Lea Valley Academy

Meet The Governors

Emma Adejei

Category of Governor Parent Governor
Date of governorship commenced September 2013
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

I am a manager in a Housing Team in Local Government. I am also a self employed therapeutic Counsellor.

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? I was a parent Governor at my son's primary school for 6 years and found it a very worthwhile experience. To understand how and why decisions are made and have an impact makes me feel useful. I understand the local area and the community that the school is a part of.
What do you like most about Lea Valley? The mixture that is the make up of the school and that all children no matter what race, faith etc are included. The leadership of the Head, the sense that she truly cares is apparent. I also like the layout of the building.

Lyndsay Johnson

Category of Governor Co-opted
Date of governorship commenced
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

Apart from being a Governor I am also a PE teacher and the Lead Teacher for Progress for Year 9 at Lea Valley.  On the weekends I like to spend time with my family and keep fit by playing netball and going to the gym.

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? I became a Governor as I wanted to have a greater understanding of how the school operates and to assist in making the school even better.
What do you like most about Lea Valley? I really like the diversity at Lea Valley – I am privileged to work with amazing people from all over the world!

Pauline Armstrong

Category of Governor Parent Governor
Date of governorship commenced 2010
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

Project Management experience, working within both the private and public sector.

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? To help ensure that the school goes from strength to strength and does its best for the students, staff and local community.
What do you like most about Lea Valley?

I became a Parent Governor in 2010 and I am enjoying the opportunities this has presented in learning more about teaching, learning and leadership. We have an excellent Governing Body with a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience, all focussed on the clear vision, ethos and culture of Lea Valley.

George Reeve

Category of Governor Chair of Governors
Date of governorship commenced 1998
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

Publisher

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? A profound belief in civic duty.
What do you like most about Lea Valley?

The diversity of its students.

Victor Harris

Category of Governor Co-opted
Date of governorship commenced February 2009
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

After I sold my company in 1980, I joined a management consultancy in 1983 as financial controller and retired In 2008. 

I also served as a Justice of the Peace for 15 years until 2000.

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley?

When I retired as a JP, a colleague on the bench suggested that I could be useful as a school governor.

What do you like most about Lea Valley?

The opportunity to work with younger staff who are ambitious and wish to succeed.

Michael Sprosson

Category of Governor

Parent governor

Vice Chair of Governors

Date of governorship commenced 2011
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

I work in adult social care for three London Councils. My role is to design and purchase high quality care services for people that need them e.g. care at home, residential and nursing homes for people with dementia, disabilities and mental health issues.    

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? To try to make a positive difference to the life chances of my daughter and all students at Lea Valley by ensuring they receive the best education and that the teaching is of the highest standard.
What do you like most about Lea Valley?

Dedication of all the staff, from the Principal to the newest qualified teacher and support staff to ensure that the students receive the best education and support possible.    

Angela Byrne

Category of Governor

 Co-opted

Date of governorship commenced
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

I work for a charity providing advice to clients on matters including benefits, debts and consumer rights. In my spare time I like to cook, especially baking. I like to read and when the opportunity arises I like to travel. I am a family orientated individual and like to spend time with them including my dog.

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? Having lived in the area for a number of years I wanted to give something back to the community, becoming a school governor enabled me to do this. As a governor I can help ensure all pupils who attend the school receive the best education available to them.
What do you like most about Lea Valley?

The variety of cultures within the school. The dedication and commitment of the staff and the pupils. The staff always ensure all pupils matter and take up every opportunity available to them.

The most important people of all are the pupils, their enthusiasm to learn is a continuous pleasure to witness.

Mahnaz Asghar

Category of Governor

Parent Governor

Date of governorship commenced October 2013
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

I work in a primary school.

I’m studying full time.

I’m a parent.

I train in martial arts.

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? I wanted to understand how a secondary school works from within and how they support their students better themselves.
What do you like most about Lea Valley?

I have found Lea Valley to be a very supportive school, for the students and staff.

Ann Whalley

Category of Governor

Co-opted

Date of governorship commenced 2011
What do you do outside of being a Governor?

I work for a local Authority as a Health and Safety Manager.

In my spare time I enjoy theatre, films and travel.

Why did you become a Governor of Lea Valley? I previously worked at the local FE College and had an interest in the students from Lea Valley progressing to the College.
What do you like most about Lea Valley?

I like the enthusiasm and ambition of staff and students. I am always excited to see school productions. These always showcase the talents of students and the commitment of both staff and students.