Meet the Governors



Sarah Hall (Chair of Governors)

Bio coming soon.

Malcolm fuller

Malcolm Fuller (Vice Chair of Governors)

I am a Community Governor and have been involved with Gray's Farm since September 2014. I am now retired, but prior to that I was a public servant for over 40 years. Over this lengthy career I gained extensive experience and knowledge of the workings and operational requirements of a large and complex organisations through performing a variety of operational and support functions. My experience encompassed Contract Management, Resources and Facilities Management, Strategic Planning and Performance Management. As a local resident I am committed to ensuring that Gray's Farm provides excellent learning opportunities to every pupil within the school and gives them best possible start in life with a great education, in a happy school community.

Nicola abrahams

Nicola Furneaux (Headteacher)

I have worked in education for over 14 years and have always been passionate about getting the very best for the children in my care.  I have worked within Kent, Bromley and Manchester in a variety of leadership roles, including supporting schools across the south-east as an advisory teacher, before coming to Gray's Farm. Having worked here for the last 2 and a half years, I know that Gray's Farm is a great place to be and that the role of the governors is crucial to the success of the school. I am delighted that we have a newly-formed governing body and look forward to working with them as the school goes from strength to strength.

Louise lynch

Louise Lynch (Executive Headteacher - Royal Park)

Rachel cushing

Rachel Cushing (Staff Governor)

I have been teaching in Year 6 at Gray's Farm Primary since my NQT year in 2012 and am now leader of Science. Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the media industry at a post-production facility where I met my husband. Having been part of Gray's Farm through its transition from school to academy and on its journey to becoming the outstanding school it deserves to be, I am looking forward to contributing further to the school and ensuring children - and staff - are happy and safe.

Paul Humphreys

Paul Humfryes (Co-opted Governor)

I became a co-opted governor at Royal Park in March 2014. My first career was in the City as a Chartered Accountant, advising various corporate clients. I then joined the Civil Service, where I worked with various education ministers on subjects ranging from further education to child safeguarding, and a great deal besides. I’m particularly interested in inclusion and achievement issues, high expectations for all our children, and enrichment activities of all kinds. I currently serve as our link governor for the Pupil Premium.

I live in Bromley, and my three (now adult) children went to a local primary school; my wife used to teach in Lewisham. In my spare time, I’m a keen tennis player –proving that effort and aspiration can overcome all sorts of obstacles!


Gemma Jessup (Staff Governor - Royal Park)

Bio coming soon.


Ian Larwence (Appointed Governor)

Bio coming soon.


Oreolorun Ojo (Appointed Governor)

Bio coming soon.


Pauline Paterson (Appointed Governor)

Bio coming soon.


Luke Ellis (Appointed Governor)

Bio coming soon.

Mrs C Thompson

Carol Thomas (Clerk to the Governors)

My name is Carol Thomas and I am the Clerk to the Governors at Grays Farm and Royal Park Primary Academies. I was a School Governor myself for more than 12 years when my own children, (now 23 & 19)     were at Primary School, as well as being Chair of the PTA raising much needed funds for the school. I enjoyed being a School Governor and being part of the school community. As a Governor I served on the Curriculum, the Finance and the Premises Committees and remember warmly visiting school and meeting the children. I am passionate about education and enjoy working with good schools like Grays Farm and Royal Park where children’s learning is embraced. Before I had my children I worked in the City of London in the foreign exchange markets and after a career break, I worked as PA to the Manager of the Local Children’s Services Partnership. I am now an Independent Governors Clerk and enjoying being part of the Governance team at Grays Farm and  Royal Park.


Former Governors


Lauren Ovenden (Co-opted Governor)
December 2013 to November 2017


Veronica Startup (Co-opted Governor)
September 2017 to July 2018


Lesley Robins (Chair of Governors)
May 2015 to July 2018

Claire LAST

Claire Last (Appointed Parent Governor)
December 2014 to November 2017

Steven jones

Steven Jones (Parent Governor)
December 2015 to May 2017

Ravi patel

Ravi Patel (TKAT Governor)
January 2016 to November 2017

Gianni bianchi

Gianni Bianchi (Executive Headteacher)

February 2015 to September 2016

Jim rouncefield

Jim Rouncefield (Chair of Governors)

February 2015 to January 2017

Sara loynton

Sara Loynton (TKAT Governor)

February 2015 to May 2017