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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 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)


Erik Cummins (Co-opted Governor TO FOLLOW )



Bob Biring (Parent Governor TO FOLLOW)

As a mum of 3 boys, who attended, attending and will be attending Conway Primary School, I am passionate about creating opportunity for children in the area to receive educational and wrap around care. I was delighted to join Conway’s Governing Body last summer. Now I have opportunity to express my gratitude and appreciation to school staff directly. 

I am a long-standing bookkeeper for a medium-sized business. I get involved in setting strategies and objectives to ensure robust control systems are in place, so that Shareholders (Directors) get maximum return on their capital while maintaining strong stakeholder relationships. I have BA in Finance, also worked in Banking for few years, then completed ACCA Professional Course. My knowledge of Russian language helped me to help few Ukrainian families when they arrived in UK. I try to help and give back to the local community as much as I can as I appreciate the support and help, I was given upon my arrival in the UK. I am from Central Asia and married to British-Bangladeshi man, who works for King’s College London as an IT Officer

I am a member of all the governing body committees and have monitoring responsibility for Maths.

 Mira Abdieva (Parent Governor)



Purity Zondi (Co-opted Governor TO FOLLOW)



Baff Addae-Kodua (Co-opted Governor TO FOLLOW)

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)