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Lenny Shallcross (Chair of Governors)

Lenny works for a charity managing their public affairs and campaigns across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at the European Parliament. His background is in politics, He is a former government adviser at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of Health. He has also worked in Parliament. Outside work he loves going to the theatre and cooking (in particular food from the Middle East). He cycles everywhere! 


Sonia Sodha 

Sonia is Vice Chair of governors at Griffin Primary. She is Head of Policy & Strategy at the Dartington Social Research Unit, a charity that works to improve the use of robust evidence of what works in improving children's outcomes. Prior to this, she was a Senior Policy Adviser on Business Policy to Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP. She has also worked as Head of the Capabilities Programme at the Think Tank Demos, where she led their work on education, children and young people, and families. Sonia's also a trustee of the children's charity Dreams Come True, which provides support to terminally- and seriously-ill children.




James Loxton

James is a Local Authority Governor and sits on the Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee. His varied career spanning both finance & marketing, has seen him working in both global firms & new start-ups. James seeks to bring his skill set & experiences to best use, for the benefit of the school. In his spare time he enjoys running marathons, travel & photography. 




James Siswick

James is a Community Governor and has been working with the school since early 2011.  He sits on the Finance, Premises and Personnel committee of the Governing Body.  Outside of school, He works for an accountancy firm in Canary Wharf, where he helps clients comply with government regulations.  He lives in Wandsworth Town and enjoys cooking, cycling and travel.




Louise Black

Louise is Staff Governor and the Assistant Headteacher responsible for the Curriculum and overseeing the EYFS. She has worked in the school since 2012, and loves her job. She believes very strongly in placing creativity at the heart of all teaching and learning. Her favourite subject to teach is English.

Outside of school she looks after her little girl and in her spare time (not that she has much, now she's a mum!) enjoys film, art and theatre as well as running and dancing.




Hitesh Chauhan

Hitesh trained as an engineer then ended up spending almost 14 years in the Theatre, not as an actor - everything but! He migrated into IT purely as a means of helping the theatre set up its first computer system. He never looked back and now is in the process of getting his company off the ground. He has mainly worked for non-profit organisations and wants to follow the ethos that Information and Communication Technology should be a tool that everyone can integrate into their lives without it costing the earth or being scary!  He believes the children of today will see to that - if we help them help the adults! 
His background is Gujrati, he born in Kenya and was part of the first influx of immigrants in the 60's and has spent most of that time since here in the UK.  


The role of the Governors is to:

  • help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement

  • keep the pressure up on school improvement

  • be a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice

  • help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community

  • make the school accountable to the public for what it does

  • work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review

  • exercise its responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff

  • not intervene in the day-to-day management of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when it then has a duty to take action.



Governors can always be contacted through the school. Governors provide the essential link between the school, the local community and the Council.

​If you would like to contact the Govenors please ask the School Office or email the Chair directly:  chair@griffinprimary.org.uk



​Griffin Primary School

Stewarts Road 


London SW8 4JB

Tel: 020 7622 5087​

Twitter: @PrimaryGriffin

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