The Governing Body provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.
Some of the key functions include:
– set aims and objectives for the school
– set targets and policies for achieving those aims and objectives
– monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making
– be a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher (a critical friend)
For more information, visit the links below:
- Governing Body Meeting Dates 2017/2018
- The Role of The Governing Body
- How to Become a Parent Governor
Governing Body Members
Mr Abdul Rahim (Chair)
Term of office: 07/10/2014 - 06/10/2018
Link/Lead responsibility for: Equality & Extended Services
Biography: My name is Abdul Rahim and I have been a Governor in Newham for the last 25 years and at Lister since 2012. I am a local Governor and have lived in the borough since 1992. All my children went to the local schools and my youngest was at Lister School. I have a great interest in education, especially for future generations and would like to see all our children be successful in their life and their careers.
As Chair, I look forward to working with the leadership team of the school to take our school from strength to strength as evidenced over the last 6 years and make Lister a centre of excellence that provides a strong learning culture for all our children.
Mr Neil Beighton (Vice Chair)
Term of Office: 07/10/2016 - 06/10/2018
Link/Lead responsibility for: English/Literacy, Shelley House & Newham Partnership Working (NPW)
Biography: Neil is Vice-Chair of Governors. He has been a member of the Governing Body since 2014 and is Link Governor for English and Literacy, Shelley House and NPW. He is also a member of Lister's Business Action Group.
Neil is a solicitor with CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, based at Cannon Street in the City of London, specialising in insurance law. He has been involved in a number of deals in Lloyd’s and the London Insurance Market, and high profile litigation, for example Rendall v Combined (a $100m dispute arising from the deaths of 176 Aon employees in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001). Neil frequently advises on policy coverage for losses arising from from natural catastrophes, offshore energy and financial scandals. He is a co-author of Insurance Broking Practice and the Law.
Neil lives in Walthamstow, London E17. His interests include theatre, music and history, as well as football (Scunthorpe United), cricket and horse racing.
Mr Anthony Wilson
Term of Office: 2011 - present
Mr Kamran Ansari
Term of Office: 19/11/2015 - 18/11/2019
Link/Lead responsibility for: SEF/SIP
Biography: Kamran was co-opted to the Governing Board on 19th November 2015 and was appointed to serve a 4 year term. He is also the Governor aligned to the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the School Evaluation Form (SEF).
Kamran is a fully rounded financial services professional with over 8 years’ experience and achievements across investment banking and capital markets. His primary focus has been on advising large Tier 1 investment banks around Risk and Regulation, focusing on directives such as EMIR, Dodd-Frank Act and MiFID.
Kamran lives in E13 and is part of the local community. His interests include history and theatre and is also an avid traveller. He also holds a BEng in Aerospace Engineering and mentors young adults who aspire to study at University via the intoUniversity scheme.
Mr Andrew Arnold
Term of office: 02/02/2017 - 02/02/2019
Link/Lead responsibility for: Finance, Staffing & Premises and PE
Biography: Andrew joined the Governing Body in 2017 as Link Governor for PE and a member of the Finance, Staffing and Premises Sub-Committee. His ambition in becoming a Governor at Lister is to further improve the school culture, facilities and learning environment while challenging himself and inspiring others.
Andrew works as a business analyst on the EU Regulations Programme at Shell Trading, helping his company and the industry become a financially safer place in the aftermath of the 2008 Financial crisis. He has held this role since he moved from Aberdeen to London in the Summer of 2016.
Prior to this, Andrew worked as an Engineer on oil rigs in the North Sea and the Oman desert after a 5-year career as a Royal Engineer in the British Army, during which he reached the rank of Captain.
Andrew lives in Dalston, London E8 with his Wife. His interests include reading about World War II double agents, keeping as fit as his love of London’s burger bars will allow and convincing himself that this is definitely Man United’s year, again.
Mr Jaswinder Singh Chaggar
Term of Office: 07/10/2014 - 06/10/2018
Link/Lead responsibility for: Maths/Computing & Hawking House
Biography: I am a Former Lister student and have lived in Newham all my life. There is still one teacher who is still at Lister who taught me in the 80's!
I work in the sixth form college sector, teaching 16-19 year olds since 1992, which I enjoy tremendously. I am the Chairperson of West Ham & Stratford Cricket Club and love seeing young people in Newham taking up organised sport in the Borough and continuing as an adult. Recently I have taken up golf, which I enjoy immensely, despite playing very badly and regret not taking up earlier. I have run 2 London Marathons and many half marathons, however am happier to go for a long walk instead nowadays. I have 2 children at a primary school in Newham. I have a daughter who studies at Lister where she is very happy and excelling in both the classroom and taking part in a variety of extracurricular activities offered by the school.
I have been a Parent Governor for a primary and secondary school (Upton Cross and Lister) in Newham for the last 11 years. Being Chair of Curriculum, Learning and Inclusion (CLIC) Committee for Lister school and attendance of Governor training sessions ensures I have an awareness of the latest trends and initiatives introduced in education. As a Governor, I have been involved in 3 successful Ofsted inspections at primary and secondary level.
Term of Office: 9/05/2017 - 8/05/2021
Biography: I am a Parent Governor, elected in May 2017.
I am currently working as an Office Manager in a secondary school in Wanstead although I did work for 14 years at Lister itself, doing various roles from Administration for the Performing Arts and PE Faculties, to the Head’s PA and finally as Senior Administrator before being made redundant in December 2016.
I transferred my daughter (currently in Year 11), to Lister towards the end of her Year 9 because she was not happy where she was. Whilst at Lister, she has gone from strength to strength. My original misgivings about moving her appear to have been completely unfounded. After leaving Lister myself, I seized at the opportunity to continue to play a part in the progress of both my daughter and the school itself.
Mr Colm Donnelly
Term of office: 17/11/2016 - 16/10/2020
Biography: Colm was appointed as a co-opted Governor in November 2016. He is a consultant with KPMG, based in Canary Wharf and assists a variety of Investment Management firms with their capital management.
Colm has a degree in Quantitative Finance from Dublin City University.
His interests include sports, travelling and reading.
Mrs Sharon Mena
Term of Office: 25/02/2016 - 24/02/2020
Link/Lead responsibility for: Governor Training
Biography: Sharon is a Training and Learning Development Manager, with over 13 years training experience gained working in a wide range of organisations and sectors both in the City and locally; OFSTED outstanding alternative provision, welfare to work training providers, financial inclusion charity, corporate brokerage HR recruitment and selection.
Sharon lives in Plaistow, is a lone parent and has two children currently attending, progressing, achieving and growing at Lister Community School.
Sharon’s reason for wanting to become part of the Governing Body team was to help to ensure that every student at LCS is able to access the wonderful academic and extra curriculum opportunities available and therefore to become the best that they can be.
Mrs Kiran Rahim
Term of Office: 19/11/2015 - 18/11/2019
Link/Lead responsibility for: Science, Galileo House & Safeguarding/Child Protection
Biography: Kiran was appointed as a Co- opted Governor in November 2015 for a four-year term. She is the Governor aligned to Science, Galileo House and sits on the Pupil Welfare Committee. She has a particular interest in Safeguarding and Child Protection issues and is the Safeguarding Link Governor.
Kiran qualified as a Medical Doctor in 2011 and is currently working as a Paediatrician in East London. Having worked in local hospitals, including Newham, Royal London and Homerton.
She has gained a unique insight into the health and social challenges faced by children in our communities and hopes to use her knowledge and experience to benefit the school and local community.
Kiran has two young sons and lives in East London with her Husband. She enjoys travelling and is a fitness and food enthusiast (!)
Mr Richard Sykes
Term of Office: 07/10/2014 - 06/10/2018
Link/Lead responsibility for: Music & Drama
Biography: Hi Everyone, I am a Chartered Accountant with over seven years’ experience working with companies large and small, on all aspects of their finances.
In a varied career to date I have been from, stacking shelves in supermarkets, to the glass towers of Canary Wharf, to more recently, working in East London’s thriving technology start-up scene.
I have a degree in Music Technology from the University of Huddersfield. I am both fortunate and grateful to be able to continue pursuing my passion for the Arts, in my role as Link Governor for Music and Drama.
When not wearing a suit, I enjoy reading, live music, seeking out the best craft beer and expensive coffee in E1 through to E14, as well as keeping active through cycling and running.
Ms Farzana Tatlisoy
Term of Office: 03/04/2014 - 02/04/2018
Link/Lead responsibility for: Creative Arts/MFL & Da Vinci House
Biography: Born and and raised in Newham, I am also a former student of Lister Community School.
I have two successful careers as an Architectural model maker/ Prototype engineer as well as being a Design & Technology teacher. In my spare time, I enjoy being an Ambassador for STEM, working together with young students to build a world-leading education for all young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. I also enjoy reading, theatre and outdoor activities with my 2 children.
Currently, I sit on the Pupil Welfare Committee and Curriculum Committee and I am a Link Governor for Creative Arts and Modern Foreign languages, which I really enjoy.
Mr Joe Young
Term of Office: 25/02/2016 - 25/02/2020
Link/Lead responsibility for: Humanities & King House
Biography: Joe is a solicitor at Pinsent Masons LLP, a top City law firm. Joe specialises in commercial litigation and International Arbitration and has worked on a range of disputes including Jill Finney’s high profile defamation claim against the CQC, disputes relating to multi-million pound pension funds and a $500 million arbitration in the Middle Eastern telecommunications sector.
Before becoming a lawyer, Joe was an unqualified teacher, teaching maths at inner city comprehensive schools in deprived areas of both Hull and London.
Joe has lived in East London since 2012 and spends his spare time playing guitar and bass in various bands, reading and travelling.