Meet the Governors

Please see below a few words from the members of The Village School governing body:
Cllr. Sandra M Kabir (LA and Chair)

I have lived and worked abroad for several decades and I am of English-Bangladeshi heritage. My 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren give me much joy. My professional interests are women's rights and empowerment. I have been a Brent Councillor for ten years and a Governor with Grove Park/The Village School since 2007. I am determined that our school continues to maintain the highest standards where all pupils attain their fullest potential.

I am also the Governor Lead for Safeguarding .

 Kay Charles (Chief Executive Officer, Compass Learning Partnership)

 I am honoured to hold the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Compass Learning Partnership Trust. I have been the Headteacher of three special schools over a period of 15 years and being a part of the development of The Village School has been greatest achievement of my professional career. I am always learning from the inspirational Village School community. I contribute years of leadership experience and educational expertise.

I am currently the Chair of The Brent Schools Partnership with over 70 Brent schools who are members and I am also a member of the Brent Local Safeguarding Children Board. This means that I maintain an overview of what is happening in the wider community and what some of the issues are that we need to keep at the forefront of our practice. The Village School name came from a suggestion by a class of pupils and my experience of our governing body confirms my long held belief in our philosophy that, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’.

 Russell Davey (Headteacher)

 I am extremely privileged to be Headteacher at The Village School, a school that has the pupils' progress, inclusion and entitlement at its heart.

At The Village School the welfare, independence and preparation for when our pupils are older are key to the successful outcomes for every pupil.

Hermann Farrington (Deputy Headteacher and associate governor)


 Rajesh Khurana (Parent Governor)

 I was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2015. I applied to become a governor to provide strong support and offer alternate viewpoints to the board. This is to ensure that vocational learning with an emphasis on ‘Life Skills’ continues to the core of TVS to deliver effective education to develop individuals to achieve their maximum potential (whatever that may be).

 I am a Chartered engineer with over 25 years in the rail signalling industry. I have two children of school age, one of whom has Special Educational Needs and attends TVS; this mean I have experience of special needs education from a parent’s perspective.

Link governor for key stage two.


 Nicola Henry (Staff Governor)


Tracy Lynch (Staff Governor)


Paolina Webber (Co-opted Governor)

I am a retired teacher with 37 years’ experience in Brent secondary schools. Alongside teaching French, I was a senior leader with specific responsibility for pastoral care and child protection, and most recently I held the position of Head of Department for Languages and Humanities.

As a Co-opted Governor, I am excited to be able to contribute to TVS by applying my knowledge of the Brent education system, specifically regarding assessment and standards. I am very much looking forward to working with a highly dedicated staff and governing body at TVS that are both clearly making a positive impact on the community and children they serve.
Link governor for EYFS and Key Stage One.
Ayala Lerner (Parent Governor)
My name is Ayala Lerner and I was asked to become a governor in Nov 2018.

I am blessed with two children (now teenagers!). My twelve old daughter attends The Village School and the move from mainstream to the school has been a really positive experience and a great success. She has made excellent progress in her two and a half years of being at TVS. 

My background is in teaching. I have worked in a SEN school for fifteen years. I loved working with my special pupils and gained a tremendous amount from them. They have taught me to be more patient, accepting of others, appreciative, to celebrate even the smallest achievements, warmth and genuine and pure love. 

I am also part of my local steering group called Barnet Parent Carer Forum which is a voice for parents with SEN children and young adults. I attend regular meetings with my local authority on all SEN issues. 

I am a big believer in giving back to society and through my work as a governor of the school and my other roles in the community I hope I can show my appreciation and make a difference.
Link governor for Key Stage Three.
Erica Gbajumo (Co-opted Governor)
My name is Erica Gbajumo and I was co-opted on to the governing body during November 2018. I have lived in the local area for nearly my entire life and have had the privilege of seeing the school undergo such a beautiful transformation.

My professional background is in the legal field, with a particular emphasis in child care law. As such, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge and experience in working towards protecting vulnerable children at risk from abuse. I also have a background in helping young students to study towards their exams as well as being an advocate for young adults.

I am committed to ensuring that our school continues to provide all students with a platform to encourage them to be the best that they can be. 

Cynthia Osei-Owusu

As member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and Awarding Winning Human Resources profession who hosts a show on a DAB radio station. I would relish the opportunity to be part of the governing board because I have a deep passion for supporting and working with The Village School as a governor in achieving goals, taking opportunities and overcoming challenges. 

In my previous role as Head of HR I have developed organisational strategies by identifying and researching human resources issues, as well as given recommendations to the organisational strategic thinking and direction. In addition, with more than a decade worth of Human Resources and Media expertise. I have managed human resources operations by recruiting, selecting, training, coaching, counselling and disciplining staff. 

I use excellent communication skills to elicit listeners on my radio show and have developed strong relationships with key stakeholders in both radio and Human Resources to bring about enhancement in the organisations reputation. I accomplish special project results by identifying and clarifying issues and priorities; this has also demonstrated my strong problem solving capabilities used to mitigate risks and issues, allowing projects to meet deadlines, budgets and objective.

Susan Mohammed (Parent Governor)
Link governor for Finance.