Lordship Lane Primary School

A Love of Learning and the Perseverance to Succeed

Meet the Governors

Dr Jenny Thomas – Chair of Governors and Safeguarding Lead

I was appointed as a Governor in 2014.  I graduated with a degree in Psychology and the focus of my PhD research was the evaluation of buildings. I now work as a consultant assessing the impact of buildings, particularly schools and other education buildings. I am passionate about giving young people a voice and supporting the great teaching and learning at Lordship Lane Primary School as well as championing a positive, proactive approach to safeguarding.

Elinor Macdonald - Vice Chair

My daughter is in Year 3 and since she started school I have been keen to make any contribution I can to the school community. I am Vice Chair and  have  joined as a member of the Children, Family, and Community Committee,  I am an Associate at an architectural practice where I have worked for 13 years. 

Iftikhar Hussain - Co-opted Parent Governor; Chair of Curriculum Committee

I have a deep passion for our children's education and volunteer as a governor because I want to engage with and contribute to our community. I work as lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex - but remain a Tottenham resident! As someone working in the education profession I feel I can bring a certain expertise to the governing board. I sincerely believe that every child should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Both the school community as well as parents have a responsibility to ensure that this happens. On the governing board my particular interest is on the school's curriculum as well as the academic performance of our pupils.

Fatema Ahmed – Parent Governor; Chair of Children, Family and Community Committee

I am the parent of two lovely boys who have been attending Lordship Lane for the past 4 years.  After graduating I worked in the investment banking sector for over 7 years. I then decided to commit more time to my children and made the decision to start working for myself. I completed the relevant courses and opened a tuition centre. Which now has been running for almost 4 years with two branches. I have served as parent governor for over 4 years, initially as I had a finance background I was elected as finance chair. I was later chair of children's, families, communities committee and am currently in this position. I grew up in this community and am very passionate about children's education and wellbeing. I understand the issues which can affect children and respect parent concerns, I am not shy to voice my views and concerns as we all work together to make Lordship Lane a great place for children as well as parents.  I hope to continue playing an active part in the governing body. 

Jolene Georgiou – Co-Opted Governor

I became a Community Governor at Lordship Lane in September 2013 and I am now a Co-Opted Governor.  I have 2 daughters who are currently at Lordship Lane in years 4 and 6. 

I became a governor because I have always had an interest in the education of the next generation and I feel that it is important to be involved in, understand and contribute to the school where my children and those in the local community are being educated. I enjoy being able to contribute to the school in promoting and maintaining excellent standards of teaching, supporting the staff and getting to know the children. I try to attend as many of the school events as possible to engage with the students and their parents.

Kate Harvey: Co-opted Community Governor

I joined the Governing Body of Lordship Lane Primary School in September 2014, and sit on both the Finance and Resources Committee and the Complaints Panel. After graduating in Law, I have worked in Higher Education and am currently in charge of the department at a London university which deals with student regulatory casework.  I have always been interested in education, as my employment demonstrates, and indeed am still involved in my secondary school.  I am committed to helping Lordship Lane be the best it can be for all members of the school community.

Anthony Brown – Co-opted Governor

My main reason for becoming a governor reflects both the fundamental purpose of the role and the main motivation which should be behind anyone becoming a governor: to make a positive difference to the life chances of children. I care about improving children’s educational attainment. As well as giving something back to the community, school governors can and do develop a range of new and can build on existing skills. I am looking forward to these challenges. Being a governor is a fantastic chance and opportunity to develop skills in a unique environment.

Sophie Graham - Staff Governor

Mark Hunter - Parent Governor


I have worked in Further Education and Higher Education for the past 15 years, committed to equality of opportunity for all students. It is a privilege to act as Parent Governor at Lordship Lane Primary School, helping support the school, staff and pupils’ continued development and success.


Laviza Khalifa - Co-Opted Governor

I was elected as a co-opted Governor in 2018 and am also a member of the curriculum committee. I have a passion for, and deep interest in education. I have worked in higher education for the last twenty years in a variety of roles including programme development, marketing, assessment but more recently within Academic Quality. I have a lifelong connection to the school, having attended myself many years ago. My daughter is a KS1 pupil so I will have a close link to the school for several years to come. I have lived in the area all my life and am familiar with the challenges faced by our rich and diverse local community.  I hope that the skills I have gained during my career in education will allow me to contribute to help achieve the best schooling experience for all children attending Lordship Lane Primary School.

Rachael Bonus - LA Governor