Meet The Academy Committee Members

Barry Russell: Chair of Academy Committee

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"I have been a governor at Manor Park Primary School since 1997 and Chair of Governors since 1999. My prime focus for Manor Park is to provide an environment that most helps children to learn and develop all the skills that will help them in life. I am very proud of all the children and adults who are involved with making our School what it has become."

Contact address:

C/O Manor Park Primary, Greyhound Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 4AW

Rohima Crook: Co-opted Academy Committee Member

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"I have always had an interest in young people's education and ensuring they are prepared with the right life skills to succeed throughout and post education. I joined the governing body in October 2017 and will work to ensure that the students at Manor Park Academy have access to the best opportunities available to them."

John Gilmore: Co-opted Academy Committee Member

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"After some forty years working in casinos, both in the UK and around the world, I found that even after my duties as a magistrate, I still had time to commit to being a governor of a local school. Always being interested in education and the complexities of running a successful school, I chose to be involved at primary level. This choice enabled me to join Manor Park and, with the headteacher and her team, to be part of the children’s educational journey through their early school years."

Heather Morley - Parent Academy Committee Member


Syed Waheed: Co-opted Academy Committee Member

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"I have been a LEA Governor of the school for almost fifteen years. I have been an observant of ups and downs in the quality and standard of education, child safety and equality of opportunities at this school. I am proud to be part of the governing body where the teaching staff, parents and the governors have been striving to raise and transform the quality and standard of education together with mental and physical well being of every child and to see that this school is not only stand out but sought after by the parents in the Borough."

Ms Williamson: Principal

I joined Manor Park Primary Academy over 13 years ago and have been Principal since 2023. During this time, I have been a part of the leadership team that has made changes to ensure that the school delivers the outstanding education that it does today. I think it is important to be part of the Governing Body to additionally contribute to the schools sustainability and continual evaluation to improve.

Governance Information

Graham Skipp

I have twenty years experience of School Governance, including at Manor Park from 2004 to 2017, a period where all my three children attended the school. I was a Trustee at a local High School from 2012 to 2022, where I am now a Trust Member.

I have recently left Openreach after 43 years service with BT Group, 35 as a Manager of a variety of teams; Senior Union (Prospect) Lay Representative in Openreach - national branch secretary & personal case handler.