Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning

Governor Information

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

If need to contact the chair of governors please email;


Sue Hardwick (Chair of Governors)


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.


 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.



Nicola Buckmaster (Governor)


Nicola started her career as a teacher at Harefield Academy, a secondary school near Uxbridge, where she spent two years teaching maths as part of the Teach First program. She remains passionate about education and has been involved in supporting a number of educational charities, from mentoring Teach First students looking to go to university, to supporting Hammersmith’s ‘Spear program’ - run by the Resurgo Trust.


Nicola is a qualified accountant and works at PwC, where she advises organisations on how to set up and manage global mobility programs - which support employees working overseas.

Her interests include sport (cycling and skiing in particular) and travel.

She’s delighted to be a part of Sir John Lillie Primary School’s Governing Body and looks forward to meeting as many of the pupils, staff and parents as she can.


Isaac Virchis (Governor)


I'm Isaac and I'm delighted to be a Governor at Sir John Lillie School. I've just moved into the area and am excited to be involved in such a fantastic community. I'm a recent graduate of both Oxford University and the University of Chicago and work as a Civil Servant for the Cabinet Office in Westminster. Outside of work I love exploring restaurants, playing and coaching football and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to bringing my experience in government to Sir John Lillie and meeting students, parents and teachers along the way! 

Michelle Tillman (Parent Governor)

I am a parent governor at Sir John Lillie Primary School. 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 two 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.


Having worked for over twenty years within voluntary organisations which support 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 currently work for a local literacy charity which supports children to develop a love of books and reading. I have also delivered creative, educational and cultural workshops to children and families in schools, children’s centres and community settings across London.


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 will make every effort to ensure that the views, comments and concerns of parents are valued, supported and represented fairly.


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




Dawid Szot (Staff Governor)


I came to England from Poland in 2007 and this country offered me many opportunities to develop both personally and professionally.  I cannot thank SJL and its community enough, who welcomed me with open arms and allowed me to progress in my career in such a short period of time.


I have been working at SJL since 2013. I started my career at SJL as an Early Years Educator and since then I was very fortunate to be given countless opportunities to develop professionally.


I started my career as a teacher in 2014 and a few years later I was trusted to take the role of an Early Years manager, followed by the role of a Science coordinator at SJL.


I am very passionate about teaching young people and watching them grow into confident and enthused learners.


Now, I feel like it is my turn to give back to the local community and help establish the best quality of education at SJL by joining its governor panel.