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
  • 2 staff governors elected by the staff
  • 6 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.



Herpal Bhachu
Day Njovana

1 Vacancy


Mrs. Herpal Bhachu


Name: Herpal Bhachu

Date of appointment: 2nd July 2015

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Parent Governor

Committees: Vice Chair Learning and Teaching Committee

Brief statement: My two children currently attend Lady Margaret Primary School and thoroughly enjoy going to school every day. I am currently working as a HR Admin Officer in Hillingdon.  I have great passion in contributing to the community and improving Children’s Education.

For me it gives me great pleasure to support the Head teacher and to be a part of a successful team. I have the opportunity to develop new skills and put into practise existing ones.

I made a choice to volunteer as a parent governor as I wanted to make a valuable contribute to the school, offering my commitment, enthusiasm, ideas and most importantly my time and support to provide the best and effective learning for the children.

I believe that all children are given the best opportunities in life for learning; I want Lady Margaret Primary to be the best at delivering and to provide that enjoyable, forthcoming environment where children can excel in learning.


Day Njovana


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.

Helen Rai
Liane Simpson

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

Miss Liane Simpson

Name: Liane Simpson

Date of appointment: 17th June 2015

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Staff Governor – Teachers


Jon Goulding – Chair of Governors
Simon Prebble – Vice Chair of Governors
Amy Dhaliwal
Dean Horridge

2 Vacancies





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Jon Goulding

Name: Jon Goulding:

Date of appointment:  29th November 2016

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Chair of Governors – Co-opted member

Committees: Chair of Learning & Teaching Committee

Brief Statement: I have worked in education for 20 years and was a headteacher for 12 years. I currently work as a primary adviser in the London Borough of Hounslow.

I have previously worked with a variety of local authorities, supporting schools with leadership issues, improving the quality of teaching and improving pupil outcomes. In this role I have actively worked with governing bodies and hope I can bring this experience to supporting Lady Margaret School with its future developments.

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.

Amy Dhaliwal

         Amy Dhaliwal

Name: Amy Dhaliwal

Date of appointment: 25th October 2013

Term of office: 4 years

Category of Governor: Co-opted Member

Committees: Learning & Teaching

Brief Statement: I work as a Learning Support Assistant at Lady Margaret Primary School and have four children, three of whom attend the school.

I have a long history with Lady Margaret Primary School, having attended this school when I was younger.  Being a governor leaves me with a feeling of pride and I am happy to be able to give something back to the school.

Dean Horridge

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.


Councillor Swaran Padda

Councillor Swaran Padda

Councillor Swaran Padda

Name: Councillor Swaran Padda

Date of appointment: 2nd February 2015

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


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




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

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 (7)

  • Chair: Simon Prebble
  • Vice Chair: Santhosh Karuvari
  • Helen Rai
  • Cllr. Swaran Padda
  • Owain Dobson
  • Liane Simpson
  • Herpal Bhachu
  • Amanda Hancock – non-voting capacity



Structure & agenda include:

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

Committee Members (8)

  • Chair: Dean Horridge
  • Vice Chair: Amarjit Dhaliwal
  • Helen Rai
  • Jon Goulding
  • Herpal Bhachu
  • Amarjit Dhaliwal
  • Day Njovana
  • Amanda Hancock – non-voting capacity
  • Liane Simpson

Governors may also have additional responsibilities:

Governors Roles 30-11-17

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 1-2-18

Governor attendance 2017-18

1st September 2017 to 31st August 2018

Name Designation Attended Possible Meetings % Attendance
Mrs H Rai Headteacher 11 11 100%
Mrs H Bhachu Parent Governor 8 11 73%
Mrs A Hancock Associate Governor 8 8 100%
Mrs A Dhaliwal Co-opted Governor 9 9 100%
Cllr S Padda LA Governor 2 8 25%
Mr S Prebble Co-opted Governor – Vice Chair – Chair of Resources Committee 8 8 100%
Mr S Karuvari Parent Governor (Resigned) 6 7 86%
Mr O Dobson Co-opted Governor (Resigned) 5 8 63%
Mr J Goulding Co-opted Governor – Chair of Governors 6 9 67%
Mr D Njovana Parent Governor 4 6 67%
Miss L Simpson Staff Governor 9 10 90%
Mr D Horridge Co-opted Governor – Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee 5 6 83%
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