Welcome from our Chair of Governors

The Governing body of Kelmscott is made up of local people (parents, school staff and residents) who care deeply about the children here and the community in which we  live and work. We feel very honoured to be governors of this school where we know that the staff do their utmost to help the students achieve their full potential and where students make the most of the opportunities  they are given.

Kelmscott always has the interests of the whole child at heart and works hard to give them a breadth and range of subjects and experiences. Our job as governors is to help make strategic decisions about the school and its future, and we will always do this by focusing on the best interests of the students and the school.

This section of the website will enable you to understand the role and make-up of the Governing Body of the school, gain access to minutes of our meetings and encourage you to consider becoming a governor of our school. We are a friendly group and always keen to welcome new people!

If you wish to contact me with a query, complaint or request for information then please email me on: m.holding@kelmscott.waltham.sch.uk


Mark Holding

Chair of Governors

Meet our Governors

We would like to thank Mark for taking on the role of Chair of Governors and to Kiri for her time as Chair of Governors and stepping into the role of Vice Chair.

 Mark served four years on the governing body at Thomas Gamuel until the school converted to academy status. He is an advocate for non-selective and locally accountable community schools. An experienced trade union organiser, Mark has worked for the education union ATL since 2005.


Mark Holding - Chair of Governors

Type of Governor - Parent

Committee - Learning 

Link Governor For- History

Mark joined the Governing Body in 2015 as a parent governor. Mark has lived in Walthamstow since 2001. His son was born at Whipps Cross and attended Thomas Gamuel Primary School before starting Kelmscott four years ago. 

Kiri Tunks - Vice Chair of Governors

Type of Governor - Parent

Committee - Finance, Personnel & Premises 

Link Governor For  - Child Protection, Safeguarding and English

Kiri has a daughter in Year 11 and has lived in Walthamstow since 1997. Kiri is on the Finance and Personnel Committee and is the named Governor for Child Protection. Kiri has worked as a secondary school teacher in Tower Hamlets for over 20 years.


Rahat Salimi

Type of Governor - Parent

Committee - Finance, Personnel & Premises 

Link Governor For - Governor Training, Staff Development, Business and Science

Rahat is a parent governor with a daughter in key stage 4 and a son in key stage 3. As a representative of parents, he is involved in the decision making process that can reflect our views in respect of school policies and vision.

As parents and carers are important stakeholders and out involvement is vital for the well being and success of our children, he intends to further engage with parents to explain some of the decisions that the school makes and to take on board any existing concerns. Rahat's professional background is in finance and part of his career has been in school management. This provides him with the prerequisite skills to contribute to issues regarding school resources. This also includes making sure that there is accountability, transparency and that the school achieves best value for money. 


Sonia  Hunt

Type of Governor - Co-opted

Committee - Learning

Link Governor For - Art

Sonia worked in the publishing and charity

sector for over twenty years. She retrained

as a photographer and works as a freelance

garden photographer and also works part

time as a colour consultant for Farrow and 



Peter Kiln

Type of Governor - Co-opted

Committee - Learning 

Link Governor For - SEND and LAC

Peter is a Project Manager for Network Rail working in East London and East Anglia region. He previously worked in both the education and charity sectors. Peter has lived locally for the past seven years and specially in Walthamstow since 2015. He has been a member of the Governing Body since January 2017.


Amarjit Myers

Type of Governor - Co-opted

Committee - tbd

Link Governor For - Performing Arts

Amarjit has lived in Walthamstow for fourteen years and has a child in Year 8 at Kelmscott with another due to join in 2019 from the local Edinburgh Primary School. She is keen to ensure children, whatever their background, have access to as many opportunities

to learn and develop as possible and given the skills and confidence required to reach their potential. Amarjit is Head of Strategic Events at Digital Science, a technology company that invests in and develops software tools for scientists and researchers, based in Kings Cross. She plays and volunteers for Waltham Forest Hockey Club and is a member of BAFTA.

Mohsin Zaidi

Type of Governor - Associate

Committee - Learning 

Link Governor For - EAL & More Able

Mohsin has been a community governor at Kelmscott since late 2009. He attended Kelmscott between 1996 - 2001. After doing his A-levels he went to Oxford University to read law. 

Mohsin is now a criminal barrister  and is currently a link governor for the 'More Able' programmer  and for students who have English as an additional language. 


Monique Reid


Type of Governor - Staff

Committee - Learning

Link Governor For - PE


Monique is an elected Staff Governor and the Head of Religious Education and Cultural Studies. Monique has been teaching at Kelmscott since 2001.


Karla Shepherd

Type of Governor - Staff

Committee - Finance

Link Governor For - RE and SMSC

My name is Karla and I have worked at Kelmscott for 14 years. I enjoy working with the staff and students on a daily basis in and out of the classroom. My main job as a cover supervisor is to support all students when there teacher is absent. Outside of school I have a son who is at secondary school, and together we all play a large amount of sport.


Adam Gibson

Type of Governor - Parent

Committee -Learning

Link Governor For - Maths

Adam is a parent governor with a son in year 7. He was previously a governor at Henry Maynard Primary School and has lived in Walthamstow for 20 years. He works at UCL, teaching and researching in medical physics. He is interested in how secondary education feeds into university education and in looking at what the two systems can learn from each other.

Christian Manning

Type of Governor - Staff

Committee - Finance, Personnel & Premises 

Link Governor For - RM & Technology

Christian is a staff governor and the

Site Manager at Kelmscott School

He has been working at Kelmscott since 2015 and has been in similar roles in education since he was 18; now at 32 with 2 children (7 and 1) he has worked at many schools and says “I can honestly say that all the staff at Kelmscott are very welcoming, polite and helpful in many situations. I am proud to be a member of staff at Kelmscott School”.

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