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

Duncan Aldred

I joined as a co-opted governor in 2017 and became chair of the governing board in July 2020. I was formerly head of the Banking and International Finance group of a City law firm, though I now work as a consultant and executive coach. Like other Ambler governors, I was seeking to do something useful in the local community and being a school governor has enabled me to use my skills to make what I hope is a positive contribution. It has also enabled me to learn a huge amount about the school system in England and about what a vibrant, outstanding place Ambler is. I work closely with all of the Governors’ Committees and with our Safeguarding Governor.

Amundeep Dhanoa

I joined Ambler s a governor in December 2018 and became Vice-Chair in July 2020. I am Director of People & Culture at The Key, which provides intelligence and resources to help school leaders and governors make the most of their schools. I chair Ambler’s Personnel & Communications Committee. My particular interests are in the human resources area, where I have introduced and conducted exit interviews at Ambler and have worked on a variety of issues including staff recruitment, appraisals and salary reviews.

Soola Georgiou

I feel very privileged to be a co-opted governor at Ambler School as I consider Islington my ‘home’ patch, having been born in Islington and worked as the principal safeguarding lead in education in Islington for a number of years.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far as a governor working with the talented and dedicated staff.

I admire the conscientious attitude of all the staff and will continue to bring my experience, knowledge and skills to the school and the childrens’ centre to ensure all of our children have the best possible outcomes.

In my capacity as Safeguarding Governor I work closely with each of the governors’ committees. I have a particular interest in staff and pupil wellbeing. I believe in the benefits of lifelong learning having been called to the Bar as a very mature student and I therefore have an interest in continuing professional development and co-ordinate and encourage governors’ training and development.

Tim Evans

I became a co-opted governor of Ambler in 2017. I’ve worked for many years as an investment banker and I qualified as a chartered accountant before that. I became a governor as I was looking to do something voluntary in the local community where I could use my background in finance to try to make a helpful contribution. Being a governor of Ambler has provided me with an invaluable insight into the complex world of school finance and how spending can affect outcomes for pupils. I also find it interesting working with a group of governors with a broad range of experiences and perspectives.

I am chair of the Ambler as a Business committee and therefore have a particular interest in Ambler’s budget and other financial matters.

Sonia Irim

Parent Governor elected in April 2019

Sue Smith

Co-opted Governor appointed in December 2020.

Richard Greening

Local Authority Governor appointed in October 2021.

Mandy Goode

Co-opted Governor appointed in October 2021.

Jeni Burt

Parent Governor elected in October 2021.

Samuel Hodges

Parent Governor elected in October 2021.

Sam Suri


Parent Governor elected in October 2021.

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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