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Having lived in Fulham and Putney for 40 years I have taken an interest in local schools and been a Governor of a Fulham Secondary School for Girls and subsequently a Governor of Hotham Primary. Whilst working in Latin America I became Governor and Hon Treasurer of our daughter’s School in Mexico during a very difficult time of high inflation. I am bilingual in Spanish and English. I have been a senior executive in a large company, been board chair of a Government entity and more recently Hon. Treasurer of a modest charity which promotes the initial careers of UK trained textile designers. 


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. 


I welcome the opportunity of playing a part in the continued success and future development of Hotham as a parent governor. In joining the governing body my aim is to ensure that the strategic goals of the school are in the best interests of all children and that the school’s leadership is appropriately supported through its policies, procedures and practices, to ensure that each and every pupil can reach their potential. As a qualified lawyer I will bring a wide and varied skill set to the team including legal and management experience and the ability to confidently challenge. I understand what a strong governance structure looks like, and am experienced in working alongside senior management to raise standards.


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.

Hi, I’m Joannah and I joined the School’s Governing Body in January 2018.  After obtaining a degree in Economics and Finance, I am pursuing a career in finance and have built an extensive background in delivering audits to local authorities and central government.

Having lived in Wandsworth my entire life, I am keen to share my skills and knowledge with the local community.  I am, therefore, delighted to be able to support Hotham Primary School.










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 am also 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.



My name is Sue Robinson and I was elected Staff Governor in November 2016.  I chose to be on the Safeguarding and Inclusion Committee, an area of particular interest to me.  I am a Teaching Assistant in Year 2 and have worked at Hotham Primary School for six years.  Prior to that, I worked at All Saints School, Putney for nine years in Key Stage 1 and Early Years.  I have lived in Putney for over twenty years and am married with two children who are both currently studying at University.  Since being at Hotham, I have tried to involve myself in the wider life of the school and have volunteered to help with many out of school activities including the Wandsworth Swimming Gala, Putney schools Cross Country and a national dance competition.  I am passionate about my job and Hotham School and am delighted to have been elected Staff Governor.



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.  



My name is Victoria Speight and I’m currently one of the Assistant Heads, as well as Inclusion leader here at Hotham School. Having taught here since 2005, Hotham has been a big part of my life for more than a decade. Being part of the Governing Body for a number of years has enabled me to strengthen ties with parents, as well as members of the local community and to see the school from a non-teaching point of view; a valuable experience. I’m particularly interested in issues which impact children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and am immensely proud to belong to a School Governing Body which values Inclusion and Diversity as highly as we do. 



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.