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Who are the Governors?

The Governing Body of Mayplace Primary School consists of the Headteacher and people from various groups who have an interest in the success of the school, including parents, staff and Primary First Trust appointed Governors. The governors welcome a range of viewpoints and make decisions together about a variety of strategic issues.

Between them, Governors have a wide breadth of skills and experience to enable the Governing Body to collectively support and challenge the school leadership. As vacancies arise, specific skills are targeted to fill gaps in the governing body.

Philip Malsbury, Chair of Governors

Nigel Richards, Vice Chair of Governors

Nigel has been a governor at Mayplace for 6 years. He was originally appointed as a parent governor when his daughter attended the school, and is now a Primary First Trust Governor. He is married to a secondary school science teacher and works for a charity that support disadvantaged young people and communities through the delivery of public services. The charity runs its own academies and independent schools that provide education to children who, for a variety of reasons, struggle to succeed in a mainstream school environment. Nigel is a qualified accountant and in his day to day role he manages support services for the charity; including finance, HR, IT and facilities. He is passionate about Mayplace being an inclusive environment that provides opportunities for all children to learn and progress. 

Helen Fox, Parent Governor

Helen has one daughter at Mayplace and an older daughter who attended the school and is now in secondary education. She runs lunchtime French clubs for all years at Mayplace. For the last ten years, since her children have been at Mayplace, she has seized the opportunity to get involved in school life as a parent helper and a volunteer for school trips, French market, etc,

Before becoming a mother she worked as an editor in London, which gave her the useful skills that she is utilizing as a Governor. She believes passionately in the importance of education. All of the children at Mayplace deserve the best possible outcomes and she wants to support the school and staff in achieving this.

Vicky Kingman, Parent Governor

Vicky has been a Parent Govenor since 2018. Before having her children, she worked for a Merchant bank in the city, working as a project manager running a small team. She believes that it is really important to support and be actively involved with her children's school which is why she volunteered to be a Governor. Mayplace has a special place in her heart as her husband and other relatives used to attend the school many years ago.

Anvar Abdullaev, Primary First Trust Appointed Governor

Anvar has over 15 years of work experience in private, non-for-profit, government and international organizations in developed and emerging countries. He has also held various teaching positions including at Harvard University, Birkbeck College and Edinburg Business School programs teaching courses in Accounting, Finance, Financial Modeling, and Portfolio Management among others. In 2012, he has joined Hult International Business School, where he is a global discipline lead for Accounting and Finance since 2014. Anvar holds a BA degree in Economics and International Business Management from Syracuse University (US), and a Master’s degree in International Development from Harvard University. He is a CFA Charterholder since 2009.

He wanted to become a School Governor due to his passion towards education. He has been involved in various roles within the education throughout his career and he feels strongly that the quality of education and student experiences throughout the school years can be greatly improved by creating further opportunities for children at each stage of their schooling. He believes that school governors have an important role in this process. 

Gareth Keen, Primary First Trust Appointed Governor

Gareth joined the governing body at Mayplace in November 2017. He is an experienced civil servant, having worked for over 15 years at the Department for Education in Westminster. During this time he has developed a wealth of experience and expertise, ranging from project management, policy development and delivery, data analysis and communications. He currently oversees the development and delivery of new schools in Derbyshire, the East Midlands, South East England and South East London. He has a strong interest in governance in schools as a result of his work experiences and wishes to bring such expertise into Mayplace Primary School.

Simon Brown, Staff Governor

Simon is a staff governor at Mayplace Primary School and has enjoyed serving within the Governing Body, since being appointed as Deputy Head Teacher in March 2017. He has eight years of school governance experience, having been a governor at his previous school.

As Deputy Head, Simon is a proud member of the school and is committed towards supporting the children and families of Mayplace. He is delighted to be an active school governor in supporting the Head Teacher and governors in striving towards the pursuit of excellence and fulfilling the full potential and supporting the children, school, its stakeholders and community.

Stephanie Munt, Staff Governor

Stephanie has recently been appointed as a Staff Governor. She is a Teaching Assistant within Provision, having worked in education for almost twenty years. She loves what she does and wanted to become a Governor to get more involved in the strategic direction of the School.

Claire Eskelson, Primary First Trust Lead Head teacher

Claire has a successful history of school improvement as a Head Teacher of schools within London.  She is passionate about improving outcomes and the life chances of all children within primary schools. She is the Primary First Trust Leading Teacher assigned to Mayplace.

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