I took my degree in Classics before qualifying as a lawyer and spending seven years at the criminal bar. Having decided that there was something to be gained from keeping more salubrious company, I joined the Barnes team in 2014 as a trainee and have been teaching in Year 5 ever since. In 2016, I became the staff governor. On Friday evenings, I leave school to start my weekend job, looking after my three children, Martha, Otto and Audrey. In my spare time, I enjoy running, swimming and buying books which I will endeavour to read before retirement.
Alexander Thomas Lee Russell
As a parent of two children at the school I’m passionate about the wonderful environment for learning that Barnes Primary provides. My background is in Computing and Broadcast Engineering and I am a Chartered Engineer and STEM Ambassador. I have worked in broadcasting since I left University, initially for the BBC, then Siemens and now for Digital UK who are responsible for the technology behind Freeview and Freeview Play.
I’ve been a resident of Barnes living a few doors away from the school since 2006 and I love the community of Barnes and the area that the school serves.
Alexandra Tamsin Shephard
I am passionate about family, food and travel and am a parent of Emily who left the school in the summer of 2019. I have lived 6 doors down from the school for over 12 years and like to keep things local by running a corporate training consultancy and drinks consultancy from an office in Mortlake.
Although I had previously taught in India, Spain and Mitcham, my association with BPS started in 2005 when my daughter joined Reception, with my son following into the nursery two years later. At this time I was Chairman of the PTFA, a post I held for two years. Meanwhile I also started working at the school first in the Nursery and then as a teaching assistant in Year 2 working to support children primarily with their reading skills. This is a task I love and have since gained a Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and another one in SEND. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and teenage children – although the current task of teaching my daughter to drive is testing my patience!
Antonia Elizabeth Lord
Prior to joining the school, I spent nearly 30 years in asset finance and asset management. Both my children attended Barnes Primary, a wonderful foundation for their transition to secondary school. Now they are teenagers, I enjoy debating concepts such as freedom, trust and responsibility, torturing them on long weekend walks and messing about on our boat.
I have lived in Barnes for over 30 years and now run my own legal practice from there, specialising in employment law. Before setting that up 10 years ago I was a partner in the legal practice of PwC. I have two children who are now at university, although neither attended Barnes Primary so I have no prior connection to the school. I am also a governor of a primary school in Ealing and aim to use the knowledge sharing that permits for the benefit of both schools. The remainder of my time is spent watching (football, cricket, rugby) and playing (tennis, golf, cycling) sport, and taking advantage of the access we have to theatre, art galleries and other cultural opportunities in our great city.
I am a retired teacher. The greater part of my teaching career was spent in the Richmond borough, most recently as a Deputy Head in the independent sector. I have two grown up children and four grandchildren, two of whom attend a local authority London primary school. I am a regular theatre goer, read obsessively and enjoy gardening, the outdoors and the natural world. I am a keen walker.
Cllr. Gemma Stockley
I have lived in Barnes/ Mortlake for over 10 years. I was elected as a Councillor for Mortlake and Barnes Common in 2010 and have been the LA Nominated Governor for Barnes Primary School since then. Professionally I am a Sales Director for an independent film company. I enjoy running, food (hence the running), skiing and watching rugby.
Deputy Headteacher with effect September 2019. I have worked at Barnes Primary School since 2008. During this time, I have led both the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage One. In addition to this, I am an NCETM Teaching for Mastery Specialist and Professional Development Accredited Lead teacher. When I’m not working I enjoy swimming, reading, going to the theatre and spending time with my family and friends.
I have two children currently attending the school. I am a corporate/commercial lawyer and Head of Group Legal for a large private schools group. I hope that my legal background and love of reading long procurement contracts makes me a useful addition to the team! In my spare time I enjoy running, practicing Thai kickboxing and baking and eating cakes.
Jeremy Thomas Rees
A Sheen resident since 1992, I’m a former Barnes parent, having seen my two boys pass happily and successfully through the school. I’ve sat on the Governing Body since 2003, spending five as Vice Chair. With the Site Manager, I conduct the annual Safe Places review of the school premises. I’m a Chartered Engineer and work as the managing director of a technology company in the broadcast sector so I have a natural interest in the teaching and learning of science and technology at Barnes. When not working, I spend my spare time watching, coaching and refereeing rugby at London Welsh RFC. As a result of participating in a charity rowing trip down the Mississippi River in 2014, I’m a late convert to the sport of skiffing.
Whilst my three children have all left Barnes Primary now, I still find the challenges of school governance an interesting alternative to my day job in advertising and media. I was Chair of Governors between 2008 and 2014 and was Chair of the Headteacher Performance Management Committee from 2008 to 2019, as well as being on the Finance Committee and Pay and Personnel Committee. Outside of work and apart from being the kids’ Uber, I go to watch Chelsea as often as possible, play a bit of 5-a-side and enjoy the local cinema.
I have lived in Barnes for several years and am excited to get involved with Barnes Primary as a governor. My background is legal. I spent over 15 years working in employment law, initially at a City law firm before moving in-house to a large international PLC. I enjoy spending time with family (outside if possible), travelling and being a taxi service for my children.
With my wife Annie, I am a parent of one son, Guy, in year 6, and one daughter, Riva, who is now at Gordon’s, having completed her amazing education at BPS. We have lived close to the school here in Barnes since 1991. My career in commercial and operational leadership positions with a Global organization, includes roles of responsibility for Environmental Health & Safety [EHS] over an 8 year period. Through Barnes RFC, I help create the floodlit tag rugby events. Passionate about all things BPS!
Professionally, I recently joined a Fortune 250 B2B organisation as their Director, Learning Delivery for EMEA.
Prior to this I worked for four years at a leading UK City of London based skills development organisation in the roles of Group Head of employee Learning & Development.
Previously I worked for 22 years at a Fortune 500 International B2B organisation across Sales, Sales Management and Project Management roles. Spending the last 7 years in leadership roles within their pan European Learning & Development function. My wife and I have been Barnes residents for over 20 years. I am passionate about travelling, business and developing our next generations through education.
Peter Berwyn Evans
I have lived in Barnes for over ten years and have two daughters in Barnes Primary School. I am passionate about contributing to the future success of this wonderful school and feel privileged to have been voted in as a Parent Governor. Although still in the early stages of the term, I’ thoroughly enjoy the role so far. I am a commercial airline pilot for British Airways flying a worldwide long haul network.
Peter William Dornan
I have one daughter, Betsy, at the school, and one daughter, Evie, who is now at RPA, having had a wonderful education at BPS.
By day I have spent my career within the design and construction world. For the last 10 years I have worked for a global property consultancy, and predominantly with global corporate clients looking after their property portfolios across Europe, Middle East and Africa.
When not trying to learn to plait hair (how hard??) I am often found swimming, cycling and/or running somewhere around Barnes/Ham/Europe.
Susan Karen Jepson
I was appointed as Headteacher with effect September 2019. Previously I was Deputy at the school since 1999. At that time the school was one form of entry and known as Westfields. I have been part of the school as it has transformed into the successful and thriving two form entry organisation that it now is. Prior to joining Barnes I worked, for six years, in the very large (8 form entry; 3-18 years) popular and successful British international school in Thailand: Bangkok Patana.I have an MA in Education and have passed the National Headteachers’ Qualification (NPQH).When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I particularly enjoy travelling to new places, being outdoors in the fresh air: walking, running, cycling or playing tennis.