Southfield’s governing body is responsible for the overall running of the school. Governors work as a team and share the goal of making Southfield a happy, stimulating and successful school. To learn more about the role of the governing body click here. To see minutes of recent meetings click here.
Southfield has twelve governors, made up of elected parents, elected teachers, representatives of the Ealing local education authority and co-opted governors. Each governor’s term of office lasts four years. Here is a profile of the team.
Simon Prebble – Headteacher
As Headteacher, Simon Prebble is automatically a member of the governing body. He took up his post in September 2010. He has been a teacher for twenty-four years and has taught all age groups from Nursery to Year 6 in three different London boroughs. Prior to taking up his current post he was the Principal Primary Adviser for Ealing Local Authority and led the Primary School Improvement Team. For seven years he was the head of a primary school in Hanwell. All his teaching experiences have been in diverse communities. He strongly believes that children only have one chance in education and it is the responsibility of schools to ensure all children achieve. He has lived in the Borough of Ealing for twenty years and loves travelling, playing tennis and reading.
Janet Barton – Staff Governor; Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Janet Barton became a School Governor in 1987. She’s worked on both the Teaching & Learning and Management Committees and has had input to numerous policies & decisions. Why does she like Southfield so much? She says “Children, Staff and Governors come & go – But – the same happy atmosphere & vision for learning has remained since my own children came here.” She really enjoys working as part of the EYFS team and loves helping children reach their full potential. She was born in East London and grew up in Central London. Outside school she enjoys football (watching not playing!) films, music and particularly reading, especially anything with an historical content.
Joanne Cato – Mathematics and IPC governor; Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Joanne Cato was elected as parent Governor in October 2014 and is the link governor for the New Curriculum (Mathematics and IPC) and is on the Teaching and Learning Committee. She is the mother of two children, a son currently in year 2 at Southfield and a daughter who is due to start at the school in the near future.
Joanne grew up in Chiswick, attended Southfield School and still lives locally. She qualified as a Physiotherapist from Keele University and now works within management of a large team of Physiotherapists in a Private Health Organisation. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, sports and reading.
Ngozi Fasan – Finance link governor; Member of the Resources Committee
Ngozi Fasan joined the governing body as the Finance Governor in June 2013. She is a mother to a 3+ year old boy and as his primary school attendance is imminent this sparked an interest in getting involved in schools.
She is a Chartered Accountant who trained with Ernst and Young. She currently works as Risk and Control manager in an Investment Bank.
She enjoys meeting new people and is actively involved in Corporate Social Responsibility events at work. She actively volunteers at Church as a Sunday school teacher and also used to sing as part of the Choir. She loves travelling and reading and plans to someday write a book herself.
Georgina Gilbey – Staff Governor; Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Biography to follow
Robert Huxford – Chair of Governing Body; Health and Safety link governor; member of the Resources Committee
Rob Huxford was elected parent governor in 2014 and as chair in 2017. He has 2 children that both attend Southfield. Living locally in Chiswick Rob is keen to be an active member of the school and support the staff and governors to continue and build to make Southfield a great environment for the children to learn in.
Rob is a commercial head at a large global pharmaceutical company based in West London and brings his business experience as his role as a governor.
Marianna Loizia – Clerk to the Governors
Marianna Loizia is an experienced clerk having worked with many Ealing governing bodies over the last 12 years. She has been clerking at Southfield since January 2011. She has a good insight into the workings and challenges of a successful governing body and served three terms as a school governor. She juggles clerking with a full time job as a PA, and looking after her family.
Angela McHale – IPC Link Governor; Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Angela McHale is the mother of two boys who have been happy, Southfield pupils since Reception. Her older child is now at Senior School. She was born and raised in London, went to school in Ealing, and has lived in Chiswick since 2004. She has been an active member of the SPSA since 2010 and was the Chair of SPSA for 4 years. She was elected as a parent governor in October 2015. Having gained a degree in Politics at Warwick University she decided to follow her passion and become an actor, receiving a distinction from the Drama Studio, London. In between acting jobs she realised she also liked coaching and helping others become more effective, confident communicators. She now combines a career as an actor with working as a training consultant.
She believes that a child’s experience of school is more positive and their attainment levels are higher when parents are involved in school life and she hopes to support the school as they continue their great work in this area. She also has really enjoyed seeing the children engage in the International Primary Curriculum and one of her roles is as an IPC link governor. She also currently chairs the Teaching and Learning committee.
Leong MacSweeney – Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Previous to her retirement, Leong worked as an Advisory Teacher in the Virtual School for Looked After Children at the London Borough of Hammermsith and Fulham. Her role consists liaising with schools and colleges in order to support the Borough’s Looked After Children’s achievement in education. Through working with Looked After Children she have gained an insight to the many issues and barriers to learning that affect vulnerable children and the need for them to achieve. In addition, Leong have worked in Further Education colleges teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and literacy to adults. Prior to being a qualified teacher, Leong was a qualified State Registered Nurse specialising in Renal Transplant and Dialysis at Charing Cross Hospital.
Although Leong’s mother tongue is Chinese, her first language is English. Leong also speak Bahasa Malaysia, which is the national language of Malaysia. With the exception of 3 years abroad, she has lived in London for over 40 years. As a trilingual speaker, Leong has always been interested in the mechanics of acquiring language skills. Her other interests include inter-cultural assimilation and the impact education has on personal development and well being and Leong is passionate that all children be given the opportunity to achieve and to fulfill their potential.
John Tanter – Chair of the Resources Committee
John Tanter was elected parent governor in 2014. He has a daughter in Year 2 and twins (a son and a daughter) who have just started in Reception. John has lived in various parts of London since he started work, moving to Chiswick two weeks before his eldest daughter was born in 2007. With three children in the early part of their time a Southfield John was keen to get more involved in the life and work of the school, supporting the Headteacher and staff in providing the best possible learning environment for the pupils.
John is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser and currently works for a large energy company
Anthony Korn – Member of the Resources Committee
Anthony Korn is a local authority nominated governor. He lives locally. He is a barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law and advises both employers and employees in employment disputes. He also writes and lectures on employment law topics. Before going into practice, he worked as an employment advisor at the Shepherds Bush Advice Centre. Outside work, he is learning Japanese and enjoys tennis and skiing. He has joined the Governing body to contribute to the local community.
Emel Alaoui – Member of the Learning and Teaching Committee
Emel grew up and went to school in Ealing and is a proud West Londoner. She is a mother to three daughters who all attend Southfield Primary school, in years 1, 3 & 5 and she lives locally.
Emel is the director of her own IT recruitment company in London, which she runs alongside her husband’s consultancy company in Paris. With her background in business, she believes that her skills will be beneficial to the governing body, alongside her value as a parent stakeholder.
She also has the experience of being an elected member of the parents association in her children’s previous school in Rabat, Morocco, where she lived for 3 years.
In her free time she loves to collect luxury designer bags and she likes to travel. She believes it is important for her children to see different cultures in action and loves the social cohesion and diversity of Southfield Primary.
Thomas Muir – Member of the Resources Committee
Tom Muir joined the governing body as a Co-opted Governor in October 2016. He lives locally in Chiswick and works in Hammersmith as the Director of Communications for a large provider of mental healthcare services and specialist education.
Tom has previously held roles working for the UK Government as a political adviser for public services and HM Treasury, and has also worked in communications for a large Japanese investment bank. He enjoys being active in the local community.