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Drayton Park School Governors

Drayton Park currently has 13 governors. Seven are co-opted community governors, one is appointed by the local authority, three are elected by parents as governors, one is elected by staff and finally, the governing body also includes the headteacher.

The role of the Governors is to
  • Set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school
  • Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of pupils and the performance of staff
  • Oversee the school’s financial performance and ensure its money is well spent

Each Governor has signed a code of conduct and a copy of this can be found lower down this page.


The full governing body meets once every term but most of its work is devolved to three committees Finance & Resources, Curriculum & Achievement and Children, Families & Community.  These usually meet twice a term.  In addition, individual governors take on specific responsibility as “link governors” for areas of the curriculum and aspects of the school’s life.  Details of Governors’ committee membership and link governor responsibilities are given in their individual profiles below.

Last year we restated our vision for Drayton Park; that the school should be a happy, vibrant and creative school that encourages positive attitudes to learning and where staff, pupils and the wider community come together to provide the highest standards of education. The school pursues this vision through the "Drayton Park Way", which promotes the values of Resilience, Independence, Effort, Ambition and Team-work.

John Gilbert – Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)

Initially a LEA Governor (since February 2012); Chair of Governors since June 2014.

Work as a solicitor; formerly a local councillor in Highbury East.

Have five children (all, sadly, well past primary school age).

Sit on Finance & Resources, Curriculum and Achievement and Children, Families & Community Committees..



Eleanor Young - Co-opted Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

Initially a Parent Governor from Autumn 2011; Community Governor since October 2014,

Work at Ealing Council on a contract to manage a major regeneration and development programme in Southall.

Have two children at Drayton park.  Former Chair and active member of the PTA.

Chair of Curriculum and Achievement Committee and sit on Children, Families and Community Committee.



Nikki Ralph – Local Authority Governor

LEA Governor since June 2011.

Work in Islington Children’s Services.

Have two daughters, my eldest started school in September 2014.

Chair of Children, Families & Community Committee.




Marina Harden – Co-opted Governor

Initially a Parent Governor from December 2011; Community Governor since October 2014.

Work for Transport for London.

Have two sons, one is at Drayton Park, the other at Highbury Grove.

Sit on the Curriculum & Achievement and Finance & Resources committees.





Andrew Myer - Co-opted Governor

Initially a Parent Governor from 2006 then Community Governor from October 2010;
Have one daughter, at St Mary Magdalene's; currently she volunteers at Drayton Park as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Formerly an architect but now work in energy and environmental management
Became a governor because I wanted to help the school - not just as a parent but because I Iive locally and a good school is a vital part of the local neighbourhood. I stayed on to help get the new Community Art Building built and fully operational.

                          Sit on the Finance & Resources and Children, Families & Community committees
                          Link governor for Sustainability/Sustainable Schools .


Hannah Weaver - Parent Governor

Parent Governor since June 2014.

Have two children at Drayton Park

Formerly worked in film and television as a drama script editor and producer but currently I am full-time mother 

Became a governor in order to get a better understanding of the school and to contribute to the school in the some way. 



Ahmed Osman - Parent Governor

Parent Governor since June 2014.






Helen Roberts - Co-opted Governor

Co-opted governor since September 2015

Became a Governor because early years education is so important throughout life.

Lives locally and works in corporate communication and PR.  Outside of work loves dancing and regularly attends commercial street dance classes.

Sit on the Children, Families & Communities committee



Sujeet Wadke - Parent Governor

 Parent Governor since January 2016

Have one child at Drayton Park.

Have a Degree in Mechanical Engineering and am an IT Manager by profession.

I currently work for a transport organisation in London, managing the delivery and support of IT Infrastructure.

Became a governor to use my knowledge and skills in the STEM areas and play my part in the community. I am also proficient in three Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati to help the community overcome any language barriers.


Laura Graham-Matheson - Staff Governor

Teacher Governor since since June 2015

Teacher at Drayton Park since 2013, first in Nursery, then in Sun Class (Reception).  

Now the EYFS Phase Leader and subject leader for RE and DT.
Became a Governor to develop an better understanding of the bigger picture of how the school works.
Sit on the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.



Damien Parrott - Head Teacher

Head teacher since September 2012.







Contacting the governors

If you are interested in becoming a governor or wish to learn more about the Governing Body please do not hesitate to contact the office.


Queries about the management of Drayton Park Primary School and the progress of any individual child should be directed in the first instance to the school itself.

The Chair of Governors John Gilbert, or other governors will be happy to answer any more general questions, particularly in relation to the role of the governing body. Letters directed to us should be sent to the school for our attention or email us at

Being a governor at Drayton Park: If you are interested in finding out more about what it is like being a governor and what the role involves take a look at this information document.

Drayton Park Governors Code of Conduct

School Policies Associated with Governance