Our Governors

Duncombe Primary School Governing Body is made up of 13 governors. There are 3 parent governors, 1 staff governor, 1 head teacher governor, 1 authority governor and 7 co-opted governors (1 of whom is also a member of staff). The two deputy head teachers at Duncombe are associate governors.

The governing body is structured with the following committees:
Curriculum committee – chaired by Marisha ray
Finance committee – chaired by Sheila Camp
Premises and Health & Safety committee – chaired by Mick Holloway
SEN and Pastoral committee – chaired by Akbabur Rahman
Pay & Personnel committee – chaired by Ruth Hughes
Senior Leadership development Committee – chaired by Chris Weston-Simons

If you would like to contact any of our governors, then please hand/post letters to the school office for the attention of Douglas Cowie, Chair of Governors. Alternatively, you can send an email to: chairofgovernors@duncombeprimary.co.uk.


Dr Douglas Cowie (Chair of Governors)

I am a governor appointed by the Local Education Authority, and I live nearby the school, in Archway.

I believe that education is the most important social responsibility of a community, which is why I'm a school governor.

I particularly like how friendly everyone, from the staff to the pupils, is at Duncombe School.

I serve on the Premises and Curriculum Committees. I work as a university lecturer and fiction writer, and am particularly interested in how children learn to read and write.


Ms Marisha Ray (Vice-Chair of Governors)


Mr George Margereson


Mr Terry Manolitsis


Ms Sheila Camp

I am a Community Governor now, having formerly been a Local Authority governor.

I live locally and work from home as a self-employed housing consultant.

My other interests include football – I am a season ticket holder at Manchester United – and motor racing. I have a dog, 2 cats and 2 kittens, which also take up a lot of my time.

I am Chair of Duncombe’s Finance Committee.


​Mr Chris Weston-Simons

I am a community governor, which I became after retiring from nearly 40 years working in international insurance in the City of London. I want to help ensure the very high standards that are currently seen at Duncombe are maintained, that the best teachers are encouraged to join the school and, of greatest importance, that the children of Duncombe have the best possible educational start in life. Apart from my role at Duncombe, I also work as a business mentor at The Prince’s Trust.


Mr Barrie O'Shea

I am the headteacher at Duncombe School and have been teaching for over 38 years (23 years at Duncombe). I look forward to arriving at work where every day is an adventure.

I have an MA in Economics and Comparative Education from the Institute of Education.

When I am not at Duncombe, I enjoy gardening, reading, travelling and scuba diving.

Time spent with my family is the most valuable time in my life.


Ms Kirstie Stroud and   
Ms Jackie Doherty

As the two Deputy Heads at Duncombe, we are Associate Governors. One of us will always attend the Full Governing Body meetings and the relevant sub-committee meetings. We enjoy being able to liaise between the governors and the staff, keeping the governors up to date on current initiatives and events at Duncombe as well as the school’s successes and priorities.

Attending the governor’s meetings has widened our awareness of all the work that goes on ‘behind the scenes’ to make Duncombe run efficiently, in addition to the permanent focus of the staff on teaching and learning.


Ms Linda Marzolini

I am the School Bursar and manage the Administration Team at Duncombe and I attend Governor's meetings as an observer. I have been at Duncombe for over 22 years and have watched the school grow to become a solid foundation for children, parents and staff. I enjoy my work at Duncombe and being part of a very successful school and team. I help where I can with School Fetes and Special Events. I attend the full Governors Meetings and I am also part of the Finance and Premises Committee. I have one son, Andrew who is a Music Instructor/Engineer and he can often be seen at Duncombe organising the school discos! When I have time I love gardening and travelling. Among many things, one of the most rewarding aspects of being at Duncombe is to see children go through the school from Reception to Year 6 and then seeing them return as parents with their own children. That is very special.


Ms Lucy Hyde

I am a Year 6 teacher and the Upper Phase leader. I wanted to become a staff governor because I want to be part of the important decisions which help Duncombe be the wonderful and nurturing school it is. I enjoy supporting staff, pupils and parents and in this role I will have the opportunity to do all three!

I am proud to be a Duncombe teacher  because I have the opportunity to work with amazing children and staff everyday. I share its ethos that children come first and that all children are able to succeed given the right support.


​Ms Julia McCormack

I am a Reception teacher, Science Co-ordinator and manage the school's website. I wanted to become a staff governor so that I can become more aware of the management and running of Duncombe.

I love working at Duncombe because the staff have a shared ethos and the wonderful children make each day exciting. I appreciate that our school is made up of families from a range of cultures and backgrounds and that these are celebrated together!


Mr Akbabur Rahman

I have over 10 years experience in supporting families and children to transition through difficult times by offering advice and support. I am familiar with Children's Services in Islington and have local knowledge of the borough. 

I have become a parent governor to have direct oversight of my children's education to increase not only theirs but all pupils life opportunities at Duncombe School.


Ms Louise Allard

I have been a parent at Duncombe for over 4 years and during that time I have supported the school through the Parents Supporting Duncombe group. It has given me insight into how hard all the staff at the school work and how unique Duncombe is as a community school. I welcome the opportunity to be on the Governing Body to represent the parents, support the school and most importantly, the children at Duncombe.


Ms Zelihan Ekinci

My name is Zelihan Ekinci. I have three children, two of whom are attending Duncombe Primary School. I am really excited to be a Parent Governor. I believe I can contribute by helping the Governing Body to communicate effectively with parents. I am hoping to use this opportunity to make a difference, not only for my children, but for children in years to come.