Meet the Governors

Who's Who

Mr Andrew Liles - Chair of Governors

Term of Office 15/12/20 - 14/12/24

Mr Liles is the Chair of the Governing Body. Whilst this role means he needs to ensure the school is keeping a keen eye on what the government expects of pupils' attainment and progress, he is passionate about ensuring that every pupil gets a rich and varied life experience at Oaklands so they are independent learners for the following stages of education. Beyond school, Mr Liles is an IT Director for web agency and likes to sing, not necessarily in the office. Mr Liles has had two children at our school who now have moved on to Elthorne High School.



Mr Joe Prendiville - Vice Chair of Governors.

Term of office 26/10/15 - 15/07/23

Mr Prendiville is the Governor for Safeguarding and SEN, and sits on the Curriculum and Inclusion Committee. Mr Prendiville is Chief Operating Officer of West London Zone - an education and social sector charity in North Kensington/White City. Mr Prendiville has a son and daughter in Oaklands school, and is keen to work hard to help children make excellent progress from all backgrounds and starting points.


Ms Gayle Cope- Parent Governor.

Term of Office 29/3/2021 – 28/3/2025

Gayle has 2 children at the Oaklands and enjoys their many stories of fun experiences the have during the School day. She has worked in Tv production all her adult life and admits that childcare is far and way more difficult than anything she's ever tackled at work. Gayle is around most days in the playground and is more than happy to be approached for a chat in her role as a parent Governor - Just go and tap on the shoulder!



Ms Serita Mark - Co-opted Governor
Term of Office 09/Dec/2019 - 08/Dec/2023


Mr Simon Armstrong - Parent Governor

Term of Office 11/12/2017 - 10/12/2021

Mr Armstrong has two sons who attend Oaklands Primary. One is coming to the end of his Oaklands journey and the other has just started. Having watched his eldest son flourish at Oaklands, Mr Armstrong would now like to use his governor role to give something back to the school and the community.



Halina Bakhovska - Co-opted Governor

Term of Office 24/09/18 – 23/09/22



William Blanchard - Co-opted Governor 

Term of Office 09/09/19 – 08/09/23 




Darryl Evans- Co-opted Governor

Term of Office 09/09/19 – 08/09/23

Darryl is a co-opted governor with no prior connection to the School.

He is also a governor of Barnes Primary School in the London Borough of Richmond and aims to use the knowledge sharing that permits for the benefit of both schools. He is a solicitor who runs his own legal practice, specialising in employment law, having previously been a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers.The remainder of his time is spent watching (football, cricket, rugby) and playing (tennis, golf, cycling) sport, and going to the theatre and art galleries.




Miss Ruth Harper - Co-opted Governor

Term of Office 25/09/2017 - 24/09/2021

Miss Harper has lived in Hanwell since 2009 and enjoys getting involved in the local community. Miss Harper is an Institute Manager at University College London and has range of Higher Education management experience including HR, Finance, Estates and Teaching Management. She sits on the Oaklands Teaching & Learning Committee. Miss Harper has two children at Oaklands.



Ms Tessa Hodgson - Headteacher.

Ms Hodgson joined Oaklands as head teacher in September 2014, and enjoyed it so much she applied for the permanent job! Ms Hodgson has had a varied teaching career across London for the last 25 years. Her experience includes previous headships in Hammersmith and Fulham and in Ealing and she has also worked as a Consultant Head Teacher, a School Improvement Partner and a Local Authority Advisor on the inclusion of vulnerable pupils. Ms Hodgson is passionate about ensuring that all pupils love school and get the best education they can. Ms Hodgson wants every child to leave Oaklands with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life combined with a passion and excitement for learning and the confidence to seek out new opportunities and rise to every challenge.


Ms Olivia Lucas- Local Authority Governor.

Term of Office 29/3/2021 – 28/3/25

Olivia is the Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SENDCo) at Ark Acton Academy and is passionate about ensuring all children are given equitable access to the knowledge, support, opportunities, and experiences required to empower them to thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. 
Olivia is a Teach First ambassador and has been teaching RE in Greater London secondary schools since 2013. During this time she has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Vulnerable Learners and Inclusion, as part of the National Award for SENCo; worked with Ambition Institute to become an Instructional Coach and Teacher Educator, dedicated to improving teacher effectiveness; and is currently on the yearlong Inclusive Leaders Course, run by The Difference (who are committed to changing the national story on school exclusion.) 
In her spare time Olivia enjoys swimming and reading.


 Ms Ghazaal Majidi- Staff Governor.

Term of Office 4/11/19 – 3/11/23

Mrs Majidi has been working at Oaklands for 2 years , she has loved her time here at Oaklands so much she has decided to join the governing body to support whole school development. Mrs Majidi runs PSHE and RE at Oaklands and ensures all the children have the opportunity to celebrate all faiths and celebrations. Mrs Majidi is looking forward to create a whole school community through activities that support all the children’s learning and make Oaklands a more diverse and multicultural community with happy children who love learning.


Jenny Connolly - Clerk

 Clerking by 3BM governors service


Please click here for Governing Body structure.

Each governor is part of the Full Governing Board and then participates in Committees.  We have 3 committees which align to the Oakland School Improvement Plan priority areas:

  • Teaching and Learning Committee: Simon Armstrong (Chair),   Tessa Hodgson, Ghazaal Majidi, Gayle Cope
  • Inclusion Committee: Joe Prendiville (Chair), Will Blanchard, Ruth Harper, Tessa Hodgson, Serita Mark
  • Finance & Resources Committee: Darryl Evans (Chair), Halina Bakhovska, Tessa Hodgson, Olivia Lucas, Andrew Liles

 Please contact the School Office if you require copies of our full governing body minutes. Thank you.   

Please click here for Governor's meeting attendance.