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Mr Ben Harrison MBE is a civil servant who has worked in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Ben was awarded the MBE in 2013 for services to charity law. Ben has been a co-opted governor since 2011 and is currently chair of the Learning Committee. He lives in Otford and one of his daughters attends Otford Primary school.

Pippa Taylor is a full time mother to two children aged 3 and 5, the eldest is currently at OPS. Before starting a family, Pippa spent 10 years working as an Advertising Sales Manager for The Independent and i Newspapers in London. She worked across all sectors but specialised in Education and Recruitment. 

Pippa was elected as a Parent Governor in 2017. She currently sits on the Learning Committee.


Christopher Woolard is a member of the Board at the Financial Conduct Authority. He has held senior roles at Ofcom, the BBC and in the civil service. He holds degrees from Kings College London (BA and AKC) and London Business School (MSc). He has three children, the youngest of whom is a pupil at the school.


Ms Tula Fitzpatrick is Partner in Bryan O’Connor & Co Solicitors who have offices in London and Otdord. Tula specialises in Family Law.  Tula has been on the Governing Body since 2008, she currently sits on the Finance and Strategy committees.   Tula has no children at the school, her son having left Otford PS in 2010.


Mr Paul Cluley is a partner at Allen & Overy, an international law firm with headquarters in London.  He has been a partner there since 2003.  Mr Cluley has lived in Sevenoaks since 2008 and has been a co-opted Governor at Otford Primary School since September 2015.  He has three children aged between 16 and 12.


Mr Carl Roberts is the Headteacher of The Malling School, a secondary school just outside Maidstone in Kent. He has been the headteacher there since 2008, before which he was a deputy headteacher at a large secondary school in Croydon. Mr Roberts has been a governor of two primary schools and has been a co-opted governor at Otford since 2010. He is currently Chair of the Finance and Resources committee. Mr Roberts currently has two daughters at Otford Primary School.


Jerry Hansford is a retired Finance Director and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He worked for over 28 years in London working within the Financial Services sector. He was appointed a governor of the school in December 2016 and is a member of the Finance and Resources committee.


Rev. Richard Worssam is the Vicar of Otford. He has served at St. Bartholomew’s Church since 2008. Richard was ordained in 1993 and has been in Rochester Diocese for 24 years. Prior to ordination, Richard worked overseas in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and Kentucky. Richard holds degrees from Durham and Cambridge Universities and Masters degrees from Heythrop College and Kings College London. Richard is a Co-Opted Governor. He takes assemblies on a fortnightly basis and sits on the Learning Committee. He also has special responsibility for safeguarding and looked-after children.

Mrs Helen Roberts is the Headteacher of Otford Primary School and has been in post since June 2016. Prior to this, Mrs Roberts was been in leadership positions in a variety of schools in both London and Tunbridge Wells, these roles included being Acting Headteacher on two occasions,  a Head of School and a Deputy Headteacher in two large primary schools.  She is  also a parent with two children of primary school age. Mrs Roberts has  worked in many schools over the past 22 years, her first role was as a Year 3 teacher in her home county of Yorkshire.