Richard Walton - Chair of LAC (Foundation)
Richard has nearly 20 years experience in serving as a Governor of Church Primary schools. He is currently Chair of Governors at St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Hammersmith, which has seen rapid improvement to be an Outstanding School in 30 months. He is active in his local church in West London and has recently been nominated to the Board of the LDBS by Hammersmith & Fulham Deanery.
His home town is Newcastle and he follows the Magpies, which is sometimes depressing! He has lived in Hammersmith and Fulham for over 25 years and is a passionate supporter of England Rugby. He went to school in Yorkshire and followed this up by joining the navy as a navigator. Saw the world and was paid for the privilege! His commercial background has been spent in senior management in the fashion industry and in top-end retailing and brand management. He currently runs his own consultancy business mentoring and advising small businesses. His hobbies include watching sport, cinema, travel, and especially cooking. He says “I don’t run, cycle (any more), play tennis, gym or do any kind of active sport as I’m just not built that way!”
He’s passionate about primary education and believes that we all have a responsibility to give our children the chance to start life on the right foot with a good basic education and equip them to “Shape our City” for the future.
He wants to encourage all stakeholders to support the Head Teacher and every other teacher and member of staff to make St Andrew & St Francis School the best it can possibly be and a Centre of Excellence in North West London.
Evelyn Chua - (Foundation)
Evelyn Chua took on her first Headteacher role in 1999 and is currently the Head of Hampden Gurney School in Westminster. Hampden Gurney School has been judged an Outstanding school under three Ofsted inspections and recently ranked joint 1st ( 2014) and 3rd ( 2015) amongst all UK primary schools by the Sunday Times.
Under her leadership, Hampden Gurney has achieved countless awards and accolades from both the Department of Education and other educational establishments. Amongst these would include the Primary School of the Year ( 2011); Primary School Teaching Awards ( 2010); Customer Service Excellence Commendations from ex -Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown; Outstanding Progress Achievement (2015) and National Association For the Able Children (NACE 2012).
On a personal level, she was awarded the Headteacher of the Year by Teaching Awards and since then, has being proactively involved in many national and local initiatives as a leadership consultant with NCSL, Optimus and Oxford publishers, mentoring and coaching newly appointed headteachers in Westminster, involved in the proposal of the newly established Marylebone Boys Secondary Free School, an IEB member commissioned by DfE, STA marker and administrator and trialling and coding KS 1 and 2 SATs papers for SQA.
With her knowledge and understanding gained over the last year as a member of the IEB at St. Andrew and St. Francis, she hopes to be able to assist and support the leadership team and staff as the school begins its historic journey as the new member of the London Diocese Academy Trust.
Kate Roskell - Vice Chair (Foundation)
Kate has over 25 years experience as a secondary school teacher and leader in London, including 11 years as Headteacher of a Church of England secondary school. She is a maths graduate and taught the subject to A level as part of her wider school responsibilities. Much of Kate’s work has been in church secondary schools within the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) family and so she has a deep understanding of what makes an outstanding Church of England academy. Kate is now Secondary and Co-ordinating Adviser at LDBS. She works with senior school leaders and governors across the diocese supporting school effectiveness and improvement. Kate worships at St John’s Hyde Park and is a keen singer and walker.
Troy Sharpe - Headteacher (Ex Officio)
Troy has over 15 years of experience working across 5 inner London local authorities. In his previous role as Headteacher of St John’s HV, Troy lead the school from good to outstanding in under 3 years while achieving some of the schools best results locally and nationally.
Troy was appointed as Headteacher of SASF in September 2015 and , in conjunction with staff and LAC, is looking to take the school to good for its next inspection and on to outstanding.
Troy is extremely passionate about developing children's resilience and academic potential, ensuring children are ready for the challenge they face in today's world.
Parita Shah - (Staff)
Parita is a member of the teaching staff and currently teaches in Yr 2. She has worked in St. Andrew & St. Francis Primary school for 13 years across both Key Stages 1 & 2.
Over the 13 years, Parita has held various Leadership positions and is currently Literacy leader. She is proud to be part of a school which is constantly striving to improve teaching and learning.
Parita's outside interests span from reading to running in order to fundraise for charities close to her heart.
Adele Cross - (Foundation)
“I am dedicated to serving young people and I have the privilege of being able to do this in both my professional and personal life. With nearly 15 years’ experience as a programme maker at BBC Radio I have gained a thorough knowledge of the concerns and lifestyles of young people. I am also a youth worker at New Life Bible Church where I direct the youth gospel choir. The ages range from 13-24 and it’s been a source of pride to watch these young people grow and develop. I may not have natural born children of my own as yet but over the last several years I have been looked upon to act as their coach, referee, teacher and counsellor. As a foundation governor it’s an honour to have the chance to shape the culture of the school, develop the learning of our pupils and train them well for a bright future.”
Saba Tesfay - (Parent)
I am really enjoying my role as parent governor at St Andrew and St Francis CofE Primary School where my children attend. Being part of the governing body gives me a good understanding on how schools run and the support it gives to our children in our community. I wanted to get involved because as a mum of three girls and two boys who all attend the school, I feel I can offer my experience as a parent across the whole school.
I believe I bring a unique perspective as a parent and love being able to help the school provide the best possible opportunities and experiences for all our children.
The LDBS LAT BOARD
The LDBS Academies Trust has a small board of directors which oversees 7 schools through its chief executive; each school has a local academy committee which looks after the day to day operation of their school.