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Governors

School Governors play a key role in overseeing the management of the school. Their main responsibilities include planning the budget, recruitment and appointment of staff and the development and implementation of policies in consultation with staff and parents. 

Robert Owen Nursery School’s Governing Body is currently composed of the Headteacher, a Staff Governor, Parent Governors and co-opted Governors who bring a range of skills, experience and expertise to the role. 

All Governors aim to visit the school regularly, usually with a specific brief to examine one or more areas of school life in some detail. Many are in school on a daily basis and have a close involvement with everything that goes on. 

Sub-committees

Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by sub-committees whose recommendations and decisions are verified by the main Governing Body.  People who are not Governors can be co-opted onto sub-committees. 

The current sub-committees are:

  • Resources, chaired by Graham Miles     
  • Learning & Development, chaired by Sarah Davies

The Governing Body also fulfils its statutory duties through the Pay Committee, Pay Appeals Committee and Complaints Committee (formed as needed.)

Our Governors

Name

Committee
Membership

Term of Office Start/End

Relevant Business & Financial Interests

Other Governance Roles

Jo Graham
Executive Headteacher

Resources,
Learning & Development

 Ex-officio

Executive Headteacher of Meridian Primary & Robert Owen Nursery

Ex-officio Governor at Meridian Primary

Maggie Shields
Chair

Resources,
Learning & Development,
Pay

06/10/2022 - 

06/10/2026

None

Chair of Governors at Meridian Primary

Katherine Dossa
Vice-Chair

Resources,
Pay Appeals

18/06/2020 - 

18/06/2024

None

Ben Jamieson
Staff Governor

Learning & Development

17/07/2017 -
10/10/2025

None

Sarah Davies
Co-opted Governor

Learning & Development (Chair),
Pay

08/10/2018 - 
06/10/2026

None

Graham Miles
Co-opted Governor

Resources (Chair),
Pay

18/01/2023 - 

17/01/2027

Director of the company which built the school website

 

Gennie Joy
Co-opted Governor

Learning & Development

23/03/2023 - 

22/03/2027

None
Punya Grover
Parent Governor

 

12/10/2023 -
11/10/2027

 
Tom Groves
Parent Governor

 

12/10/2023 -
11/10/2027

 

Recently resigned Governors

Name

Committee
Membership

Term of Office Start/End

Material interests or relationships

Other Governance Roles

Linda Pound
Co-opted Governor

Resources,
Learning & Development (Chair),
Pay

31/08/2011 - 

31/08/2023

None Vice-chair of Governors at Sherington Primary

Lotte Jeffs
Parent Governor

Resources,
Learning & Development

08/10/2021 - 

11/01/2023

None

Myriam Bah
Parent Governor

29/04/2022 - 

03/12/2022

 None

 

Governor Attendance at Meetings

Governor
Name

06/10/22
FGB

11/11/22
R C

01/12/22
L&D C

18/01/23
EGB

26/01/23
R C

 23/03/23
FGB

29/06/2023
FGB

28/09/23
R C

12/10/23
FGB

J Peach

IA

  IA  IA IA

IA 

IA

IA

IA

L Pound

XA

  P P   P P

B Jamieson

P

  P P P P P

S Davies

  P P P P P

K Dossa

P   P P P P P P

M Bah

P      

 

 

 

 

L Jeffs

XA

XA  

J Graham

P P  XA P

P

P

P

P

M Shields

P  P   P P

P

P

P

XA

G Miles

 

      P

P

P

P

G Joy

 

    P P
P Grover

 

T Groves

 

Key

  • FGB = Full Governing Board
  • EGB = Extraordinary Governing Board
  • L&D C = Learning & Development Committee
  • R C = Resources Committee
  • P = Present
  • XA = Absent with apologies
  • IA = In attendance

Becoming a Governor

The school is always keen to hear from anyone who is prepared to be a Governor or would like to join a sub-committee. Please contact us to discuss any opportunities for greater involvement in the running of the school. 

Governor Diversity

As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We use this to:

  • target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity
  • develop and adapt board practices to ensure full participation
  • prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas
  • address potential ‘blind spots’ through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks

However, we don’t publish this diversity information so as not to disclose personal information about individual governors.