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The Role of a School Governor

School governors are members of a school’s Governing Body. They have responsibility for raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring & evaluating school performance. They are the largest volunteer force in the country. Governors are made up of parents, staff, members of the community and appointed representatives from the Local Authority.

Find out more about the roles and duties of a school governor

Who can become a school governor?

All types of people can become school governors. No special qualifications are required, but you must be 18 or over on the date when you are elected or appointed.

Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities. You don’t need to have a child at the school. All Governors are required to complete a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) before they become a school governor.

Please see below for more information about our team of Governors.

How to become a governor

Usually, governors are usually elected when a vacancy becomes available. A vacancy can arrive by an existing governor’s term of office ending, a governor moving on or changes in legalities. When a vacancy arrives it will be advertised though letters in school and on the school website or learning platform. This will contain information regarding how to apply for the vacancy. If you are really interested in becoming a governor in general, please visit the Harrow Council website section for school governance for more information and to apply.

Our Governing Body

Chris Parkinson-Best

I am a new parent to Whitchurch Primary School and also an Assistant Head in a local primary school. I am excited to be a co-opted governor. I have expertise in Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, particularly Social, Emotional and Mental Health, having recently been part of the behaviour service of another London borough. I have also been a governor at other schools in the past and I am excited to bring my knowledge and experience from all of these different roles into my role as a governor at Whitchurch Primary School.

Link Governor for Inclusion – SEND focus

Donna Knight-Olds

My work history is in fact in Governance so this volunteer role as a co-opted Governor for Whitchurch Primary School is somewhat of a ‘busman’s holiday’. I have previously worked for various London Boroughs in roles relating to the elected Councillors. That has included administering meetings, devising and implementing processes related to Codes of Conduct, proposing constitutional changes and providing advice on Freedom of Information and Data Protection matters etc.

With two young children at the school I have been working differently so that I mainly work from home outside of attendance at meetings and for more than one client/employer. Current roles include:

  • acting as clerk and adviser to the governing bodies of a primary and secondary academy
  • clerking meetings for small charity
  • clerking meetings of adoption and fostering panels
  • various roles administering elections.

Link Governor for Literacy

Mehul Shah

I am a senior finance professional and a parent of a child in Whitchurch Primary School. I am also an active volunteer within my community.

My experience of working in the public sector will allow me to bring financial expertise relevant to the current economic climate.  As the chair of the resources committee, I will ensure the school leadership are able to deliver the best value whilst ensuring the school ethos and delivering the best of pupils is not compromised.

Link Governor for Mathematics

Amit Badiani

I am an multi-site Global Airline leader with extensive Corporate and International experience with previous assignments in Russia, Middle East and Western Europe. I have extensive experience traversing bureaucracy while working with host governments, security agencies, corporate customers and other authority bodies. As a people leader and department head, I draw upon my experiences in providing governance to our School, as we work to ensure the highest of standards are developed and maintained, while also ensuring that robust procedures and measures are in place to mitigate any substantial failures to the children, staff and community as a whole.

I have the privilege of being a Co-Opted Governor and Vice Chair of the Schools Governing Body and took on this responsibility to play a role, however small, in assisting with shaping the trajectory of the school, in partnership with the schools outstanding leadership team and fellow governors. If the school is able to benefit from any of my experiences then for me I have served the purpose for why I am on the GB and giving back to our local community.

I am football fan and enjoy partaking in martial arts whilst also being an avid traveler and a doting dad of two boys, of which one also attends the school.

Link Governor for Well-being

Meera Shah

I work part time within the NHS. I am passionate about children and young adults, and, work primarily with teenagers. I can see how a solid foundation shapes young children to become happy, confident teenagers who then progress to well adjusted young adults.

I understand how important the school environment is in shaping a child’s life, and that teachers and other members of staff can have a lifelong impact.

I believe education is the key to achieving a healthy, balanced life. As a parent governor, I am happy to be involved in supporting the school and staff who teach our children / direct the progress of the school.

Link Governor for Inclusion – Gifted and Talented, Pupil Premium and Sport Premium focus

Father Paul Reece

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Manji Kara

I am a retired railway engineer dedicating my free time for community service. I have been a Ward councillor since 2002 as well as an LEA nominated school governor at Glebe Primary School and Stanburn Primary School over the years. I was an active member of the PTA at Priestmead School and Park High School where my sons received fine education.

Link Governor for Health and Safety

Maria Nickson

I have been teaching at Whitchurch for four years and during this time I have worked across both Key Stages 1 and 2.​ I have also mentored Newly Qualified Teachers which requires half termly observations, guidance and support with all aspects of pedagogy. I am the PE Coordinator which entails budgeting the sports grant money, organising sporting events, sports clubs and most importantly our annual whole school sports day.

Prior to entering full time teaching, I worked as an TA in a special school in Harrow which catered for all Key Stages up to the age of 18. My first employment was in the Leisure industry, coaching tennis and swimming across many London boroughs. I have always had a sporting background and was fortunate to be selected as a volunteer lifeguard for the triathlon in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

Staff Governor

Dr Kulabalasingham Sudhakar

I am a teacher of Mathematics at a leading independent school in Harrow and have been working as a secondary school teacher for nearly 14 years in both state and independent schools. Alongside teaching Mathematics, I have held many positions of responsibility within these schools to improve pupil achievements, numeracy across the curriculum, teaching and learning, and staff development. At present I am the chair of the school Staff Association, overseeing staff welfare. In addition, I have worked as a GCSE/A-Level examiner for nearly 10 years for a leading exam board. I am very excited to be part of the Whitchurch School governing body and will share my knowledge and experience to make a positive impact in the Whitchurch School community.

Governing Body News and Documentation

Enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education are the most important qualities for being a governor