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Meet our Governors

We are very lucky at Randal Cremer School to have a wide range of expertise on our governing body. The governors are parents of current pupils and members of the local community, who come from many different backgrounds.
We are very lucky at Randal Cremer School to have a wide range of expertise on our governing body. The governors are parents of current pupils and members of the local community, who come from many different backgrounds.

The main task for governing bodies is to promote high standards of educational achievement. The three key roles that governors fulfil in order to achieve that goal are:

  • to contribute to strategic planning
  • to be a critical friend to the school (i.e. to support and challenge the school)
  • to ensure accountability.

Governors are proud to be part of Randal Cremer and of the achievements of our children. We are fortunate to have skilled and committed staff and highly- supportive parents and volunteers.


Click here to view our Governors’ Impact Statement

Click here to view the Governing Body Membership


Chair of Governors: Rachel Urquhart


I have worked in education for 10 years and am committed to improving the life chances and opportunities for young people in Hackney.  Being a governor is a chance for me to use my experience to support and challenge a passionate and dedicated group of professionals to develop a rich and secure learning environment that inspires our children to aim high and achieve.

I care about my city and its future prosperity.  I have lived in Hackney since 2003 and love the diversity, talent, originality and creativity that is found in abundance here.  Educating young people with the skills needed for the 21st century is a professional and personal focus for me and a key motivation in volunteering as a school governor.

- Rachel Urquhart -


Vice Chair: Cathy Leech

I have recently moved to East London after working for many years in Coventry and the Birmingham area. I studied History at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Manchester and then trained as a teacher. I was a deputy head in a large inner city comprehensive school which we took to outstanding. I also established and ran an Early Years unit in a community school for many years. I understand the demands and challenges of everyday school life and the importance of the governing body providing strategic direction and challenge. I have been very impressed by the staff and pupils at Randal Cremer and feel I can contribute to the school and its commitment to a rich and exciting curriculum which ensures all pupils excel both academically and socially.

 - Cathy Leech -


Chair of Curriculum: Siena Packington


I am a Co-opted Governor to Randal Cremer.  I work full time in media & technology, bringing commercial and management skills to my role at the school.  I am also mother to two young children so have direct and immediate experience of the education system as a parent. I very much believe in the power of the school environment to help children reach their potential not just academically, but also as confident, responsible, happy people. Randal Cremer plays an important role within a highly diverse community, providing a happy and constant presence in the lives of its pupils.  I would like us to know, with total confidence, that when a child leaves the school in year 6 they have been given every possible opportunity, from Early Years through to their final year, to fulfil their potential, and that Randal Cremer has established a solid personal and educational foundation for each child to build on through their life.

 - Siena Packington


Chair of Finance & Resources: Kate Kardooni

Kate Kardooni

I was delighted to join Randal Cremer as a Governor in September 2015, given my recent work with the teaching staff as a Business Coach.  I run my own business and executive coaching company, having spent 20 years in accounting and business management roles across the City of London.  I am also a mum to two children – one at secondary school, and one at primary school.

I believe that a strong support system from parents/guardians, teaching staff and the governing body provide the backbone to a child’s education, with everyone involved in that primary school journey working collaboratively to ensure each pupil achieves the best they can academically and socially.  I believe that a child should leave Year 6 as a well rounded, happy and dedicated individual, through the appropriate partnership and support of their parents and teachers.  Having worked closely with the teaching staff over the past 12 months, their dedication and drive to ensure the school can achieve its potential shines through, and I would like to help on this journey as a Governor going forward.

- Kate Kardooni -


Parent Governor: Raja Ahmed


I was born and grew up in Hackney and have a keen interest in our community and especially to be actively involved in learning and education development of our children. I am currently a Parent Governor, 2 of my sons currently attend Randel Cremer. I believe all parents have a key role in shaping up our children’s education and to give them the best possible opportunity to succeed and to attain their full potential, I will do my up-most to hold this value and ensuring our school follows the same path. I have 13 years of management experience working for several companies,   I am able to positively utilise these skills and contribute and help the school to move forward. You may often see me in the playground during the mornings and home times, please speak to me if there is anything you want to talk about regarding the school or any issues or concerns you may have. If you do not see me and wish to speak to me please inform the school office and I will get in contact with you.

- Raja Ahmed -


Community Governor & Link Governor: Wider Curriculum: Emily Jost

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If you would like to get in touch with a governor, please contact the school office.