Governing Body Register of Interests & Attendance

Instrument of Government 

Phil Haigh - Local Authority Governor, Chair

Phil has been a Cherry Lane Governor for over 7 years.

He is also a primary school representative, Deputy Chair of LB Hillingdon School’s Forum, Chair of the High Needs Funding Group, Chair of the Dedicated School’s Grant Monitoring Group and member of the Early Years Funding Group and recently appointed governor representative on School’s Strategic Partnership Board (SSPB), Deputy Chair of LB Hillingdon Governor’s Executive Committee, Chair of admissions appeals panels for some Academies, Foundation and Voluntary Aided School’s. Previously a Director/Trustee of Eden Academy Trust and Governor of Grangewood Special School for over 30 year.


Mary Davie - Community Governor

Mary has been a Parent Governor since 1988, when her youngest child entered the Junior School and has witnessed significant changes since she joined, and watched the school thrive.  

She became a co-opted Governor with excellent knowledge of the school. During this time the Junior and Infant schools amalgamated bringing positive changes and great benefits.  Mary has worked at the school in various capacities after being in the accounts department at M&S and working in a Travel Agency.  For the last few years Mary has been the Non-Teaching Governor. I began my work life in the accounts department of Marks & Spencer before moving on to a Travel Agency.  She is now a Co-opted Governor again, and is proud of the achievements of the school and its future. Her focus is Special Needs and Safeguarding.


Shaun Holliday - Community Governor 

A qualified Mechanical Engineer and IT practioner of over 25 years’ experience. Shaun served in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, whilst working in IT management for FTSE 250 Aerospace and Defence companies.  A former pupil of Cherry Lane, Shaun has an MBA from Imperial Collage, London and currently works in Social Housing, designing systems and processes, to manage risk, compliance and maintenance on a portfolio of 36,000 properties.  As a Director and Trustee of Bell Farm Christian Centre for over 20 years, Shaun continues to be heavily invested in social action in and around Hillingdon and has served as a Community Governor for the past 4years.


Neelum Bains - Parent Governor

Neelum has 15 year's experience in local authority PR, marketing and internal communications. She has substantial experience of HR responsibilities, childrens' services, finance, health and safety and emergency response as part of that work. ​Neelum grew up in Hillingdon and has lived in the West Drayton for 13 years. Both her children attend Cherry Lane Primary School and play an active part in school activities.


Jas Kaur – Parent Governor

I am an accountant working as Financial Controller for a care group, which provides care support for adults with mental health and learning disability. I moved to West Drayton in 2014 and my son attends Cherry Lane Primary School. I wanted to become a school governor to volunteer in my local community as well as getting an understanding of the education sector and add my experience and expertise where required. I have a good background in Financial and Business Management.


Farrah Chowdhury - Parent Governor

Farah has worked at Heathrow Airport for almost 9 years. She previously worked for British Airways and now works as an Aviation Security Trainer. She also has experience in Finance and Customer Service. She is a Parent Governor at a Secondary School in Hillingdon as well as a Parent Governor at Cherry Lane. Farah is an active member of the Community where she dedicates her spare time in Charity work to support vulnerable members of the Community. Her interests are reading and travelling.


Mr Mohammed Dairkee – Parent Governor

Mohammed has 18 years of experience in information technology covering program management, sales, and operations. He has extensive experience working in financial and telecom services and has a keen interest in STEM education. He also holds an MBA degree in general management from Chicago Booth University. Mohammed lives in West Drayton and his daughter attends Cherry Lane Primary School.



Amy Willis – Co-opted Governor

I entered the teaching profession as a qualified Primary School Teacher 11 years ago but quickly found my calling initially in residential autism specialist settings and for the past 6 years in a local secondary special educational needs school. I am currently an assistant head teacher, working with students with complex medical and learning needs in Hillingdon. Outside of my professional life I enjoy walking the dog and travelling to relax.




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