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Hanover Primary School

Our Governors

As an Islington community school, Hanover has a volunteer Governing Body, comprised of parents, staff and community members, that works to ensure the school provides high quality education to pupils.

Governors (ID 1045)

  • Jane Falcioni
  • Chris Kenyon
  • Kerri Burton
    Parent Governor
  • Chris Carter
    Co-Opted Governor
  • Anne Horlait
    Co-Opted Governor
  • Nicole Itano
    Parent Governor
  • Kieran McCullough
    Co-opted Governor
  • Rohini Pahl
    Parent Governor
  • Kat Piotrowska
    Parent Governor
  • Martha Sanderson
    Staff Governor
  • Nick Sharples
    Co-opted Governor


Being a governor

What do governors do?

Governors are there to make sure the school is being run well and the teaching is of a high standard. Governors are responsible for major decisions about the school and its future. 

While the headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, the Governors:

  • Help set the the school’s overall vision and strategic direction; 
  • Hold the school leadership team to account;
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

Governors are answerable to parents and the local authority for the school’s performance. As well as supporting the school and staff, governors are expected to challenge or question the performance of the headteacher and school, when they consider this necessary.

Governors are also involved in dealing with complaints from parents. Parents are encouraged to approach their child’s teacher and/or the Head Teacher in the first instance. Governors only become involved when satisfactory resolution of the complaint with school staff has not been possible.

How are governors chosen?

There are four types of school governor at Hanover, each of which is selected through a different process:

  • Parent governors, who are elected by other parents.
  • Co-opted governors, who are appointed by the governing board and often have specific skills.
  • Staff governors, who work in the school. At Hanover, we aim to have one teaching and one non-teaching staff member on the Governing Body, one elected by the staff and one selected by the Governing Body as a co-opted governor. 
  • Local Authority governors, who are appointed by the governing boards following a nomination from the local council.

All governors initially serve for a period of four years. At the end of the four years, they can stand for re-election or be re-appointed. Governors are free to resign before the end of their four year term if they so wish.

Whenever there is a vacancy for a parent governor, this is advertised in newsletters and posters, with details on the election process.

What does it take to be a governor?

Governors don’t need any special qualifications. They just need enthusiasm, commitment, and an interest in contributing to the school. They also need good inter-personal skills.  Training is provided for governors, and experienced governors are expected to act as mentors to new governors when they first join.

To meet legal duties for safeguarding children, all governors have to undergo a DBS check.

How much time does it take to be a governor?

Governors spend about 6 hours a month on school matters during school terms. They attend a full governing body meeting once or twice a term, usually at 6.30 pm on a Thursday evening and lasting for about two hours. 

Governors are also expected to sit on at least one of the smaller committees which look at specific areas of school life. These committees meet once a term, usually first thing in the morning.

Governors also spend time outside reading papers, visiting the school and attending training. If not chairing the Governing Body or a committee, governors are expected to develop their understanding of one specific area in more depth to act as a lead, or link, governor for that area

Governors are volunteers and don’t get paid. However, they can claim expenses for any costs that they reasonably incur in their role as Governor – such as the cost of paying a childminder so they can attend meetings.

Our Governance Structure and committees

Click here to download our governance structure

Curriculum Committee Terms of Reference

Resources Committee Terms of Reference

Children, Families and Community Committee Terms of Reference

Contact the School governors

The Chair of Governors can be emailed at COG@hanover.islington.sch.uk
The governors also have a Children, Families and Community Committee which can be contacted via the school office.

Declarations of interest

Click here to download declarations of interest from our governors.

Historic information

Sofia Magan
Term of office: December 2019 - September 2022
Vice-Chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee, Member of the Curriculum Committee and Link Governor for Literacy and the Early Years.
Sofia  is a parent governor with three children at Hanover. She is passionate about promoting an inclusive and supportive learning environment as well as developing a lifelong love of learning within the children. Sofia has spent the majority of her career in the public and charity sector and has always been very enthusiastic in providing a solid foundation in all children's education.

Ella Carpenter
Term of office: November 2017 – November 2021
Chair of the Curriculum committee.  Member of the Children, Families and Community committee and Inclusion and Looked After Children (LAC) Link Governor
Ella is a parent governor, with two children at Hanover. She works in international development, and for the last 10 years has worked in central government including the Treasury.

Joy Bailey
Term of office: December 2018 – June 2022
Member of the Resources committee, Health & Safety Link Governor
Joy is a government lawyer working at HM Land Registry, and has lived near the school for 20 years. She has two adult daughters.

Tracy Weber
Term of office: January 2021 – September 2022
Associate member of the Children, Families and Community Committee, Link Governor for Early Years and Inclusion
Tracey has two daughters one of which is currently attending Hanover.  Tracy previously worked as a qualified social worker in Islington from 2009 to 2014.

Michael Timney
Term of office: November 2016 – November 2020
Parent Associate Committee Member

Tobi Goevert
Term of office: February 2014 – February 2018
Chair of Premises Committee
Tobi is a qualified architect and works as Head of Regeneration and Design at Harrow Council. Both his children went to Hanover with the older one having left for secondary school. Tobi chairs the Premises Committee and is keen to encourage good links with the community, help with fundraising initiatives and to further improve the physical environment of the school. Tobi says: “The school is a fantastic place to learn and work but also an amazing building in a unique location I would like to work with teachers, kids and carers to make it function even better.”

Rachel Thomas
Term of office: March 2015 – March 2019 (Resigned)
Member of Curriculum, Finance & Personnel Committees, Literacy & Arts link governor
Rachel is a parent of two boys, one at Hanover and one at a local secondary school. She works for a mathematical outreach project based at the University of Cambridge, primarily as editor of Plus, a free online maths magazine for the general public. She also writes and edits popular science books.

Markus Grindel-Parent
Term of office: September 2017 – September 2021
Vice Chair of Governors, Member of Curriculum, Finance & Personnel, Premises Committees
Former media executive he is now a stay-at-home dad and involved in a national charity providing support and information to adopters and foster carers. His child went to Hanover and has now left for secondary school. Previously a parent governor, he has been part of the governing body since 2013.

Howard Revill
Term of office: March 2015 – March 2019
Chair of Resources Committee
Howard works for the National Audit Office, auditing spending by central government. Both his children went to Hanover and have now left for secondary school and beyond. He has been a governor since 2003 and is keen that children at Hanover not only do well academically but also enjoy their time at the school.

Mirjam James
Term of office: October 2015 – October 2019
Chair of Curriculum Committee, Early Years & Foundation Stage link governor
Mirjam is a parent governor with one child at Hanover. She works as an academic researcher and runs a charity which sparks enthusiasm for classical music.

Helen Dent CBE
Term of office: May 2017 – May 2021
Inclusion link governor, member of the Curriculum committee
I am an inclusion link governor and will work with my fellow governor Markus Grindel-Parente to help all children at Hanover to achieve their potential and enjoy their time at the school. I have lived in Islington for nearly 30 years. 

Sophie Bessemer
Term of office: May 2019 – May 2023
Vice Chair of the Governing Board, Vice Chair of the Curriculum committee.  Member of the Children, Families and Community committee and Maths Link Governor,
Sophie is a parent governor with three children at Hanover. She has a strong interest in developing all pupils’ digital skills and works at an educational technology company which provides Maths support, to primary schools. She is keen to keep strong home-school links for all Hanover families.

Prue Jamieson
Term of office: September 2018 – August 2022
Member of the Governing body

Eve Kirby
Term of office: March 2017 – March 2021
Co-opted Staff Governor
Eve is an experienced teacher who has worked at Hanover for four years.  She is currently teaching Bronze class (Year 5)

Catherine Millward
Term of office: July 2018- July 2022
Co-Vice Chair of the Resources committee, Fundraising Link Governor
Catherine is a qualified chartered accountant and works in finance at a global investment and retain bank.

Dr Helen Asquith
Term of office: March 2017 – March 2021
Co-Vice Chair of the Governing Board and Chair of Children, Families and Community committee
Helen Asquith lives locally and two young children. She is a medical doctor specialised in public health. Her work focusses on preventing ill health rather than treating it. She is currently seconded to Transport for London working on reducing air pollution and promoting walking and cycling. Helen has been a governor at Hanover since 2013.

Nieros Oyegun
Term of office: December 2019 – February 2021
Member of the Resources committee and Fundraising Link Governor
Nieros lives locally and has one child at Hanover. She works in international development for CDC, the UK Government’s DFI, and has a background in investment banking and project finance for emerging markets.  She has a long standing interest in early childhood development as the basis for lifetime achievement, and is passionate about supporting extra-curricular enrichment opportunities for every child.

Gareth Williams
Term of office: May 2017 – May 2021
Co-Vice Chair of the Resources committee, member of the Children, Families and Community committee and Deputy Inclusion and LAC Link Governor
Gareth develops growing businesses and social enterprises as a CEO, senior executive, non-executive director and Board-level adviser. He has one child at Hanover and another who has just left for secondary school.

Jennifer Denton
Term of office: July 2018- July 2022
Chair of the Resources committee
Jennifer lives locally in Angel, originally from Dublin, Ireland. She is a chartered accountant and trained auditor. She currently works in the retail industry specialising in FP&A (financial planning & analysis).

Luciana O’Flaherty
Term of office: September 2019 – August 2023
Associate member
Luciana is works as a publisher of non-fiction with Oxford University Press, and has a wide interest in literacy.