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Meet our Governors

Our Governors are very highly committed to making a difference to the children and families at Newington Green. Find out more about their work.

Please click here to see our Sealed Instrument of Government

Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the school.  Governors contribute to ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:

  • setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  •  holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

A Governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school.  It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff.  Governors fulfill their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school.  They also undertake visits, serve on relevant committees and oversee the Headteacher’s performance management.



Chair of Governors

Patricia Ambrose is Chair of Governors and also chairs the Finance and Personnel Committee. She first became a governor when her daughter was a pupil at Newington Green and has stayed on the Governing Body as a Community Governor (now a co-opted governor) for the last few years. Patricia works in higher education policy and research and has particular interests in art education and in improving education opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.



Sue Hockett

Vice Chair

Sue Hockett joined the Governing Body in the mid – 1990 as a Community Governor (now a Co-opted Governor).  Sue has a background in construction and property management and is a member of the senior management team of a housing association based in west London. Sue’s motivation for becoming a governor was a desire to use her experience and skills to assist in providing each child at Newington Green with the best possible start to their journey to adulthood.  Sue is also Vice Chair of Governors and in that role aims to support the Chair and the Senior Management Team.



Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy

Executive Headteacher


Cressida Jupp

LEA Governor


Heather Eggins

Co-opted Governor

Donna Shah - Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Donna Shah

Co-Opted Governor

Terry Hayes - Premises Manager

Terry Hayes

Staff Governor


Jenny Kay

Co-opted Governor


Andy Grazebrook

Parent Governor


Phil Stevens

Parent Governor



Please click here for the terms of reference for the Governing Body and its various committees:  Newington Green Terms of Reference October 2016

Please click here for the terms of reference for the Governing Body:  Teaching and Learning Committee


Declaration of Interest of our Governors


Governor Type

Term From

Term To

Declaration Of Interest

Attendance at meetings during 2018/2019

Patricia Ambrose Co-Opted 15 July 2018  15 July 2021

13 Oct 2017

Governor of university for the creative arts since September 2015.

GB: 4/4
Heather Eggins Co Opted  15 July 2018 15 July 2021 8th August 2018                                                                    None GB: 2/4
Sue Hockett Co-Opted  15 July 2018 15 July 2021 17 May 2017                                                                        None GB: 1/4
Cressida Jupp Local Authority 12 October  2018 11 Oct 2022 18 May 2017                                                                 None GB: 4/4
Jenny Kay Co-Opted 15 July 2018 15 July 2021 13 Oct 2017
Councillor at LBI
GB: 1/4
Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy Executive Headteacher 1 Apr 2010 Ongoing

13th Dec 2017

I am Executive Head across this and another LBI school – Rotherfield I am responsible for some joint staff.

GB: 4/4
Phil Stevens Parent 29 October 2018 28 October 2022

29th Oct 2018


Andy Grazebrook Parent 29 October 2018 28 October 2022  GB: 1/4
Donna Shah Co-Opted 15 July 2018 15 July 2021

13 Oct 2017                                                 None

GB: 4/4
Terry Hayes Staff 10 Dec 2019 9 Dec 2022

 17 Dec 2020                                       None

Nick Wakeling  Parent 10 Nov 2017  9 Nov 2021

8th Dec 2017                                              None

GB: 4/4
Andrew Pakula  Co-Opted  13 Dec 2017  12 Dec 2021

27th July 2018                                                                       Joint history projects but no financial interest.

 GB: 1/4


Governor person specification for Newington Green Primary School

We expect all governors to be able to demonstrate the following essential qualities and attributes:

  • commitment to improving education for all pupils;
  • ability to work in a professional manner as part of a team and to take collective responsibility for decisions;
  • willingness to learn and to engage in training and development;
  • commitment to the school’s vision and ethos and to the democratic values of freedom, tolerance and respect for the rule of law;
  • literacy, numeracy and IT skills, sufficient to deal with governing body papers and school data.

Across the Governing Body as a whole, we are also looking to ensure that a range of specialist skills are covered (but we do not expect any individual governor to have all of these), including: understanding and experience of governance; strategic planning; human resources and performance management; data analysis; financial planning/budgeting; community engagement and volunteering; legal understanding; premises and property management; and experience of working in education/social care/health settings.

The Governing Body may also decide to appoint Associate Governors to serve on a particular committee if they provide a specific skill that the committee requires.  Associate Governors can vote at committee meetings.  They can also attend full Governing Body meetings in a non-voting capacity.

We expect all governors to uphold the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles) which form the basis of the ethical standards expected of all public office holders: selflessness, integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty; and leadership.

Please click here to see our Code of Conduct 2018

A fuller description of our expectations of all Governors is provided on our application form (see link below).

When vacancies arise, these are advertised on the School Governors One Stop Shop website ( Anyone interested in being considered for a future vacancy may also complete the attached Newington Green Governor Application Form and return this via email to clearly marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors.