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Welcome to our Trustees section.

School Trustees


Mr B. Higgins
Chair of Trustees


Bernie Higgins joined Westbourne Primary School's governing body in July 2005 and became Chair of the governing body in 2008. He now runs his own consultancy business working with the emergency services, having previously been Deputy Assistant Commissioner in the London Fire Brigade, a job he retired from in 2012 after 33 years of service. Bernie has considerable experience of working in the public sector, particularly in terms of managing major and critical incidents as well as managing risk at both a strategic and operational level. He also has experience of both project and programme management.

Bernie also has a strong training and development background and has considerable experience of chairing meetings.

All four of Bernie’s children attended Westbourne (between 1996 and 2015), and all of them thrived in the school’s caring and nurturing environment. Bernie has seen major changes at Westbourne throughout his relationship with the school and is extremely proud of the school’s ability to continually grow and develop with the times.

Bernie is also immensely proud of the school’s success in developing all the children, which he feels is largely down to the whole team approach of all Westbourne staff and governors.


Mr I. Cobbold  
Trustee (Vice Chair)

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I was first appointed as a Governor of Westbourne Primary School in 2004 and I am currently the Vice Chair and Chair of the Business Committee.

My career was at the Bank of England and then at the Financial Services Authority, specialising in the supervision of banks. Since retirement I have been a financial services consultant, a non-executive director and Chairman of an e-money issuer.

In the charity sector, I have been Chairman and Treasurer of the Sutton Branch of the NSPCC and a Trustee of the Hackney Marsh Partnership and a member of the audit committee of Charity Bank. I will now become a Director of Westbourne Academy Trust and look forward to working with other schools to help them achieve the outstanding performance that Westbourne has attained in many areas.

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Mr E. Prothero

Trustee (Safeguarding)


Edward Prothero has lived in Sutton since 1985 and been a governor at Westbourne since 2001, firstly as a parent governor with two daughters at the school, and since 2008 as a community governor. He worked for the IT department of the Metropolitan Police for 30 years, specialising in computer network infrastructure. Edward has served on the Finance and Premises Committee and more recently on the Education Committee. He is also the trustee with special responsibility for governor training and safeguarding. As well as being a trustee, Edward is a volunteer teaching assistant at Westbourne, coming into school two afternoons a week to help Year 6 children with French conversation.


Mrs L. Smith (formerly Evans)



Louise Smith joined Westbourne Primary School's governing body in June 2016. Louise is a senior civil servant who has spent much of her civil service career working in education. She has particular experience working on academies policy and is therefore able to provide helpful insight and knowledge on academy governance and education policy more generally. Louise's current role in the civil service sees her coordinating and managing significant programmes of work so she is also able to provide useful project management, governance and strategic policy skills.


Living in nearby Carshalton, Louise is passionate about playing a role in ensuring children in the Borough receive high-quality education. Since joining the governing body, Louise has enjoyed understanding more about what makes Westbourne an excellent school and has been warmly welcomed into the school community by staff, pupils, parents and the rest of the governing body. She is committed to providing the on-going support and challenge needed as a trustee to ensure Westbourne continues to be an excellent, thriving and caring school.


Parent Trustees


Mr N. Povey
Parent Trustee (SEND)

Nigel Povey joined Westbourne Primary School's governing body in 2008 as a Parent Governor. He has since seen two sons through the outstanding education that Westbourne offers. He has focused on supporting the Business and Finance strategic direction of the school. Nigel has a long career in the Civil Service working in a variety of roles and Departments. In his current role as a Business Manager, he deals with day-to-day HR, Finance and Management Information issues. He is committed to ensuring that every pupil has the opportunity to achieve their potential. He is the trustee responsible for SEND.


Mrs M. Khan
Parent Trustee


Mr X. Wang
Parent Trustee




Miss K. Ritchie

Kay Ritchie began her teaching career as a Physical Education and Science teacher in a large comprehensive school in Croydon. She progressed to Head of Department before changing to teach in the Primary sector. After joining Westbourne, Kay covered a variety of roles - from class teacher to Deputy Headteacher - eventually taking the position of Headteacher in 2013. She has worked very closely with a National Leader of Education in supporting schools in Merton and Kent to drive school improvement. She has also supported local schools in raising children’s achievement. Kay is committed to striving for excellence and to ensuring that the education opportunities develop the whole child, celebrating success of each individual.


Staff Trustees


Mrs J. Bolton
Staff Trustee


 Jo Bolton has been part of the Westbourne Leadership Team for over 20 years. Her current role encompasses a variety of titles from Leading Practitioner to Maths Leader, but also involves being Gifted and Talented Leader, School Council Leader and a Performance Manager. Jo has extensive experience in the classroom from Year One through to Year Six. She was awarded her Advanced Skills Teacher status in 2005 and, as a result, has supported colleagues in Sutton, Merton, Surrey, Kent, Bath and London. This role has now been superseded by the Specialist Leader of Education role which Jo was awarded in July 2016. She is currently a Year 6 teacher, and her main role is to maintain Westbourne’s exceptional KS2 standards.


Miss J. Craig

Staff Trustee


Julie Craig has been Literacy Leader and a member of SMT at Westbourne since 2008, having previously taught in Hounslow and Ealing. She has extensive teaching experience from Year 2 to Year 6 and has managed and led several subjects including P.E and Mathematics. In her current role, Julie has introduced new initiatives and implemented curriculum change throughout Westbourne and is currently responsible for raising teaching standards and the level of challenge across lower Key Stage 2. She has further roles in Sutton as a Specialist Leader of Education for English and as a Key Stage 2 Writing Moderator.

Trustees' Roles and Responsibilities - March 2018


Trustees' Register of Business Interests - March 2018