Meet the Governors
Each school has a group of people who serve on the Governing Body. The Governing Body meets at least once a term.
The term of office for Governors is four years.
Chair of Governors
Mr Ray Wood BEM
I first became involved with Christchurch over 20 years ago when my two children attended the school. I joined the parents’ association and later became a parent governor. As a governor I wanted to make a contribution to improving children’s education and to the community. I became a community governor and was then elected as the Chair.
As chair I worked with the Heads in post when the infant and junior schools merged to become Christchurch primary school, when the new library and the drama studio were opened and when the school expanded to five forms of entry. Throughout these significant changes my role as chair has provided a sense of continuity and I have been delighted to see the school ranked as outstanding by Ofsted in each of its last three inspections.
I am committed to raising standards in partnership with the Headteacher and to promoting equal opportunities for all pupils. I feel greatly privileged to have been involved with the school and its dedicated staff for such a long time long and I look forward to even greater achievements by its pupils.
I was a building society manager for 14 years and now work in the voluntary sector as a Macmillan Welfare adviser.
Vice Chair of Governors
Ms Helen Cansick
I was elected parent Governor in 2012 and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting the senior leaders at Christchurch in delivering their strategic direction for our school.
I am a member of the School Improvement Committee, getting involved in shaping and influencing school policy, strategy and monitoring, amongst other things. I am the link Governor for (performance) data and Pupil Premium. In this role, I have spent time understanding how we measure the achievement of our children, and how we invest our Pupil Premium funds to ensure that our disadvantaged children are well supported through their primary school education.
I am a senior leader at Transport for London. Whilst I have no experience of education, my experience of leadership in a large public sector organisation gives me a good understanding of the financial and political challenges facing the school.
We are very fortunate to have such a fabulous school in our local community and I am proud to be part of an organisation that serves our children so well.
Mrs Maria O'Keefe
I have served as a Community & Co-Opted Governor at Christchurch for more than ten years. My two children attended Christchurch, during which time I volunteered in the classroom, on trips and as a member of the Christchurch Friends Association. I am active locally, supporting activities that bring the community together. I believe that the positive relationships that our children make at Primary School are key to a building and maintaining a cohesive and harmonious sense of community in the future. My role as a governor is to support staff in order to ensure that every child looks forward to school every day and reaches her or his potential, in an environment that is well managed and nurturing. I bring my professional experience within education, the business world and as a parent, to serve this purpose.
Mrs Marina Porter
I have worked at Christchurch Primary for 31 years now and it is a privilege to serve the school as a Governor. I started my career at Christchurch as a midday assistant when it was an infant school and my passion for supporting pupils with their learning quickly moved me into a classroom role. I have seen the school go through many changes in my time at Christchurch, however it has never lost its strong sense of community and as a Governor I am committed to ensuring that remains. I am keen to ensure all pupils achieve their best and most importantly are happy coming to school.
Mr Tanvir Taher
I became a Co-opted Governor at Christchurch in 2017 and am also a Service Management Consultant within the Technology industry. My background and interests allowed me to join the School Improvement and Finance Committee, which have been both interesting and fun!
It really has been a privilege to join such a great school where the staff and pupils are so hard working and want to make a positive difference. As a Co-opted Governor, my aim is to support the school and ensure it continues to be a great place to learn for children of all backgrounds, whilst maintaining and continuing to raise the high standards of the school.
Mrs Fatma Sulieman
I was appointed as a Parent Governor in 2013 and have two children who attend at Christchurch. I have been a teacher for the last ten years with a particular love for the Early Years. I serve on the School Improvement Committee and I am also the designated governor for Early Years. During the last four years, I have witnessed the wonderful environment this school provides for our children in many ways, my children’s enthusiasm for attending school and how the school itself encourages the learning and development of our children, whilst providing a safe, caring environment.
I joined as a parent governor in order to make a positive contribution to children’s education and I consider it a privilege to help support the parents, staff and governors by bringing my knowledge, experience and skills to the Governing Body towards maintaining the high standards of achievement and behaviour of Christchurch pupils. I feel honoured to be a parent governor at Christchurch.
Mrs Farzana Patel
My name is Farzana Patel and I am a parent governor at Christchurch Primary School. I was elected for this role in 2013, and currently have my youngest child attending who is in year 3. I previously served as a parent governor in another school in Newham, to which my other children attended and found it to be a very interesting and fulfilling role.
Mrs Nasrin Master
I am a Magistrate, a solicitor and a governor at our outstanding school. I have strong leadership skills attained whilst working at the Law Society for 13 years. I have two amazing boys who inspire me to be passionate about education and ensuring that every child has the best of opportunities to fulfill their potential. I currently serve on the school improvement committee and am a link governor for curriculum with a particular interest in numeracy. My main role as a parent governor is to support the school its staff, its leadership and its strategic decisions it makes for the future direction of the school and in turn hope to make it even more successful.
Mr Jim Wharf
I grew up in Dagenham and originally came to Christchurch Primary as a student to complete my final teaching practice. I began my teaching career here in 1999 and have worked across a range of year groups. I am currently teaching in Year 2 and I am responsible for leading and managing the Science curriculum across the school. I am committed to ensuring that we have high aspirations for all learners and that the curriculum meets the needs of all pupils. I have been a staff Governor since 2011 and play an active role in meetings. I am also a member of the Governors Finance Committee.