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Merryhills Primary School

Governing Body

Our Governing Body meet once each term, working in partnership with the Leadership Team and acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the school.

There are representatives from staff, parents, the wider community and the local authority who make up the membership of the governing body and they can be contacted via the school office.  The Governing Body comprises four teams; Leadership and Management, Quality of Education, Personal Development and Behaviour and Attitudes.  The teams conduct regular visits, talking to staff and pupils and reporting back.  If you would like to know more about the Governing Body and its important role in school, please contact Penny Deller, the current Chair.

List of Governors for the Year 2023/24

Penny Deller
Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at Merryhills since September 2007 and Chair since 2008. I live and work locally and previously had two children at the school. I work closely with the Headteacher to carry out any duties delegated by the Governing Body. I visit the school regularly, attend school functions, work with the local authority and am accessible to other governors, staff and parents. I represent the school at the Member Governor Forum and am part of the Leadership and Management team within the Governing Body.

Julie Murphy
Parent Governor for more than eight years, member of the Resources Committee and Chair of the Progress and Attainment Committee. Currently Lead for Curriculum and co-governor for children with special educational needs and co-governor overseeing literacy in the curriculum.

Penny Elvin
I have been a co-opted Governor since 2016. I am an experienced Teacher and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator currently specialising in Child Mental Health. My child attended Merryhills until recently and my husband who attended in the 1980s. I have a Masters in Psychology and have worked in Middle and Secondary schools for over 16 years.

Richard Hudson – Headteacher

Emral Jarrold
I have been a parent governor since March 2018.  I have an established career in Human Resources which reinforces my belief that people are the greatest asset of any organisation.  I am proud to be able to positively support our school and input into Merryhills  approach to workforce planning, which contributes to the continued success of Merryhills and supports developing our children to their full potential.  I’m currently a member of the Leadership and Management team.

 Geoff Udall
I have been the Resident Site Manager for the past 16 years, having previously carried out the same roll at another two primary schools within the London Borough Of Enfield.  I am presently the Schools Health & Safety Representative and undergone many successful audits in that time. I was elected as a Staff Governor in June 2019 and presently on the Wellbeing Committee.

Hannah Croton
I have been a teacher at Merryhills for six years. During this time, I have led the RE Curriculum and am now currently lead on Music. I am also an appointed member of SACRE which supports the borough’s RE provision. My background is within the Arts, having worked in Music publishing and television and for Christie’s Auctioneers before running my own instrumental teaching business and working for the Enfield Music Service. I am a mother of two girls and enjoy reading, theatre and getting out for long walks when I can!

Radhika Banerji
I am a GP by training and currently work part time. I was fortunate to have been elected as a parent governor earlier this year. I have really enjoyed my first few months in the role & look forward to continue to support Merryhills & its community.

Jesal Mistry
Vice Chair of Governors
I am Business Development Director at Legal & General with over 15 years of experience  working in a professional pensions and investment environment. I am focused on providing children with an environment where they can build a strong foundation from which they can go on and achieve their dreams. A particular passion of mine is providing children  with basic financial education

Emmy Beazley-Williams

Parent Governor appointed in March 2022
I am an HR specialist with experience in both the public and private sectors. I have experience of working with client groups, providing a full range of HR expertise across the employee life cycle, including employee relations, policy and wellbeing. In my earlier career, I worked as a Higher Education Events Manager with a strong focus on strategy, engagement and creating supportive and safe working environments.  I have volunteered in the local community over many years, but also founded and chaired a local community group. I have a keen interest in social justice, climate justice and positive change. I have a child at Merryhills and am passionate about the school and my role as Governor.

The Governing Body operates with a  series of teams with specific focus areas.

Name Governor Type Term of Office Team Membership
Penny Deller (Chair) Co-opted 21.07.2023 – 20.07.2024 Leadership and Management
Radhika Banerji Parent 10.03.2021 – 09.03.2025 Leadership and Management
Hannah Croton Co-opted 15.03.2021 – 14.03.2025 Personal Development
Penny Elvin Co-opted 07.03.2020 – 06.03.2024 Quality of Education Behaviour & Attitudes
Emral Jarrod Co-opted 14.03.2022 – 13.03.2026 Leadership and Management
 Jesal Mistry (Vice Chair)  Parent  02.11.2020 – 01.11.2024  Quality of Education
Julie Murphy Co-opted 23.01.2021 – 22.01.2025 Quality of Education
Emmy Beazley-Williams Co-opted 14.03.2022 – 13.03.2026 Personal Development
Geoff Udall Staff 26.03.2019 – 23.05.2023 Behaviour & Attitudes