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Who are we?

We are a group of volunteers including parents, staff and the local community.
Several of the current governors, including our Community Governors, are parents of pupils or ex-pupils at the school. 

    Appointment of Governors

    Oliver Benjamin Community  25/03/2021 to 24/03/2025
    Susan Jackman Hills Community  18/10/2018 to 17/10/2022
    Mark Lyttle Community  18/10/2018 to 17/10/2022
    Charlotte Hickman Community 25/03/2021 to 24/03/2025
    Rebecca Lyons Community (Chair) 02/04/2019 to 01/04/2023
    Pauline Casbolt Staff Headteacher (NV) 12/09/2017 to 21/03/2022
    David Worrall Executive Headteacher Does not have a term as he is the EHT.
    Nadeem Javaid Parent (Vice Chair) 04/03/2019 to 03/03/2023
    James Harrington Community 28/06/2019 to 27/06/2023
    Chong Aik Lee Community 28/06/2019 to 27/06/2023
    Chana King Associate 26/09/2019 to 25/09/2023
    Carol Hill Parent 04/03/2019 to 03/03/2023
    Bongani Siziba Staff 30/09/2021 to 29/09/2024
  • Rebecca Lyons - Chair of Governors and Link Governor for Safeguarding

    I have been associated with Hillyfield as a parent for the past four years and both of my children currently attend the school. I was part of the parent council and involved in enrichment sessions and then decided I would like to be more involved and committed to the school as a governor. My background is in Higher Education – until October 2017, I was the director of two history of art degree programmes run by Christie’s auction house in conjunction with the University of Glasgow.  I am now the director of a continuing professional development programme at the Attingham Trust.  

    I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in October 2017.  I very much enjoy working with the dedicated and exceptional staff at Hillyfield, and particularly enjoy our governor monitoring visits where we get to see the fantastic, creative classrooms and happy, confident learners.

  • Oliver Benjamin - Link Governor for SEN

    I am Director of Employment and Skills at A New Direction (and creative education charity) where I lead on employment and skills around progression into the creative industries. This manifests itself in an innovative programme called Create Jobs which offers innovatives solutions to skill gaps and growth areas within the wider digital economy, matching local talent with local employment opportunities.
    My background is as a programme producer and manager with over 14 years of experience working in education and cultural sectors focusing on the progression of young people through task-based and purposeful learning.
    I am also a parent of a Year 2 pupil.

  • Charlotte Hickman - Safeguarding link governor

     I am a community governor at Hillyfield and I joined in February 2017. I have been involved with the school for over a decade as my three children all attended. I am currently safeguarding link governor. This is such an important area and I work closely with the school’s safeguarding leads and senior management to ensure that pupils are safe and supported both inside and outside of school. This has close links with my day job where I work in Government on policies designed to protect vulnerable young people who are exploited by county lines gangs.

    My professional background is as an economist and civil servant, and for the last 16 years I have worked primarily on policies relating to crime and policing, including domestic abuse, drugs and alcohol. It is great to be able to put that experience to use

    in a different way to help and support Hillyfield to be the very best it can be.

  • Mark Lyttle - Chair of the Resources Committee

    I am an independent governor. I have been running IT businesses for over 20 years and am Chairman of my own business. I have lots of experience on the finance side in particular. I also have a passion for sports and had National roles in swimming and sailing and am currently Chairman of British Fencing.




  • Susan Jackman Hills

    Hello my name is Susan Jackman Hills and I have lived in Walthamstow for over 30 years, I originally come from Islington. I was born in England and my parents came from Trinidad to England with my older brothers and sister in the mid 1950s. I have a 36 year old son who went to Aveling Park School, which is now the site of Hillyfield at the Park. I have worked for London Underground for 35 years which most of those have been in a managerial role. I have experience of managing budgets, Health and Safety, risk assessments, managing people, and Underground Stations. I am currently the TfL Resilience Ambassador Manager; my role is to provide Ambassadors who hold a station licence to provided assistance at Underground Station which will be effected by a large events. I decided to become a School Governor as I am very interested in children's education, especially those with Special Needs as I have a son who is severely Dyslexic and have first hand experience of the difficulties of getting the correct support. I hope that all my experience can be used to help Hillyfield Academy achieve their goals in being a school of excellence.

  • James Harrington

    I am a Civil Service Fast Streamer, having joined the graduate leadership programme in October 2017. I graduated with a BA International Relations (Hons), from the University of Birmingham. I am a ‘new’ school governor, and have been impressed with the warmth and calibre of the teachers and fellow governors. I look forward to working with those associated with Hillyfield, to grow the enriching environment that the students and staff currently enjoy. 




  • Nadeem Javid

    As a father of three children I am honoured to serve the school as a parent governor and work with the school to ensure all our children are getting the best out of their time at school.
    I work as a Senior Adviser to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, focusing on social integration and communities. My role is to ensure that the Mayor is kept informed of Londoners’ concerns, whilst helping to devise and implement
    London’s social integration strategy. From City Hall, I work closely with voluntary organisations and community groups, supporting them to improve the lives of Londoners.
    I am proud that Hillyfiled is a wonderfully diverse school and I want to make sure we embrace and celebrate our diversity as much as possible.

  • Carol Hill

    I have a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, spent most of my 20s in China teaching English to adults and children and have over 15 years experience working in educational publishing. I’m currently working as an Innovation Consultant, facilitator and mentor. Education has always been important to me – and I believe that together with the breadth of Hillyfield’s curriculum and the vision of the school to highlight every child’s brilliance, all our children will be set up for success in the future. I am a parent of two children (one in year 4 and one in reception from September 2019) and am interested in learning more about the school from a new perspective. I look forward to doing my part in making further improvements to the school, whether it’s through the curriculum, parent engagement, impact, wellness or diversity and inclusion.

  • Chong Aik Lee

    I work as a solicitor  in a City law firm where my primary focus is on restructuring and insolvency. Having been involved in a few mentoring schemes (most notably SmartStart and ReStart) I've now decided to put my experience and expertise to good use by helping and supporting Hillyfield (and the wider Waltham Forest community). 


  • Chana King

    I am really pleased to be an associate governor at our school. My two children attend the Park site (Year 1 and Year 3).

    The opportunity to have input in the school via the Governors is important to me. I am the Safer Recruitment lead and working with Chong Aik Lee to look at the school’s approach to Diversity and Inclusion as I have a keen interest in that area and to achieve our core value to create a sense of belonging.   

    I am a People Projects Manager working at Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association – a large national provider of social, shared ownership and affordable housing along with care and support.

    I started my career in an educational centre for excluded children of secondary school age, worked at Ofsted – providing learning provision for Early Years Inspectors. I have over 15 years’ experience in Learning and Development and HR.

    I also sit as a committee member of Migration Foundation, formerly known as the Ashmore fund. This was established to help migrants and the communities they live in, including people who are refugees and asylum seekers. Our vision is to make migration work for the whole community by creating places free from destitution and division.

    I chair a community interest group call ‘BOB Community’. This group was set up following a training programme that our organisation invested in, to get more people of colour in a position to have confidence to apply for and improve success in gaining board roles. The committee seeks to support those who have completed the programme to continue on their journey and seek funding to sponsor young people onto similar programmes to support with their career opportunities.

    Looking forward to supporting the school to achieve ‘Brilliance in Every Child, Excellence Every Day’


We currently have 6 members, listed below, who meet annually.  Three of our members are also Trustees.  All our members have extensive experience in school governance. 

Contact details

                    If you wish to contact our Chair of Governors please do so c /o Hillyfield Primary Academy, Aveling Park Road, London E17 4NR. 

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