Meet our GovernorsWe 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 fulfill 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 our Governors’ Declaration of Interest
Chair of Governors: 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.
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.
Chair of Curriculum: 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.
Chair of Finance & Resources: Robert Brisbourne
After studying Economics at Cambridge, Rob has followed a career in Business, Banking and Finance and is an Executive Director, Regulatory Advisory and Relations at UBS. Rob joined the governors in 2016 and took over the chair of Finance and Resources in September 2017.
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.
Community Governor & Link Governor: Wider Curriculum: Emily Jost
Member of Resources & Finance Committee: Derrick Benjamin
Member of the Curriculum Committee: Emily Thomas
Emily is a lawyer and local Hackney resident and a member of the Curriculum Committee.
If you would like to get in touch with a governor, please contact the school office.