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Governor Biographies

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 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.


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.


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.