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 Joe Knutson. I have been a governor at Kate Greenaway for two years and currently sit on the Learning and Development committee .I am the Deputy Head teacher at Kate Greenaway Nursery, with an emphasis on curriculum development. I am passionate about Early Years education and feel that my contribution to the Governing Body includes providing information about the nursery, contributing to strategic planning and working alongside the Head teacher to address matters raised by the Governors”.


“My name is Peter Warren. I have been a Governor at Kate Greenaway for over 10 years year and am currently Chairman of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee. My background is in Finance, specifically as an analyst and investment manager, and I currently sit on the management group of an asset management business. I first became involved with Kate Greenaway through an organization connecting City professionals with schools in their local area. I believe that the Early Years education that places like Kate Greenaway can provide is enormously important in setting good foundations for children’s lives”.


“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 Pete Shaw. I have just started as a parent governor in the hope that I can give a little bit back to a nursery school that has been so loving and caring to my family. I am a Policeman for the Metropolitan Police Service, having been an officer for over 14 years in different counties and challenging boroughs I have seen the best and worst in people, and the people who are affected the most are the children. We all have a responsibility to try to care for and protect not only our own but all the young people we come into contact with. I sit on the finance, premises and personnel committee which enables me to utilise the skills I have acquired while working in the police”.


“My name is Sonja Morgenstern. I’ve taken my son Mio to Kate Greenaway’s Saturday Stay and Play sessions since he was a year old, and we always enjoyed the space and felt warmly welcomed by the staff. I am thrilled that he got a place at the nursery last year, and want to give something back as a school governor. Kate Greenaway is a unique space for families in Islington, and I am pleased to be involved in shaping its future”.


“My name is Sara Blakemore. I’ve had a long career working with children and families from pregnancy to five. I qualified as a nursery education worker (NNEB) and worked as a practitioner and manager at the Thomas Coram Children’s Centre in Camden in both the nursery and parents centre there. My youngest son attended Kate Greenaway when I became a parent governor. I currently work part time with the Hackney Playbus, a charity focused on supporting disadvantaged families and all young children in the Hackney area. I am now a community governor, chair of the learning development committee and the governor responsible for Safeguarding at Kate Greenaway”.


“My name is Yeliz Ziku. I have just become a parent governor hoping to give back to the nursery school that my daughter attends. I have worked in Finance at the Royal Society of Medicine since I graduated in 2016. I hope to sit on the Finance, Premises and Personnel Committee, on which I can put to use my skills and knowledge of accounting and finance”.


Governing Body Composition List June 2018 (Word)

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2017-2018 (Word)

Competency Framework For Governance (PDF)

Governor-Attendance-2018-19 (Word)

Governor Attendance 2014-2018 (Word)

Finance, Personnel and Premises Terms of Reference (Word)

Learning and Development Committee Terms of Reference (Word)

Governors’ Register Of Interests (Page 1) (PDF)

Governors Register Of Interests (Page 2) (PDF)

Governing Body Members Statements (PDF)

Governance Handbook – November 2015 (PDF)

Governing Body Meeting Minutes 5th December 2016 (Word)

Learning, Development and Outreach Meeting Minutes 22nd February 2017 (PDF)

Finance, Personnel and Premises Minutes 26th January 2017 (PDF)

Full Governing Body Meeting 20th March 2017 Minutes (PDF)


Governors Declarations of Interest

Kate Greenaway Nursery School and Children’s Centre

Name Governor Type Term From Term To Declaration Of Interest
Tony McNamara Clerk None
Fenella Vieceli Parent 25 Mar 2015 24 Mar 2019 The Wellcome Trust
Eilis Ponsonby Parent S.E.N. LINK Governor 4 Dec 2014 3 Dec 2018 None
Joe Knutston Staff 22 Nov 2012 21 Nov 2016 None
Sara Blakemore Co-Opted, Safeguarding LINK, Chair of L.D.O. 25 Mar 2015 24 Mar 2019 I am a trustee of a Children’s music charity called songs for us
Fiona Godfrey Headteacher None
Paul Convery Authority 4 Nov 2013 3 Nov 2017 LA governor at Robert Blair Primary School, Islington. I have a public declaration of interest pursuant to Chapter 7 of the Localism Act 2011 & The Relevant Authorities (Disclosable Pecuniary Interests) Regs 2012 published at: http://democracy.islington.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=24
Peter Warren Co-Opted, Chair of Finance 25 Mar 2015 24 Mar 2019 None
Peter Shaw Parent Dec 2016 Dec 2020 None
Helen Genia Co-Opted, Chair of Governors 25 Mar 2015 24 Mar 2019 None
Petra Massey Parent Dec 2015 Dec 2019 None
 Olga Lavrenetieva  Parent  Dec 2015 Dec 2019  None
Jan Stillaway Dec 2015 Dec 2019 None



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