Meet the Governance

We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support us in achieving our goals.

The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust as sponsor, is responsible for a number of schools and colleges, including Brookside Primary School.  As part of its remit, the Trust continues to drive up standards, being fully committed to the further development of its provision for its stakeholders.   The Brookside Primary Local Advisory (Governing) Body (LAB) is therefore required to meet formally each term before reporting to the Academy Board as part of Governance Day, involving the Members and Directors. 

The LAB consists of community (co-opted) members, parents, guardians, carers and staff.  The skills sets, expertise and commitment of each individual are fundamental, as the LAB is critical to the work of Brookside Primary School and overall governance arrangements of the Trust.   Accordingly, the Brookside Primary LAB is made up as follows:

Elizabeth Wakling, Chair  [Email:]

Nicholas Obie, Headteacher

Sarah Driscoll, Chief Operating Officer

Norman Deas, Community

Mujahid Hamid, Parent 

Rizwana Karim, Parent 

Debra Smith, Community

Zainab Jamil, Associate

Elizabeth Wakling

Elizabeth Wakling is a recently retired Primary Headteacher. She has worked in Hillingdon for over 20 years after living abroad and working within education. She holds the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers. She is a trustee of Life Education which works within schools in Hillingdon and surrounding areas to support Personal, Social and Health Education for children from the Foundation Stage to Year 7. Her experience means she is in a good position to support the School with her educational understanding, knowledge and enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

[01.03.16 to 01.03.21]   [No pecuniary interest declared]

Sarah Driscoll

Sarah Driscoll has over fifteen years’ experience in education leadership in both the primary and secondary phase, as well as experience in Studio Colleges and UTCs. Starting her career as an English teacher, Sarah has worked previously as a Principal, School Adviser and School Inspector. She is passionate about maximising opportunities in the Trust for cross-collaborative working and in ensuring all children are supported to reach their potential from the moment they arrive in Nursery through to Post 16.

[01.09.18 to 01.09.28] [No pecuniary interest declared]

Norman Deas

Norman Deas has been closely associated with all aspects of the catering industry throughout his working life.  Having graduated from the Scottish Hotel School at the University of Strathclyde, he gained practical hands on experience within various sectors of the industry and ultimately directorships of several large contract catering companies.  In 1997, he set up Goodfellows CMS Ltd which specialised purely in Education and sold the company to Compass in 2004 before setting up GSS Catering Management Services as a consultancy to the catering industry.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, a member of the British Hospitality Association, a past Chairman and Director of the European Catering Association (GB), a past Chairman and Fellow of the Association of Catering Excellence and was a non-executive Director of Pride Catering from 2009 to 2015. He is also the Treasurer and a Trustee of his local Church.  His outside interests include running for various charities which included the London Marathon in 2011 and is a keen supporter of several football clubs.

[01.09.15 to 01.09.20]

[Disclosure of Pecuniary Interest:  Service Level Agreement between The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust and Norman Deas Consultancy Services to provide consultancy services on all aspects of the catering services within the Trust to ensure it operates efficiently and is compliant with all food hygiene legislation to agreed standards. Fee £8100 per annum, reviewable each academic year; dated 21st June 2016.]

Mujahid Hamid Mujahid Hamid

Mujahid Hamid cares about improving children’s educational attainment and contributing to the local community.  With extensive work experience through various boards and technical committees, he is open to ideas and gaining an understanding of what is important to parents, guardians and carers.  He is willing to work closely with the Headteacher and the LAB in support of the School to achieve its strategic goals. 

[20.10.17 to 20.10.21]  [No pecuniary interest declared]


Rizwana Karim

Rizwana Karim believes she is well placed to assist with priorities in respect of school improvement.  As a charity worker, she has a keen interest in the future of all children and strong desire to make a difference.  She believes each child is special in their own way and parents should have a say in matters affecting their children’s education; working in partnership with the Headteacher, the senior leadership team and also cooperating with other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children. 

[20.10.17 to 20.10.21]  [No pecuniary interest declared]

THUMBNAIL DSMITH web-1 Debra Smith

Debra Smith has been associated with the Trust in various capacities since September 2008. Her experience together with an MA in Integrated Provision for Children and Families, makes her well placed to discharge her role as Director of Early Years and Family Services.  With day nursery management experience and strategic lead at a local primary school where she set up stand-alone, self-financing pre-school provision, Debbie has been active in the local community, championing the cause of families bringing up children in challenging circumstances.  As a governor, she continues to be a great advocate for high quality Early Years provision.  

[01.09.16 to 10.02.20]

[Disclosure of pecuniary interest - Little Marvels Nursery Services Limited (Early Years) - Professional interest only, declared 15th November 2016]

Zainab Jamil

As a parent of three children, Zainab Jamil is well placed to give constructive appraisal of the progress Brookside is making and assist in shaping the future of the School.  Having gained a great deal of experience of governance, Zen believes it is the role of the School in partnership with parents to provide positive opportunities and experiences for all children.  She relishes using this opportunity to share and develop the provision and help fulfil the aspirations of every child, present and future so that all can flourish.  

[20.10.17 to 20.10.21] [No pecuniary interest declared]




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