SALLIE MERCER-Co-opted governor
I have lived in the Ealing area since 1974 and became a co-opted governor of St Ann’s school in 2015. My first contact with St Ann’s was in the 1990s through my work with Children’s Services. I taught as a secondary school teacher for three years before moving onto social work. My social work background was mainly with children and families, working in urban areas with a range of service users, including children with special needs.
I am particularly interested in how individual children are enabled to reach their full potential. I welcome the opportunity to be on the governing body of St Ann’s and hope that through my professional background I can make a positive contribution to the work and development of all at St Ann’s school.
JENNY WHITE -Co-opted Governor
I live locally and was looking for a voluntary position where I could use my finance skills in a useful way (and hopefully offer some other skills as well). I was introduced to St Ann’s and was inspired by the work done by the school to enhance the lives of the young people that attend there. Every child has truly unique needs and the staff work tirelessly to maximise the learning opportunities for each individual.
I joined the school in 2015 and am really enjoying developing my understanding of how such a school operates and I hope that I am able to make some small contribution to its efficient running.
I have a degree in Architecture and then went on to train as a Chartered Accountant and have worked in large organisations as well as small owner managed businesses.
DR SHAHID A KHAN -Parent Governor
I have two disabled daughters, Sarah, at St Ann’s; and Munira, currently at Mandeville and likely to need St Ann’s in the future. Hence, as a parent, I understand the needs of children at St Ann’s, and their families. I am also a full-time NHS Consultant (specialty Gastroenterology/Liver Disease), at St Mary’s Hospital in West London. There is much reconfiguration happening with NHS services in our area, which may impact the healthcare provisions of special needs children. I believe I am well placed to understand the health needs of the children during these turbulent times. There are several reasons why I volunteered to be a Parent Governor at St Ann’s. I wanted develop a greater understanding how the school works, to learn about the challenges it faces and to see if I could contribute, in any way, to helping face these challenges.