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Meet the Chair of Governors

Mr David Backhouse

David’s first governance role was as an elected Parent Governor at Mayfield School.  A year later, in 1988 he was elected Chair – a post he still holds today.

He became a National Leader of Governance in the first cohort of NLGs in 2012.  NLGs are experienced Chairs of Governors who are deployed to use their knowledge and experience to support other Governing Bodies.  He has had supported Governing Bodies in Barking & Dagenham, Hackney and Waltham Forest, as well as in Redbridge. 

In June 2013, he was appointed by the DfE to the Secretary of State’s (SoS’s) Interim Executive Board (IEB) at Eastbury Primary in Barking & Dagenham and became its Vice Chair, a post he still holds.  The school became an academy in April 2016, academisation being the only way forward from an SoS IEB.   

David is Chair at Grove Primary and Interim Chair at Barley Lane Primary.  He is a Primary Sector Governor representative on the Schools Forum and is currently its Chair.

He was born in Romford, educated at Ilford County High and then spent 45 years in the telecoms industry.  For the last ten years, he has been a volunteer at Barnardo’s in its work supporting Young Carers, something he has become passionate about.  In 2010, he was Barnardo’s National Volunteer of the Year.

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