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Board of Governors

The governors at Gwyn Jones work with the headteacher, Mrs Boutalbi, to ensure that Gwyn Jones delivers a good quality education and supportive learning environment.  The headteacher is responsible for day-to-day management; the governors set the aims and policies for the school.  They have three main roles:

  •        Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  •        Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  •        Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

The full board of governors meets every half-term.  There are also two sub-committees which are able to look at issues in more detail.  The board of governors has also appointed link governors to act as the liaison between the board and specific subject/curriculum areas or aspects of the work of the school. To find our more about what the role of a governor is, please click here

Chair of Governors
Nicola McEwen, Parent Governor.  Elected by parents.  Term 05.07.17-04.07.21.  CCF and Finance Committee.  Pecuniary interests 02.10.19: None
"I became a governor at Gwyn Jones because I wanted to be able to contribute to the local community, and because I am passionate about the importance of education in improving the life chances of all children. I am a former legal aid lawyer, and now work in resolving landlord and tenant disputes. I have found my legal and personnel management background useful in being a governor."


Vice Chair of Governors
Charly Hutson, Co-opted Governor.  Co-opted by full GB.  Term 04.07.20-05.07.20.  Finance Commitee.  Pecuniary interests 26.09.18: None

"Being part of our local community is important to me and I was delighted to be nominated as Co-opted Governor, following working with the school on the Resources Sub-Committee as an Associate Governor. I have a background in project management and operations in the public, private and charity sector.  I am passionate about the partnership between school and parents / carers to develop children’s love of learning to enable them to go on to fulfill their aspirations. I was nominated as Co-opted Governor in July 2016 and started my role on the Governing Board in September 2016. I have a daughter in Year 3"
Pat Hayes, Local Authority Governor. Appointed by LA. Term: 01.09.18-31.08.22.  Finance Commitee.  Pecuniary interests 02.10.19: None 
"I became a local authority governor twenty years ago because, despite at the time not having children, I was convinced of the importance of primary education in determining people's life chances and of the importance of local authorities in raising and maintaining educational standards.  This is even truer today and I hope that I continue to make a useful contribution offering more than institutional memory.  A former chair of governors and a parent governor at a nearby secondary school, I was a local councillor and have worked for many years as a senior local government officer.  My areas of expertise include planning, housing, HR, finance, local authority legislation and designing/building new schools."

Nick Cromwell, Co-opted Governor. Co-opted by the full GB.  Term 28.11.17-27.11.21.  Finance Commitee.  Pecuniary interests 02.10.19: None

"I live in the local area and both my children attended Gwyn Jones. I am committed to the school and to the community. I was first elected as a parent governor and have been on the governing board since 2002 and have seen the school through many changes. I am currently a community governor and chair the Finance and Resources committee as well as being link governor for Health and Safety. I run my own business as a consultant where I coach leaders in organisations. I previously worked in the not-for-profit sector where, amongst other things, I ran a charity for people with drug problems."

Korina Gerolazou, Parent Governor. Term 27.11.18-27.11.22. Pecuniary interests: 7.12.18:None 
"I was elected as a parent governor in November 2018. I have been an active member of the school community since 2015 when my daughter started in reception, first as a PTSA committee member and, in more recent years, as the chair of the Parent Support group. I have a background in business analysis and project management, but my real passion is the creation of a diverse and inclusive school and community environment for children of all abilities."

Rik McShane, Co-opted Governor.  Co-opted by the full GB.  Term 24.01.18-20.01.22.  Pecuniary interests 26.09.18: None 

"With all four of my children attending Gwyn Jones, I felt it was very important to support the school and community that was giving them such a great environment to learn and develop. I have lived in East London for 18 years and am committed to ensuring that our community services continue to thrive. I started as an Associate Governor and having worked at board level management across a variety of retail companies bring HR, business and operational experience to the governing body. Now co -opted to the full board, I am working in setting up early years nurseries to deliver outstanding childcare across east London."


Elizabeth Jackson, Co-opted Governor.  Co-opted by the full GB.  Term 19.07.18-18.07.22.  Pecuniary interests 26.09.18: None 
 "I am a retired Head teacher and have a strong desire to continue to work with a school such as Gwyn Jones where all have a belief in education in the broadest sense. I believe in providing a wealth of experience and opportunity for all children within a supportive and nurturing environment while equipping them with the skills, confidence and resilience for an ever changing world."
Angela Wallace, Parent Governor. Term 28.01.20-27.01.24. Elected by parents.  CCF committee.  Pecuniary interests 12.02.20: None

I have two children in the school, Francis in the Nursery and Laurence in 3M, I believe the relatively early position of both my children in the school would reflect my investment in the role. I am passionate about the school and local community, having attended Gwyn Jones as a child and Leytonstone school as a teenager. My Professional role in education will make me invaluable in supporting the School in its continued journey of inclusion and excellence. I currently work as a Deputy Head in a Secondary School in Tower Hamlets and have been teaching for fifteen years.


Ellie Barton, Parent Governor.  Term 23.11.16-22.11.20.  Elected by parents.  CCF committee.  Pecuniary interests 01.10.19: An independent physiotherapist working with a child in the school and rents classroom

"I was elected to join the team of Governors in October 2016, I have two children at the school and my husband is a child minder. We feel strongly about children having opportunities and being empowered to reach their full potential. This motivated me to run for Parent Governor. I am a Children’s Physiotherapist and hope my experience working with children and families in school settings, within the NHS and my experience liaising with social care, will be useful in being a governor."

Sian Boutalbi, Head Teacher Governor.  Pecuniary interests: :02.10.19.  None

Deniece Bazuaye, Staff Governor. Term 27.11.18-27.11.22. Pecuniary interests: :02.10.19.  None 
Sally Elliot, Co-opted Governor, Term 1.9.18-31.8.19.  Appointed by CCFC commitee..  Pecuniary interests 02.10.19: None
Simon Craner, Business Manager and Associate Governor (no voting rights) Term 16.1.19-16.1.23. Finance Commitee and Full GB.  Pecuniary interests 09.17: None
Lisa Greenwood, Associate Governor (no voting rights), Term 17.11.17-16.11.18.  Appointed by CCFC committee.  Pecuniary interests 09.17: None

Governor sub-committees

Finance & Resources:
Termly meetings covering school budget setting and monitoring, teachers' pay review, personnel and premises matters. Members:
  • Nick Cromwell - Committee Chair
  • Nicola McEwen - Chair of Governors
  • Sian Boutalbi - Head Teacher
  • Simon Craner - Business Manager & Associate Governor
  • Pat Hayes
  • Rik McShane
  • Charly Hutson
  • Elizabeth Jackson
  • Korina Gerolazou
Curriculum,Children, Families and Community: 
Termly meetings covering school curriculum, progress, attainment, safeguarding, SEN and communication matters.  Members:
  • Ben Bradley - Committee Chair
  • Nicola McEwen - Chair of Governors
  • Sian Boutalbi - Head Teacher
  • Deniece Bazuaye- Staff Governor
  • Ellie Barton - Committee Vice Chair
  • Lisa Greenwood - Associate Governor
  • Sally Elliott - Associate Governor

Link Governors

The Board of Governors has appointed Link Governors to act as the liaison between the Governing Body and specific subject / curriculum areas or aspect of the work of the school.

The role of a Link Governor is as a source of support to the school and a source of information for the governing body.

Inclusion, SEN and Looked after children: Sally Elliot
Pupil Premium and Sports Premium: Charly Hutson
Attendance & Behaviour: Elizabeth Jackson
Health & Safety: Nick Cromwell
Child Protection and Safeguarding Children: Ellie Barton
Science, Maths and Computing: Elizabeth Jackson
Rights Respecting Schools: Ben Bradley
Curriculum (incl. French): Korina Gerolazou
Early Years: Rik McShane
English: Nicola McEwan

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