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Who are the Governors?


Isleworth Town Primary School

Who are the Governors?

Below is a list of all our current members of the Governing Body. In many cases you'll find a short introduction in the Governors' own words.

Eileen Sheedy


I have worked at Isleworth Town School for the last 17 years, 4 years as Deputy and 13 years a Headteacher. I previously taught for 12 years before coming out of the classroom. As a Governor I welcome the opportunity to work with a dedicated group of people who represent both the parents and wider school community. As a group of Governors we are ambitious for the school and are dedicated to continual whole school improvement.


Ellie Greenwood

Chair of Governors

We have lived in the area for more than a decade and were instantly impressed by the warmth and energy of the school when we first visited as prospective parents in 2014. With two sons now happily settled in the school, I am pleased to support it by being a school governor, having been appointed in summer 2017.

Professionally, my career has been spent in various policy roles in the public sector, most recently within local government.


Keith Johnson

Vice Chair 

I'm a parent of three small children who will soon all be at Isleworth Town. I was lucky to attend good primary schools followed by grammar school, and went on to study science at Oxford University. I then worked at the BBC for 6 years in various diverse roles and currently work as a freelance technical director for Sky News. I also taught part-time for 3 years on the post-graduate journalism course at City University. I have many other interests, especially information technology and music. I work as a semi-professional musician, playing mainly jazz and latin music, and co-teach a salsa music workshop in Kew. Music led me to Cuba in 2002 where I met my wife, spending a total of 4 years there and becoming fluent in Spanish. All the opportunities I've had come from the great all-round education I had. I believe the arts and physical activities are just as important as academic grades, and Isleworth Town embraces this. Music is particularly important, as research shows it improves performance in all other subjects. I think a good headteacher and a dedicated team of governors can make a great school and I look forward to being part of this.


Jocelyn Bassett

Deputy Headteacher

Co-opted Governor

I have worked at Isleworth Town Primary School since 2005, teaching initially in KS2 for four years before teaching in Year 1 and Year 2. I have led KS1 as Team Leader before becoming Assistant Head and now I have taken on the role of Deputy Headteacher in 2016. I initially became a Governor during my first years in the school and found it an invaluable experience. I now reprise my role as a co-opted Governor and it is a pleasure to work alongside others who are dedicated to supporting our school to ensure we continue to develop a community where everyone is valued and children are confident and become successful learners.


Claire Islam

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Isleworth for 10 years and I have 1 daughter at Isleworth Town (and another who has moved onto secondary). We visited other schools before Isleworth Town but were instantly attracted to the positive energy, the happy children and the professional staff we encountered on our introduction to the school. I have been lucky to be involved at the school by reading in classes, going on class trips, taking part in science week and as a FIT representative. When the opportunity arose to apply to be a parent governor I was very keen to apply to try to help to support the staff, pupils and parents of Isleworth Town to enable the school to grow not only in size but in the development of pupils to their fullest potential.


Nicola Bedford

Parent Governor

My daughter started Reception in 2017 and I am amazed by both her academic progress and personal development. I have been lucky to be able to help out in both Reception and Year 2 classes and love the energy, the sense of community and joy I've seen while being around school.  Therefore I was thrilled and honoured to be appointed parent governor. Before becoming a parent I had my own business specialising in IT training and travelled around Europe managing and delivering large scale training programmes. Since becoming a parent I have completed a degree in Criminology and Psychology and am hoping to continue my own education by pursuing a master's degree.  I am passionate about education and equality, particularly inspiring curiosity and a love of learning. 


Esther Berryman

Co-opted Governor

I live in Isleworth and my son attended Isleworth Town School from nursery to Year 6. We were pleased our son attended this local community school as he could learn and play with children near to his home. During that time I was a Parent Governor. I am pleased to continue now as a Co-opted Governor. I have been a primary school teacher for many years and I am senior leader in a primary school in Brent. My knowledge includes Special Educational Needs and inclusive teaching. I have also been a subject leader for science, history, RE and geography. As a Governor I will support the school so that staff and pupils are safe and thrive in their development.


Sarah Hopper

Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Isleworth since 2012 and have two daughters aged 6 and 3. My oldest is in year 1. I decided to become a Governor because I am passionate about my children’s education and about the school. Since my daughter started Isleworth Town I have been bowled over by the vibrancy of the school, the teaching standard and the overwhelming sense of community. I hope to be able to contribute to this. My day job consists of managing business continuity and resilience at the BBC where I have worked in various roles for .


Dr Mohamed (Soly) Ismail

Co-opted Governor

I am a Scientist at the Francis Crick Institute London, working on cancer drug discovery. My passion for science grew from an early age when I was introduced to it through structured learning, experimentation and, as importantly, fun. As a result of this I have been a scientist for more than 18 years and have had the opportunity to work in different countries around the world. I am proud to be a Co-Opted Governor in Isleworth Town Primary School and very glad to have the opportunity to inspire children through science so that they can then maybe become future scientists.


Karen Henry

Staff Governor

I have been a teacher and one of the English Leaders at Isleworth Town School for almost 5 years, having previously taught for 10 years in Richmond Borough were I was a Leader of Maths and Sciences and a Governor too; I am also a Borough Moderator for English. Prior to teaching, I worked in newspapers and marketing. I am the child protection representative for my local church. I have three wonderful daughters aged 3, 5 and 25. In my spare time, I love writing and singing and am an active member of a local choir. As Staff Governor, I am proud to represent our excellent staff at the school and privileged to work alongside a committed team supporting the continued development of Isleworth Town whereby every one of our pupils will achieve their full potential.


Ahoud Alshaikh

Co-opted Governor

I am a dedicated educator who has more than 20 years of experience in education, as a teacher, vice-principal, and a researcher. Demonstrated history of teaching and school management. Particular expertise in teaching methods, strategy, education reform, and coaching. I am privileged to study at the best universities in education, where I have completed my master’s studies at UCL university which complements my experience to date. At present, I am undergoing my PhD journey in the area of educational technology and assessment at Exeter university along with a specialized certificate in school management and leadership at Harvard University.


I am blessed to be a mother of three great children, the eldest son was selected to be a gifted child and now specialising in engineering studies, my daughter was a math champion at her school which led her to study biomedical engineering, the youngest is a smart artist who is planning to be a paediatric doctor.


I hope I can add value and collaborate with my colleagues to support the Isleworth Town Primary School.


Thea Buchan

Parent Governor

I am a diagnostic radiographer and currently run the CT scanning service for a London Trust. I moved to Isleworth with my family in 2015 at which point my youngest child began Nursery at Isleworth Town. I have consistently been impressed by the standard of education and pastoral care within the school as well as the supportive school community. I think a governing body that supports and challenges the school is key to maintaining and improving standards. I have a number of skills from my profession that would allow me to contribute positively to our school. 


Mavis Tandoh

Co Opted

I have lived in the Kew area for just over a year having moved back to London from Singapore. I am a mother of two primary and secondary going children. I am fortunate to have received a good education in Zambia where I was born and here in the UK where I migrated to at the age of 16 and so I am interested in education and in ensuring that children, regardless of background get the best education they deserve. I also hope to inspire children to dream big and realise they can be whatever they want to be in life.

I am a Computer Scientist by training and also hold an MBA with a specialisation in Strategic Management. I have worked in the Banking sector throughout my career and hope to add value to my governor role with my professional skillset and experience.


Ellie Tobin 

LA Governor

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