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Meet the Governors



Having lived in Fulham and Putney for 40 years I have taken an interest in local schools and been a Governor of a Fulham Secondary School for Girls and subsequently a Governor of Hotham Primary. Whilst working in Latin America I became Governor and Hon Treasurer of our daughter’s School in Mexico during a very difficult time of high inflation. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I have been a senior executive in a large company, been board chair of a Government entity and more recently Hon. Treasurer of a modest charity which promotes the initial careers of UK trained textile designers. 


My sons have been at Hotham since 2011 and during their time at the school I have chaired the PTA for over three years.  In 2014, I was elected as a parent governor and spent my first year on the planning and resources committee, moving to the Safeguarding and inclusion committee in 2015.  My working background is in local government at The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea where I worked for over 10 years. I managed street trading for the Borough, focusing on Portobello Market, together with elements of the Nottinghill Carnival. I am expert in overseeing large events, working with different agencies and balancing the needs of different groups of people, whilst adhering to legislation. During my time in the role, I returned to studying and completed a Diploma in Management studies at Kingston University’s Business School.


My name is Tamsin Hellier-Hough and I have been a parent at Hotham since 2010. I joined the Governing Body in November 2015 and currently sit on the Curriculum
and Standards Committee. Prior to this I was both a parent volunteer and secretary for the PTA at Hotham. I had an alternative education and trained as a professional dancer attending a performing arts boarding school and later at a college in Covent Garden. I then went on to study History and History of Art at UCL. I still have a love of dance and performed at both the Opening Ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics.
My professional life has included working as a merchandiser, a Kindergarten teaching assistant in Innsbruck, a dresser at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, a Eurocamp courier in France, a museum curator, a market researcher, and I currently work as a part-time gardener. I enjoy being involved with the local and wider community and have led a Gingerbread support group for single parents, currently
teach Sunday school at All Saints church, and am involved with Alopecia UK helping raise awareness. You also might find me running, or enjoying yoga or Zumba! I am delighted that I can support the school in providing its learners with a great start in life. Through an inclusive ethos where every child matters, and the teaching of a wide and varied curriculum, all pupils can reach their full potential.






I first became a parent governor when my daughter was in year 2 at Hotham, she is now at university studying English and Spanish.  I was keen to be involved in the school that she attended as the primary years are such an important stage in any child's life. I was originally on the 'facilities' sub committee which oversaw many of the playground improvements. I am now a co-opted governor and sit on the Curriculum and Standards sub committee where I continue to be impressed at how the teaching of different subjects is improved.  I studied Geography at university and after travelling the world I became a press officer for a large, well known tour operator until having a family put a stop to the travelling.  I currently work in the commissioning of substance misuse and sexual health services for Public Health within the local council.



Hello my name is Jane Mitchell and I am currently the Chair of the Governing Body here at Hotham. I have a lifelong association with local schools. I grew up in Putney and attended schools here. After obtaining degrees in Economics and Social Policy and Planning, I qualified as a teacher and have taught in three Wandsworth schools. I am also a member of a Local Children’s Centre Advisory Board. I regard it as a privilege to be a governor and to share in ensuring that Hotham does its best for the whole school community, including pupils, staff and parents.



I came to Hotham in 2015 as a local authority governor and I joined the Safeguarding and Inclusion committee, which I now Chair. I live in London and my children attend local primary and secondary schools.

 Following a career in publishing, I am now at home full-time to raise the children. Over the years I've been a class parent representative and Chair of the PTA, as well as a volunteer co-ordinator with our local football club. It has been a privilege to join the Hotham Governing Body and assist the Senior Leadership Team with their ambitions for this vibrant school. I bring a background in communication and media, experience of strategic planning and team and committee management, a commitment to excellence in children’s education, a passion for the benefits of competitive team sport and a fresh, independent eye to Governing Body.



My name is Sue Robinson and I was elected Staff Governor in November 2016.  I chose to be on the Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee, an area of particular interest to me.  I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 2 and have worked at Hotham Primary School for six years.  Prior to that, I worked at All Saints School, Putney for nine years in Key Stage 1 and Early Years.  I have lived in Putney for over twenty years and am married with two children who are both currently studying at University.  Since being at Hotham, I have tried to involve myself in the wider life of the school and have volunteered to help with many out of school activities including the Wandsworth Swimming Gala, Putney schools Cross Country and a national dance competition.  I am passionate about my job and Hotham School and am delighted to have been elected Staff Governor.



 Hi, I'm Matt Saich. I have two boys thoroughly enjoying their time at Hotham and was elected to the school Governing Body as a Parent Governor in December 2014. Since becoming a Governor I have been a member of  the Curriculum and Standards Committee and have recently joined the Planning and Resources Committee too.  

As the son of primary school teachers I thought I had a good understanding of the way a school like Hotham works but being a governor has opened my eyes to the opportunities presented and the challenges faced by an inner London, community embracing primary school, such as ours. As such I’m very happy to contribute some of my professional experience and my time to help seize those opportunities and address those challenges.   

The role is not all work though, and I've equally enjoyed taking part in House Assemblies - go Team Campbell!! - and eating school dinners on the "high table" with some of Hotham's great pupils that have brilliantly amassed loads of points for their House.  

Away from school I run my own business providing business consultancy services to local authorities and other public sector bodies.  



My name is Victoria Speight and I’m currently the Assitant Head, as well as Inclusion leader here at Hotham School. Having taught here since 2005, Hotham has been a big part of my life for more than a decade. Being part of the Governing Body for a number of years has enabled me to strengthen ties with parents, as well as members of the local community and to see the school from a non-teaching point of view; a valuable experience. I’m particularly interested in issues which impact children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and am immensely proud to belong to a School Governing Body which values Inclusion and Diversity as highly as we do. 



Hello!  I’m Colin Wheeler, a local resident living near the school, co-opted to the Board of Governors in June 2017 and joining the Resourcing and Planning Committee.

Outside of my school activities, I am Managing Director of a market research business in Teddington, and have work across the research, analytics and insight sector for over 20 years – in client, agency and independent consultant roles. I also sit on the board of an international trade organisation promoting the need for effective measurement and evaluation of communications for all organisations, including government, NGO, NFP and commercial businesses. 

Clients I have worked with during my career have included commercial and philanthropic organisations that invest in and support educational initiatives. This has given me an insight into the role of education in all lives; it is the platform for every child’s success, whatever the circumstances and needs. I’m proud to have a role to play in the great work undertaken at Hotham.






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