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 email@example.com
If need to contact the chair of governors please email;firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr James Doheny (Chair of Governors)
James is a writer and business consultant who has lived and worked 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 as a broadcaster for BBC Radios 1, 3 and the World Service. His business clients have included Universal Music, Sony Music, EMI, Warner Music and Coca-Cola.
Over the last decade James has become increasingly involved in civic life and community campaigning. He is a founder member of the Save Our Hospitals campaign, and since 2016 has also worked as a volunteer for Citizens Advice Hammersmith and Fulham.
Matt Hogg (Vice Chair & Chair of Learning & Achievement Committee)
I am the Vicar of St Alban's Fulham Church (just behind Charing Cross Hospital) 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 worked in the Natural History Museum. If I haven’t already done so, I look forward to meeting you soon.
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)