Edmund McCudden: Chair of Governors/Co-opted Governor
I am a Chartered Engineer and Builder and Regional Preconstruction Manager, specialising in healthcare, with Kier Southern (who I have worked with for the past 30 years).
I have recently been elected a Co-Chair of Governors with the intention to become Chair of Governors in the New Year.
My first association with Springhallow started in 2008 when Kier were appointed to undertake the design and construction for the new school. I was subsequently approached by the then Head to become a governor and I eagerly took up the role.
My two elder brothers have had various complications with Autism and Cerebral palsy but have always been at the centre of our family. This has given me a unique insight with the challenges and problems associated with Autism within the family environment and how I am best placed to make a difference with our children both at home and within our fantastic school at Springhallow.
Ian Buchanan: Co-Vice Chair/Co-opted Governor
I have been associated with Springhallow School for more than 14 years, as my son Jamie was a pupil for over 11 years, leaving in the summer of 2017.
I became a governor in 2016 as I felt I had time to focus on role, having retired from BT Group plc the previous year. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and over the last 10 years have also been Treasurer of Friends of Springhallow (FoS).
I am currently Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Resources Committee. I am also one of the Special Schools representatives on the Ealing Schools Forum, where I attempt to make some sense of the extensive financial information that the Officers of Ealing Council produce, as they provide funding for all LA schools across the borough.
I have a particular interest in seeing how Springhallow might maximise benefits for the school through its strengths in such areas as Outreach and pupil assessment systems, both of which could be of interest to
mainstream schools which have growing numbers in ARP units. I have also been closely involved in the planning for the Springhallow Post-16 provision, which was launched so successfully just over a year ago.
Brigitte Bistrick-Bryan: Co-opted Governor
I became a Parent Governor about 9 years ago when our son attended Springhallow. We received phenomenal support from the school and experienced first-hand the difference it made to his and our lives.
In my “day job” I work for Contact Ealing and have previously worked for the early years SEN support group P.E.S.T.S. and the Ealing Parent Carer Forum. I have a good understanding of the SEN sector in Ealing including the many recent changes, and appreciate the challenges faced by both the Springhallow families as well as the school itself.
I believe as the Springhallow Governing Body we have a good mix of skills and expertise to support and, where necessary, challenge the school and am very happy to co-chair the Governing Body with Eddie this year.
Matthew Sartin: Headteacher
I have been at Springhallow School as Head Teacher since April 2017. I have been a qualified teacher since 2001, and have had many years working as a senior leader in a range of special schools.
I gained an MA in Professional Studies in Education from Kingston University in 2007, basing my thesis on educating and supporting children and young people with Autism. I am proud to lead this school alongside the full support of an experienced Governing Body
Mary Geddes: Co-opted Governor
I am a qualified teacher and ex-headteacher, and have previously been an Ofsted inspector and education consultant. I taught at Springhallow many years ago and always retained an interest in autism. I was delighted to be appointed as a governor here when I retired as a headteacher. Springhallow is a wonderful school, bringing out the best in everyone.
Nichola Curran: Co-opted Governor
I have worked at Springhallow School for 16 years. Firstly, as a Teaching Assistant in both the primary and secondary departments, then as an Administrator from 2019 when I joined the admin team working at both at Springhallow School and also the Post 16 College site.
I have worked in Special Needs Education for 23 years and have been a Governor for many years at Springhallow and before that at my previous school, where I was chair of Admissions.
Caroline O'Connor: LA Governor
I have been a governor at Springhallow since October 23. I am currently Deputy Headteacher at Ealing Alternative Provision and have worked in education for over 20 years. I have always had a keen interested in special educational needs and have been a qualified SENCO for 12 years.
During the early part of my career, I juggled teaching with my passion for sport. Competing at two Olympic Games (2008 & 2012) as the cox for the Great Britain Women’s Eight.
I grew up in Ealing and still remain a local resident. I’m hoping that my role as governor at Springhallow will allow me to give something back to the local area and a section of education that I feel passionately about.
Yasmin Feisal: Parent Governor
I was elected a parent governor in March 2020 and joined the governing body so that I could be involved in supporting the school with my knowledge, skills and expertise from a wide variety of backgrounds both professionally and as a parent as well as a member of the local community.
As a parent of two I am incredibly passionate about children’s and young people’s education, and this led me to seek out opportunities beyond my profession to support and contribute to the school.
I am delighted that I have the opportunity to do this at Springhallow and help the Board of Governors meet their important remit.
Ahmed Alsamarri: Co-vice Chair/Parent Governor
I am a technology professional with over a decade of C-Level experience in a variety of international companies. My main areas of interest are transformation, scalability and leadership. I also run my own business providing technology consultancy and development.
My son started at Springhallow at the age of 5. I joined the governing body because I would like to contribute to the school, it’s staff, students and environment as a whole in any way I can.
Winnie Driver: Parent Governor
My son became a student of Springhallow in September 2021, starting in the secondary department following being at a mainstream primary school.I also have other children with Autism and additional needs.
I currently work for Contact Ealing, supporting families with children and young people with Disabilities and Special Educational Needs.
My background is in Maternity services and Healthcare for over 15 years.
Since being elected as parent governor in November 2022, I am passionate in supporting all Springhallow community.
Estine Kirsten: Staff Governor
I became a staff governor at Springhallow School in 2020. I have a Bachelor Degree in Education, and in 2012 I completed a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). In 2015 I started my teaching career at Springhallow School in the primary department, at that time, the school was based at William Perkins High School.
I later had the opportunity to work in the secondary department at Springhallow. There, I played an integral part in developing and establishing the Spring Cafe. I am now extremely fortunate to work at the Post-16 College where recently I transformed an disused room into a functional Lifeskills room. I have also helped to create a Horticultural Garden, which has enabled us to improve the curriculum, and support our cohort.
I am passionate about Lifeskills and developing students independence skills-providing them with a wealth of opportunities for lifelong learning.