What is a Governing Body?

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, and ultimately to ensure that the school can be as successful as possible.

Our Governing Body works in close partnership with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School, staff and the local authority. Whilst the Executive Headteacher and Head of School are, of course, responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. 

The Structure of Our Governing Body is:

1 Staff Governor, 6 Co-opted Governors, 1 Local Authority Governor, 5 Parent Governors, the Head of School and the Executive Headteacher.

The standard term of office for a Governor is four years. The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The Chair of Governors is Dr Steffan Kennett who can be contacted via the school office.

Click here to find the Governing Body 'Instrument of Government'

Our Committee Structure

Much of the work of the Governing Body is done by committees.  At Bangabandhu, we have the following committees:

  • Human Resources and Safeguarding Committee

Terms of Reference for the Human Resources and Safeguarding Committee

  • Curriculum and Standards Committee

Terms of Reference for the Curriculum and Standards Committee

  • Finance and Premises Committee

Terms of Reference for the Finance and Premises Committee

What is a Governor's Role?

Our Governors are the strategic leaders of our school and have a vital role to play in ensuring every child gets the best possible education.

Core Strategic Functions

Governing bodies have a strong focus on three strategic functions.  They are:

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

Setting Strategic Direction

The Governing Body is the key strategic decision making body of our school. It is their role to set the school's strategic framework and to ensure all statutory duties are met.

Our Governing Body ensures that we have a medium and long-term vision for our future - and ensures that there is a robust strategy in place for achieving this vision.

Holding the Headteacher to Account

Our Governing Body works to support and strengthen the leadership of the Executive Head Teacher and hold her to account for the day-to-day running of the school, including the performance management of teachers.

Governing bodies should play a strategic role and avoid routine involvement in operational matters. It should focus strongly on holding the Head Teacher to account for exercising her professional judgement in these matters and of all other duties.

Overseeing the Financial Performance of the School

Our Governing Body is responsible for making sure the school's money is well spent. They do this by making sure that they have at least one governor with specific skills and experience of financial matters, and by asking questions such as:

  • Are we allocating our resources in line with our strategic priorities?
  • Are we making full use of all our assets, and efficient use of all our financial resources?
  • How do we compare with similar schools?
  • How can we get better value for money from our budget?

DfE Governance Handbook - January 2017 Update

Here are some useful Governing Body related documents:

List of Initials, Acronyms and Abbreviations Commonly Used in Education

A Competency Framework for Governance

Governor Hub

Governor Hub User Guide

How to Declare Business Interests on Governor Hub

Governor Welcome & Induction 

Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 - Part 2

NGA Learning Link Registration

Meet our Governors

Kaye Egerton - Staff Governor

I am a Teaching Assistant working primarily with children with special educational needs, but I spend a lot of my time in the classroom. I have worked at the school for 8 years – I initially started as agency cover but I enjoyed the school environment so much that I was very pleased to take on a permanent role when one arose. Before Bangabandhu I worked with children in a wide range of settings, including early years education, over many years, which I feel sometimes gives me a helpful perspective.

Although my children are now grown up, I remember how important it was for them to have positive experiences at school, so I want to help make sure that everyone gets the opportunities they need to thrive. This is why I am proud that Bangabandhu is a rights-respecting school, and I have enjoyed seeing how children’s voices are heard within the school.

I was keen to take on a position as a staff governor in order to play a role in preserving and improving the positive environment the school provides, as I strongly believe that children need to feel happy and listened to in order to be able to learn.

Dr. Steffan Kennett – Parent Governor. Chair of Governing Body. Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee.

I am the (usually) enthusiastic dad to two Bangabandhu children, with my oldest first joining the school in 2010.

I have been a Co-opted Governor of the school since 2nd October 2017. I have a special interest in Science and ICT education at our school. I am a scientist in the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology and am a lecturer at the University of Essex. After family, science and teaching, I also love sport. I am a keen runner and take part in the London Marathon most years.

As a governor, and a parent, I am keen to see Bangabandhu succeed and to play my part in helping that happen. Its staff work hard to give our kids an excellent education, in an inclusive environment. In all schools, this is a team effort. So, staff need the support of its governors and parents to achieve this. 


Dami Ayeko - Co-Opted Governor


Anwar Miah - Parent Governor

I have two children who attend Bangabandhu School, and I am very pleased to be a parent governor at this school. As a parent, I value education highly, and would like to work with all the governors and staff of Bangabandhu.

I will do my very best to take an active role in the life of the school community and for the future development of the school.

I offer support and give advice to the school, and be supportive and willing to work as a team. I hope I am an asset to our school, dedicating my time to be an active school governor, with the aim of raising and maintaining high educational standards for all children.


Anne Appelbaum - Co-Opted Governor - Chair of Finance & Premises Committee

I’ve lived in the local neighbourhood for almost 20 years and have been a co-opted governor at Bangabandhu for several years now. I am Vice-Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee.

I work at Arts Council England and care passionately about supporting the creative lives of children where they live, go to school and play. I’m proud of Bangabandhu’s Rights Respecting status. Every school should be a place of equality and tolerance with full recognition of the rights of children, including the right to take part in cultural and artistic activities.

My family enjoys playing in Victoria Park, spending time in museums and galleries and making our own music and art. 


Cathy Phillips - Co-Opted Governor - Chair of Human Resources & Safeguarding Committee & SEND Link Governor

 I came to Tower Hamlets over 40 years ago as a primary school teacher. I became a headteacher in a Bow school and then moved to open Bangabandhu as a new school. I retired in 2008 and became a governor at Globe School. I am delighted to return to Bangabandhu as a governor as the school means so much to me. I have a particular interest in Special Educational Needs and the arts.


Kabir Miah - Vice Chair of Human Resources & Safeguarding Committee & Safeguarding Link Governor


A Deputy Headteacher in a Tower Hamlets Secondary School, I have over 20 years' experience in working in education, the last ten of which have been in our borough.

As an English graduate, teacher and parent, I realise the key power that literacy, alongside numeracy has in improving the life chances of our young people.

Consequently, when the opportunity came along to serve as a Local Authority appointed governor at a forward-looking school such as Bangabandhu, I was delighted to join the school community.


Salim Ullah - Co-Opted Governor

James Mack - Co-Opted Governor & Health and Safety Link Governor

 “I have been a co-opted governor at Bangabandhu Primary School since July 2018. I work as a lawyer in Stratford and live nearby with my husband and dog. Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym, reading and catching up with friends.

I first got to know the school through Bangabanhdu’s lunchtime chess club, which was organised by my previous workplace and a local charity. I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the children and teachers and the vibrant learning environment. Although I’ve since moved jobs, I’m pleased to be able to stay involved with the school as a governor.

Over the last few years I’ve been privileged to witness at first hand the commitment of all the staff and parents to Bangabandhu flourishing as a great school for the local community. I aim to do what I can as a governor to see that happen. Please say hello if you see my around the school!”


Martin Tune CBE - Co-Opted Governor

I currently work as an Education Consultant in Tower Hamlets, Haringey and Cambridge.  I previously worked in Tower Hamlets as a Primary School Headteacher for 23 years. 

Whilst working as a Headteacher I worked in several national initiatives including the national strategies for English and Maths and worked as a local and national leader of education.

I am pleased to support Bangabandhu as a  governor and I am especially please to work with the school at this exciting stage of its development.  


Jennifer Devlin - Co-Opted Governor

I first became involved with Bangabandhu Primary School through the Junior Journalist programme offered to Year Six pupils.  I loved volunteering with the children each week and seeing them grow and development over the course of each year.  So I was delighted to able to contribute more to the school through becoming a Co-opted Governor in November 2019. 

I went to school in Australia, New Zealand and Denmark so it is very interesting to learn how British schooling works. 

I have lived in London since 2012 (currently in Peckham) and work in the City as a financial services lawyer. 


Saira Begum - Parent Governor


Ala Uddin Bhuiyan - Parent Governor

My aim is to engage with  the community more closely, learn and share ideas.
Academic education: 15 years.
Working experience: 10+ years.
Language speak: English, Bangla, Portuguese, Hindi.
Writing skills: English intermediate level, Bangla advanced level, Portuguese Basic.
Reading: English, Bangla, Portuguese.

Shajeda Khanom - Parent Governor

I have been part of and also the head of FOBS  (Friends of Bangabandhu) and am committed to help improve the school. I have organised and helped arrange many fund raising events at the school. I have also taken part in the Early Words programme at school to help children who would benefit from some extra help aswell as help support parents with their children's learning.

I run my own business along with my partner and have my food hygiene certificates and am very organised and methodical. I also run my own little baking business and am confident in the use of social media which could be beneficial for the school.

I have a good relationship with the teachers and parents alike and feel I would fit this role very well. I would love to see the school start to fund raise more and already have experience of this, and lastly this position is something I would enjoy doing and would give me great satisfaction.


Governing Body Register of Business Interests

Name of Governor

Governor in another

educational establishment

Declaration of any

relevant business interests

Declaration of any

relationships between Governor and

school staff

Kaye Egerton NO NONE NONE
Steffan Kennett NO NONE NONE
Cathy Philips YES - Globe Primary School NONE NONE
Mays Bakizada  NO NONE NONE
Jennifer Devin  NO  YES -Solicitors Regulation Authority NONE
Salim Ullah YES - Swanlea Secondary School

YES - Sylhet Sadar Association (trustree)

Bangabandhu Porishod UK (trustree)

Anne Appelbaum



Saira Khan



Marie Maxwell

YES - Globe Primary School


Martin Tune

YES - Woolmore Primary & 

Cherry Trees School.


Consultant for Tower Hamlets 

Education Partnership (THEP)

Ala Uddin Bhuiyan



Shajeda Khanom




Governing Body - Term of Office & Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings

Name Category of Governor Term of office start date

Term of office end date

Attendance at Meetings 2020/2021

Cathy Philips Co-Opted 23rd September 2019 22nd September 2023 6/6
Steffan Kennett Co-Opted 2nd October 2017 1st October 2021 6/6
Anwar Miah Parent 26th July 2016 25th July 2020 4/6
Kaye Egerton Staff 15th July 2019 14th July 2023 4/6
Saira Khan Parent  2nd March 2021 1st March 2025 2/3
Anne Appelbaum Co-Opted 17th May 2018 16th May 2022 4/6
Marie Maxwell Headteacher 8th February 2019 8th February 2023 6/6
Dami Ayeko Co-Opted 7th December 2020 6th December 2024 5/5
Jennifer Devin  Co-Opted 18th November  2019 17th November  2023 5/6
Kabir Miah Local authority 24th July 2018 23rd July 2022 4/6
Salim Ullah Co-Opted 13th February 2019 12th February 2023 3/6
James Mack Co-Opted 24th September 2018 23rd September 2022 6/6
Martin Tune Co-Opted 19th November 2018 18th November 2022 6/6
Ala Uddin Bhuyian Parent 15th October 2021 14th October 2025 N/A
Shajeda Khanom Parent 19th November 2021 18th November 2025 N/A

Governing Body Meetings, Minutes and Visits

The full Governing Body meets six times each year and each committee meets 3 to 4 times per year.  Agendas are prepared in advance and minutes of each meeting are taken. 

Minutes are not published on the school website due to confidential items contained therein.  Copies of minutes can be requested through the school office.

Governors visit the school on a regular basis in order that they can see school improvement actions at first hand.  This is one of the methods they use to evaluate the impact of our school development plan.  A report is written following each Governor visit. 

Governors solicit the views of parents through their annual parent questionnaire.  Outcomes from these questionnaires are found on the ‘Parent View ‘page of this website.

Each July the Governing Body holds an Annual General Meeting for parents where they report on the progress of the school.  Please click the links below for the Chair’s annual letter to parents. 

Chair of Governors Letter to Parents July 2019

Chair of Governors Letter to Parents July 2018