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Mr Samuel Judah: Chair of Governors


Samuel has two children at the school and has been a resident of Buckhurst Hill for over 20 years.  He joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in December 2012.  He has actively contributed to Curriculum and Finance Committees holding positions of Vice Chair of Finance and until recently Vice Chair of Governors.  He became Chair of Governors in September 2016 having also successfully completed a one year, ‘The Chair of Governors’ Leadership Development Programme’. 


Samuel has previously held numerous management positions in a large Automotive company but more recently works in the area of business and performance improvement in the consulting industry and as such has worked in a variety of industries spanning social, public and commercial sectors for both small and large scale companies and organisations.


Mr Leslie Laniyan MBE; Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Resources Committee


I graduated from the London School of Economics a number of years ago and currently work in the social housing sector has a Managing Director of a Housing Association, which means I am involved in staff management, budget setting and strategic planning. These are all skills that I bring to the Governing body to help make the school a better school.


For a number of years I have been involved in Governance at both a National and Regional Level: an understanding of Governance is important in the role of a Governor.  


I have a particular interest in education as I have three young children in primary school education in the Buckhurst Hill area and want to give something back to the community. I am also team manager of a football team which coincidentally my youngest son plays for.


I find the role of a Governor quite challenging but also rewarding.


Mrs Smruti Patel: Chair of Curriculum Committee


I have been a co-opted Governor at Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School for almost 3 years and currently Chair the Curriculum Committee. In my first year as a governor I sat in on all the committees to try to get to grips with how a governing body operates. I then proceeded to concentrate on the curriculum committee of which I am now the chair.


My daughter has started attending BHCPS so if parents wish to stop and chat at drop offs/pick ups and I am more than happy to oblige. I live in Buckhurst Hill and I am also a local Parish councillor. The overlap both of these roles provides, enables me to work closely within the community.


In my professional life I am a Principal Regulatory Affairs Officer working for a pharmaceutical company working on licensing of medicines.


I feel very privileged to be part of the team at BHCPS and enjoy working within the diverse and dynamic governing body to do the very best for all the pupils and to continue the school’s excellent reputation within Buckhurst Hill.


Mrs Rachel Bouabdallah


I was appointed as a co-opted governor at the school in September 2016 and I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge and rewards the role brings. I moved to the local area in 2012 and immediately loved the strong community spirit and I wanted to be able to contribute and play a role in the local community.


Education is such an important part of any community and ensuring every child has access to a great education is really important to me. I have a background in data analysis and research for local authorities and national government bodies which I am able to use as governor to understand and question the school’s data and performance. On the governing body I am deputy chair of the Curriculum Committee.


Mr Mark Camley


Mark is the Executive Director of Parks and Venues for the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). Mark joined LLDC in January 2012, and led the successful re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the largest new urban park in the UK for over a hundred years. He led the design of the South Park to stage D and directed the opening and operation of the venues, including the London Aquatics Centre, the ArcelorMittal Orbit, and the Copper Box Arena. The Park achieved Green Flag a year earlier than planned and has had over 18 million visitors since it opened. He is also responsible for wider LLDC estate, including residential, commercial and retail properties.


Prior to joining LLDC, he was CEO of The Royal Parks for over six years, where he led the parks in gaining Green Flag, developed an investment programme to tackle maintenance backlog of the building stock, and introduced new events like Winter Wonderland. He was Director of the Supreme Court for England and Wales immediately prior to becoming CEO of The Royal Parks. Before this his career was in administration of courts and as a Government Statistician.


Mrs Katherine Cummins


I was delighted to be elected as a parent governor in January 2017. I have two children who attend Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School. They have both thrived in the school’s nurturing environment.


I wanted to become a governor to help support the school in its aim to offer excellent education and opportunities to all children. I am currently a member of the Curriculum Committee and have responsibility for ensuring the school uses its pupil premium funding effectively.


I have worked as a BBC journalist for more than 17 years, mainly as a producer on national TV news programmes: the News at One, Six and Ten. I am passionate about education. I helped launch the first BBC News School Report in 2007 and in recent years I became producer to the BBC’s Education Editor, working on education stories for radio, TV and digital platforms.


Through my work, I am fortunate to visit many schools across the country. I am also familiar with education policy and understand the challenges that schools face. I hope to be able to use some of that insight in my role, making a valuable contribution to the further development of the school.


Mr Sean East


I am one of the Parent Governors at BHCPS and currently sit on the resources committee, with additional responsibility for governor training and safeguarding.  I have two children attending our school currently in years 5 and 6.  I have lived in the area for approximately 35 years and am a self-employed photographer.  Prior to that I was a Detective with Metropolitan Police Service for 30 years.


My wife and I were also foster carers for approximately 10 years during which time we looked after various children with differing emotional and educational needs and had extensive experience dealing with local authorities and children services.


I believe I have the experience to represent our school and help to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children.  I will always stand up for what I believe is right and believe that our children deserve the best possible education in order to give them every advantage possible for their future.


Mr Gavin Flynn


Biography to follow.


Mr Ian Tilbury


Ian is the Associate Headteacher at King Harold Academy in Waltham Abbey. He has been a teacher for 15 years. Starting his career as a History Teacher he has taught a variety of subjects including; Geography, Religious Studies, Politics and Sociology from Key Stages 3 to 5.


Prior to his current role he was the Deputy Headteacher at Debden Park High School for 7 years where he led on the development of teaching, learning and assessment, which in 2017 was judged as “Outstanding” by OFSTED. Ian has previous experience as a school Governor at Debden Park High where he was a governor for over six years; he is now a member of the joint governing body between Debden Park and King Harold.


Ian is also a Specialist Leader of Education in teaching and assessment and a Teaching School Alliance lead. He has extensive experience in supporting school leaders and teachers in developing and improving the quality of teaching and overall educational provision. He has led and supported school improvement across a number of schools in Essex, Kent and Hampshire, both Primary and Secondary.  Ian is a qualified OFSTED inspector and is passionate about all things teaching, learning and school effectiveness.


Mrs Sarah Wigglesworth


I have been a Co-opted Governor for Buckhurst Hill Community Primary School since December 2016, but I am also a parent and have children in reception and year 3. I was initially appointed to assist with communications as prior to being a stay at home mum I worked in Marketing Communications. My other responsibilities include Safeguarding, Health and Safety, Inclusion and SEND as well as being part of the Resources Committee. This is my first school governance position.

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