Meet The Governors

Meet the Governors

The governing body supports the Executive Headteacher, the Head of School and staff of Foxborough Primary School in delivering a world class education to the students.  The governors come from a variety of backgrounds and add to the diversity of the school by supporting it in a number of ways.  For more information about each member can be found below.

Governors have a term of office of 4 years, but may be re-appointed; the dates indicated below show commencement of the latest term of office.

If you wish to get in touch with any member of the governing body, please contact the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Rachel Nash. 

 Mr Dennis Kitchener

 Chair of Governors

 Date of Appointment: July 2013

Governor responsible for: Governor Training & Development

Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 5 of 6 = 83% 

Dennis is a retired educationalist with extensive experience as a teacher, headteacher and school improvement adviser with degrees in Biology and Education (B.Ed hons) and Psychology in Education.  He has represented headteachers at a national level with the NAHT and SCETT and was Assistant Director of the Slough Education Action Zone before joining the Local Authority, where he held a number of posts including Head of School Standards.    Prior to joining Foxborough as an LA appointed governor in September 2013, he had served as a governor at Marish, Montem and Langleywood. 


 Mr Denby Richards

 Vice Chair of Governors

 Date of Appointment: June 2013

 Governor responsible for: Safeguarding

 Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 4 of 6 = 67%

Denby Richards is a retired primary school headteacher who retains an interest in and a passion for the education of our children and young people. He sees his governing role as that of a supportive yet critical friend of the Foxborough community.


 Mercedes Hernandez Estrada

 Executive Headteacher

Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 6 of 6 = 100%

Mercedes Hernández Estrada has been involved in education in the UK for over twenty years. Born and educated in Spain she developed an interest in Languages and she completed a BA in Modern Foreign Languages and an MA in Anglo Germanic Philology at the University Of Oviedo in northern Spain. She moved to the UK in the late 80s and has worked in schools in the South of England since.  She was a Lead Practitioner for Curriculum Design and Leadership for three years working with schools and Local Authorities in the South of England, from Plymouth to Kent. Before joining the Upton Court Grammar School as Principal in 2010 she was a deputy headteacher at Tonbridge Grammar School, a Kent selective girls’ school.


 Mrs Nicola Rispoli-Hall

 Date of Appointment: September 2013

Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 2 of 6 = 33%

Nicola Rispoli-Hall is Head of Psychology at Upton Court Grammar school where she has worked for the   last year.  She was previously a pastoral leader working in the London Borough of Ealing where she gained valuable experience in implementing innovative new strategies in whole school leadership and management and contributing to whole school improvement. She is a married mother of two children living in Windsor.


 Mr Mahesh Yanambakkam

 Date of Appointment: April 2016

Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 2 of 2 = 100%

Mahesh Yanambakkam is Regional Manager, South and Central Asia at the University of Reading. He has a wide range of experience in the International Higher Education Sector and has been working in this industry for more than 16 years.  He has travelled extensively across the world which has helped him with a deeper understanding of various cultures, education systems, business processes and practices in the regions: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Middle East, The Gulf, South America, South Asia and South East Asia. Mahesh is also a School Governor at TLC Nursery Federation (Chalvey Nursery School & Slough Centre Nursery School).


 Mrs Sheila Kitchener

 Date of Appointment: April 2016

 Attendance at meetings 2015-2016: 2 of 2 = 100%


Sheila started teaching in 1970, specialised in Drama in Education.  During her teaching years Sheila added a Diploma in computer Technology and a Teaching of Swimming Qualification.  She retired in 2000 having been a Deputy Head for many years in Ruislip; Sheila never wanted to be a Head, as she didn’t want to leave the classroom.  During her time at Ruislip, she was a Teacher Governor and also the Clerk to the Governors (not at the same time).  Since retirement, Sheila has acted as Clerk to the Governors and has filled in for a term as Acting Deputy Head at Marish, during which time the school started its amalgamation with the Infants’ school.  Sheila has also produced the infant school’s Christmas plays for the last three years. During her retirement Sheila has built many dolls’ houses, made many models, sewn and knitted many garments as well as having travelled to a great many places and read many books.  

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