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Courtland Governing Body

Instrument of Government

Minutes from meetings 2021-22

Minutes from meetings 2020-21

Our Governors

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:

Laura Keegan

Joanie Adler (Joint Vice Chair)

Alexis Goldfarb (Joint Vice Chair)

Associate Member – Susan Swinburne

Parag Vaghjiani– Chair of Governors

Mr P Vaghjiani(1)

My name is Parag Vaghjiani, and I am Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. I have two children at Courtland Primary School. I have worked in the Civil Service for nearly 20 years, having numerous roles across Government, most of them in Department for Education. I have worked at No10 in the policy unit for the Prime Minister, and I am currently working in HM Treasury. I have a broad array of skills, including in finance, leadership and management.


Naser Godarzi - Parent Governor


My name is Naser Godarzi. I was elected as parent governor in 2019. I have two children in the school. It is great to be able to help this great school to run successfully.
I’m a dentist by profession and have over 20 years of experience in healthcare. I have my own clinic and am used to day to day difficulties of running a business. Working and caring for people has always been the central point of my work. So when the opportunity came to join the governing body,  it was an easy choice.

Laura Keegan - Governor

Laura Keegan Governor
My name is Laura Keegan and I have recently had the pleasure of joining the Governing Body at Courtland School.  
I have been a primary school teacher for 12 years and I am currently the Assistant Headteacher of another primary school within the London Borough of Barnet. As a teacher, I am absolutely passionate about providing pupils with the best education they can get and believe that every child should receive the same opportunities for success.  I hope that my experience in education can bring something useful and positive to the Governing Body at Courtland. ​
Outside of school, I also enjoy music, playing both the guitar and the piano and I also enjoy running. 

Susan Swinburne - Associate Member


My name is Susan Swinburne. I joined Courtland Primary School in 1999 as Year 2 Class Teacher and became a staff Governor in 2001.

I went on to become Deputy Headteacher and retired in 2018.

I am now an Associate Member of the Governing Body. With my teaching experience and knowledge of the school, I am committed to supporting the GB and Headteacher in taking the school forward and achieving the best possible outcomes for all of the children at Courtland.

Aside from School Governor I enjoy travelling, singing with Rock Choir, swimming, walking, reading and spending time with my family. I have two children and two grandchildren for whom I am carer two days a week.

Joanie Adler - Joint Vice Chair

Joanie Adler

I am a mum of three and an Education Consultant specialising in the primary - secondary transfer. I ensure all year 6 students find the right school to thrive in and reach their potential. I am a former Secondary School teacher and Head of Department for Latin and Classics. I have 12 years teaching experience and am always striving to better education. I am also a proud member of the Mill Hill Community Forum, giving me the reach to help my community thrive and prosper for the future.

Alexis Goldfarb - Joint Vice Chair

Alexis Goldfarb

Alexis Goldfarb is Senior Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant for Northern Trust EMEA. As part of the Global Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Alexis leads the design and delivery of key DE&I programmes related to recruitment, retention and development across the region. Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2019, Alexis was Diversity and Inclusion Executive for Herbert Smith Freehills and has held a number of roles across the legal sector. Alexis holds a BA in Business Management and Human Resource Management and is a qualified mental health first aider. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Women in Asset Servicing Network, a network aimed to support gender parity within the Asset Servicing Industry.  

Golnar Bokaei LA Governor

Golna Governor photo(1)
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