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The Rise School is governed by a local governing body (LGB) who have the skills, competencies and perspectives need to govern the school. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor at the Rise School, then please get in touch.

Jackie Saddington
Chair of the Local Governing Body

Date appointed: 28 October 2019 

I am currently employed as Head of Bi-Borough School Governor Services covering the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as well as Westminster City Council. I have over twenty years’ experience in school governance covering all sectors. In addition to working in school governance, I am also a governor at Beddington Park Academy in Sutton, which is part of The Step Academy Trust, and until 2018 I chaired a Multi-Academy Trust, which had grown from one school to seven schools, by the time I left. I have been married for thirty years and have two adult daughters. My interests are sport, history, and travel. 

Helen Ralston
Head of School

Date appointed: 28 October 2019 

Annette Williams

Date appointed: 28 October 2019 

Sarah Buscall

Date appointed: 

Lucy Nutt

Date appointed: 29 June 2015

Lucy has over 20 years’ experience working in schools and educational management. This includes working in special education and with children from 4 to 18. Lucy has worked for local authorities and within an academy chain. Currently, she is employed by the Tri-borough Education Service working with schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) and Westminster City Council (WCC). Lucy is also a qualified Ofsted inspector and has co-authored the LDA book, Assemblies to Teach the Golden Rules.

Charlotte Warner

Date appointed: 18 December 2012

Charlotte has a background in NHS management and private sector commercial negotiation, along with an MBA from INSEAD. Charlotte is parent of a child with special needs and was the parent lead for establishing The Rise School.

Jolanta Lasota
Chief Executive

Date appointed: 18 December 2012

Jolanta is currently Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism and the Ambitious about Autism Schools Trust as well as the Accounting Officer for the Trust. She also Chairs the Autism Education Trust, a not-for-profit programme funded by the Department for Education to improve educational access, experience and outcomes for children and young people with autism. Her career includes Director roles in national voluntary sector organisations, including I CAN (which ran three non-maintained special schools) and the Governance Hub (a national body set up by the Cabinet Office to support the governance of the third sector). She is a parent of a child with special needs.

Viv Berkeley
Executive Principal

Date appointed: 28 October 2019