The Governing Board

The overarching responsibility for Governance of the academy lies with the Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) Board of Trustees.

Follow these links for: the Governance Framework of the Trust,  the Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and each academy Supplemental Funding Agreement.

Details on the members of the governing board are below.

Richmond Park Academy also has a Parent & Community Advisory Board (PCAB)

The PCAB has three clear objectives:

  • Community – a school does not exist independently of its community of local residents. The PCAB will act as a link between the two, ensuring that children benefit from local opportunities for learning, development and employment.

  • Concerns – No school gets everything right, all the time, and a good school thrives on clear channels of feedback. The PCAB is an independent point of contact for stakeholders to express their concerns and will help people find the appropriate processes and channels to communicate their concerns or complaints. Where trends emerge, the PCAB will help the Principal and the Governing Board to find solutions. PCAB members may also support panel hearings where appropriate.

  • Celebration - championing the strengths and achievements of the academy, recognising that success breeds success and that it is in everyone’s interests to promote the reputation of the academy and its pupils.

The PCAB meeting once every half term and reports to the Governing Board on a termly basis.

PCAB Members - December 2017 - December 2019
Mona Adams, ex Parent at RPA predecessor, Shene School.  Mona has been an East Sheen resident since l967. Her background is in media writing, research and production - newspaper, film, stage and BBC education, news, current affairs and documentaries. As well as also being a governor of Sheen Mount Primary School, Mona sits as a Trustee on the boards of the OSO Barnes Art Centre and the children's charity Sponsorstars.  
Sasha Badrock, RPA Parent.  Sasha is Coach Accreditation Co-ordinator at the LTA and has strong experience in communications and events.  She also has significant PR expertise having spent 15 years managing campaigns for brands including Levi’s, Umbro, Body Shop, Audi, Smirnoff and Forte Hotels.
Michele Colt, PCAB AET representative, RPA Communications Manager, RPA and East Sheen Primary parent. Michele’s experience spans the communications mix having been a Publisher, Conference and Exhibition Director and Marketing Manager. She has also run her own business offering strategic support to small businesses and developing and producing her own events.
Alistair Fernie, Chair of PCAB, Parent at Barnes Primary and ex-Governor. Alistair brings extensive experience of financial management in the public sector; from 18 years in the civil service, 12 of them as a Senior Civil Servant (latterly Director of Finance at Department For International Development). He now works at consulting firm, McKinsey.
Valerie Ha, RPA parent to two children. Valerie works as a Chief Financial Officer/Finance Director – primarily in Media and Technology businesses. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Acc) from the University of Birmingham, an MBA from Warwick University and is a Chartered Accountant. 
Sabina Mangosi, RPA parent to three children. Sabina runs a consulting partnership working with (mainly technology) companies operating across a wide spectrum of businesses, developing and implementing go-to-market plans and growth strategies. She was Chair of the Kew Riverside Primary School Governing Board for 3 years and is also a qualified rugby referee.
Matthew Pass, RPA and Barnes Primary parent. Matthew has worked in the Financial Services sector as an investment banker for the past 25 years.  Specifically, until last year, he ran a small team that advised European banks, building societies and insurance companies with regard to their Debt Capital Markets strategies. He has an analytical mind and a science background and has thoroughly enjoyed supporting pupils at the Saturday GCSE maths booster classes at RPA. 
Wayne Phillips, RPA and Holy Trinity Primary parent. Wayne is an independent Finance Consultant, with an accounting background, and 25 years’ experience in the European and Australasian private and public sectors.  His experience includes developing business cases to get funding for projects; setting up governance structures to manage risk and performance; membership of governance boards providing independent challenge and oversight; identifying KPIs and building management reporting to drive continuous improvement.
Robin Ryde, Vice-Chair of PCAB, RPA and Sheen Mount Parent. Robin is a qualified accountant, has been an HR Director for the National Audit Office and Chief Executive of the “business school for government” – the UK National School of Government. He has also written and had published 4 books on organisational effectiveness and teaches on this theme as well as on leadership and organisational change.

Getting in contact

Whenever there is a query, concern or complaint there is a very clear procedure to follow in order to get the most relevant and timely response. You can see the policy in detail in the RPA Policies Library. The main process is outlined in bullet point 5.

Most concerns or queries can be answered and resolved in school as follows. In the first instance:

  1. Please speak to the subject teacher or form tutor involved.

  2. If that conversation does not answer the question or resolve the grievance please contact the Head of Year

  3. If the issue remains unresolved it will be referred to a member of the Senior Leadership Team and ultimately the Principal

  4. If the matter remains unresolved contact the Management Board.

  5. We love to receive positive feedback too! So, please let us know when you have a had a particularly good experience. 

The contacts page of the RPA website gives email addresses for all members of staff.