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Governor Profiles

Charlotte Melford – Local Authority Governor, Chair of Governors

Resources Committee

  

As a parent of two children at Belmont, I joined the Belmont Board of Governors to help our school continue to thrive and flourish. I considered my experience of being managing director of a mid-size business to give me the skills and knowledge needed to help shape the school strategy and lead an effective and productive Governing Body that both supports and challenges the school to be its very best. I believe that the best schools provide a balanced, stimulating education that maximises talents and abilities, whilst building happy, confident and resilient children. I consider that schools are most successful when teachers, parents, governors and pupils work collaboratively to achieve shared goals. 

Gary Crichlow – Parent Governor, Deputy Chair of Governors

Resources Committee, Safeguarding Governor

 

With my husband working as a teaching assistant, my serving on the Governing Board and our son attending school here, my family lives and breathes Belmont, and we wouldn't have it any other way.  I grew up in Trinidad, moved to the US for university and then to the UK for love, and I've called Chiswick home for 13 years now. I studied aerospace engineering (yes, rocket science is actually a thing!) and work in aviation finance; I love teaching and learning myself, and know first-hand how crucial high-quality educators can be to a child's development. My motivation as a governor is simple: it's to do what I can to help foster an environment where all our children grow up secure in their own skin; curious and knowledgeable about their world; and aware of all with whom they share it. 

Kristy Kierzkowski – Parent Governor

Curriculum & Achievement Committee, Community Committee (Chair)

 

Education has always been a big part of my life and now as a parent of two, I am more passionate about it than ever! I am a former Special Education Teacher and Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant from the US. When we moved to Chiswick and our family expanded, I intended to take time off from the classroom; instead I moved the classroom into our home and became an Ofsted registered childminder. Being a team player to ensure good quality education is something I have done for 16 years. Through broad experience I have realised the importance of having an active, engaged community within a school. I believe that Belmont has that exceptional environment.  As a governor, my experience helps build on our school's already outstanding educational standards. The same passion for education that drove me to teaching and childminding is now channelled into my role as School Governor.

Flora Farndell – Co-opted Governor

Community Committee

 

I have lived in Chiswick for more than thirty years and my two children attended local state schools. I believe strongly in a good education for everyone, and I believe Belmont strives to deliver this.  I have worked in magazine publishing since graduating from university many years ago and have picked up various commercial and people skills running large and smaller teams, which I can bring to my role as a governor. My children are grown up and have moved away and I now work 4 days a week, allowing me more time to make a contribution to Belmont and the Chiswick community we are so lucky to be part of.

Pat Devito-French – Co-opted Governor

Health & Safety/Premises Committee (Chair), Community Committee, Deputy Safeguarding Governor

 

As a mother of three and grandmother of 6 lively school age children, I am a passionate believer in the importance of education. I understand the vital role a school plays in a child’s personal development and life chances. This belief has only strengthened in my 40 years’ experience of the educational landscape in Chiswick. A resident since 1978, I know the Chiswick community well, I ran a successful retail business here for 11 years. I fundraise actively for the local Macmillan Cancer Support Committee, and, ever a believer in education, I am a keen (if struggling) Italian language student. Belmont’s strong academic record and innovative leadership is well known and it is rightly regarded with warmth in the community. It is wonderful to be part of this vibrant and dynamic school.

Emma-Jayne Turner – Co-opted Governor

Curriculum & Achievement Committee, Resources Committee

 

I moved to the UK in 2015 and have lived in Chiswick since then. I have a passion for education and for my local community, so joining the Board of Belmont seemed like an obvious step. My background is as a financial services lawyer in New Zealand and a secondary teacher in West London, and I now work for a UK-based education charity. I enjoy the opportunity that being on the board gives me to use my experience, knowledge and skills to support one of my local primary schools. Belmont has an excellent and well-deserved reputation in the community, thanks in no small part to its professional and talented staff, and it’s an honour to serve on the Belmont Governing Board.

Malcolm Elliot – Parent Governor

Health & Safety/Premises Committee, Resources Committee

 

I joined the Belmont Governing Board, as a Parent Governor, to support the school to continue to improve and to provide the best possible environment for children. I believe that education is critical to provide every child with the opportunities to learn and develop. My background is in technology, sales and marketing and I’ve lived in four different countries working for various large multi-national companies. Now I run my own business helping other businesses with growth strategies and change management programmes to adapt to the future. My business experience enables me to contribute to the governance and strategy of Belmont.​

Sophie Coady – Parent Governor

Curriculum & Achievement Committee (Chair), Health & Safety/Premises Committee

 

Belmont has been a major part of my family’s life since my two boys joined in 2013. It continues to provide them with a fantastic education, wonderful friendships and exciting activities both in and out of the school. As a parent I have also made great friends and enjoyed many new experiences through the school. When the opportunity to be a governor came up, I knew that it was the right time and opportunity for me to give back to the school. My main career has been in IT project management and most recently I was improving internal collaboration between international offices, bridging multiple cultures and languages. I now enjoy contributing my organisational, communication and collaboration skills to the governing board to help Belmont continue to be such a wonderful school for the children and their families.

Yukiko Sugimoto – Co-opted Governor

Health & Safety/Premises Committee, Resources Committee

I joined the Belmont Governing Board in 2018 as a Co-opted Governor.   My background is in finance, mainly in asset management, for a leading financial institution in New York, Brussels and London.  I also served as an Advisory Board member for a Japanese multinational electronics company for over a decade.  My husband and I moved to London in 1991 and we have been residents of Chiswick since 1993; joining the Governing Board of Belmont was an opportunity to contribute to our community. There are a number of challenges for any educational institutions: excellence, creating a creative supportive environment, adapting to a changing world, but at the same time be aware of some of the contradictions, e.g., stress on the children and equity.  It is an honour to witness, and hopefully contribute to, the discussions dealing with these issues.

 

Karen Wyatt – Co-opted Governor

Resources Committee (Chair), Community Committee

Connor Daly – Co-opted Governor

Community Committee

Stéphanie Radet-Kirby – Co-opted Governor

Community Committee

Fiona Skinner – Staff Governor

Curriculum & Achievement Committee

 

I am a committed and enthusiastic teacher who believes in inspiring students to become life-long learners and develop skills to best equip them for successful lives now and in the future. I became a class teacher at Belmont Primary School in September 2018. I decided to apply for the Staff Governor position to help support our school, develop new skills and have the opportunity to contribute to our local community. As staff governor, I serve as a useful link between our school staff and the governing body. I enjoy the oversight of school that being a staff governor provides and feel that I can contribute, in a positive way, to key decisions and discussions.