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Lanchester Primary School

...for a better future


Lanchester Primary School is part of Danes Educational Trust. The Danes Educational Trust Board has responsibility for the operation of the Trust, but delegates some of the responsibilities to a local level. Therefore, schools within the Trust have a School Board, comprising local Governors. The School Board holds 4 meetings per year. In addition, each School Board has an Admissions Committee and a Senior Staff Pay and Remuneration Committee. Lanchester Primary School shares its School Board with Ascot Road Primary School.


Further information about the Danes Educational Trust governance structure is available on the Trust website


To contact the Governors of the School, please email via the Chair (Rama Venchard):  


Governors’ Newsletters to follow



Who we are

Lanchester School Board:


Rama Venchard - Chair of Governors

Rama runs his own consultancy company specialising in project management with expertise in Project & Programme Management, Service Improvement and Business Process Change.  Since 2005, he has worked with schools and Trusts to facilitate the set-up of Academies, University Technical Colleges, Studio Schools and Free Schools.  He currently works with multiple Trusts and FE Colleges leading on their Academy conversions, re-brokerages, mergers and Free School projects. He is the Chair of a Primary School Trust of 18 schools and a Trustee on two other Academy Trust boards. Rama also brings knowledge from over twenty years in the retail, hospitality and banking sectors.  He enjoys good food, good music and good company.


Danish Affarka - Trust appointed Governor

Danish was pleased to be re-elected as co-opted governor for Lanchester & Ascot Road in Sept 2021 having joined the Governing Board in September 2017 and served as Chair for over two years. His background stems from a degree in finance, an MBA and a diploma in Non-Executive Directorship and specialises in risk management and business development, providing tactical and strategic solutions to overcome business challenges. He focuses on governance, IT and policy setting to help drive through changes and efficiency programmes.
He currently also volunteers at Ability.NET, an IT charity providing vital support to disabled people and people of old age in their home. He separately also mentors and provides career guidance to City University London students. Until 2013, He 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 him and his values. He  has every confidence that the school management, in partnership with parents and the community will build on the positive milestones achieved so far and look forward to working with all stakeholders to help our children aspire to the school’s ethos of a better future.


Ore Apampa - Trust appointed Governor

Ore has worked as a marketing analytics professional for a wide range of companies including a large education and publishing organization. She has often been the bridge between marketing teams and technology teams helping to deliver solutions to drive business objectives. She recently transitioned into running a voiceover business whilst pursuing a part-time PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University. 

She is happiest when she sees young people progressing in line with their potential. Outside of her professional endeavours, she mentors first-generation university goers in Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Nigeria to help them get the best out of their university experience and transition into promising careers.

"I am excited to be part of the governing body and I look forward to being able to contribute my time, skills and experience to ensuring we have a nurturing environment for our children to flourish."


Rupesh Hirani - Trust appointed Governor

Rupesh has held several roles within the insurance industry, both in the UK and abroad, primarily focused around management of insurance portfolios and pricing. The roles have included setting financial plans, ensuring global adoption of key pricing frameworks and using data to drive actionable insights to achieve financial and non-financial ambitions.


I am looking forward to working alongside the rest of the governing body to ensure that we can provide the best possible educational environment for the children of Ascot Road and Lanchester.


Sabeen Kazmi: - Elected Staff Governor

Sabeen is lower KS2 leader and has been with the school since the beginning of the journey. She is a proactive member of the Senior Leadership Team and graduated from Roehampton University London specialising in an undergraduate degree in Early childhood studies followed by a PGCE at Goldsmiths University London.

Sabeen is very passionate about teaching children as well as believing that it is paramount that children should be given the opportunity to learn through an enabling environment. She also believes that every child is unique and should be treated as an individual.


Gulistan Ladha - Trust appointed Governor

Gulistan has worked in the tech and telecommunications sector for over 25 years, primarily in regulation and compliance. She has been involved in new product and service launches as well as implementation of new laws and regulations. She is currently based at the at the UK government’s leading advisory group/think tank on broadband and digital infrastructure. Gulistan is passionate about STEM subjects and finding ways to encourage everyone, young and old, to develop and enhance their digital skills, which has become even more important in current times. 


Meera Mitchell - Elected Parent Governor

Meera has worked in the audit and accountancy profession since 2009, managing statutory financial audits.

 “As the mother of two young children I am really passionate about the education of our children and the benefits this can not only bring to them but the wider community. Having been state educated I have seen first-hand how a nurturing and well managed school environment can set up our children to achieve their goals and dreams.”


Stuart Phillips - Elected Parent Governor (Lanchester) 

Stuart has worked in FE education since 2009 in a number of different roles from Lecturer, Quality Assurance, Coordinator and most recent Head of school. A father of two boys I am passionate about education and wellbeing within education. In my spare time I am keen cyclist and runner and support Watford FC. I am excited to take on this valuable role and look forward to contributing my time, skills and experience. 


Abolade Odunsi - Trust appointed Governor

Abby has 3 years of procurement experience. Most recently working in the IT sales industry.

She also recently received a diploma from the chartered institute of procurement and supply. 

"I am excited to take on this position and to give back to the local community. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and playing netball".


Cathy Elsley - Headteacher

Cathy has been headteacher at Ascot Road since April 2018.