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Meet the Governors



School governors are ordinary people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. Governors are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school.


On 1 January 2023 Round Diamond converted to become an academy within the Ivy Learning Trust. The Trust is responsible for a group of academies within Hertfordshire and the London Borough of Enfield. Within academies, the trust board is the accountable authority. The model of governance for Ivy Learning Trust includes a local governing body (LGB) within every academy. The LGB is accountable to the trust board and operates as a committee of the trust. The core responsibilities of the LGB are the quality of education provided by the school and the safety and well-being of pupils. Details of the current LGB members for Round Diamond are set out in the table below.


The local governing body normally meets three times within the academic year. In addition, local governors conduct visits throughout the year, some to look at specific aspects of the school as well as attending school events and celebrations.


Almost anyone can become a school governor and you can find out more information here. All new governors receive training and support from Ivy Learning Trust and their fellow governors. If you are interested in assisting Round Diamond School in this way, please contact

Please find below the details of how our local governing body is structured, including the categories, responsibilities and terms of office for each governor. We also note whether individual governors have declared any relevant business interests.

Meet the Round Diamond Governors


I am a retired career civil servant, having worked in education policy from 2004 at the Department for Education. Prior to retiring I spent my final years of employment leading on school inspection policy matters within Ofsted. Originally from London where I served as a governor at primary and secondary school level for many years up until 2018, I moved to Great Ashby in 2006. I became a co-opted governor at Round Diamond in September 2020 and am currently Chair of the Governing Body. 



I joined the governing body in September 2011 when I joined the school as Headteacher.  I have been a governor in my own daughter's school for 6 years, I appreciate the role governors play in the leadership of a school.



I was elected to join the governing body in November 2022.  I currently have a son who joined Reception in September 2022.  I am very excited to be a governor at Round Diamond and look forward to getting more involved with the school.  I have worked in finance for over 10 years and currently work in the technology sector providing insight into budgeting, forecasting and other financial specifics.



I have been a member of staff since 2017, working throughout all key stages within the school.  More recently basing in EYFS, Nursery and Reception classes. Prior to becoming a staff governor,  I was a Parent Governor for 8 years, stepping back to work on and to obtain my Supporting Teaching and Learning Level 3.  Currently I have a child in Year 6 that attends the school and my eldest child being 14 also attended the school and is now at a local secondary school. The experience that I have being a parent and a staff member allows me to see from things from all perspectives. Offering challenges and the ability view from the school and the mechanisms from all angles.



I am a Business Analyst at the University of Hertfordshire and have worked there since 2007. I have two children, both of which are at Round Diamond and am pleased to be able to be part of the school community. I am currently the Vice-Chair of the Governing Body.



I am a Senior Leader at a North London Primary School. As an experienced teacher, with a background in Law, I bring a unique perspective to my teaching practice. I joined the governing body in December 2023 and look forward to contributing to the Round Diamond community.



I am a pastoral lead at a secondary school in Stevenage where I have been teaching since 2019. I hope that my varied background in design, education and youth sport coaching helps me bring a useful perspective to the team. I joined the governing body in March 2024, and I look forward to taking on the role of Governor.



I joined the governing body in March 2024 as a parent governor. My child started at Round Diamond for Nursery in 2021. I'm really looking forward to adding a parent's perspective and drawing on my 25 years of experience in supporting capital infrastructure projects, all to make a positive difference at the school for the staff and the children.


NameTitleDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeAppointed byDeclaration of InterestDate Interest Declared
John MalynnChair of Local Governors01/09/20204 YearsIvy Learning TrustMember of Hatfield Community Free School TrustJanuary 2023
Zoe PhillipsExecutive HeadteacherEx-officioEx-officioEx-officio

1. Executive Headteacher, Martins Wood Primary School


2. Non-Executive Director, Herts Catering Limited


3. Daughter employed at school

1. December 2022


2. July 2023



3. September 2023

Stacey Mason

Staff Governor08/09/20234 YearsElected StaffNoneNA
Zak KarimParent Governor14/11/20224 YearsElected ParentNoneNA
VacancyParent Governor 4 YearsElected Parent  
Cheryl DesboroughTrust Appointed Governor - Vice Chair01/09/20224 YearsIvy Learning TrustHusband is a local governor at an Ivy Learning Trust School.May 2023
Emine IbrahimTrust Appointed Governor14/12/20234 YearsIvy Learning TrustSenior Leader, Walker Primary SchoolJanuary 2024
Dan GalvinTrust Appointed Governor7/3/20244 YearsIvy Learning TrustNoneNA


Attendance Record

Attendance 2022-2023

Scheme of Delegation

View a PDF version of the Scheme of Delegation below or download here: Ivy Learning Trust Scheme of Delegation.pdf



Governance Arrangements

Information on governance arrangements is available on Ivy Learning Trust's website

Trust’s Annual Report and Accounts, Memorandum, Articles of Association, Funding Agreements, the names of Trustees and Members and Executive Pay (Governance Arrangements).


Local Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months

NameTitleDate of AppointmentDate Stepped DownAppointed byDeclaration of InterestDate Declared
Sagar PatelTrust Appointed Governor09/10/202318/12/2023Ivy Learning TrustNoneNA
Leanne MurphyStaff Governor09/09/201908/09/2023Elected StaffNoneNA
Claire BaileyParent Governor27/11/202115/01/2024Elected ParentNoneNA


Governance documents which need to be available for public inspection can be requested by emailing the governance professional at

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Round Diamond Primary School is part of Ivy Learning Trust, a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 10874173. The registered office is at Ivy Cottage, Rosemary Avenue, Enfield, EN2 0SP