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.Carl Nielsen: Community Governor


Moved with the family, aged 10, to West Drayton in 1936. I attended the Old West Drayton Junior School and thence on to The Old ST. Martin’s Senior School both of which are now demolished and replaced by the Library and Housing Developments. Moved on to Southall Junior Technical College in 1939 to do a three year course in Mechanical Engineering which, with further evening class  participation, together with an engineering apprenticeship and work experience up to management level, earned me the distinction of A M I.Mech E. I moved to Blossom Way in 1957, my garden backing on to the school, and between 1960 and 2006 I have had Children and Grand Children at Cherry Lane School.  I have been a School Governor there for the past 20 years and look forward to working with the other Governors and Teachers in maintaining and improving the high standards which we have achieved.

Mandy Bedborough: Staff Governor

I have worked at Cherry Lane for 24 years, 15 years in classroom as TA and 1 to 1. I am now site manager. I have lived locally all my life and being part of the community. I have lived on site for the last 10 years. My children and grandchildren have all attended and are attending Cherry Lane School.

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.

Dean Field - Parent Governor

A qualified Customer Service Manager with over 10 years experience in the telecommunication industry. Dean currently works for a leading Mobile Phone solution provider partnered with the UK'S leading networks and suppliers, managing all parts of their businesses that add value. Dean has lived in the area for 6 years and thoroughly enjoys getting involved with the local community.

Carole Wright - Community Governor 

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