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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)

  • 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
  • Joe Radmore
    Parent Governor
  • Nick Sharples
    Co-opted Governor
  • Mariana Finazzi
    Parent 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


gb structure.pdf


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.