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Paul Leslie - Community Governor (Chair of Governors) 

Progress and Achievement  Committee & Finance and Personnel Committee
Elected - 24/03/2014   Term of Office - 24/03/2018

As chair of governors of Sarah Bonnell I am alive to both the challenges and opportunities ahead. I can utilise my knowledge and experience in the voluntary and community sector to work with governors and provide the right balance of strategic challenge and support necessary to ensure Sarah Bonnell school continues its upward trajectory.

 

Paul is the Director of a Newham based voluntary sector organisation that works with young people and adults, with a focus on positive activities, equalities and community cohesion. Paul has worked in the voluntary sector for over 30 years, he has held senior leadership roles in a variety of organisations including CEO, trustee and chair of the board.

Paul is a qualified youth worker and has developed international youth projects with the British Council and the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, he has also worked with young people in Newham for over 20 years, developing and delivering local, national and international projects.

 

We are a good school, working towards outstanding, with a robust track record of achievement / progress and attainment. I will continue to work with governors, the Headteacher, the teaching staff and the whole school body to ensure our school remains a place where parents want their children to be educated, where we have an inclusive ethos built on the ‘Sarah Bonnell Way’ and where our learning environment continues to develop and enable positive outcomes for all the students who entrust us with their education.


Kristian Grice - Co-opted Governor  (Vice Chair of Governors)

Finance & Personnel Committee
Elected - 24/03/2014   Term of Office - 24/03/2018

Kristian is a senior associate with experience in a broad range of commercial disputes and litigation, including multi-jurisdictional banking disputes, multi-million pound construction claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, breach of contract actions and tort claims (including professional negligence).  Kristian has represented a wide range of clients, including large multinational corporations, high net worth individuals and public sector bodies.

I have been a governor at Sarah Bonnell School since March 2014, and am delighted to now sit as vice-chair of the governing body.  These are exciting times for the school, as the exceptional work of all stakeholders has ensured that the school has laid solid foundations on which it can sustainably grow and move forwards.  This can be seen by the excellent and on-going improvements and developments that continue to take the school from strength to strength, and I am really enthusiastic about, and fully engaged with, the journey on which the school is now travelling.

 

I work as a commercial litigator for a City Law firm, and use the skills that I have acquired through my work to help the school, its development and its governance.  I look forward to continuing with my governor role as the school moves into another exciting chapter of its growth and development.

 


Anna Horvai – Co-opted Governor

Progress & Achievement Committee 

Elected – 10/12/2015 Terms of Office- 10/12/2019

 

I am a Project Lead at the Department for Education, working with schools across the South West. I previously worked for The Future Leaders Trust, an education charity focused on developing outstanding leaders for challenging schools, where I led on a national programme for Multi-Academy Trust CEOs.

 

I apply my experience of working with school and MAT leaders to my role on Sarah Bonnell’s governing body, supporting the school in its continued development. Prior to working for Future Leaders, I was an editor at SAGE, an international academic publishing house.

 

I have a Master’s in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford and have worked on the topic of educational disadvantage in an international context. I am proud to be working with students, parents and governors who share such an inspiring set of core values and look forward to seeing Sarah Bonnell go from strength to strength over the coming years.


Fatima Mangerah - Parent Governor

Chair of Progress & Achievement Committee 
Elected - 17/11/2015   Term of Office - 17/11/2018

Fatima has been a governor for schools in Newham since 2002 and serving at Sarah Bonnell since 2011. Currently a communications professional at Ofsted, she was Editor of a local government publication for residents for many years. She has also worked for charities for the elderly and for the African Caribbean community, as well as a sixth-form college and a London university.


Kevin Simmonds - Co-opted Governor

Finance and Personnel Committee
Elected - 09/12/2015  Term of Office - 09/12/2019

I am a Partner in ARGUO Education, a company that provides a range of services to the education sector including training programmes for staff and works with employers, schools, colleges and universities to create, develop and enhance the employability skills of young people.

I have worked in the education sector for 15 years in a variety of roles and in all areas from Primary School to University level. Prior to this I created, developed and managed businesses  in the commercial and social enterprise sectors.

I hope to use this experience and the contacts I have developed through my work to support the work of the school and its development.


Ilham Salimane - Parent Governor

Progress & Achievement Committee 
Elected - 24/03/2014   Term of Office - 24/03/2018

Ilham Salimane is a teacher and language specialist at SOAS University, she is the Arabic Co-ordinator of SOAS Language Centre and is the director of a weekend language school for children. She has been in the education sector for over fifteen years and is also a governor of other local schools. Ilham has also taken part in reading publications in Arabic language with Oxford University Press.

 

 


Loretta Brown- Parent Governor

Finance and Personnell Comittee
Elected - 17/11/2015 Term of Office - 17/11/2018

Loretta Brown has worked as Clinical Scientist in Genetics for over 20 years and during that time has been actively involved in promoting public interest in science in particular organising open days at Kings College Hospital, London. In the last two years she has also helped to set up a diagnostic laboratory for leukemia referrals in Colombo, Sri Lanka for which she provides ongoing support. As a qualified Brownie leader, she helps run the local Forest gate unit and enjoys yearly camping trips with the girls as well as lots of local adventures! She was also lucky enough to represent the NHS in the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games as a dancing nurse!
 

I have two daughters, one in year 8 and one in year 5 in a local primary school.This is my first time as a parent governor and I am proud to be part of the Sarah Bonnell governing body as I admire the ethos of the school and its high aspirations for its students. I plan to actively engage with the schools science and technology curriculum and ensure it encourages the students to think of science as a future career choice.


Ms Lee Raggett- Parent Governor

Progress & Achievement Committee
Elected - 15/11/2016   Term of Office - 15/11/2020

I’m a minister of religion in The Salvation Army and with my husband I run a fresh expression of The Salvation Army in Stratford.  Part of my work involves being a part of the NEWway night shelter and providing a place of home for homeless guests for one night a week during the winter.  My work also allows me to be a chaplain in Westfield.  I have been involved in working with people who have been in prison and people who have been victims of human trafficking.  In previous appointments I have worked in a school inclusion unit and have been involved in youth work. Before becoming a minister I was a project manager and supervisor and I have a degree in Linguistics and French.  I have recently graduated with a first class degree in Pastoral Care and Psychology and am fascinated by human behaviour – what motivates us – what makes us who we are and how we can become the best versions of ourselves.  I am passionate about promoting wellbeing and good pastoral care.  I have a daughter who is in year 8 and a son in year 5 in a local primary school. In my spare time I love to write and I have a not so secret ambition of completing a book one day.  I also love read and snuggle up next to my husband and children with a good book.


Ms Vuyo Gawe- Staff Governor

Progress & Achievement Committee
Elected - 08/07/2016   Term of Office - 08/07/2020

I started teaching languages in September 1996 at Lister Community School. Since then, I have enjoyed a range of positions of responsibility, teaching in Haringey, Camden and back to Newham at Sarah Bonnell in April 2006.

Living locally to the school as well as having a daughter in Year 8, I have an emotional investment in the future of Sarah Bonnell and am passionate that each of our students should succeed in all aspects of their academic, social and vocational education.

I am honoured to have been elected by my colleagues to the role of Staff Governor and I hope that, through effective communication and positive professional relationships, I can support staff in guiding our girls to reach their potential as empowered young leaders of the future.

 


Mr Jacob Cain – Co-opted Governor

Finance & Personnel Committee 

Elected – 08/05/2017 Terms of Office- 26/09/2021

 

Jacob is a management consultant, working with public and private sector organisations who are going through transformational changes to handle people-focused challenges. He has experience in people strategy, analytics, organisation design, leadership, learning, and change management.

As a Teach First Ambassador, I am very passionate about the education of young people. I taught Humanities in a secondary academy in Yorkshire whilst on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, and before that I volunteered full-time in an East London secondary school as a learning mentor with City Year UK. I am currently part of the Teach First Professional Services Network, which looks to build awareness of and action to address educational disadvantage within the professional services.

With my past experience in education, and my developing experience within consulting, I am looking forward to working with the school as a governor, to help maintain and build upon the great provision already in place for the pupils at Sarah Bonnell.


Ms Raliah Adeyemi– Co-opted Governor

Progress & Achievement Committee 

Elected – 08/05/2017 Terms of Office- 26/09/2021

I have worked as a Technology Analyst in the Financial services sector for the last 8 years. I studied Advanced Computer Science and IT Management at the University of Manchester. 

I am very involved on different charity activities - I used to be a volunteer first Aider for St John Ambulance, I am an active volunteer for Crisis and I sit on the Technology charity board for my organisation where I am involved with planning fundraising events for the company's charity partner.

When I am not working, I am a keen reader and love travelling.


James Sava – Co-opted Governor

Finance & Personnel Committee 

Elected – 08/05/2017 Terms of Office- 26/09/2021

James has taken up his first Governor post in May 2017 at Sarah Bonnell School. He applies skills he has gained through working in Major Incident Response within a large UK bank to add value to the Board of Governors, by effectively challenging and developing ideas where necessary.

He has a partner who currently works as a primary school teacher in North London, who  inspired him to take a more active role within the education sector. He currently lives in Newham, having been brought up in Brighton and studied at the University of Bath.

 


Yewande Faloyin - Co-opted Governor

Progress & Achievement Committee                                                                                                                 Elected - 12/12/2017 

As a Newham resident of 15 years, I am excited and privileged to join Sarah Bonnell’s Governing Body, as part of my contribution to the local community.

Over my 10+-year career, I have gained valuable experiences through various roles as a management consultant, product owner, business development manager, and software engineer. I hope to apply my skills, knowledge, and expertise to support Sarah Bonnell and it's ongoing development and governance. My current job as a management consultant is particularly relevant, as I work with management teams across private, public, and social sector institutions to solve their top strategic & operational problems.  

As a British Nigerian citizen-of-the-world, I was blessed to benefit from gaining a solid education across 4 countries on 3 continents. My passion in education stems from my belief that everybody has a right to a quality education, which provides opportunities to maximise their potential and positively impact their community. Sarah Bonnell’s ethos speaks to this and I wish to help the school continue to meet its visions and goals.


Rae Potter - Headteacher

Member