Meet Our Governors


Lee Finney - Chair of Governors
Co-opted Governor since September 2017 (Previously Co-opted Governor since March 2016)
Committee Membership: Health and Safety, Safeguarding (Chair)
Other responsibilities:  Academy Working Party

I was first elected as parent governor back in 2008 and am currently a co-opted governor.  During this time I have seen many changes take place from the demolishing of the old Middlefield building to the design and build of the new KS2 unit to most recently getting a good judgement from Ofsted to name just a few!

It’s an awesome privilege to serve such a great school in this way and firmly believe that all the members of the governing body contribute with the right skills to support the strategic direction of the school through setting appropriate aims and objectives.   Thus, policies and procedures are relevant and up-to-date and the school is visited regularly to effectively monitor school outcomes.  Most importantly, in ALL the decisions we make, ALL the children are at the heart of what we do.


Richmond’s Critical Friend,







Bron Witherford - Vice Chair of Governors

LA Governor since November 2012

Committee Membership: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Health &Safety and Safeguarding, Pay

Other Responsibilities: School Council, Playgroup


 I was previously employed as a Company Secretary for a multi national Company, dealing with legal and financial aspects together with ultimate responsibility for health, safety and welfare of a large workforce. Prior to retirement I changed direction and spent the last twelve years as an Employment Law Consultant. Now, retired, I am an elected member of Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council.


Sue Lamprell


Co-opted Governor since January 2012, Chair of Governors March 2013 – August 2017

Committee Membership:            Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Curriculum,                                                                                                     Strategy and Policy

Other Responsibilities:                 Maths, PE, EYFS, Pay Appeals Committee, Admissions



I am proud to be part of the Senior Leadership of a school which offers so much to the pupils and local community. I became a governor because I have an interest in education due to my background as a former teacher, headteacher and Ofsted Inspector.  I feel that my skills and experience can be used by the school to support the learning experience and progress of the children. I work part time so I keep pretty busy but try to get into school regularly. In my free time I like to read as well as keep fit at the Gym.


Claire Christon

Co-opted Governor since March 2015 (previously Parent Governor from March 2013)

Committee Membership: Finance & Personnel, Pay

Other Responsibilities: Year 2 Governor, Languages, History, Geography, Head Teacher Performance Reviews

 I decided to stand for Governor after my daughter transferred to the school and consequently blossomed in this environment. I wanted to contribute not only as a “thank you”, but to support the Head and staff in continuing to provide such a supportive environment for children to thrive. My professional background as a lawyer provides me with certain skills and knowledge which, I hope, are helpful at times to the Governing Body and Head in their ambition to drive the school to excellence.


Claire Moore

Co-opted Governor since March 2015 (previously Community Governor from October 2014)

Committee Membership: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities

Other Responsibilities: None


"I joined the Governing Body to continue the positive collaboration between Richmond and Dorothy Goodman School where I work as Deputy Head. I feel I am able to support the staff and SLT both through my current role and because previously I worked as an assistant head, SENCO and class teacher at a mainstream junior school in Wiltshire. "


Peter Doherty

Parent Governor since February 2014

Committee Membership: Health & Safety and Safeguarding

Other Responsibilities: Year 3, English, Religious Education

I decided to become a Governor as I was impressed with the school and thought it was an organisation that was worthy of support from parents.

I have been in public service in a variety of roles my whole adult life but now run my own business, I have a broad skills base covering things as diverse as accountancy and pre-hospital trauma care.






Rebecca Lawrence

Staff Governor since March 2013

Committee Membership: Heath & Safety and Safeguarding, Curriculum

Other Responsibilities: Governor skills and training


 I teach in Year 6 and I am also the Maths Leader for the school. I became a governor because I wanted to support the school in driving standards forwards and have a passion for teaching and learning.

I have been a teacher at Richmond for 4 years working in Year 4 and 6. I have recently completed the Maths Specialist Teacher Programme at Nottingham Trent University. Before this I studied the PGCE at Warwick University and worked as a Marketing Manager for a small visitor attraction in West Yorkshire.

My interests are Netball and Hockey and I enjoying playing sport with the rest of the Richmond Staff on Friday nights. I have a supportive husband and we enjoy spending our spare time walking our Chocolate Labrador, Cadbury.



Val Rowe

Co-opted Governor since October 2014 (previously Staff Governor)

Committee Membership: Finance & Personnel, Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Curriculum

Other Responsibilities: Academy Working Party


I am a very experienced governor and became one, because I wanted to know what the governing body did. My interests include theatre, music, travel and food- both cooking and eating it, also health and fitness.


Rebecca Payne
Parent Governor since October 2015
Committee Membership: Finance
Other responsibilities:  Year 6 Governor and Music Governor
I wanted to become a governor as the school holds many happy memories for me when I was young and was always my favourite school. I felt and still do today feel that there is something very special about Richmond Primary School which sets it apart from the rest.
When my young son started at Richmond, I felt that I wanted to take a more active role in the school and be a part of its continued growth and success.
I also volunteer at the school and help out in the Nurture classroom with Mrs Manning, working with children in year 1.  As well as this, I am part of the Richmond PTFA committee which helps to raise funds for the school by organising events throughout the calendar year. This is great fun and I get to meet lot's of other mum's.
During my spare time I like to go to the theatre and travel with my family. Our favourite place at the moment is London. Oh and I am also now into football, thanks to my son. I think I understand the off side rule!!!!
Gavin King
Parent Governor since February 2017
Committee Membership: Finance, Pay and Personnel, Health and Safety
Other Responsibilities: Computing

I was elected as a parent governor in February 2017. I have always worked in IT for various organisations, including schools, since 2004. I currently run my own business and hope to use some of the skills acquired through that to help support the work of the school. My children have recently started at Richmond and have settled in brilliantly. It is clear to me that Richmond is so much more than just a 'good' school and I will play whatever part I can in helping to ensure that it continues and improves even further.



Samantha Walton

Parent Governor since September 2016

Committee Membership: Special Educational Needs & Disabilities, Health &Safety and Safeguarding.

Other Responsibilities: Year 2, ADT and Dragon Club.


My son attended Richmond, beginning with nursery, KS1 and on through to a DG unit here. He was always encouraged and supported on his educational journey, and had many happy times. I felt becoming a Governor would allow me to support the staff and pupils with all their hard work and go some way to thank them for all the love, care and support they give to our children. I also want to be able to support other families on their journey.

My interests are many and varied, mainly being creative and active.

My previous experience includes 12 years in the customer service industry, 3 years in banking, plus various volunteer roles; Parent Partnership Services (now SENDIAS), Fun In Action For Children (befriending charity), Friends Of Menphys Sketchley Hill Nursery (fund raising). Recently I completed a BA in Childhood, Education and Society, and hope this will be beneficial to my Governor role; inclusion, equality, SEND and Safeguarding are my primary interests. I also have completed many and varied courses relating to fostering and done courses with CAMHS and Centre for Fun & Families.

As a parent, I have always been encouraged by the collaboration between Richmond and Dorothy Goodman, and feel inclusion is an important aspect of school life for all children. I believe in supporting our children’s holistic development, as well as educational achievements, thus ensuring we are nurturing the next generation of successful individuals.

I hope I can use my knowledge and experience, and can support Richmond as the school grows and expands in these exciting times of change.