Who We Are

Karen Jorgensen - Chair of Governors

It has been a pleasure serving on the Grove Park Primary School Board of Governors for two years and I am thrilled to have been elected as the Chair of Governors. I take on this role knowing how important it is to have good oversight of and support to the school to help school leadership provide the children with the best education possible. I spent my career working in international organisations focusing on sustainable development, environment and promoting a better life for people living in poverty. I have developed policy, carried out projects, overseen large operations, and held governments to account for their development cooperation performance. Through my work I have lived in Kenya, New York, Afghanistan, Paris and briefly in South Africa and Samoa and travelled extensively in both developed and developing countries. I have witnessed how important it is to give children a good education to set them up for a strong start in life. I have been a frequent visitor to Chiswick since 2006, moving here permanently in early 2018 and am committed to supporting the local community. 

Mark Brewer - Vice Chair of Governors

I am the Vice Chair of Governors,  Vice Chair of the Staffing & Community Committee, a member of the Teaching & Learning Committee and have spent over 35 years’ working within the recruitment and Human Capital sector. I was brought up in East Sussex, studied at the local comprehensive school and read English Literature at Bristol University. I’ve lived with my family in Chiswick since 1990 and am a governor of Latymer Upper School and Latymer Prep School, a Trustee of the Maldon Arts Festival and a Board member of Richmond Rugby. I have been so impressed with the passion and vision of the teaching and leadership team at Grove Park Primary School and hope to play a part in their continued success.




Rachel Davies – Head Teacher

I have had the privilege of working at three outstanding primary schools over the past 22 years. After graduating from St. Mary’s University College in 1997, I was a class teacher and middle leader in Isleworth for 13 years before moving on to start my journey as a senior leader in the role of Assistant Head and later Deputy Head at a school in Wandsworth. I also supported a school in the Local Authority as an Associate Head while they were recruiting a substantive Headteacher. In 2016 I joined Grove Park as Deputy Head and SENCO and loved the school from the moment I visited – there is something very special, almost tangible, about Grove Park and I am hugely honoured to now be the Headteacher of such a wonderfully warm, caring, diverse and dynamic school with truly brilliant children, staff and families. Working alongside governors at four schools has been hugely rewarding and interesting and has enabled me to see the immediate situation as well as inspiring my vision for a school’s future. The Governors at Grove Park work tirelessly to provide support and challenge and make sound decisions to ensure that our children and staff are achieving highly and having the best experiences and opportunities possible every day. Outside of school I love nothing more than spending time with my dear family and friends. I have lived in London my whole life and never tire of all our wonderful city has to offer.



David Woodward – Chair of Finance and Premises Committee

I was a Director at the UK’s National Audit Office from 1987 to 2009.  I took time out to be Director of External Audit of the United Nations in New York for seven years, an honorary magistrate at the French Court of Accounts in Paris for one year & Chairman/Member of NATO’s International Board of Auditors in Brussels for four years. I was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael & St George (CMG) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2000.  I have lived in Chiswick since 2006 & have one grown up son who lives in London. Since retiring in 2009 I have been active in the local community as a Neighbourhood Watch   Co-ordinator & Chairman of the Metropolitan Police’s Riverside Ward Panel. 

I have been a governor of Grove Park Primary School since July 2014, and am currently Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee having previously served in that role from 2014 to 2017.  I was Vice Chair of Governors from 2019 to 2021.


Laura Albery - Chair of Staffing & Community

I was elected as a parent governor in November 2018. I have two children at Grove Park; as a family we feel very lucky to be part of such a warm, vibrant and inclusive school community.

I have a degree in English Language & Literature from Oxford University and I’ve worked in marketing and communications for over twenty years, including projects relating to business transformation and organisational change. In my spare time, I enjoy running and reading (although not simultaneously).

As a governor, I’m keen to make sure Grove Park continues to have an ambitious vision for its future and for its pupils. We may be ‘outstanding’, but we should always strive to push things to the next level - whilst ensuring that community and inclusivity remain at the heart of the school.


Maryam Shahmanesh - Chair of Teaching & Learning

I am so proud to have been elected Parent Governor in 2018 and am Chair of the Teaching and Learning committee for the academic year 2021-22. I am a mum of three (year 7 and year 11). As class rep and chair of the parent's forum I had the privilege to witness this loving, diverse and happy spirit of Grove Park; whilst maintaining a fun and creative approach to learning. I am a Professor of Global Health and Consultant physician at University College London. I have established two new Masters programmes, taught PhDs and future Medical Doctors. I hope my expertise as a teacher, scientist, doctor and mother can help Grove Park achieve even greater excellence in teaching, whilst maintaining the wonderful creative and innovative approach to learning that we are so proud of. I love reading, movies, contemporary dance, music, food and travel, preferably with my kids.



Martin Davies - Local Authority Governor

As a local resident for over 20 years, I am delighted to have been elected as the new Local Authority Governor for Grove Park Primary School. Whilst growing up in North Wales, I received a very positive, supportive state education and my love of learning was ignited. The support and challenge I received from both my primary and secondary schools allowed me to progress to read mathematics at university – the first member of my family to do so.

I have worked in the educational publishing industry for the past 30 years, most recently leading teams in the development of digital resources to support learners at all levels of the curriculum. I hope my experience, particularly in educational technology, will help to enhance the education of all of pupils at Grove Park and I am grateful to be part of your thriving community.



Rick McGregor - Staff Governor

I’m Rick, also known as Mr Rick, by the children here at Grove Park. I have been teaching PE at Grove Park for the past 7 years. Before joining Grove Park, I was working with a company that helped primary schools enhance Physical Education within their settings. This gave me a great insight to how PE is taught within a wide range of schools within the Hounslow borough. From the first day I stepped into Grove Park, I knew I’d found an extremely special school. Little did I know I’d go on to meet my now wife and go on to become a father to a lovely son who is now 2 years old. With all my experience of working at Grove Park, I feel very privileged to become the staff governor.  




Azim Karimjee - Co-opted Governor

I was until 2018 Finance Director of Prolojik Limited, a leading supplier of intelligent lighting controls in the UK.  Prior to Prolojik, I held a number of senior roles in Bass plc covering strategy and international development.  An engineer by training, I have also worked for Bain and Company and the Medical Research Council.  I have an MBA from the London Business School and a B.Sc. from University College, London.  A keen golfer, I have lived in Chiswick since 1993 and am delighted to have been elected as a Governor in June 2019 and look forward to contributing to what is clearly an amazing school dedicated to bringing out the best in each child.

Laura Atherton - Co-opted Governor

I am a local resident and a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in a wide range of areas. I am also a compliance professional focussing on process and organisational improvement.

As the product of an excellent state education, for which I am eternally grateful, I know how important the right start in life can be to the rest of the journey. My free primary and secondary schooling was the spring board for my university success and my career, and I would like that same springboard and the opportunities to be as available to all children. I look forward to doing my part in ensuring that we continue to make that a reality for the children who attend Grove Park.


Alice Hyde - Co-opted Governor

I was delighted to be elected as a Co-opted Governor in 2019.  I have been based in Richmond since 2013, and have many friends in the area with young families, so I am keen to become more actively involved in the Grove Park community.  I am Senior Corporate Counsel at All3Media (the largest TV production and distribution business in the UK) and previously worked in the City as a corporate M&A lawyer.   I have a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford University and am a keen yogi and enjoy life drawing in my free time.


Suparna Sukumaran - Co-opted Governor



Charlotte Pendred - Parent Governor

I’m really happy to have become a governor in 2021.  I have two children in the school and one who went all the way through Grove Park from nursery and is now at Chiswick school.

I have a background in corporate IT management and business transformation, but took a turn in my career to run a small retail business in Chiswick working in textile craft with children and adults.  I am also keen on sport and coach minis at Barnes Rugby club. I am enthusiastic about children finding their sporting and creative passions, and wish to contribute to the school flourishing and protect those Grove Park characteristics of kindness, support and community.

Rani Price - Parent Governor

I am honoured  to have  been  elected as a parent governor in 2020. A parent of 3 children  in Years 7, 4 & 1, I have watched them blossom in this warm and inclusive primary school.  Previously I was co chair of the PTA helping build the community spirit of our school and raise much needed funds for the school to flourish. With a degree in social sciences I worked for the BBC for 15 years predominantly in children’s s tv. 
My passion is sustainability for our planet  and the people on it.


Virgine Faucon - Parent Governor

I am truly honoured to have been appointed a parent governor in 2021. I have a daughter in Year 1 at Grove Park and a 1.5 year old son who will hopefully attend Grove Park primary in a few years. A member of the PTA team for the second year running (I was co-chair last year), I have been working hard at raising money for the school (e.g. I created the Grove Park Halloween trail which has been a success over the last 2 years).I have lived in Grove Park for many years and am passionate in volunteering my time to support the local community. I have a MBA in international marketing and an 18-year career in Marketing and Communications. I am currently the VP of marketing for an insurtech business. I have set up and run several charities to support women in business and access to apprenticeships for disadvantaged youth. I have a dual French/ English citizenship and have lived in many countries (South Africa, France, Japan, USA, UK), which has given me a lifelong interest for diversity and multiculturalism. I am really looking forward to using my expertise in event management and marketing and my business acumen in my role as a governor.


Qona Rankin - Associate Governor

My background is in art and design and since the 80s, I have combined running my jewellery practice with lecturing at universities. In 2002 I became the first dyslexia co-ordinator at the Royal College of Art where I remain. The number of post-graduate students without a formal assessment for dyslexia or dyspraxia I see is shocking and consequently I am passionate about children with SEN getting access to assessment and support at primary school. In 2008 I founded a charity ‘Creative Mentors Foundation’, the aim of this charity is to help make the arts curriculum at state schools more accessible and rewarding for dyslexic and dyspraxic children. I have lived in Chiswick for 40 years and am married with two grown up daughters. I hope my experiences will enable me to positively contribute as an associate governor at Grove Park School.