George Carey School Governors

The role of the Governing Body is to evaluate provision at the school and review the impact that school actions have on outcomes for children. They also ensure that the school is compliant with statutory requirements set out by the Department for Education and that appropriate financial standards are met. Ofsted makes a judgement about the effectiveness a governing body and this contributes to the overall grade for leadership and management within an Ofsted inspection. Governors also have specific roles and attend a variety of meetings outside the Full Governing Body meeting. They are divided into sub-committees which scrutinise and evaluate specific aspects of provision.

Governors meet at least once every term in a Full Governing Body meeting to review all over provision where they also receive a report from the Headteacher on school performance and discuss Local Authority reports.

George Carey Govenor Profiles


Mrs Alexandra Seaford is Senior ARP Teacher at George Carey C of E Primary school, and serves on the Governing Body in the capacity of Teacher Governor.

A Teacher for 29 years, (including SLT and Leadership positions) she brings experience to the Governing body.

With a Postgraduate Certificate in both Inclusion and Autism, Mrs Seaford is able to advocate for the wide range of pupils who attend the school.

Alex Seaford

Hello my name is Barbara Fletcher,

I have taught in schools in Barking and Havering for 20 years. I then retired as a DHT (Deputy Head Teacher)

I also was a magistrate for 14 years.

I have served as a governor at George Carey Primary School since 2013 and I am also on the school Curriculum & Standards Committee and the Finance /Staffing & Health & Safety Committee.

Kind regards

Barbara Fletcher

Mr Chris Harrison serves on the Governing Body of George Carey School in his capacity as Headteacher. He brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise. He has been a successful headteacher in two North London schools as well as working for the Learning Trust in the borough of Hackney as a School Improvement Officer.

Mr Harrison has been headteacher at George Carey School since December 2010 before the school opened.

I am Rev Chris Chambers and I’m the Team Vicar of Christ Church Thames View in the Barking Team. George Carey School is in our parish and I’m delighted that the school has a clear ‘Christian distinctiveness’ while at the same time being a community school and enabling the education of all pupils of different faiths and of no faith.

I am very proud to be a Governor of this thriving school. Whenever I have visited I have always been very impressed by both the learning focussed atmosphere and the enthusiasm and commitment of the teachers.

Hello my name is Fatuma Nalule. I am a parent governor at the school. I am a mother of 3 children that attend George Carey School and I run a community organisation called Triangoals as a director.

My aim is to working closely with the school and to build good positive relationships with both parents and the community alike. I am committed to achieving excellence throughout our school and for the good of all the children.

Matthew has been a school governor at George Carey since January 2014. He is chairman of the Finance, Staffing, Premises and Health and Safety Committee that meets each term. Matthew works in the City of London and holds a senior position in the finance department of Deutsche Bank. He lives in Barking and worships at St Patrick’s Church. He is currently undergoing training as a Licensed Lay Minister within the Chelmsford Diocese.


Matthew Harding

Maureen Young is a qualified teacher who has worked in a number of mainstream schools as well as teaching in a school for the hearing impaired. Experienced in a number of leadership roles within schools including Deputy and Headteacher, she also worked abroad in Columbia and works as an Educational Consultant.

Maureen Young

Having worked in education all my life, I am pleased to join the governing body of George Carey CE Primary School as an associate governor. Schools face challenging times as they become more autonomous and I am committed to supporting our thriving school as a focal point of the community and in as a place of high expectations and ambition for all of our young children within its distinctively Christian setting. I bring a range of skills and understandings about school improvement and effective teaching.

Stephen Noon

I am an elected parent governor, Cultural Education Governor, Training and Liaison Governor and member of the Christian Distinctiveness and Community Committee.

I am also a mother of two children aged 6 and 8 that attend George Carey School.

My detailed bio:


Founder director of RMA Riverside Muslim Association.

Founder director of Riverside Wellness CIC (does different social engagement & wellbeing projects for the diverse community)

Cultural connector of CBD creative Barking & Dagenham(member of steering group, commission panels, chairing and leading festivals and events in the borough)

Chair of Barking & Dagenham Faith Forum.

Steering group member of Safeguarding Children at Scotland Yard.


And in short: Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Activist, Collaborator, Curator, Director, Nutritionist, Sundry.


Khushnood Ahmed

My name is Richard Southall and I have worked for L&Q in many different roles for the past 13 years, but more recently I became the Assistant Director for Barking Riverside.

I am a father of four children and can appreciate the importance of a child’s school years, particularly the foundations they build whilst at primary school and for this reason I feel very privileged to have been asked to act as a Governor for George Carey School.  I am a very dedicated and reliable person and I can assure you that during my time as School Governor, however long that may be, I will always act in the best interest of the staff and the pupils. 

May I take this opportunity to thank the staff I have already met for making me feel so welcome and I look forward to meeting many more of you in the future.

Richard Southall

Hi – I’m Sharon White and I am a parent governor for George Carey School.

My son attended in Year 6 and thrived in the school. He has since moved on to Secondary school.

I have been working in education as a secondary school teacher for 20 years and have specialised in working with pupils with SEN (special educational needs) and SEMH (social, emotional and mental health) difficulties.  During my teaching career, I was fortunate to have progressed into middle management (co-ordinator for PSHE, Emotional Literacy and SEAL). I then went on to complete a NPSQL qualification in Succeeding in Senior Leadership. My career culminated in my appointment as Head of a Pupil Referral Unit. I was part of the team that ensured our provision was graded GOOD by OFSTED.

I also enjoy writing emotional literacy resources and creating apps.

As governor – my focus is on Inclusion & SEN. I hope to bring my experience to the governing body to ensure an inclusive approach to all pupils.

Sharon White

I have been married to Francesca for nearly 30 years with a daughter 25 and twin sons of 22 years old.  I have been Managing Director of a small business for approximately 25 years following a banking career in London.  I have been on the governing body at a local secondary school initially as a parent governor then foundation governor for nearly 10 years.

Kind regards

Bob Hoggett

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