Governors are appointed to provide strong links between the school and the community it serves. They have a wide experience of the outside world and provide an independent view and a visible form of accountability for the school. Their role is to offer challenge and support on the strategic running of the school.

Governors attend school meetings, training sessions and conferences in order to maximise their impact.

In order to do this, our Governing Board:

  • works with the Headteachers who are responsible for the day to day management of the schools.
  • agrees policies and practice that assist the Headteachers and staff to carry out their responsibilities.
  • agrees principles and targets for improvement.
  • acts as the critical friend of the school and the Headteachers.
  • receives and discusses the Self-Evaluation Reports which are used to accurately evaluate the performance of the school across key areas.
  • reviews its own working practices works within the regulations for governing bodies that are provided by the DfE and other statutory bodies.

The Learning Federation Governing Board has a Full Governing Board meeting twice per term.  Each Full Governing Board meeting has a specific focus: one meeting per term has a Teaching & Learning focus and the other has a Finance & Resources focus.  

The Learning Federation Governing Board Constitution
Co opted GovernorsFirst appointedTerm startTerm end
Cllr Mandy Anderson13/10/202113/10/202112/10/2025
Mr Mark Borrell05/12/201905/12/202304/12/2027
Mr Gregory Brome19/10/202219/10/202218/10/2026
Mr Alan Kemp01/07/201622/04/202421/04/2028
Ms Julia Woodstock24/11/202124/11/202123/11/2025
Local Authority Governor
Cllr Paul McGeary01/07/201622/01/202321/01/2027
Parent Governors
Ms Karen Howell04/12/201922/01/202421/01/2028
Ms Eliza Avram22/01/2024  22/01/202421/01/2028
Staff Governor
Ms Jill Float19/10/202219/10/202218/10/2026
Ms Lois Nicholls12/07/202312/07/2023
Ms Amy Holmes12/07/202312/07/2023
Associate Governor (non voting)
Ms Christine MacPherson12/07/202312/07/2023

Governors at the Learning Federation

Alan Kemp – Chair of Governors

A former Mead pupil, Alan has a genuine passion to ensure the pupils at The Learning Federation enjoy the very best possible education available and refuses to accept second best. Alan owned a Logistics Company from 1987 after having a grounding in Shipping and Transport and joined the Governing Body in August 2015.

Alan retired in 2018 in order to be able to dedicate more time to The Federation and his other interests of golf and playing live music. Alan became the Chair of Governors in June 2019 and is committed to the Vision & Values of The Learning Federation and dedicated to work with the staff to maximise opportunities for each and every pupil.

Paul McGeary – Local Authority Governor

I have lived in the ward since 1985 I have three children and one granddaughter who have all attended local schools and I have been a School governor for over 30 years. I am currently the Local Authority Governor at Mead and Broadford schools and for many years previously Chair of Governors at St Ursula’s School in Straight road.

I am also your Gooshays ward councillor since 2018 and previously the ward councillor for Heaton Ward my main priority is Harold Hill I am a local councillor first and foremost.

My day job is as the Head of Estates for NELFT NHS Trust looking after the trusts buildings in Havering, Essex and Kent.

I also sit on the board at BETRA tenant management group in Gooshays.

 Jill Float – Staff Governor

Jill was appointed as Staff Governor in November 2022 and has previous experience as a staff governor in a previous role.  She now works as an HLTA at Broadford.  Jill was a class teacher for 31 years, working at several Primary schools in Essex including Quilters Infant School, Ingrave Johnstone Primary School and Herington House Preparatory School in Shenfield.  Jill mainly covers class teacher PPA, ECT and leadership time.  In 2021 she qualified as a Level 3 Forest School leader, and now leads Forest School sessions to all classes across the school.  She works hard to keep the school grounds looking the best that they can be and to promote respect of the outside environment of the school by the children.   Jill is a keen Ballroom and Latin dancer and loves to go on cruise holidays.

Karen Howell – Parent Govenor

Karen joined as a Parent Governor in 2019 and has 3 children who attend Mead as well as extended family members who attend Broadford.

Karen has a particular interest in making sure the Learning Federation considers the impact that their policies and procedures have on the children and their families. 
Karen has over 10 years of experience in working with adults with special educational needs and has a passion for ensuring all children have equal opportunities throughout their time in school. Karen currently works with Havering MIND where she delivers training to individuals who need support with their mental health and well being.  

Mark Borrell  –  Co-opted Governor

I have been a governor since 2011, I initially was a parent governor at Broadford where my 3 lovely children attended. I then stayed on to become a Co-opted governor when Mead and Broadford Federated. As a governor, I have experience in both LA schools and Academies as well as Primary and Secondary schools. My background is from Hotels and restaurants and then I went on to delivering Hospitality and Catering NVQ’s for chefs in hotels where I started my own business. I am currently delivering LFHW cookery workshops in partnership with Havering Council, waste and recycling team as well as healthy eating and cooking on a budget cookery workshops. In my other role, I work for Havering Changing – The Queen’s Theatre, funded by the Arts Council. We encourage people of areas in Havering that may not otherwise engage in the Arts to get involved and support local groups, people and artists.

Eliza Avram –  Parent Governor 

Mandy Anderson – Co-opted Governor

Mandy has almost 30 years’ experience as a Teacher and Educational Adviser. As the Director of an Educational Services Company that promotes Inclusion, Positive Behaviour and Emotional Wellbeing, she is passionate that every child is championed to achieve their very best.

As Link Governor for Personal Development at The Learning Federation, Mandy is dedicated to support the children, staff, and wider school community to thrive. She is active within the local community, working closely with social and environmental groups in Harold Hill. 

Mandy is an enthusiastic amateur cook and baker. When not in the kitchen, she will be out walking or participating in dance exercise sessions.  She is a strong advocate of The Learning Federation’s aim to ensure children know how to eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle.

Greg Brome – Vice Chair Governor

Greg is pleased to have joined the Governing Board of The Learning Federation. He has had many years experience as a Governor in Havering schools. He is passionate about helping all children to reach their true potential. He has lived in the area for over 40 years and well understands the challenges facing Havering schools especially in the post-covid era.

Greg is retired having worked  all his career for an international airline finishing as a Manager in Human Resources.

He is excited to be helping The Learning Federation move forward in these financially difficult times.

Julia Woodstock – Co-opted Governor

Julia was appointed as a Learning Federation Governor in late 2021 and has a son who attends Broadford Primary School.
Julia has been a Registered Foster carer since 2016 and has had children placed with her both short term and long term and currently works part time for a charity that supports care leavers.  She has experience of working in a primary school in the Barking & Dagenham area supporting the Inclusion Manager and SENDCO.
Julia experience also includes several years in the civil service and also worked for a housing charity for over 10 years with a focus on delivering programmes for young homeless people aged 16 to 25.

DFE Governance

School Governors: Professional Development

National Governors’ Association