Governors – who’s who

Brookfield governors are drawn from the staff, the local education authority, parents and the wider community. All, except the Headteacher, are appointed for a period of 4 years.

Co-opted Governors

Jo Cooke (chair of governors)
I became a parent governor in November 2015. I have four children, two of whom are still at Brookfield at the moment. I am pleased to be part of a strong governing body that is full of people who wish to make Brookfield an even better school than it is now. I previously chaired the Personnel, Salaries and Well-Being committee, and am now Chair of Governors.

Elizabeth Dormandy (Lead governor for safeguarding and attendance and Resources committee)
I am keen to support the school in its aims to develop outstanding teaching and learning for all children. I live locally and have recently retired from my role developing quality in NHS Screening programmes. The school promotes an ethos of respect and empathy, where diversity is valued and celebrated – both within school and the wider world. It is a real privilege to support the school, previously as Chair of Governors, and now as Chair of the Personnel, Salaries and Wellbeing committee.

Robin Bishop (Resources committee)
Most of my architectural career has been spent on educational and community projects, notably 12 years at the Department for Education where I led the early years, primary and SEND design team. I also lived or worked locally for many years. I have a lifelong interest in learning environments of all kinds, including Forest Schools. Now retired, I hope my enthusiasm and experience are of use to Brookfield’s Governing Body and Premises Committee.

Anthony Miriams ( Chair of Quality of education committee and Lead pupil premium Governor)
I have two children at Brookfield who are having such a brilliant and productive time. I was a primary teacher and now work part-time in teacher education at the Institute of Education. I am particularly keen to help Brookfield further develop its good work in building the character and confidence of every child, whatever their background. I am Chair of the Learning and Achievement Committee and the link governor for pupil premium and SEND.

Sam Waller (Chair of resources committee)
My son James is at Brookfield and my daughter Edie started in Autumn 2019. I am a Partner at PwC in the management consulting practice. I have past experience working in organisations for young people – as a youth worker, teacher and Trustee for a children’s charity. I am very proud to have become a Brookfield Governor in Spring 2019 and sit on the Finance Committee. I want to ensure that our teachers feel supported by the Governors, so that they are encouraged to perform to the best of their ability; and to help deliver really outstanding teaching and learning for children from all backgrounds.

Damien Mason (Quality of education committee)
I am really delighted to be part of Brookfield Primary School. As the Vicar of St Mary Brookfield, serving the Parish of Dartmouth Park, I have a strong interest in our local community and am keen to support Brookfield School with its outward and inclusive community focus. I have worked in a number of school settings and have two young children of my own. I serve on the Quality of Education Committee and want to help the school in any way I can. 

Logan Nerio (Resources committee)
I am a local parent with a background in financial markets and business strategy. Recently, I have stepped away from the investment banking industry to focus more time on my family and to contribute to the local community. By using my skills and experience to support the governance board and as a member of the resources committee, I hope to provide insight and fiscal responsibility to the school. My goal is to aid in ensuring Brookfield continues to deliver excellent quality of education and remain a place where children feel safe to learn, grow and achieve.

Parent governors

Frank Joseph (Quality of education committee)
I am a parent governor and father of two children at Brookfield School. I am a secondary school Physics Teacher and I was previously Head of Science at a North London Comprehensive school. I sit on the Learning and Achievement Committee and my particular interest is the use of attainment data to improve progress.

Emma Jay (Lead SEND governor, Quality of education committee and resources committee)
I am a parent of twins at Brookfield with a committed interest in children’s education. I am a former corporate lawyer now working in television, making history and science documentaries. I feel honoured to be able to contribute to helping Brookfield be the best school it can be.

Associate members

Lucy Read (Resources committee)
I have a daughters at Brookfield and one who previously attended and am very pleased to contribute to the Premises Committee work as an Associate Member of the Governing Body. I am a RIBA Chartered Architect whose professional experience includes over 10 years in education design working on primary, secondary and SEN school projects in London.

Local authority governor

Position to be filled.

Staff governors

Lauren Ditchfield,

Laurel Robin, head teacher

Interested in becoming a Governor?

Becoming a Governor is an opportunity to get involved in the life of the school. Our aim is that our Governors are broadly representative of the community. If you are interested please contact one of us to find out more about the role or email us at

One of our longest-serving governors, Linda Starkey-Queen, sadly died in October 2020 . Linda was a Brookfield governor for many years and contributed her wisdom, experience and joy to the governing body. She will be missed.