Governors

Mr Stephen Pierpoint
Chair of Governors - Local Authority Governor


Stephen is a strong supporter of the school and has been a governor at Norlington since 1985 and chair of governors since 1993. I was inspired by the former Head of the School, Peter Gould who wanted to create a successful boys school that was radically different from some traditional East End schools. He believed Wisdom is Strength. Our current Head John Hernandez shares this same belief. Stephen is a very experienced governor having served at three local schools. He is a retired accountant and has also served as a local councillor.

Ms Gwyneth Hamand
Parent Governor


I started my professional life as a physics teacher and have over 12 years experience working in sixth form colleges as a teacher and manager. Over the last 10 years I have managed projects in a number of settings including universities, primary schools and secondary schools and have consequently gained a good understanding of the education system from primary through to higher education. I currently work in a local authority with primary and secondary schools delivering enrichment and supporting successful progression. I bring to the role of govern or a wealth of experience in education and a network of relationships with universities and social enterprises.

Mr Imran Jafri
Community Governor


Imran is an electrical engineering professional, with wide ranging experience in project management, design and planning. He brings with him as a community Govoner a passion for crafts, technology and strong community relationships. He has been a student in Norligton and now imparts his skills to make it better for the younger generation.

Ms Cheryl Williams
Parent Governor


My name is Cheryl Williams I am a community governor, I joined the Norlington governing June 2012. I have lived and worked in the local authority for most of my life, attending secondary school here, returned from university to work here. I have experience of teaching and education on 3 continents - I have taught in Africa, South America and England. I have been a teacher for the last 19 years and have worked in middle and senior management in schools. For 5 years I was a governor for 2 WF primary schools in the past. I look forward to supporting and being a part of an evolving supportive governing body for the school.

Mr Mario Georgiades
Staff - Teaching


As a middle leader within the school, I have the required skills and attributes of knowing the challenges faced by our boys towards their learning. I also believe that I am respected by the staff within the school and by the parents I have had the pleasure of meeting with. This allows me to help sustain the good progress currently being made and help lead the changes required to further evolve the school to become an outstanding Institution for Boys’ academic and social education in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Mr Christopher Sheen
Community Governor


I am the owner of a small chain of 3 children’s Day Nurseries in Leytonstone delivering high quality care for families working and studying in Waltham Forest. I have worked in this role for 3 years and was previously a project manager for various Building Schools for the Future projects. Through my work I have gained training, knowledge and experience of Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs and Educational Facilities Management that I hope will prove useful in my role as a governor at Norlington School. I am married with one daughter and outside of work, my interests include going to the gym and cooking.

Michelle Stanley
Community Governor


Michelle Stanley, appointed as a Community Governor in 2013, brings a wide range of experience in education to the role of Community Governor. She developed her expertise in English, cross-curricular literacy and EAL (English as an Additional Language) working in London schools and Local Authorities as a teacher, manager and consultant. She is passionate about education and is delighted to be part of the Governing body at Norlington School for Boys. She is a Walthamstow resident and sees this role as an exciting opportunity to invest in the community.

Rashda Mahmood
Parent Governor


My 7 year experience as a community governor at a high achieving school has provided me with a deep understanding of the role of a governor. As a mother of three children, I take a very proactive role in their schooling and strongly believe in s strong parent teacher relationship.My professional background reflects a 22 year career at HSBC bank as a Senior Divisional Manager, which has led me to setting up my own consultancy business. I have a wealth of experience in management, community engagement, business development, people management and of course finance.I devote a lot of my spare time to the community and various charities, local and international and have achieved many nominations and awards to reflect this. I am the chair at AMMA (Asian Mothers Association) a group which I set up in 1998 to help enhance the educational achievement of children from South Asian community by engaging with their mothers. I feel that a strong working relationship between all the key stakeholders will take Norlington School to the next level of excellence.

Farnaz Nadeem
Parent Governor


Currently I have two sons attending Norlington School so I have a vested interest in the running of the school. As a small school it is able to embed a family and community ethos - this is very important to me. This is my first time being a Parent Governor. I work as a Teaching Assistant in a secondary school in Newham. I have worked in Education for the last 10nyears through employment and voluntary work. I have also worked in a school in Pakistan with children with complex needs. I have worked here, in the UK, extensively with children and adults with complex needs and students under record of needs. Although, I am excited to be a part of the Governor’s team; I am keen in supporting and seeing all students being included and encouraged in all aspect of school life.