The governors of Edward Wilson Primary School meet four times a year as a full Governing Body and each committee also meets each term. Minutes from the Full Governing Body can be found on the school’s website.

Working with the Headteacher and his Senior Leadership Team, the Governing Body play an important role in helping shape and develop the strategic direction of the school; providing skilled support and challenge to ensure that our aspirational targets are achieved.

Our parent governors often attend our weekly Coffee Mornings, held every Thursday. All parents are welcome to attend – please see Mrs Taddese for more information.

Our Governors are:

Simon Mair (2)

Mr Simon Mair

Simon has been a governor at Edward Wilson Primary School since July 2016. He works as an IT Consultant at Clifford Chance.

JudeMs Jude Luckett
Vice Chair

Jude became a governor at Edward Wilson Primary School in January 2014. She wanted to become a school governor to play a more active role in the community and support children to achieve their potential. Jude is a Senior Project Manager for London & the South East at Spice, a community development social enterprise that encourages more people to get involved in their communities and services including social care, housing and schools. Jude grew up in Henley-on-Thames just outside London and studied Geography at Cambridge University, graduating in 2006. When not working or supporting Edward Wilson Primary School, she likes sport and spending time with friends and family.

IMG_5182 DarrenMr Darren Guttridge

Mr Guttridge has been Headteacher at Edward Wilson Primary School from January 2014 and was previously Deputy Headteacher from 2010. A husband with two young children, Mr Guttridge has three passions in life: his family, education and sport.

maryMs Mary Amayo

Mary lives locally and is a community governor. She is the link governor for Safeguarding and SEND.

Thomas Jennings

Mr Thomas Jennings
Co- opted

Thomas has been a governor at Edward Wilson Primary since 2014. Thomas is currently an Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading international law firm, where he specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Thomas has a keen interest in music, theatre and sport and is passionate about child literacy. Thomas has previous experience of working with children and was formerly employed as a drama teacher at the European School in Brussels, Belgium.

Mrs Aalaa Al – Memar

Aalaa is a parent governor with two children who are currently pupils at Edward Wilson Primary School. Originally from Iraq, Aalaa has a post graduate BSC in Human Physiology from the University of Westminster and volunteers as a teacher at the weekend.

Mrs Arifa Aktar

Arifa is a parent governor with two children who are currently pupils at Edward Wilson Primary School. She is part of the PTA at Edward Wilson and is currently volunteering in the local community.

staff sanchez agnieszkaMiss Agnieszka Sanchez-Sawicka
Staff representative

Agnieszka, one of the staff governors, has been a teacher at Edward Wilson Primary School for 7 years, teaching in Years 2, 4 and 5. She is the Writing Leader and develops literacy across the school.

staff smith coryMr Cory Smith

Cory Smith, one of the staff governors, has been working at Edward Wilson Primary School since 2014. Cory is an Assistant Headteacher and the Phase Leader for Years 5 and 6.

 shane broganMr Shane Brogan

Shane has been a governor since Summer 2016. Shane currently leads on membership engagement and development at the Co-operative Party, a political party with representation in Parliament that champions British co-operatives. Shane previously worked for youth charities on projects to develop the skills and capacity of young people in Northern Ireland. Shane is a previous governor of Queen’s University Belfast and is also an elected member of the National Council of the Co-op Group of businesses.

Mr Ben Poster

Ben became a Governor at Edward Wilson in 2018. Being passionate about forging greater equality of opportunity in society, he took up the role as a way of giving back to the community via improving educational outcomes. He currently works as an Associate for Bain Capital, a multi-asset investment management firm, which he joined after graduating from the University Of Oxford with a BA in Economics and Management.

Mr David Nash
LA Governor

David has been a governor since 2018. He is a Civil Engineer and the Co-Founder of two startups.

If you are interested in playing a role in our governing body, please contact Simon Mair, Chair of Governors, on to find out more.

Name Post/ Role on Governing Body Type of Governor Date


Register of Interest
Simon Mair


Financial systems


Co-opted N/A None
Darren Guttridge Headteacher N/A None
Jude Luckett Training


Co-opted N/A None
Mary Amayo Safeguarding and SEND Parent N/A Governor at a local secondary school

Volunteer for Kyu-Yo-Bu-Shin (local charity)

Tom Jennings Children Engagement Co-opted N/A None
Edward de Minckwitz July 2017 None
David Goss  


July 2017 None
Agnieszka Sanchez EYFS Staff N/A None
Cory Smith Co-opted N/A None
Hanaa Issa Parent July 2018 None
Aalaa Al – Memar Parent N/A None
Shane Brogan  Maths Co-opted N/A None
Sunil Patel July 2016 None
Ben Poster Literacy LA N/A None
David Nash Premises and Health and Safety Co-opted N/A None
Arifa Aktar Parent N/A None