We are fortunate to have very supportive governors, with a broad range of experience. They significantly contribute to Selborne's success.  

Our Governors

Giles Bosworth - Co-opt Governor


Giles joined Selborne in 2007 shortly after his family moved to Ealing. He is joint Chair of Governors and Chair of the Finance & Resources Committee and is accountable for ensuring the school gets the best for its children from all the resources available.

Outside of school Giles is the Deputy Director for Performance and Risk at the Home Office. He is responsible for ensuring the department’s operational processes across the border, immigration and policing commands are effective and deliver value for money. He has held a number of roles across Whitehall including in HM Revenue & Customs where he worked in finance and planning and before then at the Treasury where he negotiated for the UK government on a range of international tax matters. His interests include current affairs, pop music, modern architecture, art and design.

Claudine King-Dabbs - Parent governor


I am currently Co-Chair of Governors and have been a Parent Governor at Selborne for many years.

As Chair of the Curriculum, Learning & Standards Committee, I am committed to improving the learning of all children who attend Selborne. I am also very enthusiastic about ideas which improve the whole school experience, both within, and beyond the standard school day. 

As a parent of a Year 6 student, who has been at Selborne since Nursery, I am very keen on identifying strategies which will help prepare our children for life beyond Primary school – whether through extra-curricular experiences – or in preparation for High School and beyond!

I am currently part of a working party tasked with evaluating the schools Relationship and Sex Education Policy. 

I spent 20 years as a programme-maker at the BBC, making many educational television programmes for children and adults; I was Creative Producer of a Science and Arts Festival for 4 years; I am currently a freelance film maker, focussing on a huge range of educational subjects, from Primary through to Postgraduate, most recently examining partnerships between Local Authorities and Academics, and making a film to celebrate the Magna Carta and our Democratic legacy.

I am a friendly, approachable and enthusiastic person who is fully committed to making Selborne a positive place to be. I also love swimming and cycling!

Cllr Anthony Young - Local Authority Governor


I have been a Governor of Selborne school for over 20 years, and am the longest-serving member of the Governing Body. I have seen the School develop over that time from being in classrooms little changed since the 1930's, to the modern progressive School it is today. I am appointed as a Local Authority Governor, by the London Borough of Ealing, having been a Councillor in Ealing since 1978. I currently serve on the School's Finance and Resources Committee, helping decide how our budget is spent.

 I work as a veterinary surgeon in Ealing, looking after the local pet population. I am married with two grown-up children. I have been into school to talk about my work with animals – the pupils all loved the pictures of the puppies and kittens, and some liked the pictures of the operations.

Cllr Charan Sharma - Co-opted Governor


Charan is married with two grown up children and has lived in Perivale for 25 years. She is the Designated Governor for SEN. She has been working as an Early Years Advisory Teacher, Senior Manager and a School Teacher for over 25 years. She has 16 years’ experience as a school governor as well as being an active member of PTAs. She went to the University of East Anglia gaining a BA Hons in Economics and Social Studies and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. She gained another Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education from Kingston University. 

Kerry Shilling - Headteacher


I am delighted to have taken up Headship at Selborne Primary School after 6 years of successful Deputy Headship in a Southall school. For the past 14 years I have worked in schools within the London Borough of Ealing and love the diversity and vibrancy that this local authority encapsulates. Previous to Ealing, I worked for 5 years in the London Borough of Merton. Consequently, I have worked in large (5 form entry middle state) to small (1 form entry) schools, including 2 years spent in a middle leadership position in the Independent sector. As a result, I have gained a wealth of experience through working with inspirational school leaders, advisors and colleagues.

In 2010, I completed my NASENCo Postgraduate Certificate in Special and Inclusive Education (at Masters degree level) whilst in a previous role of Inclusion Leader and learnt a great deal about special needs education. I value inclusion and am delighted to now lead a school with a growing new ARP. In 2012, I finished my National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) and then searched for the right school to take up the post of substantive Head.

I live local to the school and understand the importance of community and how we all need to feel that we belong. I hope that everyone in our community feels welcomed at Selborne and I will work hard with the school Governors to ensure that we serve our community in the very best way that we can.

Pamela Trofa - Co-opted Governor


In 1978 I came from the North East of England to West London and completed a BEd in 1981 at what is now known as Brunel University. Since then, I have consistently worked in Ealing primary schools as a teacher / in Leadership for a total of nearly 33 years.

To date I have been Deputy Headteacher for Inclusion at Selborne Primary for 9 years. However I have nearly 15 years of Leadership & SEND experience in this and previous schools.  Early in my career I led Music in 3 schools enriching the children’s experience of this subject and enabled them to participate in extra-curricular activities & concerts in the local community.

I have been a member of the governing body at several Ealing schools. I am keen to continue to support education to enable all children to have the best chances in life.

 James Cox - Staff Governor


I am currently the Head of Year 5 and Maths co-ordinator at Selborne. I have been here since I was an NQT, and I really feel that Selborne has allowed me to develop and flourish as a teacher. I have taught both Year 1 and Year 6, so I believe I have a good insight into how pupils learn and succeed in Selborne. I decided to be a staff governor as I have watched how far Selborne has come in recent years, and I want to be part of the driving force that keeps pushing Selborne forward.

Lesley Tucker - Clerk to Governors


I have been clerking for the governing body at Selborne since July 2013.  My main responsibilities are to provide effective administrative support, organise and prepare agendas and act as minute taker to the Governing Body for full governing body meetings and committee meetings, where necessary; maintain membership information in accordance with legal requirements for the governing body and advise the Governing Body on governance, legislation and procedural matters where necessary.

Nusret Gillani - Co-Opted Governor


I had the opportunity to join the Governing Body in November 2015 as a co-opted governor.  My professional background is as a Deputy Chief Pharmacist for 16 years at a private hospital and my specialism is Paediatrics, I work with a multidisciplinary team of other healthcare professionals to care for sick children. As a mum of three children, all of whom attend Selborne Primary, I have observed the school grow from strength to strength and have been particularly impressed by the dedication and support of it's hardworking teachers and governing body. 

I passionately believe every child should receive the very best chances and education possible in order to achieve their maximum potential and I hope to work with the Governing body to continue to improve the performance of the school and to ultimately achieve an 'Outstanding' status.

Ian Winton - Co-Opted Governor


Ian has spent his career in advertising and media both working for agency groups and establishing, building and then growing businesses from start up. A graduate of West London University he has lived in the area for 35 years and became a co-opted governor in 2015.

He is looking forward to contributing to Selborne and to assisting in maximising pupil potential by applying his entrepreneurial business experience to the governor role. Ian is married with two grown up sons and loves the theatre, the cinema and live music - he is a season ticket holder at local football and rugby clubs.

Mala McFarlane - Parent Governor


I am delighted to be elected as a Parent Governor in May 2016, and am looking forward to my role on the Governing Body.

I bring with me skills, experience and knowledge having worked as a Children and Families Social Worker for over 20 years, and my social work career spans the areas of Safeguarding, Early Years Intervention and Fostering and Adoption. I have recently worked with families who have had a relative/relatives in Prison and I currently do sessional work for an organisation that supports families affected by domestic violence.

I understand the importance of education and where it fits, in a child’s life not only from my work but also my own children’s experience of school and education. I am passionate about making a difference in a child’s life as this is what I have done in my professional career, and am doing as a parent.

I have lived in Perivale, and Greenford for the last 10 years and been in London for 20 years. I live with my husband and two children. 

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