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Meet the Chair of the Governing Body


Andrew Forde-Johnston - Chair of the Governing Body (Co-Opted)

Andrew brings to his role of Chair of the Governing Body and Chair of the Resources committee experience of working in finance at a senior level across the UK public sector in London and further afield over the last 20 years.  This has taken in day-to-day, operational management and high-value projects, including Building Schools for the Future, mixed-use regeneration schemes, acting as lead client for PFIs, senior finance officer for housing associations and building repairs divisions, negotiating/settling commercial disputes and complex legal arrangements.  In this time Andrew has worked for numerous London Boroughs, the NHS, housing associations with some private sector work and consultancy along the way.

Andrew is also a parent of two children at the school (in Year 2 and 1), having lived in Wanstead with his family since 2007.  Other essential parts of his life includes holidays/travelling, books and his extended family up and down the UK in Scotland, Wales and Greater Manchester/Cheshire border, where he was born and grew up.

Meet our Local Authority Governors

Sue Nolan

Sue Nolan

I worked initially within the banking industry and have had considerable knowledge and experience within the Personnel industry having run various Recruitment Consultants. I have also worked within the Voluntary sector as a training officer for a local charity involved in a telephone-based counselling service having trained as a person centred Counsellor. I was elected to represent Snaresbrook Ward as a local councillor in 1998. Since being elected I was the Cabinet Member for Education (now Children’s Services). I was totally involved in all aspects of the service and was proud to say I visited all the schools in the borough during my term of office. I have also been the Cabinet member for many other portfolios and have experience of chairing several committees. I have been a governor of St Bedes Roman Catholic School and the Ursuline Convent for Girls. In addition to my Council responsibilities I am also a Chairman of the Valuation Tribunal. I am currently a Patron of Redbridge College and President of Redbridge Voluntary Care. I was Deputy Mayor of Redbridge in 2001/2. Both my daughters were born in Redbridge and educated in Redbridge schools, and I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 40 years. I am delighted to be joining the governing body of Snaresbrook Primary School and will work to maintain its rightful place as one of the most successful school in the Borough.

Chris Cummins (Co-opted)

Chris Cummins

Chris Cummins is a local councillor and link Governor for Health & Safety and Year 3.

Meet our Parent Governors

Reza Masoudi-Nejad

Reza Masoudi-Nejad(1)

Reza Masoudi-Nejad is an architect and urban anthropologist, currently a Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology of SOAS, University of London, focusing on socio-cultural and religious diversity in urban settings. He joined Governing Body of Snaresbrook Primary School as a parent governor in 2016. Apart from general engagements, Reza aims at contributing to school in his professional architectural capacity and academic expertise.

Reza initially practised as a qualified architect for several years during the 1990s, before moving to academia. He received his second postgraduate degree in urban morphology, and PhD in urban development from UCL, since then his research has focused on socio-political and religious practices in urban spaces in India and the Middle East. Apart from his affiliation to SOAS, Reza has extensive academic collaborations in Germany: he taught urban history at the Freie University Berlin (2014-2015), also was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (2009-2011 & 2016-2017) and the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies, Berlin (2013-2015).   

Clare Fernandes

Clare Fernandes(1)

I have two children at Snaresbrook Primary School in Year 1 and 3 and am passionate about all children experiencing an outstanding education. Having worked in various businesses at a senior level for nearly 20 years, I am very driven by outcomes and results. I strongly believe the most valuable outcome for our children is to give them the self-belief, confidence, opportunity and experience to fulfil their individual potential, whether that be in arts, science, sport, music or wherever their passions lie. In addition, I believe schools also have a pivotal role to play in the health and mental wellbeing of our children, an area that I have learnt a lot about since my company have partnered with the children’s mental health charity Place2Be.

I was born in east London and with the exception of a few years living overseas have lived here all my life, I was educated in Redbridge both at primary and secondary level. I am a qualified accountant and have worked as an Executive and non-Executive roles in the UK and overseas, specialising in financial and strategic management as well as change and transformation programmes. I would like to use my skills and experience to make a positive contribution to our school and support the leadership team in helping our children fulfil their potential.

Sean May

Sean May

Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of education settings. Following secondary teaching posts I worked in a college and a business link organization. I worked for Haringey Council for 13 years and most recently as the Post 16 lead. I am now a self-employed education consultant.

I have been a Governor at Snaresbrook Primary from 2013 where, as chair, I helped the transition from special measured to Good. Under the current leadership the school continues to improve and I would like to support this journey to Outstanding. I have lived in the area for 12 years and have one child at the school.

Meet our Staff Governors

Rose McDermott

Rose McDermott(1)

I have been teaching for six years and this is my second year at Snaresbrook Primary. I taught in Sydney for a couple of years and before that I was at a school in Leeds. I have taught throughout KS1 and KS2 (including Reception) but really enjoy being with the older children in Year 6. I have recently taken on the role of UKS2 Instructional Leader.

My degree, in Communication Studies, has resulted in a passion for teaching English. I am also interested in visual arts and am very proud to be the Art Co-coordinator in school.


Mrs Hedges is currently over seeing as staff governor while Mrs McDermott is on maternity leave.

Meet our Co-Opted Governor

Misbah Mann (Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee)

Misbah Mann

I am currently the Headteacher of Aldersbrook Primary School and have been in post since September 2010. Previous to this I was the Headteacher of a school in Newham.

I have a strategic overview of the whole school ensuring rigorous and robust systems are in place, to ensure we strive to raise standards and give our children the best learning opportunities and experiences.

I bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Governing Body of Snaresbrook as an experienced Headteacher. I also work in close partnership with other schools and represent the primary sector on many groups within the Local Authority.