Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Governing Body

Welcome to the Governors area of Chestnut Park Primary School website  

Chestnut Park Primary School is part of the GLF multi academy trust.  The Trust Board have overall responsibility for the school.  They have delegated to the Local Governing Body the responsibility to implement and review the school’s strategic plan.

Members of the LGB

Declaration of business interests

Anna Simmonds (Chair)- any correspondence or formal complaints should be addressed to the Chair c/o the school

Julie Harris                      Vice Chair, LAC, Pupil Outcomes

Ayo Olowolagba              Ordinary Governor, Health and Safety

Bushra Ahmed                Ordinary Governor, Building Programme and Community links

Anna Simmonds              Ordinary Governor, Chair of Governor

Faheena Mahmood         Parent Governor,  Safeguarding and Child protection

Esther Brooks                  Staff Governor, Headteacher

Denise Coady                 Staff Governor, SEND

Headteacher- Esther Brooks

Governance Support- Kevin Gawley

The Governing Body is made up of individuals with a diverse set of skills and expertise which we effectively deploy in order to support the Headteacher in the formulation of strategic plans and policies for the short, medium and long term future of the school

Dr Anna Simmonds  

Chair of Governors

I have been Chair of the Governing Body at Chestnut Park since January 2016. I became a governor because I wanted to use my skills to support the school in helping all children reach their potential. I love being involved with Chestnut Park and am proud of all that's been achieved since opening in 2015.

I work for Croydon Council as an intelligence analyst in Children's Social Care, but prior to that I spent eight years as a neuroscientist at Imperial College London, conducting research into the neuro science of foreign language learning. Before that I worked as a languages teacher in West Sussex, Hampshire and Kent.

Julie Harris

Vice Chair of Governors

My name is Julie Harris and I am Chestnut Park’s vice chair of governors. I am really proud to be involved with the development of this fantastic school and to be working with the team of highly professional staff and governors who are determined to ensure the best possible outcomes for our pupils – your children.

I am passionate about education and believe that, with hard work and the right support, dreams can become a reality. I have been a successful headteacher of three Croydon schools and, although now retired, am very pleased to be able to offer my skills and experience as a member of the governing body team at Chestnut Park.

On a personal level, I have two grown up sons and five grandchildren who keep us very busy. Inevitably, with a life time of involvement in schools, I am interested in our grandchildren’s educational experiences and support whenever needed. I always tell our grandchildren they can be whatever they want to be and this is a message I believe to be universally true. But, with a small codicile, they need to work hard, be commited to their goal, be supported by excellent teachers and be guided by their family and not pulled off course by their friends!!

With that thought, I am looking forward to working in parnership to make dreams a reality.



I have been a Governor since 2015. My professional job is providing good and outstanding educational buildings in Croydon. I have a particular interest in Health & Safety. I became a Governor to help the School provide an excellent learning environment, ensuring that they are safe.
I love sports when I was in school and I still do

The governors may be contacted through the Clerk at 

The Chair of Governors can be contacted, in confidence, at 

Ayobunmi Olowolagba – Ordinary Governor


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