Welcome to our Trustees section.
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
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.
Mr E. Prothero
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 safeguarding. As well as being a trustee, Edward has supported Year 6 children with French conversation and currently runs a French club in the Autumn and Summer Terms.
Mrs L. Smith
Trustee (Vice Chair and Deputy Safeguarding Lead)
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.
Mrs M. Hanford
Mandy Hanford has lived in the Sutton area since 1992. She became a member of the governing body in 2018. After a career at the Bank of England followed by the Financial Services Authority, Mandy now works part-time for one of the largest U.S. investment banks.
Since working part-time, Mandy has been able to spend more time working and socialising in the local community. She is particularly interested in education and is committed to helping Westbourne maintain its high standards.
Mrs J. Way
I have been working in primary education for over forty years and took retirement at the end of August 2020. I would like to continue to be involved with a school and feel I can contribute knowledge, enthusiasm and commitment as a trustee. I have been a governor at my previous school for 20 years and have developed a strong understanding of the governance role. In addition to my role as Deputy Head, I have also worked as an Acting Headteacher for a year. During this time (December 2014), Ofsted inspected the school and judged it to be outstanding in all categories. My attention to detail, leadership skills and positive people skills contributed significantly to this outcome. I was the assessment coordinator at my school and have a wide knowledge and understanding of data analysis and assessment processes. I have used my assessment knowledge to successfully identify development areas and drive school improvement. In addition, I have wide experience of monitoring teaching and learning and appraisal of teaching and support staff. I have worked in partnership with St Mary's University to train student teachers and have supported many NQTs in their first year of teaching. Hence, my knowledge of what makes a good teacher is very clear. As the Designated Safeguarding Lead at my previous school, I have wide experience of supporting vulnerable children and creating a safeguarding culture in school. I was also responsible for ensuring children entitled to the Pupil Premium receive the support needed to ensure they make appropriate progress and have enriched cultural experiences. I have also had experience as a SENCo which enabled me to learn more about specific needs as well as SEND processes. I feel that with these skills, I am very well-placed to support a school as a trustee.
Mr L. Peri
Lorenzo lives in nearby Hackbridge and joined as a trustee in October 2020. Lorenzo has had a diverse career across the public sector, including working on change management programmes and financial management in the NHS and senior positions across government including at the Cabinet Office and most recently at Her Majesty’s Treasury, where he leads across government on public sector pensions policy. He is committed to supporting the educational needs of local children, regardless of their background, and wants to use the skills he has developed in his working life in support of that aim.
Mrs R. Patel
Rita joined Westbourne Primary School’s Trust Board in October 2020. Previously, Rita worked with the UK Banking regulator and international investment banks. Her professional and leadership experiences range across various operational and regulatory supervision roles. Subsequently, Rita took a career break to raise her two children. During this time she became acutely aware of the value that education can bring to children’s lives and has since been passionate about broadening access and increasing the opportunities for young children. In parallel, Rita has been providing advisory services to small-medium sized enterprises in the financial services sector. Rita is delighted to be appointed as Trustee and will work closely with her fellow Trustees to affect positive change and look to broaden opportunities for the students at the school. She wholeheartedly believes that children at an early age should receive a holistic educational experience which comprises of academic and personal development which she looks forward to further developing at Westbourne Primary.
Mr J. Cook
Jonathan Cook joined Westbourne Primary School’s Trust Board in October 2020 and lives in nearby New Malden. As a Chartered Geologist, Jon has spent most of his career working in the natural resources industry and currently works in the corporate development team of a FTSE 250 company. Over a number of years, Jon has acted as a mentor for young science and engineering graduates in several companies and at present mentors PhD students at the Natural Environment Research Council Centre for Doctoral Training. Passionate about promoting STEM education at primary and secondary level, he is particularly keen to address the gender disparity in academia and industry. He is extremely excited to join the board and support Westbourne in continuing to be an excellent and flourishing school.
Mrs M. Khan
Mehnaz Khan came to London in 2003 and moved to Sutton in 2004, where she is currently living. Before coming to London, she worked in India, Kuwait and Dubai. She believes strongly in local community and its development. She has taken up several voluntary positions in Early Years, for example helping at Robinhood Infants School's Parent Association with their games library in 2008 and 2009. She has been at Westbourne Primary School since 2011and became a parent Trustee in December 2017. As a Trustee, she is keen to support the school in striving for excellence.
Mrs Khan has three children; two of them are still at Westbourne and they love it! She has been helping with Westbourne Parent Association since 2013 before becoming treasurer for them in 2016. She believes that there is a great deal to learn and gain from the school's outstanding position and believes that maintaining these high standards is a task at which Schools Leadership and staff are doing a great job. Mrs Khan is the Trustee responsible for EYFS .
Mr X. Wang
Xing Wang has lived in London since 2010 and moved to Sutton in 2017. His daughter is currently studying at Westbourne. He studied and worked in Germany for about 8 years before coming to Britain. He was engaged in computer hardware sales and chemical products trade during that period. Earlier, his career was at the city council in charge of international garments trade in China. At present, he is investing to develop online business in the field of tourism.
Mr Wang hopes to make a positive contribution to the educational exchange between Westbourne and Chinese Primary Schools and sincerely looks forward to maintaining Westbourne outstanding standards in all aspects.
Daniel Miracapillo is the Headteacher at Westbourne Primary School. He served as Acting Headteacher for a year, and as Deputy Head for four years, in charge of curriculum, pupil progress and assessment. He has been teaching across the primary sector for over 14 years, with many leadership positions including Phase Leader and Mathematics Leader (Mathematics Specialist Teacher and NCETM PD Lead).
Mrs J. Bolton
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
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 - August 2020