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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.

Joseph Kershaw was born, raised and worked for many years in Kent, he is now a Director of a multi-million design consultancy which provides engineering solutions across all sectors to the UK and Europe.
 
Joseph is a member of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers, the Society of Public Health Engineers, a member of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers, is registered with the engineering council, a Liveryman, a Freeman of the City of London and an active supporter of multiple charities.
Simon Antoniou is an Executive-level Commercial Leader with more than 15 years’ experience managing multimillion-dollar revenue cycles for a diverse range of businesses. Simon leverages a broad understanding of multi-sector market dynamics and stakeholder needs to meet and exceed commercial and behavioural objectives. With experience working for agile start-ups including rapid growth technology company Croud, he combines corporate experience with ‘real-world’ business building success to offer a broad business acumen and unique understanding of organisational drivers. 

Initiating his executive career in Australia with market leader P&G prior to his most recent career within the Business Consulting sector, Simon combines best practice commercial leadership and performance management experience with an entrepreneurial fire and passion for relationship development.  Simon's hope is to bring this balance of commercial savvy and creative capacity to help define strategies and solutions that support academic and financial governance outcomes at 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 in 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.

 

Kathryn Nichol is a civil servant who has worked in the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and currently at the Department for Education. Kathryn has lived in Otford for several years and is involved with the local community as well as the school; delivering a craft club at Otford library and managing the school lottery - Top Draw.  Kathryn has a daughter at Otford Primary School and was voted parent governor in 2019.

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 24 years, her first role was as a Year 3 teacher in her home county of Yorkshire.
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