Governing Body

Governors

The Governing Board consists of two committees. These are:

  • Resources Committee
  • Teaching and Learning Committee

In order to fulfil their duties, the Govering Board meet in the following ways:

  • Termly Full Govering Board meetings
  • Half-termly Resource, and Teaching and Learning Committee meetings
  • Bi-annual Governor Visit Days
  • Termly subject specific meetings

The Govering Board is represented by parents, the Headteacher, the Staff, members of the local community and the Local Authority. They are all committed to the further development of the school and the achievement of the children who attend.

If you are interested in becoming a School Governor, please contact the clerk to the Governing Body or speak to the Headteacher.

The role of the governing body

The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 sets out the role of the Governing Board. It states that:

The Governing Board should focus strongly on three core functions:

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction of the school;

  • Holding the headteacher to account for its educational performance;

  • And ensuring financial resources are well spent

Further details of the roles and responsibilities of the Governing Board can be found here:

School Governance Regulations 2013 departmental advice | PDF

Governing Body Declaration Register Nov 2019

 

Becoming a Governor

Becoming a governor is a significant commitment and requires real commitment, time and effort.

A governor plays an extremely important part in formulating and driving forward the strategic direction of the school. 

Governors are responsible for ensuring the safety of our children, parents and staff at all times.

Governors are expected to fully engage in the work of the Governing Board; behaving in a respectful, positive and supportive manner with children, parents, staff and other governors.

Governors can also expect to experience great personal satisfaction in knowing that they are playing an essential part in the school’s continuous improvement.

The current members of the governing body are as follows:

Venessa Nicholas   

Type of Governor:  Headteacher

Term of office start date:  26th February 2015​

 

Dave McCullagh – Parent Governor and Chair

Date appointed: 8 July 2017

Term of Office: 4 years

Email: chair@derwentwater.ealing.sch.uk


I have one child at Derwentwater in Year 3. In my professional life as a sales and marketing director I have gained extensive experience in many areas relevant to school governance, including data analysis, strategic planning and implementation, as well as financial planning and budget control. I come from a family of teachers and am passionate about education and its wider impact on our society. I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in December 2017 and am a member of the Teaching and Learning Committee and Resources Committee.

 

Alister French – Parent Governor

Date appointed: 27 November 2018

Term of Office: 4 years

 

I have two children at Derwentwater and was elected as a Parent Governor at the end of 2018. In my professional life I am a partner in a strategy consultancy with a focus on retailers and other consumer-facing businesses. Before starting that a decade ago, I completed my PhD in organic chemistry with research on the engineering of antibody based drugs.

Acton has been my home since 2010 and I look forward to working with the other governors to support the leadership of our school in their work that is so vital to the vibrancy and growth of this place.

 

Geoff Carruthers – Vice-Chair and Co-opted Governor

Date appointed: 17 July 2017

Term of Office: 4 years

 

My youngest child graduated from Derwentwater Primary School in 2015 and I have recently joined the governing board and am Vice Chair of the Resources Committee. I have spent most of my professional career as an IT consultant and a company director, but I also worked briefly as a high school mathematics teacher.  I value Derwentwater and its place in our community and am committed to helping achieve excellent outcomes for all of its students.

 

Vicki Joshua - Parent Governor


Date of Appointment - 8 May 2018

Term of Office - Four Years

I have two children at Derwentwater, currently in Year 3 and Year 6.

I have taught in a Local Authority school in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for 20 years.  The school I teach in shares similar strengths and challenges to Derwentwater.  I strongly believe that a school should recognise every child as an individual and help them reach their full potential. I look forward to using my experience in teaching and learning to support the school in my role as Parent Governor. 

 

Rachel Brewer - Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment - 18 July 2019

Term of Office - Four Years

​I have two young children and am currently taking an extended maternity leave. Prior to that I spent ten years working as a secondary school music teacher across three London state schools, most recently as Head of Music at Vyners Academy in Hillingdon.  I have also taught maths and worked as a visiting instrumental teacher, as well as spending two years teaching English in Japan.  Although I am new to school governance I am looking forward to using my experiences in education to help me succeed in the role of co-opted governor.

 

Aizad Hussain - Co-opted Governor

Date of appointment - 18 December 2019

Term of office - Four Years

I run a Heathrow and Peterborough based logistics, e-commerce and freight business with other members of my family.  I enjoy the service industry as it gives an opportunity to create value-added solutions for clients and service-partners and with the continued expansion of the online world, this presents the business with great opportunities and challenges for many years to come.

Separately to Sprint, I am also co-Founder and Trustee of the Ar-Rahman Primary School and Sadat Trust, the family’s charity which focuses on sponsoring and charitable giving in developing countries.  I am also Treasurer of the Acton Mosque which serves approximately 1,000 attendees.  I have lived in Acton all his life and am married with three children.

 

Marta Borg-Rodriguez - Staff Governor

Date Appointed - 15 May 2020 

Term of Office - Four Years

 

I am a graduate of Roehampton University with a BA(Hons) in Primary Education and undertook the initial year, post-graduation, supply teaching across London. During this time, I supplied in Derwentwater and never looked back, joining the incredible team here in 2019. Being a teacher, I am committed to ensuring every child receives the very best education possible, and now with the privilege of becoming staff governor I will use this passion for education and my experience to help the school continue to make a greater impact not only for the children in school now, but for children in years to come.

 

 

Michael Arthur - LA Governor 

​Date Appointed - 18 May 2020

Term of Office - Four years

 

I have lived and worked in Acton since 2008. I trained as a Maths teacher in 2002 and have worked ever since in state schools in Australia and England. I am currently the Head of Sixth Form at a local secondary school with prior experience as Head of Maths of a large department. I am committed to ensuring that every student maximises their potential in school and ensuring that teachers continue to develop and refine their practic

Caroline Gammage - Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed - 18 May 2020

Term of Office - Four Years

 

I have two goddaughters at Derwentwater Primary School in Year 2 and Year 5, and when visiting the school, I have always been charmed by what is so obviously a caring and welcoming culture. In my professional life, I have spent 20 years at Saatchi & Saatchi communications agency, where I gained experience in developing brand strategies and communication plans,  managing P&L’s, driving operational efficiency and mentoring.  

I have lived in the local area since 2006 and am passionate about the vibrancy and diversity of our community.  I was elected Governor in May 2020 and am looking forward to working with the other Governors to help support the leadership team drive the best possible outcomes for the children of Derwentwater.

 

Nick Jones - Co-opted Governor

Date Appointed - 18 May 2020

Term of Office - Four Years

I am Rector of Acton for the Church of England with responsibility for St Mary's and All Saints churches.  I have held this post for five years.  I joined the Governing Board in January 2016 and am governor for Safeguarding.  I am also a governor for Ark Acton Academy.  Prior to coming to London, I have lived and worked in Cambridgeshire, Yorkshire, Greater Manchester and Northern Nigeria including a spell as a school chaplain and a period working for HM Prison Service.  I have been involved with school governance since the min-Nineties.  My wider interests include Mental Health and Restorative Justice.  I am married with four adult children and five grandchildren.

Monica Miglior -  Associate Member

Term of office start date: 15th June 2020

Term of Office - Four Years