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


Prash Mehta, Chair of Governors

Term of office: 7th November 2021 - 6th November 2023

Prash attended Selborne Primary School from 1990 - 1994 and is a very proud alumnus of the school. He is Chair of Governors. Outside of Selborne, Prash is a Technology Lawyer working for BT in their Technology Innovation team, supporting BT with developing new and emerging technology. He has also acted as Technology Lawyer for the BBC, Ernst and Young and Tesco Mobile.

Prash developed his interest in technology whilst at Selborne, acting as computer representative, assisting other students to learn about using the school's first ever computer.

Prash is passionate about helping young people achieve their potential, and acts as a mentor to students supported by BT. Having recently moved back to Ealing, Prash is very interested in learning about and playing his part in Ealing's community and Selborne in particular. He is looking forward to contributing to the school and assist with maintaining its outstanding Ofsted status. In his spare time, Prash likes running, cooking and following current affairs.

Shahi Islam -  Vice Chair of Governors

Term of office: 17th July 2019 - 16th July 2024

I am really excited about my role as a school governor at Selborne.

My primary motivation for becoming a governor is my belief that every child should have equal access to quality education that not only provides them with a solid academic foundation for secondary and further education but develops their social and emotional wellbeing. 

I found Selborne to have a warm and inclusive atmosphere with a staff base who are committed to the development of all children at the school. As a governor I want to ensure that Selborne remains an outstanding school and continues to offer the best education and support to its children.  

I have a BSc in Economics, an MSc in International Management and have professional qualifications in Project and Programme Management. I currently work in the public sector in Programmes and Policy, responsible for managing investment programmes, strategy and policy development and business planning. I also have extensive experience of working with young children. I was youth development co-ordinator and a supplementary school teacher for a local charity in West London, where I managed the youth services and taught English and Maths to children aged 6-16.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and reading and have a particular interest in design and creative writing.

Cllr Anthony Young - Local Authority Governor

Term of office: 12th April 2021 - 11th April 2025

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.

Natalie Narayan - Parent Governor

Term of office: 2nd November 2020 - 1st November 2024

I was appointed as parent governor in autumn 2020 and delighted to be part of an enriched school. I am committed to supporting , steering and advancing the vision and direction to ensure the school delivers excellence for all students and parents.

I am a mother of two children and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with them exploring and learning new things.

I have a degree in Business Management and currently work for the BBC as an international project manager which involves planning, monitoring, scrutinising and delivering on projects/programmes across the world.

My enthusiasm for becoming a governor is ensuring an outstanding primary education and opportunities are delivered to all pupils whilst encouraging students dream big beyond conventional occupations.

Cllr Charan Sharma - Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 10th January 2018 - 9th January 2026

Charan is married with two grown up children and has lived in Perivale for 25 years and she is a local Councillor. 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.

Riley Stemp - Staff Governor

Term of office: 5th February 2021 - 4th February 2025

I have been the Art Teacher at Selborne for the past three years and I also work as a class teacher in Year 1 every Monday. It’s a fantastic role as I get to meet so many children across all the year groups. Prior to this, I was a class teacher in three different Ealing schools and have taught for a total of 12 years. I love being a teacher and passionately believe that children must be taught all subjects in order that they can feel both inspired and challenged so they are able to achieve their potential. It is a pleasure to work at Selborne and be part of the school community.

Ian Winton - Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 20th October 2019 - 19th October 2023

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.

Sulafa Yassin -  Parent Governor

Term of office: 2nd November 2020 - 1st November 2024

I am very excited to be a parent governor at Selborne and am both committed to the school and eager to offer my time and skills to support the welfare of all pupils and staff.

I have a PGDip in Psychological Counselling and an MSc in Mental Health. I am an accredited Psychotherapist and have been working as a Mental Health practitioner for over 10 years in a variety of settings including the NHS. I am currently employed as a School Counsellor in an independent primary and secondary school in London supporting pupil and staff wellbeing. This includes working with senior management to positively influence school planning and policies to improve wellbeing and safeguarding at the school. 

I believe that the positive mental health of the child is essential for learning to take place. Every child should feel happy and safe at school and be able to flourish, reaching his or her potential.

I am eager to bring an honest and enthusiastic approach to help continue the Outstanding progress being made at Selborne. I hope to contribute to the continued improvement of our children’s wellbeing to offer them the best chance of success, not only during their time at Selborne but also for their entire future.

Shanita Jetha - Co-opted Governor

Shanita JethaTerm of office: 24th March 2022 - 23rd March 2026

I am delighted to be a school governor at Selborne Primary! I have been passionate about all things education for as long as I can remember, and so I am excited to be able to volunteer the skills I have developed through my past and current experiences in such an impactful way. 

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2019 where I studied Politics. I also spent a year abroad in Australia, and am now working in the Department for Transport. I first joined the Civil Service working in the Department for Education in a policy role, where I developed my understanding of the challenges the education sector faces. It was also this role, where I met some school governors who inspired me in many ways!

This is my first governor role, and so I am looking forward to bringing new perspectives to the board. During my free time, I enjoy reading, swimming and geocaching.

Cherise Mitchell, Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 3rd December 2020 - 2nd December 2024

Hello! I am delighted to join Selborne as a Co-Opted Governor.

I have experience competing and coaching basketball and netball for the London Youth Games with Ealing Borough. I enjoy being active and taking part in promoting self-development. My International Business BSc degree is from Kingston University and I have professional experience in operations management in a variety of public and private sector businesses. I currently work in Operations for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

Having lived in Ealing all my life, I attended an Ealing primary school very close to Selborne. I understand the role Governors can play in school improvement and towards the success of a school and therefore I am delighted to be able to contribute in my new role on the Governing Board. I am most looking forward to the focused Governor visits and seeing the pupils learning in the classroom. From my observations so far, Selborne is a vibrant and outstanding school, with enthusiastic, bright and creative pupils.

I feel very excited and honoured to join the Governing Board and be part of Selborne’s community as we focus towards continuous progression and support for both staff, parents and children.

Ghana Alayli - Co-opted Governor

Term of office: 24th March 2022 - 23rd March 2026 

It is an honour and privilege to return as a Governor to Selborne Primary School. I am so excited to work again with the Full Governing Body to ensure that our outstanding school continues to deliver the highest standards of all round development and provide the best start for every pupil leading them to a successful life ahead.

My three children attended Selborne. We were all upset to leave Selborne when I left to live abroad and we have now relocated to a different area outside Selborne’s ‘catchment’.

I have just finished my Masters degree in Innovation, Creativity and Leadership with Merit, at Bayes Business School. I also have a B.Sc Hons in Management and Marketing from the Lebanese American University where I took all the required courses for MBA.  Most recently I am working part-time in the customer service department at WLMG.

My work background is in the managerial department of different institutions at Commercial Real Estate Development (CRED) company and at Dairy Products Manufacturing company.  I am an ambassador for RADLD organisation (Raising Awareness of Developmental Language Disorder).

My volunteering background is being a supervisor in the charitable social services department of the (CRED) company. As well as working five years in a social institution, providing holiday camps for children aged 4-14; I assisted helping financially and giving advice to vulnerable young people to pursuit their education / literacy courses for adults /awareness campaigns for families.

I know four languages: Arabic, English, French and Portuguese, as well a little Spanish. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, theatre shows/musical concerts, playing tennis and the piano.

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.


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