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Who's Who?

Introducing the Auriol School Governors

Samantha Henry - Staff Governor

I was elected as staff governor in 2017 and feel privileged to be a governor at Auriol. At university, I studied Business and Psychology and then studied further to become a teacher. I have now been a teacher at Auriol for 3 years and loved every single day. I am particularly interested in Geography & Maths and thoroughly enjoyed leading International Week in 2016. 
I grew up in the Stoneleigh area and my dad used to attend the school when it was Stoneleigh West! It's a fantastic school with amazing staff and children. I am excited to be a part of the governing body and have lots of ideas to help drive the school forward and build on its success. 

Rita Fajobi - Co-opted Governor

A new addition to the Governing body of Auriol school in 2015 I am excited about my new Governor role. I am a career civil servant with over 20 years experience of working in diverse roles across Government. My background is in compliance and investigations and I have worked in HMRC as a Tax Specialist and currently as an Analyst. Although I have no direct experience in education I have been privileged to work closely with Universities and the National Mentoring Consortium as a Mentor helping students achieve their potential.

My personal contribution to Auriol school will be to assist in providing strong support to all staff and parents, to motivate and inspire students and commit to improving and raising standards of education. Finally I hope to meet as many parents, teachers and pupils as possible during my time as a Governor in Auriol School. 

Mandy McDowall - Headteacher

I started my teaching career in South Africa, before immigrating to England 17 years' ago. I have spent the majority of my teaching career in Surrey. Prior to joining Auriol, I worked as a Teaching and Learning Consultant for the Local Authority.
I have an avid love for mathematics and unashamedly take every opportunity to highlight the greatness of the subject. I passionately believe that all children can achieve success given the right learning environment and motivation to learn.

I have previously been a parent governor in a local school; I have therefore seen the vital role of the Governing Body from both a parent’s perspective as well as from the staff’s perspective. I feel very privileged to be part of the Governing Body at Auriol, as they provide both the challenge and support that is needed to ensure the best outcomes for the children. 

Karima Mould - Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor

I have been passionately committed to improving outcomes for children and families and to inspiring a love of learning since I began my career as a teacher many years ago. I have loved every minute of my journey, from class teacher to deputy head and eventually headteacher of a primary school in Staines.  I retired in August 2015 with the firm intention of keeping in touch with education and utilising my skills to support the many talented teams I have had the privilege of working alongside.

As an ex headteacher I know what an important role school governors fulfil and I am looking forward to giving back something of the strength and support I have received from my governing bodies in the past. I know that the whole Auriol community shares a strong vision for achieving the very best possible for all children and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to be part of the team.

Dan Sims - Co-opted Governor

I have joined Auriol as a Governor in July 2014. I have worked in the educational publishing field for the last 10 years and am currently the national sales manager at Collins Learning.
There has been a huge amount of curriculum change over the last 10 years and I have worked closely with schools across the country to ensure that we create the best possible resources to help implement these changes.

In particular through my role, I have been able to develop my strategic and decision making skills and hope to utilise these skills in my role as Governor.
I am also a local resident and parent in Worcester Park and feel strongly that every child deserves the best education. I am excited and honoured to have joined the Governing body to help assist the school in its forward journey.   

Jeremy White - Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Auriol since September 2012.  Prior to that I worked in Education for nearly 40 years. During that time I experienced at first hand the importance of committed and supportive governors to the success of a school in meeting the needs and aspirations of its community. Currently I am a semi-retired Educational Consultant, having spent 32 years in secondary education including eight years as Headteacher of a large mixed secondary school in the Home Counties. 

I spent two years in education consultancy, supporting the initial rollout of the Academy programme, before spending a year each in the Ministry of Education in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and as an Education Management Advisor in Rwanda.  Recently I enjoyed a term as an interim Headteacher at a primary school in Surrey. 





Geoff Keam - Parent Governor

I joined the school as a parent governor so that I could help the school to continue delivering the quality education to our children that it is well known for.  I have 2 daughters who attend Auriol Junior School and from my wider family, there are another 4 children who also currently attend or who will do so in the future.  As a result, I really appreciate the importance that Auriol has to our local comunity.  I believe that a school needs to provide challenging educational experiences for each and every one of its students, and that it should do so in an enjoyable way.

As a chartered Principal Engineer working for a large engineering consultancy firm based in Epsom, my role involves leading teams across the UK to deliver innovative technical solutions to our clients.  I look forward to applying these same technical and leadership skills as a governor in order to help support the school and its Senior Leadership Team to deliver the successful outcomes we are striving for.

Anne Barry - Co-opted Governor 

I have enjoyed many years working in education, starting out as a teacher of mathematics in secondary schools.  My career included teaching in primary schools, a special school for children with moderate learning difficulties and several years as a teaching and learning consultant for mathematics in Surrey. I followed this with a return to teaching as a deputy head and then headteacher and over recent years I have worked as an independent consultant for teaching and learning in mathematics and as a leadership and management consultant.

I have always been passionate about providing children with the best possible opportunities for learning and I am honoured to be able to use my experience to support the strong community at Auriol School which so clearly have the outcomes for children at the centre of all they do. 


Governor Name Governor Category Term of Office Term of Office Appointing Body Areas of Responsibility

LGB Meeting Attendance

Sept 2017 - Sept 2018

    Start Expiry      
Miss Samantha Henry Staff 21/04/17 20/04/21 Elected   6/7
Mrs Rita Fajobi Co-opted 14/04/19 13/04/23 FGB   4/7
Mrs Mandy McDowall Ex-officio 16/03/17 n/a -   7/7
Mrs Karima Mould Co-opted 26/6/19 25/06/23 FGB Chair of Governing Body 6/7
Mr Dan Sims Co-opted 08/06/18 07/06/22 FGB   5/7
Mr Jeremy White Co-opted 15/06/17 16/06/21 FGB Vice Chair of Governing Body 4/7

Mrs Anne


Co-opted 05/09/17 04/09/21 FGB   6/7
Mr Geoff Keam  Parent 07/11/17 06/11/21 FGB   6/6
Mrs Davina Maroothynaden Parent 01/10/18 30/09/22 Parents   n/a
Miss Hannah Cobbold Co-opted 08/11/18 07/11/22 FGB   n/a

Governors Who Have Left The Governing Body in the last 12 Months

Mrs Kate Messenbird Co-opted 16/3/17 18/7/19 FGB    

   Governing Body Declared Business Interests 2018 - 2019

Governor Name Name of Organisation Nature of Business Nature of Interest
Miss Samantha Henry Auriol Junior School School Employed by BET as Teacher
Mrs Rita Fajobi None    
Mrs Mandy McDowall Auriol Junior School School Employed by BET as  Headteacher
Mrs Karima Mould None    
Mr Dan Sims GL Education Assessment Provider Employed by GL Education
Mr Jeremy White None    
Mrs Kate Messenbird

The Howard

Partnership Trust

Multi Academy


Employed by THPT

Mrs Davina


Collingwood School School Employed as Bursar & Clerk to Governors

Mrs Anne 



Babcock 4S





Mr Geoff Keam  None    
Miss Hannah Cobbold Epsom & Ewell High School School Employed by BET as Head of Sixth Form