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Our Governing Body

 Role: Chair of Governors

Robin Fisher - Chair of Governors

"I am excited to lead 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."












 Role: Curriculum Committee

Adam Landsman - Staff Governor

"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."














Role: Vice Chair and Chair of Resources Committee 

Umesh  Gorasia– Co-Opted Governor

"I was appointed a Governor in September 2018 and I am the vice chair of the Resources Committee. I have 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.

I have lived locally for over 25 years (attending a local Junior school as a youngster!). I am passionate about improving educational outcomes and supporting children to achieve their highest potential and I'm excited to continue supporting Edgware Primary School."




Role: Curriculum Committee

 Manahil Durrani – Parent Governor

"I have a level two teaching assisted certificate as well as an adults Talk English and level two being a Parent Ambassador certificate. I am the Parent Ambassador of Edgware Primary school and my 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 my role include the admissions process of new students and their families and planning and overseeing the annual school fairs."




Role:  Curriculum Committee/SEND/


Paula Leigh – Co-Opted Governor

 "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."





Role: Resources Committee

Kurrham Shazad - Parent Governor

"In 2005, I have completed my MSc mathematics from Pakistan and started my career in education as a lecturer in a college. A few years later, I moved to Britain and since then I have been working in education establishments and started teaching after completing my MSc and PGCE in education. I have worked as a classroom teacher which enhanced my knowledge,  pedagogies and also helped me to familiarise myself with the demands of educating children and young people in the new century. I have been involved in most areas of school life but had responsibility particularly in numeracy, assessment, curriculum and data. I now work in my own established tuition academy where we strive to help younger children to achieve their academic goals to build future. 

In my role as a Governor at Edgware Primary school, I will be able to contribute to the school and help it to continue to provide the best possible education for each child, looking ahead to the challenges and opportunities in the future." 



Role: Vic Chair Curriculum /Thinking School 

 Jillian Dunstan - Co-Opted Governor

"I have been involved in primary school education for many years and taught in a variety of schools. I began my career as a class teacher, then as a music specialist before moving into leadership roles. 

This culminated in becoming Head teacher for eleven years of a Barnet Primary School.

Since then, I have trained students to become primary school teachers. I have also developed expertise in the area of Staff Mental Health and I am Educational Consultant supporting primary schools.

As a Governor I am committed to supporting the governing body and Headteacher in taking the school forward and achieving the best possible outcomes for the children at Edgware."


Role: School Governor


 Mobola Peters- Co-Opted Governor

"I have a masters degree in Law from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and bring over a decade of experience in the financial sector working for the big four accounting firms on a variety of consulting engagements.  I also bring valuable skills in strategic planning, financial management and decision making.

I have called Edgware home for the past 15 years and I'm deeply rooted in the local community.  I am not only a local resident, but also a parent with a son who attended a local primary school.  This first hand experience as a parent in the community gives me an insight into the needs and aspirations of both students and their families.

I am excited about the opportunity to serve as school governor and look forward to actively participating in the betterment of the school and the wider community."


Role: School Governor 

 Rajesh Jain - Co-Opted Governor

 "Given that we have three phases of life; learn, earn, and return,  I'm very excited to be a governor of this school.

My experience spans several business areas and industries. I have worked across Operations, Manufacturing, Business Development and more, with in-depth exposure in Engineering, Finance and HR. I was also part of UK Industry and Parliamentary Trust exploring Innovative Manufacturing processes.

Currently I organise workshops on Emotional Intelligence and Spirituality in business for corporate sector and have touched innumerable lives with different backgrounds, cultures and diversity within large multinationals and corporates globally. 

I am Trustee of a registered Charity Organisation in London, Jain Vishwa Bharati and our charity work during the Covid crisis was specially recognised and appreciated by the Lord Lieutenant of London & Mayor of Harrow. Also, recently I was honoured at Buckingham Palace as Coronation Champion by King Charles and Queen Camilla for community work.

I firmly believe, education is the key to success and would like to explore how I can add value to this school."