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Monks Risborough CE Primary School

Governor Portraits

Colin Platt - Chair - Co-Opted Governor

​I became a co-opted governor in 2017 as an opportunity to participate in the local community and to share my business experiences for the benefit of the school.  I am now Chair of Governors, the co-chair for the Premises Health & Safety committee, a member of the Finance committee, as well as being the SEND and Pupil Premium governor and the subject governor for Geography.  Professionally I am a civil engineer although my experience is mainly in project & programme management and business planning. I have four grown-up daughters and three grandchildren, enjoying all the time I spend with them.  In our spare time my wife and I enjoy walking and travelling.


Vicky Preece - Parent Governor


I am a parent governor with a child who is currently in Year 1, and have volunteered to be a Governor to contribute to our school life and community.

Professionally I work as a solicitor-advocate. I qualified in 2002 as a family lawyer, I have specialised in Children’s law and represent children and families in the Family Court. I was a member of the regional committee of Resolution (Solicitors Family Law Association) between 2003 and 2018, organising training events.  As a volunteer I have been involved in leading sessions for Junior Church at Great Missenden Parish Church. I also sat on the Church PCC between April 2015-2019, and was involved in developing safeguarding policy. As a family we are now attending at St Dunstans for worship. In my spare time I have ridden horses most of my life and competed in Three Day Events, and relax by enjoying being out in the country side.

Alex Rees - Foundation Governor

I have been a Foundation Governor at Monks Risborough since 2016.  I belong to St Mary's Church in Princes Risborough and my wife and I have a son who has recently moved from Monks up to year 7 in a local secondary school.  My professional background is in education, training initially as a secondary teacher in the 1990s.  To date I have taught Mathematics, IT and Computer Science in both maintained and independent schools; worked with students from KS2 to KS5; served as a Local Authority schools’ adviser and I am currently part of the leadership team of a local independent school.  I am keen to support Monks Risborough School continue to be an environment where values-based education enables all students and staff to thrive.  
· business and financial interests

I work as part of the leadership team of Pipers Corner School.  Pipers does have students who live in the Risboroughs.

· governance roles in other educational institutions

No other Governance roles.

· any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

No material interest.

​Dave Wagner - Parent Governor 

I have had the privilege of serving on the school’s governing body as a Parent Governor since 2017 and became involved as I was keen to play an active role in the school with two young boys of my own currently attending. I am Chair of the Finance Committee, Co-Char of the Premises,Health and Safety Committee and also assist the school as the Maths subject coordinator. Originally from Canada, I have lived in the UK since 2008 and in a professional capacity I am Group Financial Controller for an international environmental consulting firm and I do my best to leverage my relevant financial and leadership skills in my work with the governing body. In my spare time I enjoy keeping a keen eye on the American football from across the pond.  


Amy Robinson - Deputy Head


As Deputy Head at Monks Risborough School, I am a member of the governing body. I qualified as a teacher in 2009 after completing a BA in Primary Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) at The University of Winchester. I joined the Monks team in 2015 as a class teacher and have taught Year 4 and Year 6. I became KS2 lead in 2016 and then Deputy Head in 2019. During my teaching career I have taught across all of Key Stage Two and have led a variety of subjects such as Maths, Science and PSHCE. I currently lead Maths at Monks. I feel very privileged to teach and be part of the leadership team here and love being part of the wider school community. As Deputy Head, I am a member on all Monks Risborough Governing Body Committees.


Jane Curry – Foundation Governor


I joined the governing body as a foundation governor in April 2017. I am a retired solicitor, formerly an in house company lawyer and now using my corporate legal experience as a charity trustee. I have 4 adult children, one of whom is now a schoolteacher, and two young grandchildren, as a consequence of which I have been continuously following developments in education. I now serve as chair of the Personnel Committee, in addition to being a member of the Curriculum Committee and of the Community, Ethos and Values Committee. In my first degree I studied languages, which has led me to accept with enthusiasm the governor curriculum responsibilities for Literacy and Modern Foreign Languages. Since arriving in the Risborough area in 2010, I have been actively involved with St. Dunstan’s Church, so I am keen to foster the links between the school and the church, as well as with the wider community.


Dr. Lavinia Ferrante di Ruffano


I joined as a Parent Governor in September 2019 and currently have one child at Monks in Key Stage 1. I am excited and honoured to be able to support our school in any way I can, and share a strong belief in equal opportunities for all children. I am an academic researcher at the University of Birmingham, where I evaluate medical diagnostic tests alongside my clinical colleagues, as well as teaching undergraduate medical students and postgraduate healthcare professionals. I originally trained as an archaeologist (specialising in the analysis of burials and human remains), and have retained a firm fondness for our cultural heritage. I have particular interests in curriculum, especially science, ancient history/archaeology and languages (I am bilingual Italian–English). I currently sit as parent governor on the Curriculum and Personnel committees. Outside of work I enjoy muddy walks, mud–free camping and photography.


Adrian Rolfe - Parent Govenor


I joined as a Parent Governor in June 2020 and currently have a grandson in Reception. My wife and I have been coming to Monks Risborough School for the last 22 years, with 4 of my own children and 2 of my grandsons. I work for Marks and Spencers in the town doing various roles and have worked in management in retail for 31 years. I was a Town Councillor serving  Risborough for 8 years and a Trustee for The Princes Centre. We have 5 children and are raising 2 grandsons on a Special Guardianship. Three of these children have special needs and I have  seen how hard it is for them to be given equal opportunities as others. I am a strong believer in inclusion and every child from any background and ability should be included and encouraged and given access to  the same opportunities as their peers. There is no greater feeling than building a child's self esteem and self worth, something we had to do with our own grandsons. The transformation is quite incredible. My wife and I have been Foster Carers and attended many courses around Behaviour, Emotions, Trauma, Mental Health, Family Resilience, Abuse, Contact, Loss, and a 13 week Lighthouse Course with CAMHS.  My wife and I work closely with St.Mary's Church supporting families in need and helping out in the community. I want to give something back to Monks Risborough School for the last 22 years of care and support that they have given my family, and look forward to working with you all and contributing to keeping our school great!