Welcome to the Governing Body section of the website. My name is Will Emms and I am the Chair of Governors of the Blossom Federation of Daubeney, Sebright & Lauriston Schools and Children Centres.
Our governors represent our wider school community: elected parent and staff governors, one Local Authority nominee and co-opted members from the wider community. They have a mix of skills, experiences and backgrounds to help provide the best possible support to the School. We are actively recruiting new members.
School governors have a responsibility for supporting the schools, while also holding them to account. At each school, Governors are actively involved in all aspects of school life and contribute time and energy to ensure the school continually improves. Governors share the school’s aims and values, and are keen to enhance the environment, provide the right resources and to see that every child receives the best possible education.
The purpose of the Governing Body is to help the school to provide the best possible education for its pupils. They work closely with the Executive Head Teacher and the Senior Leadership Teams to set the school’s strategic aims and policies and actively work to monitor, support and improve the quality of teaching and learning for all pupils. The role of the Governing Body is one of strategic oversight; governors are not involved in the day-to-day running of the school. That is the responsibility of the Head of School.
The full Federation Governing Body meets formally once a term.
Sub-committees also meet once or twice a term to focus on particular areas in more detail. The two main sub-committees are:
- Finance & Staffing (F&S), and
- Curriculum & Standards (C&S).
Each of the Schools in the Federation have a Local School Committee who focus on the individual schools, their needs and developments. The Chair of the Local School Committees are:
- Daubeney – Marisa Childs
- Sebright - Laura Stacey
- Lauriston – Madeleine Davis
Other committees, panels and project teams meet when needed. It is also important for Governors to see the school in action, and they make regular visits to classrooms, to speak with teachers and to join in school events and celebrations. Governors take very seriously the role they play and the contribution they can make. Governors are expected to sign up to a code of practice agreeing to act with honesty and integrity, to keep up to date with training and to respect confidentiality at all times.
If you wish to contact me, you can do so via the school office. Please mark your correspondance 'FAO Mr Will Emms, Chair of Governors'.
Who We Are
Chair of Governors, Co-Opted Governor
Will has lived in Homerton with his wife Holly since 2011, and Hackney and North East London since 1999.
Will has been a governor at the federation since 2015, until recently Chairing the Curriculum and Standards Committee, and Chair of Governors since January 2021.
Will and Holly have 2 children, currently in Years 6 and 4 at Daubeney.
Will works at the Department for Education, where he has supported schools with the national curriculum tests, provided learning and development to the department’s finance people, and now works with the various professions across the department.
Vice Chair, Daubeney LSC Chair, Co-Opted Governor
Marisa works in the Fashion Industry as a Director of Product & Sourcing and has lead teams both large and small in both luxury and high street retail. In addition, her skill set ranges from Coaching, Leadership, Strategy & Project Management. Marisa became a Governor in November 2015. Marisa says: “Being born and bred in this great borough, my hopes for the Blossom Federation is that all children continue to access the very best education, regardless of their starting point and in particular the most vulnerable both socially and economically are able to thrive and achieve their very best independently to have an equal opportunity in life so they can contribute to society and feel a sense of belonging”.
Lauriston LSC Chair, Co-Opted Governor
I am a co-opted governor and currently Chair of the School Committee at Lauriston. Both my sons, now in Years 10 and 7, attended the school (very happily!), and I was previously an elected parent governor before Lauriston joined the federation. In my ‘day job’ I teach, research and manage in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. Being involved with the federation as a governor is a big time commitment but really rewarding – right now I am especially excited about the OPAL initiative to transform playtimes across the three schools, which I feel will make a big and positive difference to the children.
Chair of Finance & Staffing Committee, Co-Opted Governor
I became a parent Governor at Daubeney Primary School in late 2013, was elected as Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee for the Federation of Daubeney and Sebright Primary Schools in 2015, and am currently the chair of the Finance and Staffing committee for the Blossom Federation
I have two children currently in secondary schools in Hackney. Both children attended Daubeney Primary School from Reception to Year 6.
As an architect I am able to use my professional knowledge and skills to assist the schools with regard to maintaining and improving the school buildings and grounds. Daubeney and Sebright are in Victorian Grade II Listed Buildings, and Lauriston has a more modern building completed in 2010.
The staff are the most important part of delivering education, and 80% or more of school budgets is typically spent on staff. Recruiting staff, staff training and development and staff wellbeing are all important considerations in delivering education.
I firmly believe in the importance of the environment, experiences, teaching and learning at primary school on the long-term outcomes for the pupils. As a Governor my interest is to help provide the highest quality educational experience for the children at Daubeney, Sebright and Lauriston.
Hi everyone, I’m Thomas, a dad of 2. I was born and raised locally and have lived in Hackney for a number of years. I work for a leading commercial and residential property company working alongside various sectors, advising and handling the access control systems across a large estate.
My eldest son attends Lauriston School, soon to be followed by his brother. What I like about Lauriston is that it has an informal, warm and inclusive feel, as well as having a focus on pupil well-being. As a parent governor I look forward to contributing to the works the federation does collectively. I’m interested in learning more about how the schools and centres are run, as well as understanding the diverse processes and policies in place. Particularly, the current school curriculum and how the children learn in the school environment.
I’m always on the go, but when I do get ‘me’ time I like anything social and entertaining, good food, travelling and since becoming a parent to two young boys, some peace and quiet.
Hi All – my name is Katie Lewis, and I am the mum of a child in Year 1 at Sebright. Originally from the USA, I have lived in the UK for 12 years and in Hackney for the past 9 – and I love it!
In addition to being a Mum, I am a Regional Director at TransPerfect, a company focused on helping global companies create, translate and launch global content. My primary focus is in the pharma sector and our mission is to help companies get lifesaving drugs to patients faster. I am a volunteer with the Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association and passionate about driving gender parity and equality. I’m also passionate about supporting local schools and via a charity called Business2Schools, have been involved in leading programs to get devices to children learning remotely, clean / rejuvenate school grounds and organize panels including women in science to speak to future students in STEM.
I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to serve as a Governor. I am committed to helping grow and continuously improve the Federation.
I am Suzanne Carmichael and I am Head of Daubeney & Sebright Children’s Centre as well as the Staff Governor for the Blossom Federation. Welcome to our Children’s Centers. The Children’s Centers offer a range of Drop In's , adult education , parenting and health programmes , family support and full and sessional fee paying and funded childcare places for children under 5 years of age. The Centre offer quality affordable childcare places ,we deliver the EYFS and have a full staff team of qualified practitioners. Our wide range of activities and programmes are designed to meet the needs of local families wanting to access play sessions and adult learning programmes. We feel passionate about the services we offer to our families ; we want to develop all our children to be school ready and continue to support all our families to access activities and sessions that will help and support better health and well-being outcomes, strengthen and build local networks and reduce isolation in the community. If you would like to visit our Centre’s please do contact us to arrange a visit.
Local Authority Governor
I was first part of the Blossom Federation as a parent – the oldest of my three children started in reception at Sebright back in 2009. For my (part-time) day job I’m housing editor and subeditor on a current affairs magazine, and for extra fun I write plays and lecture on adaptation for theatre at the Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education.
I arrived on the federation governing board as an appointee of the local authority in 2019 at a time of transition, and have since worked on producing a new governing ethos. I sit on the Sebright committee and the committee for Curriculum and Standards, plus I’m the governor designated to support the federation’s Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) initiative, which aims to create better playgrounds and develop a positive, imaginative culture around play at our schools. We know that playing outdoors is brilliant for children. It offers a great way to learn about others and the environment, build judgement around risk, let off steam and, importantly, balance each day’s concentrated effort in the classroom with some physical fun and creativity. Since we started OPAL, the schools have been making several changes, with more to come. Do get in touch if you’d like to learn more about being a parent play champion, or could volunteer some time to collect donations and help make our playgrounds more creative, exciting places for children to have fun and explore.
Annwen Johnson BEM
I am Annwen Johnson BEM, I am currently a Civil Servant and have been for many years now.
I am a parent Governor at Daubeney and a newly appointed Co-opted Governor of the Blossom Federation. I have a British Empire Medal for my services to Diversity and Inclusion I obtained whilst working at HM Treasury.
I believe that all children from all races and backgrounds should have an education that is tailored to their educational and cultural needs, and diversity and inclusion makes this is possible. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion is very important to me personally and professionally. Being a Black Woman, Wife, Mother and Professional has given me a wealth of experience and lessons to bring a diverse perspective and challenge to the School and the Federation.
I am committed to supporting the school and families for the enhancement of learning for all children but with a special focus on children from Black and Asian backgrounds. Using my experience, skills and knowledge to help all children and make their futures brighter.
While Hackney is and has been my beloved home for many years, I am originally from Leeds which becomes very apparent once you speak to me! I am here to provide support, a listening ear, and where possible solutions to any challenges you may be experiencing.
Representation Matters! If you can see it, you can be it!
I am a co-opted Governor. I started my career as a journalist at the Independent, and then worked at the Foreign Office before being a Teach First participant where I taught English for two years at a school in Tottenham. I then spent 12 years at a communications consultancy called Portland, latterly as the firms Managing Director. Outside of work I am a trustee of WorldSkills UK and sit on the Teach First Business Leaders Council.
I believe schools play a vital role in local communities and am looking forward to playing a part in making sure the federation is offering a high quality and inspiring educational experience to the students they serve.
Executive Head Teacher
Clerk to the Governing Body
I grew up in East London and still live about two miles away from the place I was born! Almost all of my working life has involved providing services to Children and Young People. This included 15 years as a Secondary School Business Manager - first in Newham and then in Hackney. In 2012 I moved to work full-time in school governance. Working in governance involves lots of unsocial hours, but when I get free time I enjoy being outdoors, doing grandma duty and watching cycling.
I have been the clerk to the Federation Governing Board since 2014.
Local School Committee
Head of School / Associate Governor
Stuart Bowman works as an actor, lives locally, and has two children who very happily attend Daubeney Primary.
He has been an Associate Governor since September 2019, and attend Local School Committee meetings about 3 times a year. Within this role he hopes to reach a better understanding of the internal workings of the school, which he can then relate to parents. Equally he hopes to be able to relate any issues parents may have with the school back to them.
He is very proud of his association with Daubeney Primary, and very proud to send his children there.
Partnership Group Committee
We have a special Partnership Group Committee made up of three members of the Blossom Federation Governing Body and three members of the Colvestone Primary School Governing Body.
Blossom: Will Emms, Sam Ingleby and Katie Lewis
Colvestone: Rosie Condon, Julien de Rosee and Tara Mack
Governing Body Responsibilities
A Governing Body’s responsibilities cover three key areas:
1. To provide a strategic view
- focus on the future
- set appropriate objectives
- develop a strategic framework and policies to achieve these objectives
2. To be a ‘critical friend’
- offer support and constructive advice
- be a sounding board for ideas
- ask challenging questions when necessary
3. To ensure accountability of the school
- ensuring that the school delivers good quality education
- monitoring the school’s overall performance
- ensuring the school complies with its statutory and legal responsibilities
Governing Body Membership