OUR GOVERNORS

The governors meet at least twice a term

Oliver Thomas Nursery School Governing Board

Our governors work with us to ensure Oliver Thomas is a place to be happy, challenged and unique. Our governors come from a variety of backgrounds and give their time freely. They are dedicated to our school and children’s centre and are committed to supporting us to become the best provision possible.

Governors are our ‘critical friends’, who are there to question, offer advice, support and challenge.  The board is legally responsible for agreeing and monitoring the school budget.  The role of the governing board is strategic.  Its core functions are to:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold school leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the nursery and make sure that our money is well spent.

Our full governing board usually meets twice a term and the finance committee meets once a term. Governors are appointed for either three- or four-year terms, which can be renewed. Parent governors are elected by parents of pupils; co-opted governors are appointed by the governing board; a staff governors is elected by staff; an Authority governor is appointed by the local authority; and the headteacher is appointed by virtue of her office.

Our governing board is currently composed of the following people:

Parent Governors

Mr Owen Powell – term of office ends 18.11.2023

Ms Aysha Ghulam – term of office ends 18.11.2023

Co-opted Governors

Miss Julie-ann Nicholls – (Chair of Governors) – term of office ends: 07.10.2022
Mr Nicholas Aimee – (Vice-Chair) term of office ends: 19.03.2026
Ms Nalineesvary Subramaniam (Chair of Finance) – term of office ends: 11.03.2023
Mr Justin Placide: Finance, Safeguarding, LAC – term of office ends: 04.03.2025
Ms Marcela Leite:  Finance, SEN, Accessibility Action Plan – term of office ends: 04.03.2025

Local Authority Governors

Awaiting new appointment.

Staff Governors

Ms Jo Edwards – term of office ends: 06/05/2024

Financial information

Employee Salary Information

Maintained schools are now required to publish salary information on any employee earning over £100,000 per annum.  This is to confirm that no member of staff at Oliver Thomas Nursery School and children’s centre is paid this figure.

Schools Financial Benchmarking

Please click here to see the financial benchmarking information for Oliver Thomas Nursery School.

Governors attendance at meetings

Structure of the governing board

Declarations of Interest

The Governors

On behalf of the governing body, I would like to welcome you and your child to Oliver Thomas. We are honoured to be working closely with the school and its families.

We believe that young children deserve the best possible start in life and know that if we work in partnership with parents and families that we can make a big difference. We recognise that you are your child’s first educator and together we can support your child’s ongoing health, wellbeing, and future learning.

“Our job is too difficult and too beautiful to do alone.”

Amelia Gambetti, Reggio Emilia

Justin is Head of Home Energy Retrofit Enablers Team from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He is also an Oliver Thomas Nursery School governor, Safeguarding lead and part of the finance working group.

Full Bio

“Marcela joined our school as a co-opted governor in 2021, and is our Inclusion lead and part of the Finance Committee.

She is currently a Community Engagement and Projects Officer for Hackney Council, having worked previously in educational governance in Newham for a number of years. She is passionate about social-environmental justice and has co-developed grassroots projects in the UK and her native Brazil.”

I was born in Mauritius and settled in the UK twenty years ago, I have two children one is at university and the other one at college.

My background is engineering and health and safety with a lot of experience in educational establishments and construction. I was formerly employed by Oliver Thomas where I worked for ten years before moving on to a new challenge. This means I understand well, the ethos there and know the building and maintenance side of things very well. I offer my expertise and support as part of the governing body.

I work with a lot of stakeholders and external consultants on matters related to buildings and health and safety issues and I have developed a mentality of being solution focussed. Great leaders often develop their leadership style and create a vision for the future where staff feel welcomed and engaged in delivering a positive outcome. Through my own journey of self-awareness and through my leadership course, I have further developed my own and other diverse views and values around being fair and considerate when dealing with difficult decisions as well as creating a climate and culture of being valued and inclusive to all.

I am still working in the education sector and my aim has always been to support the local authority and my employer to deliver high quality education in the safest and welcoming environment.

Here to help, Happy to help.

The Governors

On behalf of the governing body, I would like to welcome you and your child to Oliver Thomas. We are honoured to be working closely with the school and its families.

We believe that young children deserve the best possible start in life and know that if we work in partnership with parents and families that we can make a big difference. We recognise that you are your child’s first educator and together we can support your child’s ongoing health, wellbeing, and future learning.

“Our job is too difficult and too beautiful to do alone.”

Amelia Gambetti, Reggio Emilia

Justin is Head of Home Energy Retrofit Enablers Team from The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He is also an Oliver Thomas Nursery School governor, Safeguarding lead and part of the finance working group.

Full Bio

“Marcela joined our school as a co-opted governor in 2021, and is our Inclusion lead and part of the Finance Committee.

She is currently a Community Engagement and Projects Officer for Hackney Council, having worked previously in educational governance in Newham for a number of years. She is passionate about social-environmental justice and has co-developed grassroots projects in the UK and her native Brazil.”

I was born in Mauritius and settled in the UK twenty years ago, I have two children one is at university and the other one at college.

My background is engineering and health and safety with a lot of experience in educational establishments and construction. I was formerly employed by Oliver Thomas where I worked for ten years before moving on to a new challenge. This means I understand well, the ethos there and know the building and maintenance side of things very well. I offer my expertise and support as part of the governing body.

I work with a lot of stakeholders and external consultants on matters related to buildings and health and safety issues and I have developed a mentality of being solution focussed. Great leaders often develop their leadership style and create a vision for the future where staff feel welcomed and engaged in delivering a positive outcome. Through my own journey of self-awareness and through my leadership course, I have further developed my own and other diverse views and values around being fair and considerate when dealing with difficult decisions as well as creating a climate and culture of being valued and inclusive to all.

I am still working in the education sector and my aim has always been to support the local authority and my employer to deliver high quality education in the safest and welcoming environment.

Here to help, Happy to help.

Mother of 4

Father of 2