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Ascot Road Primary School

...for a better future


Ascot Road Primary School is part of Danes Educational Trust.  The Danes Educational Trust Board has responsibility for the operation of the Trust, but delegates some of the responsibilities to a local level.  Therefore, schools within the Trust has a School Board, comprising local governors.  the School Board holds 4 meetings per year.  In addition, each School board has an Admissions Committee and a Senior Staff Pay and Remuneration Committee.  Lanchester Primary School shares its School Board with Ascot Road Primary School.


Further information about the Danes Educational Trust governance structure is available on the Trust website.


To contact the governors of the School, please email

Who we are





Rama Venchard - Chair of Governors

Appointed - 1st February 2021

Term:- 4 years

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings:- .


Professional qualifications:- 

Rama runs his own consultancy company specialising in project management with expertise in Project & Programme Management, Service Improvement and Business Process Change.  Since 2005, he has worked with schools and Trusts to facilitate the set-up of Academies, University Technical Colleges, Studio Schools and Free Schools.  He currently works with multiple Trusts and FE Colleges leading on their Academy conversions, re-brokerages, mergers and Free School projects. He is the Chair of a Primary School Trust of 18 schools and a Trustee on two other Academy Trust boards. Rama also brings knowledge from over twenty years in the retail, hospitality and banking sectors.  He enjoys good food, good music and good company.

Tim Body - Community Governor

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

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2016-17 2/2  2017-18 2/6 2018. 2019, 2/3. 2020 0/1

Area of Expertise:

Tim is an Art Teacher by profession but is the current Headteacher of Westfield Academy in Watford where he has been the Headteacher for over 4 years. During his time at Westfield Academy he has had a number of Leadership and Management roles, culminating in Headteacher. Alongside this, he has also been an Additional Inspector for OFSTED.


Sabeen Kazmi: - Staff Governor

Appointed 4th January 2019

Term 4 years

Committee - Outcomes

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings. 2019 3/3, 2020 1/1

Sabeen is Early Years Leader and has been with the school since the beginning of the journey. She also teaches a reception class - Canary Wharf. She is a proactive member of the Senior Leadership Team and graduated from Roehampton University London specialising in an undergraduate degree in Early childhood studies followed by a PGCE at Goldsmiths University London.

Sabeen is very passionate about teaching children as well as believing that it is paramount that children should be given the opportunity to learn through an enabling environment. She also believes that every child is unique and should be treated as an individual.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to provide the link between the staff and the governors and I look forward to supporting the school's vision to create a ‘'Better Future'' for the children of our school".

Rupesh Hirani - Pupil Premium Governor

Appointed: 24th March 2021, Ratified by FGB 25th March 2021


Term of office: 4 years

Full Governing Body Meetings attended: 2021

Professional Qualifications:  BSc Mathematics with Business Management (University of Birmingham), Advance Diploma in Insurance (Chartered Insurance Institute)


Rupesh has held several roles within the insurance industry, both in the UK and abroad, primarily focused around management of insurance portfolios and pricing. The roles have included setting financial plans, ensuring global adoption of key pricing frameworks and using data to drive actionable insights to achieve financial and non-financial ambitions.


I am looking forward to working alongside the rest of the governing body to ensure that we can provide the best possible educational environment for the children of Ascot Road CFS.


Abolade Odunsi - Safeguarding Governor

Appointed: 24th April 2020. Ratified by FGB 3 June 2020.

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2020 0/1

Professional Qualifications: BA Hons in Business and enterprise management graduate from Sheffield Hallam University.

Abby has 3 years of procurement experience. Most recently working in the IT sales industry.

She also recently received a diploma from the chartered institute of procurement and supply. 

"I am excited to take on this position and to give back to the local community. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym and playing netball". 


Gulistan Ladha - Curriculum and Standards Govenor

Appointed:  24th March 2021. Ratified by FGB 25th MArch 2021. 

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 

Area of Expertise:

Professional Qualifications: BA (Hon) Business Studies

Gulistan has worked in the tech and telecommunications sector for over 25 years, primarily in regulation and compliance. She has been involved in new product and service launches as well as implementation of new laws and regulations. She is currently based at the at the UK government’s leading advisory group/think tank on broadband and digital infrastructure. Gulistan is passionate about STEM subjects and finding ways to encourage everyone, young and old, to develop and enhance their digital skills, which has become even more important in current times. 

"I am very happy at being appointed a Governor at Ascot Road Community Free School and I very much look forward to making a positive contribution to the quality of education for pupils at the school”.

Meera Mitchell - Parent Governor/SEN and Inclusion

Appointed: 1st March 2021. Ratified by FGB 25th March 2021

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2021

Area of Expertise:

Professional Qualifications:  BSc Mathematics (King’s College London), Associate Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales)


Meera has worked in the audit and accountancy profession since 2009, managing statutory financial audits.


“As the mother of two young children I am really passionate about the education of our children and the benefits this can not only bring to them but the wider community. Having been state educated I have seen first-hand how a nurturing and well managed school environment can set up our children to achieve their goals and dreams.”


To contact the governing body, please email: 


Marked for the attention of the Chair of Governors

Or by post:

Clerk to the Governing Body -

Jenny Barnes




Governor Declarations of Interest

Governor Impact Statement