The Role of Governors

The governing body has a range of duties and powers, and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes:

  • targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school's finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced
  • appointing senior staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay
  • deciding how, in strategic terms, the school should be run.

Find out more about being a Governor


Governors Profiles







Jo Brewer (Chair)

Occupation: Finance Director

Type of Governor: Parent

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning (Chair), HT/SLT pay, Staffing and Pay, Strategic Leadership Group

Special Interest: Curriculum, EYFS

When my son joined the school I was on a career break to look after my young children and the advert for a parent governor was placed. I felt that I wanted to get involved with the school and at the same time employ some of the skills that I had learnt in my career as a qualified chartered accountant and this seemed like an ideal opportunity. I am now back working and am currently Finance Director of a fast growing medium IT and business consultancy company. The skills I continue to use in my job transfer easily to my role as a governor, providing challenge and support to the senior leadership team at Maypole

I feel strongly about making the school the best we can so that our children can receive an excellent education whilst maintaining our caring ethos.

I have two children at the school.

My interests include running, reading and listening to music.

Peter Smith

Occupation: Retired Engineering Manager, BTplc.

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Committee Membership: Staffing & Pay (Chair), HT/SLT pay (Chair), Resources; Strategic Leadership Group

Special Interest: Child Protection and Safeguarding

On completing 35 years’ service in telecommunications engineering I felt that I wished to put something back into the local community. This would allow me to employ the skills (both practical and managerial) that I had learnt courtesy of my employer.

My leadership skills, both professionally and within the voluntary sector (one time Scout Leader, Lewisham South District) have equipped me well as a Local Authority Chair of Governors with the London Borough of Bexley (20 years continuance service).

The desire to broaden my experience, always with the wellbeing of the child in mind has drawn me to Maypole Primary and KCC. I wish to make a positive difference along with my fellow Governors towards our goal of achieving excellence in the educational experience enjoyed by our pupils.

I am married and have 2-adult children and one Grandson.

My interests include Green Bowls; Gardening; Classical Music; DIY and Passenger Transport.


Elaine Manak, CPFA

Occupation: Auditor

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Committee Membership: Resources (Chair)

Special Interest: Treasurer Maypole Voluntary Fund

My son joined Maypole in 2008 when it was still a small one form entry school.  In the same year a governor position became vacant and I applied because I wanted to make a positive contribution to the education of all children at Maypole.  Over the last seven years I have helped Maypole though some difficult and challenging times as it expanded to a two form entry and implemented changes to improve the education experience of children.

I am a qualified accountant and have over 20 years of experience of public sector management. My work has given me a detailed knowledge of the complex financial environment that Maypole school has to operate under and also strong analytical skills to judge and monitor performance.

I enjoy working with our Governor team to help make Maypole the best it can be.

My interests include spending time playing with my two children whilst they are still young enough to let me!


Alex Nikolic (Vice Chair)

Occupation: Civil Engineer, A-squared Studio.

Type of Governor: Parent

Committee Membership: Resources

Special Interest: Health & Safety, Maths/Science/PE

I am a chartered civil engineer and run a niche design practice. I have a passion for design and technical excellence. I have completed various degrees in design and engineering and wished to share my experience with the team at Maypole School and contribute towards the wellbeing and development of our children and the local community.

I have strong interests in all numerical/science based subjects and am excited about making a positive contribution towards the enrichment of our children’s education. In turn, I am also delighted to be working alongside my fellow Governors, ensuring that I extend my personal experience and ability to add value to our school.

In the (long distant) past I have competed on the world stage in athletics and wish to share this experience with our children, emphasising the significance of a healthy and active lifestyle.

I am married and have three children scattered across all stages in Maypole School.

My interests include a variety of sports (which I engage in and trail behind my children), design, motorsports, politics and property.











James Cherry

Occupation: Senior Pensions Administrator, Shell.

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning

Special Interest: Performance, Curriculum and Behaviour

Becoming more involved with the local community and seeking opportunities to make a positive difference is something that I have been keen on for a long time so when I saw that Maypole Primary were looking for volunteers to join their governing board I knew it was a chance I could not pass up.

This is my first time working in this sort of environment and I hope that I can contribute positively by using some of the tools and knowledge I have gained from over fifteen years working in the pensions industry as well as learning new skills as my role develops.

I have a number of family connections to Maypole including my daughter who currently attends.

My interests include, amongst other things, playing five-a-side football, documentaries and Pilates.


Dean Merryman

Occupation: Head of Internal Audit, a FTSE 250 plc company

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Committee Membership: Teaching & Learning

Special Interest: Finance

With over 20 years’ experience in reviewing and assessing the effectiveness of financial and operational processes within large companies I wish to apply the skills I have developed to assist the governance of Maypole school at which my young daughter is a student.

I started in the role of a Co-Opted Governor in November 2015 which is my first such role.

I have a degree in Politics & International Relations and have been qualified as a Chartered Accountant for twenty years. Prior to returning to the UK eight years ago I lived overseas for six years, in both North America and Asia.

I wish to make a positive difference along with my fellow Governors to the continued pursuit of educational excellence at Maypole.

I am married with one daughter. Currently, I have limited spare time to pursue hobbies, I am pretty poor at DIY, but one day hope to improve.


Margaret Keshinro

Occupation: HR Consultant

Type of Governor: Associate Member

Committee Membership: Staffing & Pay

Special Interest: Progress of pupils and Appraisals

I became an Associate Governor in September 2015 and excited to be joining Maypole Governing Body at such a time.

I am passionate about education and have always taken an active role in my children’s education; therefore it seemed like a natural next step.

I hope to positively contribute to the achievements of Maypole and support wherever possible, by ensuring the pupils in Maypole continue to get the best education in a safe and happy environment and reach their full potential.

I am a qualified HR Consultant and I have worked in both public and private sectors; therefore I bring to the role a range of skills, which would add value to the governing body; experience of working strategically with senior management, dispute resolution, performance management, recruitment and selection.

I also have a child in Maypole, who is extremely proud of Maypole, of which I am too and I live in the local area, therefore Maypole is at the heart of the community.

I am an active member of my local church, Grace Outreach Church and hobbies include singing, exercising and DIY. I look forward to supporting the senior leadership team in delivering excellence to the pupil of Maypole.


Paul Chapman

Occupation: Bank Manager, Svenska Handelsbanken

Type of Governor: Co-opted

Committee Membership: Resources

I have worked in Banking since 1989 mainly in the City of London. As well as finance skills, my working life has allowed me to gain such skills as performance management, recruitment, HR, compliance and others.

Over the years I have held a number of leadership roles which have helped me in my role as a Governor. Having been a governor for over 8 years I have experienced much change in Maypole School and have personally been involved in teacher recruitment, PGL trips and the setting and monitoring of the school budget.

I look forward to continuing my experience over future years.

I am married with 2 children aged 13 and 14 who both went through Maypole.





Rupert Garrett

Type of Governor: Staff

Committee Membership:  Resources Committee

Special Interest: Health and safety

My family Business in Dartford and Sevenoaks occupied my life for nearly 19 years, after which youth work figured highly for another nine years at a local church, being responsible for community involvement, school involvement and everything concerning young people and children at the church.

This is the point where my connection with Maypole primary school started coming in weekly to do assemblies, after which I was asked to become a governor and in my time have sat on most of the committees also being chair for a short period.

I am now the site manager at the school and enjoy my interactions with the teachers and the children on a daily basis, also being responsible for health and safety and the smooth running of the school

I am married to Diane a teacher at a local secondary school and I have three children at various stages of their education.

Lauri-Lynn Pursall

Type of Governor: Associate Governor

Committee Membership: Staffing and Pay

Special Interest: SEND/Inclusion/Looked After Children

I have practiced in the area of corporate and commercial law for more than 20 years, the last 15 years in the City of London. I help organisations to successfully develop and grow, whilst maintaining proper governance, through a strong analytical mind-set and solution-orientated approach.

My interest in joining the Board of Governors is to actively assist the school in continuing to ensure that all pupils, regardless of ability or background, receive the very best education they can. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the school’s success, and to provide the school with the support and encouragement to continue striving to provide an excellent, well-rounded learning environment for our children.

I have two children in Key Stage 2 at Maypole.

My interests include reading, travel, theatre and sport.