Clifton Primary School

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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ Section. 

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

You will also find documents related to governor attendance at meetings; a register of interests; code of conduct and responsibilities. 

Mrs Aileen Jones - Chair of Governors

Aileen joined Clifton as a co-opted governor in Autumn 2015 and after experience as Chair of the Finance and General Purpose Committee and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body. Aileen has worked in local government for many years, latterly in Ealing, and was a Head of Service in Ealing Council until December 2015. Aileen's profession is not Education, but she wishes to contribute to the running of the school using knowledge such as budget setting, human resources, property matters, performance management and team/partnership working. With three children all educated in Ealing, and during this time being a member of Parent Teacher Associations, running school social events, setting up a school library and helping individual children with Maths and Reading, she is keen to promote the love of learning and see every child given the opportunities that she and her children were given. Currently Aileen has specific governor roles for Safeguarding, Health and Safety, and Early Years; attends both Committees, is a member of the Pay Panel and Headteacher Appraisal Panel.

Ms Nathalie Ubilava

Nathalie became a co-opted governor in 2017 and was elected Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body in January 2018.

Nathalie has specific governor roles for Key Stage 2 and is a member of the Pay Panel and Headteacher Appraisal Panel.

Mr Bill Griffiths

Bill Griffiths was co-opted onto the governing body over 25 years ago. At the time, he was the Community Police Sergeant for the Southall Area. He retired from the police in 2008 but has remained part of Clifton Primary School. During his time at Clifton, Bill has served as the Chair of Governors and been a member of several committees. He now drives a London taxi and continues to enjoy being part of the Southall Community. Bill’s current specific governor roles are Safeguarding, Inclusion and Community Links and he is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the Headteacher Appraisal Panel.

Mrs Beant Sachar

Beant Sachar (BA, BED) is an LEA co-opted governor. She has been on the Governing Body of numerous schools and has supported the Clifton Governing Body in various capacities including Chair and Vice Chair since 1983. Beant is a retired business person with extensive experience in accounts, finances and employing and managing staff. She has lived and worked in the local community since 1967. Beant is currently a member of the Curriculum Committee and the Pay Panel and has specific governor roles for Key Stage 1 and Community Links.

Mrs Shafali Shown-Keen

Shafali joined Clifton as a co-opted governor in July 2019 and is a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and Curriculum Committee. Shafali has spent the last 20 years in the corporate world and is now becoming a McDonald's franchisee. She brings a wealth of financial and business expertise to the governing body. She is very passionate about education and helping ensure all children have the same opportunities as she did and her young children do. 

Dr Pauldy Otermans

Dr Pauldy Otermans became a Co-Opted member of the Governing Body in September 2020. She is the Chair and Principal of Otermans Institute (OI) - a social education enterprise -  which is currently contracted to train and upskill 25,000 students in India through a government MOU. Apart from India, OI is also training students in the countries of Nepal and Bangladesh.


Dr Otermans is also an Education Academic and Lecturer at Brunel University London in the Division of Psychology. Prior to these roles she was the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees of two student representation and welfare charities in the UK, member of various University committees and a Senate and Council member of Brunel University London. Dr Otermans conducts research on innovation in teaching and learning, curriculum development, skills development, and student experience and wellbeing. In her spare time she contributes to and edits literature, and is the curator of 'Together: An anthology from the COVID-19 pandemic', a 444-page fundraiser book to fundraise for 'NHS Charities Together' in the UK.

Mrs Sukhwinder Purewal - Parent Governor

Sukhwinder was elected as a Parent Governor in November 2017.

Sukhwinder is currently a member of both Committees and has specific governor roles for Healthy Schools and Curriculum.

Miss Baljinder Barum - Staff Governor

Baljinder has worked in Primary Schools for 12 years, with 8 of those years as a Senior Leader in schools across London and Berkshire. During her Senior Leadership experience, she has led on a range of school initiatives and strategic projects, resulting in the improvement of school standards and teaching and learning. She is looking forward to enhancing the Governing Body with these experiences, and building on her own professional development. 

Governor Attendance
Governor Register of Business Interests
Governor Roles and Responsibilities