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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 committed to adhere to the Governors' 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 Joint Resources committee, 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.

Our vision for Drayton Park is 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.

Retired solicitor working as a legal consultant; formerly a local councillor in Highbury East.

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

Committee membership: Joint Resources Committee, Curriculum and Achievement and Children, Families & Community Committees.



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

Initially a Parent Governor from Autumn 2011; Co-opted Governor since October 2014, Vice Chair of governing board.
Director of regeneration and development consultancy, Blackstock Partnership.
Has two children at Highbury Grove School.  
Committee membership: Chair of Curriculum and Achievement Committee and sits on Children, Families and Community Committee.



Nikki Ralph – Local Authority Governor

LEA Governor since June 2011.

I work in the council’s Strategy and Change Team, having previously spent 12 years in Islington Children’s Services.

 have always been very passionate about children’s education. I volunteer as a governor to support Drayton Park in its amazing efforts to provide the very best education for every pupil and to enable every child to have opportunities to learn, develop and realise their potential.

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

                            Committee membership: Chair of Children, Families & Community Committee.


Andrew Myer - Co-opted Governor

Initially a Parent Governor from 2006, then a Community Governor from 2010 and now a Co-opted Governor since 2014;
Have one daughter, who got a great start at Drayton Park, thrived at St Mary Magdalene's, and is currently at university.
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 after our daughter left to help get the Community Art Building built and now enjoy seeing and hearing about all the different things that happen there.
                          Committee membership: Children, Families & Community committee
                          Link governor for Sustainability/Sustainable Schools .


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.

Committee Membership: Joint Resources committee, Curriculum and Achievement Committee.


Damien Parrott - Executive Head Teacher

Head teacher since September 2012. Executive Headteacher of Drayton Park Primary School and Montem Primary School since September 2017. Sit on the Joint Resources Committee.




Annabelle Kapoor- Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor since November 2017

Head of School since 2017 and previously Deputy Headteacher. Formerly a class teacher at Drayton Park for several years, teaching a range of age groups, before taking on management and leadership positions. Sit on the Curriculum and Achievement committee and Children, Families and Community committee


David Mason- Parent Governor

Parent Governor since December 2017

I am a parent Governor (since December 2017) with two children at Drayton Park. I have lived in Islington since the early 1990s and also work locally, as Head of CRM & Data Services at the National Autistic Society. I became a Governor to support the school thrive and evolve as a cornerstone of the local community.


Lily Gupta- Parent Governor

Parent Governor since October 2018


Geir Freysson- Parent Governor

Parent Governor since October 2018


Emma MacIntosh- Staff Governor

Staff Governor since June 2018


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