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!
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.
IRA JONES – GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Ira has experience in both commercial and non-profit organisations and worked in Marketing Management for several large corporations for a number of years. She has recently retired from working for a local Housing Association where she gained experience in working with social tenants providing arrears management and money advice and liaising with external agencies such as the CAB. She now devotes most of her free time to bringing up her teenage son who has Down Syndrome, researching new interventions and advocating for Inclusion for all.
Ira is currently a member of several disability forums and provides advice and support for parents who are new to Down Syndrome. As her son is currently going through the education system and has attended both mainstream and special education schools, Ira is keen to use her experience in order to ensure best practice when dealing with all pupils, irrespective of disability, race, gender or other needs.
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.
ELAINE McKEOWN – PARENT GOVERNOR, LOCAL GOVERNING BODY
Elaine is a Specialist Public Health Nurse who has worked in the NHS and been involved with children and families for the last 25 years. The last ten years she has worked as a Health Visitor in an inner city. She is now excited to have a new role in the Childhood Immunisation Programme. Elaine therefore brings health linked skills and expertise to the team of Governors.
Elaine is a mother of two primary school aged children, one of which attends RFPS. She is passionate about both the physical and mental wellbeing of our children and families. Elaine believe it is crucial to support children across all aspects of their development in order that they reach their full potential and are ready to face the world as well adjusted adults.