Our Governors

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Chair of Governors


Mr Rob Cozens (Parent) 

I am a parent governor and have been part of the Governing Body since 2016.  I have 2 children currently at Cromer Road with one having moved on to secondary school.  In addition to my role as Chair of Governors, I also sit on the Finance committee and I am the Link Governor for English.  Over the last 6 years I have been involved in the rebuild of the EYFS facilities and have worked with the school to embed a better technology provision to support digital learning for all year groups.  This has included delivering Hour of Code events at Cromer Road and bringing the benefit of my work at a large Technology company to help improve outcomes for the children.


Vice Chair

Mrs Ruth Ralhan (Parent) 

I joined as a parent governor in March 2020, just before the first Covid lockdown. My children are currently in year 2 and reception. Being a governor has given me a deeper appreciation for how hard staff work to teach and support our children. This year I took on additional responsibilities as Vice Chair and as the governor trustee for the CRSA. I share the Safeguarding link role as well as being the link governor for reading. I want to continue to do what I can to help support the school and ensure that parents are well represented on the governing body.


Parent Governors (5)















Mrs Lucy Sullivan 

I have been a parent governor since 2017 with both my sons currently at the school.  Professionally I work in Commercial Management and am qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.  I am chair of the Finance Committee and have been involved in assisting the school with their financial management through looking at income generation opportunities, cost saving and ensuring value for money on all traded services.

In my spare time, I can be found on the sideline of a football pitch watching my boys or keeping fit and active whether that be a yoga class, a HIIT session or a walk with my third boy -  1 year old Cavapoo, Ralphy!


Ms Sarah Wise

I joined the governing body as a parent governor in March 2020. I have two daughters currently attending the school. I works as a Government Lawyer specialising in public inquiries. Outside of work I have a love of yoga and completed my yoga teacher training in 2020. I now teach a yoga breakfast club at school once a week. I enjoy bringing my legal and project management skills to the governing body and my yoga skills to the children! When not working or teaching yoga I enjoy pretending that I am in charge at home, coercing my children away from their iPads to go on adventures and doing lots of exercise.


Ms Shima Tatina  

I have lived in Barnet since 2013, with an educational, work experience background in Architecture and Design. I love the area and my daughter very much enjoys attending Cromer Road Primary School. I am a full time mum with a strong belief in providing the best environment for our children to achieve their full potential. As a parent governor, my aim is to ensure that the school continues its high standard of education  in a safe and happy environment. My hope is that as a community we are all able to help each other and learn from one another.






























Co-opted Governors (7)

















Mr Gareth Cross

My two daughters attended Cromer Road for seven years and both had a successful and happy time. I’m passionate about assisting the school to be the best it can be so that our children enjoy safe and memorable experiences. I was a secondary school deputy headteacher for fifteen years of my thirty-two-year teaching career. I took early retirement in May 2022 and now work as a School Inspector for Ofsted and Lead Exam Invigilator at nearby JCoSS, in addition to school logistics consultancy work.


Mrs Jo Nelhams  

I have lived in Barnet since 1972. Our children, now 51 and 48 years old, both attended Cromer Road Primary. I am retired but as a teacher for 40 years, I had experience working in a secondary school in Harrow and an independent school in Mill Hill. Until the onset of the pandemic, I did some volunteering at Cromer Road Primary, helping with reading. 


Mrs Cate Fairbanks 

Cromer Road has played a significant part in my life, having attended the school as a pupil before becoming a Cromer Road parent in 2008. My four children have all benefited in a variety of ways from their experience at the school, both in and out of the classroom. This has fueled my passion for ensuring that Cromer Road meets the needs of all children in our community by delivering a high-quality, well-rounded education, opening up opportunities and supporting every child in achieving their potential. I started out as a parent governor in 2011 before more recently becoming a co-opted governor, and have focused primarily on curriculum and special educational needs. This has given me the opportunity to come into school regularly over a number of years, enabling me to get to know the children and staff, which I have found incredibly insightful and rewarding. I have a professional background in marketing and communications, and now specialise in content marketing.


Mr David Dunn

I am a new co-opted governor to Cromer Road School.  I have lived in the area for around 20 years and felt it was time to give back to the community in some form.  I am a qualified accountant and have over 25 years experience of finance and strategy, although not necessarily in the public sector.  I look forward to helping Cromer Road school go forward.


Ms Ngozi Emeagi

I am currently a Director in corporate communications at the London Stock Exchange.  Prior to joining LSEG, I was a Senior Consultant at Powersourt Group, a financial communications agency, where I covered Banking and Insurance clients.  Whilst at Powerscourt, I also led on diversity and inclusion, writing and implementing several proposals for clients such as Powerscourt. Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to improving the diversity within the organisations I have worked at, and am currently Vice President of Women in PR, a not-for-profit group aimed at increasing the number and diversity of senior Women in PR.  I am an Advisor for the No Turning Back programme, aimed to increase diversity and retention of ethnic minorities in Communications and Marketing and am a school governor for Cromer Road Primary School. 




2 Vacancies







































































LA Governors (1)

Mr Tony Vourou  


Staff Governor (1)

Miss Nieusha Shirazi 

I am currently the staff governor at Cromer Road primary school. My career as a primary school teacher started at Cromer Road in 2016 and I have been part of this community for 6 years now. I attended Queen Mary University and gained my BA in Languages and Business Management in 2010. I then trained as a secondary school teacher at the Institute of Education and obtained my PGCE degree in 2012 in German, French and EAL (English as foreign language). Thereafter, I pursued my career as a secondary school teacher for 4 years and soon realised that I love teaching but the age group was not quite right for me. Having joined Cromer Road after completing some supply work, I retrained as a primary school teacher and found my true vocation. 


Headteacher Governor (1)

Mrs Dana O'Donnell