Michael Faraday School Governors

Michael Faraday School is supported by a governing body of fourteen people. We come from all walks of life and bring many different skills and experiences to the job. What unites us is a desire to see the best for the school of which we are all very proud.

Our main responsibility is overseeing school improvement. This means ensuring that we maintain high pupil achievement and standards – but also, just as importantly, the personal development and well-being of all our children.

Who makes up the governing body?

Parent governors: Any parent of a child registered at Michael Faraday School may run for election, make nominations and vote.

In addition, all members of staff (teaching and support) have the same opportunity to stand for / nominate and vote for staff governors.

Other members are either from the Local Authority (LEA governors) or are Community governors – members of the local community who have an interest in the school.

Current Governors:

Meriam Wilson – Co-Chair

Meriam is a parent governor with one son in the KS@ and another coming up the ranks. She is a radio producer and has worked for many years at the BBC World Service. It’s a stimulating, cosmopolitan environment – and was founded to inform, educate and entertain: aims not a million miles from those of Michael Faraday School. Meriam sits on the Curriculum committee and is link governor for Literacy.

“I did really well out of the State school system, growing up in Inner London through the 70’s and 80’s. Now, it’s my turn to give something back.”

Sophie Bradford – Co-Chair

After serving as a Parent Governor and then a Co-opted Governor, Sophie was appointed Co-Chair of Governors with Meriam Wilson in early 2020. For many years, she worked in the creative industries as, variously, Head of Development and Acquisitions for Renaissance Films, a Literary Agent at Curtis Brown and a Film Agent at Sheil Land Associates. Once her children were of school age (both Michael Faraday Primary School pupils), she studied for the PGCE at the Institute of Education and retrained as a primary school teacher; she has been teaching at Boutcher CE Primary School, Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’, in Bermondsey since 2011.

“I was so impressed by the children and the teachers at Michael Faraday, I retrained to become a teacher. As a parent, I have seen first-hand the way that Michael Faraday supports children to develop as self-reliant, knowledge-loving and confident members of their community. The staff and Governing Body have high expectations for their students and now more than ever we need to support our school to continue to be that safe place to learn and achieve.”

Kate McGrath

Kate is a parent governor, with two children currently attending the school. In her professional life, she is Director and Chief Executive of Fuel, an independent theatre producing company, based in London and producing theatre across the UK and beyond. She has a range of governance experience, serving as a trustee of the JMK Trust 2012-2017, the Tobacco Factory Theatre 2014-2018 and as Chair of Camden People’s Theatre 2012-2020. She was elected as a school governor in 2018.​

Sharon Vince

Sharon is a parent governor and sits on the Curriculum and Standards sub-committee. Having taught at primary schools in central London for 15 years, Sharon is now completing a PhD in Early Years Education Policy at the Institute of Education, UCL, where she also teaches undergraduates on the BA Education Studies programme.

Katherine Shipton

Katherine has been a co-opted governor since 2016 and sits on the resources sub-committee. She lives in Southwark and works in market research for Ipsos MORI.

She is involved in Ipsos’ schools outreach programme and is also a mentor for the educational charity The Girls Network, working with girls across various inner London schools to make the best choices for them when they leave secondary school.

Chris Peters

Chris has been a co-opted governor at Michael Faraday since 2016 and sits on the resources sub-committee. He is an experienced lawyer who has worked at law firms and companies in the banking and technology sectors. Originally from Australia, he has lived in Southwark for several years.

Zahra Bakkeer

Zahra became a staff governor in March 2020 and sits on the Curriculum and Standards sub-committee. She has been living in Southwark for over 16 years. At present, one of her children is studying in KS2 and two others have moved on to secondary education.

Zahra started as a volunteer, then worked as a midday meals supervisor and currently works as a Teaching Assistant. She has been actively involved in JAGS as a class representative for 3 years.

“I am a parent of three children who loves working at Michael Faraday because of the dedication, hard work, love and care that the school provides in the children’s lives. This inspired me to work at Michael Faraday and become part of a team devoted to getting the best possible start in their lives so they can reach their full potential. I am proud to be a parent and a staff member at Faraday.”