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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

Our Governors


Our governors are all volunteers and representatives of the local community, parents, staff and the church.  They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills.  They are responsible for overseeing the organisation, curriculum and budgets of the school and offering support whilst the day-to-day running of the school is entrusted to the Head and her staff.  They help to set the school’s strategic direction, ensure accountability and act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school’s senior leaders. Their guiding principle is always to ask ‘will this decision make things better for the children?’ and they play a crucial part in improving and developing the school and helping every student to achieve their potential.

They meet once a term as a full governing body, but also sit on a number of sub committees that have responsibilities for Curriculum and Standards, Admissions, Finance and Premises, Home School and Staffing .

You can contact the Governors at any time by emailing them at or leave a message at the School Office.

Our Chair and Vice Chair

Jonathan Gardner is our Chair of Governors and Chair of the Staffing comittee.  He is the father of James who is at the school and Naomi who has recently left us.  He is also on the Parochial Church Council of St James Church.  Jonathan is a senior manager in the NHS and has a background in the Civil Service and private business.  He enjoys bringing his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to the Governing Board, Staffing and Premises and Finance committees.  His subject link is IT. 

Jonathan is a Deanery Governor.  He was appointed in 2014 and his term runs until June 2021

Estelle Addy is our newly elected Vice Chair. She also sits on the Admissions committee and the Home School committee. She has two children who were at St James Primary and are now at secondary school. Estelle is also the subject link Governor for Science, our BAME governor and our STEM governor. She is a Deanary Governor and she was appointed in 2014 and her term runs until June 2021. Estelle is also our safeguarding and child protection link Governor.



To read our response to Haringey regarding their proposed development of the Cranwood site next door to us, please click here


Remaining dates for Governors meetings 2020 - 2021

Thursday 25th March 2021

Thursday 27th May 2020

Thursday 8th July 2020


Declaration Of Interests

In the interests of transparency, it is important that all our Governors declare all business and pecuniary interests and that we publish any on our website.   You can find further details here


To find out more about our Governor's attendance in 2019 - 2020, please click here

School Financial Benchmarking

For more information on this, please click here


Past Governors

The following Governors stepped down from the Governing body.  We thank them for their energy, time, support and commitment.

Gareth Davies (2020 - 2021)

Janet Owen, Simon Cuthbertson, Justin Gowen (2019 - 2020)

Carol Lea-Robbins, Natasha Lewis, Emma France (2017-2018)

Kim Ewart (2016-17)

Gaz Daly, Helen Stansfeld, Hugh Reynolds (2015-16)

Our Governors

Louisa Hudson is Chair of the Curriculum Standards Committee. She also has a vital role as the school’s SEN Link. Her professional background is in nursing but her passion has always been music, which she now teaches locally. Music is also her link subject as a Governor.  All four of her children are at or have attended St James school.  Louisa is an LDBS Foundation Governor.  She was appointed in 2014 and her term runs until December 2020. 


Sunny Wong is our elected Parent Governor.  He sits on our Curriculum committee and our Finance committee and has over ten years experience in a leading law firm and prior to this, he worked for an international professional services firm. Sunny has a daughter in Year 2 at St James Primary.  He was appointed in 2018 and his term runs until September 2022 and link subject is Literacy

Keith Guthrie is Chair of the Premises & Finance and sits on the Admissions committee. He works in investments at pension-fund management firm Cardano in the City. He is married to Ruth and had two boys at St James Primary who have both moved on to ssecondary school now.  The family are all active members of St James Church.  Keith is a PCC Governor and he is subject link Governor for Maths.  He was appointed in 2017 and his term runs until December 2021.


Louise Posocco is our PCC Governor who sits on the Curriculum and Standards Committee and the Finance committee.  She also takes on the role of our PREVENT Governor.  Louise has three children, with the two eldest attending St James school. Louise works locally at the education charity Ambitious about Autism and she brings to the governing body her experience from the charity sector with a specialism in not-for-profit finance. Louise is the link Governor for Art.  She was appointed in 2019 and her term runs until June 2023


Rev Mark Murthen is a vicar at St James Church and is our Ex Officio Foundation Governor.  He is Chair of the Admissions committee and is originally from Haringey and is married to Lisa - together they have a daughter who attends St James Primary. Mark also sits on the Staffing and Curriculum and Standards committees and has responsibility for RE and British Values at our school..  Mark was appointed in 2017.


Elaine Banton is our new PCC Foundation Governor  and is a barrister specialising in employment, equality and discrimination law.  She has previously been a governor in a primary school and secondary school.  She is Co-Chair of Committees at the Bar Council and Middle Temple and is a Bencher at Middle Temple.  Elaine is on the Home School and Curriculum committee. She has a son in Year 6.  She was appointed in  2020 and her term runs until 2024.

Piran Dhillon-Starkings is our LA and E Safety Governor  and has a background in politics and public affairs and is currently the Advisor to the Chair of the Bar Council. Prior to this, she led the public affairs department at the Association of Colleges and focused on government and parliamentary relations. She has also worked for an MEP, MP and political party. Piran sits on the Staffing committee and Finance and Premises committee and is the link Governor for MFL.  She was appointed in 2019  and her term runs September 2024.


Michael Gabbay is our newly elected Parent Governor in October 2020.  He is father to Salome in Year 1 and lectures in mathematical logic, currently in the Philosophy Department at Cambridge University.  He has a keen interest in the teaching of Mathematics, Science and the Arts and the core values of intellectual honesty and rigour that accompanies these topics.  Michael sits on the Home School committee and his term runs until October 2024.



Our Associate Governors

Jolasun Odegbaro has a background in law and currently works in the Oil and Gas Industry.  She is married to Soji and they have 3 children.  The eldest is at secondary school, the younger two are in Year 5 and Year 2 at St James Primary School.  The family are all active members of St James Church.

Akinkunmi Akindiji has a professional background is in IT/Strategy consulting.  He obtained his MBA 12 years ago from Cardiff University and is currently a director at a technology advisory firm. He is keen on understanding how digital transformation, automation and artificial intelligence will define how we work, learn and play in the future. He is married with 2 children and is an LDBS Associate Governor.

Our Staff Governors

Carol O’Brien, as Head teacher at St James Primary, is a member of all our committees. 


 Pat Brady is our Teaching and Learning Manager and is an Associate Governor.

Penny Kirkley is our Business Manager and is Chair of the Home School committee.  She was appointed in 2018 and her term runs until September 2023