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School governors are ordinary people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school.


Almost anyone can become a school governor and you can find out more information here. All new governors receive training and support from Ivy Learning Trust and their fellow governors. If you are interested in assisting the School in this way, please contact governance@ivylearningtrust.org.

Trust appointed governors

Sam Buckley (Chair)

Reappointed 07/02/2021 – 4 year term


I have been chair of governor at Lavender for the last 3 years and I thoroughly enjoy it, its great to be part of such a wonderful school that supports and enables the local community in which it is situated.

The aim is to be a critical friend to the school, offering support and direction and helping to hold the senior leadership team to account.

I live and work locally and am involved professionally in data and insight function which comes in handy when scrutinising and looking over the schools data

My 3 children all went to Lavender and although they have moved on to Secondary school they all miss the great culture and environment that the school offers.

We are fortunate to have such a highly committed group of staff, parents and governors who all endeavour their absolute best to achieve great things for all pupils at Lavender

Natalie Lorkins

Reappointed 19/03/2019 – 4 year term


am currently Acting Head teacher at Churchfield Primary School and previously worked at Lavender. I have been a member of the governing body here for 10 years, first as a parent governor, then a staff governor, and now as a trust appointed governor. I am passionate about the quality of education that this school delivers and the warm, inclusive ethos which has always been such a strength.

I qualified as a teacher in 1993 and worked as an English teacher in secondary schools across London before becoming a Head of Department. I retrained as a Reading Recovery teacher in 2010 and began my journey in primary education.  My English teaching training helped me to develop literacy teaching and a love of reading across the school. I have now been happily working as a deputy head in a different part of Enfield but remain very committed to Lavender and the children here.

Phil Dack

Appointed 08/03/2018 – 4 year term

Bio coming soon.

Rod Bennett (Vice Chair)

Trust Appointed 09/10/2019 – 4 year term

Parent Elected 09/10/2015 – 08/10/2019

I consider it a privilege to be a governor here at Lavender, which my youngest child still attends.  I was originally appointed as a parent governor in 2015 and have recently become a trust appointed governor.  My aim has always been to help Lavender be the best school it possibly can be; and one that provides a wonderful education and experience for all the children, whilst supporting the local community.

I live and work locally and have worked in a number of roles around the community safety and more recently social care sector, particularly focusing on performance and improvement.  On top of this, I have undertaken a variety of governor training programmes, all of which have further developed my skills and abilities in this role.  I am currently one of the link governors focusing on the curriculum.

Fran Goldstein

Trust Appointed  19/04/2021– 4 year term

Bio coming soon.

Elected parent governors

Abdul Samura

Reappointed 27/11/2017 – 4 year term


Bio coming soon.

Laura Martins

Appointed 14/11/2019 – 4 year term

I have a real passion for the London Borough of Enfield after living and working here for the past 11 years. I am a Transformation Manager for Enfield Council where I have most recently been focused on delivering Covid-19 related programmes. Previously, for the last 3 years, I was also Chair of the Council’s ‘Women into Leadership’ programme which I was awarded the Executive Management team innovation award for outstanding ways of innovative working.

I have held roles in children’s services, safeguarding, strategy and partnership working and this has given me an excellent understanding of people, change and performance as well as the skills that, I believe, are needed to be successful and make a difference as a parent governor.

I have two boys, both of whom thoroughly enjoy attending Lavender (Year 6 and Year 4). It is because of their positive experience that I was keen to become a parent governor, to help ensure that Lavender continues to provide the best possible experience for all children. It is essential every child positively thrives in whichever way suits them best.

My aim as parent governor is to represent your views as accurately and fairly as I can. I am delighted to take on this role for the benefit of all children at Lavender.

Staff governors

Dan Higgins

Appointed 16/03/2021 – 4 year term

Bio coming soon.

Head Teacher

Jodie Corbett (Head Teacher)

Appointed 01/01/2018

Bio coming soon.

Other governing body information


Governors can be contacted through the school office – email office@lavender.enfield.sch.uk

Copies of the minutes of Governing Body meetings can be obtained through the school office.

Name Title Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed by: Declaration of Interest Date Interest Declared
Sam Buckley Chair of Governors

Reappointed 07/02/2021


4 Years Ivy Learning Trust

Employed by London Borough of Enfield

Wife employed by Lavender Primary School

Rod Bennett Vice Chair

Reappointed 09/10/2019



4 Years

Ivy Learning Trust

(Formerly Elected Parent)

Employed by London Borough of Enfield 19/09/19
Abdul Samura Parent Governor

Reappointed 27/11/2017


4 Years Elected parent None NA
Laura Martins Parent Governor 14/11/2019 4 Years Elected Parent Employed by London Borough of Enfield 08/01/20
Jodie Corbett Head Teacher Ex-officio Ex-officio None NA
Dan Higgins Staff Governor 16/03/2021 4 Years Elected Staff

Wife employed by Lavender Primary School.

Sibling employed by Eastfield Primary School

Phil Dack Trust Appointed Governor 08/03/2018 4 Years Ivy Learning Trust Wife employed by Ivy Learning Trust 19/09/19

Natalie Lorkins


Trust Appointed Governor

Reappointed 19/03/2019


4 Years Ivy Learning Trust None NA
Fran Goldstein Trust Appointed Governor


4 Years Ivy Learning Trust None NA

All governors are voting members of the Local Governing Board. Panels and working groups are established as needed, but there are no ongoing committees.

Declarations of Interests for Ivy Learning Trust Members and Trustees

Please see the following link Declarations of Interests for Ivy Learning Trust Members and Trustees

Attendance Record

Attendance 2020-21.

Scheme of Delegation

Please click here.


Click here for The Trust’s Annual Report and Accounts, Memorandum, Articles of Association, Funding Agreements and the names of Trustees and Members


Local Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months.

Name Title Date of Appointment Date Stepped Down Appointed by:
Natasha Foley Trust Appointed Associate Governor 19/04/2021 21/06/2021 Ivy Learning Trust
Jason Suttie Trust Appointed Governor 23/01/2020 Ivy Learning Trust
Kirsty Molloy Staff Governor 16/03/2017 16/03/21

Governance documents which need to be available for public inspection can be requested by emailing the governance professional at governance@ivylearningtrust.org