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My name is Sarah Bellis, I was co-opted onto the Governing Body in January 2018.  I have lived in Putney for nearly ten years and have a daughter who attends a local primary school in East Putney.

 I work as the Head of Analytics for the trading activities of an oil supermajor in Canary Wharf where I also run the analytics graduate programme. I grew up in rural North Wales surrounded by a large extended family.  I have always loved learning and with a daughter moving through the school system, I see the importance of a good quality education and giving children confidence in all subjects.  I am very excited about joining the Governing Body and look forward to getting to know the school much better. 


Hi I’m Rhidian Boobier, I joined Hotham Primary School as a Co-opted Governor in March 2021. I have been living on the other side of the Thames in Fulham for the past 4 years. I have always had an interest in education, my mother is a Primary School Teacher and my father held various governance positions including Chair at both my Primary and Secondary schools whilst I have previously spent time teaching English abroad.

In my day job I work for Heathrow Airport whilst at University I studied French and Italian. Hotham’s French provision for its children is one of the factors that attracted me to the school. I was fortunate enough to have great experiences, both educational and extra-curricular growing up in Cardiff and I want to ensure that the children of today have access to the same opportunities. I hope that my professional experiences can be put to good use as a governor. I am delighted to join the Governing body and I look forward to making a positive contribution.


I am the single parent of a perfect autistic girl. I am of Italian origin, but have now lived outside of Italy for half of my life. As a governor I will bring to Hotham: (1) more than twenty years experience in the financial sector serving among the others charities, endowments and foundations; (2) a passion for environmental, social and governance issues; and (3) an interest in improving the education for children with special needs.


My name is Tamsin Hellier-Hough and I was a Hotham parent from 2010-2017. 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.
My name is Giles Jiggens and I have 2 children at Hotham, beginning our association with the school in 2018. I have lived in London all my life, in Putney for 10 years and we chose to send our children to the inclusive community school that Hotham is. As a family we enjoy bike rides on Wimbledon Common or in Richmond Park and like many parents of primary school children, we spend plenty of time juggling extra-curricular children’s clubs, sports lessons and activities. My mother was a teacher in London schools throughout her entire career and was also a school Governor allowing me a good insight into the responsibilities of these roles. Claire continues to help the PTA where she can and becoming a Parent Governor is my way of supporting the school wherever I can moving forwards. Most of my working life has been spent in the public sector gaining skills and experience that I hope can allow me to help Hotham in line with the school values and vision.

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 have also been 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 governor and I joined the Safeguarding and Inclusion committee.  I now sit on the Curriculum and Standards committee.  I live in London and my children attend local 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.



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.  



I was pleased to be voted in as the staff representative for the Hotham Governing Body. I share the school's vision for the pupils and have always believed in educating the whole child. I am passionate about the school and am in my third year as a TLA here. I have been with my current class from reception to year 2. 

I also bring experience and knowledge from different child care settings.  Prior to this I ran my own Ofsted registered child minding business, worked in Southmead School for eight years and more recently at Putney wraparound and holiday club.

I am currently in my second year of studies for a foundation degree in Education and Learning. On completion of my third year I hope to have the opportunity to further train at Hotham where I enjoy really good relationships with both the children and adults.



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 Planning and Resources 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.



I joined the Hotham Governing Body as a parent governor in January 2018, having been involved with the school’s PTA as secretary for two years and class representative for 4 years. I became a full time mum when my two children came along, having previously worked for local government in Town Planning and as a project co-ordinator for the Energy Saving Trust. I have thoroughly enjoyed joining the children on their primary school journey, and have felt pride in getting to know the school and watching it thrive over the past few years. I am eager to contribute my time and energy by delving deeper into the school’s running as a governor, and join my fellow governors and the school leadership team in ensuring the continued success of Hotham for all.