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Our school governors have oversight of the strategic leadership, ethos and curriculum of the school. They represent a range of stakeholders and are appointed for a four-year term of office.


The headteacher and the vicar of St Stephen’s are ex-officio members of the governors.


Gemma White

Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)




I have been a governor at St Stephen’s since 2006. I work as a barrister and specialise in various areas of public law, including the law of education.  When I first became a governor my daughter and son (who are now 20 and 22) were at the school. We live in the local area. Being a governor at St Stephen’s gives me the opportunity to continue to be involved in the life of the school, enjoying the achievements of the children and staff. I particularly enjoy lunch-time supervisor duty at Christmas time.



Hilary Sewell

Vice-chair of Governors (Foundation Governor - LDBS)




I am married to Jem, the Pastor of Westbourne Park Baptist Church, and we have been serving the community here in W2 since 2012. We have 4 children, all of whom have flown the nest .

I head an HR team for a group of 3 independent schools in West London and hope to bring some of my professional knowledge and skills to the role of Governor at St Stephens. I enjoy playing netball, cycling and spending time with my family.



Richard Dryer

Vicar of St Stephen with St Luke, Paddington (Ex-officio)




I am the vicar of St Stephen’s church, Westbourne Park. I have been vicar there and a governor at the school since June 2019. Prior to ordination I worked for 15 years in finance as a Portfolio Manager and then served my curacy at a church in Wimbledon for 4 years. I am married with two primary school aged children. I really enjoy heading into school most Thursday mornings to help lead collective worship. In my spare time I play the French Horn in a local orchestra.



Zeinab Kamara

Parent Governor




I have been a parent governor at St Stephen’s CE Primary School for 5 years now. I am married and blessed with 4 children. They all attended the school but my 3 oldest have moved on to secondary school. I work as a bank administrator for Central and North West London NHS Trust and from October 2018, I started a 3 years undergraduate degree in Human Resources with Management at the Greenwich School of Management.

I am a member of St Stephen’s Church, where I serve on the PCC and church rota. I was happy to take up the role, because it gives me the opportunity to take part in the decision making of the school. My hobbies are cooking, shopping and hanging out with friends.



Oliver Pritchard

Foundation Governor (PCC of St Stephen with St Luke, Paddington)





Anastasiya Chernobay

Co-opted Governor





Pauline Hudson-Evans

Foundation Governor (Paddington Deanery)




It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to be a Governor at this lovely school! Although my home is now in Swiss Cottage, I lived in Westbourne Park for more than 25 years so am very familiar with the neighbourhood.  In my professional life, I am an independent talent acquisition consultant working mostly with brands in the art, interiors, furnishings and homewares sectors. I also have five years’ experience of governorship from another school in the Paddington Deanery so hope I can draw on that to contribute positively to the success of St Stephen’s.  One of my favourite quotes is: ‘Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.’