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Meet the Governors

Brookland Schools' Governors
Creating opportunities, supporting aspiration, striving for excellence


The Role of the Governing Body

The role of the governing body is to support the Headteachers and staff in ensuring that our children receive a high standard of education in a supportive and inclusive environment. In practical terms this means making decisions with regard to a wide range of policies and tracking the progress and direction taken by the schools. The actual day to day running of the schools is the responsibility of our head teachers. The full governing body meets twice a term in addition to which all governors are attached to a number of subcommittees which meet one to three times a year.

The main committees are:
  • Communication and Community Engagement
  • Curriculum
  • Finance
  • Personnel
  • Premises, Health and Safety
  • Safeguarding and Personal Development
  • Strategic (which is made up of all chairs of all other committees)
Brookland Schools’ Governing Body
At Brookland there is one federated (combined) governing body for both the Infant and Junior schools. It is made up of four staff governors (three of who are co-opted); the two head teachers; six parent governors, three from the Infant and Nursery School and three from the Junior School; one local authority governors and five additional co-opted governors. From time to time we may also appoint associate governors to perform specific roles or functions e.g. finance or data analysis.
A photograph sheet of our current governors can be found in each of the playground noticeboards. 
Should you wish to contact any of them, please do so via the school office or, in the case of parent governors, feel free to approach them in the playground.

For information on becoming a School Governor, please read the Welcome Pack for New Governors (see link at foot of this page).

List of Current Governors

Below is a list of current governors at Brookland:
Name Category of Governor Appointed By Term of Office Ends Committees
Sapna Shah Local Authority London Borough of Barnet 15/03/2020 Curriculum, Finance (Chair), Personnel
Laura Pincus


(Vice Chair)

Infant Parents


Communications (Chair),

HT performance
Finance, Safeguarding, Curriculum (Chair)







Katie Fearn


Governing Body


Safeguarding, Communications

Anna Black


Governing Body


Safeguarding (Chair),
Communications, Personnel

Tim Jackson


Governing Body


Premises (Chair), Finance
Claire Rosen Parent Junior Parents 09/11/2021 Premises, Curriculum, Personnel

Brenda McCafferty

N/A Ongoing Finance, Premises, Communications,
Curriculum, Personnel, Safeguarding
Jenny Aylen Headteacher N/A Ongoing Finance, Premises, Communications,
Curriculum, Personnel, Safeguarding
Jenny Catley Staff Infant Staff 15/03/2021 Safeguarding
Simon Greenhouse Co-opted Staff Governing Body 13/11/2018 Premises, Curriculum
Farnoush Bikdeli Co-opted Staff Governing Body 28/09/2020 Communication, Safeguarding
Emma McCabe Co-opted Staff Governing Body 14/11/2018 Communications, Curriculum

Mark Leibling

Co-opted (Chair)
Governing Body 18/03/2019 Finance, Curriculum
HT Performance
Katie Attwood Associate Member Governing Body 05/07/2020 Finance (with voting rights)
Vacancy Co-opted      
Vacancy Co-opted      
Rachel Beard Co-opted Governing Body 14/11/2018 Communications, Curriculum
Chris Rafferty Co-opted Governing Body 14/11/2018 Curriculum, Personnel
Russell Caller Associate Member Governing Body 11/07/2021

HT Performance,

Personnel (Chair) (with voting rights)

List of Governors who were members of the Governing Body during the last 12 months but have now left:


Name Category of Governors

Appointed By and

Date of Appointment

Term of Office Ends Committees
Harriet Bloom Co-opted

Governing Body



(Left: 03/03/2018)


Communication, Curriculum
Sara Wolfin Parent Junior Parents 29/10/2017 Personnel, Safeguarding, Premises


3Information on Current Governors:


Name Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests

Meetings Attended


Sapna Shah Nothing to declare 3 of 3
Laura Pincus Nothing to declare 3 of 3
Anna Black Nothing to declare 3 of 3
Tim Jackson Nothing to declare 2 of 3
Claire Rosen Nothing to declare 2 of 3
Brenda McCafferty Nothing to declare 3 of 3
Jenny Aylen Nothing to declare 3 of 3
Simon Greenhouse Nothing to declare 2 of 3
Farnoush Bikdeli Governor at Christ College 3 of 3
Emma McCabe Nothing to declare 2 of 3

Mark Leibling

Nothing to declare

3 of 3
Katie Attwood

Forest Environmental LTD

Environmental services Asbestos removal

Director since 2008

Finance committee member only

Jenny Catley Nothing to declare 3 of 3
Rachel Beard

ITV Media - Shareholder since 1998;

KSA Planning - Shareholder since 2001

2 of 3
Chris Rafferty Nothing to declare 3 of 3
Russell Caller Nothing to declare
3 of 3