Meet the Governors

Federated Governing Body of St Matthew's C.E. Primary School and Cowley St Laurence C.E. Primary School

The Governing Body is made up of 18 people, drawn from all walks of life, who are dedicated to ensuring the quality of education offered by our school  improves constantly.  The Federated Governing Body are responsible for not only St Matthew’s C. E. Primary School, but also Cowley St Laurence C.E. Primary School.  They meet regularly to look at a very wide range of issues including the achievement of the children, the quality of the teaching, Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety and the Spiritual Development of our pupils

The Governors work in close partnership with the Head of School and other members of the Senior Leadership Team to set the strategic direction of the school.  The role of the Governors is to support the school in decision making and also to question and challenge the school, all in the interests of achieving the best outcome for the children.

The governors of St Matthew's are each assigned to a year group in the school, and act as a 'Link Governor' for this year group. This means that they will make visits to the classes in their assigned year group, and get to know the children, parents and teachers within that year group. This further enables our governors to support the school in achieving our school improvement targets. 

The Governors are accountable to the parents and wider community for the direction of the school.  If you would like to contact us please get in touch with the school office. Additionally, if you would like to see the minutes of any governing body meeting, please make your request at the school office. 

Members of the Governing Body:

Councillor Janet Duncan Chair of Governors; Member of Finance & Resources Committee
Catherine Allen Vice Chair of Governors; Member of Finance & Resources Committee
Chris Cole Executive Headteacher; Board of Directors
Lisa Barr Head of School (St Matthew's); By Office
David Davies  Head of School (Cowley St Laurence); By Office
Councillor Shehryar Ahmad-Wallana FGB 
Rev. Richard Young FGB
Linda Ryan FGB; Safeguarding Governor
Helen Pye-Beraet FGB
Ann Clarridge FGB 
Laura Simpson - Parent Governor Elected by parents
Emma Galko - Parent Governor Elected by parents
James Jiang - Parent Governor Elected by parents
Shilpi Khatun - Parent Governor Elected by parents
Miriam Mohammadi - Staff Governor  Elected by staff

Governing Body Membership 2019/2020

Federated Governing Body of Cowley St Laurence CE Primary and St Matthew's CE Primary Schools:

In accordance with the Scheme of Delegation, the Federated Governing Body (FGB) consists of:

· Four Foundation members for each school, appointed by the Directors of the Trust;
· The Parish Priest of St Matthew’s Church (or other clergy as appointed by the Bishop of Willesden);
· One Parent Governor for each school;
· One Staff Governor for each school;
· The Head of School at each school;
· The minimum number of Governors is six and the maximum is twenty one.

Chair of Governors 2019/20: Cllr Janet Duncan
Vice Chair of Governors 2019/20: Catherine Allen

Cllr Shehryar Ahmad-Wallana, Governor, appointed 24/09/2018
Catherine Allen, Governor, re-appointed 03/08/2016
Lisa Barr, Governor (ex-officio); Head of School (St Matthew’s), appointed 18/06/2019
Revd Ann Clarridge, Governor, appointed 16/07/2018
Chris Cole, Governor (ex-officio - Executive Headteacher/CEO), appointed 01/02/2013
David Davies, Governor (ex-officio); Head of School (Cowley St Laurence), appointed 16/04/2018
Cllr Janet Duncan, appointed 01/02/2013
Emma Galko, elected parent Governor, 27/11/2017
James Jiang, elected parent Governor, 10/12/2019
Miriam Mohammadi, elected staff Governor, 20/05/2019
Helen Pye-Beraet, Governor, appointed 10/07/19
Linda Ryan, Governor, appointed 09/05/2016
Laura Simpson, elected parent Governor, 27/11/2017
Revd Richard Young, Governor (ex officio - Parish Priest of St Matthew's Church), re-appointed 01/02/2016

Resigned in the last 12 months:
Elliott Small, elected staff Governor, 19/10/2017 (resigned 15/09/19)
Daniella Dean, elected parent Governor, 21/02/2018 (resigned 19/07/19)
Colette Richardson, Governor (ex-officio); Head of School (St Matthew’s), appointed 01/03/10 (resigned 17/06/19)
Sarah Flick-Smith, appointed 01/02/2016 (resigned 19/07/19)
Verity Williams, Governor, appointed 01/09/2014 (resigned 19/07/19)


Declarations of Interest 2019/2020

Surname, First name, Date declared, Declarations

Ahmad-Wallana, Shehryar, 16/10/2019, Elected Councillor, London Borough of Hillingdon

Allen, Catherine, 17/09/2019, None

Barr, Lisa, 17/09/2019, None

Clarridge, Ann, 17/09/2019, None

Duncan, Janet, 15/10/2019, Elected Councillor, London Borough of Hillingdon

Davies, David, 17/09/2019, None

Galko, Emma, 21/01/2020, Governor, Harmondsworth Primary School; Assistant Headteacher/SENCO, Harmondsworth Primary School

Jiang, James, 21/01/2020, None

Mohammadi, Miriam, 17/09/2019, None

Pye-Beraet, Helen, 15/10/2019, None

Ryan, Linda, 17/09/2019, None

Simpson, Laura, 15/10/2019, None

Young, Richard, 15/10/2019, Vicar, St Matthew’s Church, Yiewsley


Resigned in the last 12 months


Surname, first name, resignation date, date declared, declarations

Small, Elliott, resigned 15/09/2019, 17/09/2019, None

Dean, Daniella, resigned 21/07/2019, 24/09/2018, Director, Frays Academy Trust

Williams, Verity, resigned 19/07/2019, 24/09/2018, None

Flick-Smith, Sarah, resigned 19/07/2019, 24/09/2018, None

Richardson, Colette, resigned 17/06/2019, 09/10/2017, None





Area of responsibility

Link Governor

Safeguarding and Health & Safety 

Linda Ryan

Christian Distinctiveness and Staff Well-being Richard Young
Early Years  Catherine Allen
Phonics and Key Stage One  Ann Clarridge 
Reading  Shehryar Ahmad Wallana and Laura O'Connor 
Maths  Emma Galko
Special Educational Needs Helen PyeBeraet
Curriculum  Janet Duncan 

In addition:

Mrs Catherine Mosdell is the Clerk to the Governing Body