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
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.

Dorothy Toh
I am local parent and a qualified chartered accountant with experience across auditing, financial control and financial strategy. With a keen interest in and passion for the education sector, I have recently made the formal move into academia, having just completed a PhD on audit quality. I feel there are some parallels to be drawn with education quality and hope to combine both my academic and practical experience in a meaningful way to contribute to the local community. I feel immensely privileged to have been co-opted onto the Governing Body and hope my experiences will help the finance committee and the school more generally to meet its objectives.

Robin Bishop
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
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
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.

Parent governors

Zia Teshome
I have two girls at Brookfield, and am a active member of my school community. I was a class rep for my daughters class PTA and enjoyed it. I decided to recently join the Governors board, so that I can represent the many diverse parents of Brookfield school. I am also a part time student at university studying Film and Media BA.

Frank Joseph
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
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
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, Phase leader and Year 4 teacher

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.