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Welcome to the Governors' Section!


What does the Governing Body do?

It is the Governors' collective responsibility to ensure that Sir John Lillie Primary aims for, promotes and ensures high educational standards for all pupils.  Governors are involved in setting challenging targets which reflects the school’s focus on continuous improvement.

Governors ensure that policies are being implemented and also monitor and evaluate progress, working with various members of staff over the course of a year. 

The Governing Body is accountable to the local authority and to the community, both for the school's use of public funds and its effectiveness.

Governors act as a critical friend, offering support and advice to the Head Teacher and championing the school as well as challenging and supporting the school to do better.  Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day running of the school, which is the job of the Head Teacher. 

All Governors are expected to act corporately, ensuring accountability and confidentiality at all times.

There are different types of Governors, which include: teacher governors, parent governors, community governors and local authority appointed governors.


All governors meetings are minuted by an appointed clerk. If you would like to request a copy of any minutes from meetings, please request this via the school office. 


For further information on Governance and the roles and responsibilities of Governors, visit the Department for Education website. 

Below is information detailing all the governors currently on the school's governing body, together with a small paragraph from themselves.  If you wish to contact any of them please do so either in writing care of the school or email our office at admin@sirjohnlillie.lbhf.sch.uk

If need to contact the chair of governors please email;chair@sirjohnlillie.lbhf.sch.uk


Mr James Doheny (Chair of Governors)

James is a writer, broadcaster and business consultant who has lived in Hammersmith & Fulham for nearly twenty years.


Originally from Manchester but moving into the borough after studying at the Royal Academy of Music, James has worked as a journalist for publications including The Times and Wired magazine and broadcast for BBC Radios 1, 3 and the World Service.

He is also the founder of a music industry PR and marketing agency with whom he has worked extensively for clients including Universal Music, Sony Music, EMI, Warner Music and Coca-Cola.

His latest book, an updated edition of his biography of Radiohead, will be published in the UK and Italy this Autumn.

Away from the media James is an active community campaigner and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Law at the University of London.


 Matt Hogg (Vice Chair & Chair of Learning & Achievement Committee)

I am the Vicar of St Alban's Fulham Church (Margravine Road) and it is a privilege to be a Community Governor at SJL where I get to be part of a fantastic team working with brilliant teachers to create the best learning environment for amazing pupils. I have lived in London since 1997 and love

living in Hammersmith & Fulham and around the corner from SJL. Before getting ordained into the Church of England I trained as a Zoologist and have a special interest in bugs. I have also done a bit of breakdancing in my time too. I look forward to meeting you in the, hopefully, not too distant future.


Lisa Chen (Chair of Resources Committee)


Lisa has spent the last 6 years working in corporate finance, first advising consumer companies on acquisitions and now working in strategic development for an international beverage company. She has a wide range of experience in business planning and analysis, investment evaluation and transformation projects across different countries. She works closely with management teams to develop and recommend business opportunities that can generate growth.


Lisa graduated in economics with a keen interest in public and social policy, including in educational development. Her role at the school will be as a governor, with a focus on financial aspects of the resources committee.


Lisa lives in Hammersmith and Fulham, spends her free time hiking everywhere and has recently become an avid boxer!


Laura Briggs (Governor)


Laura works at a leading, global private markets investment manager, providing alternative investment solutions to a breadth of institutional investors. Her clients include private and public pension funds, charities and endowments.


Laura has extensive experience in investment analysis as well as strategy and business development.


Laura holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Birmingham.


Sue Hardwick (Governor)


Sue has spent her whole working life in education. She taught at schools in Hertfordshire until she became a head in 1994. She moved to London in 2001 and was a head teacher of a school in Feltham until 2012 when she retired. She now works part time for St Mary’s University in Twickenham, as a tutor supporting and mentoring student teachers on teaching practice.


Sue’s main interests include music and travelling. She is the chairman of the Hogarth Singers, a Chiswick based choir, is a pianist and was a church organist for many years. She has an ongoing interest in giving children opportunities in music. She spends a good deal of her spare time in the garden or on her allotment but enjoys seeing other parts of the world on trips abroad.


Sue also has an interest in mathematics and is a director of ‘Mathematics Mastery’ which is a charitable, not for profit partnership supporting the teaching of maths in schools.

She is delighted to be able to support the work of Sir John Lillie Primary School as a governor.

Michelle Tillman - Biography

I am a parent governor at Sir John Lillie Primary School.  I have a daughter currently at the school in Year 5.  I work as a Senior Midday Meal Supervisor in another borough school.  I really enjoy working in a school environment. 
In addition to this, I am also an ex-pupil of Sir John Lillie Primary having left in 1993.  



Olivia Donkor (Parent Governor)


As a parent of 2 children at Sir John Lillie I love the way in which the school provides a nurturing learning environment which encourages pupils to achieve the best they can.

I am standing for election for Parent Governor because I would like to support the teachers and staff at Sir John Lillie to continue to provide the best possible opportunities for our children.


I currently deliver creative, educational and cultural workshops to children and families in schools, children’s centres and community settings across London. In addition I work with a local literacy charity which supports children to develop a love of books and reading.

Having worked for over 20 years within voluntary organisations which support children, young people and families to reach their full potential, I really value the importance of parental involvement in helping to shape their child’s learning and development


I hope to use my experience and enthusiasm to maintain the smooth running of the school and support the school community at Sir John Lillie. As the link between parents and the governing body, l would challenge when appropriate and make every effort to ensure that the views, comments and concerns of parents are valued, supported and represented fairly.


It would be a privilege to serve as a Parent Governor and contribute to the continued success of our school.