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Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.

 

Local (Full) Governing Body

 

The core functions of the governing body are:

  • Setting the vision and strategic direction of school;
  • Holding the Executive Principal / Principal to account for its educational performance; and
  • Ensuring financial resources are well spent.

 

The structure consists of 10 Governors:

  • The Principal;
  • One paid member of staff elected from the staff body (STF);
  • Two parent governors elected from parents and carers of children attending the school (PAR);
  • Four community governors appointed by the governing body (COOP);
  • One Link Trustee.

 

The Governors are:

 

Danish Affarka - Chair of Governors (COOP)

John Dibdin (Principal)

Rishi Nathwani (COOP)

David Tattersall (PAR)

Anfaal Jaffer (PAR)

Roger Gallucci (COOP)

Mohini Subhedar (COOP)

Hayley Old (STF)

John Harris (Link Trustee)

 

 

Our Governors

Our Governors 1 Danish Affarka - Chair of Governors
Our Governors 2 Rishi Nathwani - Coopted Governor
Our Governors 3 Roger Gallucci - Coopted Governor

Danish Affarka - Chair of Governors

I am pleased to join your children’s school as governor and with my own daughter having started in the 2017 reception cohort, I have a vested responsibility in ensuring our shared vision of developing LCFS into a successful and enjoyable place for our little ones to thrive.

 

My background includes a degree in finance, an MBA and a diploma in Non-Executive Directorship. Having worked in the financial sector for 15+ years, I specialise in Risk Management and Business Development, providing tactical and strategic solutions to overcome business challenges. I am passionate and have a strong focus on governance, IT and policy setting to help drive through changes and efficiency programmes.

 

I currently also volunteer at Ability.NET, an IT charity providing vital support to disabled people and people of old age in their home. I separately also mentor and provide career guidance to City University London students. Until 2013, I volunteered as a director of Camden Plus Credit Union, a social enterprise established to help those financially deprived and excluded from mainstream banking.

 

The importance of state education and equal opportunity for children of all backgrounds is very important to me and my values. I have every confidence that our school management, in partnership with parents and the community will build on the positive milestones achieved so far.

 

Rishi Nathwani - Chair of Outcomes Committee

I am excited to be part of the Lanchester CFS community as a School Governor. Born, raised and schooled in Watford, I have a personal and vested interest in children’s education. This is reinforced by pursuing a career in secondary education (both state and independent) and achieving great success in key leadership roles over the past decade. My philosophy is that every student has unique talents, and it is the duty of care of teachers to cultivate that so that students have the best opportunities for progression and reaching destinations that meets their needs. My personal approach of ‘every minute matters’ has led to high expectations of students and staff, achieving high attainment and standards. Furthermore, I appreciate that a child’s primary education is the foundation to their future academic achievement and well-being. I am keen to make a positive contribution in this area as we prepare our Lanchester CFS children to be confident, resilient, independent and positive in their childhood journey.  

 

Roger Gallucci - Chair of Resources Committee and DPO

I have 2 children attending Lanchester CFS and have been actively involved with the school via the PTA since my eldest, now in Year 2, started.  Some of you may know me from running the tombola at the summer fete and Christmas fayre with my partner Michelle.

    

My background is in accountancy and finance being an ACCA qualified accountant and holding senior finance positions for both large corporations and SME’s predominantly in the media and marketing sector.  All of these role have included a broad business operational remit, so I have gained good knowledge and skills in HR, IT and property.  I am a commercially focussed individual which I think can be an asset as well as experience in budget planning, cost utilisation and ensuring organisations are getting value for money.   

 

I feel honoured to be elected as Governor for the school and am looking forward to working with the senior leadership team to ensure the objectives and goals of the school are achieved.  I am also looking forward to working with the teachers and parents to ensure the children’s education is positive, enriching and enjoyable which, after all, is paramount and should always be top of the agenda.  

 

 

WHCFST Link Trustee

John Harris

 

John Harris is Chair of the Trust and attends the governing body as the Trust Board's link trustee.

 

John Harris was Director of Education in Westminster from 1999-2003 and Director of Children’s Services from 2003-11. After leaving Hertfordshire he played a leading role in setting up sector-led improvement in children’s services as part of the DfE-funded Children’s Improvement Board.

 

He continues to have recent and relevant experience in education as Chair of the Hounslow Learning Partnership and as a School Governor. He chaired the South Gloucestershire Education Commission and prepared its report in 2013. He led the team that set up the Peterborough Self-Improving Schools Network in 2014.He has recently completed a strategic education review for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, and led a development project with Heads of School Improvement in the Eastern Region on ‘Narrowing the Gap for Vulnerable Learners’.

 

He was a Trustee of the National Foundation for Educational Research from 2011-2015.

Our Staff Governor

Hayley Old

I am pleased to be representing the staff of Lanchester Community Free School as a staff governor. I first joined the school in September 2016 and have enjoyed watching the school grow from strength to strength. I am the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) as well as a Year 1 teacher. I am extremely passionate about both roles and believe in a high quality education for all pupils. I have always had a child-centred approach and I will be bringing this approach with me as well as a staff perspective in my role as staff governor. 

Our Structure

 

Outcomes Committee

 

e.g. The Outcomes Committee meets once a term to review and evaluate: children’s learning; the quality of teaching; the quality of leadership; children’s achievements and wellbeing; standards of behaviour; the arrangements for safeguarding; community engagement; work with partner organisations and agencies; standards across the school overall.

 

The members of the committee are:

 

Rishi Nathwani (Chair of Committee)

Hayley Old

Headteacher (Ex-officio)

 

Resources Committee

 

e.g. The Resources Committee meets once a term to assist the decision making of the governing body, by enabling more detailed consideration to be given to the best means of fulfilling the governing body's responsibility to ensure sound management of the school’s finances, personnel and premises, including proper planning, monitoring and probity.

The members of the committee are:

 

Roger Galluci (Chair of Committee)

Headteacher (Ex-officio)

 

 

Our Details 2017/2018

Governor Name

Start Date

Terms of Office

Stepped Down

Category

Responsibility including Link Role

Committee

Pecuniary Interests

Governance Roles in other Schools

Andrew Battersbee

28/09/17

4 Years

 

COOP

Vice Chair of Governors

Outcomes

 

 

Binita Mehta-Parmar

02/05/14

4 Years

 

ASSOCIATE

 

Resources

  • Trustee, Barrow Cadbury Trust
  • Member – Conservative Party
  • Vice-Chairman (Fundraising) – Watford Conservative Association

 

Danish Affarka

28/09/17

4 Years

 

COOP

 

Resources

 

 

Graham Cunningham

01/01/2018

-

 

Acting HT

Ex-officio

(Executive Principal)

Outcomes

Resources

 

 

Helen Lockham

02/05/14

31/12/2017

31/12/17

HT

Ex-officio

(Executive Principal)

Outcomes

Resources

 

 

Natalie Moss

02/05/14

4 Years

31/12/17)

ASSOCIATE

 

 

Outcomes

 

 

Pulvi Popat

19/12/14

4 Years

 

PAR

Chair of Governors

Outcomes

Resources

Director of Cupcakesaway

 

Rishi Nathwani

16/5/2017

4 Years

 

COOP

Chair of Outcomes Committee

Outcomes

 

 

Roger Galluci

23/11/17

4 Years

 

COOP

Chair of Resources Committee

Resources

 

 

Steve Shaw

28/09/17

4 Years

 

STAFF

 

Outcomes

 

 

Tania Garcia

28/09/17

4 Years

 

ASSOCIATE

 

Outcomes

 

 

Yvonne Holdsworth

19/12/14

4 Years

 

PAR

 

Resources

Co-chair of Friends of Lanchester CFS (Reg charity 1161580)

 

 

Our Details 2016/2017

Governor Name

Start Date

Terms of Office

Stepped Down

Category

Responsibility including Link Role

Committee

Pecuniary Interests

Governance Roles in other Schools

Ally McCabe

01/09/15

4 Years

24/3/17

COOP

Safeguarding Link

Outcomes

 

 

Binita Mehta-Parmar

02/05/14

4 Years

 

COOP

 

Resources

  • Trustee, Barrow Cadbury Trust
  • Member – Conservative Party
  • Vice-Chairman (Fundraising) – Watford Conservative Association

 

Helen Lockham

02/05/14

-

 

HT

 

Outcomes

Resources

 

 

James Percy

02/05/14

4 Years

06/07/2017

COOP

Chair of Resources Committee

Resources

 

 

Jeff Hazel

04/02/16

4 Years

26/6/17

COOP

 

Resources

 

 

Kelly Hudson

12/05/16

4 Years

31/7/17

STF

 

Outcomes

 

 

Natalie Moss

02/05/14

4 Years

01/09/2017

COOP

Chair of Governors and Outcomes Committee

Outcomes

Resources

 

 

Pulvi Popat

19/12/14

4 Years

 

PAR

Vice-Chair of Governors

Resources

Director of Cupcakesaway

 

Stephanie Gou

02/05/14

4 Years

23/9/16

COOP

 

Resources

 

 

Yvonne Holdsworth

19/12/14

4 Years

 

PAR

 

Outcomes

Co-chair of Friends of Lanchester CFS (Reg charity 1161580)

 

Gaurav Sood

24/11/16

4 Years

26/6/17

COOP

 

Resources

 

 

 

 

Currently the Governors can be contacted using the following address:

 

email:  governors@lanchestercfs.org.uk  (active from January 2019)

 

Chair of Governors

Lanchester Community Free School,

Hempstead Road,

Watford, Hertfordshire,

WD17 3HD

 

 

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