Welcome to our Governors Page


Oakington Manor and Furness Primary have a federated governing body. There are 20 governors consisting of parents, staff, local authority representatives, partnership and co-opted governors.  The governing body is responsible for the strategic management of the school and helps make decisions about a wide range of issues.

Their core responsibilities involve:

  • Ensuring accountability
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Planning for the long term future of the school
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher

The governing body is split in to two committees, each responsible for either finance or curriculum. Individual governors also take responsibility for different areas of school such as special needs, target setting etc. The committees meet separately (once every half term)  to discuss relevant issues in more detail. Minutes from the sub committees are then fed back at a full governing body meeting (once a term).


Please check the school newsletters or this page for the latest information about governors meetings and vacancies.


Chair of Governors: Mr Jo Jhally

Jo JhallycI was elected as the chair of the Governing Body of the Federation of Oakington and Furness Primary Schools in September 2012.

I have served as a governor in Brent for many years and am still on the governing body of another primary school and also at an academy. For the past year I have been a governor at Furness Primary School. I have two ‘children’ who have left school a long time ago.

The governing body has some challenges ahead of us and I believe that with the leadership that we have at both schools, we all expect a positive outcome.





Who we are

Waleed_ShamkiMr Waleed Shamki

My name is Waleed Shamki; I am a parent governor, and pleased to play a positive role in the progress and development of Oakington Manor PS. I would like to tell you a bit about myself;

A married man with three children, whom one of them is currently in Oakington Manor, I work as a Practice Manager in a GP practice, I love my job even though it’s stressful especially now with all the changes that is happening within the NHS. I am originally a qualified Marine Engineer, worked for seven years which gave me the opportunity to travel round the world.

I enjoy hill walking (been on top of Ben Nevies/Scotland and Snowdonia/Wales as seen above), playing & watching football ( Liverpool & Real Madrid) , jogging, table tennis, love sea side places and enjoy going on holiday abroad with the family and seeing different cultures.

Blue is my favourite colour, spring & summer are my best seasons, love fruits and my weakness is chocolate. My dream is to set up my own charity to help orphans and widows especially in Iraq.

mr deshmukhMr Ivan Deshmukh

I have been a Governor at Oakington Manor since about 1993 and am very proud to be associated with our School and its lovely staff.

My two children went to Oakington Manor and have done very well in life. I only wish that the stunning improvements to the school had happened during their time!

I am an electrical engineer, now retired but after 30 years service at B.T. plc. I am also a fully trained teacher and I taught maths and IT at Copland Community School for 2 years. Now I do a lot of voluntary teaching work in India with poor children. Oakington Manor School has improved beyond recognition during the past 17 years and this is due to the extreme dedication, skills and vision of our Headteacher, Sylvie Libson ably supported by her Governors, Staff, Children and Parents. Our School is outstanding in all ways and must easily rank as one of the best schools in the country - if not the BEST. May it always remain so!"  


Alka Varsani 1870Mrs Alka Varsani

My name is Alka Varsani and I am a parent governor. I have 2 daughters at Furness. I have been a parent governor for 4 years at a local nursery. I am a working mum and life can be very hectic from the start of my day to the very end, it actually keeps me feeling alive and full of energy.

I am very dedicated and believe very strongly that all children deserve the very best in everything and particularly in education. I am part of the Governing Body because I want to make a difference for all our children and I will always aim to do my very best”


mrs vudathucMrs Meenakshi Vudathu

My name is Meenakshi Vudathu and I am a parent governor. Proud mum of a boy, who left Oakington with flying colours to a grammar school and a girl who is studying here. I served earlier as the chairperson of the PSA at Oakington and am happy to be a part of the governing body.



SAM_0022cMr Mansur Khan: Vice Chair

My name is Mansur and I’m a Governor who lives within the community. I am also the Governor tasked to look at Literacy within the school. I take a keen interest in recent developments in education and educational under achievement in communities. I have two children at Oakington who love going to school!

I work as an IT Professional, so I like working with Databases, and new technologies. My hobbies include football, thai-boxing, ju-jitsu and reading but since I got married I only get to do football and reading! I, am also on the path of learning at Birbeck College of the University of London undertaking a Masters degree part time.


Narinder NathanMrs Narinder Nathan

I am a co-opted Governor of the Federated Governing Body of Furness and Oakington and sit on the Curriculum Committee. I was also on the Interim Management Committee of Furness.

My experience as a School Governor spans some 30 years – I am at present Chair of 2 Governing Bodies in Brent. I take my responsibility as a Governor very seriously and am very committed, having a genuine interest and passion for the education and well-being of children and their parents. I look forward to working with the Federated Governing Body and to make a difference.


Full Governing Body List



Relevant Governance documentation:

School Governance Regulations 2015

Governance and Statutory Requirements

Instrument of Government- Oakington and Furness




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