Role: Chair of Governors, Parent Governor

Committee: Resources

Link role: Creativity, Governor engagement

Term of office:

Chair | 06/01/2020 - present

Vice-Chair | 28/03/2017 - 03/01/2020

It is a privilege to be Chair of Governors at Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form and to be a part of its wonderfully diverse community.

Our 14 strong governing body is fully committed to supporting and holding to account the headteacher, and the senior leadership team to run our school to the best of their abilities. We are passionate about ensuring that we do the best by very one of our pupils giving them not only an excellent education, but also ensuring they develop as resilient, confident, respectful, fully rounded active young adults equipped with the hard & soft skills they need to take them forwards to the next stages of their lives and careers when they leave us.

We are also committed to making sure that our continued emphasis on the emotional and physical wellbeing of all our students and staff be a priority. The outstanding work being done in this area by Headteacher Zehra Jaffer, wellbeing lead, & all staff is something of which we should be exceedingly proud.

For my day job, I work for charity A New Direction as one of the senior leaders of the Create Jobs employability programme working with industry to co-design training programmes for young people from underrepresented groups helping them get jobs in the creative, cultural and digital industries via authentic industry training, mentoring and networking opportunities. I am keen to see this continue to be reflected in the work I see going on at SNS and to use my links and specialism in this area where I can to help to continue to improve our creative and careers offer. I am also Founder and Director of the Meet a Mentor programme now in its fourth year which is delivered in partnership with Create.

Previously I was a parent governor on the governing body of William Patten Primary School (2007-11) where in addition to being vice-chair, I sat on both curriculum and communications committees and was involved in recruiting parent and other local-authority governors.

I am a Fellow at The Royal Society of Arts and passionate about social mobility and equal opportunities for all young people both inside and outside the school setting.