St John's Upper Holloway C.E Primary School

Jesus said: 'Love each other as I have loved you'. - John 15:12

Our Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.


What does the governing body do?

Our main role is to support the Head teacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The key document used for this is the School Development Plan (SDP). The SDP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards.

Governors also regularly visit the school, especially during special weeks such as writing week or science week. Along with some parents and carers, governors also come in to school to do reading with pupils. If you would also be interested in doing some volunteer reading with pupils please contact the Head teacher.

We also write a governor newsletter to parents to keep them informed about the main

areas we are working on with the school: click here to see our most recent copy.

We have some specific legal duties, including:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Head teacher

As a voluntary-aided Church of England school, governors are also responsible for ensuring the school develops and maintains a Christian Ethos.


What's the structure of the governing body?

The Governing Body meets at least twice every term. We also have two permanent committees that look at particular issues. These are:

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee
  • Resources and Wellbeing Committee

These committees usually meet at least twice a term and all governors are informed about what happens at these meetings. You can read the non-confidential minutes of our recent meetings by asking at the school office.


Who are the governors?

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have aninterest in the school. These are Foundation governors (appointed by the Church of England), Local Authority (appointed by Islington Council), Parents (elected by parents) and Staff (elected by staff members). All governors have equal status however they are appointed. We are all volunteers and do not receive any payment for the role

SUE HALLAM joined the governing body as a foundation governor in 2005 and was elected as the Chair of the Governing Body in 2013. Sue is a chartered accountant with a broad experience of dealing with international companies, which she balances with being an active member of St Andrew's Church, Upper Holloway and other charitable work. Her main reason for becoming a governor was to help ensure the best possible education for the children at our school. In addition to her responsibility as Chair of the Governing Body, Sue is also chair of the Resources committee  where she uses her expertise to oversee the fiannces. She is also a member of Children, Families and Community Committee and is the link governor for maths and science. Her favourite subject at school was geography and her favourite memory from her primary school days was on April fool's day when she gave her headmaster a sweet which was actually a piece of wood wrapped in a sweet paper.   .

DAVID PRICE joined the governing body as a foundation governor in February 2013. As a former student of the school David has extremely fond memories of his time there and was delighted to join the governing body, where he hopes to contribute to the growth and development of the school. He works as a Data Consultant within the private sector and has experience of training and personnel issues, and he is also a trade union work rep. He is a member of the Resources Committee, link governor to Year 4 and his subject link is Humanities. His favourite subject at school was English and one of his favourite memories from his schooldays was a celebration of the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. This included a trip to see a copy of the Bayeux Tapestry and a re-enactment of the battle in the school playground where the Normans and the English charged at each other with cardboard swords.

MARION CULLEN joined the governing body as a foundation governor in November 2015. She is a retired social worker with immense experience gained predominately here in London as well as in her native Australia. She worked mainly in Child Protection often working very closely with teachers in supporting and protecting pupils.She is a member of the Children, Families and Community Committee, and is the link governor for Year 3. Her own school days were spent in post war Australia with 45 pupils in each class, often housed in temporary buildings including Nissen huts. Her fondest memory is of an inspirational 4th grade teacher who despite the large class size taught her about the cultures and customs of “new Australians” by cooking foreign food on a camping gas stove in the classroom (no health and safety then!) and eating together whilst discussing and learning about the previously unknown ingredients and tastes, including the proper Italian way to eat spaghetti involving lots of winding around forks and splashing on huge napkins!

CHARLI FAUX-CAMPBELL joined the governing body as an elected parent governor in January 2017. Charli has a daughter in year 1 and was keen to become more involved in the school community. Charli has extensive experience working with children and young people in a variety of roles including youth projects manager at City YMCA and senior youth worker at Haringey Youth Inclusion Project. More recently she has worked in a variety of Camden secondary schools and led on a camden initiative looking at raising the achievement of white British PP students. She currently works as a student progress leader at Acland Burghley School. Charli is on the Children, Families and Community Committee and is also link governor for Year 6. Her favourite memory from primary school was playing Fagin in the Year 6 production of Oliver.

JACKSON CAINES joined the governing body as the local authority governor in 2018. Jackson works as a Housing Officer for Hackney Council, responding to the needs of residents of two estates in the hoxton area. He also serves as the Youth Officer of his local Labour Party branch. As a governor at St John's, Jackson is a member of the Curriculum, Standards and Welfare Committee and is the link governor for Year 2 and music. His favourite subject at primary school was literacy and his favourite memory is of selling his home-made superhero comics at the scohol cake sales.

HENRIETTA WHITE - I have been a member of St John’s Church Upper Holloway for a long time. I have called it “My family Church” as every member of my immediate family has had a significant church service during their lives there. The Rev. Karowei Dorgu, now Bishop of Woolwich, recommended I should become School Governor at St John’s School. I am a parent to my (grown-up) daughter who attended there.

I have worked in a corporate environment doing Accounts for Solicitors for many years and for the last 3 years as an Office Co-ordinator between the office in London and Head Office in Philadelphia, USA.  As I am on the Resources Committee, I would like to think that my experience in the corporate world may be useful in the Education Community.

I have always enjoyed school and my best achievements have been in English, Maths and being awarded at the end of term a certificate for 100% attendance. I have been one of the “eight maids a milking” wearing a crepe costume, and since then I was always chosen to read out aloud at school plays and school church services. I guess this was training in advance as I am on the rota for the bible readings at St John’s.

I consider it an honour to be a School Governor and going “back to school” has been a learning process.  I am interested in seeing what education and the social community is like in the 21st Century in the digital age, engaging with the teachers and children and how they progress.

REV ALAN COMFORT joined the school at the beginning of July 2018 when he became the Vicar of St John's Church. Alan was a professional footballer during the 1980s, playing over 250 games for QPR, Leyton Orient and Middlesborough, before injury curtailed his career. During the past 25 years, Alan, his wife Gill and three children have led churches in and around London, with a passion for Jesus and a desire to help the church be relevent and welcoming to all people. He has been a governor of church schools for a number of years and is an enthusiastic supporter of the staff, children and their families, no matter their religious background. Alan delivers regular clergy assemblies in school, is particular support to the RE in school, part of the weekly prayer team and plays an active role in the local community, supporting families wherever needed.

NICOLE VAN DEN EIJNDE is a parent governor who joined the governing body in 2019. Her professional background is in environmental education and she is passionate about empowering children, young people and communities to create a just, fair and life sustaining world. She became a governor because she wanted to support the school and children's learning. Nicole is a member of the curriculum, standards and welfare committee. Her favourite subject at school was art and anything that took her out into nature. Her best memory from primary school was playing silly games in the playground with her friends.

SURAJ BALI joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor in September 2020. Originally from the United States, he moved to the UK to pursue post-graduate education at Royal Holloway, University of London. Having completed a Master’s degree in Business Administration, he continues there as a volunteer coach to final year students. At St. John’s, he is a member of the Resources and Wellbeing Committee, focusing on the school’s Computing curriculum. He works in financial services in the City of London, and became a school governor with the objective of utilising work experience to improve career prospects of the next generation. Amongst his Primary School memories, Suraj recalls his Year 2 teacher being very pretty, and his favourite subject was history.

BRIAN WELSH is Head Teacher at St John’s and has been a staff member of the governing body since he joined the school in 2010. As Head teacher he is a member of both committees. Thinking back to his own schooldays Brian’s favourite subject was history and he remembers a history project about prehistoric life where he spent weeks drawing dinosaurs and trilobites whilst pretending to be a T-Rex in the playground.


When does the governing body meet?

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Head teacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets. You can click here to see which meetings our governors attended in 2019-20. 

You can click on the link below to see further details of our governing body, including their terms, committee membership and roles. 

Governor Summary


Register of interests

Governors are required to disclose any interests they may have that could conflict with their role as a governor. You can click here to see this information for 2020.


Further financial information about the school

You can find out more about our school's financial data by visiting the schools' financial benchmarking website.