Meet the Governors

What do governors do? School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Their role is strategic, not operational. They work with the school to monitor and guide its efforts to raise the achievement of our pupils. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and they work with the school to ensure that the needs of all people are met.

For more information: Governance_handbook_November_2015

At Robert Blair Primary School and Children’s Centre Services, governors meet once a term for the following committees (you can access the committees’ terms of reference by clicking on a committee’s name):

In addition, there is a full governing body meeting once a term.

  • Composition of the Governing Body
Governors Category Appointed by Term of office Committee
Margaret Lally (Chair)  Co-opted  Governors 07/01/2015 – 06/01/2019 Behaviour and Safety; Leadership and Management
Paul Convery (vice-chair)  LEA  LEA  07/01/2015 – 06/01/2019 Achievement, Teaching and Learning
Mandy Resse Associate Member  Governors  06/12/2017 – 05/12/2021 Leadership and Management
Folami Ashade  Staff  Staff  06/02/2015 – 05/02/2019 Achievement, Teaching and Learning;
Michelle Bahn  Headteacher  Statutory  From 01/09/2015  Achievement, Teaching and Learning; Behaviour and Safety; Leadership and Management
Jennifer Walker  Co-opted  Governors 16/11/16 – 15/11/20 Behaviour and Safety
Skanda Surendra  Co-opted  Governors 9/9/15 – 8/9/19 Leadership and Management
Fiona Lawrence  Co-opted  Governors 16/11/16 – 15/11/20  Leadership and Management
Fiona Morrell Co-opted Governors 10/11/15 – 9/11/19 Achievement, Teaching and Learning


2016 Register of governors’ interests

  • Governors profile
Margaret Lally (Chair)

I was brought up in Islington and have lived all my life here.  Until recently I was a manager at the British Red Cross and before that I worked for the Refugee Council as well as in the NHS and at the Greater London Council.  Most of my work has been around health and social care services, particularly for vulnerable groups. I now do some free lance work.

I first became a governor at Robert Blair in 2012 having also been a governor of another Islington school.  I first became Chair in 2014.  I wanted to be a governor partly because I wanted to give back something to my local community but also because I believe passionately that all children should get the best possible education.  I visit the school regularly to meet with the head and talk to staff, children and, when possible, parents so please come say hello if you see me about.  We governors are here to make sure that the school does the best it can for its children and it is important we hear from everyone involved in the school.

Julie Braithwaite

Having been born and raised in Yorkshire, I’ve now lived in Islington for over 15 years and it feels like home. I’ve been a school governor at Robert Blair since 2013 and am Vice Chair, Chair of the Behaviour and Safety Committee and also Governor lead on safeguarding.

My full-time job is working for the Government – for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). I’ve had opportunities to work in a number of areas, currently on apprenticeships and previously on maternity and paternity pay, funding for small businesses, broadcasting legislation, business regulation and as a speechwriter.

I became a Governor because I’ve always been interested in education – there are quite a few teachers in my family – and wanted to do something positive in my community. I try and spend as much time as I can in school, if you see me, please come and say hello – I’m always interested in what pupils, staff and parents think about the school and how we can make these school years an amazing, inspiring and creative experience.

Paul Convery (Vice Chair)

An Islington resident for 35 years, my wife and I are bringing-up two young children in the area west of Caledonian Road. I am an elected Islington councillor representing the area in which Robert Blair is located and where many of our children and their families live. Since 2010 I have been one of the 8 Executive members that lead the Council with responsibility for planning, transport, leisure services, licensing and community safety. I have also been a governor of other schools and colleges in the borough and I know the challenges facing schools like ours. In my professional life, I am an economic and social researcher having worked in the voluntary and commercial sectors and with government.

Folami Ashade

I was born and raised in Islington and I received my primary and secondary education in this borough. I have been working for Robert Blair Children’s Centre for 9 ½ years now, and I have recently completed my level 4 in early years education.
I wanted to become the school’s staff governor as I have great belief that this school is on the path to achieve wonderful things. I want to part of it!

Minutes of governors’ meetings

If you wish to read the minutes of a committee meeting or of the full governing body meeting, please contact the school to receive a copy.

To contact the governors, please leave a note in the school office or email and specify “FAO Governors” in the object of your email.

Past governors at Robert Blair Primary School (last 12 months):

Julie Braithwaite (until end of 2017)

Wilfried Langridge (until end of 2017)

Matt Evered (until end of 2017)

Katie Alexander (until end of 2017)

Governors code of conduct for web