Richard taylor (chair of governors)


Richard Taylor

I am Senior Divisional Director of Reed Education, a specialist division of Reed Specialist Recruitment, where I am responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the business which assists hundreds of schools across the country on a weekly basis. I have 16 years education recruitment experience and hope to draw on that experience in my current role of Chair of the Governing Body. I have been Chair since September 2015, having joined the Governing Body as a member in November 2011.  I am also Chair of the Human Resources Committee. 
I have a strong connection with the Academy which was founded by Sir Alec Reed and the Reed Foundation and strongly support its ethos and values, in particular that ‘Education is one of the most important gifts, next to confidence, that you can give a child’. I bring to the role strong                                                        leadership skills, knowledge and experience of the education sector.



Louise prince(2)

My two children both attended Alec Reed Academy, in both the Primary and the Secondary Phase. I started off as Parent Governor, but am now a Co-Opted Governor, sitting on the Education Committee. I am also Vice Chair of the Board, and am attached to both the PE Department and Modern Foreign Languages.

My twin passions are education and community involvement, and my role as a Governor at Alec Reed allows me to indulge both. I have degrees in Humanities and in Psychology, and am active on the local community sports scene.

I spent many years working in the BBC before leaving to work in the Extending Learning team in a school in Hillingdon. 


Heather FlintI was a teacher in London secondary schools from 1974 to 2005. For the last 14 years I was Headteacher of a secondary school in South West London. After headship I was a London Challenge Adviser working with underperforming schools in order to raise student attainment and accelerate progress. I am currently working with schools in Bradford and chair the Local Authority school improvement board. I have been a governor at Alec Reed Academy since 2008 and I chair the Education Committee.





Baba AbuBaba Abu, Head of Sustainable Business Advisory, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is responsible for a team that assesses non-financial risks - including environmental, social and governance matters - to inform investment decisions.

Baba is a career banker with deep experience of arranging finance for companies operating within the global energy industry. He is a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs and holds a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University, an MBA from the Cass Business School, London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.





I am Chrissie, I currently work for Teach First in the Graduate Recruitment department. Before this I worked at Alec Reed Academy in the Science department for 3 years. I have the school’s best interest at heart and believe that I know the pupils, the teachers and the ethos of the school very well.






Josephine Youseffi

I am an experienced Senior Recruitment Manager with extensive experience within the Education Sector, managing multi-sites and budgets with a commitment to deliver high quality service to Schools. I also have commercial experience working with a vast range of companies to strategically manage their recruitment solutions. Education has always been a passion of mine and I am keen to utilise my skills and experiences to add value within the sector. 






Mike Phillip2

Mike is Director and Founder of Pentir Talent Solutions. The organisation is known for its work in appointing Chief Executives, Directors and Principals in academies/schools, other education institutions, local government and central government. In addition, Pentir provides organisational development and assessment services as well as strategic advice for change and capacity building projects. He has particular experience of helping appoint leadership teams.   

Mike previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for ten years within the consultancy arm in the HR, IT and Public sector fields. He then went on to specialise in the executive search field as a Director of two search firms. His early career was with BP having graduated from Imperial College.



Dee MorrisonC

I became Parent Governor in February 2016 when my two children were in year 2 (aged 6) and in year 7 (aged 11) and as such I have a vested interest in the development of the school with both my children being firmly established within the Academy.

My day job is a Legal Personal Assistant at Sky UK Limited (Sky TV) where I have worked for the past 15 years. I believe my position brings the ability to forward plan and I have excellent organisational skills which will both be vital within this role.

I am a confident person who is not afraid to speak up and as such I feel I am well qualified to represent the parents, and would welcome hearing from any parent regarding school direction and management.

                                                 It is an honour to serve as a Parent Governor and I relish the opportunity to contribute in some
                                                 small way. I strongly believe in the value and benefit that a good education can provide, and I                                                      believe that supporting our childrens’ education is both vital and a privilege. A good school
                                                 can change a child’s life for the better and I really want to be instrumental in helping shape
                                                 that for our children.


Tamana Sayed (parent Governor)


Tamana Sayed2

I am a mother of three children aged 13, 9 and 3 with one whom attends at Alec Reed Academy. My background is Nursing and science. I work as an general intensive care nurse at Imperial college London NHS trust. 
I am passionate about education; I would like to see Alec Reed Academy maintain its high standards, and meet future challenges. I feel privileged and honoured to serve as a parent governor. I look forward to many years of success for all students at ARA. 



claudia lashmore-bennett (staff governor)



Claudia is the Curriculum Leader for the Performing Arts department at Alec Reed Academy. She has been teaching at the Academy for 5 years.








sofina bhatti2I have been a teacher at Alec Reed Academy since 2014. I am the primary Maths Coordinator and Pupil Progress Leader for lower KS2. I want to contribute towards shaping the future of our children’s lives and providing them with the best educational opportunities here at ARA. My key goal is to consistently raise standards within the school, ensuring that equal opportunities are provided and that we are inclusive to our pupils needs. Making a contribution towards the community is an important part of who I am and what I want to achieve. 

My previous jobs have been working in the community with children of all ages in an evening school and secondary school in Southall, as well as working for a charity bereavement company called Cruise. I have run workshops with Ealing for a scheme called pyramid, helping children with low self-esteem and confidents. These experiences as well as being a parent have instilled                                                    in me the desire to make a difference.