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Name of Governor


Term of Office


Chris Dodd


11/03/2019 - 10/03/2023


Debbie Dingomal

Class Teacher

25/09/2019 -


Class Teacher

Harry Berman


11/03/2019 - 10/03/2023


Caroline Davies


03/07/2019 - 02/07/2023

Vice Chair

Statutory Grants

(including Pupil Premium)

Green Flag Governor

Allison Devonish


03/07/2019 - 02/07/2023

Chair of Governors


(including LAC and Prevent)

Yvonne Alexander-Taylor


12/02/2017 - 11/02/2021

Curriculum and Values

Pareece Sandiford


22/01/2020 - 21/01/2024


Galliard Primary School


The Governing Body of Galliard Primary School is made up as follows:


2 Parent

1 Staff

5 Co-opted

I Headteacher


Governors are fully involved in monitoring the work of the school and ensuring that the learning and wellbeing of all our pupils is at the heart of everything we do. They ensure they know the strengths of the school and what we need to work on to be even better.


Our Governors have a range of experiences and skills which they bring to their role and they attend training to ensure that their knowledge and understanding of school governance is kept up to date.


Now they would like to introduce themselves.


Christine Dodd – Headteacher

I started my teaching career in Enfield in 1982 after completing my B.Ed degree at Trent Park and actually worked for a term at Galliard during my first year! I have since worked in other Enfield Schools and in Waltham Forest where I took on the role of Deputy Head. My teaching experiences span the whole primary age range and I really enjoy the fact that I oversee the whole school in my current role as Headteacher. I feel that Galliard is a very special school that offers its pupils, not just a fantastic academic education, but a range of enriching experiences that help them to develop into independent, inquisitive and enthusiastic learners.


Allison Devonish – Chair of Governors & Co-opted Governor

Over the years I have often been in the school as either a parent helper attending trips, as an active member of the PTA where I served as its secretary or a governor as I feel it is important to be involved in wider school community.  I became a parent governor at Galliard in 2013 and currently hold the position of Chair of Governors and also have a link role as Safeguarding governor.  I find the role rewarding, seeing the children enter Galliard full of life and ready to learn both educationally and socially, then watch them leave for Year 7 ready for the new chapter in their life.  I still find the role just as interesting and challenging now as I did when I first became a governor.  I partake in all areas of governor training to further development my own skills and understanding to enable me to perform my role effectively


Linda Sless – Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor at Galliard for many years. My two sons attended the school and this encouraged me to become more involved. I have seen the school grow not only in size but from strength to strength and I am very proud of the achievements of all pupils and staff. I have been on two other Governing Bodies, Winchmore and Kingsmead Schools. I am also involved with various forums, dealing with education, run through the Local Authority. This gives me an insight into issues nationally and within Enfield Schools. I am passionate about children receiving the best education possible. After many years at Galliard I am fully committed to supporting the school and making sure we get the best from all pupils, staff and the wider community.


Harry Berman – Co-opted Governor

I have been a Governor since 2009. I’ve lived in the Galliard area for 25 years and feel a close affinity with the school. I have a wealth of experience in commercial lending and debt recovery and I am currently the Business Recovery Officer at a fund management company specialising in providing finance for small businesses. Having previously been a Chair of Governors and on the Finance Committee at another school in Enfield, I feel my best contribution to the school lies in the school's financial management and as such I am a member of the Finance, Premises and Staffing Sub Committee. My interests are reading (a passion which I am glad that the school shares), running and my family.


John Prior – Co-opted Governor

 I've been a school Governor for 23 years now. In all this time, I have been very involved in every aspect of school life, as a Parent and Governor. All my children attended Galliard school in the late 80s right through to the late 90s. It's always been a great school, and still is today. I have been on every committee for a long time now covering Finance, Premises, Staffing and Curriculum and always attend meetings unless they clash, but luckily this rarely happens. I am keen to take part in all types of Governor related training, as and when required, so keeping up to date with any new Government proposals. I'm regularly taking part in Governor Network meetings, where I'm able to speak with other Governors regularly, which include the all-important annual events. I always enjoy attending our Governors' Days and leadership get-togethers, which allow me a perfect opportunity to hear about the latest approaches by teachers, meeting other staff and pupils. The school will be going through changes in the future, so it's important that we are all moving forward together.


Caroline Davies – Vice Chair & Co-opted Governor

Caroline has been an Enfield Governor for 5 years at a mainstream primary school and was Chair of Governors for 4 years. Caroline is currently Chair of Governors at Russet House, a special school for autistic primary pupils. Caroline is a Magistrate sitting on the North London Bench. Caroline is a Trustee of Attigo Academy in Enfield. Caroline worked for over 30 years as a corporate lawyer in global companies.  Caroline enjoys studying and reading history, gardening and Pilates.


Yvonne Alexander-Taylor – Parent Governor

I am an experienced trainer and English Lecturer who is passionate about the educational development of individuals. I saw the role of Parent Governor as an opportunity for me to continue to contribute my skills and expertise; particularly geared towards the future generation. I was elated to be elected as Parent Governor at Galliard as I admired the visions and ethos of the school and had a burning desire to be a part of its mission in moulding and preparing pupils for the educational and career paths.


Pareece Rose Sandiford - Parent Governor


Pareece Rose Sandiford is the Founder and CEO of NGC (New Ground Creations) a social enterprise that helps young people and those that work with them, to overcome inner-city challenges (like grooming, youth violence, and low self-esteem). The company does this through assemblies, workshops, and training. Her passion for young people stems from the brutal passing of four friends in Edmonton (January - April 2008) when she was 16 years old. Pareece has over 10 years of experience working with 1200+ children and young people from across the UK. Pareece has received recognition of her work through acceptance on the University of Cambridge's Social Venture Programme 2019, and as a finalist as Young Entrepreneur of the year at the PRECIOUS Awards 2019.


Achievements include receiving a Unltd Star People Award in 2016 to help families in Edmonton and was invited to speak on London Live TV in 2017 about her story. Over the last 3 years, Pareece has provided business coaching to start-up entrepreneurs enabling her clients to receive grants totaling £25,000+ and a local charity an investment of £150k. Pareece currently works with a charity called WE delivering on the Mayor of London’s Social Action Project. She is celebrated for her talks and workshops on business, youth violence and gangs for young people and has recently completed a tour with Dove on their self-esteem project.