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LA Governors

Mark Rivers

I am a long term resident of High Town, and since 2011 councillor for Round Green. After over 30 years at the BBC I am now a freelance broadcast/audio engineer and musician. I joined the governing body in 2012 and now serve as vice-chair.

Co-Opted Governors

Leslie Robertson

Leslie is a retired Pharmacist and has been a Governor at Richmond Hill School since 1985, most of the time as Chairman. Leslie is married and has three sons, all involved with IT in some form. Leslie also has six grandchildren aged 7 to 26 and has too many other interests to list! 

Terry Keens

Married, now retired from working in the Ministry of Justice. Governor of Richmond Hill for over twenty years.


Simon Groom

Simon has been a governor at Richmond Hill since 2014. Simon is a compliance manager in Banking in the city, 20 years in compliance and regulation. Simon also played Rugby for Stockwood Park and Vauxhall Motors. 

Denise Pointer

My name is Denise Pointer and I am a community governor working at Luton Sixth Form College. I am the Employability Skills Development Manager and as a part of that role I reach business studies and enterprise. I am also a staff governor at the college. I have two boys that are now grown up and I enjoy watching football, especially Luton Town. I have an interest in helping young people to progress to a positive destination.

Debbie Foolkes

Previous Teaching Experience:

1986-1993  Furzehill Middle School Borehamwood

•         Head of Year 8 1988-1992

•         Head of Year 6 1992-1993


1994-2004 Royal National Institute for the Blind

•         Qualified Teacher of the Visually Impaired

•         Senior Teacher – Sunshine House School Northwood


2004-2013 Richmond Hill School Luton

•         Deputy Head Teacher

2013 - Present Woodlands School

  • Head Teacher 


I love spending time with my family including my grandson Jacob, gardening, walking, being outdoors and travelling. I try to go back to Yorkshire to see my parents whenever possible and love the open space of the moors and dales. I also love cooking, baking and I have recently discovered jam making!

Parent Governors

Simone Mensah-Mahmud

My previous profession was that of a Senior Social worker working with children with disabilities and their families for many years. I then had my child who was diagnosed with ASD at 3 years old. I am a passionate advocate for my son and would be committed to providing support to the school in all areas required. 

Andrew Paul

I am a father of two boys with additional needs, I have been their full time carer for the last 9 years. I currently have a child at both sites and have therefore seen the development and expansion of the school. I also have experience of sending my eldest to mainstream school and the challenges that can present. I appreciate how vital a school like Richmond Hill is to my children and others like them, not to mention the parents. 

Kalvinder Flynn

I have a firm belief that every child has an equal right to reach their maximum potential in education. 

My personal qualities: a good listener and communicator, committed, proactive and have a ‘can do attitude’. I have over 25 years experience of working/ caring for people with disabilities, e.g. working in the health and social sector and being a parent of a child with disabilities. This has given me invaluable perspectives from many viewpoints, e.g. empathy/ understanding of the challenges/ difficulties that we face as parents. Scope/ limitations of service providers and the benefits of working in partnership to maximise positive outcomes for service users. 

Staff Elected Governors


Tricia Cody

I am the Acting Head Teacher at Richmond Hill School for 2018-19. Previously I have been the Deputy Head here for 5 years and have been a part of the team supporting the development of the school as a whole and of the new East site.

During my career in teaching I have worked mainly in Special education, working with children with autism for 20 years before joining Richmond Hill, as a class teacher, senior teacher, Deputy and Acting Head as well as being an Advisory teacher in Luton schools, supporting the needs of children with autism to access mainstream education.

Undertaking the role of Acting Head at Richmond Hill is a privilege and I seek to support the development of all the children within the school and to meet their individual needs with the resources available and to continue to provide them with an engaging curriculum which will enable them to develop the skills necessary for life beyond Richmond Hill.

Dawn Baxter

I have been the family working/ safe guarding officer at RHS for 2 years now.

I worked for the SEN team for 7 years and at Lady Zia Wernher School for 11 years, so have an in-depth knowledge of special needs.

I work across both sites at RHS and worked closely with Claire, and now Michelle, who I helped with her induction.

I am in a unique position as I not only support the children and their parents, but also the teachers and the teaching assistants. My job as a family worker/ safe guarding officer allows me to meet with other professionals across the board, including health and social care.

I have a daughter of 23 years with a rare syndrome and learning difficulties. She attended both Lady Zia Wernher and Woodlands and now attends a day care centre for adults with additional needs. 

I see myself as a friendly, caring, honest and hard working person who is totally committed to her job. I feel I can bring some new, exciting ideas and feedback to the Governing body. 

Sarah - Teacher Governor

I am a teacher at Richmond Hill School and have taught here since 2012.  I have taught at both East and West sites and have taught years 3,4,5 and 6.  In September 2017 I became year leader for year 3. I thoroughly enjoy all the challenges that school presents and really can not imagine working anywhere else! I became as Governor in Spring 2015 as I wanted to be part of the bigger school picture I really enjoy this added role and I am actively involved in the curriculum sub-committee.

Further Governor Information

For more information regarding our governors including type of governor, membership of committees, connections to staff, term of office end date, other governor posts held and business declared interests. Please view our 'Summary For Publication On School Website 18-19' below.

Governor Documents