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
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Gemma White

Chair of Governors (Local Authority Governor)

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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 19 and 21) 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.

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Hilary Sewell

Vice-chair of Governors (Foundation Governor - LDBS)

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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.

Zeinab Kamara
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Zeinab Kamara

Parent Governor

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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.

John Hayward
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John Hayward

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

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John Hayward

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

I was born in Montreal and lived in Canada until my early 30s. I qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario in 1996 and settled in Toronto – practicing criminal law for a few years before embarking on a career as a corporate and commercial lawyer. In 1999, I met my now wife Harshini, a Sri Lankan who was living and working in Toronto at the time, and we hatched a plan to quit our jobs, travel for one year (to various remote corners of Asia and Africa) and then re-locate to the UK to do an MBA degrees at Cranfield School of Management and find jobs in London – all of which we did in the 1999-2001 period. We have lived in London since that time.

Since being in London, I have continued working as a corporate / commercial lawyer – in-house for a number of companies both big and small. Harshini jettisoned her corporate marketing career and is now a yoga teacher and Ayurvedic consultant. We have a 10-year old daughter in year 6 at South Hampstead High School. I have done a master’s in law degree at the LSE focusing on international law. I have a passion for sports, exercising regularly and following football (Arsenal in particular).

Dora Jejey
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Dora Jejey

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

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Dora Jejey

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

I worked at St Stephen’s School for two years as a Teaching Assistant. During that time, I had the privilege of serving the children and their families, not just in the classroom, but also through clubs such as Public Speaking and Debating and the Families and Schools Together programme (FAST). I have part of the Governing body of the school for about four years now.

I am a member of St Stephen’s Church Westbourne Park where I serve as a Churchwarden, a worship leader and on the P.C.C.

I am a professional actress, puppeteer and writer.  I am a film aficionado, and huge fan of Marvel Comics (their graphic novels and the films) as well as Japanese Anime and Manga.

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David Wang

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

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David Wang

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

I am a member of St Stephens church (currently assistant churchwarden), married to Jeanny with 3 children. I  have lived in the local area of Bayswater for much of my life where my parents still live. I trained as an architect in London, then lived 7 years in Singapore but I am now based in Acton, home making as well as working as a self-employed architect, property manager and handyman. I have an MA in Theology and currently I am exploring the possibility of ordained ministry in the Anglican church.

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Manoj Pujari

Foundation Governor (Paddington Deanery)

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Manoj Pujari

Foundation Governor (Paddington Deanery)

I have lived in the area all my life and attended primary and secondary school in Westminster. I also attend Westbourne Park Baptist Church where I serve there as the coordinator for overseas mission. I currently work in Newham at a Mental Health Centre for Children and Adolescents with the nursing team there. I am passionate about enabling young people to build resilience, feel empowered to shape their futures and attain a strong ‘sense of self’.

What led my decision to become a governor was that I actually failed almost all of my GCSE’s and all of my A-Levels.  I reluctantly ended up going to university and finding out in my final year that I was mildly dyslexic. At that point, I made use of all the resources at my disposal and finished that part of my life really strongly and got a Psychology degree at the end of it all, and I am currently studying my Masters in Behaviour Change at UCL. After this, I realised that if young people are supported appropriately then their potential is in fact maximised. I am confident St Stephen’s is trying to do this for all its pupils!

Simon Atkinson
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Simon Atkinson

Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

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Simon Atkinson

Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

I have been the headteacher of St Stephen’s Primary School since September 2015. This is my second headship and I have worked in a number of schools from a rural ex-mining village in the north east of England to Central London. I have been a school governor in primary and secondary schools since 1997. Before entering the teaching profession I was a full-time parish priest in Teesside, Tyneside and West Sussex. I am now a self-supporting assistant priest in a north-west London parish. I enjoy the cinema, cooking and trying to keep fit.

Eashwer Sivanathan
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Eashwer Sivanathan

Staff Governor

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Eashwer Sivanathan

Staff Governor

I have now been at St Stephen’s for the 3 years. During this time, I have worked as a class teacher in Years 2, 3, 5 and I am now in Year 6. I am also the current Geography and History subject leader. After being given the privilege of completing my teaching qualifications at the school, I was eager to give back to the school that was so supportive and welcoming. I have recently joined the school governors, and am looking forward to having the opportunity to contribute to discussions that will help improve standards at the school. My personal interests include painting, football and acting. ​

Governing Board membership and attendance information - September 2018

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Governors' Register of Interests - September 2017

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