Our Governors

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Chair of Governors


Mr Rob Cozens (Parent) 

I am a parent governor and have been part of the Governing Body since 2016.  I have 2 children currently at Cromer Road with one having moved on to secondary school.  In addition to my role as Chair of Governors, I also sit on the Finance committee and I am the Link Governor for English.  Over the last 6 years I have been involved in the rebuild of the EYFS facilities and have worked with the school to embed a better technology provision to support digital learning for all year groups.  This has included delivering Hour of Code events at Cromer Road and bringing the benefit of my work at a large Technology company to help improve outcomes for the children.


Vice Chair


Mr David Dunn

I am a co-opted governor at Cromer Road School and have been on the board of governors for over a year and I have just been elected vice chair of the governing board.  I have lived in the area for around 20 years and felt it was time to give back to the community in some form.  I am a qualified accountant and have over 25 years experience of finance and strategy, although not necessarily in the public sector.  I look forward to helping Cromer Road school go forward.


Parent Governors (2)














Mrs Lucy Sullivan 

I have been a parent governor since 2017 with both my sons currently at the school.  Professionally I work in Commercial Management and am qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.  I am chair of the Finance Committee and have been involved in assisting the school with their financial management through looking at income generation opportunities, cost saving and ensuring value for money on all traded services.

In my spare time, I can be found on the sideline of a football pitch watching my boys or keeping fit and active whether that be a yoga class, a HIIT session or a walk with my third boy -  1 year old Cavapoo, Ralphy!




Ms Shima Tatina  

I have lived in Barnet since 2013, with an educational, work experience background in Architecture and Design. I love the area and my daughter very much enjoys attending Cromer Road Primary School. I am a full time mum with a strong belief in providing the best environment for our children to achieve their full potential. As a parent governor, my aim is to ensure that the school continues its high standard of education  in a safe and happy environment. My hope is that as a community we are all able to help each other and learn from one another.



Mrs Sarah Jones

I joined as parent governor in 2024, I have a son at Cromer Road and a daughter who was at Cromer Road and is now at secondary school. I work in an SEN college and bring my understanding of SEND and extensive experience of working in a generalist HR to Cromer Road Primary. I am keen to help to support Cromer Road over the coming years to ensure it continues to be a fantastic school for all its pupils. I am on the safeguarding and Inclusion Committee.

































Co-opted Governors (3)











 Richard Barnes





Mr Gareth Cross

My two daughters attended Cromer Road for seven years and both had a successful and happy time. I’m passionate about assisting the school to be the best it can be so that our children enjoy safe and memorable experiences. I was a secondary school deputy headteacher for fifteen years of my thirty-two-year teaching career. I took early retirement in May 2022 and now work as a School Inspector for Ofsted and Lead Exam Invigilator at nearby JCoSS, in addition to school logistics consultancy work.





Mrs Jo Nelhams  

I have lived in Barnet since 1972. Our children, now 51 and 48 years old, both attended Cromer Road Primary. I am retired but as a teacher for 40 years, I had experience working in a secondary school in Harrow and an independent school in Mill Hill. Until the onset of the pandemic, I did some volunteering at Cromer Road Primary, helping with reading. 




I am a retired secondary school teacher who was a staff governor for many years in my time at Goffs School in Cheshunt, I taught Physics and Electronics but also had experience as a head of department .


Now that I am retired, I became a local councillor in May 2022 representing Barnet Vale Ward and I am wanting to get to know and support as much of the local community as possible. I have two children of my own, now in their twenties. My wife and daughter are both professional musicians so I have an understanding of some of the Arts as well as Science and Technology.

I became a governor at Cromer Road in 2023 and am now chair of the Curriculum Committee. I look forward to getting to know the pupils, staff and parents at the school in the coming years. 































LA Governors (1)

Mr Tony Vourou  


Staff Governor (1)


Miss Ciara Carroll I am a local member of the community and have grown up in Barnet and attended Cromer Road Primary School as a child. In 2021, I was fortunate enough to return to the school as a class teacher and I now lead Reading and Phonics, as well as being the Key Stage 1 Phase leader. I understand the importance the school has in the nurturing and education of our pupils and the wider impact this has on their future. My aim is to support the school, to ensure both children and staff continue to have opportunities to thrive. 



Headteacher Governor (1)

Mrs Dana O'Donnell