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Governors

School governors have 3 core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent

Our latest Governors’ Statement

Bozena Birt, Chair of Governors, can be contacted directly via email:

Our Full Governing Body meets 4 times a year and then is structured into 4 different committees:

Curriculum and Standards

Children Families and Community

Resources

Pay

Quality of Education

Safeguarding

Behaviour and Attitudes

Personal Development

Leadership and Management

Finance

Premises

Human Resources

Performance Management

For further information about the appointment of each governor and their relevant financial and business interests click here

For Governor attendance, click here.

Meet the Heathmere Governors

Bozena Birt – Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is Boena Birt, current Chair of the Heathmere board of governors. I work full time as an organisation change consultant, with a background in eCommerce, marketing and strategy. As a mother of 2, I am passionate about the role education, particularly primary education, plays in developing our future society. School plays a critical role in supporting the foundations for all children – academic learning and building confidence, as well as developing social and other life skills. As a Putney local, I am pleased to be able to support Heathmere in its continued drive to ever improve what it can offer its students and community.

Bozena Birt – Vice Chair of Governors and Co-opted Governor

Hi, my name is Boena Birt, current Vice Chair of the Heathmere board of governors. I work full time as an organisation change consultant, with a background in eCommerce, marketing and strategy.

As a mother of 2, I am passionate about the role education, particularly primary education, plays in developing our future society. School plays a critical role in supporting the foundations for all children – academic learning and building confidence, as well as developing social and other life skills.

As a Putney local, I am pleased to be able to support Heathmere in its continued drive to ever improve what it can offer its students and community.

Swetha Balachandran – Co-opted Governor

My name is Swetha Balachandran and I am excited to have joined the Heathmere Board of Governors in July 2021 as a financial specialist.

My background is in finance, strategy and development and I have degrees in finance and accounting as well as public affairs. I currently work for the CDC Group which is the UK government’s development finance institution and invests to support private sector growth in the world’s poorest countries. Previously, I have worked at The Global Fund on making health programs in Africa more efficient and the Boston Consulting Group as a management consultant.

I strongly believe in the transformational value of education and am excited to support Heathmere Primary School in its mission to enable all children to achieve their full potential. I draw inspiration from my mother, who as a math teacher and a school headteacher made me aware of the challenges of running a school while creating a great learning environment. I look forward to contributing to the Roehampton school community.

Vacancy – Staff Governor

Hello, my name is Sheena Ramsamy. I am the staff governor at Heathmere Primary School. I have worked at Heathmere for 7 years and I am currently the Year 6 teacher and the co-lead of KS2.

I am proud to be part of the governing body as our school community is always working hard to support the children with their learning. It is fantastic to see how much the school has developed over the years. I am keen to contribute further as a governor and work together with the community to develop the children's lifelong skills and provide memorable experiences for our pupils.

Quratul Aen Rana – Parent Governor


 

Tatiana Dobreva – Parent Governor

My name is Tatiana Dobreva and I’m a member of the Children, Families and Community committee at Heathmere.

I work full time as a Senior Library Assistant for Wandsworth Libraries and I work directly with children and young adults. I have one child in year 3 in the school. I believe that this gives me a unique perspective and will help me to be a vital part of the team.

I'm a direct person, who believes that our differences should unite us for a better future for our children. I understand what a big responsibility it is to teach young minds and I will do anything in my power to help our children, families and school staff.

Asma Adeel – Parent Governor

My name is Asma Munawar and I have been a parent governor at Heathmere School since 2018. I am mother of three children, two of which currently attend Heathmere.

I am a Biomedical Science graduate BSC(HON) and am multilingual. Since my daughters joined Heathmere I have seen a huge improvement in there learning due to the support they have received from the staff. As mother I need to be aware of the various educational and non-educational needs of the children, Heathmere School has given me that opportunity to achieve this and support children of this community.

As governors it is our duty to support staff, parents and children’s alike and listen to their views to help them achieve their goals and ambitions. I am really pleased to be a part of the Heathmere journey.

Alan Paul – Chair of the Resources Committee and Co-opted Governor

I am Alan Paul, appointed a governor in 2017. I also serve on the Resources Committee.

I am married with 4 grown-up children. My work is now as a business coach and consultant, having had my main career as a lawyer.

Being new to the world of education, I am struck by the challenges the community faces to care for and realise the true potential of each of its children. Heathmere puts the children first, and its excellent values are evident every day through every activity.

I am glad to have the chance to work with the Heathmere team as they work with parents to meet the challenges.

I am looking forward to meeting as many parents as possible.

Robin Das Gupta – Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee and Co-opted Governor

I am Robin DasGupta and have been a governor since 2017. I chair the Curriculum and Standards Committee. I have served as a teacher, Assistant Headteacher and now a Deputy Headteacher in other London schools and hope that my involvement in education brings the necessary experience to challenge and support the school.

Heathmere benefits from having a strong, caring and ambitious team. The school combines a passion for high standards with a caring ethos and it truly is a central part of the local community. I look forward to meeting all members of the school community.

Freya Guinness – Chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee, Safeguarding Governor and Co-opted Governor

My name is Freya Guinness and I am Chair of the Children, Families and Community committee at Heathmere.

I work full time as a Civil Servant and my background is in business planning and organisational change. I have 3 grown up children who were all at Primary School in Wandsworth. I have been a Governor at Heathmere for 15 years and was Chair of Governors from 2011 to 2019. It is both a big responsibility and a real privilege to be able to be a Governor at Heathmere, it’s our job to support and challenge the school to do its very best for the pupils and ensure that it’s a place where pupils want to come and learn and where staff want to work.

Together we, as a Governing Body, and the staff have a real ambition for Heathmere, I have seen the school develop enormously during my time as Governor and am proud to have been part of that journey. One of the important things a Governing Body does is to listen to the views of the whole school community – staff, pupils and parents – so if there is anything you want to raise with me you can get in touch via the school office or using my email Freya.Guinness@yahoo.com.

Oliver Wheatley – Co-opted Governor

My name is Oliver Wheatley.


I graduated from the University of York with a degree in History in 2013. In 2014, I joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and was placed in a school in west London. In 2016, I moved to Radnor House, Twickenham, where I was promoted to be Head of History & Politics in addition to running the gifted and talented programme.

In 2019, I joined King’s College School, Wimbledon, as deputy head of History, where I have helped guide the department through the exceptional challenges of the past few years. During my holidays, I have undertaken internships to broaden my understanding of education, including at the Department for Education and Seneca
Learning, an online education platform.

Having worked across both the state and independent sectors, and with a keen interest in education policy, I have developed a good understanding of the challenges and opportunities schools face in the current moment. I also believe deeply in the central role primary schools can play in transforming the lives of young people and in properly preparing them to thrive in secondary education and beyond.

Emma Lewis – Headteacher

I have been the Headteacher at Heathmere Primary School since January 2013. I grew up locally and taught in Sutton, Birmingham and Sandwell before coming to Heathmere.
I led the school's journey from Requiring Improvement to Good while honouring a commitment to build a sustainable model of school improvement for the children and community of Roehampton.
My core values are respect, equality and fairness and I strive to lead in this way, ensuring every child at Heathmere has a wide range of experiences that will support them in their future lives.

Vacancy – Co-opted Governor

Vacant

Vacancy – LA Governor

Vacant

Jane Dowek – Clerk

TBC