Our Governing Body is responsible for ensuring that our School conforms with the legal guidelines laid down by Parliament and the Local Education Authority (LEA).

Together with the professionals in school we share responsibility for:

  • The school’s standards
  • Its value for money
  • Its proper management
  • Its fairness in dealing with its staff and pupils
  • Its communication with parents and the public
  • Our responsibility is for overall policy. The day-to-day business of organising children’s learning and of managing time, space, staff and resources is for the professional team led by the headteacher.

Individual governors have no power; the authority we have comes from working together as a governing body. With the professional staff at our school we try to provide the best possible education for all the children.

The governing body must ensure that in delivering its responsibilities, it promotes and safeguards the welfare of children.

Our School Governing Body consists of:

Our Head Teacher
One Teacher Governor – elected by their colleagues
Parent Governors – elected by parental ballot
One LA Governor – appointed by the LA, nominated by the main political parties
Three Community (Co-opted) Governors – elected by the Governors listed above, from the local community

The Governors act through a series of committees. Minutes of their meetings are available for all to read. Please ask in the school office. Additionally the Governors produce an Annual Report for Parents, which is presented for discussion at a meeting to which all Parents are warmly invited.

Our Governors

Chair – Robin Clark (Parent Governor)

Vice Chair – Parag Vaghjiani (Co-opted Governor)

LA Governor – Golnar Bokaei

Parent Governor – Naser Godarzi

Staff Governor – Lisa Walker (Headteacher)

Staff Governor – Davina Tunkel (Deputy Headteacher)

Co-opted Governors:

Jonathan Spalter

Douglas Blausten

Associate Member – Susan Swinburne



Robin Clark – Chair of Governors

I have been a parent governor since November 2013 and now have two children at the school.  It has been a great experience and I have learnt a lot about what it takes to run such a successful school.

I am a retailer by profession, working in blue chip organisations in their buying and selling divisions.  I use this experience to help think about the school budget and how we can use our scarce resources to their best effect.  I also have experience in managing large teams of people and am keen that we create a great working environment at Courtland.


Parag Vaghjiani – Vice Chair of Governors

Parag Vaghjiani is a UK Civil Servant, currently working on the free schools programme in the Department for Education. He joined the Courtland Primary School Governing Body as a parent governor in Spring 2016. He has had over 10 years of experience of working in central government, mainly in education, but he has also worked at No10 Downing Street and the Department for Work and Pensions. He is a maths graduate from Imperial College. He has a number of interests outside of work, including sport and travel. He is married with two young children, and they both attend Courtland Primary.



Jonathan Spalter, FCA, LLB

I have been a Governor at Courtland since 2007, initially as a Parent Governor but now as a Community Governor. I have lived in Mill Hill most of my life and serving as a Governor gives me an excellent way of involving myself in the local community and in education in particular.

Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant specialising in tax, mostly working within businesses to support compliance, minimise risk and enhance value for a range of stakeholders. I use this commercial experience within Courtland by serving on the General Purpose sub-committee which reviews budgets and financial processes.

I enjoy running, squash and tennis