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At Ambler we have a mix of different types of governor with a wide range of interests, experiences and skills.

Victoria Smith
I’m a parent of two boys at the school – in years 5 and 6.  I’ve been a governor for 3 years and am currently the link governor for: Pupil Premium, EYFS and maths.

As governors, we’re all committed to supporting the school to make the small improvements needed to make it even better than it already is.

For example, the school’s maths lead thought that Mathletics would help all children improve their numeracy skills and I helped support him to buy Mathletics for all children in KS2.  Parent governors also provide crucial first hand input, and we all feed back information, where appropriate, to the governing body, to ensure that necessary questions are raised and changes made.

Mary Stevens
I’ve been a governor since 2010 and the vice-chair since 2014. Since September 2017 I’ve been the chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee. I’m a co-opted governor, which means I was appointed by the governing body.

My daughter attended the children’s centre from 2012 to 2017, all the way from the new parents’ group in her first few weeks to graduation from nursery class this summer.

I’m the link governor for Looked After and Adopted Children, and am helping the school develop a new policy in this area. I’m also the lead the governor for sustainability.

I’m currently an Associate on the On Purpose programme, a mid-career leadership development programme in social enterprise and social impact. I worked for several years as a manager in central government departments, in particular in environmental policy, and before that as a researcher at University College London.

As vice-chair my job is to build our skills and capability as a group, for example by coordinating training and helping new governors find their feet.  I love the way Ambler is such a warm and inclusive community, and I’m proud to be a part of it.

Pascal Auberson
I’m a software developer building Virtual Reality games and applications. Previously I’ve built many websites, so continually encourage the school to improve theirs and communication with parents and the wider community.

I’ve been a parent governor since May 2015. I’m now chair of the Safety, Services, & Communications committee and link governor for Attendance, Health & Safety and Services.

Clare Potter
I have 2 children at Ambler and have been a parent governor since April 2015. I have two link governor roles; parent voice and inclusion. I aim to support the school in ensuring every child is able to achieve their potential; and to encourage an inclusive climate where all parents can contribute and feel part/ enjoy a sense of ownership in relation to the school.

My work and study experience includes; Residential Social Work, Social Policy, Carpentry, Construction training, Employment Support, Site Management and Sustainable Buildings. I am a local ward Councillor in Brownswood (Hackney) from where many children attend Ambler.

Suad Ahmed
I was elected as a parent governor in December 2015 and my two sons are in years 4b and 6.

I am on the Development and Learning committee and have since taken over the role of Link governor for Literacy. My role includes termly meetings with the Literacy co-ordinator, keeping up to date with any developments/progress and reporting back to the governing body.

Due to my background in Health Promotion, I am also interested in how Ambler strives to provide a healthy environment for its pupils. In my role as governor, I am particularly interested in making sure that all children in Ambler are able to achieve to the best of their ability regardless of their ethnicity/starting point.

Manuel Vazquez
I am a parent of two girls at school, one in year 2 and the other in Toddlers’ at the nursery in the children centre. I have been a governor since December 2016. I am currently link governor for Creative Curriculum and EYFS.

I am a freelance photographer working for publications in the UK and overseas. I am trained in visual sociology and economics. I would like to help achieve the best possible schooling experience for our children.

Roulin Khondoker
I’ve been a governor since July 2017 and sit on the Development and Learning Committee. I’m a local authority governor, which means I was appointed by the governing body following nomination from Islington Council.

Having grown up and lived in Islington for most of my life, I’m very interested to get involved with and contribute to the local community. As a school governor I’m keen to get involved with development & learning to encourage a balanced and open mind of education, for children of all capabilities. This impacts me quite personally as I’ve experienced the benefits SEN can give to children and their family and friends. I wish to work towards giving and getting the best for children’s education so their prospects in life are limitless.

I am a Doctor in environmental sciences. I have been in academia, and the private and public sector as an environmental advisor and consultant for a total of 9 years. I currently work for the government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the Air Quality team where I manage projects and their budgets. I previously worked for Imperial College London as a researcher on projects to understand the atmosphere and its implications on our global climate.

I love to travel, I have worked and volunteered in countries including Kazakhstan, Namibia and Brazil, and I like to keep fit by cycling, sports and dancing. For me, I believe life-long education, discipline and determination have made these opportunities possible.

Types of governor

Parent governors – elected by the parents of children attending Ambler from Nursery to Year 6

Co-opted governors – appointed by the governing body. Applicants are not required to have a child in attendance at Ambler but are required to have skills that will assist the governing body in being effective in delivering its core responsibilities or being wiling to undertake training to develop these (e.g. Finance, HR, marketing, leadership). Co–opted Governors are selected following a skills audit used to identify our needs.

Staff governors – working at Ambler as either a teacher or a member of the school support staff and elected by all staff at Ambler.

Local Authority governors – appointed by the governing body following a nomination from the local authority often from amongst the members and supporters of local political parties but can also be from the wider community and again must have appropriate skills to support the governing body in delivering its core responsibilities

Associate Members of Committees – appointed by the governing body from a wide group including school staff and others able to contribute on issues related to their own experience and the area of responsibility of the committee to which they are appointed.

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