Sharma Jackson
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It’s been so rewarding to see the impact the governing body has had on the children’s lives – we really are helping give them the best possible education.
— Sharna Jackson, Community Governor, Rotherhithe School
Matthew Pendergast
Being Vice Chair of Governors at Saints Peter and Paul in Kirkby is extremely rewarding. I am able to apply my skills as an experienced Project Manager to help the continuous improvement and development of our school. Turner & Townsend are extremely supportive of me undertaking this role and actively encourage employees to undertake voluntary activities as part of their commitment to Citizenship and Social Responsibility (CSR). This helps our staff develop their skills in areas such as leadership, negotiation and team work. In my time as a governor, I have been able to use my industry contacts to secure funding for a new nature garden, as well as utilise my experience to deliver extensive refurbishment and building improvement works at the School.
— Matthew Pendergast, Vice Chair of Governors at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School
Zahid Malik
I was a bit daunted at first by the responsibility of becoming a governor and how much I didn’t know. However, I received some excellent training, and it’s also about working as part of a team so I built my role up slowly over time and found the areas where I could best contribute.
— Zahid Malik, Parent Governor, Dog Kennel Hill Primary School
Jo Matthews
I became a governor because I wanted to give something back to the college that started me on my career in Education. I have a lot of experience and knowledge that could help the senior team. I love the fact I am now contributing to young people who are also starting on their careers. Being a governor means making decisions that will impact on people’s lives. I think being a governor is one of the most important roles in any college, as we give direction to the college and are stewards of the college assets. We also make sure every learner gets an outstanding learning experience. I'm also learning a lot, and feel so proud at student award ceremonies, that I have contributed to enabling them to succeed.
— Jo Matthews, Vice Chair of a city college
Oliver Kean
I became a governor three years ago and I currently attend around 3-4 meetings each term including the teaching and learning committee that I chair. The most important part of the role so far has been the recruitment of a new headteacher and ensuring she has the support she needs in her new role.

I became a governor so I could support my local community on an issue that I am passionate about. I want to see every child have the opportunity to achieve highly, and their imagination and creativity nurtured. I also wanted to develop my own skills and joining a governing body offers a unique opportunity to do that. You work with a range of people on all sorts of issues, from staffing to health and safety to performance data. I am lucky that my workplace is flexible around me visiting the school during working hours, and I am rewarded with an extra holiday entitlement for taking on the role.
— Oliver Kean, Vice Chair of Governors, Community Governor