Mary Arnold (Chair of Governors)
"Every child deserves the best chances in life and this means enjoying a sound, stimulating and rewarding education as an entitlement. As a former teacher, mother and grandmother of three, I am acutely aware of children and young people's varying school experiences. I am committed to promoting the highest standards and supporting the best teaching practice in our local schools so all children love learning and achieve."
Mary was a local councillor for the Kilburn ward for many years and served as Lead Member for Children, Schools and Families. From 2014 -16, she was the independent chair for the Kilburn Children Centres Advisory Board, where she gained further insight into health, early learning and parenting in the Kilburn locality. She is currently a South Kilburn Trust Board member and is very involved in providing much needed community facilities, especially access to employment and enterprise, improving health for all and supporting young people and their positive activities.
In 2006 Tomos became a Science teacher in Brent and since then he has continued to work in the education sector both locally and internationally. His deep belief in educational equity for all children has kept him working with schools and young people across London. Tomos lives in Kilburn and is Teach First’s London Director.
Cheryl Benjamin (Associate Governor)
Cheryl has worked with children for many years as a play leader, a support worker in children's homes and supporting young adults in hostels. She is also a respite carer for the 'Children with Disabilities' team. This has allowed her to see the importance of children's education and the role it can play in shaping adulthood. She lives locally to the school and wants to ensure the success of children in the area.
Elizabeth originally trained and worked as an architect in the UK, working on a range of housing, healthcare, schools and other community infrastructure projects. She then went on to complete her MA in Development and Emergency practice at Oxford Brookes University, and for the last 10+ years has worked on humanitarian and development projects across a range of geographies. This work has focussed on urban resilience, disaster recovery and regeneration, underpinned by strong stakeholder engagement. During this time Elizabeth spent five years working for Arup, based in the London, Bangkok and Perth offices. For the last three years Elizabeth has worked as an Independent Consultant undertaking research in the humanitarian shelter sector, or advising on community/ stakeholder engagement practices for community building projects in and around London. Elizabeth has two children- aged 1 and 4- and is a keen reader, amateur salsa dancer and long-time learner of the Spanish language!