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Governing Body

Who’s Who




Clare Alder

Associate Member









I am a Merton resident of nearly 20 years and own Willow Bough, Wimbledon’s traditional tea room. Previously to running my own business, I worked for 15 years in a variety of communication roles at a number of organisations including a school’s trust (with eight schools) and a university, so I bring experience of working in educational institutions.


In what little spare time I do have, I love listening to live music, animals and cooking and baking (of course!). l have been a World Vision Ambassador since 2012.




Gemma Anderson

Co-opted Governor

 Co-Vice Chair of Governors


I joined the Governing Body in 2016 and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the school through my role. The school has an incredibly warm and welcoming atmosphere and it has been a pleasure working with the staff and governors and seeing the school grow. The school holds a wide range of events throughout the year which I really enjoy participating in, especially the summer fair!

Currently, I am serving as Vice-chair and on the Teaching, Learning and Safeguarding Committee and am excited to work with the school on their development plan, thinking about pupil premium.

I’m a teacher at a local independent school with 13 years of experience in a range of schools. I hope that my education and management experience serve me well on the governing body.




Joe Foulds

Co-opted Governor

I have joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2019 and am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the Merton community. After growing up in the Midlands I spent five years living in Bristol, where I also studied Computer Science at the University of Bristol, prior to moving to South London.

After spending 8 years building and running a tech startup company as CEO, I have since moved on to found a boutique tech consultancy company, and hope to bring my experience with both long-term strategy and governance to Joseph Hood. 

In my spare time I enjoy watching or playing chess (which I used to play competitively during my younger days), and also have a passion for cooking and travel when time permits. 

The community atmosphere at Joseph Hood is what attracted me to the school, so I look forward to supporting the school as it continues to grow in strength, continuing to serve its community and local area.




Chris Fox

Parent Governor

Co-Vice Chair of Governors

I’ve been a parent at Joseph Hood since my elder son joined the school in Reception in 2015, and I was elected Parent Governor in November 2017. Both my boys love the school, and I was really keen to become more involved in it, so I leapt at the chance of standing for parent governor. I never had the experience my boys are having, of attending a local school, firmly embedded within the community, where they feel safe and where they are being helped to flourish by a genuinely caring group of teachers and school managers. My experience of school was of a distant, scary place, ruled mainly by fear and pressure. I’m fascinated by Joseph Hood’s brilliant ethos and want to do all I can to help the school maintain it against whatever storms it may face.

I’ve worked in or around education all my adult life, as a lecturer, education researcher and trade unionist. I now of a training company in Bloomsbury which operates all over the world. I really hope my experience of sitting on other governing bodies, being subject to governing bodies, and managing teams of education professionals and associated operations, will be useful to Joseph Hood. I just want to support the school in any way I can. No doubt as I attend more meetings and sit on more committees my fellow governors can help me do so.

Outside of work I play guitar in a couple of reasonably active bands, including one with my wife, Cassie. I used to play a lot of rugby, but since having children I’m mainly to be found out and about with them: swimming, exploring, or chucking a rugby ball about.

I’m very excited to be a governor. Thanks for voting for me.




Ben Fullbrook

Parent Governor








I joined the governing body as a co-opted governor in 2019.  I am a barrister specialising in public, planning and property law.  My legal practice also covers education law: I have represented students at SEN tribunals, and both the Department for Education and individual schools in judicial review proceedings.

My eldest child has just started at Joseph Hood; I have been hugely impressed with the care and professionalism of the staff there.  I am a local resident and attend Dundonald Church.  I’m thrilled to be able serve the school.




Jo Grinter

Co-opted Governor

I work in education at the Head of Operations for a small, local multi-academy trust.  For over 11 years I have volunteered as a Merton Governor in three schools and in that time have gained a broad experience of the role.  During 8 years at Hatfeild Primary School in Lower Morden I was involved in decision making which ranged from recruiting a new Headteacher through to extending the school to include additional classes for children with an autism spectrum disorder.  I learned a huge amount about what it takes behind the scenes to run a good school where children thrive. 

Joseph Hood has been my school of choice for my two children.  Through their time at Joseph Hood I have come to know and really appreciate many of the dedicated, warm-hearted and hard-working team of teachers, teaching assistants, office staff and leaders at our school.  I have experienced first-hand a strong commitment to understanding and trying to meet the needs of every individual chid. 

As well as being an active member of the Joseph Hood Governors I am Vice-Chair of the Local Governing Body of Stanford Primary School in Mitcham.




Claire Hudson

Staff Governor

I am currently the Teacher Governor at the Joseph Hood Primary school, as well as the Year 6 class teacher, Literacy Coordinator and a member of the Senior Leadership team. I have been a member of the team at Joseph Hood since September 2008 when I started here as a newly qualified teacher in Year 1, having completed my final year university placement at the school in the summer. I very much enjoy teaching at the school and really like being immersed in the school’s supportive, friendly community. We have a fantastic team of teachers at this school, all of whom promote the school ethos, ‘Be the best you can’ brilliantly which is reflected in the personal and academic progress which the children at this school make. It is great to be part of the governing body to be able to support the school further as we move ever forward!




Sophie Ireland

Co-opted Governor

I recently joined the Governing Body and I am very excited to become part of the Joseph Hood community. It is such a vibrant school. I grew up in the Merton area and recently made the move back; settling in Raynes Park with my husband just over 2 years ago. I have a finance and commercial background and currently lead the strategy team at a well-known European travel technology company. I hope my experience will help support the school in achieving its goals. 




Kirti Mehta

Local Authority Governor

I joined the Governing Body as a Co-Opted Governor in December 2017. I am passionate about the value of a good education, in particular, the importance of a strong foundation in the early years. I have been a Corporate Mentor to Secondary School pupils in the past, and now as a local resident, I am keen to be involved in the Joseph Hood School community.

 By qualification, I am a Chartered Accountant and have circa 8 years of experience in technology and operational risk management and process optimisation, which I hope to use to support the school going forward.

 From my first couple of visits to the school, I have been left with a warm and welcoming feel, and I look forward to getting to know the School community better.




Harriet O'Connor

Co-opted Governor

 Chair of Governors










I am very proud and happy to be a Governor at Joseph Hood Primary School. As well as being a Co-opted Governor at the school, I am also a parent of two children who attend the school. Both my children are flourishing here and as parents, we couldn't be happier with our choice of primary school. We live locally to Joseph Hood and love being part of this neighbourhood.

I am a qualified primary school teacher and currently work part-time as a supply teacher in a number of local schools. This work gives me a fantastic insight into our education system and how other schools operate. Before I had children, I was a teacher and a governor at Brandlehow Primary School in Wandsworth, which achieved an ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ ofsted report while I was there.

Since becoming a Governor, there are many things that have impressed me about this school. I can see first-hand the thoroughness and passion that all the staff put into their work. I also love how there is always a welcoming, warm atmosphere at Joseph Hood and the way in which the children behave calmly, politely and happily both in and out of the school. I look forward to supporting this school as it goes from strength to strength.

If I ever get any spare time, I love making things and painting!‚Äč




Anita Saville


I have been teaching for over 20 years. I started my teaching career in Hampshire and moved to London in 1996 when I accepted a post as Manager of the Infant Department. I became the Head Teacher at Joseph Hood in 2004. Before that I was a Head Teacher in Westminster. I consider myself to be very fortunate as I love my job! When I’m not working, I love spending time with my husband and son and can often be found at weekends in Richmond Park or down on the South coast where I have family.




Sam Soo

Co-opted Governor

I am a Co-opted governor, having accepted the role in December 2017. I am very excited to be part of the Joseph Hood community. I am a London-based pianist and music teacher with a keen interest in education. Having completed my Masters in Trinity Conservatoire of Music and Dance, I started working with children with special needs. Through this I became interested in pedagogical work and approaches in teaching children with autism and learning difficulties. I am currently pursuing this line of enquiry studying my PhD at Roehampton University investigating piano pedagogies to promote musical skill and wider development of children with autism. I am also a music teacher in a special school.

After I started teaching, I was keen to be involved in supporting schools and so volunteering as a school governor is an excellent start. I look forward spending time at Joseph Hood, getting to know the school and all those involved with it. I hope that my experiences in teaching and involvement with education research projects will help support the school as needed.




Katy Collins

FGB Clerk


As well as being Clerk to the Governing Body, I also have three sons at Joseph Hood. My boys have settled well at Joseph Hood and continue to thrive, with friendly staff and a great learning environment. In my spare time, you may find us looking for Wombles on Wimbledon Common, in the park and out & about with friends. We are involved at Dundonald Church, helping out with the pre-schoolers. In a quiet moment in my week, I manage an hour of Pilates.