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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.

 Derek Richardson    

I am a co-opted Governor and live in Balham. I am on the Finance, Personnel, Premises and Pay Review Committee and volunteered as a Governor so that I can support the leadership team to improve the experience of children at the school. I work for Pearson and I am accountable for the successful delivery of qualifications both in the UK and internationally. I've been involved in education for over 18 years and I am Pearson's designated Responsible Officer to Ofqual, CCEA, Qualification Wales and SQA in relation to compliance with our conditions of recognition as an awarding organisation (Exam Board).

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.

Julie Revell

 

Antonia Robinson

I am a co-opted Governor of Lonesome Primary School sitting on the Finance, Personnel and Premises committee. My experience as a finance solicitor has enabled me to develop a breadth and depth of skills and knowledge which I hope can be used to the benefit of the school and children. Schools can be a safe and stimulating environment for children to explore and develop through positive experiences which will hopefully form the foundation for happy adult lives. With this in mind, I am very much looking forward to contributing to such an environment where the staff and children of Lonesome Primary School can “believe, achieve and succeed”.

Velisha Benjamin

 

Emma Scott

This is my first time as a parent governor (started in Sep 2017) although I have sat on 2 previous school governing bodies as a community governor (now co-opted). I have 2 children at Lonesome and fully believe in enabling our children to flourish and be the best them they can be. I am sitting on the Standards and Curriculum Committee and am looking forward to having the opportunity to see both the strategic plans and the fruitfulness of their implementation. I am a Salvation Army minister working in Mitcham and I love where I live and the people I therefore engage with.

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