Each governor serves a term of four years.  Parent governors and teacher governors are elected. Local Authority governors are nominated, usually by the main political parties on the Council.  The political representation on governing bodies broadly reflects that of the Council.  Governors also have the power to co-opt additional governors who have the same powers and voting rights as any other governor.


The Governing Body plays a key role in supporting the school to deliver high quality education. Its main responsibility is to establish the strategic direction of the school and to monitor school policies and practices. The governing body must also monitor the budget to ensure that public money is spent wisely in the pursuit of high standards.

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Governing Body 2019 - 2020


Local Authority Governor

Name: Rona Baker

Committees: Vice Chair of GB, Curriculum & Pay

Responsibilities: Curriculum & Pay
Term of Office: 01.04.19 - 31.03.23
Declaration of Interests: Member of the HR Co-Operative


I trained to teach primary age group then switched to secondary in 1979. I have a BEd hons in English and Education. I gained SENCO qualification in 1983. I went on to hold a post as SENCO in a mainstream secondary school until 1996 when I took a post as Special Needs Officer in Hillingdon LA. I retired in 2002. I have the Certificate of Independent Inspectors and an Accreditation in Mediation from the School of Psychology and Counselling. I am a Governor in a Secondary school as well as at Roxeth.  I am married with 4 children and 7 grandchildren.


Parent Governors

Name: Adam Howard

Committees: Vice Chair Resources 

Responsibilities: Health & Safety

Term of Office: 11.01.18 – 10.01.22

Declaration of Interests: None

I was brought up locally, and moved back to the area about 6 years ago having lived all over London. I work as an architect and have been running my architectural practice for over 15 years, which is now also based locally. In addition to my architectural practice, I have also taught architecture as a studio design tutor, which has provided me with a small insight into education and the importance of developing creativity by inspiring young minds. I believe that this is a very important aspect to children’s schooling to ensure they receive a balanced education.
Environmental issues also concern me, and I believe we should be teaching our children to respect the environment to protect their future. By providing children with relevant information we will empower them to make the right choices as they mature into young adults and take more responsibility for themselves. My career as an architect has provided me with valuable experience embracing many different aspects of life, including balancing budgets, looking for creative solutions to problems and understanding the needs of others, which would all enhance my ability to serve the school as a governor, despite not having specific experience in this role, to date.

Name: Faisal Chaudhary
Committees: Curriculum
Responsibilities: Curriculum Chair 
Term of Office: 24.05.17-23.05.21
Declaration of Interests: None

After my graduation from King’s College London with a BSc in Biochemistry I completed my PGCE in Science and have worked in education as a Secondary School Science teacher for the last 13 years. My professional journey led me to Harrow in 2007/8, a place I have called home ever since. I have performed a variety of roles within the 4 state schools I have worked at including Head of Chemistry, Head of Year, Head of Sixth form and acting Assistant Vice Principal.


By September 2017, all four of my children will have attended Roxeth and I retain a keen interest in the performance and continued success of the school.


Co-Opted Governors

Name: Graham Dunbar
Committees: Resources
Responsibilities: Chair of Governing Body & Resources, Safeguarding & Maths
Term of Office: 01.04.19 - 31.03.23
Declaration of Interests: None


We have lived in Harrow since 1981 and our two sons attended Roxeth in the late 80s and early 90s. I taught Chemistry at Harrow School for over 30 years and took on a number of roles including House Master and Director of Boarding. I have also been an ISI Boarding Inspector.

Since taking early retirement in 2014 my main focus has been on charitable and philanthropic work in Harrow and I am a Trustee of the local charity, Young Harrow Foundation.

 I have been a Governor at Roxeth since 2013 and am currently acting Chair of Governors. My current responsibilities include Safeguarding and Mathematics and I serve as Deputy Chair of the Resources Committee.

Name: Tania De Silva
Committees: Curriculum
Responsibilities: Humanities, History & Geography
Term of Office: 05.12.19 - 04.12.23
Declaration of Interests: None

I have lived within a few miles of Harrow for most of my life. I graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in English Literature, and then trained as an auditor. When I married, I lived overseas for ten years, where my children attended an International Baccalaureate School. I served as a Governor at their school for six years before moving back to the UK. I have four sons: two recent graduates, one at university and one at school. I am happy to support Roxeth Primary, where I hope my previous experience as a school governor will allow me to contribute an impartial and balanced view.

Name: Tara Furlong
Committees: Curriculum
Responsibilities: English & D/T
Term of Office: 24.05.18 – 23.05.22
Declaration of Interests: None


I am a specialist in English language, literacies and digital learning, for example I itegrated into vocational and professional practice. I have been working in professional training and development for two decades, and am the Chair of RaPAL (Research and Practice in Adult Literacies). 


I have been a school governor in a neighbouring borough since 2013, first parent and then co-opted, and am a link governor for literacy. I am Chair of a Curriculum and Standards Committee and sit on the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee. 

I am committed to supporting the local area, and find governor duties rewarding. Participation contributes to maintaining a 'lifelong learning' perspective on external literacy activity in English, maths and digital learning, and professional development."


Name: Emily Antcliffe 

Committees: Chair to Resources 

Responsibilities: Finance & P.E

Term of Office: 01.10.19 - 30.09.23

Declaration of Interests: None


I have lived in Harrow for over 10 years and the mother of two girls. Although my daughters are not of primary school age and I have limited experiences with the education sector or Roxeth I am passionate about education. I have a desire to help support a local school to achieve its very best and I hope that I will bring a different perspective into the Governing Body.   I am scientist by background (I have a degree in Agricultural Science at Edinburgh and a Masters in Food Policy at City University) and joined the Civil Service in 2003.   I currently work at the Department of Health as the Head of Mental Health Policy and hope my leadership and anaytical skills will be of value to the Headteacher, Staff and other Governors. I am also a keen marathon runner and a member of Harrow Athletics Club.


Staff Governors

Name: Gary Byrne

Committees: Resources

Responsibilities: H&S and School Site

Term of Office: 17.10.18 – 17.10.22

Declaration of Interests: None


As staff governor I'll be committed and keen to achieve the best for the school. I'm willing to share my knowledge, skills and experience to support the Board to function as effectively as possible. I am confident of my ability to form my own opinions and express them in a positive manner. I can review information without taking things at face value and look at any wider implications. I'm open minded and willing to listen to alternative views and innovative ideas.

With the experience I've gained over the years I have an understanding of budgets and a keen eye for where savings can be made. I'm honest and straightforward whilst still applying tact and diplomacy. I understand the need to work with others and to listen to their opinions in order to make the running of the school as efficient as possible and to support and nurture the pupils to be the best they can be.



Name:Elaine Hempenstall

Committees: All

Responsibilities: Clerk to the Governing Body

Term of Office: 01.11.2016

Declaration of Interests: None

I have worked at Roxeth School for 18 years and most of this time I have been one of the school’s administrators and am currently in this role. I have completed several NVQ’s level 2 & 3 in Customer Services and Business Administration. During 2010 I also completed the Certificate in School Business Management Foundation Degree and received a distinction.


In the last 6 years I have enjoyed fulfilling my role as the Staff Governor on the Resource Committee. I have now taken on the role as Clerk and feel excited by this new challenge I feel I am hard working and dependable to take on this role. I hope to be part of the continuing improvement to better outcomes for the children at Roxeth School.



Name: Steven Deanus

Committees: All


Term of Office: 04.09.2017 - 

Declaration of Interests: Headteacher at Roxeth

As the new Headteacher at Roxeth I am very excited about joining such a fantastic school with an impressive reputation throughout the community. I am looking forward to working with brilliant children, dedicated governors and staff and a great parent group.   My teaching career has always been in Harrow, where I spent 14 years at Heathland School.  During this time I have taught in EYFS, KS1, KS2, KS3 and have also experienced an amalgamation, academy conversion and a Federation with Whitefriars School.  My goal is to take this brilliant school to ‘Outstanding’.


Deputy Headteacher

Name: Suzanne Gibson

Committees: All

Responsibilities: Safeguarding

Term of Office: 07.01.19

Declaration of Interests: Deputy Headteacher at Roxeth

I am delighted to have been appointed as the  Deputy Head Teacher at Roxeth Primary School. My interaction with the staff, pupils and governors so far has been extremely positive and I am looking forward to meeting all of the pupils, parents and more of the local community. I am eager to develop our working relationship to ensure the best outcomes for all of the pupils at Roxeth, enabling them all to achieve their personal best. 

I have worked in Education in Harrow since 2004 and have previously been Assistant and Deputy Head at Priestmead Primary School. During this time, I have taught across Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and have also opened, led and taught in a special needs resource base for Autistic pupils. I have delivered training across the Local Authority and have also more recently worked alongside another Harrow School developing their safeguarding procedures. I am keen to draw on my previous experience in order to enhance this wonderful school community.


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