Our Governors

The Governing Body is committed to improving the lives of children and families at Montem. It does this by challenging and supporting the senior leaders of the school, by sitting on committees and by visiting the school. Staff, parents and community members give liberally of their time, experience and expertise to be governors.

Meet the Montem governors:


Chair of Governors

Alain Desmier (Co-opted, CFC, R, P, S&C) has been a Governor at Montem since January 2014 and Chair since September 2016. Alain lives locally and is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of Montem students and our local community. Away from school, Alain runs an internet technology company with offices in Bristol, London and Berlin.

Alain is also Chair of the Children, Families and Communities Committee at Montem. The committee reviews and scrutinises the schools approach to safeguarding, attendance and punctuality, school behaviour and the role schools plays in the lives of our parents and the wider community.


Vice-Chair of Governors  

Daisy Markes (Co-opted, S&C) is Vice-Chair of Governors and a member of the Curriculum and Standards Committee. She became a governor in September 2015 and has been really inspired by the fantastic staff, pupils and community at Montem. Daisy is a History teacher at a Secondary School during the day, and finds the whole world of education fascinating. 


Chair of Resources Committee

Maggie Elliott (Co-opted, R, P) is Chair of Resources Committee and previously Chair of Governors since 2006. She first became a community governor in 2004 because of a desire to know the community better and her belief in the power of education to change lives. One of her favourite days of the year is the Governor Day held in January, when the governors visit all the classes and eat lunch with the children. When she isn’t at Montem, she works as a partner in a marketing consultancy, providing support to banks and investment management firms, and chairs several charities committed to alleviating poverty and ill-health in Islington and London.


The Resources Committee oversees the school finances, ensuring that the school operates within all applicable financial regulations and is achieving value for money. It oversees the maintenance and development of the school site and premises to secure an environment which is both safe and conducive to learning. It is also responsible for the adoption and implementation of staffing policies and procedures, ensuring that the school adheres to all principles of good and fair employment practices.


Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee

Heather Alcock (Co-opted, S&C, P) has been a Governor at Montem since 2010 and Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee since 2013. She became a Governor because she wanted to make a positive contribution to the local community and believes that all children deserve to get the best possible education. Outside of Montem, Heather works for VSO, an international development charity, which works through volunteers to support health, education and livelihoods work in developing countries.


The other Governors are:

Damien Parrott, Executive Headteacher (CFC, R, S&C) - appointed 1 Sep 2017

Rebecca Wieckowska, Staff Governor (S&C) - appointed 30 Sep 2016

Idil Ahmed, Parent Governor (CFC) - appointed 10 Feb 2014

Toni Elliott, Parent Governor (S&C) - appointed 10 Feb 2014

Zareen Gull, Parent Governor (CFC) - appointed 12 Dec 2016

Peter Henderson, Co-opted Governor (S&C) - appointed 27 Sep 2016

Nicola Omar, Parent Governor (S&C) - appointed 12 Dec 2016

James Glass, Co-opted Governor (R) - appointed 28 Mar 2017


Committee membership key:


Children, Families & Community (CFC)

Resources (R)

Standards & Curriculum (S&C)

Pay Review Committee (P)