I have lived in Acton for over 20 years and following my recent retirement I have decided to give back to the community and am delighted to be a governor of West Acton Primary School where my children attended.
My career is divided into two parts. My first was in the development of creative ideas, interpreting ethnographic cultures and project management in major cultural institutions. In 1994 I decided to embark on a new career in working with families and groups and held various posts in the voluntary and statutory sectors. From 2000 I worked in the NHS in a community based in south London where I worked with families in primary and secondary schools to whom we provided mental health support.
I have been responsible for family therapy trainings at different levels (foundation, intermediate, qualifying) since 2006 and worked with the professional body, the Association for Family Therapy (AFT) and the academic body, the University of Essex, to ensure professional standards. I have an interest in research and supervise students with their research projects and gained my doctorate in 2017. I am a member of the Black African Asian Therapy Network and have an interest in and commitment to diversity in family therapy trainings.
I am a qualified chartered accountant and have worked in industry my whole professional career for a range of businesses from small privately owned ones to large quoted companies. I want to give that knowledge and experience back to the community by becoming a governor of a local primary school so that we can start to build knowledge and experience from the earliest possible age. I will be able to contribute to the financial aspects of the school and mentor the senior leadership team so that they can continue to perform at the highest level. This will ensure that all the pupils will achieve the maximum they can through an all round education.
I have been a secondary school teacher for twenty seven years and have always been committed to comprehensive schools, driven by a passion to ensure that all students have access to high quality education. As a teacher I recognise the importance of modelling learning inside and outside of the classroom leading me to complete a Master Degree in Effective Learning and a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders. I have been a senior leader in a West London Secondary School for seventeen years and have worked as a consultant for Ealing Local Authority supporting the development of careers provision across a range of mainstream and special schools. As a mother of two boys in Years 5 and Year 7, I am increasingly aware of the skills and knowledge needed to ensure students have a smooth transition from one phase of their education to the next. I am enthusiastic about working as a governor at West Acton Primary to ensure that all students have the best possible education that enables them to succeed in secondary school and beyond.
TRISTIAN TUEN MATTHEWS
I grew up in East Sussex and attended The Skinners’ School in Kent. I moved to London to study Chemistry and Mathematics at University College London and I have been here ever since! After leaving university I jumped straight in to teaching, taking up a role at an independent school in South-East London and completing my PGCE through the University of Buckingham. After working there for three years undertaking a variety of different leadership roles, including creating and running the Computing department, I recently became Head of Chemistry at a grammar school in Buckinghamshire. I am incredibly passionate about education and this led to me to seek out opportunities beyond my profession to support and contribute to a local school. I am delighted that I have the opportunity to do so at West Acton Primary School. I have lived in many different parts of London, but I have found that West London makes me feel the most at home and my partner and I are now settled near Ravenscourt Park. Outside of work we enjoy travelling to destinations near and far, cycling and cooking.
Originally from Sri Lanka, I moved to England to pursue my undergraduate studies in Economics. Since then my career has been in Commercial Banking, working in areas such as strategy development to client relationship management. I currently reside near North Acton and prior to this, I have worked as a volunteer maths tutor to pupils in secondary school education. Both my parents work in education and so the importance of having a good education has been instilled in me from a young age. Hence I am keen to work alongside the rest of the board of governors as well as with the members of staff at West Acton Primary School to meet and develop the academic and strategic goals of the institution.
I am a senior solicitor with over 30 years’ experience working for a decade in senior roles at an international law firm and since then in the financial services industry. My career has allowed me to hone both legal and non-legal analytical skills which I aim to bring to my governor role in support of my fellow governors and the senior management team at WAPS. I am a strong believer that education is a valuable resource and can provide a great opportunity for personal advancement. This has been my lived experience and I want that same experience for the pupils at WAPS. Both as a parent of a school- aged son and as a governor, I want children to be in establishments where they can thrive, where staff are able to excel and also, importantly, where parents have the peace of mind that the interests of their children are properly safeguarded. I hope I can serve as an effective member of the WAPS community.