Governors & Trustees
Dr. Randall S. Peterson Chair
Dr. Randall S. Peterson is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School and Director of the School’s Leadership Institute. Randall holds a Ph.D. in Social and Organisational Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. He is former Deputy Dean (Faculty) of the School, Vice President of the School’s fundraising campaign committee, Chair of the Organisational Behaviour Subject Area, and of the London Business School Ph.D. Programme. He teaches executive and MBA classes on leading teams and organisations, board dynamics, high performance teams, leadership assessment and interpersonal skill development.
I became a Parayhouse School Governor and Trustee because I believe in what the school does, and thought I could bring expertise on good governance, school leadership and finance. My experience at London Business School has been invaluable in enabling me to be a critical friend to Parayhouse School.
Johnnie Wraith - Vice Chair of Governors
"I have been an investment banker for over 20 years always working in the City of London, for various different banks. My connection with Parayhouse comes through my son, Max, who has been a student at the school since 2014. I wanted to become a Governor to help the school in all its wonderful efforts to help ensure that all the students develop to their full potential in a safe, happy and nurturing environment. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the ways Parayhouse supports its students and plans their education, and am delighted to have had the opportunity to act as Deputy Chair of Governors, and Governor for English".
Robert Linton, Community Governor
Hospital Doctor (Retired)
Governor Since 2013
For 25 years I was a consultant working for the NHS at St Thomas’s Hospital, London. I also ran a research laboratory and developed a new method of measuring how much blood the heart pumps round the body. For many years I was responsible for selecting medical students for Guy’s and St Thomas’s as well as teaching junior doctors and medical students. I was chairman of the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee which approved (or not) research involving military personnel. More recently I was on the Independent Monitoring Board of Wandsworth prison trying to improve conditions for prisoners many of whom had had very bad experiences in childhood.
Having more time after retirement I wanted to be involved in something worthwhile that would help young people to achieve the best possible start in life and so realize their full potential.’
Sam Croyle, Key Teacher
Governor Since 2015
"Having taught in the Primary/Special Needs sectors for close to 10 years, I wanted to share and experience a different side of the Education system. With various other jobs and careers in my life, the role of Governor appealed to me as a bridge between some of my previous employments and current job. As the school's Assessment Co-ordinator, I also feel it is important that I am challenged not just by the students, parents and teachers but also by the Governors. I believe that this can only occur when Governors are informed of the systems in order to judge the progress our students make. This has been and continues to be my privelage in working with Governors (and staff) to increase the level of knowledge that they have about the constantly improving practice and subsequent learning that happens each day at Parayhouse School."
Phoebe Buret, Staff Governor
Governor Since 2012
"I joined the Board of Governors in 2012, when I was a Learning Support Assistant, and have now progressed to the role of Key Teacher Governor. I wanted the experience of being a member of the School’s Governing body, and to further support the School in its development. I have a keen interest in the behaviour, personal development and welfare of our students, and wanted to support the School in achieving the best possible outcomes for all students in these areas".
Bella Pembroke Staff Governor
I began my career as a Special Education Needs teacher in Australia where I worked in both early intervention and PMLD settings. I made the move to England in late 2015 where I quickly found Parayhouse School.
I volunteered to be a staff governor of Parayhouse because I fell in love with the ethos of the school as well as the students and staff. By becoming a governor I realised I could contribute to the schools success and help ensure the school always holds onto those attributes that originally and continues to make me excited and proud to be an educator.
Sarah McPoland - Staff Governor
As a practising Speech and Language Therapist, specialising in SEN, I became a Governor of Parayhouse School in order to contribute my existing professional skills and personal experience (gained through numerous educational placements) to support the school to achieve its full potential.
As a current member of staff, I have first-hand experience of the school’s daily operation and as a Governor, I am involved in the process of analysing decisions and evaluating the school’s holistic performance in order to oversee its long-term development.
I am passionate about ensuring that as the next generation, all students attending the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum with a particular emphasis on developing their functional communication and life skills to equip them as fully as possible for the challenges posed by adulthood.
Catherine Sukmonowski, Parent Governor
Governor Since 2014
Catherine has been a qualified solicitor for over 20 years, having worked initially as a corporate lawyer in private practice and more recently in the corporate sector. Catherine is currently the Company Secretary of a FTSE100 company, specialising in Board governance and public company matters. As a parent I feel that being a school governor offers me a valuable opportunity to gain a deeper insight into what is going on in the school and to share a parent’s perspective. Parayhouse is an amazing school with hugely talented and dedicated staff and a Head Teacher who is open and supportive. They do so much for our son and the other children at the school that it is great to be able to offer my support in a small way as Governor.
Daniela Schwartz, Community Governor
Daniela has worked in Marketing & Communications, mainly in the Financial Services industry, for the past 20 years. As a foster carer for over ten years for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, she and her husband mainly looked after children with special educational needs. "During this time I heard about Parayhouse and it's amazing work", Daniela says. "Hence I'm delighted to now have a chance in my role as a community governor to contribute to the future success of the school and its pupils.”
I work for the national education support service The Key who provide leadership and management support to over 80 000 school leaders and 17 000 school governors. My role at The Key previously involved speaking with school governors every working day to provide them with the information and guidance to support them in their role. I now work with local authority education departments across the country. I wanted to use my experience of working in the education sector to support Parayhouse School continue to provide better outcomes for students.
Nick Herrtage – Trustee
‘I have been in the property industry since 1978, in a number of aspects including Interior design, residential estate agency and development. I now run my own development company and have done since 2001. I was asked to become a Trustee really to assist in property related matters, latterly the relocation of the school to its current premises’
Rosanna Saffell– Trustee
“I became a Governor and Trustee to engage with my local community and to use my professional skills to support the strategic and financial direction of the school"