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 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.

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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.

Richard Dryer
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Richard Dryer

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

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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
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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.

Pauline Hudson-Evans
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Pauline Hudson-Evans

Foundation Governor (Paddington Deanery)

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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.’

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 2015. This is my second headship and I have worked in a range of schools from a rural ex-mining village in County Durham to Central London. I have been a school governor, chair and vice chair of governors in primary and secondary schools since 1997.

Before entering the teaching profession I was a full-time parish priest in estate parishes in Teesside, Tyneside and West Sussex. I am now a self-supporting assistant priest in a north-west London parish. I enjoy cinema, cooking, baking and cycling.

Eashwer Sivanathan
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Eashwer Sivanathan

Staff Governor

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Eashwer Sivanathan

Staff Governor

It is now my 5th year working at St Stephen’s. During this time, I have worked as a class teacher in Years 2, 3, 5 and 6, and I am now the Year 4 teacher and am Maths subject leader at the school. Having begun my career at the school, I have been provided with many opportunities to develop as a teacher. I was then eager to give back to the school that was so supportive and welcoming. Having recently joined the school governors, I enjoy having the chance to give back by contributing to discussions that help improve standards at the school.  My personal interests include painting, football and acting.

Register of Interests September 2019

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Governing Body Attendance 2018-2019

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