“It is interesting, challenging and rewarding to work as a Governor in the current educational landscape.”

Meet Our Governors


Yerbury School has up to 12 governors:

  • The Head Teacher
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 4 parent governors
  • 5 co-opted governors.

We currently also have one associate governor.

To contact the governing body you can e-mail or phone in confidence on or on 0207 272 6580.


The Head Teacher can best be contacted through the school at or on the main telephone number, 0207 272 6580.

Cassie Moss Cassie Moss                                                     



There is one staff governor elected by the school staff.  Staff governors can best be contacted through the school at or on the main telephone number, 0207 272 6580.

Julia Gale
Staff Member



There are 4 parent governors.  They are elected by the parents of the school for a 4 year term of office.

Roz WebRoz Webb

Chair of the Curriculum & Learning Committee;
Personal, Social, Health and Education Link Governor;
Early Years and Foundation Stage Link Governor;

I have two children at Yerbury – Jasmine in Year 5 and Conor in Year 2. I am a parent reader, have been class rep and help out with YHSA events when I can. I was an English teacher in state comprehensive schools for 16 years, including being Head of Faculty, and remain passionate about education. I fully support Yerbury’s commitment to valuing the whole child and avoiding a narrow focus on test results, which never tell the whole story. I know from experience that children learn best when their interests and skills are valued and nurtured, and they are not labelled in any way. Every child should be supported and encouraged to learn at their own pace, with a belief in their intrinsic motivation to improve. I am around in the playground most days so feel free to come and have a chat.

JessicaHeineJessica Heine

Effective Use of Adults Link Governor

I have 2 children currently in the school, Lena is in year 5 and Anna is in year 2. We also have Max who is almost 2 years old. I have been a full time mum for the past 5 years , but have just gone back part time to my previous career as a lawyer in financial services. I have been elected a governor in November 2015 and am the link governor for additional adults in the classroom and a member of the Curriculum and Learning Committee. Please feel free to get in touch with views, suggestions, etc. by email or in the playground on Thursdays and Fridays.


Alan SkeaAlan Skea

Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee

As a parent of three Yerbury children (Jed, Daniel & Jemima) we are now roughly half way through our primary school years. Although I was born in England I was raised and educated predominantly in Australia and specialised in IT. Arriving back in England I found work in financial services where I have been working now for more than 20 years. I was elected a governor in November 2015 and while my background is more directly useful to the Finance and General Purposes Committee I am also very interested contributing what I can to the Curriculum and Learning Committee, especially where it might relate to science, maths and technology. Consequently I have joined both these committees.

Rosemary Marsh
Chair of Governing Body 

I have two children currently at the school and have worked with the school through the PTA since my eldest daughter started in 2015 and as a governor since 2017. I am keen to ensure that Yerbury can continue to offer a fantastic education, and experience, to every child. When I am not parenting, I work part time as a doctor and hope I can bring some understanding of people and systems from my career into the school. I am at drop off and pick up several times a week and am happy to talk. As chair of governors, I can also be contacted by email at: 



Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body on the basis that, in the opinion of the governing body, they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Sam O’Leary

Equality & Diversity; 
Pupil Premium Link Governor;
Inclusion Link Governor;

I am a barrister with a mainly commercial/corporate practice. I live in Islington with my wife and 2 young children.  I was appointed a Governor of Yerbury Primary School in June 2013 and have recently been appointed for a third term, lasting until November 2022.   I am the link governor for Equality and Diversity, Pupil Premium and Inclusion and a member of the Curriculum and Learning Committee.

Amy CookAmy Cook

Vice Chair of the Governing Body;
SEN Link Governor;

I’m an Islington resident and am delighted to be a co-opted governor at Yerbury! I’m especially fond of Yerbury’s real focus on teasing out the character of each individual child, and in a nurturing and fun environment. I chose to be a governor of a primary school because I really believe that children’s formative years are crucial for their development – and I think they should also be engaging and exciting. I work as a researcher and writer for The Key – an information service for schools. I also write for The Guardian on education issues and am a freelancer for the BBC’s annual election programme. I’m hoping my work will be of great benefit to the school– and am looking forward to being a part of the Yerbury community.

Laura Keough  

lauraI work for Apple as a program manager on the public transport mapping team.

I am passionate about education and believe it is of fundamental to the lives of individuals and the future of our society.

I have just moved back to London from California. I look forward to being part of the local community and feel honoured to have been chosen to support such a wonderful school.


Ben Fitzsimons  


Thelma Stone

LEA Governor


Associate Governors

Associate governors are appointed by the governing body.  They participate in meetings and may vote in committee meetings, but do not have a vote at meetings of the full governing body.

Liam FrostLiam Frost
Deputy Head Teacher




Terms of office of current governors:

Name: Type: Role: Start of term of office: End of term of office:
Cassie Moss Head Teacher
Sam O’Leary Co-opted Governor 13/01/2015 12/01/2019
Roz Webb Parent Governor Chair of CLC* 02/03/2015 01/03/2019
Amy Cook Co-opted Governor Vice Chair of Governing Body 5/03/2015 04/03/2019
Ben Fitzsimons Co-opted Governor 15/03/2018 14/03/2022
Jessica Heine Parent Governor 12/10/2015 11/10/2019
Alan Skea Parent Governor  Chair of FGP* 23/11/2015 22/11/2019
Julia Gale Staff Governor 16/03/2016 15/03/2020
Laura Keough Co-opted Governor 23/03/2017  22/04/2021
Thelma Stone LEA Governor 29/06/2017 28/06/2021
Rosemary Marsh Parent Governor Chair of the Governing Body 23/01/2017 22/01/2021

*CLC = Curriculum and Learning Committee; *FGP = Finance and General Purposes Committee

Governing Body Composition:

In January 2015 the Governing Body was reconstituted as required by law.  The Instrument of Government may be found in the sidebar of this page or click here: Yerbury Instrument of Government. The Governing Body is now smaller than it used to be.  There are 12 governors in total.  The Governing Body now consists of:

  • The Head Teacher
  • 1 staff governor
  • 1 Local Authority governor
  • 4 parent governors
  • 5 co-opted governors.

All governors are volunteers.

It is now expected that all governor positions will be filled based on the skills which the governing body requires.

For elected governor categories (staff governors and parent governors) and nominated governor categories (LA governors) the governing body is expected to make it clear to electors or nominating authorities what particular skills the governing body is in need of prior to an election or nomination.

Categories of governor:

The staff governor is elected by the school staff.

The parent governors are elected by parents and carers of children at the school.

The Local Authority governor is nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body.  The Local Authority is expected to nominate candidates who have the skills needed by the governing body of the school and who support the school’s ethos and mission.

Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body on the basis that, in the opinion of the governing body, they have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.

Terms of Office:

All governors are elected or appointed for a four-year term of office, and they may be re-appointed or re-elected for further terms of office.  Governors are listed above in order of when their terms of office will come to an end.

Business Interests:

Declarations of Interest 2017 -18


Committee membership and attendance:

Governing Body

Curriculum and Learning Committee

Finance and General Purposes Committee

Pay Committee