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

Emma Jay (Chair of Governors)
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.

Jo Cooke ( Vice Chair of Governors)
I became a governor in November 2015. I have four children, all of whom have attended Brookfield, one of whom is still there. 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 was previously Chair of Governors, and now sit on both committees.

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 focusing on Safeguarding and attendance.

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 Resources Committee.

Sam Waller (Chair of Resources committee)
My son James and daughter Edie are both at Brookfield. 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 Resources 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

Corinne Humble (Chair of Quality of Education committee)
I am a parent of two boys who are in years 3 and 6. I have been a secondary school Languages teacher in Camden for the past 10 years, working with primary schools on KS2-3 transition. I am passionate about curriculum, oracy and student voice. I am delighted to sit on the Quality of Education Committee and be an Attendance Link Governor. I also work with the school on its French provision. Brookfield is a wonderful, inclusive and creative community of which I’m delighted to be part of.

Christine Kirkpatrick (Quality of Education committee)
I am so pleased to be a parent governor, starting from 2023. I am mum to three children, all of whom have attended Brookfield – the youngest is still there, with the other two at local secondary schools. My background is in health – I’ve worked for the NHS for the last 16 years, latterly within the London Babies, Children and Young People’s team – and I hope my experience can help support Brookfield as it cares for our children’s wellbeing as well as their educational attainment. 

Peter Schiazza
I am really excited to be one of Brookfield Primary School’s parent governors. I have 2 kids in the school in years 4 and 6 and therefore have a vested interest in helping Laurel and the team keep making Brookfield a wonderful, warm and aspirational place to send our children. I have a background in science (Pharmacy) and the arts (Photography) and therefore know the importance of education as a way to gain self confidence in the world. I will try my best to help govern Brookfield to be the best it can be, by adding a positive and practical voice that will represent the parents to the school.

Associate members

Susie Hyden – Local parent and Architect

Anne Schroell – Local Parent and Architect

Local authority governor

Issy Waite – LA Governor

Staff governors

Laurel Robin, Head teacher

Summer Abbasi, Class 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.