The Governing Body is committed to improving the lives of children and families at Laycock. It does this by challenging and supporting the senior leaders of the school, by sitting on committees and by visiting the school. Staff, parents and community members give liberally of their time, experience and expertise to be governors.
Meet the Laycock governors:
Co Chair of Governor:
I became a school governor at Laycock in November 2016 and assumed Co-Chair responsibilities in March 2017 following the Ofsted inspection. I have a varied background in the heritage and education sectors and currently lead the London work of the national charity Governors for Schools and am involved in school governance across the city.
I am a proud North Londoner and am passionate about seeing our schools continue to perform well. I enjoy my role at Laycock Primary School and take great pleasure in seeing it do well.
Please feel free to contact me via the school office if you have any questions about the work of the Governing Board as I’ll be happy to hear from you.
Co Chair Of Governor:
I became a school governor in June 2017 and am passionate about delivering an inclusive and outstanding education to all young people regardless of their circumstances. As a child I experienced first-hand the effects a poor school environment can have on life opportunities and this motivates me to want to make Laycock Primary School a place of excellence.
I was a university lecturer for 22 years , working in central London. I enjoyed my work very much and found it very rewarding. In 2016 I retired from the university and since then have tried to do more painting in my spare time. (but don’t manage to do as much painting as I thought I would, where does the time go?)
I have been associated with Laycock Primary School for many years, first as a specialist speech and language therapist working with the deaf children, then as a researcher, and now as governor with responsibility for the deaf children’s provision. In my day job I am a senior lecturer and researcher at University College London, in the Language and Cognition Research Department, Faculty of Brain Sciences.
I am a Parent Governor, and started in November 2016. I am a member of the Standards, Learning & Inclusion Committee, and also the Discipline, Complaints & Appeals Committee. I have a son at Laycock who is currently in Year 1. I have spent most of my career in Adult Social Care, and currently work for a charity working with homeless people in Camden.
I am a lifelong Islington resident and became a governor because of my commitment to education and wanting to be more involved in my local community. In my professional life, I work in Human Resources for a London university.
I am Chief of Staff to the CEO of Accenture’s Government practice. Prior to joining Accenture, I held a number of senior roles, including Director of Government Relations at Computacenter and Director of Public Services at techUK which is the trade association for the UK tech industry.
I started my career in the field of Equality and Human Rights, working for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the NSPCC leading their policy and public affairs work at EU and International level.
I am Chair of techUK’s Central Government Council – a group of senior industry leaders representing views of tech companies to government. Outside of work, as well as being a Governor at Laycock, I am also a Trustee at the Good Things Foundation.
Co Opted Governor
I have been a governor since November 2018 and feel immensely proud and privileged to be part of such an amazing school. I live in Islington with my partner, Matthew, and dog, Peggy. I have been a government lawyer for nearly 20 years, and since 2010 have worked in the Department for Education. I have a strong belief in public service and want all children to have access to an excellent education. I look forward to playing my part in supporting the life and work of Laycock and its community.
Co Opted Governor
I joined the Laycock school governing body at the beginning of the 18/19 school year. I wanted to be a part of Laycock as I am passionate about education. With my parents both being teachers I’ve grown up with an appreciation for the important role that teachers play in our society and in shaping the young minds of the future.
The other Governors are:
Suzanne Bate Headteacher
Cara Telfer Staff Governor
Ann Mullins Co-opted
James Nadin Co-opted
Saul Heselden Co-opted
Chetna Joshi Co-Opted
Saru Balakrishnan Clerk