Our Governors

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:

William Durham




I became a school governor at Laycock in November 2016 and assumed  Co-Chair responsibilities with Sophie Harris in March 2017 following the Ofsted inspection. I have a varied background in the heritage and education sectors and currently work as the London Manager for the charity SGOSS 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

Sophie Harris





I am Co-Chair of Governors, a position I share with William Durham. I am also Chair of the Personnel Committee. 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.


Authority Governor:

Ann Bradford




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?)

Co-Opted Governor:

Merle Mahon




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.

Parent Governor:

Jon Holland




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.

Co-Opted Governor:

Peter Walsh





Peter Walsh lives in Stoke Newington with his partner who is a secondary school teacher in East London. After training as a chartered accountant in Brighton he joined the Treasury team of a large accountancy firm in London. He joined the governing body to add his experience in financial planning and budgetary monitoring and sits on the Finance & Pay committee and the Discipline, Complaints & Appeals Committee.


Co-Opted Govenor 

Mark Worrall





I became a school governor in June 2017 and currently work in asset management where I develop quantitative investment solutions, utilising my background in mathematics. As an assiduous self-learner and someone who experienced first-hand the effects of a poor school environment as a child I am passionate about education and creating an environment with the highest standards in which young children can flourish


Co-Opted Governor:

Maggie Tarling




Dr Maggie Tarling is a full-time lecturer at City University. She has a passionate interest in education with a particular interest in students with learning difference. She is a member of the Standards, Learning & Inclusion Committee. She is also a busy mum and England Rugby fan.

The other Governors are:

Emmanuel Keteku     Headteacher

Ann Mullins          Co-opted

James Nadin         Co-opted

Saul Heselden        Co-opted