Kate Greenaway Governing Body

The Kate Greenaway Governing Body plays a key role in overseeing the practice and ethos of the school. They provide challenge and support to the Head teacher and leadership team. Several of our current parents are involved in the Governing Body. If you would like to be involved please ask at Reception.


“My name is Fiona Godfrey and I have been the Head Teacher at Kate Greenaway since September 2010. I have worked in senior leadership roles in Early Years in Islington since 2001 and have enjoyed working with people who are passionate about education. I attend both Committees at Kate Greenaway and the Full Governing Body and I very much appreciate the time and dedication our governors offer to support the school”.


“My name is Rachel Phipp and I have been the Deputy Head Teacher and SENCo at Kate Greenaway since September 2018. Prior to that I was the Nursery Teacher at the setting. I have held various teaching and leadership roles in London Borough Primary and Early Years settings since 2008. I am passionate about early education, child development and inclusion. I sit on the Learning and Development Committee.”


“My name is Vaida Filmanaviciute and I have joined the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee as a parent. I bring ten years experience in running my own residential property business and have previously served as a non-executive director on two other boards: Islington Chamber of Commerce and Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce in the UK. Both of my children are fortunate to attend this outstanding nursery. Playing a more active role and contributing to the continued success of this organisation is my way of expressing gratitude”.


“My name is Jan Stillaway. I have worked in a range of early years settings for nearly 20 years in a range of roles. I have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an MA in Early Childhood Studies. I have worked as a teacher, Deputy Head teacher, Assistant Head leading on outreach work and an Acting Head teacher. I worked at Kate Greenaway Nursery School and Children’s Centre for 10 years and led on the establishment of access to forest school provision and the Rolls Royce Science Prize. I am currently the Deputy Head teacher for the Children’s Centre at Robert Blair Primary School and Children’s Centre leading a team working in a nursery setting with children aged from 6 months to 3 years. I am also one of a small team of safeguarding leads across the primary school and have significant experience in child protection work.  I have a strong interest in play and in the value of rich first hand experiences to support young children’s development”.

“My name is Eilis Harrison-Ponsonby. I have been a Parent Governor since 2015. I currently sit on the Learning, Development and Outreach committee as well as being SEND Governor. I worked for 13 years as a secondary school Chemistry teacher, including being a Head of Department, so am delighted to bring my experience of secondary education to the Governing Body as well as my passion for science. Being a parent sparked my interest in Early Years Learning and this continues to develop through my work with the excellent team at Kate Greenaway”.

“My name is Nicolas Chaulet and I have joined the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee as a parent. I have a background in Mathematics and I currently work for a technology startup. I also have two children currently attending the nursery and As such I am glad to be able to contribute to this great institution”.


“My name is Shelly Ogilvie. I have joined as a Parent Governor on the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee. My professional background is in oil & gas and corporate development. I am happy to have the opportunity to lend support to the nursery as it has had such an important impact on my family”.

“My name is Joy Dahl. I am a local resident and new to the Governing Body. I have a background as an Early Years Teacher in schools in South London and Newcastle Upon Tyne. I have been a Local Authority Early Years Advisor/School Improvement Officer in Sunderland and a Regional Advisor for Early Years in London. I am pleased to bring this experience to support Kate Greenaway Nursery School as a Governor. I am particularly keen to support the  Governors in pedagogical aspects of young children’s learning. I am committed to practice that engages parents in their children’s learning and development”.



Governing Body Meeting Dates 2020-21 (Word)

Governing Body Composition List (Word)

Governor Attendance (Word)

Competency Framework For Governance (PDF)

Finance, Premises and Personnel Terms of Reference (Word)

Learning and Development Committee – Terms of Reference (Word)

Governors’ Declaration of Interests 2019 (Word)

Governance Handbook – November 2015 (PDF)


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