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Our Governing Body


Roger Deadman- Trust Appointed Chair of Governors

I was educated in Havering and Nottingham University, before working in central Africa for several years.

On returning to the UK I worked in insurance for 2 years before starting out in my career teaching. I taught science, mainly chemistry and physics in a number of London Borough schools, eventually becoming a deputy head.

Since retiring some 5 years ago I have worked on the governing body of 3 schools, now all sponsored academies with REAch2. I am also a regional ambassador for the East Anglian Regional Board for REAch2.

I wanted to become a governor to continue my work in education improving the life chances of all pupils. I will continue my work in supporting and challenging the academy to provide a first class education for all of its pupils.


Carole Webb- Trust Appointed Vice Chair of Governors

I have for many years been connected with Dorothy Barley Junior Academy and my own children attended the school.  I first became a Governor,  Parent Helper and Midday Supervisor at the Infant School and then made the decision to become a Governor at the Junior School


Brenda Goodwin- Co-opted Governor

I first started my career as a NHS nurse for many years before making a career change into secondary education.

I have taught for 41 years as a PE/SEN teacher in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

I have won numerous awards for outstanding teacher as well as the Jack Petchy award of excellence.

During my teaching career I became a staff governor then moving on to a governor of an Infant school, where I took on many roles such as vice chairman, SEN governor, safe guarding, child protection and finance.

Since retiring 2 years ago I have continued supporting SEN pupils with numerous sporting events to help them overcome challenging obstacles and fulfil their dreams.

Due to my willingness to continue in education I have accepted the position of exam invigilator where I remain supporting SEN Students to achieve their GCSE and A- level qualifications.


Baba Tinubu- Parent Governor 

I have been a serving front line fire-fighter with London Fire Brigade for 11 years, I have also served as an officer in H. M. Prison Service. My early years in education were through to College in West Africa, followed by a BSc. degree at the University of East London.
My decision to serve as a Parent Governor was an easy one based on my firm belief in being active within your community to help create and drive positive change for the benefit of all. I volunteer as a football coach with specific interests in inclusion and integration for all children.


Karolina Kantorski- Parent Governor

I was born and educated in Poland. I moved to England in 2004 where I decided to start a new chapter in my life. Since moving to England I worked mainly in customer service until my son started school. In 2012 I started volunteering in a Reception class while I was working towards my Level 2 qualification in 'Supporting Teaching and Learning'. In 2013 I finished my education at Barking and Dagenham Adult College and was awarded my certificate. I joined Dorothy Barley Infant School as a Midday Assistant in 2013 and have been an employee there ever since, occasionally working as a Teaching Assistant. I wanted to become a governor to make a difference, to help children to achieve more and to know that they are safe. As a mother and a school employee I understand how important it is for parents and teachers to work together in order to help the school be a better environment to ensure our children reach their full potential.

Wunmi Agunbiade- Trust Appointed Governor 

I am a management accountant with over 20 years’ experience; 18 years of which has been gained in the higher education sector. 


I also have certificates in CIEH and NEBOSH coupled with practical H&S knowledge gained in my role as being Facilities Manager and Departmental Safety Officer (DSO) for the past 6 years. I conduct ‘Day one inductions’ for all new staff; coordinate and lead H&S inspection of six campus libraries.


I have four children - two of which are graduates of Westminster and Brunei Universities respectively; the third is attending Dagenham Park (C of E) secondary School; while the last is just starting at John Perry Primary School.


I have so much interest in children welfare, wellbeing and am quite keen for them to achieve success in whatever they chose to be in life. Though, I have been living in the UK for over 30 years, whilst in Nigeria I was a proud and successful scouts leader which shows I have always had a keen interest in children and youth being active, creative, building self-confidence, self-reliance and understanding of the importance of education. 

Cathy Leicester- Headteacher 


Abigail Robinson- Staff Appointed Governor
Onur Gokdemir- Staff Appointed Governor

LGB Meeting Schedule 2018-2019

Governor roles and responsibilities 2018-2019

Governor Attendance at Meetings 2017-2018

Declarations of Interest 2017-2018

Governor Attendance at Meetings 2016-2017

Additional Information about REAch2 Governance