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.

Stefan Simms – Associate Governor

I have been a Lead Practitioner  in Science, with over 27 years’ experience.

Elected National Executive Member since April 2014.

Ealing NUT Branch Secretary representing members with the Local Authority and other bodies.

Experienced Casework Officer supporting and representing members in:

  1. competency and medical capability procedures,

  2. disciplinary and grievance situations,

  3. salary, early retirement and Health & Safety issues.

Regular delegate and speaker at NUT Conference.

School rep since 1991 in Enfield, Brent and Ealing.

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