Our Governors

Duncombe Primary School Governing Body is made up of 13 governors. There are 3 parent governors, 2 staff governors, 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 and the Business Manager 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 Terry Mantolitsis
SEN and Pastoral committee – chaired by Aikaternini Vasilaki
Pay & Personnel committee – chaired by George Margereson
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.

Minutes of the Full Governing Body meetings can be made available upon request via the school office.

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

I'm a community governor at Duncombe and a banking and finance professional at an international bank in the City. I chair the Premises Committee.

I became a governor as I believe the importance of a good education from a young age must never be overlooked, and every child deserves the very best effort from those who are able to help. Primary schools shape the people we become, and good primary schools form the basis on which any child can reach their potential. 

I'm looking forward to spending time learning more about the inner workings of Duncombe and pitching in to help where I can.

​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.

Ms Helen Ryan


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 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 Serach Raffles

I joined Duncombe Primary School in 2016 and thoroughly enjoy being part of the team. I have taught in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and currently lead Maths. I look forward to playing a strategic role in continuing to strive for the best outcomes, for all our children, in my role as governor.

Ms Aisling Conboy

I am passionate about the importance of access to quality education and opportunities for all. I studied Politics and History at universities in the UK and USA, and feel lucky I had the opportunity to study abroad. I have become a governor at Duncombe as I would like to be involved in my local community. In particular, I want to contribute to a learning environment that develops aspirations from a young age and enhances the future prospects of children, irrespective of background.

I am the Higher Education Specialist in the UK Department for International Trade. I develop transnational education opportunities for UK higher education institutions and also act as a focal point for teacher training opportunities overseas. I’ve worked in international education roles for fifteen years. I am keen to utilise my experience in education as a governor at Duncombe, and to learn from the pupils, staff and governors as well.

Ms Zoi Nakos

I work for a charity as a trainer, helping young people with head injuries, intellectual disability and homelessness to improve social wellbeing. I love my work and the positive impact it has on others. I am a friendly, approachable person and believe in inclusion and this is evidenced in the numerous relationships I have formed at the school

Being a parent governor gives me the opportunity to be the 'voice' of new and existing parents, to maintain the ethos and policies of the school, and to help develop and implement improvements for our children and the staff who work with them.

Ms Aikaterini Vasilaki

I bring an honest and hard-working approach to my work. It is the same attitude I bring to this important role. I look to work with parents, teachers, the Headteacher and other Governors to help drive the continued improvement neeed to provide our children with the best chance of success. My experience as a teacher and a SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) is ideal as I know how the school environment works from a different capacity as well. The voice of the parents is so important in the running of the school and I wil ensure that the parent voice is heard. Being available to listen to parents and pupils, excellent communication skills and caring passionately about the welfare of all involved in the school are the key qualities I believe a Parent Governor must possess. My childre's future is of the uppermost importance on my list of priorities, therefore I am delighted to have the opportunity to make a difference in the education, not just of my daughter, but the school as a whole.