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Maria Widdowson


Governor type

Local Authority Governor, Appointed by the Full Governing Board

Governor position held

Vice Chair of Governors, and Link Governor for Health and Safety

Appointment date and term

29 June 2022, 4 years (second term)

Why did you want to be a governor?

Firm in the belief that knowledge and skills are a key basis for fulfilment in life and great social levellers, I had long wanted to be a governor.  In particular, I wished to support pursuit of excellent in a Primary school, where the formal education journey begins. I am honoured and excited to be part of an amazing governing team at Sheen Mount. 

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What do you do when you are not being a governor?

My entire career has been within London University, most recently at UCL as Assistant Director supporting strategic development, and managing the resources and administration team of SSEES. Since retiring, I am enjoying more time pursuing interests derived from a passion for observing nature and life-long learning (ornithology, botany, Art, languages). When I am not being a governor, I am having fun sharing adventures with family and friends. 

During your time as a governor, what achievement has made you most proud?

The role of governor and Vice-Chair is a continuous learning experience that increases in satisfaction as my involvement grows. I am enormously proud of a consistently high quality provision and the noteworthy inclusiveness which distinguish Sheen Mount. A recent highlight was completion of the swimming pool project to enhance a facility that is greatly enjoyed by the children.   

Sum up Sheen Mount in 3 words

Welcoming; Aspirational; Excellent.