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Our Governors

Picture 1 David Gelernter - Chair of Governors
Picture 1 Ann Pyatt - Comm Gov - Chair of Outcomes Committee
Picture 2 Azeem Daya - Community Governor
Picture 3 Nitin Chadha - Com Gov: Chair of Resources Committ
Picture 4 Sarah Meager - Parent Governor
Picture 5 Gayitri Shah - Parent Governor
Picture 6 Nisha Peshawaria - Staff Governor
Picture 7 Phil Ingles - Community Governor
Picture 8 Tim Body - Community Governor
Picture 9 Angela Daniel - Trust Link Governor

David Gelernter- Chair Of Governors

Committees:- Resources and Outcomes

Appointed by WHCFST on 2.05.2014

Term of office: 4 years

Pecuniary Interests - None

Full Governing Body Meetings attended: 2015-16: 6/6, 2016-17: 5/5


Area of expertise:-

David is a Justice of the Peace and a recently retired judge of the Family Court. He is also Chair and Responsible Individual for an Independent Fostering Agency as well as Chair and main board member of several SME's as well as a Director of several plc's.

He was Chair of West London Family Court and on the Executive Board for Family Proceedings - Greater London and the Lord Chancellors advisory committee for implementation of the Single Family Court in London.

David describes himself as a mature individual with a wide range of experience and knowledge well versed in Family Law, Child Welfare and Protection, but with a background in business.

His passion is that every child should have an equal opportunity to be the very best they can be, irrespective of their background or individual talents. The welfare and care of children at risk is his specialist subject.




Ann Pyatt - Chair of Outcomes Committee

Appointed by WHCFST on: 16.02.2015

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 6/6. 2016-17 3/5

Special responsibilities: Link Governor - Literacy and Safeguarding


Area of Expertise

Ann lives in Watford and has a background in education, having qualified as a primary school teacher in the 1970s and then moving into adult education management from the 1980s. From 1991 Ann worked in postgraduate medical education in London, retiring in March 2015. She has a special interest in the psychology of education and in health psychology.

Ann is keen to ensure that every child can maximise their potential, and to promote excellence in educational opportunities for all children. She believes strongly that all children should enjoy and be inspired by their educational experience throughout their school days


Azeem Daya – Community Governor

Appointed by WHCFST on 19.08.2016

Term of Office: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 N/A . 2016-17 4/5

Special Responsibility: Link Governor: Inclusion and Special Needs


Area of Expertise

Initially a Cost and Management accountant, Azeem was joint owner of a chain of successful Pharmacy and Health Food Retail stores. He has served on various organizations including The Health Store, an independent supplier of nutritional supplements and foods to over 200 retail health stores, and since 2001 he has been a member of The Association of Honorary Stewards at the Wimbledon Tennis Championship and was elected to serve on the management committee in 2010.

Azeem is very passionate about sports - in particular cricket and tennis – and strongly believes that sports should play an intricate part in our daily lives. He says that everyone should be encouraged to participate in sporting activities.

He is also passionate about the school and its active Board of Governors and keen to help to fulfil the school’s vision of delivering the highest standard of education and development for all pupils.

Nitin Chadha - Community Governor - Chair of Resources Committee

Appointed by WHCFST on 19.08.2016

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 N/A . 2016-17 4/5

Special Responsibility: School Community links


Area of Expertise

Nitin is a fully qualified management accountant (CIMA) and an MBA He works as Product Finance and Governance Manager for GE Capital UK where he looks after reporting and analysis for a $3BN portfolio of GE Capital UK financing business and $750MM of deposits business for GE Direct. But he started his career in the hotel industry, working as a chef at Le Meridian Hotel,

Nitin is delighted to be able to contribute to the governance of the school, and assist in achieving the school’s aim to ensure every child becomes the best they can be.


Sarah Meager - Parent Governor

Appointed by Parent Body ratified by Trust and members: on 19.12.2014

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 5/6. 2016-17 3/5

Committee:- Resources

Special Responsibility: Health and Safety


Area of Expertise

Sarah is enthusiastic and passionate about the school and is keen to promote its aim to enable all the children to have the best start possible, and continued success in education. She believes that with the support of governors, staff, parents and the SLT, all the children at ARCFS will receive the best education and values. Sarah is very focussed and enthusiastic towards child development and child safety is one of her main priorities. She is willing and excited to gain from the experience and supports the school to strive towards excellence and challenge in areas. Sarah has a great interest in the surrounding community.


Gayitri Shah - Parent Governor

Appointed by Parent Body ratified by Trust and members: on 19.12.2014

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 4/6. 2016-17 4/5

Committee:- Outcomes


Area of Expertise

Gayitri is an enthusiastic and committed parent, with business and management experience. She is a highly organised and IT literate individual, who wishes to make a valuable contribution to the running of the school.

Gayitri believes by being a parent in a multi-cultural environment she will be able to contribute to the work of the governors and appreciate other parents' concerns.


Phil Ingles - Community Governor

Appointed by WHCFST: on 31.12.2016

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 N/A. 2016-17 3/3

Committee:- Resources


Area of Expertise

Phil has lived in Watford for 20 years. He started his career working as a civil servant for a government department, but later changed his career path to selling for major blue chip companies.

He is a qualified professional photographer, with many awards to his name.

In 1999 he started his own business and currently runs a telecommunications company and photography business.

He has in the past worked as youth worker and been a parent governor at his son’s secondary school. He is keen to add to the local community by supporting the school as a community governor.

He has a creative and entrepreneurial approach and believes he can help develop the school to fulfil its vision.



Nisha Peshawaria - Staff Governor

Appointed by Staff body and ratified by Trust and members on: 5.01.2015:

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 3/6. 2016-17 4/5


Area of Expertise

Nisha is Head of Maths as well as a Year 1 class teacher and member of the Senior Leadership Team. She graduated from London Metropolitan University with a degree in Early Years Teaching and Primary Education.

Nisha is passionate about teaching children and believes it is paramount that children are given the opportunity to learn and have experiences that develop them as creative individuals.

She is excited to have the opportunity to be part of the school community and provide a link and promote the teamwork between the staff and the governors. She looks forward to supporting the school’s vision to create a ‘better future’ for the children of our local communit



Tim Body - Community Governor

Appointed by governing body and ratified by Trust and members on: 15/05/2017:

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests:

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2016-17 2/2


Area of Expertise

I am an Art Teacher by profession, but am the current Headteacher of Westfield Academy in Watford. I have been the Headteacher for over 4 years. During my time at Westfield Academy I have had a number of Leadership and Management roles, culminating in Headteacher. Alongside this I have also been an Additional Inspector for OFSTED.

Helen Lockham – Principal

Appointed by WHCFST on: 1 April 2014

Term of Appointment: N/A

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 6/6. 2016-17 5/5

Area of Expertise: School Leadership

I am Principal for both Ascot Road and Lanchester Community Free Schools and share my time equally across both. I hold a Masters in Educational Management and I have taught since 1995 in schools across Wales and England. My passion is to enable every child to achieve, excel and reach their potential.


I have been a Headteacher for nine years now, in four schools and I have experienced three Ofsted inspections when I have led the team to achieve good with outstanding features - in one case turning it around from “requires improvement.”

I believe in supporting staff and pupils to recognise their areas of strength and development through timely coaching, mentoring and asking challenging questions so that I can train, develop, and inspire others to become leaders. Unlocking potential is the key to outstanding leadership.


If we teach pupils to: recognise values and understand how behaviour relates to them; and how we can support our local community, then we will be training up outstanding citizens who will go places … for a better future. I model our values to all, and expect this of every adult who walks into our school.


I enjoy working with children, being in the classroom and engaging in play on the playground at lunch-time. I work tirelessly to provide an amazing learning environment with fantastic learning opportunities within our schools. Enjoyment is key to learning skills which will stay with a child right through to adulthood.


My loving and supportive husband of over 40 years still accompanies me into toy shops even though he understands I will play with the toys to see how useful they would be in school. My four children are now all grown up and married and I am a proud and doting grandma to more than a rugby team of grandchildren. Family get-togethers are extremely important oases within my otherwise hectic life. I also like to visit new and interesting places, both in the UK and around the world. A time to relax, experience interesting cultures and learn new languages.

Angela Daniel - Trust Link Governor

Appointed by WHCFST on:- 2 October 2017

Term:- 4 years

Pecuniary Interests:- none

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings:- 0/0


Angela is a Fellow Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 18 years experience within the industry. She has acquired her experience within the Accounting & Audit Practice, Consulting and Banking. Currently she works as the Head of Finance for an International Asset Management Firm. She enjoys mentoring young people and has a passion to see young people maximise their potential. In her spare time she enjoys reading and watching movies.


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David Gelernter

Chair of Governors

Ascot Road Community Free School

Ascot Road



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