In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, every state school has a Governing Body, consisting of specified numbers of various categories of governors depending on the type and size of school. All governors are unpaid for their work, though they may receive payment for expenses.


  • The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic management, and to act as a “critical friend”,
  • Supporting the work of the headteacher and other staff.
  • The Governing Body is responsible for managing this budget.
  • Governors must appoint the headteacher, and may be involved in the appointment of other staff.
  • Monitoring the school’s progress, and in setting annual targets for the school’s performance.
  • Headteacher’s performance management
  • Ensuring that the Headteacher sets targets for other staff
  • Review legal changes and how best to address the challenges these may present

They can decide how many and what types of staff to employ, which equipment to upgrade or replace and what the priorities are for implementing new strategies and initiatives.

They also lead with support from the School Improvement Partner.

Governors must review school exclusions in certain circumstances, and have the power to reinstate an excluded pupil or reduce the term of the exclusion (although not to increase it).

Foundation schools, Voluntary Aided schools and Academies act as their own admissions authorities. In such schools the governing body sets the admissions policy, makes admissions decisions and defends admissions appeals.


Parent governors can either be elected by parents of children at the school, or if insufficient numbers are elected, can be appointed by the governing body to fill any remaining vacancies. Such appointees need not be parents of children currently attending the school – if no suitable candidates are found, they may be parents of former pupils, or of any child of school age. Parents so appointed can be removed from their positions by a majority vote of the governing body.




Nigel Lambert – April 2016 – April 2020

Nigel is currently serving as a co-opted governor. He stepped down as the Chair of Alderbrook where he has 2 children, to become the chair at Eardley, and as such, is on all committees and working groups.In his professional career, Nigel is an Internal Audit Manager for a London Borough Council, where he works closely with many schools at a governor and leadership level.



Dympna Kelly – November 2016 – November 2020

Dympna is currently serving as Parent Governor for a second term and was also elected as Vice Chair.  She is a parent of three children, two at secondary school and one in  year 3 at Eardley.  She attends most committee meetings and also serves on the Children, Family and Community Committee as well as the Communication working group.

In her professional career Dympna is a Civil Servant working for HM Revenue and Customs as a Tax Policy Professional specifically Indirect Tax.



Richard Rosenberg – Co-Opted Governor – July 2015 – July 2019

Richard is currently serving as a co-opted governor, after four years of serving as a parent governor.

He has three children, all of whom attended Eardley, with one still at the school.

In his professional career, Richard works for Expedia in a technology leadership role

Committees and Responsibilities: Children, Family and Community Communication Working Group


Maysie Brown – Co-opted governor – July 2015 – July 2019

Maysie is currently serving as a co-opted governor, after serving as a parent governor.  She has four children, all of whom attended Eardley, with one still at the school.

In her professional career, Maysie works for Westminster Council, Teaching Early Years, Childcare and Education.

Committees and Responsibilities: Children, Family and CommunitySafeguarding sub group, Special Educational Needs and Safeguarding  Governor


Rumana Khair – Partnership governor – July 2015 – July 2019


James Hynard – Co-opted governor – November 2016 – November 2020

James works at the Wellcome Trust, a charitable funder of biomedical and health research. He has been involved in data analysis, health product development, population health, anti-microbial resistance, and research, immigration, and higher education policy.

He has previously worked at the Centre for Science and Policy in Cambridge, where he promoted partnerships between government and academic experts.

He is excited to be a part of Eardley, where he will be sitting on the Curriculum and Achievement committee.


Katherine Hill – Co-opted governor – November 2016 – November 2020

Katie is currently serving as a co-opted governor.  In her professional career, Katie works at Herbert Smith Freehills as a corporate lawyer. She has three children, two of primary school age.


Ulain Mireku – Staff governor – November 2016 – November 2020

Ulain Mireku started as a parent governor in the school. She currently manages the schools extended services provision but also works for a training company that specialises in Early years, Teaching assistant, Playwork and Leadership and management qualifications.


Tom Arnold – Partnership governor – November 2016 – November 2020

Committees and Responsibilities: Chair of resources committee


Leonie Cooper – Co-opted governor – November 2014 – November 2018

Leonie Cooper is a British Labour Party politician. Since May 2016 she has represented Merton and Wandsworth in the London Assembly. She has served as a Councillor on the Wandsworth London Borough Council since 2006, representing Latchmere 2006-10 and Furzedown Ward from 2010 onwards.


Business Interest Declaration
Nigel Lambert Governor at Alderbrook Primary School
John Corbally Governor at Garrett Park
Dympna Kelly Nothing to declare
Seana Henry Headteacher at Alderbrook School
Emilie Haston Nothing to declare
Richard Rosenberg Nothing to declare
Maisie Brown Nothing to declare
Rumana Khair Nothing to declare
Katherine Hill Nothing to declare
Thomas Arnold Nothing to declare
James Hynard Nothing to declare
Lauren Roden Nothing to declare
Leonie Cooper Wandsworth Borough CouncillorLondon Assembly Member