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Ascot Road Community Free School

...for a better future


Our Governors

Picture 1 David Gelernter - Chair of Governors
Picture 1 Faheem Ahmed - Vice Chair - Maths Link
Picture 2 Anna Shaw-Chair Outcomes, Inclusion+Special Needs
Picture 3 Nitin Chadha-Chair of Resources Committee
Picture 4 Sabeen Kazmi - Staff Governor
Picture 5 Phil Ingles-Community Governor-DataProcessing Link
Picture 6 Tim Body - Community Governor
Picture 7 Ubaid Hassan - Parent Governor H+S Link
Picture 8 Chloe Arnold - Safeguarding Link
Picture 9 Abimbola Alabede (Abi) - Literacy + Languages Link
Picture 10 Philip Barton - Parent Governor Training Link

David Gelernter- Chair Of Governors

Committees:- Resources and Outcomes

Re-appointed by WHCFST on 2.05.2018

Term of office: 4 years

Pecuniary Interests - None

Full Governing Body Meetings attended: 2015-16: 6/6,  2016-17: 5/5,  2017-18:6/6


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.

"My 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.




Sabeen Kazmi: - Staff Governor

Appointed 4th January 2019

Term 4 years

Pecuniary Interests - none

Committee - Outcomes

Attendance at Full Governing Body meetings 0/0


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".

Nitin Chadha - Community Governor - Chair of Resources Committee

Appointed by WHCFST on 24.08.2016

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 N/A . 2016-17 4/5  2017-18 5/6

Special Responsibility: School Community links 

Professional qualifications: - Fully Qualified Management Accountant (CIMA) & MBA


Area of Expertise

Nitin 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,

"I am 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".


Phil Ingles - Community Governor - Data Security Link

Appointed by WHCFST: on 01.01.2017

Term of Appointment: 4 Years

Pecuniary Interests: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2015-16 N/A. 2016-17 3/3 2017-18 6/6

Committee:- Resources

Special Responsibiity:- Data Protection


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.



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: None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings: 2016-17 2/2  2017-18 2/6


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.

Faheem Ahmed:- Vice Chair of Governors - STEM Link (Science, Tech, Maths,) 

Appointed by WHCFST:- 27th November 2017

Term:- 4 years

Pecuniary Interests:- none

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings:- 0/0 2017-18 4/4

Committee:- Resources

Special Responsibility:- Maths and Numeracy link

Professional qualifications: -Diploma inEnglish Law, Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, BA(Hons) Ed. Studies, MSc Gender, Culture, Politics


Faheem has lived in Watford for 18 years. 

He is a part-time online tutor with the University of Essex on its Criminology and Criminal Justice Degree Program, and a volunteer with an educational charity. He is also a workplace Health and Safety rep, a management conflict mediator, a fully qualified trainer and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

After a long career as Senior Investigating Officer with the Metropolitan Police Service – undertaking a wide range of intelligence and operational roles within the Criminal Investigation Department, Special Branch, the Anti-Corruption and the Counter Terrorism Command - he then worked as a Legal Executive, an Adjudicator and Executive Advisor at the Financial Ombudsman Service, Policy Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, and currently as a Strategy Adviser at HM Revenue and Customs.

"I look forward to playing my part in helping our children to achieve their full potential"


Anna Shaw:- Chair of Outcomes Committee - Inclusion and Special Needs Link

Appointed by WHCFST:- 6th July 2018

Term:- 4 years

Pecuniary Interests:- none

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings:- 0/0

Committee:- Outcomes

Special Responsibility:- Link Governor English and Literacy


Professional qualifications: -BA (Hons) French and Linguistics, Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary), Accreditation in Introduction to Autism.

Anna is married with three children of Primary and Secondary school age”.

She qualified as a Primary School teacher more than 15 years ago and during her career worked in the state funded and independent sectors. She has specialised in teaching French to beginners and gained accreditation in Introduction to Autism. She currently work as an Elective Home Education (EHE) Adviser and was a founding committee member of the national body for EHE professionals.

"Passionate about ensuring that all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential, I am looking forward to working with the governors at Ascot Road School to assist in fulfilling its vision to provide an outstanding education for its children. I am delighted to become part of the Governing Body.”

Ubaid Hassan - Parent Governor - Health and Safety Link

Elected by Parents:- 4th January 2019

Term:- 4 years

Pecuniary Interests:- None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings:- 0/0

Committee:- Resources

Professional qualifications:- Member of the Association of Certified Management Accountants (ACMA), BSc and MSc in Management Sciences and Operational Research.

Ubaid has extensive industry experience in the telecommunications sector covering a variety of analytical and leadership roles. He is an independent IT consultant on national and international projects.

He acted as Treasurer and Vice Chair of a disabled children’s charity before becoming a parent governor at Rickmansworth High School in 2015. He also has a passion for cricket and coaches the Under 9 to Under 15 boys’ group at Rickmansworth Cricket Club.

“I am keen to serve the school in the best possible way to influence outcomes for children of all abilities and to help enable them to fulfil their ambitions; and most importantly, enjoy their time at school”.


Philip Barton - Parent Governor - Training

Elected by Parents:- 18.09.2019

Term:- 4 years

Pecuniary Interests:- None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings:- 0/0

Committee:- Outcomes

Professional qualifications:-BSc (Hons) Psychology, Certificate in Education LIQA

Phil is married with two children, both attending Ascot Road CFS.

Following 9 years military service in the Royal Air Force his career took him into Aircraft Engineering, Education and Training, Counselling and Rehabilitation of Offenders and most recently HR/Occupational Psychology.

He currently works part time in two roles. A National Charity working with rehabilitation of offenders related to Alcohol and Drug abuse and Assessor for the Metropolitan Police relating to suitability criteria of potential and serving Police officers. Phil is also the Chair of Board of Trustees for Sunrise Academy Ukunda Charitable Trust.

“I am a passionate advocate for lifelong learning and ensuring that the educational journey of our children starts with the very best possible Primary School education. I am very happy to be part of ARCFS Governing body



Chloe Arnold - Link governor Safeguarding

Appointed - 1st September 2019

Term:- 4 years

Pecuniary Interests:- None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings:- 0/0

Committee:- Outcomes

Professional qualifications:- Bachelor of Laws

Chloë has a background in law, specifically the areas of crime and immigration. She currently works as an advocate for the Home Office, representing the Secretary of State in asylum and immigration cases at the First-Tier Tribunal..She has worked and volunteered for a number of charities, including the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and Amicus ALJ. Chloë has lived in Croxley Green for over 15 years and wishes to make an active contribution to the education of children in her local area.

“I am looking forward to playing a part in the safe, inclusive, creative and encouraging environment at Ascot Road has created for the children to give them a Better Future.”

Abimbola Adabele (Abi) - Link governor Literacy + Languages

Appointed - 1st September 2019

Term:- 4 years

Pecuniary Interests:- None

Attendance at Full Governing Body Meetings:- 0/0

Committee:- Outcomes

Professional qualifications:- BA (Hons) Business and Law,  LLM Corporate Law

Abi has been a Civil Servant for 4 years and has been working at the Department for Education for the past 3 years. She previously worked at the Home Office and her background is in Business and Law.  She is passionate about making a difference in young people’s lives, she is keen that there is an Education system provides them with a chance of a better future and is keen on contributing to make her community a better one. Abi has lived in Watford for 2 years and enjoys travelling when she gets the opportunity to. 

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David Gelernter

Chair of Governors

Ascot Road Community Free School

Ascot Road



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Clerk for the Governing Body -

Jenny Barnes




Structure and Responsibilities of Governors