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The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding. The Governing Body has three main roles: to provide strategic direction for the school; to act as a critical friend to the headteacher and to work with the headteacher and staff to ensure that the school delivers a good quality education.

At Russet House School we have a very able and committed Governing Body who give their time and expertise in assisting the headteacher and staff in the running of our school.

Anyone interested in being a governor would not need to have any particular academic qualifications, but they would need an interest in education and the issues affecting our children. You would also need to be able to give up some of your time to dedicate to duties which would include issues involving premises, staffing, finance, parents meetings and pupils. Governors are very important to the school and they would be expected to ask questions and support the Headteacher and other governors in the running of the school. The LA provides training through the Governor Training Service, which is paid for by the school, for anyone accepted as a governor. This training would be held in the evening so there would be no bar to those working full time.

Members of the governing body are:

Caroline Davies LA Governor Chair
Gilly Taylor


Ann Goldstein Co-opted Governor Vice Chair
Graham Kilwin Staff Governor
Lorraine White Co-opted Governor
Seema Islam Parent Governor
Karen Bence Co-opted Governor
Andrew Miller Co-opted Governor
Tee Richards Parent Governor

Caroline Davies

Caroline has been an Enfield Governor for 5 years at a mainstream primary school and was Chair of Governors for 4 years.  She is a Magistrate sitting on the North London Bench, and is also a Trustee of Attigo Academy in Enfield.  She worked for over 30 years as a corporate lawyer in global companies.  Caroline enjoys studying and reading history, gardening and Pilates.

Ann Goldstein

Ann has been a Community Governor since 2003 and is the Vice-Chair, Chair of the Standards, Targets and Assessment Committee (STAC)  and is also on the Pay Committee. She is a Speech and Language Therapist in Haringey and has a particular interest  in autism and working in schools with children who have communication needs.

Lorraine White

Lorraine White has been a Teaching Assistant in the school since  2009 and a Staff Governor since 2014.  Lorraine is on the STAC Committee and is also on the Committee of the Friends of Russet House School.    Lorraine is very involved in the school community and has a particular interest in creating imaginative displays of the children's work around school. She also enjoys developing active games to play with the pupils in break times.   

 Seema Islam

Seema Islam has been a Parent Governor since 2012 and is on the Standards, Targets and Assessment Committee (STAC)  and is also on the Pay Committee. Seema is on the committees of both ENAS (Enfield National Autistic Society) and Our Voice (Enfield parent forum for children with disabilities and their families). She is also currently studying for a M.Ed. Special Education: Autism (Children) at Birmingham University

Graham Kilwin

To be updated

Karen Bence

To be updated

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller was co-opted to the governing body in September 2018 and is the lead governor for teaching and learning. Prior to his retirement Andrew’s teaching career spanned 30 years working in both mainstream and special education. Posts Andrew held included Assistant Headteacher for community links at Russet House School and Acting Deputy Head of Enfield Advisory Service for Autism.He is now an independent educational consultant and author specialising in autism. Andrew has also completed a masters degree in autism (children) at the University of Birmingham. 

Tee Richards

To be updated


For details of Governors’ attendance at meetings 2018 – 2019 please click here


Register of Business Interest 2018-19

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Minutes of Meetings