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The Norwood School


 Lila Thompson - Chair of Governors 

Lila Thompson is a former pupil of Norwood School. She orignially joined as a community governor in 2013 and is a member of the Resources Committee. As an International Director, Lila has extensive experience in helping companies secure business in overseas markets (including Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, India, Russia and Bulgaria) and in events management and stakeholder engagement. She also sits on the UK government's advisory group for the water industry.

Lila has a degree in Economics and Social Policy and professional qualifications in international trade and project management.

Richard Curran Crawley – Vice Chair of Governors 

Richard Curran Crawley has been a parent governor since 2013 and is the current vice chair of the Resources Committee. He is the link governor for the 6th Form and PE department and has a keen interest in how the school can best evidence the excellent outcomes it delivers for students.

Richard works at a senior level in local government. He has professional qualifications in programme and project management along with finance, presentational and ICT skills.”

Alex Onyemerekwe - Parent Governor 

Aleksandra Onyemerekwe became a parent governor in 2016. She is the link governor for Performing Arts and is a member of the Resources Committee. Her son is a dance bursary pupil.

Aleksandra has a masters degree in English and CELTA and is a member of SLT in one of the Lambeth primary schools. She is also a singing teacher in one of the Performing Arts schools in Lambeth.

Ivan Seminerio - Parent Governor 

Ivan was elected as a parent governor in September 2016. He is new to the school as his eldest son, Oliver, only started year 7 this academic year. He is currently the link governor for careers and Modern Foreign Languages.Ivan has a degree in Italian Studies from the University of Manchester, and worked as a translator and EFL teacher in Rome before returning to London where he currently works as a Firefighter. He chose to become a governor in order to enhance his knowledge of the school and to help ensure that the school continues to steer in the right direction.

Kate Hodge - Community Governor

Kate has been a community governor at Norwood School since 2014.

She sits on the achievement committee and became the link governor for child protection in 2016. Kate is a media consultant, having worked at the Guardian for five years, most recently as editor of the Guardian Teacher Network. Alongside her day job she freelances as an education journalist, bringing sector expertise and professional skills to her work on the board.

Darren Iliffe – Vice Chair of Governors 

Darren has been a parent governor at Norwood for seven years. He is chair of the Achievement Committee and takes a keen interest in behaviour. He is the link governor for Science, ICT and Business, Maths and the Green house. He has been, amongst other things, a full time father and an administrator for a charity.

Rosalind Millam - Parent Governor

Rosalind Millam became a parent governor in 2016. She is the link governor for vocational education and is a member of the Achievement Committee. 

Rosalind has a degree in Psychology and Combined Studies, a masters degree in Psychology of Education and qualifications in management and training. She works as a freelance trainer and consultant. Rosalind became a governor as she believes that all children have the right to a high quality education and we all have a responsibility to support children and schools to achieve this. 


Rahnuma Chowdhury -  Co Opted Governor

Rahnuma Chowdhury joined as a co-opted governor in 2016. She is a member of the Resources Committee and the link governor for Computer Science, Business and ICT. 
Rahnuma currently works in finance regulating the business models, governance practices and risk management of a number of firms. Previously she has worked for a number of public institutions, advocating for women's healthcare and consumers' rights. 

Daphne Marchant –  Authority Governor 

Daphne has been a Community Governor  and is now an Authority Governor and has been a member of the Governing Body since 1994.  She has been  a member of the Resources Committee and has attend as a member of the Disciplinary Panel for Permanent Exclusions and Behaviour Intervention.

She has now retired from the Civil Service and has worked as a Literacy and Numeracy tutor for a local charity for 12 years, she is also employed in the Probation Service for Young Offenders.

Mehreen Lodhi – Co-opted Governor 

Mehreen Lodhi,  Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal Proceedings) LLB Honours, PGDL practicing as a Solicitor since 2008.   Studied at Norwood School from 1985 to 1989.  Has been a member of the Governing Board since 2011 and is part of the Achievement Committee.