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Governors' Pen Portraits

Newfield Primary School Governors


Narinder Nathan  - Chair of Governors/LA Governor


I am Chair of Governors.  I am also Chair of Governors of another Primary School in Brent and a Trustee of a multi school Trust. I worked in a large Secondary School, in the Sixth Form for 25 years. I also sit on Brent’s Admission and Exclusion Review Panels.

I am very committed to my role as governor and with my many years of experience feel that I carry out my duties well.  I keep abreast of recent development by attending training courses regularly.   I think I have an insight of how schools operate.  Am confident in ensuring that the pupils’ achievements are tracked and any gaps in achievement are closed.  I also ensure that the values that underpin the curriculum in the school achieves its objective in educating pupils in the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need in order to lead fulfilling lives.  We receive regular updates and presentations from Subject Leaders, who are aware that they will be challenged. I am confident taking difficult decisions, especially if the outcome is for the betterment of the children!

I was appointed National Leader of Governors about 5 years ago.  During that time, I mentored 2 Primary Schools’ Chairs of Governors and assisted in setting up Committees and supported the Governors in preparation for Ofsted.  I also supported the governing body of the PRU and the HT. I strongly believe that every child, no matter their background deserves the best education that we can give them.


Julia Babiak - Vice Chair/Co-opted Governor


My background is in education. I have been head-teacher of three schools including one that I led out of special measures. I worked as a school improvement partner for Brent Borough Council for eight years and helped many local schools to improve and to raise their Ofsted ratings. At the same time, I have taught on many professional development courses for teachers at all levels including the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers at the London institute of Education. I am also a SATs moderator for Brent. As well as being Chair of Academy Board for a secondary school in Bedfordshire for many years, I have been on the Governing Body of Newfield Primary for four years serving as one of two Vice Chairs with responsibility for teaching and learning matters, and I am Chair of the Curriculum Committee. I have relished the challenge of helping the school to improve and to achieve its Good  rating, and look forward to seeing the school go from strength to strength.


Maranda Ikpeba - Vice Chair/Co-opted Governor


My name is Maranda. I have been a Governor at Newfield since 2015. I started as a parent governor when my two children attended. I am now a Co-opted governor and Co-Vice Chair of Governors. Previously I worked as an Executive Assistant in Entertainment Law and marketing where I organised people’s working lives, assisted with negotiating contracts, initiated projects and managed budgets. I am currently in the Health and Wellness Business. My background gives me the ability to appreciate the strategic priorities and vision that enable pupils from all backgrounds to reach their full potential and to contribute to and support the effective running of the school. I value my role as a governor and as a parent I am fully committed to assisting in providing the best educational outcomes for our pupils.


Laura Williams - Parent Governor


My name is Laura and I've been a Parent Governor since Autumn 2017, with a son and daughter at the school. Prior to joining Newfield governing body, I was a governor at Donnington Primary School nearby. With a background in social research, I now work as a civil servant at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. My knowledge of public policy, public finance and the bigger picture help me to carry out my role as a governor, and to understand the issues and challenges that our school faces. As a parent I am proud to be part of the team striving to improve and enhance our children's school lives, and to contribute my time and energy to the strategic decisions that will make a difference to all children at the school.


Kimberley Gaynor - Parent Governor 


Hi, my name is Kimberley.  I have two children who attend Newfield and I have been a Parent Governor since December 2020.  My professional background and experience is in Human Resources, I am Senior HR Business Partner with over 12 years experience in retail, advertising, digital education and currently the football industry.  My role is to support businesses with commercial growth, human resource policies/practices,  inclusion, equality and diversity, learning and development, and wellbeing initiatives.  Through my previous experience in digital learning, which was regulated by Ofsted and the ESFA, I have gained experience of working with the regulatory bodies, giving me an understanding of their guidelines. As a parent with children in the school I am passionate about supporting the school to be the best it can be, providing the best education and opportunities to all of our children.  Which, I feel, my personal and professional experience helps me to do in my role as Parent Governor. 


Kim Beat - Co-opted Governor


My name is Kim Beat and I have been a co-opted governor since September 2022.  I have worked in education for 45 years in the London Borough of Brent. I started as a primary teacher, then a Deputy Head and then onto headship of a large primary school.  Following that I worked for Brent Local Authority as a School Improvement Advisor supporting a range of schools to improve.  I missed the sense of the family of a school and returned to headship of a school that was in difficulty.  When I finally retired, I was honoured to be asked to become a governor at Newfield.  I have worked with the school in the past in a professional capacity and I am now proud to be part of the team striving to provide the best possible education for the children of Newfield. 


Bryony Marshall - Co-opted Governor


My name is Bryony and I have been a co-opted governor since January 2022. I have over 15 years experience in finance and operations, in investment banking and as an advisor and investor, working to grow companies of all sizes, from startups to multinational organisations. I became a governor at Newfield because I am passionate about the role of education in children’s personal and intellectual growth, and want to support the school to ensure the best educational opportunities for every child at Newfield


Mustafa Noor - Co-opted Governor


My name is Mustafa Regec-Noor and I have been a co-opted governor since June 2019.  I have worked in both the public and private sector, having started out as a tax adviser and moving into policy and strategy supporting large companies and the central government. I was delighted to become a governor at Newfield because education has been an important factor in giving me the foundations necessary to succeed in life.  I started primary school not being able to speak English and now advise the government.  I want to ensure that the necessary tools are provided for the children at Newfield so they too can work hard and seize the opportunities that lay ahead in their future.


Sam Couldrick - Co-opted Governor

My name is Sam and I have been a co-opted governor since March 2024. I am currently a civil servant and have worked in HM Treasury, the government’s economic and finance ministry, for two and a half years. For most of that time I have been a policy adviser, working on public spending and more recently personal tax. I have experience of working with primary school-aged children through sport and of teaching at a university. I became a governor at Newfield because I am passionate about every child, whatever their background, having the opportunity to flourish, and education is a crucial part of that. I was very happy to join a team determined to deliver the best education possible to the children at Newfield. I look forward to contributing to this goal in the years ahead.


Sarah Bolt - Headteacher

Janet Lawrence - Staff Governor