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Board of Governors

The governors at Gwyn Jones work with the headteacher, Mrs Moore, 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

The latest parent/carer update from Nicola McEwen, Chair of Governors:

Chair of Governors
Nicola McEwen, Parent Governor.  Elected by parents.  Term 05.07.17-04.07.21.  CCF and Finance Committee.  Pecuniary interests 26.09.18: 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 09.17: 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 26.09.18: 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."

Ann McNally, Co-opted Governor. Co-opted by full GB.  Term 28.11.17-27.11.21.  CCF committee.  Pecuniary interests 09.17: None

"I was introduced to Gwyn Jones School by a friend whose son was a pupil here and became a co-opted governor. I am now a retired teacher, having worked in schools in Waltham Forest and Newham. I have a particular interest in special educational needs and am presently the Link governor for Inclusion."


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."
Ben Bradley, Parent Governor. Term 27.01.16-26.01.20. Elected by parents.  CCF committee.  Pecuniary interests 26.09.18: None
"I stood for election as a parent governor as I want to make a positive contribution to our children’s development, and together with the school, other Governors and parents, I want to ensure all our children experience a healthy, safe, and supportive learning environment.  I have lived and worked in East London for over ten years, and am committed to my local community.  I have a background in governance, performance management and policy, working for a neighbouring local authority.  I was elected parent governor in January 2016, for a four year term.  I have a son in Year Three."

Ellie Barton, Parent Governor.  Term 23.11.16-22.11.20.  Elected by parents.  CCF committee.  Pecuniary interests 26.09.18: 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."

Toni Moore, Head Teacher Governor.  Pecuniary interests 09.17: None

Vacancy, Staff Governor: Currently Recruiting
Vacancy, Parent Governor: Currently Recruiting
Simon Craner, Business Manager and Associate Governor (no voting rights) Term 26.01.18-25.01.19. 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
Mark Hilton, Associate Governor (no voting rights), Term 17.11.17-16.11.18.  Appointed by CCFC commitee..  Pecuniary interests 09.17: None
Sally Elliot, Associate Governor (no voting rights), Term 1.9.18-31.8.19.  Appointed by CCFC commitee..  Pecuniary interests 09.18: None
Governors over the past 12 Months
Sanam Hussain, Co-opted Governor. Co-opted by the full GB.  Term ended 13.10.17.  Pecuniary interests 04.17: None
Sumit Srivastava, Co-opted Governor.  Co-opted by the full GB.  Term ended 24.01.18.  Pecuniary interests 09.17: None
Jaswinder Dhanda, Staff Governor.  Elected by staff.  Term ended 24.01.18.  Pecuniary interests 09.17: None
Megan Panayioutou, Staff Governor.  Elected by staff.  Term ended 26.09.18.  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
  • Toni Moore - Head Teacher
  • Simon Craner - Business Manager & Associate Governor
  • Pat Hayes
  • Rik McShane
  • Charly Hutson
  • Elizabeth Jackson
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
  • Toni Moore - Head Teacher
  • Ann McNally 
  • Ellie Barton - Committee Vice Chair
  • Mark Hilton - Associate Governor
  • 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: Ann McNally
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): Rik McShane
Early Years: Rik McShane
English: Nicola McEwan

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