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Meet the Governors

Janet Smith

I have been a Governor on Lonesome Primary Governing Board for some time. Previously, I have served on two Governing Boards in Merton.

I am a Local Authority Governor appointed by the London Borough of Merton.

I am privileged to be Chair of Governors at the present time. I find this both enjoyable and rewarding.

I have a strong interest in children’s education and learning, I believe it is every child’s right to a good education.  I think it is very important for all children to have as many educational opportunities, so that at all stages of their education they can reach their full potential.

During my free time I enjoy eating out, going to the theatre and spending time with my family, especially my three year old granddaughter.  

Angie Sharma

I am a co-opted member of the Governing Board and I presently chair the Standards and Curriculum Committee. I recently retired from a career in education having taught in schools in Lambeth and Southwark. I was privileged to spend the latter years of my career as a primary school headteacher.

In my retirement I am enjoying various volunteering roles which include helping to run an after school club, contributing to the sessions of a toddler group and supporting a group of people with a learning disability.

I have had experience of being a member of different governing boards in Lambeth and Southwark and I am now enjoying being part of the Lonesome School Governing Board.

 Claire Allison    

 As a teacher at Lonesome Primary School, I am committed to making a difference to the lives of young children. By becoming part of the Governing board, I will be able to see how this can be accomplished from another perspective over and above teaching within the classroom.



Paul Beckham

I have been a governor at Lonesome Primary school for 15 years initially as a parent governor as my two daughters attended the school. When my children left Lonesome I became a co-opted governor and have been so ever since. In my day to day life I work as a solicitor undertaking a variety of legal matters for a large Local Authority. Working as a solicitor has enabled me to bring a wide range of skills and knowledge to the role of a school governor which I hope I can put to use for the benefit of the school and the children.

I became a school governor because i thought I would be able to make a difference by helping ensure that all the children at the school would get the best possible chance and opportunity to achieve their best. I still find the role interesting and challenging but also very rewarding.

Jean Cooper

I am a co-opted governor and live in Merton. Before retiring in 2011 I worked as the Child Protection Adviser for Education. I was a governor at the KS4 Pupil Referral Unit and am currently a governor at the new KS3 & KS4 provision, Brent River College. I am the governor responsible for safeguarding.

At Lonesome I am a member of the Standards and Curriculum Committee and am the governor responsible for attendance and mathematics.

I look forward to any opportunities for meeting both pupils and parents and hearing their views.

Kemi Lawal

I have been a Governor at Lonesome Primary since September 2008. I started as a Parent Governor when my children attended the school.   At the end of my 4-year term I became a Co-opted Governor.   I currently serve on the Finance, Personnel and Premises and Pay Review Committees. I am also the Health and Safety Governor.

My role involves attending full Governors’ Meeting, Committee Meetings, ad hoc meetings where we challenge and support the school, making sure it is the best it can be. At meetings we also discuss, policies and procedures, standards, budgets, building issues and staff issues.   We also take part in school visits, recruitment, training sessions, hearing appeals and grievances.

One of the benefits of being a school governor is working with the school in collaboration with other Governors from different professions and experiences. It also gives me the opportunity to help improve the life chances of our children.

Dr Charley Peters

I have been a Parent Governor at Lonesome Primary School since 2013, sitting on the Standards and Curriculum Committee with specific responsibility for the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) curriculum. I am an artist with an extensive exhibition history in the UK and internationally, and write critically about modern and contemporary art for publications including Abstract Critical, Saturation Point and Turps Magazine. I have held academic posts in Higher Education for over 18 years in both universities and national museums. I believe that an outstanding model of education allows students to creatively explore the world they live in and to learn the intellectual and inventive skills necessary to facilitate their development into informed, imaginative and successful individuals.