Riverside School

Riverside School

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Meet the Governors

Dave Worley


I took the chair of the governing body in October 2022; a role I'm delighted to have taken on to support the school's ever-growing success.

I'm originally from the Midlands but I've lived in Haringey since 2012. I have two younger brothers on the autistic spectrum so have some understanding of young people with special educational needs, and I've also had experience of mental health provision in the local area.

I've been a civil servant for over a decade, specialising in digital and technology. As time has progressed I've migrated from technical to strategic roles, and it's this combination of experience that I bring to the governing body.

Dave Worley


Chair of Governors

Kirstie Watkins


I became a governor in January 2015. I have lived in Haringey for the past 37 years and have worked with children and young people with special needs and their families. With a background in school improvement and special education, I am committed to ensuring that all young people have the best possible educational experience. My children both attended schools in the area and I wanted to put my skills to use in supporting a local special school. I am Chair of the Governing Board. 

 

I have undertaken training in safeguarding and child protection. I take part in staff appointment panels, and I attend school events regularly. I feel that it is very important that, as governors, we listen to students, parents and staff so we can ensure that the school continues to improve.

Kirsty Watkins
Vice-Chair of Governors

Martin Doyle


Throughout much of my teaching career of 40 years (35 years in special education), I have taken on a governor role in the schools in which I have worked. As Riverside's headteacher, I remain committed to playing a full part as a governor effectively engaging in monitoring and evaluating the school's performance.


The Governing Board is a very effective group of stakeholders who play an active role in the life of the school. They have the best interests of all our students at heart and ensure that their well-being is promoted and that they make good progress in their time at Riverside. I feel very proud to be part of this dynamic group of supportive and engaged people who give generously of their time to help us in our drive to continuously enhance the quality of our wide range of teaching and learning programmes.

Martin Doyle


Headteacher Governor

 Irene Mansfield


I lived in Haringey for over 40 years, and my children (now grown-up and parents themselves) went to school there, so I have great pride in our borough’s education.  I am a fairly new governor at Riverside, but I have been a governor before, in a local primary school, although the challenges and decisions were different from those at Riverside. My background is a varied one, with experience after university in the legal work of Human Rights NGOs, a break looking after my family and then a complete change of direction, working with my husband in our business. I was also Chair of the Classes at a Haringey synagogue, and I am involved in interfaith activities in Haringey. Those paths each gave me an opportunity to acquire the different skills needed in the organisation of a voluntary body, overseeing family life and running a commercial enterprise.  I was a magistrate for many years, in later years specialising in the Family Courts, enabling me to gain knowledge of problems and challenges faced by children and parents in difficult circumstances.  As a governor, I use those skills to contribute to the work of the Governing Body and thus to support our wonderful school and its staff.

Irene Mansfield


Local Authority Governor

 Despina Moutafis


I was delighted to be invited to join the Governing board. I have been a teacher at Riverside for 3 years. Prior to that, I managed Team Spirit, the after-school and holiday club provision for Riverside School. I have learnt so much throughout the years. I have had wonderful opportunities as a lead, or by being part of many projects within Haringey that support our young people in a variety of settings. This has given me great insight to what matters to our students and their families.   I find myself in a very privileged position to be part of this body to help support the great work we do here at Riverside.  We have the unique opportunity to see our students grow to the best of their abilities in all aspects of their school lives. I am enjoying being an integral part of this school and seeing it grow to its full potential.

Despina Moutafis


Co-opted Governor

Lucy Woods


I’m really pleased to be taking on a role on the Governing Board at Riverside. Having moved to Haringey quite recently, I’m really looking forward to getting involved with a local school and working with my fellow governors to support the school’s vision going forward. My background lies in accountancy and finance, and I hope that I will be able to offer my skills to support the school’s commitment to ensuring that the students of Riverside have the best possible experience of education.

Lucy Woods


Vice Chair of Governors 

Kate Davis


I am thrilled to have been invited to join the Riverside governing board. I became a governor because, having recently moved to Haringey, I wanted to do something to support my local community. I am excited to support Riverside in its fantastic work providing its students with the best possible education.I currently work as a management consultant, helping the predominantly public sector organisations I work with shape and deliver their strategic goals - a skill I am hoping will be transferable to Riverside. In my spare time, I have volunteered across a number of organisations from designing fundraising strategies for charities for refugees to cooking at my local soup kitchen to setting up a charity for breast cancer awareness. I also enjoy wild swimming and can often be spotted at one of London's swimming ponds!

Kate Davis


 Co-opted Governor 

Ruth O'Sullivan


I am delighted to join the governing board of Riverside School.  Having been born and brought up in Haringey, I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve my local community in a meaningful manner.

 

I have always taken an interest in education and previously worked for educational charity Ambitious about Autism, as well as TreeHouse school.  I, therefore, have some understanding of provision for children with special educational needs but look forward to learning more.

 

I am currently a  solicitor working for the Government Legal Department.  I used to be the Public Affairs and Campaigns Officer for youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint, advocating for homeless young people who rely on state support for their housing, welfare and educational needs.  I hope to bring my experience of both the public and third sector, as well as advocacy skills, to Riverside’s governing body.

Ruth O'Sullivan


Co-opted Governor 

Heather Back


I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to join the governing board as a parent governor at Riverside. I have been living in Haringey since I moved here in 2001. I have 7 children 2 of which are currently in special education at Riverside, 1 in Woodside and the rest either working or in further education.

Before moving to London, I worked with children with special educational needs and since moving to London I have worked in a primary school with children on SEN.

These past and current experiences give me a unique understanding of the different individual needs in children and young adults.

Heather Back


Parent Governor