The Governing Body has 3 core functions: 


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

Governing Boards are required to appoint governors who meet the eligibility criteria based on the skills and experience required by the board.

Governors Register


  • Ms Talat Ahmed (Vice Chair)
  • Mr Yasser Din
  • Mr Zaid Furreedan
  • Mrs Sandy Wan


  • Mr David Backhouse (Chair of Governors)
  • Ms Dianne Borien
  • Mr Matthew O’Connor


  • Mr Emeran Saigol


  • Miss Kaye Cornwall
  • Mr Steve Davies (Headteacher)
Meet the Chair of Governors

Mr David Backhouse MBE

David is a very experienced Chair of Governors of primary and secondary schools who was co-opted onto Redbridge Primary’s Governing Body in May 2018 and first elected as Chair at the same time.

 He is a retired engineer having spent his whole career in a variety of engineering and planning roles in the telecoms industry.  

 As a National Leader of Governance (2012 – 21), appointed by the National College for School Leadership, he provided training and has supported Governing Bodies in Barking and Dagenham, Waltham Forest as well as in Redbridge.

In 2013 he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to the Interim Executive Board of a struggling primary school in Barking & Dagenham.    

 In 2012, he proudly carried the Olympic Flame as it passed through the borough and in January 2022 was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours’ List for ‘Services to Education’

Parent Governors


Ms Talat Ahmed

Parent Governor (Vice Chair)

Mr Yassir Din

Parent Governor

As a parent of 2 children in RPS I feel passionate about helping maintain the high standards of the school. My career has provided me with the necessary management and diplomatic skills to successfully work with broad team of individuals with different responsibilities to reach a common goal.

My goal will always be to help with the advancement of the school which will ultimately give our children the best educational opportunities. I will work cohesively with all stakeholders with openness and transparency.

Mr Zaid Furreedan

Parent Governor

I am standing for Parent Governor because I want to represent the views of parents fairly, support the staff, whilst ensuring a stable environment is provided for our children (including my son in Y1). Following an unsettling year, I believe holding regular meetings with parents is the first step to building confidence and trust between the GB and RPS stakeholders.

I have previously led programmes for key Public / Private Sector Organisations focusing on Performance Improvement and Change Management. I believe drawing on my experience will provide a balanced and objective view to the group whilst ensuring our children’s interests come first.

Meet the Staff Governor

Miss Kaye Cornwall


My experience in working for Redbridge Primary for eighteen years stands me in good stead for the role. As school games organiser, I enjoy seeing the children reach their full potential in sport as well as academia. My outside experience working with sports clubs and sports companies both abroad and in the UK as a coach/official has provided me with the knowledge to maintain a high standard in the safeguarding of the children.
It is my aim that every child in Redbridge Primary represents the school in sports during their time in our school. I look forward to making a valuable contribution as a staff governor and doing everything I can to support the school in providing a safe, nurturing environment for all pupils to enjoy and achieve.
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