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 been teaching for over forty years. She ‘retired’ in 2012 after having been a head teacher for eighteen years; the last eleven at Crane Park – a primary school in the London Borough of Hounslow.


During the last eleven years at Crane Park, Sue opened a Day Care Nursery, a Children’s Centre and a centre for autistic children on the school site. She was Chair of West Education Improvement Partnership which included all the primary schools in the West area of Hounslow for five years, and lead head for Extended Services developing multi-agency    working in the same part of the borough.


Since 2012 she has continued to work part-time, mentoring student teachers on teaching practice, developing a property business, and sitting on an advisory board which works to support links between children and the older generation, particularly in care homes. She has also done some consultancy and training work and has continued to develop her interests in music and singing. She has been the chairman of Hogarth Singers in Chiswick for some years.


Sue’s interest in Cambodia has developed over the last several years and started with what she calls her ‘Gap Year’ travels! (in her case the Gap between work and retirement!) Her background and continuing interest in Education has enabled her to make a positive contribution to the lives of children in Siem Reap through an NGO called ODA – ‘Opportunities for Development through Art’.


Sue joined the governing body of Sir John Lillie Primary school several years ago and was elected chairman last year. She is enjoying the opportunities, as a governor, to support children in school from a different perspective.


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! 


Christobel Smales (Governor)


Christobel is a Legal Director in the Commercial Real Estate Team at Cripps Pemberton Greenish advising on both commercial property and non-contentious construction matters. She joined Cripps from City law firm Slaughter and May in 2011 and now specialises in advising on all aspects of commercial property investment, management and general landlord and tenant matters as well as advising on construction aspects of real estate transactions and on non-contentious construction issues on all types of developments.


At work she places value on assisting and mentoring the more junior members of the team both in terms of identifying and implementing their professional development and training needs and more generally as an initial point of contact on advisory and transactional work. Outside work, Christobel is passionate about education and has experience as a tutor and as a mentor at both secondary school and university level. She has also been involved in a number of work experience initiatives. 


Christobel was at secondary school in Hammersmith and Fulham and now lives in Hammersmith with her husband and three children. Her interests include sport (running, tennis and cycling in particular) and classical music.


She’s delighted to have recently joined the Sir John Lillie Primary School’s Governing Body as a Local Authority Governor and looks forward to working with the SJL team going forward.


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. 


Matthew Mccoulough (Parent Governor)


As a lifelong Fulham resident (and Fulham fan) I value the community in which our school sits greatly.


I'm very proud to come from a long line of family members dedicated to education and public service and it would appear this passion has passed on to me.


I strongly believe every child has the right to to get the very best from their education and I consider it a privilege that I can play even the smallest role in their  progression


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.