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Governing Board

Kirstie Watkins


 I became a governor in January 2015. I have lived in Haringey for the past 37 years and have worked with children and young people with special needs and their families.With a background in school improvement and special education I am committed to ensuring that all young people have the best possible educational experience. My children both attended schools in the area and I wanted to put my skills to use in supporting a local special school. I am Chair of the Governing Board.  I have undertaken training in safeguarding and child protection. I take part in staff appointment panels, and I attend school events regularly. I feel that it is very important that, as governors, we listen to students, parents and staff so we can ensure that the school continues to improve.

Kirstie Watkins


Chair of Governors  

 

Martin Doyle


 Throughout much of my teaching career of 38 years (33 years in special education), I have taken on a governor role in the schools in which I have worked. As Riverside's headteacher, I remain committed to playing a full part as a governor effectively engaging in monitoring and evaluating the school's performance.
The Governing Board is a very effective group of stakeholders who play an active role in the life of the school. They have the best interests of all our students at heart and ensure that their well-being is promoted and that they make good progress in their time at Riverside. I feel very proud to be part of this dynamic group of supportive and engaged people who give generously of their time to help us in our drive to continuously enhance the quality of our wide range of teaching and learning programmes.

Martin Doyle


 Headteacher Governor  

 

Irene Mansfield


 I have lived in Haringey for over 40 years, and my children (now grown-up and parents themselves) went to school there, so I have a great  pride in our borough’s education.  I am a fairly new governor at Riverside, but I have been a governor before, in a local primary school, although the challenges and decisions were different from those at Riverside.My background is a varied one, with experience after university in the legal work of Human Rights NGOs, a break looking after my family and then a complete change of direction, working with my husband in our business. I was also Chair of the Classes at a Haringey synagogue, and I am  involved in interfaith activities in Haringey. Those paths each gave me an opportunity to acquire the differing skills needed in the organisation of a voluntary body, overseeing family life and running a commercial enterprise.  I was a magistrate for many years, in latter years specialising in the Family Courts, enabling me to gain a knowledge of  problems and challenges faced by children and parents in difficult circumstances.  As a governor I use those skills to contribute to the work of the Governing Body and thus to support our wonderful school and its staff. 

 Irene Mansfield


  Local Authority Governor 

 

 Despina Moutafis 


 I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing board. I manage Team Spirit, the after-school and holiday club provision for Riverside School. I joined the school 12 years ago and have learnt so much throughout the years.I have had wonderful opportunities as a lead, or by being part of many projects within Haringey that support our young people in a variety of settings. This has given me great insight to what matters to our students and their families.   I find myself in a very privileged position to be able to be part of this body to help support the great work we do here at Riverside.  We have the unique opportunity to see our students grow to the best of their abilities in all aspects of their school lives.I am enjoying being an integral part of this school, and seeing it grow to its full potential.

 Despina Moutafis 


 Co-opted Governor

 

Francis Parker-Allotey


 I joined the Governing Body in January 2018 as a parent governor. I have two autistic children one who attended Riverside and finished ten years ago and another currently in Year Eleven.I have a wide range of experience as an Engineer, a Company Owner and a NGO Founder. I have completed a Masters degree in Project Management and couple of short courses in Finance, Management and Dysxlesia . I am a former community Champion award winner and was given a grant by the Scarman Trust to organise empowerment sessions for Young Persons in the N18 area.So I believe that I bring a wealth of experience and a different perspective to help in the attainment of both the learning outcomes and safeguarding of students in line with objectives and mission of the school.

Francis Parker-Allotey


 Parent Governor 

Rachel Daley


I have enjoyed working at Riverside since 2013 as a Teaching Assistant.  I have supported students from all four teams with a variety of special needs including ASD and PMLD students so that they are able to access the curriculumI am pleased to become a governor in order to bring a staff perspective to the Riverside Governing Board. I have a background of working with children, having previously worked at a local authority nursery and the Vale School.  Being a mother of five children also gives me a good understanding of the special needs of young people.

 Rachel Daley


  Staff Governor

 

Lucy Wood


 I’m really pleased to be taking on a role on the Governing Board at Riverside. Having moved to Haringey quite recently, I’m really looking forward to getting involved with a local school and working with my fellow governors to support the school’s vision going forward. My background lies in accountancy and finance, and I hope that I will be able to offer my skills to support the school’s commitment to ensuring that the students of Riverside have the best possible experience of education.

Lucy Wood


 Vice Chair of Governors 

 

Dave Worley


 I'm absolutely thrilled to have joined the board at Riverside. I'm originally from the Midlands but I've lived in Haringey since 2012 with my partner Kate and our two cats Doodle and Trixie.

I've been looking to offer my time and skills to the local community for some time and this is a great opportunity to do that. I have two younger brothers on the autistic spectrum so have some understanding of young people with special educational needs, and I've also had experience of mental health provision in the local area.

I've been a civil servant for almost 8 years, specialising in digital and technology. As time has progressed I've migrated from technical to strategic roles, and it's this combination of experience that I'm looking forward to bringing to the governing body.

 Dave Worley


Co-opted Governor 

 

Kate Davis


 I am thrilled to have been invited to join the Riverside governing board. I became a governor because, having recently moved to Haringey, I wanted to do something to support my local community. I am excited to support Riverside in its fantastic work providing its students with the best possible education.I currently work as a management consultant, helping the predominantly public sector organisations I work with shape and deliver their strategic goals - a skill I am hoping will be transferable to Riverside. In my spare time, I have volunteered across a number of organisations from designing fundraising strategies for charities for refugees to cooking at my local soup kitchen to setting up a charity for breast cancer awareness. I also enjoy wild swimming and can often be spotted at one of London's swimming ponds!

Kate Davis


 Co-opted Governor  

James Lescott


I am delighted to be invited as an Associate Member at Riverside School. I have previously done voluntary work with Street League, a charity run company that used football as a tool to engage young adults from different ethnic backgrounds and disabilities to educate them to find jobs, write CV etc. This insight showed me the difficulties that ethnic minorities have. I have joined the BLM at Riverside to try and use my knowledge to help expand the curriculum across the school. I started as a bus driver bringing the children to Riverside school, then joined as a SMSA/SNA lunchtime duties before becoming a full-time TA working in this role for the last 2 years.  

James Lescott


 Associate Governor 

Helena Rice


I am a Haringey resident and am delighted to become a Governor at Riverside. I have worked for many years in participatory arts across education, museum and community contexts. In my current role as Senior Creative Producer at the V&A Museum of Childhood I am part of the Learning Team, which includes developing the museum's new Learning Programmes. I am also working on the design of the museum's new galleries, which will be a space for children to develop, connect and create. My work also involves thinking about how we make the museum an inclusive space for all learners to feel creative, expressive and engaged. In my spare time I like swimming in cold water and theatre.‚Äč

 

Helena Rice


 Associate Governor