Rise Park Academy Trust Board of Directors

Mrs Victoria Botham

Chair of Directors & Member

Before leaving work to raise my family, I was Clerk to a Governing Body in a small independent school and was pleased to be able to join the Infant School Governing Body in November 2011, when my son started in Reception. Since then, my daughter has now also started at Rise Park Infants.   

I became a Trustee and Director in 2014, when we received permission to bring the two schools together under the Rise Park Academy Trust. I enjoy working closely with the rest of the

Directors and Governors to support both the Infant and Junior Schools to become outstanding.

Mr Kevin Johns

Vice Chair of Directors

Kevin Johns is a Director of RPAT - he joined us in the spring of 2018. As well as attending Trust meetings he is enjoying making visits to the school and getting to know the staff – he would like to thank you all for being so welcoming. He has previous experience as a primary school governor and members of his family have worked in the past and present in education. His interest in education stems from having received a good education himself in the state sector - he believes strongly that a good education must be equally available to all, in a fair and progressive society. He has a particular interest in working with the RPAT Board team to ensure that we have a clear strategy that states, in plain English, how we will continue to do well in an ever-changing world. Outside RPAT, Kevin has 4 adult children, of whom 3 live in East London and 1 in Essex. He has 40 years’ experience, mostly in the private sector, as a senior manager and management consultant working in banking, telecommunications and technology.

Mrs Carolyn Fox


My original background was in banking and finance, which I left in order to raise my two daughters. For the past twenty years I have worked in Havering as a class teacher, phase leader, Deputy Headteacher and Infant Headteacher, before being appointed to my current post of Executive Headteacher of Rise Park Academy Trust. I am committed to the children and wider community of our Rise Park Schools, for which our whole staff team strives to provide an optimum educational offer, which includes broad extra-curricular provision, consistently high quality teaching, a supportive and nurturing pastoral environment, as well as excellent resources and technologies which support and progress all of our pupils’ learning experiences. We are proud to be the first Multi Academy Trust and Department for Education Sponsor in Havering, and look forward to growing and evolving into a further expanded high achieving establishment within the near future.

Mr Denis Stevens

Director & Member

As a former Governor of the Junior School, I became a Director of the Rise Park Academy Trust in September 2014, and a Trustee in September 2015.

I am originally from Bow in the East End of London. My wife and I have three children and eight grandchildren.   

I worked in the electrical engineering industry, although I am now retired. I have been a Chair or Member of the Pettit's Safer Neighbourhood Panel for several years and I am also actively involved in a local Boys Junior Football Club, as well as being a league official for more than twenty years.

Miss Teju Sogbetun


Teju became a Director of Rise Park Academy in Spring 2019.

She is a Policy and Business Manager within an NHS organisation and has experience in policy, project management and strategic planning.

Despite having a career in healthcare, Teju has a passion for education and regularly volunteers in schools around London leading workshops on education and career choices.

Teju hopes that her educational and career history, combined with her passion for education can help develop RPAT further.

Rise Park Academy Trust

Annan Way


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