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Manford Primary School


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

Our Governing Body has undertaken a process of audit to ensure that members are able to provide the support and challenge required to support our improvement agenda. All our Governors are fully vetted.

March 2023

Chair of Governors - Co-opted - Mandy Roberts 

Vice Chair - LA - Damon Last

Parent Governors - Rebecca Ayres and Bik Wa Lee

Co-opted Governor - Mariam Mayet

Co-opted Governor - Noah Swinden

Co-opted Governor - Vacancy

Co-opted Governor - Ellen Matheson-Harley

Staff Governor - Gail Allaway

Headteacher - Julie Donnelly

Clerk to the Governing Body - Carolyn McLeish

Governors can be contacted through the school office


Mandy Roberts- Chair of Governing Body

I have had the privilege of being a Governor and also Chair at Manford Primary School since November 2019. I believe a child's early years are the foundation for their future development and became a School Governor because I wanted to work with the Head Teacher and Leadership Team at Manford and ensure the children are provided with a strong base for lifelong learning and have an excellent educational experience.

In my professional career, I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD and have over 20 years of People Management experience, having worked within both the financial and regulatory sectors.

I hope to use the skills that I have acquired throughout my professional career within the Governing Body, by supporting the school and its pupils.  My aim is to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and every child’s education and play an active role in helping the school to go from strength to strength.      

Rebecca Ayres

I am a parent governor and have one child at Manford primary. As well as mummy duties I work in a large private company in the city. I wanted to join the board to use my skills to support the school and all pupils and families in the local community. I believe education is key to getting the very best out of all our children and aim to help the school in achieving their vision.

Damon Last

I started as a parent governor for an Outstanding school in Essex for two years before joining Manford Primary’s governing board as Vice Chair in July 2017. I work for Redbridge Council as the manager of a team that supports Redbridge schools with data and IT, with over fifteen years’ experience. I will use my knowledge and links with the local authority to provide any advice and guidance that the school needs. My goal is to help the school to achieve an Outstanding Ofsted rating where every pupil can reach their full potential and leave with happy memories of their time at Manford Primary.

Mariam Mayet 

The opportunity to join Manford’s governing body is one I was keen to undertake. I have been a teacher for 14 years now; throughout my career I have been a Head of Department, Head of Year and most recently I have been appointed as a Director of Sixth Form. Working with young people has been inspirational, with a teachers’ role going far beyond academic education- a teacher plays a crucial role is helping their students to develop as responsible young people, realising their potential and building a set of skills and qualities which allow them to be successful well beyond their school journey. 

Prior to joining the teaching profession, I was employed by the Children's Commissioner, a body that works closely with the government to ensure we, as a country, are putting the rights of children at the forefront of all our political and legal decisions. Every child matters, and even more important than this is that every child knows they matter; and my colleagues and I on the Governing Body will ensure that every child at Manford matters and knows that they matter. 

Ellen Matheson Harley 

I became a co-opted governor of Manford Primary School in November 2019.  I believe that education is a social leveller and that every child is entitled to a good standard of education.  On visiting Manford I was struck by the positive energy and feel of the school.

I live and work in the borough.  As a Solicitor of many years with the Local Authority, I have considerable knowledge and skills that I can use to assist the Governing Body in its role to be a critical friend to the School.  The ultimate goal is to make Manford an outstanding school and a school of choice for parents. 

Attendance at meetings 2021/22

Click the links below to see attendance at Governors meetings for the academic years 2018-2019, 2017 - 2018 and 2016 - 2017.

Declarations of Pecuniary Interests 2021/2022

Please see below for governors that have declared pecuniary interests for the current academic year:

Damon Last

Is employed by Redbridge LA 

Ellen Matheson-Harley

Is employed by Redbridge LA