To contact the Chair of Governors please write to Mrs Gill Galdins, Chair of Governors, Richmond House School, 170 Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5LG or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gill has lived in Leeds for over 20 years having moved from Middlesbrough via Manchester, London, Stockport and Huddersfield! With over 30 years experience working in the NHS in a variety of clinical and general management roles, Gill has a history of managing large and complex projects across the NHS, establishing, merging and closing down organisations whilst ensuring they continue to be accountable as statutory public bodies. Having left the NHS in 2013 Gill is now a Management Consultant working independently in Health, Social Enterprise, Community Interest Companies, Charity and Public Sector Organisations.
Gill has a long standing history with Richmond House school going back to 1989 when the first of her 3 nephews started at the school, followed more recently by her own daughter. She became a Governor at Richmond House School in 2016 and remains committed to ensuring that it remains a school “Where children are happy to learn”.
Born in Uganda, Simon moved to London after University, where he started work for Customs and Excise. Simon has worked in various roles within the Criminal Investigation Department and relocated to Leeds in 2008 where he joined the newly formed HMRC. Simon’s two daughters both attended Richmond House School, where he feels they benefited from the small class sizes and the range of activities offered. Simon became a Governor in 2016 to give something back to the school and to ensure that current and future pupils have access to the same opportunities that his children had.
Originally from Leeds, Paul attended Leeds Grammar School and Nottingham Trent University, he then moved to train as a Graduate Surveyor at Sanderson Weatherall where he spent 12 years. Paul is currently the Director of Fox Lloyd Jones Ltd, a property consultancy business. He is the parent of 2 children currently at Richmond House School and he became a Governor to give something back to the school. He aims to utilise his skillset where needed and is looking forward to seeing projects come to fruition.
Gail has lived most of her life in Leeds. Her family connections with Richmond House School go back almost 70 years, with family members having attended the school in the 1940s, herself in the 1960s and her daughter from 2005-2012. A chartered accountant with business, corporate finance and senior management experience in various sectors, Gail brings business, finance and governance skills to the Governing body. Gail is keen to see the school continue to flourish and to play a part in helping to provide an environment that nurtures young children to make the best of themselves in whatever field they wish to participate in.
Originally from Cork, Ireland, Eleanor studied Medicine at University College Cork and qualified in 1996. She moved to Leeds in 1998 and worked in hospitals in both Leeds and Bradford before settling into a career in General Practice. She has worked as a General Practitioner in the Wortley area of Leeds for the past 14 years. Eleanor is the mother of three girls and her youngest still attends Richmond House School. All three still feel very much part of the ‘Richmond House Family’. As a GP she has experience in safeguarding children, and she would like to support Richmond House School maintaining the safe and happy environment for children to learn.
Brought up and educated in Sheffield, Catherine moved to Leeds in 1996 and has lived in the Headingley area since then. She is Managing Director of a Marketing Consultancy in Leeds. As a parent of three children who have attended Richmond House School, Catherine joined the Board of Governors in 2008 to bring a local perspective to the governors and help support with the school’s marketing and ensure healthy pupil numbers.
With roots firmly planted in the North, Emma moved from Lincolnshire to Yorkshire in 1993 in order to study at York Law School. She loved the county so much that she’s been here ever since, having qualified as a solicitor with Walker Morris in Leeds in 1998, now working as a partner with gunnercooke LLP. Emma’s youngest son still attends Richmond House and she is delighted to have been recently appointed a Governor. Emma is committed to contributing to the School by bringing her legal knowledge and experience and her keen interest (through working with Leeds Mind) in fostering and improving the children’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
Argyro has close ties with Richmond House school having attended as a pupil when Miss Davis, the founder of the school , was the headmistress. She has many fond memories of being at the school and because of this both of her sons also went to Richmond House from an early stage up until year six . They loved the school and have retained even in adulthood, close friendships with some of the friends they first met at Richmond House.
Argyro is a solicitor and works for the Crown Prosecution Service. She is responsible for heading a team of lawyers and paralegals and the work they are responsible for is focused in the Crown Courts across Yorkshire and Humberside. She jumped at the opportunity to join a dedicated and committed governor body and senior leadership team, whose sole purpose is to maintain the exceptional standards of the school.
Gary was born in Otley and studied Modern Languages at Cambridge University before beginning his teaching career in London. He moved back to Yorkshire in 2006 to take up a Head of Department position at Bradford Grammar School and he is currently an Assistant Head at BGS with responsibility for the curriculum and academic life of the school. He is a serving inspector with the Independent Schools Inspectorate and works extensively with a leading exam board on GCSE Modern Languages. He brings with him a great deal of educational knowledge and experience and is keen to help Richmond House continue to flourish both academically and in other ways.