David Perkins- Chair of Governors
My association with Nelmes reaches back over 20 years when my children attended the School. I joined the Governing Body 18 years ago and have been Chair of Governors for 15 years. I am proud to have led a strong Governing and supported the leadership team of the School, in raising standards and performance and wellbeing of all at the School. My background has been in Information Technology and work in BT as a Sales Director within the UK. My personal area of expertise that I bring to the Governing Body is in strong leadership and coaching ethos. These skill sets are practiced in my business role on a daily basis.I maintain a key interest in positive challenging the School to develop itself continually and ensuring that every child works and develops themselves to fulfil their potential.
Irene Brennan- Vice- Chair of Governors
I have been involved with Nelmes School since 1985 when my eldest of two daughters joined the school in reception. I became a Parent Governor in 1992 and have been on the governing body for 25 years and I have loved every minute. The school is very much a friendly and welcoming environment which I’m proud to be apart of. I have good experience & general knowledge of the school, having been involved in many projects from building works and general improvements to the school. I’m also on several sub-committees including finance, staff recruitment, buildings, health & safety to name a few.My early working career was manly spent in accounting including book keeping, payroll & Vat returns for large companies in London. After getting married and starting a family, my Husband and I set up our own Plumbing & Heating Company which has been very successful over the past 37 years. As well as being a School Governor I have also been heavily involved with the local branch of The Parachute Regimental Association. In 2014 I was very honoured to receive The Royal Cornwall medal for my outstanding service and charity work for the Association. Shortly after my daughters joined Havering Athletic Club I was sure to be volunteering once again. To which I’m now heavily involved with many roles including treasurer, membership secretary, running the canteen, collecting track fees and being the senior ladies team manager.
Karen Devan- Staff and SEND Governor
Hello, my name is Karen Devan and I have a long affinity with Nelmes Primary School as I am an ex-pupil and a parent of three ex-pupils! For the last eighteen years, I am proud to say I have been part of the hard working and dedicated Support Staff team at Nelmes, in both KS1 & KS2. Approximately six years ago I was honoured to join the Governing Body as the Support Staff Governor. As a parent of a child with Special Needs, three years ago I also took on the role of SEND Governor to assist and support our fantastic SENCO and wonderful SEND pupils in any way I can.
Amanda Flower- Co-opted Governor
I have had the privilege of being a Governor at Nelmes Primary School for 6 years. I am really proud to be supporting such an amazing school. I currently work in the Strategy and Insight Team in a London Borough. My work is largely focusing on children’s services and project managing improvement projects and areas of work across children’s social care. I have worked in local government and the NHS for most of my career. I was previously part of the project management team that developed Queen’s Hospital in Romford. I am passionate about ensuring every child achieves their potential and that we develop the whole child – not just the academic and we grow responsible future citizens. There is no better place for this to happen than at this school, if you attend Nelmes Primary School you are very lucky! I went to school in Havering and have lived here all of my life. I have a degree in politics and am currently studying for a MA in Childhood and Youth Practice. I am a mentor for the Havering Early Help Team mentoring service, mentoring children aged 10-17. I have a one child who currently attends another outstanding primary school in Havering. I like yoga, West Ham, labradoodles (I have one called Gus) food and anything Disney related.
Kathy Freeman- Parent Governor
I’m really excited to join the governing body as a parent governor. I currently have two children at Nelmes, with another to follow shortly. I am privileged to now be in a position where I am able to hold the school to account and help shape the future direction of the school. The school environment is warm and welcome, and my children love coming to school. I currently work in Local Government as a Finance Director so I have an in depth understanding of the challenges, demands and potential opportunities facing the school in the next coming years. I look forward to working closely with the Head and the governing body.
Sue Godwin- Co-opted Governor
I have lived within close proximity of the school for 20 years and been a school Governor since 2008 when my daughter joined the Reception class at Nelmes. Initially a Parent Governor, I became a Co opted Governor when she moved on to senior school in 2015. With 23 years of experience in high street banking (before having a 5 year maternity leave break) I have spent the past 9 years running my own childcare recruitment company. I find am able to use these backgrounds regularly in the role of school Governor and in addition to attending every full Governing body meeting, I am also on the committees for Finance, Buildings and Curriculum, meeting monthly with the Head Teacher to discuss the issues affecting the day to day running of the school.
Gill Goss- Safeguarding Governor
I have been a Governor at Nelmes Primary School now for 8 years, initially as a Parent Governor and now as a Co-opted Governor. My roles on the Governing Body include being the Safeguarding, On-line safety and Looked after children Governor as well as sitting on a number of committees which meet monthly. I bring to the role skills and knowledge acquired during 30 years working in the NHS and I currently work in the local community as a Specialist Nurse for people with Multiple Sclerosis. I have been fortunate to have had two children pass through Nelmes and know from personal experience the high standard of education the school provides, giving its pupils a solid foundation to build on as they move through their education career. As part of a strong and effective governing body I feel confident that Nelmes remains an outstanding school. In my role as governor I will continue to support the senior leadership team through the challenges and demands in the future.
Sarah Jenkins- Parent Governor
I have been involved with Nelmes primary school since 2008 when my son started in reception, my daughter then followed suit in 2011. I have been a parent Governor for nearly 5 years, I was previously on the PTA helping raise valuable funds to support our children at Nelmes. I still help out with the PTA whenever possible. Prior to parenthood I worked for nearly 20 years in the city of London in the Insurance Industry. I am currently self-employed running my own curtain making/soft furnishing business. I feel very privileged to be a governor at Nelmes and be part of a strong Governing body and leadership team, that will shape our children’s lives for years to come.
Julie Oberheim- Children in Care Governor
I have been a governor for the past 8 years. I was a manager of a travel agent for 15 years which allows me to be a good team leader but also have the confidence and ability to work within groups. As well, this allows me to be able to work with money & accounts and work with the public effectively. I became a governor as both of my children attended Nelmes and I wanted to be able to give something back to the school and support children. In addition, I was on the PTA for a few years so I already had experience and knowledge with how the school worked before I joined the board of governors.
All Governors may be contacted via the school office