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Walker Primary School Inspiring a love of learning in a supportive community


School governors are ordinary people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school.


Almost anyone can become a school governor and you can find out more information here. All new governors receive training and support from Ivy Learning Trust and their fellow governors. If you are interested in assisting the School in this way, please contact


The Local Governing Body is made up of talented individuals, bringing a variety of complementary skills. We have high expectations for Walker. We seek evidence that the school is improving as a result of the strategic decisions we make. We do this through by reviewing the evaluations made by the Headteacher and her team and agreeing the priorities for the school. We regularly visit the school and talk to children and staff. We value feedback from all stakeholders.



Local Governing Body


Mike Dowuona Chair of Governors 


Mike was elected as a Parent Governor in October 2019. He has two children. The oldest  joined Walker  in September 2019. Having grown up and studied in Enfield, Mike graduated with honours from the University of Hull’s Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics master’s program. Whilst there, he was elected Union President and sat on various committees including the Hull City Image urban regeneration project. Following a career working in marketing and leadership roles for major record labels such as Virgin Records and Sony/RCA, Mike founded a brand marketing agency which he still runs today. Mike is keen to participate and add value wherever needed, putting his experiences of creative and collaborative problem-solving in the world of business leadership to work towards the fast-evolving needs of the children, school and connected Walker community.




Raakhee Tailor, Headteacher


Raakhee has been a Senior Leader in schools for 15 years. She joined Walker as Deputy in 2015 and was appointed Headteacher in 2022.

Raakhee has successfully completed a MA in Education and the NPQH and now facilitates NPQ cohorts supporting senior leaders. 

Raakhee has a passion for nurturing a learning culture in schools, where children and staff have a thirst for learning, a passion for enquiry and a drive for excellence.  

As Headteacher, Raakhee is part of the Local Governing Board and reports to local governors progress and achievement, curriculum and resources.


Gemma Antoniou, Parent Governor Appointed 

I have been a teacher for many years, teaching at both primary age and secondary, up to sixth form.
I later became an education consultant, providing support in schools across London at both primary
and secondary in teaching and learning and school management. I’m currently training to become a
specialist teacher for children who are experiencing barriers to learning due to specific learning
I am a parent of two neurodiverse children and have spent the last few years in supporting their
learning and development. Both are now very well settled and it is a good time for me to contribute
to the wider school community.
It is my goal to ensure that all children, no matter their difficulties or disadvantages, can make solid
progress and enjoy their primary years.


Rachel Barnes, Staff Governor Appointed 


Rachel was elected as Staff governor in June 2022, having worked at Walker since 2017. Rachel has taught Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and Early Years in Islington and Haringey before teaching in Enfield which she also calls home.

Rachel has a passion for teaching children and nurturing a love of learning that goes beyond the classroom. Rachel is part of the wider leadership at Walker and is curriculum lead for Art and Design, a role that enables her to diversify the curriculum and expose children to a wider learning experience.


Rachel brings experience of working for Merchant Banks, an International News Agency as well as working and teaching abroad.




Lisa Maria Cardinalli, Trust Appointed 


Lisa has worked as a HR Manager in schools for a number of years in both the independent and academy sectors (including advising on employment matters during the pre-opening stages of a new Sixth Form academy). She completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and gained Chartered status of the CIPD whilst working at The Crown Estate. 


With two children in Walker and having lived in Southgate for most of her life, Lisa feels a strong connection to the local community and is relishing the opportunity to support the ambitions of our school.


Sweta Sarangi, Trust Appointed 


Sweta has a career spanning IT, HR management and consulting, and aims to bring related skills to the role. A recent foray into the education sector, through academic support roles, has given Sweta a perspective into curriculum delivery at primary schools in Enfield. Sweta has been associated with Walker since 2011 as both her children attended this school and has been a part of the changes that Walker has gone though in the last decade. The needs of the school, the best interests and the aspirations of the school community will always be at the heart of her approach.



Dale Christmas, Trust Appointed 



Dale is a secondary school music teacher with a broad interest in how young people progress
through their education, and how they perceive their experiences in school. He completed a
master’s degree in education at the University of Cambridge, graduating with distinction in 2020. He
also has degrees in music from the Universities of York and Hull.
Dale has worked in Southgate since 2018 and is delighted to have been appointed to the Governing
body at Walker Primary School as he shares the school’s vision of inspiring a love of learning through
a supportive community. He is also a staff governor at the school where he teaches, and where
many Walker students progress to for their secondary education. He hopes this understanding of
where our students are going next helps him to bring a holistic perspective and contribute
meaningfully to the Walker community.
In addition to his work as an educator, Dale is an active musician and is Assistant Conductor of the
Southgate Symphony Orchestra.



Jo Hawkins, Deputy Headteacher - Non Governor attends meetings 


Jo joined Walker in 2002 as a newly qualified teacher and has worked here ever since. She has been a class teacher throughout Key Stage 2 and has been part of the senior leadership team for the past ten years. She has also been a staff governor. She has a passion for supporting all pupils to achieve their best academically whilst ensuring they are happy, valued and respected. She is looking forward to the role of deputy head teacher and supporting Raakhee to lead the staff and pupils to improve the school even further.  


NameTitleDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeAppointed by:Declaration of InterestDate Interest Declared
Mike DowuonaChair of Local Governors

05/09/2023 (re-appointed)

08/10/2019 (Parent Governor)

4 YearsElected ParentNoneNA
Raakhee TailorHeadteacher01/09/2022Ex-officioEx-officioNoneNA
Rachel BarnesStaff Governor01/06/20224 YearsElected StaffNoneNA
Gemma AntoniouParent Governor07/12/20234 YearsElected ParentNoneNA
Azadi SheridanParent Governor07/03/20244 YearsElected ParentTrent Park Museum Trust TrusteeApril 2024
Sweta SarangiTrust Appointed Governor09/12/20214 YearsIvy Learning TrustNoneNA
Lisa Maria CardinaliTrust Appointed Governor09/12/20214 YearsIvy Learning TrustEmployed at Generations Educational TrustNovember 2022
Dale ChristmasTrust Appointed Governor06/01/20234 YearsIvy Learning TrustStaff Governor, Ashmole AcademyJanuary 2023


Local Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months.


NameTitleDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeDate Stepped DownAppointed ByDeclaration of InterestDate Declared
Saima ButtParent Governor08/10/20194 Years07/10/2023Elected ParentSpecialist Member of the First-Tier Tribunal for SENDNovember 2022
Christina ScordellisTrust Appointed Governor14/07/2015 Reappointed 20194 Years13/07/2023Ivy Learning TrustNoneNA
Stelios EliadesTrust Appointed9/10/20194 years8/10/2023Ivy Learning TrustNone NA


Governance Arrangements

Information on governance arrangements is available on Ivy Learning Trust's website

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