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Meet our Governors


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

Andrew brings to his role of Chair of the Governing Body 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.

Term of office until 23/02/17 -  22/02/2021

Sharon Clare - Vice-Chair (Co-opted Governor)


Term of office until 23/02/17 -  22/02/2021

Caroline Eccles (Co-opted Governor)

I am originally from the Wirral but have lived in London since 1993 and in Wanstead since 1997.  I am keen to have more involvement in the local community and hope I have skills which could be useful in the role of governor.

My whole career has been in local government, originally in HR and industrial relations, and I am now a solicitor in the legal department of Harrow Council where I have worked since qualifying in 2006. Starting in 2012 inter authority agreements have been set up between Harrow and five other local authorities to carry out their legal work.  We also work for schools under service level agreements. I specialise primarily in employment law but also advise on governance issues.

Term of office until 10/12/18 - 09/12/22

Clare Fernandes - Co-opted Governor


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.

Term of office until 23/02/17 -  22/02/2021

Lisa Bradley-Jones - Co-opted Governor


I have lived in South Woodford for the past 12 years and currently have two children attending Snaresbrook.Originally, I am from the North West of England but have lived and worked, as a teacher, in London for over 20 years. 
I have taught in a number of different London boroughs and I am currently deputy head of a primary school in Tower Hamlets. I firmly believe, both as a parent and as a teacher, in fully inclusive education and that the purpose of primary school is to ensure all the children receive an opportunity to experience a wide range of lessons, activities and opportunities.
I know that my vast experience of teaching across the primary phases will help with my role as a co opted governor to support the school on its journey as it moves from strength to strength.

Term of office until 23/02/17 -  22/02/2021

Cllr Daniel Morgan-Thomas is a Councillor for Wanstead Village Ward and our Local Authority-nominated governor. He attended the school as a pupil from 1998 to 2005 and has happy memories of the school community from this time. He has previous governance experience as a trustee of a Students’ Union and is currently trustee of a small charity. Formerly a carer and teaching assistant, he now works in the charity sector with an interest in literacy and special educational needs.

Term of office until 10/12/18 - 09/12/22

Rose McDermott - Staff Governor


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.

Term of office until 13/09/15 - 29/09/19

Misbah Mann - Co-opted Governor


I have been in education over 20 years. My current role is Primary Executive Principal for BMAT. Previous to this I was Headteacher of an outstanding school in Redbridge.

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.

Term of office until 23/02/17 -  22/02/2021

Daniel Morgan-Thomas -
Local Authority-Nominated Governor


Cllr Daniel Morgan-Thomas is a Councillor for Wanstead Village Ward and our Local Authority-nominated governor. He attended the school as a pupil from 1998 to 2005 and has happy memories of the school community from this time. He has previous governance experience as a trustee of a Students’ Union and is currently trustee of a small charity. Formerly a carer and teaching assistant, he now works in the charity sector with an interest in literacy and special educational needs.

Term of office until 10/12/18 - 09/12/22

Mr Graham Ford - Headteacher (automatic member of the Governing Body)


Mrs Nicola Hedges - Deputy Headteacher (Associate Member of the Governing Body)


Information about the Board of Governors

 Effective governance provides strategic direction and control to schools.  It creates robust accountability, oversight and assurance for their educational and financial performance and is ambitious for all children and young people to achieve the very best outcomes.

Membership - There are 12 Governors on the Board. 
2 parent governors (elected by the parent body)
Ms C Fernandes (in post until 9-2-21)

Dr K Heffron (in post until 1-5-23)


7 co-opted governors (appointed by the Board)
Ms M Mann (in post until 22-9-21)
Mr A Forde-Johnston (in post until 22-9-21) (Chair)
Ms S Clare (in post until 22-9-21) (Vice Chair)
Ms L Bradley-Jones (in post until 22-9-21)

Ms C Eccles (in post until 09/12/22 )

2 vacancies

1 Local Authority Governor (selected by the Board, appointed by the LA)
Daniel Morgan-Thomas (until 09/12/22)

1 Headteacher Governor
Mr G Ford 

1 Staff Governor
Ms R McDermott (in post until 29-9-19)

Associate Members
Mrs N Hedges (appointed annually, in post until 1-9-19)

Committee Membership
Pay Committee - Ms Clare, Mr Forde-Johnston, Mr Ford and Ms Fernandes

Clerk to Governing Body

Karen Mount

Please address any correspondence to the Chair of Governors, care of the School

Roles and Responsibilities of the Governing Body
The three core strategic functions of the Board of Governors are:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

In July 2017, Governors agreed to adopt a ‘non committee’ governing body structure in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness. From September 2017, the Governing Body will meet twice per term. There will be an annual Pay Committee* meeting and statutory panels will be convened as required.

*This Committee has been delegated various roles and responsibilities relating to performance management and pay.

The Board has Standing Orders and Pay Committee Terms of References in place to ensure it functions well. The Board has a delegation planner in place for key tasks and for statutory policy reviews. The Finance Policy outlines the key roles of the Board and Pay Committee in relation to financial management.

 The Board is supported, advised and trained by a professional clerk, Ms F Chissim. Meetings are recorded and the agreed minutes are available on request. Please see a member of the school office.

The Board annually conducts an annual review of its effectiveness and impact and has recently agreed a 3 year Strategic Plan. Each year, governors are asked to sign up to a formal Code of Conduct. See attached. 

All Board members have completed Declaration of Business and Pecuniary Interest Forms.  Currently, there are no 'declarations' on the register. 

All Board members have completed a skills audit.

Board members attend regular training to ensure they have the necessary skills and information needed to carry out the important work of school governance. A log of training is recorded in the minutes of the Board meetings.

Governors also conduct termly monitoring visits, which are recorded in the Board minutes each term. Certain Governors have been assigned a key area of responsibility in terms of holding the school to account for the quality of provision and compliance with statutory requirements 

Date of Meetings & Attendance Record


Governor Vacancies

There are currently 3 vacancies.


Business and financial interests - None

Governance roles in other education insitituions - None

Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners, and close relatives) - None

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