Meet the Governors
Headteacher, Amherst Junior School - Mr Andrew Reid
Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Sarah Walkden.
The Governing Body is led by the Chair, elected by the Governing Body from within its membership. The role of Chair is set for a one year period.
The Chair is supported in her work by a Vice Chair, who is delegated certain tasks and responsibilities. The role of Vice Chair is also set for a one year period.
The Governing Body may choose to appoint Governors to take on other additional specific roles. Currently, these are as follows:-
Lead Governors for Finance: Michael May and Will Swain.
Lead Governors for Health and Safety including Premises: Nic Pocknall and James Turner
Lead Governor for Staffing and Pay Panel Governors: Karl Fuhrmann and Mark Skinner
Lead Governors for Safeguarding: Archanna Ramu and Sara Fazzin
Lead Governors for SEND: Karl Fuhrmann and James Turner
Lead Governor for Curriculum: Tiina Mutru
Lead Governors for Outdoor Provision: Karl Fuhrmann and Mark Skinner
Lead Governors for EYFS: Karl Fuhrmann and Lesley Lee
Lead Governor for Wellbeing: Sarah Munns
To see the Governors' Terms of Appointment, Register of Interest and Attendance, please visit our Statutory Information page.
Governor Pen Portraits
Tiina Mutru - Co-Chair - (Co-Opted Governor)
Karl Fuhrmann - Co-Chair - (Co-Opted Governor)
I have recently moved to Sevenoaks from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, and wanted to use what I have learnt in my career so far to help out within the local community. Becoming a governor seemed like an obvious choice, and since my appointment in May I have really enjoyed learning about how the school is run, and how I can have a positive impact on the strategy of Riverhead over the next few years. My first impression of the staff and children has been excellent, and there is clearly a desire from everyone to maintain an outstanding learning environment.
I have spent the majority of my working life in financial services procurement, and been involved in driving buying strategies across a variety of different categories, from IT to professional services. I hope that this will stand me in good stead as a governor, and that in turn I will be able to take away knowledge and skills that I can use elsewhere.
Will Swain Vice Chair (Co-opted Governor)
I was born in New Zealand and have spent the past 22 years living in the UK. My working background is in financial services and I have served on the executive team with a number of banks and insurance brokers, leading technology and operations. I bring a wealth of experience in financial and organisational management, including facilities and human resources. I believe education is the most important aspect of a child’s upbringing and relocated to Sevenoaks in 2020 for the great schools. My oldest daughter started at Riverhead in September 2021.
James Turner (Co-Opted Governor)
Both my children attended Riverhead and when an opportunity came to join the Governoring Body I leapt at the chance. My eldest son has Special Education Needs and Riverhead really made a positive difference to the boy he is today.
My background has been originally in luxury hotels, property and estate management, but have also worked in Healthcare, Retail and Higher Education Sectors. Today I work at the House of Commons where I am Director of Customer Experience and Service Delivery - essentially making sure the MP's and Lords are happy with their facilities and services received to enable them to work effectively. The golden thread of all these roles has been ensuring that functions are set for success to provide efficient, relevant and cost effective services.
We have now moved to Tonbridge, but always happy to return and see how Riverhead continues to grow and develop.
Tomaso Spingardi (Co-opted Governor)
We moved to Sevenoaks in 2017 from Canada, but I spent some 25 years in the UK. I am most proud to be a Governor of Riverhead. Having 6 children, education, already a passion, is a fundamental part of my life. I was for 15 years a Boy Scout leader; for the last 10 a member of the Executive Board of a top US business school; I have been cooperating with various NGOs in the funding, set up and development of schools in Sub-Saharian Africa for some 20 years. I worked for over 20 years in investment banking in London. Over the last 15 years I have co-founded and contributed to the growth of companies mainly in healthcare and services outsourcing.
I am keen to contribute to Riverhead bringing my experience, expertise and enthusiasm.
Nic Pocknall (Local Authority Governor)
I have lived in Sevenoaks for 17 years, more recently close to the school and was appointed as a Governor in August 2018. I have 2 children at secondary school locally.
I am a Chartered Surveyor specialising in commercial property development and sales and look forward to using some of my skills to benefit the school community.
Riverhead Infants' has an excellent reputation and I look forward to enhancing the community of such a well-respected local school.
Archanna Ramu (Parent Governor)
I was elected as Parent Governor in December 2020. I am a working mother with three daughters; twins at Riverhead Infants and a younger sibling. Born and raised in Kent, I moved to Sevenoaks in 2017.
I am passionate about the opportunities that education affords and driven by a desire to give back to the local community. I’m a corporate lawyer of 15 years and believe my broad skills will be highly valuable to the role.
Sarah Munns (Staff Governor)
Following a successful career in the advertising industry in London, I joined Riverhead Infants' School as a Teaching Assistant, approximately 14 years ago. However, my association with the school stretches further back than that, as both of my daughters spent the first years of their education here.
During my time as T.A, I have supported all year groups, 1:1 SEN support and the delivery of specialist interventions. And at present, I’m working in Year Two.
From breakfast club to the final bell, I enjoy playing a part in the school children's day, supporting their learning, well-being and watching them flourish as they grow. As a member of the Governing body, I hope to be able to use my hands on experience and knowledge to help maintain and enhance the great reputation of the school.
Sara Fazzin (Co-opted Governor)
Having recently moved from London to Sevenoaks, I have spent the vast majority of my career in education, teaching digital skills, strategic management, business and digital learning at degree level. My recent roles have involved the design, development and implementation of new academic courses and executive programmes, and a series of international projects to promote employability, mobility and accessibility in learning.
I am a creative artist in my free time, and author of scientific books as well as novels, I strongly believe in the importance of creativity and experimenting from a very young age, enabling the development of valuable soft skills and self-worth.
During the pandemic, I decided it was time to give back to the community, and share my knowledge of educational practice, theories and digital tools, to help
Mark Skinner (Parent Governor)
My two daughters currently are lucky enough to attend Riverhead Infant School and I have a younger son who will join the school in 2024. I have loved the environment they have grown up in and would like to support the school's future development as a governor. I am passionate about our children having the best environment possible to nurture their development. I have a degree in economics and politics and 17 years’ experience of building my own business to a successful company of over 30 staff, I believe I have the financial, operational and Human Resources skills to bring value to the school in this role. Our family experience of the school to date is that the children are at the heart of everything they do, their learning, their play and their wellbeing. I hope to continue to support this admirable ethos as my children continue their journey through their early school lives.
Mr. Michael May - (Co-opted Governor)
Having recently retired from full time employment I now have the time to offer help and support to Riverhead where my three grandchildren have attended, are attending and will be attending. I feel it key that children have an education that enables them to develop and grow to their best potential. Having held senior roles over the years in a mix of large multinationals and small entrepreneurial companies I feel that my broad experience can be put to good use here at Riverhead Infants’ School.
Lesley Lee - (Co-Opted Governor)
Education has been my gateway to a range of choices and opportunities. It is therefore not surprising that I have spent my adult life working happily in a variety of secondary schools in both London and Kent.
My final post was as Headteacher for 12 years in a state Grammar school in Kent. This was a time when schools were encouraged to work cooperatively, both at primary and secondary levels, resulting in increased funding and the introduction of creative ideas into the curriculum.
Now retired, I am very pleased to maintain my contact with education and hope that my experience can be of use for Riverhead School.