Governors

Tim Jones (Community Governor) has been a Head teacher in Newham, and more recently in Brent, for many years before retiring in 2010. He is now the Chair of Governors at Park Lane Primary School. From 2010 until 2014, he was an elected Councillor on Kensington & Chelsea Council, and served on the Family and Children’s Scrutiny Committee and the Corporate Parenting Panel, which dealt with the Council’s responsibility for looked after children. Tim is an Associate of the Institute of Education, working part time on the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). He is also Chair of Oxford Gardens Primary School in Kensington and Chelsea, and Trustee of the Portobello Dance School.

Ms. Enid Lewis (Staff Governor) studied at the University of London where she obtained her Bachelor of Education (Honours), and subsequent Master’s Degree. Prior to taking up the post of Head Teacher at Park Lane Primary School, Enid worked at John Keble Church of England Primary School, Mitchell Brook Primary School and Kensal Rise Primary School. She has a strong commitment to the Park Lane Primary School ethos of staff, parents and governors working together to ensure that children develop as independent, lifelong learners ready to face the
challenges of the future. Her interests include cooking and reading but her passion is mathematics.

Kate Voss (Community Governor) became a Governor in 2015 as she was keen to extend her involvement in the community and welcomes the opportunity to share her skills. She has a business management degree from Bath University, and 13 years of experience working in teams and managing people. Kate is a people person and is passionate about children’s education. She is motivated by working in a team and takes pride in being a great communicator. Kate is currently employed as a Supply Chain Manager and volunteers with Age UK in Brent.

Navarathnam Paramakumaran (Local Authority Governor) has lived in Brent for almost 30 years, he is passionate about children’s early learning development and so has been a Governor for 14 years. He has a Diploma in Technology (Engineering), BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Science, CeMAP and other CPD skills obtained during his 25 years of teaching. Navarathnam’s work experience includes 13 years in Further Education teaching and training adults towards vocational and Higher Education, and 15 years in Secondary Schools teaching mathematics, and vocational courses for adults. Currently he is also oversees the development of the Abacus Mental Arithmetic Programme to enhance early learning for KS1 level children. Interested in Local, National and International politics, and sports – particularly cricket and football, Navarathnam is also a qualified Mortgage Financial Adviser.

Eunice Givans – Haynes (Staff Governor) has over 20 years of experience in the education system. Her passion for teaching is reflected in her belief that teachers are role models who can help shape a society. She holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Management Studies from the University of West Indies, and a Master of Sciences in Human Resource Management from Nova South Eastern University. She commenced working at Park Lane in 2009, and is currently an Assistant Head teacher in charge of the Curriculum as well as staff well-being. Her interests
include reading, sewing and travel.

Carole Bevis-Smith (Community Governor) has been associated with Park Lane Primary School since 1994 when her children began their education here; she was first elected a Governor in 1999 and only recently stepped down as Chair due to other commitments. Originally from Yorkshire, Carole studied Geological Sciences at Aston University in Birmingham before settling in Wembley over 30 years ago. She has worked in engineering and design, but now devotes her time to voluntary community activities which include a Parents, Carers & Toddler’s Group, a local Youth Project and working as a lay minister at St John the Evangelist, Wembley Parish Church. As a supporter of ‘life-long learning,’ she has many and varied interests which include music, model making and exploring the great outdoors – especially if it involves steam, history and Labradors.

Saima Qaisrani (Parent/Staff Governor) has been a Parent Governor at Park Lane Primary School since June 2014. She joined the Governing Body as she was eager to contribute to the local community, more specifically the school where both her children attend. Saima has a Master Degree in Zoology, and taught briefly while living in Pakistan. She worked for Brent Community Transport from September 2005 to July 2013 and currently works as the Welfare Officer at Park Lane Primary School. Saima enjoys meeting people, sewing and embroidery; she describes herself as a ‘food lover’ with a passion for cooking and eating out. Saima is interested in science and biology and loves watching real life crime programmes.

Mrs. Sadia Sheikh (Parent Governor), who has recently become a Parent Governor, is committed to creating a learning environment where children can interact with their peers, admire and care for nature, and learn respect for every person, irrespective of cultural, religious or social background. Sadia has a Bachelor’s degree from Pakistan, and studied Mathematics, Statistics and Psychology. She has also obtained a Masters of Business Administration and is currently studying for an Honours Degree in Mathematics. Sadia is the mother of eight year old twins who currently attend Park Lane Primary School.

Anand Gangadia (Community Governor) graduated with a 2:1 Law degree from the University College London. He completed his Legal Practice Course at the BPP Law School and trained at City law firm Herbert Smith Freehills LLP from 2008, qualifying in 2010 as a solicitor in the Corporate Projects group of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Anand has grown up in, and lives in, North West London. He enjoys travelling, playing sports and spending time with family and friends.

Mrs. Esther Henshaw (Staff Governor) obtained her degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. She joined the governing body in 2010, and has worked at the school since 2009; she is currently a Teaching Assistant in year 6. Esther is passionate about the development and growth of the school, and the well-being of students and staff. She enjoys cooking, dressing up and nights out with friends. She also enjoys the performing arts and music.

Uloma Adighibe (Parent Governor) is an ex-pupil of Park Lane Primary School, where her daughter also currently attends. She has been a Governor for over 15 years. Uloma is a company secretary (FCIS) with extensive experience in corporate governance and compliance. She has mentored at a local secondary school and is passionate about unlocking potential in young people through education. Her other passion is reading with kettle crisps.

Adamou Abdoulaye (Parent Governor) is an Economics graduate from
University Abdou Moumouni, in Nigeria; he obtained his MBA from
Wales University. Adamou currently works as an accountant and over
the last ten years, has worked for various companies including Royal
Mail, Coactiva and Helios Towers. His interests include tennis, football,
music and travelling. He is passionate about networking with good
governance and fairer society organisations. Adamou has been a
Governor since June 2011.

David Sassoon (Community Governor) Clerk to the Governing Body, is one of two directors of Schools Support Services Ltd, a consultancy which provides training and support to school governors, head teachers and staff. He began his career in education as a teacher in India, having graduated from Calcutta University. After further study at Cambridge University, he secured the Certificate in Education, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Management from London University. From 1996 to 2005, he was an Ofsted inspector. David is on the Editorial Board of Management in Education, a Journal of the British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS). Since July 2000, he has been educational consultant to the HSBC providing support and guidance to the bank’s employees who are school governors. David is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, participating in debates and attending many of the lectures.