Our Governing Body

Our Governing Body:

The Edgware Primary Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, community and Local Authority representatives.

It has three core aims: to provide a strategic direction for the work and improvement of the school; to support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school, and to hold the school to account for the standards achieved and the quality of education.

The Governing Body meets three times a year and sub committees covering staffing, curriculum and resources (finance and HR) meet termly. Governors help to shape the strategic direction of the school and liaise closely with the Head and other Senior staff. In addition to attending committees, some governors take on a leadership responsibility, such as either chairing committees and/or leading on Safeguarding, Inclusion and Health & Safety. The Governing Body has a positive working relationship with the School, supporting activities and achievement and acting as a crititcal friend.   


Amita Raval – Co-Chair of Governors

Role: Inclusion and safeguarding Governor

Amita Raval was elected as a Co-opted Governor of Edgware Primary School in September 2014. Amita has a B.SC(Hons) in Speech Sciences and has a professional qualification as a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). She worked for the NHS for 25 years of which 10 years were served in the role as the Principal of SLT. She now works as a Specialist SLT on a consultancy basis for a range of services including 2 local authorities. She has a special interest in Special Education Needs and Disability and Bilingualism/EAL.


Rachael Tomlinson – Co Chair of Governors

Role: Chair of Resource Committee.

Rachael was appointed a governor in December 2016 and is now Co-Chair and Chairs the Resources Committee. She has a finance and strategic background in the public sector, holding previous roles in internal audit. Rachael currently works for one of the health regulators. She has also previously been involved in voluntary children’s youth work and is therefore pleased to be involved in the local community and being able to use her experience to help the school.


Rebecca Howard- Co-Opted Governor

Role: Learning Challenge/English Governor

I have worked at Canons High School for six years as a History teacher and Leader of Curriculum, Learning and Humanities. From April 2016, I have been a Multi Academy Trust Systems Leader. Prior to this, I gained four years’ experience as a Pedagogy Leader and worked in school’s Curriculum and Pedagogy Team for two years. As a first wave Pedagogy leader, I contributed to the development of the Canon’s Pedagogy and, alongside a team of other leaders, have led various INSETs. I am also a specialist Leader of Education (SLE) where my specialism is leadership of the curriculum which means I have had various experience of school to school support I am passionate about:

  • • literacy
  • • teaching and learning
  • • writing
  • • challenge
  • • promoting academic language and knowledge of rich curriculum
  • • subject specific knowledge and skills
  • • closing the attainment gap
  • • ensuring progression across the curriculum

Debbie Picton - Co-Opted Governor

Role: Chair of Curriculum Committee

Debbie has over 15 years’ experience of teaching at secondary school level in London since graduating with an MA degree in Classics. She is Deputy Head of a secondary school. She had previously worked as an Assistant Head with responsibility for the Sixth Form at a local independent girls’ school.  She is passionate about the importance of providing aspiration and challenge in education for all children, whilst ensuring that wellbeing of the children is at the centre of everything a school does. Having worked in a voluntary capacity for an NHS board previously, she is dedicated to serving the local community where she can and is excited to support the aims and ethos of Edgware Primary School as it moves forward.


Jonathan Grunwald: Co-opted Governor

Role: Resources Committee

Jonny works in Human Resources. He is a Reward Manager. He has worked with many companies consulting on Human Relations (HR). Jonny is keen to give back to the community. He is passionate about children’s education. Jonny brings his knowledge of managing and incentivising large teams. Jonny has good financial knowledge and would like to contribute to Edgware in any way he can to help further improve the school.


Sadaf Khan: Parent Governor

Role: Curriculum Committee

Sadaf was elected as parent governor autumn 17. Sadaf has children at the school. She believes in providing children with a good education. Before coming to this country, Sadaf was a teacher. She really wants to give back to the community and support teaching and learning at Edgware. She enjoys volunteering at our Saturday school on a weekly basis.


Ahmad Munir – Parent Governor

Role: Resources Committee

Ahmad is passionate about education and committed to providing all the help and support he can to enable EPS to provide the best education to its pupils. He strongly believes that a good primary provides a firm foundation for lifelong learning. Ahmad is the founder of two girl’s schools overseas from primary to secondary. Ahmad has a BEng (Hons) in Digital Electronics and by profession works as a Design Engineer since 2007 with Sony.


Paul Oluwamayowa – Parent Governor

Role: Resources Committee

Paul has been a parent governor at Edgware primary school for over 5 years  

He is a member of the Resources committee.

Paul strongly believe that a child's academic, emotional and spiritual development are integral to them growing up to be responsible adults who can make meaningful contribution to their community and society at large, Hence his involvement in the school's governing body and support of his local church as a Sunday school teacher.

He works within the Education finance team of the London borough of Hillingdon as an accountant.


Umesh  Gorasia– Associate Governor

Role: Resources Committee

Umesh lives locally and is keen to give back to his community. He is passionate about improving children's education.


Emilie Beckwith –Co-opted Governor

Role: Curriculum Committee

Emilie works for Paiwand Charity which provides a support for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers. Paiwand offer a saturday school which is run at Edgware and also provides counselling and support for our families.

Emilie is keen to contribute to the school not only as part of the charity work she does but also as a governor. She has two children of her own and is passionate about children's education.