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Carlisle & Hampton Hill Federation

Meet the governing body

Our governing body consists of governors and associate members. The governors come from a range of backgrounds, bringing diverse skills and experience to the governing body. Our associate members enrich this with their own specific expertise, which is so valuable to the schools.


Alison de Lord: Chair of Governors

I have been a Management Consultant and Human Resources (HR) professional for more than 30 years; currently the Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development at Richmond Upon Thames College. I have experience in healthcare, the charity sector, local government and in higher and further education.

I became a governor at Carlisle Infant School (CIS) in October 2009, where I chaired the Pay and Personnel Committee. I took over as Chair at CIS when the then Head Teacher, Claire McCann, announced her retirement. My principle responsibility in my first year as Chair was to consider options for the school and the children in finding a replacement. This led to me being asked to chair the newly formed Joint Federation Governing Body. I was confirmed as Chair of Governors for the Federation at its inception in September 2014.

I sit on the Pay and Personnel Committee, the Finance & Premises Committee and run the Strategy Group.

I am married to Luke and we have one daughter, Lauren. She very happily attended both Carlisle Infant and Hampton Hill Junior Schools and is currently in year 7 at Thamesmead School.

Karen Allum: Headteacher Carlisle Infant School

It has been a privilege to be part of the leadership team at Carlisle Infants for the last 14 years, as deputy, head of school and now headteacher. Carlisle Infant School is a vibrant and creative learning community where we value the contributions of every individual child. Our aim is to lay solid foundations from which children can grow and flourish, developing a love of learning from an early age. We are ably supported in our work by a team of governors who bring a wide range of talents and skills to the leadership team. We are very fortunate to have such a strong and knowledgeable team who know the school well and take an active role in school improvement.


Jerry Appleyard: Co-opted community governor

I joined the governing body in October 2017. I am Vice Chair of the Finance & Premises Committee.

I am a consultant in international hospital management and strategy, working in Mauritius, Egypt and China. I have over 30 years of business experience including being CEO of a listed primary care medical provider in London, covering BP worldwide, Goldman Sachs, and Allan & Ovary. I have been a Director of Welcome Break involved in building South Mimms and Oxford service areas, as well as British Waterways where I led several major heritage projects.

I am also a Justice of the Peace, sitting as a Magistrate in Wimbledon Magistrates Court.

I am hoping to add my operational and financial experience to ensuring that the Federation maximises the resources available to the financial budget, at all times keeping children's needs at the forefront

Billy Day: Local authority nominated governor

I was invited to join the governing body in the summer of 2017, as the local authority nominated governor. However, my association with Carlisle Infants, and latterly the Federation, dates back to 2002 and now all three of my children either are or have been at the Federation’s two schools.

I am a history graduate of Manchester University, but have worked in the investment industry for 16 years and I am a Chartered Member of the CISI (MCSI). I chair the Finance & Premises Committee, trying to ensure that we balance the books whilst continuing to provide an excellent education and supportive pastoral care for our community’s children. In my spare time I also coach rugby and cricket at locals sports clubs.

Karen Hood: Co-opted staff governor

I am a member of staff at Carlisle Infant School and I am on the Achievement & Families Committee.






Polly Jones: Elected staff governor

I am a member of staff at Hampton Hill Junior School. I joined the governing body in October 2017 and am a member of the Achievement & Families Committee. 



Paul Morgan: Elected parent governor

I am a communications expert who specialises in social media. I spent 25 years working in national media before becoming the Communications Director at Premiership Rugby, the organisation that runs Aviva Premiership Rugby.  As an author, I have written more than a dozen books about rugby union and worked for the Mail on Sunday, while being editor of Rugby World Magazine for more than a decade. I have two daughters, one at each of the Federation's schools.

I was elected by parents and joined the governing body in November 2017. I sit on Achievement & Families Committee. 

Paul Schofield: Co-opted community governor

I am the chair of the Achievement & Families Committee, having first joined the Governing Body as a parent governor in 2009.

I am a senior civil servant in the Department for Education. In a 22 year career in the Department I have worked on a range of policies, including teachers’ pay and pensions, students loans and tuition fees, trust schools, academies and, most recently, free schools.

All three of my children have attended Carlisle and Hampton Hill, with my youngest two still pupils at Hampton Hill.

Ian Seeds: Co-opted community governor

I am on the Achievement & Families Committee and the link governor for special educational needs. I have worked in Education for 20 years. Most recently I have managed a variety of curriculum areas at Richmond Upon Thames College. This has involved overseeing the delivery of GCSE, A-level, International Baccalaureate, Access and Vocational qualifications mainly to 16-18 year olds. 

So far I have been struck by the excellent work of the SENCOs at both schools. Also, the culture within the Achievement & Families Committee has an impressively strong emphasis on inclusivity and ensuring that all pupils make strong progress.

I have three children, all of whom have or are currently attending Richmond Borough primary schools.

Chris Thompson: Elected parent governor

I was elected to be a parent governor in summer 2016. I am the Vice Chair of governors and sit on the Finance & Premises and Pay & Personnel committees.

I have completed professional qualifications as an accountant (ACCA), an investment banker (Securities Diploma) and an insurance underwriter (CII Certificate). I have over 16 years professional experience that includes eight years as a Corporate Finance banker providing Merger & Acquisition (M&A) and fund raising advice to corporates and private equity clients; 7 years in Corporate Development in a FTSE 250 company where I advised and lead various strategic initiatives; and most recently 18 months as an insurance underwriter insuring M&A transactions.

I hope to use my financial and strategic experience to enable the Federation to make the most of its resources in times of austerity, so that it has the best financial platform possible to serve the needs of the children.

I am married with three young children, the eldest of which is at Carlisle Infant School.

Maria Ticehurst: Co-opted parent governor

I have nearly 20 years' experience as a solicitor in London and specialise in banking law, with particular expertise in healthcare and education lending.  I was elected as a parent governor initially and am now a co-opted governor of the Federation. One of my first roles as a governor was to play an active role in the Federation process having originally trained as a corporate lawyer and gained experience of corporate governance issues.  I am Vice Chair of the Achievement & Families Committee.  I am passionate about children being happy and feeling secure in their school environment and the schools doing all we can to ensure that the children are able and ready to learn.

I am married with two children, each of whom have been or are pupils at both schools, with my youngest now at Hampton Hill Junior School  and the eldest at secondary school. 

Alan Went: Headteacher, Hampton Hill Junior School

We have a very vibrant Carlisle & Hampton Hill Federation Governing Body and it is a privilege to be a part of it.

As Headteacher of HHJS, I get to see the successes of this group first hand - how they challenge and support the staff team and how they work to ensure the best possible outcomes for the pupils and families of the HHJS community.

I have been involved in the governing body since my appointment as a staff member and have always been amazed by the expertise, enthusiasm and commitment shown by my fellow governors - it really is quite something - the school is very lucky to have them. 

Sharon White: Co-opted community governor

I am Head of Employer Engagement at Richmond upon Thames College. I have over twenty years experience in senior roles in the learning and development sector, working with employers to implement their overall human resource strategies. I am an expert on work-based learning programmes, including Apprenticeships.

My experience includes a period as Managing Director of a small Skills training provider, leading the business in the development of new programmes and markets.

I am passionate about social mobility and see education as a key factor in helping young people to fulfil their aspirations.

Derek Winterburn: Co-opted community governor

I am a member of the Achievement & Families Committee and am lead governor for Religious Education. 

I have been vicar of St James's Church Hampton Hill since 2016, and before that was vicar of St Mary's Hampton. I have a breadth and depth of knowledge of the locality. I have previously been a governor in three other schools, including being the first Chair of Governors of St Mary's Hampton CE Primary School.

I am married to Sandra, a maths teacher. Our sons attended Hampton Infants and Juniors.


Ruth Wright: Co-opted community governor

I am delighted to be a co-opted governor of the Federation, having taught within the Federation from 1989 to 2008. I joined as a governor in January 2013. I am a member of the Achievement & Families Committee and and I am the safeguarding governor.

My current job role is Academic Director for Primary Partnerships within the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s University. Part of my role is to keep abreast of national strategies and initiatives based around primary education and partnerships.

I studied for my MA at York University, specialising in the design of an empirically derived instrument to measure pupil’s attitude to science. This was a large, cross key stage study, in which I was responsible for the Key Stage Two process.

My current research interests are centred around good practice and partnerships in education, with a focus on shifting patterns of responsibility in initial teacher training.

I enjoy working with a positive and motivated team of staff and governors as we strive to provide the best possible education for the children in our schools. 

Associate members

Mandy Appleyard: Associate member

I am the Deputy Headteacher at Hampton Hill Junior School. I am on  the Achievement & Families Committee.





Jonathan Cardy: Associate member

I am a member of the Finance & Premises Committee. 

I am a local Councillor representing Fulwell and Hampton Hill ward on the London borough of Richmond upon Thames and chair their audit committee. I was a governor at Hampton Hill Juniors before the Federation and have been connected to the school for over ten years.

I am also a trustee of the Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity where I am vice chair and also chair of the community grants committee. 

Heidi Davies: Associate member

I became an associate member in September 2016 and am a member of the Pay and Personnel Committee and the Finance & Premises Committee.

I have worked in Human Resources for over 25 years and am MCIPD qualified.  I worked in the education field for almost 30 years, within the Education Department of Hounslow Council and the University of Roehampton, most recently as Deputy Director of HR.  I left my last position at Roehampton at the end of December 2017 and am currently working for RCL Cruises Ltd on an interim basis, on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation within HR. I have one daughter who attended local schools and is now studying at Sussex University. 

Sharmila Hanson: Associate member

After joining CIS as a parent governor three years ago, when the schools federated, I became an associate member and I am on the Achievement & Families Committee.

With 24 years’ experience teaching secondary science including as head of department, I have a passion for education and love working with young people. I take our children’s education very seriously, bringing enthusiasm, commitment and a positive, common sense approach.

At HHJS I have helped as a SATs reader, taken part in Learning Walks and directed fundraising activities.

I won £100,000 for my secondary school by making a science film for the 'O2 web-learning platform' in 2011. 

Beyond school, I work with my husband Andrew (a science educationalist) in devising and delivering science talks and shows at various schools and festivals, often along with our daughter, who is currently in Year 4.

Sue Parkin: Associate member

I am the School Business Manager, working across both schools. I am on the Finance & Premises Committee.

I have worked in London Borough of Richmond schools for over 16 years, starting in a part-time finance position and now as Federation School Business Manager.

Hampton Hill Junior and Carlisle Infant are great schools, with a committed and dedicated governing body and staff. They, and the pupils, are a pleasure to work with.

I have two sons, the youngest of which attended both Carlisle Infants, Hampton Hill Junior School and Hampton High (then Hampton Academy) and has many happy memories of his time at all three schools.

Vicki Trinder: Associate member

I am the Deputy Headteacher of Carlisle Infant School. I am on the Achievement & Families Committee.


Supporting the governing body

Jane Anderson: Clerk to the Governors

As Clerk to the Governors I do all I can to support the amazing people who volunteer and give up so much of their time and energy to be the governors of this Federation. I took up the post in autumn 2016 and have been made to feel very welcome by the governors and staff. My work mainly involves organising meetings and agendas, writing minutes and supporting the governors with their work to regularly monitor and review the schools’ policies.

My background is as a civil servant, working at various times as a programme manager, project manager and policy lead. I left the civil service so that I could spend more time with my school aged daughters. I live in Hampton and am very pleased to work part time for the Federation - an inspiring organisation which has given me the chance to learn just how much hard work goes on behind the scenes in our local schools. 

If you would like to get in touch with the governing body or learn more about its work please use me as a first point of contact. My email address is: