since 1990 and raised their four children here. Sarah has recent experience of schools as a parent and a teacher. She believes that a good education is essential for developing valuable life skills. Sarah is fully committed to her role as Foundation Governor of LDSM.
After completing a degree in Mathematics at the University of Bristol and a PGCE at the University of Cambridge, Sarah taught Mathematics in Liverpool for a few years before working with Price Waterhouse, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant. She returned to education on moving to Long Ditton, and has enjoyed teaching Mathematics locally for more than 20 years.
REVD DR KUHAN SATKUNANAYAGAM (Foundation Governor – ex-officio)
Kuhan has been rector of St Mary’s Long Ditton since August 2015. Before coming to Long Ditton he was the curate at St Mary and St Nicholas Leatherhead. Kuhan read Natural Sciences at St John’s College, University of Durham and then later trained as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with a masters and professional doctorate at the University of East London and worked in Hammersmith and Fulham. He returned to Cranmer Hall in Durham for his ministerial training. Kuhan is married to Christine who is a GP and they have three children.
SARAH SPENCE (Foundation Governor)
Sarah was born in Long Ditton and grew up in the area until she moved away in 1992 where she studied Hotel & Catering Management at Oxford Polytechnic. Having worked in the sector for some time, she since found her passion working in the public sector and making a difference in local communities. She moved back to the local area in 2005 with her husband Jonathan. One of her children attended Long Ditton St Mary’s and has recently moved to Hinchley Wood Secondary School whilst the other is still at LDSM. Sarah continues to work in the public sector and is currently a lead digital analyst at Royal Borough of Kingston. She has recently set up the Friends of Long Ditton Recreation Ground and joined the governing body of LDSM in October 2019.
DAMIAN TUCKER (Headteacher – ex-officio)
Damian is the Interim Executive Headteacher at LDSM and is also the Head teacher of St Lawrence CE Junior School in East Molesey where he has been for over eight years. He splits his time between both schools. He has also been the Headteacher of two other schools (in Lewisham and Kingston) over a career that has spanned 26 years, fifteen of those as a Head. The majority of his teaching career has been in Inner London schools including Lambeth, Fulham and Westminster. He gained an English degree from St Mary’s University where he also received his PGCE. He lives in Raynes Park with his wife, and has two children, his son who is about to complete his GCSEs and his daughter who is at the University of Surrey.
KATIE WRIGHT (Associate Member)
Katie has lived with her husband Jim in Long Ditton since 2005. They have two children; the eldest attended Long Ditton St Mary's and is now at Hinchley Wood Secondary School and the youngest is currently at Long Ditton St Mary's. Katie studied Public Policymaking and Administration at the University of Birmingham before qualifying as a chartered accountant. She has worked in a variety of finance roles and currently works in investment management in London. She was previously a Parent Governor at Long Ditton Infant and Nursery School for four years and was Chair of the Resources Committee during that time. In her spare time Katie is usually running somewhere including Friday run club at LDSM.