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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 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've 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 - Co-opted Governor)

As an ex-pupil I was pleased to join the governing body in 2004.  I am the chair of the School and Community Development Committee and a member of the Finance and Personnel Committee.  I also have curriculum responsibility for PE.  Away from Conway I had a 15-year career with the Midland Bank before becoming Charlton Athletic Football Club’s Commercial Manager in the late 1980’s. In January1991, I was invited to become the Marketing Executive of The Football League, a position I held until summer 1998 when I joined Swindon Town Football Club as their Joint Chief Executive. I returned to Charlton Athletic in 2000 as Assistant to the CEO before being appointed as Commercial Director in October 2006. On leaving the club in 2009 I establish Steve Sutherland Sports Marketing. I am an Ambassador of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust.  I chair the Trust’s ground-breaking ‘Street Violence Ruins Lives’ campaign. I am also a Trustee of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s ‘Starting Blocks’ Charity.

Steve Sutherland (Co-opted 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 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)

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)

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)

Lucy Davies  (Clerk) - To Follow

                                                                                                 Lucy Davies (Clerk)