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Governing Board

Contacting the Governing Board

To contact a member of the Governing Board, please telephone or e-mail the School Office and ask for Mrs Denton who will pass on your details and requests.

School telephone number: 020 8954 3978

School e-mail: office@stjohns.harrow.sch.uk

The Reverend Matthew Stone (Chair)

Matthew is Rector of St John’s Church Stanmore and has been a governor since 2014 (and Chair of Governors since 2015).  He is a member of the Staffing Committee and Standards & Achievements Committee, as well as the designated governor for safeguarding.  Matthew is marred to Becky, a high school teacher, and they have two children who attend St John’s School.  Prior to moving to Stanmore, Matthew was Vicar of All Saints’ Queensbury for six years during which time he was Chair of Governors to a local infant school and junior school.  Matthew has an interest in education and a desire to see all children flourish to the best of their ability.  Prior to ordination Matthew worked in retail banking and then for The Prince’s Trust.


Mrs Jo Hester - Headteacher

Mr Graham Nicholson

Mr Andrew Morgan

The Rev Dr John Barker

Ms Karen Omisore

Mrs Kay Kyriacos

Mrs Rachel Lacey

Ms Abigail Miranda

I joined as a foundation governor in July 2016 and was appointed by the London Diocesan Board for Schools. I am a member of the Standards and Achievement Committee and the Pay and Review Committee and I am the lead governor for Early Years.      

I work for the London Borough of Harrow as an Educational Psychologist (EP) within the Early Years team. Prior to qualifying as an EP, I have worked in a Youth Offending Service, a secondary school and a Social Services department. I am passionate about ensuring positive outcomes for all, especially vulnerable children and families.

I have two children aged 3 and 5, so my free time is their time! When I do have some spare time I enjoy curling up with a book. I worship at Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury church in Harrow, and I very much wanted to be a part of a faith school due to my own faith. I am honoured to be a governor at St John’s and thank everyone for making me feel welcome so far and hope to provide positive input during my time at the school. 

Ms Tracey James

I have 2 children at St Johns, in year 6 and year 1. I have previously been involved with the PFA, where I held the position of Chair for 2 years.  My professional background is in financial services and during many years in this sector I assisted numerous individuals and corporate organisations. I now run my own business supporting small to medium sized companies with planning, strategy, development and communication. I am a regular worshipper at All Saints Harrow Weald, where I am also a member of the PCC. With regard to the Governing Body, I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee.

Mr Charles Bailey

Foundation Governor appointed by Harrow Deanery Synod.

I am currently the Head of Theology and Philosophy at Harrow School, having previously held the position of the Head of Learning Skills at the School up until this year. Prior to joining Harrow in 2014, I taught Religious Studies and Philosophy at Forest School in Walthamstow.

I have a particular affinity with North-West London, having been born in Watford and educated in the area. I completed my degree and PGCE at Oxford University between 2007 and 2011 before entering the teaching profession.

I am married to Lindsay – the Head of Sixth Form at Northwood College for Girls.

As a governor, I sit on the Standards and Achievements Committee.



Mr Edwin Afeku

Elected Parent Governor

I am the Parent of young pupil and a toddler who is for-want of a better idiom – ‘champing at the bit’ to start at St John’s, so I have many years to look forward to at our wonderful school. My wife is a project manager at the British Library- a wonderful place to discover, learn, play and be inspired.  My academic background is in oil and gas management with particular interest and focus on Health, Safety and Environmental issues. I currently work at TfL as an operational staff with responsibility for Health and Safety. My current role affords me the flexibility to work nights so I am able to really cherish these early years with my children. Prior to working for TfL, I was a relationship manager in a bank for 4 years.  In order to make the best use of my time and expertise within the Governing Board, I will be serving on the Finance and Premises committee.  As a parent Governor I will be challenging our school to strengthen its reputation within the wider community. I will also be supporting its Christian ethos, aims and values of providing a healthy and safe environment for our children. An environment that generates excitement and a sense of wellbeing about coming to school. An environment that recognises individuals and develops resilient children confident enough to always “reach for the stars”. 



Mr Chris Tapp

I am a co-opted governor, appointed by the governing body.

I have been the Pastor of Stanmore Chapel since September 2018. Prior to that I spent eight years serving as an Assistant Minister at churches in St Albans and in the West End of London. Before going into full-time church work I was the Chief Executive of a national money education and debt help charity.

I am married to Erica and we have three children; two of whom currently attend St John’s with the other excited to join them once she’s old enough! We have very much enjoyed joining the St John’s school community and so I am passionate, as well as personally invested, in seeing the school continue to progress and thrive whilst retaining its clear, Christian ethos.

I am also a keen player and watcher of sports, particularly football (especially my beloved Stockport County). As the son of two geography teachers I have also inherited a love of maps.

I serve on the Finance and Premises Committee

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