The School Governors

Governors are at the heart of how the school operates. If you want to contact the chair of governors or any other governor please leave a message or a letter at the school office and your request will be passed on to the relevant governor.


The governors work closely with the headteacher and the senior leadership team to raise standards and ensure that the school has high expectations of all its pupils. The governors take a long-term strategic view and promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting school aims and policies.

In addition they appoint and performance manage the headteacher, agree the school improvement plan, set and monitor the budget and agree the staffing structure.

They do this together with the headteacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management and leadership of the school. At Lady Margaret Primary School, we are fortunate to have a very effective governing body, with many highly experienced, committed and knowledgeable governors.

Our governing body is made up of:

  • 3 parent governors elected by parents at the school
  • 1 Headteacher
  • 1 Staff governor elected by the staff
  • 5 co-opted governors (COGs) appointed by the governing body, including a non-teacher staff member
  • 1 Local Authority governor appointed by the London Borough of Ealing.


Day Njovana
Sadia Mughal
Farhana Sultana






Name: Sadia Mughal

Date of appointment: 13th December 2018

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee

Brief statement:

I am very interested in children’s education and want to support the school as much as possible.

I have two children attending the Lady Margaret School in year 2 and reception. I am very happy with the school, they have made good progress.

As a parent I am passionate in my desire to help to achieve the best possible schooling experience for all children, to give them the best start and foundation for a happy and healthy life ahead.

In my academic background I am a software engineer. I have done Masters in (IT). I have also worked in Education. I had been teaching IELTS (International English Language Testing System) for two years. Which helped me to build good communication and social skills.

I am reliable, helpful and approachable, and will attend the governor meetings regularly, giving balanced and objective view. I will always support the school leadership where I am confident that best is being provided, however If I have doubts I will not hesitate to question.

Name: Day Njovana

Date of appointment: 30th November 2017

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Committees: Teaching and Learning Committee

Brief statement: I am a 37 year old father of two, my daughter is currently in the year two (2). I work within the National Health Service (NHS) in London as a Head of Nursing and Associate Clinical Director of Safety and Security.

I feel that I can cast an independent eye over the workings of the school and bring a fresh perspective to the work of the existing governors. I am familiar with governance structures within systems that allow for effective relaying of learning to the staff within and outside of the systems. I am an active participant of my Service Management Team (SMT) and often take lead in challenging, supporting and holding the service, staff and other partners to account within the specified key performance indicators. I am well versed in managing budgets and resources for in large services and performing within the budgets thresholds.

Just like every other parent at Lady Margaret Primary School, I want the very best for my children. I want them to be happy, confident and become the very best they can be. As parents we need to support the school but when necessary we should also put the school under tough scrutiny. I am not afraid to ask difficult questions and I am used to speaking out and up for what is most important in a helpful way.

Lady Margaret Primary School to me is already a super local school and just like everyone else, I want it to continue to succeed and improve further. The role of parent governor is a vastly responsible one and I would like an inside look at how things work and a chance to make a difference for the community.

Name: Farhana Sultana

Date of appointment: 21st March 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Parent Governor


Brief statement: I am a writer and columnist and I have child in Reception. I am a Parent Governor at LMPS because it is my passion to support primary education.

I will support the school strategically to ensure students receive high quality education and planning for future development and continuous improvement. I believe parent governors have a special role, and will try to assess issues/decisions from the point of view of parents/carers.

I worked as a teacher, volunteer and teacher’s aid from 2004-2017 in Darland International school, Hambrough Primary school, Greenfields Nursery School and LMPS (summer term 2018). I hope to bring my experience as a volunteer to support LMPS with its future development.

I have completed B.S.S (Honours) and M.S.S in International Relations and a Teaching Assistant and Childcare course.

I will work with energy and enthusiasm to support LMPS to maintain high standards and future challenges.




Helen Rai
Bhavna Wadhera


Helen Rai Headteacher

Helen Rai Headteacher

Name: Helen Rai

Date of appointment: 2nd June 2014

Term of office: on-going

Category of Governor: Staff Governor – Headteacher

Mrs Bhavna Wadhera


Name: Bhavna Wadhera

Date of appointment: 19th July 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Staff Governor





Simon Prebble – Chair of Governors
Dean Horridge
Randip Bains
Raj Powar




Name: Raj Powar

Date of appointment:  4th July 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted member

Committees: Teaching and Learning

Brief Statement:

After having worked for years in the automotive, finance and property industries, I now work in an administrative role in an educational setting in Ealing. Working in a school has awakened a great sense of purpose in me and I am now deeply committed to doing all I can to support endeavours to provide the children in our community with the best possible start in life. All children deserve access to the best possible education.

I have lived in the Borough of Ealing for over 15 years and, having been born and raised in Hounslow, I know Southall well. I have a great fondness and affinity for the area and am therefore delighted to now have the opportunity to work with the community of Southall in the capacity of School Governor.

As a Governor, it is my intention to work wholeheartedly with the Governing body to raise standards and pupil attainment at the school, whilst also ensuring that the school provides the most supportive and nurturing environment possible for its children.




lady margaret headshots 8sept15-52-3280s squareName: Simon Prebble

Date of Appointment: 16th July 2014

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Vice Chair – Co-opted Member

Committees: Vice ChairResources Committee

Brief Statement: I am a headteacher of a primary school in Ealing. I have worked in education for 26 years as a head, senior leader and class teacher in 3 London boroughs.

For 3 years I was the Principal Primary Adviser for Ealing and led the primary school improvement team. I have a lot of experience of governing bodies both as a member and by supporting schools.

I have been a resident in the London Borough of Ealing for nearly 23 years. I believe schools should have high expectations of their children, parents and staff as pupils only have one chance to enable them to be successful in their future lives.

I am looking forward to working with the governing body to challenge and support the school to improve further.

Name: Dean Horridge

Date of appointment: 30th November 2017

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted Member

Committee: Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Dean is an expert in children’s activity and obesity and has 28 years’ experience in working with children, families and communities across a range of sectors, including education, leisure and health & fitness. As head of PE in a primary school he was disappointed at the lack of physical activity his pupils undertook during school holidays. Realising the effects of inactivity during the holidays, Dean started Fit For Sport weekend and holiday activity clubs for school children in 1991. These continue to operate (with over 100 activity camps nationwide) and Fit For Sport has evolved and grown dramatically. It now employs over 500 staff, supports over 200 schools, and engages over one million children through free school and family initiatives. Fit For Sport also trains 23% of the UK’s activity leaders.

A firm believer that the journey to an active life begins with children, his overriding goal for Fit For Sport is to make a positive impact on the health of the nation by engaging and educating children and families through activity on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Dean also takes a leading role in championing children’s activity in the health and fitness industry. He sits on Membership Council on the industry trade association ukactive, and also chairs the ukactive Kids Board, helping to develop and promote initiatives to improve children’s activity levels and participation.

Name: Randip Bains

Date of appointment: 21st March 2019

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted Member

Committee: tbc

Randip is a qualified English law Solicitor with 10 years’ experience of working in private practice with a range of clients. She currently works for the Bank of England as in house legal counsel and sits as the legal representative on risk committees within the Bank.

As a co-opted governor she feels that she has the opportunity to contribute to the local community by utilising skills that she has developed in her legal and professional career. She has always been keen to get involved in community work (past experiences including acting as a mentor, ambassador and charity work in Africa). The role as co-opted governor is quite a different and unique opportunity that appeals to her.

She is keen to gain experience of sitting on a governing body and developing her skills further in this context, in a way that makes a positive difference. She is interested to understand the challenges facing local schools and do as much as she can to assist with overcoming these or at least, providing a valuable contribution to the decision-making process.







Date of appointment:

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Local Authority Governors



Mrs Amanda Hancock



Mrs Amanda Hancock

Name: Mrs Amanda Hancock

Date of appointment: 30th November 2017

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Associate Governor

Brief Statement

I have four children and have worked in the education sector in Ealing for 19 years, I have been working in the school as the School Business Manager since 2015 strategically leading site support services, health and safety and policy updates, alongside managing the school budget, I also work closely with Mrs Rai on improving attendance and punctuality.

I have over 20 years experience of being a school governor and in this time I have seen many changes to the education sector. I feel passionately that every child gets the best start in life and hope that my participation in the leadership and management of the school will support the school in achieving its goals.





Details of Governors who have previously served on the Governing Body in the last 12 months and have since resigned.
Santhosh Kumar Karuvari
Owain Dobson
Herpal Bhachu
Councillor Swaran Padda



Name: Mr. Santhosh Kumar Karuvari

Date of appointment: 2nd July 2015

Term of office: 4 years

Date of Resignation: 5th July 2018

Category of Governor: Parent Governor


Name: Owain Dobson

Date of appointment: 16th March 2015

Term of office: 4 years

Date of resignation 13th November 2018

Category of Governor: Co-opted Member



Name: Herpal Bhachu

Date of appointment: 2nd July 2015

Term of office: 4 years

Date of resignation 8th January 2019

Category of Governor: Parent

Name: Councillor Swaran Padda

Date of appointment: 2nd February 2015

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Local Authority Governor

Date of resignation: 1st February 2019


Name: Mrs Amarjit Dhaliwal

Date of appointment: 27-Nov-2017

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted governor

Date of resignation: 4th July 2019



Name: Mr Jon Goulding

Date of appointment: 29-Nov-2016

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted governor

Date of resignation: 5th July 2019




Each term the full governing body meets.

Each of the committees meet every term to concentrate on different areas of school life.



Structure & agenda include:

  • Budgets
  • Resources
  • Financial Management / SFVS
  • Pay & Staffing/CPD
  • Business Management
  • Premises
  • Health and safety
  • Safeguarding
  • Environment
  • Community cohesion

Committee Members (6)

  • Chair: Simon Prebble
  • Vice Chair: Raj Powar
  • Helen Rai
  • Randip Bains
  • Day Njovana
  • Amanda Hancock – non-voting capacity





Structure & agenda include:

  • Standards/Pupil outcomes/data
  • Teaching & Learning
  • ‘Narrowing the gap’/ SEN
  • Pupil Premium
  • Target setting

Committee Members (7)

  • Chair: Dean Horridge
  • Vice Chair: tbc
  • Bhavna Wadhera
  • Helen Rai
  • Simon Prebble
  • Farhana Sultana
  • Sadia Mughal
  • Amanda Hancock – non-voting capacity



Governors may also have additional responsibilities:

Governors Roles 13-12-18

Governors Register of Interests:

All governors are asked to complete a declaration of interest form, and the table below is a compiled record of declarations submitted.

Register of interests summary 17-9-19

Governor attendance 2018-19

1st September 2018 to 31st August 2019

Name Designation ATTENDED POSSIBLE MEETINGS % Attendance
Mrs H Rai Headteacher 9 10 90%
Mr J Goulding Co-opted Governor (resigned) 3 7 43%
Mrs F Sultana Parent Governor 3 4 75%
Mrs A Dhaliwal Co-opted Governor (resigned) 5 7 71%
Mr D Njovana Parent Governor 3 7 43%
Mr D Horridge Co-opted Governor 6 7 86%
Mrs H Bhachu Parent Governor (resigned) 1 2 50%
Mrs S Mughal Parent Governor 5 6 83%
Mrs R Bains Co-opted Governor 4 4 100%
Cllr S Padda LA Governor (resigned) 1 2 50%
Mr S Prebble Co-opted Governor 7 7 100%
Miss L Simpson Staff Governor (Resigned) 8 10 80%
Mrs A Hancock Associate Governor 10 10 100%
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