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Conway Primary School

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I joined the governing body in 2001 and have been chair since 2002. I am a member of all the governing body committees and currently chair the Learning and Achievement Committee. I also have curriculum responsibility for ICT.  Soon after taking on the role of chair I successfully competed the BTEC Diploma for Chairs which I have found invaluable.  I am a regular contributor to the Governor Service’s newsletter and have lectured on governance at the Institute of Education in London.  Away from Conway, I’m a civil servant with a background in personnel, training and information management.  I’m married to Jo with two children, Ella and George and a season ticket holder at Charlton Athletic.

Steve Piper (Chair of Governors – Co-opted Governor)

I joined Conway’s Governing Body in early 2015, having been elected as a parent governor at the end of the previous year. I have since become the Vice Chair.  I am a member of the Learning & Achievement Committee and Chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee.  I am also one of the nominated governors for the Head’s performance management and have mentoring responsibility for Special Educational Needs.  I believe a child’s primary education shapes its future and my role as a governor allows me to address concerns and frame decisions from a parent’s perspective. I have been employed in the Finance industry for 14 years, but being Mum to two young girls means I'm also an expert on Disney Princesses. When I do get time away from work and the family, I can often be found curled up on the sofa with my nose in a good book.

Vanita Howells (Vice Chair - Parent Governor)

I joined the governing body in 2015, having been elected as a parent governor as two of my children attend Conway School. Since I moved to this area of London I have been heavily involved with Conway assisting with various initiatives such as the homework club and the after school Spanish club. As a result of this I have a deep understanding of how the school operates and which are the challenges and areas for improvement. Away from Conway, I am a civil Engineer with experience in large infrastructure projects and I am currently working for a construction company on Quality Assurance and Planning. Outside work I enjoy reading, travelling and practicing sports when I find some spare time to do so.

Orieta Coloccini (Parent Governor)


I was pleased to join the Governing body of this lovely, high achieving school in March 2018.  Currently I am a member of the Finance and Personnel committee, and the School and Community development Committee. I also have curriculum responsibility for Religious Education and Health and Safety Policy.  I have worked in Local Government at a senior level and in Education and brought up three lively children. Education is a passion of mine and I am looking forward to being a proud member of this school as it goes from strength to strength.

Christine Tooke (Co-opted Governor)

I have largely worked for an inner city London borough as a consultant in schools in challenging circumstances. After deputy headship, I became Headteacher at Conway Primary School in November 2011. I have a degree in Management studies, completed my postgraduate certificate in education at the institute of education and hold the National professional qualification for head teachers. I am also a registered child protection officer. I am married with two boys and when I’m not working or with the family I enjoy swimming, Pilates and have a keen interest in aromatherap

Yalini Carlsson-Ruban (Headteacher)

I am a senior leader at Conway and after many years as a class teacher I became the school’s inclusion manager in 2009.  I joined the governing body in 2004 as an associate governor and serve on the curriculum committee.  I enjoy being on the governing body because along with the other members of staff I represent the school\'s voice and am able to support other governors with the education terminology. I\'m married to Pete with three children, Barry, Jacky and Debby – Jacky also works at the school. In 2010 I became a very proud Nanny to Lilly-Emma, my first grand child

Linda Greenlees (Associate Governor)

Since joining Conway Primary School in 2011, I have taught in Key Stage 2 and been the Computing subject lead. As a teacher governor, I serve on the Learning & Achievement Committee, where my aim is to make a strategic contribution to the continued development of the school's drive for high standards while offering a broad and inspiring curriculum. I studied at Norwich School of Art and gained my PGCE at the University of Durham. I enjoy reading, keeping fit and am a proud father of two.‚Äč

 Stephen Gattis (staff Governor)

I joined the governing body in 2019 and am currently a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee and have monitoring responsibility for the English curriculum.  I am also one of the nominated governors for the Headteacher’s appraisal.   I’m passionate about education, and whilst at University ran the largest debating competition in the world for school-age children. Away from Conway I’m a communications professional, having worked both in the private sector and previously for a government minister. In my spare time I’m a passionate Charlton Athletic fan, amateur cook, and am currently trying to train a puppy with my fiancée.


                                                                         Harry Stovin-Bradford (Co-opted Governor)

I joined Conway’s Governing Body in December 2019 as a parent governor. I am an accountant with over five years' experience of working in education management hence, I have a deep understanding of funding challenges faced by schools. I am very passionate about education and I want to use my skills and experience to support a local school in my community.  I am a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee and have monitoring responsibility for the English curriculum.  I am married with two children; outside of work, I enjoy cake decoration and sewing.

Felicia Fasokun (Parent Governor)

I joined Conway Primary School as a Co-opted governor in Jan 2020. Having completed most of my education in India, being a Governor at Conway has given me a great opportunity to see the British education system at its best and comparing it with my time spent in schools in India. It is an amazing and an eye-opening experience to see the passion and dedication of teachers towards providing high quality education to kinds and creating a better future for them. The way their collective efforts have turned the schools’ performance on its head over the years, it makes me feel proud to be part of a Governing body of such a fantastic school. I have over 15 years of experience managing (university) Halls of Residence and now work as an FM Manager in local council. With my experience and background in Facilities Management, I am looking forward to making positive contributions to the school as well as within the School & Development Community Committee, of which I am the Vice Chair, and through my responsibility for monitoring Health and Safety on behalf of the governing body.

Sandeep Singh (Co-opted Governor)

As part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Governor Services Team, I have been the clerk to the Conway’s governing body for a number of years, where I provide a range of professional clerking services.  I also work with a number of other Greenwich schools.

Lucy Davis (Clerk to the Governing Body)

I am excited to join Conway’s Governing Body.   I am so interested in making sure that children have the best start and education is key to that. I am a Children’s Commissioner for the Local Authority and oversee the commissioning of services for children, young people and families across Royal Greenwich. I am particularly passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Also, about making sure that children and young people are listened to, that they know that their voices are important and will make a difference. I am married to a primary school teacher and have a fabulous daughter. 

Jummy Hemsley (Local Authority Governor)