The governors play a key role in decision-making around the school, such as running buildings, budgets, supporting staff and setting the standards for discipline and uniforms. They are also there to support the headteacher in their role.

Governors also ask the headteacher questions to ensure that they are taking the school in the right direction.

The school governors are all volunteers over the age of 18.

Meet the Governors

Name of Governor Role/Committee

Emma Francis

Chair of Governors

I work in HR for an insurance company, in a role focused on improving diversity and inclusion. Prior to being a governor at Hollyfield I was a governor at a primary school, and a director of a social enterprise focused on providing meaningful work experience for young people.
Both my children have thrived at Hollyfield, so I became a governor to support the school in its efforts to continue delivering for ‘every child every day’.
In my spare time I love to garden, to walk in our amazing local parks and to follow politics. 
I have been a Hollyfield Governor since 2018 and Chair of Governors since November 2019.

Governor Jan Cheng

Jan Cheng

Vice Chair of Governors

My day job is in risk management at one of the large professional services firms having trained as a chartered accountant and tax advisor. 
Reason for becoming a Governor at Hollyfield: I have always been keen to get involved with helping at my children’s schools, but this is my first formal role. I decided to join the governors because of the positive experience my son has had at the school and a need for governors with finance related skills. I am keen to support Hollyfield to ensure it is doing the best it can for all its students.
I have lived in the Surbiton area for over 20 years. I try to keep active by running (slowly) and cycling a bit.

Governor Vicki Jones

Vicki Jones

I work in policy and campaigns for The Fostering Network (a charity working to improve foster care and to help children and young people reach their potential) so I have a particular interest in disadvantaged children and safeguarding.
I have two children at Hollyfield. Both joined the Performing Arts Scholarship programme and loved it! I am very excited by this opportunity to support the school and to help play a role in ensuring that all pupils are able to achieve their potential.
I am a keen cyclist and play netball for Kingston Tigers.

Governor Lisa Quinn

Lisa Quinn

I'm an Executive Coach and I run my own business. Prior to becoming a coach, I worked in PR & Communications for 22 years and have worked for a broad range of organisations - from big corporations to small charities. I've got experience of being part of boards and leadership teams for businesses, so I am hoping these skills can benefit Hollyfield.
Reason for becoming a Governor at Hollyfield: My daughter joined Hollyfield in Year Seven in 2019, and I became a parent governor. Personal facts: I love books, dogs and yoga.

Governor Niloufar Moradi

Niloufar Moradi

I have 18 years of experience as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist within a multidisciplinary academic institute in London. During this time, I supervised and helped many undergraduate and medical students with their research studies. On a voluntary basis, I have also helped young children to develop their reading skills and also taught English Language to children from minority groups. 
I have lived in Surbiton for 18 years and have a daughter at The Hollyfield School. As a governor, I hope to use my past experiences and skills to help support Hollyfield students to reach their full potential and achieve their academic goals. 
I love science, baking and walking (and even combined two of these passions while walking the Via Francigena Pilgrim Trail in Italy with a small group of scientists!).

Governor Paul Ruth

Paul Ruth

I work as a Project Director for a specialist construction company delivering some of the biggest high end and level developments across London and I would like to use my experience in helping the school to thrive and that I am the link governor for H&S and in helping to look after the premises.
I have two boys in attendance at Hollyfield in years 10 and 11, and I am keen to support the school.
I like to get involved in sporting activities such as football and rugby.

Governor Ben Russell

Ben Russell

My background is as a journalist; an education correspondent and then a political correspondent. These days I work in communications for a charity that runs an international scholarship scheme.
I joined the governors in November 2018 after my son started at Hollyfield along with many of his friends.
I've lived in Berrylands for about 16 years now and enjoy sailing, camping and cooking.

Governor Mahmood Rafiq

Mahmood Rafiq

I have worked in IT management for the last 25 years and in the past have worked on the Building school for the future program, and I am hoping I can apply these skills to Hollyfield.
I was a parent governor in Wandsworth for a primary school 10 years ago & I wanted to get involved again in my local area. I have 3 children studying in the area & was keen to offer my services to the local community & ensure kids can take advantage of this. I have worked in a senior position in IT in the city and I have gained many life skills that may be of value to young kids in the future, but more than anything else I believe in the concept of service and giving something back to society and this is my small contribution.
I have been a lifelong Liverpool football fan and enjoy watching movies in my spare time.

Governor Alistair Bond

Alistair Bond

I have been a teacher for twenty-five years, the last twelve of which I have been a Head. I am currently an Executive Head of two thriving independent preparatory schools in Kingston and New Malden. I am very familiar with the thrills and challenges of school leadership!
My reason to become a governor was simply to offer my help. Leading and managing a school is uniquely rewarding and demanding, and I hope that with my background I can support the school. 
I lived in the Middle East and North Africa for sixteen years and love to travel and explore the world. Having trained as a PE teacher I also love all sport, especially climbing mountains.

Governor Paul Quinlan

Paul Quinlan

I’ve worked in HR for over 30 years. Currently, with a professional services firm I lead on employee relations and health and wellbeing matters.
I was keen to help in some way and the school was looking for a new governor with children in younger years at the school and with a HR background.
I have two sons at the school.  I enjoy cooking, reading and running (especially when I’ve finished!).

Governor Kerry QuarcooKerry Quarcoo

I am a seasoned educator and Head of Maths from New York, with over 24 years' experience in secondary schools and universities. Teaching allows me to share my passion for learning and to make a positive impact on young lives, helping students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in both academia and life.
I became a governor to help shape the direction of schools and to be a part of a team whose main purpose is focused on the best outcomes for the children and the local community.
When I’m not marking papers and writing curriculums, I enjoy baking and perfecting my pizza-making skills.

Headteacher Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson


I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Hollyfield School. I joined the school in May 2020 but had to wait until September to meet most of the students and staff.
I studied Chemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and did my PGCE at the same institution. I began my teaching career in 2003 in Suffolk. I love teaching and especially love teaching chemistry. Over the course of my career I have held various leadership roles in science and across whole schools.
Outside of school, I love playing and watching football, cycling and spending time with my two young children.

David Miller


Staff Governor 

I have worked at the school since 2010 and been Head of Physical Education since 2014.
I hope that as staff governor I can help in the continued development and success of the school for both students and staff.
Hollyfield is a great community school with its young people at the centre, and I am looking forward to assisting at a governor level.

Governors document downloads:

The following documents can be found on the Every Child Every Day Trust website here.

The Funding Agreement is the Academy’s contract with the Department for Education, administered by the Educational Funding Agency (EFA).

The Memorandum and Articles of Association are the Academy’s governing document as registered with Companies House.