Welcome to our Governors’ section.
The governing body is responsible for promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.
It is the school’s accountable body and also provides strategic direction to the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework. It monitors and evaluates the work of the school and the effectiveness of the school improvement plan. The governing body has an additional role of a ‘critical friend’ who supports and challenges the senior leadership team.
Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.
Joseph Mangar - Chair of Governors - Co-Opted Governor
Child Protection and Safeguarding & Health and Safety Link Governor
I became a Governor in 2010 and was appointed as a Parent Governor into the Sites & Building Committee as well as becoming the Literacy Governor. I became Chair of the Governing Board in 2016.
I have a building background and previous to this I was in the Royal Navy.
Three generations of my family have attended this school and I am keen that Greenwood Primary remains a high achieving school serving our local Community.
Namita Kapila - Vice Chair, Co-opted Governor & Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee
English Link Governor
I joined Greenwood Primary as a parent Governor in 2014 and I am responsible for being Numeracy governor, Chair of the Teaching and Learning committee, plus, I sit on the Community committee. I have been in education for 17 years both as a language teacher and currently, as a Director of a London-based language school teaching adults English as a Foreign Language. I became a governor in order to take an active role in the governance of the school and I'm committed to improving the welfare and education of the children at Greenwood. I understand the importance of the local community, and how this can bring people together to provide a happy and stimulating environment.
As the school continues to improve, I'm proud to see the passion and commitment within the governing board, productive decision-making and the strong desire to make Greenwood Primary school the best it can be.
Karen Silvester - Headteacher
I am delighted to have taken up Headship at Greenwood Primary School after 11 years of successful Deputy Headship at Greenwood. I have been a teacher for the past 21 years in schools in Hillingdon, Coventry and Ealing and in leadership roles for the past 18 years.
The educational needs and welfare of our children is at the heart of the school I lead. I passionately believe in ensuring the children achieve their potential, and promoting high standards throughout Greenwood Primary school. I also provide the governing board with a professional lead on leading and managing the school. I am also passionate about working with the governing body to create and maintain a safe, happy and stimulating environment where every pupil is able to achieve their full potential.
Out of school I enjoy swimming, holidaying abroad and spending quality time with my two young children.
Catherine Ofori-Atta - Co-opted Governor & Chair of the Resources Committee
SEND & Inclusion Link Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since 2014 and am privileged to be the SEND Governor at Greenwood Primary School. I am married & have 2 children who currently attend Year 6 & Year 3 at this school. As a result of my Project Management work in the Pharmaceutical Industry, I bring people, project & budget management skills to the Governing Board & zeal to see improvement in pupil attainment & progress.
As a working parent, being a member of the governing board helps me to engage in all aspects of the school (curriculum, pupil performance, teaching capability, maintenance of the school building, school facilities etc.) and make a positive contribution to the management of the school which I might not make the time or have the inclination to do as just a parent of children in the school.
I bring the heart of a parent and the management expectations of a professional project manager to challenge & support the leadership of the school to make Greenwood Primary a school of choice for parents & children in this locality.
I love to travel, swim, go to the opera and minister to the needs of people in my church.
Councillor Amarjit Jammu - Local Authority Governor, member of Resources Committee
Behaviour & Attendance Link Governor
I am a Councillor for the North Greenford Ward, in the London Borough of Ealing. I have lived in North Greenford since 1981, so I know the area fairly well. It was always my intention to stand as an LEA Governor within my Ward. It is an honour and a privilege, to be nominated as a School Governor for Greenwood Primary School. This will enable me to keep in touch with my constituents and their families, and help in whatever way possible, for the betterment of the school and the local residents.
Although I have previous experience on Governing Bodies, as a Parent Governor, Co-opted Governor, LEA Governor as well as PTA; this is my first time as an Elected Official. I intend to work with the School and parents, and the wider community.
I have vast amount of experience in the Political circle as I have been a member of the Labour Party since 1994, and have had many active roles within the Party, including Chair and Secretary of Ealing North Constituency.
I bring with me, my skills, knowledge and experience that I have gained over the years. I worked for the London Borough of Ealing, within the Housing Department for 28 years, and have strong Union links with Unison. I am Chair of Ealing Unison Retired Members Group and represent Retired members as an Executive member on the London Regional Board. I also have a passion for campaigning hence my involvement with the National Pensions Convention, to ensure we all get a fair deal.
Whilst working for the Borough, I managed to complete a Post Graduate in Management Studies, and a Certificate in Employment Law. I hope that they will both come to good use, whilst I’m on this Governing Body.
Lesley Tucker - Clerk
I have been clerking for the Governing Board at Greenwood Primary since October 2016. My main duties are to provide administrative support, organise and prepare agendas and act as minute taker at meeting for the Governing Board meetings and panels, where necessary; maintain membership information in accordance with legal requirements and advise on governance, legislation and procedural matters where necessary.
Nikki Christensen - Co-opted Governor
Mathematics & PSHE Link Governor
I was recently a Year 6 teacher at Greenwood Primary School. I worked at Greenwood since 2009 and have gained a wide range of experiences while here.
I decided to become a co-opted governor because I wanted to continue to make a contribution to the school and the wider community. Becoming a governor has helped me gain a greater insight and understanding into the running of the school, and gives me the opportunity to play a part in making important decisions that will help drive the school forward.
Rob Butler - Staff Governor
I am delighted to be joining the governing body as the new staff governor- having been appointed as the new Assistant Headteacher for teaching and learning. I am excited and enthusiastic about getting to know the school community. Previously, I have worked in schools in Hillingdon across various teaching and leadership roles; I have also been a staff governor for six years. It is my belief that every child-regardless of their starting point- can achieve great things.
I am keen to work with the governing body to continue the good work already in place at the school and support the leadership team to drive further improvement. It is a journey that I am very much looking forward to!
Zohreh Nazari - Parent Governor - Teaching & Learning
I am delighted and honoured to be part of the governing body for the school. I have newly been elected as a parent governor. I have 2 children at Greenwood primary school, my son Hamza who is in year 3 and my daughter Hawa who is in year 2. My professional background has been in healthcare and I am a qualified NHS pharmacist therefore I have a good understanding and appreciate the challenges facing our valued public services. I have experience and skills in leading change, working as part of a multidisciplinary team to set standards and achieve common goals in a pressurised environment. More than anything as a parent I am passionate and am driven by my desire to continuously help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children which will provide them with the best foundation for a happy, healthy and successful life ahead. I am a strong believer of educating the mind as well as the heart.
Nathalie Ubilava - Co-opted Governor Teaching & Learning Committee
I am delighted to be a governor so that I can empower educational opportunities for bright and hardworking young people. For me, it is a personal quest to translate my experiences, whether learning or working, into tangible outcomes for children. I offer a diverse record of personal and professional achievements. Educated across multiple countries, I have first-hand knowledge of various academic practices. I appreciate the impact different cultures exert on educational expectations.
I have spent 5 years in strategy consulting and last 10 years in the insurance industry. My primary skills are financial forecasting, target setting and performance monitoring. These help me greatly in my role at the Resources committee.
Finally, I am a mother of a young boy and, therefore, I have vested interests in the progress of the educational system of which he is a part. As a parent, I take a broad view of education, which also takes part in families and communities around us. Here I draw my inspiration from music and arts that have profound ameliorative effect on people irrespective of their age. I play piano and collect books about arts (because I cannot paint).
Ranjita Rastogi - Parent Governor Teaching & Learning Committee
I am delighted and feel extremely privileged to be a part of this wonderful and pivotal institution. As an ex banker currently working as a Financial/Mortgage advisor, I understand the importance of time in investment. I have therefore decided to go self- employed so that I can invest more time with my son to help him build his future. At the same time, I would consider myself fortunate if I can give something back to the community by helping make some positive changes in the school as a Parent Governor. Whilst I shall be sharing some ideas, I shall be equally pleased for the other parents to propose any changes/ideas they have towards making education a wonderful experience for the pupils, parents and teachers at Greenwood.
My vision for the school is to have a stronger and brighter reputation within the community by providing an all rounded education.
I want to contribute and help make a difference to the strategic leadership of the school because I am a strong believer that an all-rounded positive primary education experience gives children the confidence and thirst for knowledge that will give them a solid foundation for a happy & successful future.
Agnieszka Szwec - Parent Governor Resources Committee
My name is Agnieszka Szwec. I am a mum of two, Szymon (Year 4) and Alexandra (Year 1) at Greenwood Primary School. Inspired to become actively involved, I started the Parents Teachers Association at our school. The purpose of our PTA is to bring parents, school staff, students and community to work together for the welfare of our children. I felt the time was right to contribute more and was fortunate enough to be elected as a Parent Governor in July 2018.
Apart from being a busy mum I worked as a personal assistant in private sector for past 14 years. I love baking and spending time with my family.
I feel as every other parent does that my children deserve the best possible education. My positive attitude enables me to effectively support the governors, the parents, the children and the school staff of Greenwood Primary to provide the best learning and overall development.
As a Parent Governor, I hope to be a part of a team that can continue to move forward for the benefit of all the children. I am looking forward to working with the governing body!
Daniel Mullender - Co-opted Governor Resources & Teaching & Learning Committee
Since becoming an adult I have always worked in in the education sector including secondary schools, membership organisations and currently in a University. With my knowledge gained of the sector, I felt it was time to begin giving back to my local community. My passion is with the outdoors including gardening, surfing and my home country of Somerset. It’s great to be welcomed by Greenwood and I endeavour to do what I can to keep the school a success.