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.
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 - Headteacher
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.
Andrew Payne - Parent Governor
I joined the Governing Board in September 2019. I have two children at the School and I was keen to volunteer and help the School with its passion of educating and developing children. I am a lawyer by qualification but currently work in a Senior Leadership role in Human Resources for a global financial services firm based in London. I am also a trained Mental Health First Aider. I sit on the Premises, Health and Safety Committee and the Personnel Committee. In my spare time I enjoy paddling up and down the Thames with my family and going on adventures.
Suba Subramaniam - Co Opted Governor
I have been a secondary science teacher for over 20 years, my most recent post was for 5 years as teacher of science at Princes Risborough School. I left in December 2019 to become Artistic Director and Joint CEO of Akademi, a national South Asian dance organisation. As well as being a science teacher, I am also a choreographer and regularly collaborate with scientists and academics to create dance works. I have a son at the school. I have previously run a Science Club, done dance workshops and been involved in the STEM week at the school. I feel very fortunate to be involved in the local community by being a co-opted Governor at Monks Risborough School.
Ted Kent Foundation Governor
I joined as a Foundation Governor in 2020. I am now retired but worked for BBC Television as a Technical Operator, as a Lab Assistant at Chesham High School and after training as a teacher taught for over thirty years in Primary Schools in Solihull.
I have taught all age groups in Key Stages 1 and 2 and held responsibilities for Science, Maths and IT as well as being a member of the Leadership team. I also had secondments as a Teacher Advisor for IT in Solihull. Since retiring I have continued my contact with Primary schools being involved with extra-curricular activities, helping in the classroom and taking assemblies.
I enjoy practical activities and am a member of the railway clubs in Risborough and Beaconsfield. I believe in lifelong learning and recently finished a Science Degree with the Open University.
My wife and I moved to Risborough after she retired to be closer to elderly family members. I have been active in the church all my life and trained as a Licenced Local Minister. I worship at St Dunstan’s and want to help in fostering the links between, the church, the community and the school.