I have been a Governor here at St Nics since 2010, and my 3 children have all attended this lovely school. I have previously chaired the Learning committee, and the Finance and Premises committee, and am presently Chair of the Governing Body. During my time as Chair we have been through a very successful Ofsted inspection, and also recruited a new Headteacher - it has been a busy few years! I used to work in commercial mortgage banking in London but I don't work at the moment, so have time and energy to devote to this role, and I very much enjoy being a part of the St Nics' community, even though my children have moved on. St Nics' is a very special place and we as a Governing Body work hard to keep it that way.
Hello I’m Toby Richardson. Originally from Guildford I’ve been back living locally to St Nicolas’ for the last 5 years. I joined as a Foundation Governor in November 2016. I have a son who is loving Beech Class and a daughter who I hope will soon join him at St Nicolas’ so I’m particularly keen to help maintain our caring, safe and nurturing environment! I work at the Institute of Cancer Research and Royal Marsden Hospital running a team who secure company partners to enable a broad range of cancer research to be carried out and then turned into products to benefit patients.
I started as a Governor at St Nicolas' in September 2018 when my daughter joined the school. I live in Guildford and wanted to make a contribution to the local community - I have always had an interest in education so becoming a Governor seems the perfect match. The school is a really impressive and happy place and I am excited to have the opportunity to be involved. Outside of school I work in public affairs. I am a long serving supporter of Portsmouth Football Club and also enjoy gardening, astronomy and cloud spotting.
I trained as an analytical chemist in London. My wife and I moved with our two young children to Guildford in 1973. I have worked for over 50 years in the construction industry in which I have managed companies at home and abroad. During my expat life I helped to set up a primary and junior school in Dubai. In between my overseas appointments I have been a regular member of All Saints’ Onslow Village holding various posts as Churchwarden, PCC Secretary and am currently chairman of the Premises Vision Group. I maintain a keen interest in cricket and hockey although I have retired as a player, trainer and umpire.
I became a Foundation Governor in November 2018 and am excited to have joined a talented team of governors. I live locally and have 3 children with the eldest loving year 1 and the second itching to start in reception next year. St Nics is a small school but it plays a large part in local life, its values radiate through everything and makes it a really special place. I look forward to supporting the school in any way I can to ensure the best possible experience and outcomes for all of the children as they start their education. Away from St Nics, I work in London as Finance Director of a technology consultancy. And away from work I enjoy being active and outdoors and spending time with family and friends.