Who We Are

Megan Hunter - Chair of Governors, Chair of Resources Committee, Co-opted Governor

I have had a keen interest in education and children’s development since being a teacher both in Belize and in Chile as part of my university studies. I now work for an independent education charity called Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership. I am a senior manager and I oversee two teams which deliver work experience, apprenticeships, business mentoring, language mentoring, and university workshops to all state secondary schools in Tower Hamlets. I became a governor at Mayflower in 2009, because I am really interested in primary education too, and because Mayflower is such a happy school with such a great team of staff! I am the link governor for Inclusion and safeguarding.

Pawel Wargan - Vice Chair of Governors, Co–opted Governor

I became a Co–opted Governor at Mayflower in September 2015. The school’s mission statement connected with me, because it articulates a very basic impulse in a child’s mind: to explore. The school understands that tuition alone isn't enough to educate, because learning begins with the pupil’s thirst for discovery. I am inspired by this vision, and by the school’s engagement with music, literature and  the arts, and it is a privilege to support this vision‘s realisation as governor. Beyond my role at the school, I work at Clifford Chance, a law firm, where I have been for nearly two years.

 

 

Dee Bleach - Headteacher, Staff Governor

I have the best job in the world and I am very proud of our school. I have been a teacher since 1986. I have worked in Islington and in Tower Hamlets since 1992. I began working at Mayflower in 2006 and have been Headteacher at Mayflower since 2008. My priority is to work closely with our governing body to ensure we provide the very best education for all our pupils.

John Owen - Co-opted Governor

I have a business background, having worked in the banking industry for 31 years. I have 3 children aged 16-23 and have been a governor of Mayflower since 2009. Helping Mayflower to develop and flourish is my main objective. My particular focus has been on ensuring the financial well-being of the school. I am link governor for outcomes for pupil.

 

Charlotte Carnegie - Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted Governor at the end of 2016. Having previously been a 'Student Governor' of my secondary school I was excited to have the opportunity to bring my experience to Mayflower. I was so impressed when visiting the school with the bright and positive learning environment, and I look forward to contributing to that. I currently work as a lawyer specialising in financial regulation having previously worked in the City and now for a regulator.

 

 

Ben Coates - Co-opted Governor

I became a co-opted governor in 2017. I am really impressed when I visit the school, by the colourful, creative environment and the  inspiring emphasis on storytelling. I am passionate about education having grown up in a teaching family, and really wanted to get involved in working with a school in my local community. I am a Civil Servant and have worked in a number of roles in different Government departments, and am currently working on change and transformation programmes in the Ministry of Justice. I am passionate about social mobility and have worked with a number of secondary schools mentoring children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and also volunteer as a Coach on the Teach First programme. I am the Early Years link at Mayflower.

Farhad Uddin - Staff Governor

I have been Staff Governor since September 2017. I am proud to be a member of staff at Mayflower because of the inclusive school community and the high educational standards we instil in our children. The school’s vision of celebrating creative learning and keeping children at the centre of all we do is something I strongly believe in.  My aim is to support the school in its vision to continue to provide an outstanding education for all and providing our students with the best chance of success.

Shaheda Yasmin - Parent Governor

I currently have one child attending Mayflower Primary school and my two older children also attended the school thus have a great interest in the achievement and the development of the school. I believe the running of a school lays the roots for the success of our children.

I have experience working with and helping support people and children in a variety of roles. After finishing my secondary education I went on to study childcare and family life on parenting courses and obtained an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare.

I have numerous work experience, working with children and family such as being the development officer for the golden moon youth project E1 as well as being a nursery assistant for Riverside Childcare E14 and being a family support worker for Poplar Harca, these are only to name a few but as you can see I have always had a passion for helping children and their families. Being a parent governor first and foremost is about what is best for our children which has a knock on affect of the success of the school and the community we live in.

I have good practical computer skills and I speak fluent Bengali/Sylheti, Urdu and Hindi and can interpret and do simultaneous translations between these languages and English. I am flexible person and am able to adapt myself to any change in circumstances at the same time working well under pressure. I enjoy working in groups or as part of a team as well as being very good in one-to-one situations.

I am very hard working and absolutely enjoy working with children and helping them to better their future. I believe that I can make a positive impact by being a parent governor as I have the drive and determination to help our school grow from strength to strength. I have lived within close proximity of the school for over 20+ years and have watched how the school has flourished in those years and would love to be part of the success.

Tana Hyde - Parent Governor

I currently have 2 children attending Mayflower Primary School who absolutely love coming here.

I decided to become a governor to support the achievements and development of the school, and so therefore will continue to support the school as much as I can both as a parent and a governor for it to continue to strive to be the outstanding primary school that it is.

I hold a NVQ level 3 qualification in Childcare, Learning and Development and have over 17 years experience working in the Early Years sector, so I have always had a passion and keen interest in children’s development, interests and well being.

I am looking forward to being involved in seeing my children and other pupils flourish and develop at Mayflower Primary School.

Pravi Prakash - Co-opted Governor

Having had experience of being a student governor at my college a few years ago, I have developed a strong interest in the education system and enjoy providing solutions. I have hosted several work experience programs at my workplace and have been aware of the ongoing challenges students and schools currently face. Coming from a Finance and Economics background, I also hope to provide solutions to budget and accounting issues the school may be facing. Most importantly, I am interested in providing support and helping solve the issues faced by the school management using systematic frameworks and a structured approach. I aim to work as part of a team with the other governors to help provide these solutions.

I believe I can bring good organisation, structuring and management skills to the team whilst also being willing to learn from the expertise of the other governors. I am interested in improving the experience of students at the school and help make management of the school a smoother process.

I strongly believe that working together as governors to address and solve any issues the school and its students may be facing will help improve the performance and functioning of Mayflower School and I look forward to becoming a part of the team.

Accelerated Reader

"What a fantastic school! Enthusiastic children and very welcoming staff. Look forward to my next visit."

- Steve Iredale, NAHT Primary Futures Manager