Our School Governors
TOM LEGGE – CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Tom has lived in Rugby since 2007. He has three primary aged children in the local state school system. He has been involved in the opening of over 30 free schools. All schools he has helped to open have been judged ‘Good’ at their first Ofsted inspection. Tom is also a Trustee of a multi-academy trust which operates schools in London and the South East of England.
Tom is passionate about primary education and believes that there is a place in Rugby for a school that can prepare all children to succeed in secondary education and beyond, recognising that Warwickshire operates a grammar school system.
SIMON MURPHY – VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Simon has been an airline pilot since 2003 and flies the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for the world’s largest holiday company. His career in aviation has also included project management, multi-media development and training.
As a father of two young children, Simon is passionate about education and standards. He sees Rugby Free Primary School as an excellent opportunity to give the children of Rugby the start in life they need.
VIKAS GUPTA – GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Vikas has lived in Rugby since 2008. Working as a researcher for Japanese engineering firm, DENSO, and as an employee representative, he brings a range of skills, including logical decision making, data analysis, and finance. With two primary age children of his own, he appreciates the importance of high quality early education to provide children with a strong foundation.
Keen to make a difference to the local community, Vikas is excited to be involved with Rugby Free Primary School. With effectively a blank canvas and an experienced team with a broad and strong skill base, he believes the school has the potential to be exceptional and a real asset to the local community.
STEPHANIE LOONEY – GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Stephanie is a Secondary English teacher with 10 years’ experience in the classroom. She has worked closely with governing bodies as Head of department and intends to share this knowledge. As a mother of two, she also understands the demands of modern family life.
Stephanie also supports the local Rugby community through her active involvement with Rugby Webb Ellis Ladies Circle, raising money for local charities. This once included a 420ft abseil!
DAVID BARRETT – GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
David moved to Rugby in 2016 and works for one of the UK’s largest Housing Associations as the IT Operations Manager, he is responsible for a multi-million pound budget, managing four separate areas of the IT Team and delivering IT systems to over 1500 staff. He has a young daughter who attends the Daisykins Preschool on site who will hopefully attend the RFPS school.
ZOE SLADE – GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Zoe has lived in Rugby since 2015 and was keen to get involved in the local community following a change in lifestyle since moving from Nottingham. Working for a large energy company for over 14 years, she brings commercial and analytical skills to the governing body to help make key decisions. Having a number of educators in the family, including Early Years and Primary head teachers, Zoe is aware of the challenges that schools face and how important a strong foundation is to children’s development.
Zoe is looking forward to helping RFPS achieve its stretching targets and ensure that it provides pupils with the knowledge and life skills they need to provide this strong foundation, so they go on and help our community thrive.
SARA LAST – GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Sara is a mother of three. She was a Governor of a Local Authority school some time ago and enjoyed the experience. She is delighted to now have the opportunity to be a Governor once more, this time in a new, exciting and totally different organisation. Sara was very impressed with the school when she visited and wants to be part of the journey in making it even better alongside letting everybody know how fantastic it is.
Sara is involved in a few other projects locally, mainly with children, including a youth theatre group and Scout group. Professionally Sara runs her own accounting company, and she is looking forward to using her life experiences to good effect as a Governor of RFPS.
STEVEN TWYNHOLM– PARENT GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY.
Steve was born and raised in Rugby and recently returned to the town after ten years away and lives on the Coton Park Estate. He has three daughters, the oldest joined RFPS is September, one attends Daisykins Preschool on site, and the other was born in November 2015.
Steve is Assistant Director of Estates at Coventry University, managing over fifty buildings, 120 staff and a multi-million pound budget. Previously he worked for Children and Young Peoples Services at St Helens Council specialising in school performance and school inclusion. He has clerked several school governing bodies in both the primary and secondary sector, and for several years was a member of the local authority adoption board.
With three girls, who will hopefully all attend the school, Steve wants to help make RFPS an excellent school and support the innovative and exciting vision of the head teacher and the Trust.
NATASHA BOOTH – PARENT GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Natasha grew up in the Rugby area and returned in 2011. She has been a teacher for sixteen years as a secondary teacher of English and Drama, whilst also being a Head of Year for the past eleven years. She is keen to be involved with the primary sector, adding to her expertise, as well as contributing her experience where helpful.
Natasha has one son who attends RFPS and two step-sons. As a full-time working parent, she is passionate about education and the importance of ensuring that children are given the best possible chance at school.