Local Governing Body

The Role of a Local Governing Body (LGB) 

The role of the LGB is a strategic one.  The LGB is responsible for promoting high standards and educational achievement.  The school is accountable to the Group Board, and the LGB should ensure that the school meets the requirements of the Group Board.


The LGB works in partnership with the Principal, the senior leadership team, and senior executives from United Learning to:  

  • Uphold the values of the school, the ethos and core values of United Learning
  • Set the school’s strategic plan 
  • Monitor the performance and progress of the school, agreeing strategies to achieve continuous improvement, raising standards for all students
  • Ensure budgets are allocated effectively reflecting the priorities as set out in the school’s strategic and school improvement plans  
  • Set key targets


The LGB meets once per half-term to provide support and challenge to the School’s Senior Leadership Team and to discharge its responsibilities. The Principal attends the LGB and other members of SLT regularly provide updates and presentations at the meetings.

Members of the Governing body visit the school regularly to take part in a range of activities to understand school life, celebrate the School’s success, take part in community activities, and provide strategic input to decisions and hold the Senior Leadership Team to account.

Now that the school is growing in size, the LGB is setting up subcommittees covering finance, safeguarding and vulnerable groups, health and safety, tracking pupil progress and curriculum, teaching and learning.

Each sub-committee is chaired by a ‘link governor’ responsible for that area (these are set out below against individual members). Link governors meet with key staff in their area or sit on the relevant School committee and are responsible for reporting back progress and issues to the LGB.

United Learning appoints the Chair of the LGB who in turn recruits the other governors. The LGB includes strong representation from the local community and also parent representatives.  Those appointed have the expertise and experience to complement the goals and ambitions of the school.  All LGB members declare that they have no financial or business interest on joining the LGB.

LGB Members

Chair of Governors – Hannah Smith  

Hannah joined LGB on 1st September 2014.  In her day job, she works at the Department for Education, advising on children’s policy. As well as taking on the role of Acting Chair in November 2015, Hannah works alongside Tunji as Safeguarding Governor, and is currently covering the post of governor for SEND.

Safeguarding Governor and Parent Governor - Adetunji Oyewunmi

Tunji joined the LGB from inception Sept 2014. He is a co-Safeguarding Board Member. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience in the Manufacturing and Financial Services industry. He currently runs his own Private Accounting and financial advice practice. Tunji also currently sits on the Board of a Housing Association.

Vice-Chair, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Governor - Matt Inniss

Matt joined LGB on 1st September 2014. Matt grew up in Ilford and Barking, and is currently an Assistant Principal at Paddington Academy, therefore knows United Learning very well. He also leads on various cross-group work related to teacher training and development. Matt is responsible for teaching, learning, curriculum and assessment on the LGB.

Health and Safety Governor and Parent Governor - Geoff Evans 

Geoff is one of our Parent Governors.  His daughter was one of the pioneers of the school. He is also a member of the Health and Safety Committee.  He works in the welfare to work sector and has lived in Barking and Dagenham for over 15 years and knows the area very well.

Staff Governor - Shanice Bradshaw 

Shanice joined LGB on 28th September 2015. She works at Goresbrook School as a Learning Mentor.  She represents staff views on the LGB.

Simon Bremner

Simon is a Local Councillor for Barking and Dagenham and joined LGB on 1st September 2014. He has lived in the area his whole life, and represented the local community in the council for many years.

Finance Governor - James Bull

James, born and brought up in London, joined the Goresbrook LGB in March 2016. He is a management consultant at a leading professional services' firm in the City, and uses his experience to take a lead on finance for the LGB.

SEN Governor - In-Yong Hwang

In-Yong joined the LGB in July 2016. He was formerly a Maths teacher at Barr Beacon School in Walsall through the Teach First program, and currently works as a financial analyst as Goldman Sachs International.


Goresbrook is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in Appendix 4 to the United Learning LGB Members Handbook, which can be seen on the United Learning website.

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