Meet the Governors

With effect from 1 September 2020, Link Primary School and Link Secondary School operate a joint Local Governing Body.

Julia James, Chair

Julia is Principal of Bedelsford School, which is also part of the OHCAT family.

Sandy Turner, Principal

I have taught in special schools since 1988 having experience in both the maintained and non- maintained sector. I have been a school leader since 2004 and am committed to training and developing staff to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs in order to maximise their potential. I have a particular interest in strategies that enable families to successfully understand and manage autism and other communication barriers as well as strategies to promote positive mental health. I am a keen practitioner researcher and seek to use and discover the most effective approaches for children that will make a long term difference to their life opportunities. I have worked in a voluntary capacity for various different organisations over the years, most recently for the Livability / Prospects charity where I support young people and adults with learning disabilities and communication needs to integrate successfully into their local communities.

Jane Gibbs, Vice-Chair

I am the Chief Operation Officer for Mercer UK.  I’ve spent all of my career, over the last 30 years plus, consulting and working  in the financial services industry with corporate clients.  I live locally and wanted to get involved with a local school now that my own children have grown up.  I have a daughter of 25 and a step daughter who benefited from special education as she has a learning disability.  I am delighted to have been appointed as a governor at The Link since March 2018 and to take on the new portfolio lead focusing on School Life. In my spare time I enjoy running and singing in a rock choir.

Lesley Nicolas

After a career in research, I trained as a teacher and spent 25 fulfilling and happy years as a teacher of Chemistry and Head of Department in a Croydon school. Since retiring four years ago I have continued my interest in education by becoming a volunteer at Holly Lodge Educational Centre in Richmond Park. This is a unique small charity in the heart of Richmond Park, offering educational programmes that explore science, nature and history, specialising in activities for young people with special needs. I enjoy leading activities in the Victorian classroom and exploring the nature trail and park with the young children. Every group is different and presents me with new challenges.

As a governor I would be continuing my commitment to helping young people with special needs and utilising my experience of school management to enable the school to progress and develop, as it faces new challenges.

David Murphy (Parent Governor, Primary)

Information to follow.

Anita Clay (Staff Governor, Primary)

Information to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

We cannot thank you enough for all the time and effort you have put into our son. You are amazing and we appreciate everything you have done for us as a family.

 

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