Darrick Wood Junior School

Governor Profiles

Ms Selina Vaccarino (Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor)

My name is Selina Vaccarino and I am honoured to be Chair of Governors at Darrick Wood Junior School, a vibrant community school, solid in values and committed to fulfilling potential of all children. I joined the Governing Board in May 2019 and subsequently Chair of Governors in July 2020.   I have over 10 years international leadership experience, in reputation and project management, working for FTSE 100 c-suite executives.   I am committed and excited to contribute to the Governing Body to help build on the positive successes of the school by being supportive with a decisive, open mind, ensuring the best outcomes for the pupils and staff.

Mr Neil Beckford (Vice Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor)

My name is Neil Beckford and in January 2021, I was delighted to have joined the Local Governing Board at Darrick Wood Junior School as a Co-opted Governor.

I am an experienced business executive specializing in Technology and Security leadership predominantly across the Media and Entertainment Industry (Film and TV Production).  I enjoy participating in industry-related public events as panellist and moderator.  I am a board member of an Entertainment Technology research organisation linked to the University of Southern California.  I Co-chair my organization's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion global task force.  Playing an active support role in Darrick Wood Junior School's continued nurturing and success, supporting its staff and pupils is something I am very much looking forward to.

Mr Andrew Kilgour (Headteacher, ex officio)

I am now in the twenty-sixth year of my teaching career, the last twelve years of which have been spent at Darrick Wood Junior School. I have also taught in the London Boroughs of Sutton and Croydon and, early in my career, I spent two years teaching overseas in Eritrea. I was appointed to DWJS in the role of Assistant Headteacher in 2007 and took on the role of Headteacher in September 2013. As a member of the DWJS Governing Body I sit on all of its committees and work closely with school Governors, particularly the Chair of Governors, to improve outcomes for all children. When not working, I enjoy running and cycling and I am a big fan of American sports, particularly the NFL. I am also a keen, although not terribly good, guitarist.

Mr Dave Hackin (Deputy Headteacher, Co-opted Governor)

Prior to joining Darrick Wood Junior School in April 2015, I spent the first eleven years of my teaching career working in Peckham, in the London Borough of Southwark. From 2009 onwards, I have been employed as a Deputy Headteacher, leading on behaviour and inclusion in my previous position and on behaviour and assessment since joining DWJS. My interests include futilely supporting Bolton Wanderers Football Club, reading modern history and watching live music.

Mr Nigel Robinson (Co-opted Governor)

I'm Nigel Robinson and have been a Parent Governor since 2011. I have four children, one which has passed through the school and is now at the senior school. Two are currently attending, with one still to come. Feeling I had a vested interest in the school I decided to join the Governing Body and have enjoyed my time thus far.

I am Managing Director of a Picture Framing Company in East London and my everyday work life brings many skills which help me fulfil my role as a Governor. I always hope that I have the school's best interest at heart and with my fellow Governors, strive to make our school the very best it can be for the good of all the children, staff and parents.

Mr Ralph Barlow (Parent Governor)

I am delighted to have joined as a Parent Governor in 2020 in support of the school that has done so much for my three children.  My background is in secondary education – as a teacher and senior leader in schools ranging from comprehensives to HMC boarding schools.  I was co-founder of the Mathematics Enhancement Programme which is used widely in schools and my recent consultancy and appraisal work in both maintained and independent schools has focussed on developing strategic leadership with a student-centred mission.  I spend a lot of time enjoying singing and playing music, increasingly with the family and I direct the choir at St Giles, Farnborough.

 Ms Julia Maguire (Parent Governor)

My day job is Head of Legal Services for UCU or University and College Union, the trade union which represents teachers and lecturers in universities and further education colleges.  As a lawyer with 20 years’ experience specialising in employment law, I run the legal services for our member who have employment issues and advise on the legal aspects of the union’s strategic campaigning and policy.  I have also had a lot of experience acting for large central government departments and advising them on the legal aspects of their HR policy development and day to day employment issues. I have two children, one at each of Darrick Wood Juniors and Darrick Wood Infants, and I tutor GCSE English for ‘The Access Project’, which is a charity which helps pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to get the grades needed for a place at university.  I am a volunteer for a refugee aid charity, and I enjoy sport and fitness particularly swimming.  I’m currently training for a charity English Channel relay team crossing in 2021.

Mr Stewart Murdoch (Co-opted Governor)

My name is Stewart Murdoch and I have been teaching in London and the South East for over 20 years, experiencing many roles including that as a senior leader and Headteacher. I am passionate about all children being offered the best learning experiences in order for them to succeed in life. I am proud to be part of the DWJS Governing Body. Outside the realms of education I enjoy travel, theatre and learning languages.