Our Governing Body

mr_r_fisher Robin Fisher - Chair of Governors

"I am excited to join the governing body at Edgware Primary School. This is my first governor role and I look forward to contributing to the success and development of the school.

I live in New Barnet with my wife and have three children (​​​​two of ​​​whom are in a local primary school) with a fourth on the way. I have lived in London since I was 18 having grown up in the Midlands.

I am General Counsel for a European outsourcing business operating in the HR services sector. I have previously worked in board-level legal and risk roles within the staffing industry with budget and management responsibility for teams of risk, compliance and legal professionals."


Lesley Ludlow - Co Opted Governor

Role: Resources Committee / Curriculum Committee


I have been a parent Governor at another local Barnet school since 2000. I became a parent governor there in 2000 and became a co-opted governor when my term as a parent governor ended in 2004. I have served on Curriculum and Pupil Welfare, Personnel and Pay and Resources and Premises committees.  I have been a member of the Head Teacher’s Appraisal Panel, chaired the Resources committee and been a link governor for Literacy and Safeguarding.I took on the role of Vice Chair in 2002 and became Chair in 2014.

I trained to become a governor support colleague for the Barnet Partnership for School Improvement Governance Support Programme and worked alongside several BPSI advisers on school visits to review governance. 

I also have been a governor member of Barnet’s Schools Forum, where issues around funding and school budgets are discussed.


Debbie Picton - Co-Opted Governor

Role: Chair of Curriculum Committee/ SEN/Safeguarding

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 (Vice Chair)

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.

Adam Landsman - Staff Governor 

Role: Curriculum Committee

In my third year as one of the Assistant Headteachers at Edgware, I am excited to join the Governing Body as one of the staff representatives.


I have been teaching for 11 years now with my roles ranging from teaching Years 1, 5 and 6, leading English, Humanities and PE across different schools and being both a Phase Leader of Years 5 and 6 and leading Years 1 and 2 as part of my Assistant Head duties. The experience I have gained has given me experience across the Primary years in all areas of the curriculum. In the past two years I have also been working with the volunteers we have at Edgware, recruiting support from our parents who are willing to give back to the community which has provided care for their child.  


In the past two years I have also engaged in the Schools Partnership Programme; working with Headteachers and members of staff from our alliance schools (Woodcroft, Barnfield and Broadfields). In both reviewing other schools, running staff workshops and communicating with staff at these schools, I have gained a wider insight into education across Barnet and look forward to deepening this breadth of knowledge through my involvement with the Edgware Governing Committee.'



Umesh  Gorasia– Co-Opted Governor

Role: Chair of Resources Committee

Umesh was appointed a Governor in September 2018 and is the vice chair of the Resources Committee. He has a background in strategy and policymaking, having held roles in various Government Departments and consultancy and currently works in Infrastructure Strategy for a major infrastructure project.


Umesh has lived locally for over 25 years (attending Deansbrook Junior school as a youngster!). He is passionate about improving educational outcomes and supporting children to achieve their highest potential and is excited to continue supporting Edgware Primary School.


Manahil Durrani – Parent Governor

Role: Curriculum Committee

Manahil has a level two teaching assisted certificate as well as an adults Talk English and level two being a Parent Ambassador certificate. She is the Parent Ambassador of Edgware Primary school and her job role includes: being the first point of contact for the parents, dealing with issues that the Parents may have, sign posting the parents to the right person or organisation and encouraging parents to attend the coffee mornings and workshops that the school holds. A huge part of her role include the admissions process of new students and their families and planning and overseeing the annual school fairs.
Ms Paula Leigh

Paula Leigh – Co-Opted Governor

Role:  Curriculum Committee

I have always been interested in the role of Education and it’s impact on children’s lives. After completing a BSc in Psychology, I completed a PGCE in Primary Education at The Institute of Education.  Since 2012, I have taught across Key Stage Two (primarily in Upper Key Stage Two) in a three form entry school in Harrow and have held a variety of middle leader roles. I have been a Year Six Year Group Leader and therefore have a good understanding of SATs and end of key stage expectations and progress. In addition, I have led PSHE and supported with a number of whole school initiatives. I am currently teaching in Year four and leading Maths. Having grown up in Edgware, and still living locally, I am keen to help Edgware Primary  school and provide support where I can to ensure that the school and it’s pupils thrive.
Mr R Weiner

Robert Weiner - LA Appointed Governor

Role: Resource Committee / Curriculum Committee



I have been a Barnet resident most of my life participating in both local and national commercial and volunteering roles throughout my adult years. My wife and I have two adult children who attended Barnet LA schools which is where my interest in supporting schools started.


Serving as a Governor for three different schools over the last 25 years has given me a first-hand experience supporting Head Teachers develop good and outstanding schools. Over the years I have chaired Personnel and Head Teacher Performance Management Panels and Finance Sub Committees as well as sitting on other committees.


My other voluntary roles include chairing national charities with complex structures and multi million pound budgets that serve nationwide adult and youth programmes.


I run a Barnet based business working with schools managing catering and cleaning tenders, including contract management providing schools with much desired savings and profits while developing standards for the benefit of the pupils.



Robert Weiner

September 2019