"The governing body works exceptionally well with senior leaders in maintaining a high quality of education."
Hi, I am Karen Mackenzie and was appointed as Local Authority Governor in November 2009. I was appointed Chair of Governors in September 2012. Harborne Primary School is my second governorship having previously been vice chair at St Johns CE First School in Kidderminster. I currently chair the finance sub-committee and am a member of the HR committee but over the years have also been a member of the premises and curriculum committees.
I was brought up in Surrey and having spent three years at Warwick University I moved to Birmingham to start my career. I am a chartered accountant and work for KPMG and have lived and worked in Birmingham for over 30 years
I live in Edgbaston with my partner Colin.
Hi I’m James,
I have recently joined the Governing Body as a Co-Opted Governor in 2020. I have two sons at school in Years 4 and 5, I strongly believe in supporting and giving back to the school community whenever possible.
I am a Civil Engineer by trade, educated at Cardiff University working around the country until I met my wife Clare in Birmingham, I now head the Engineering Department of a major piece of transport infrastructure in the West Midlands.
I am Chair of the Premises Committee with a keen interest in ensuring the schools facilities meet the expectations of its users from pupils and parents through to teachers and visitors.
I am Dr Kamilya Suleymenova and I am a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Birmingham. I joined Harborne Primary School's Board of Governors as a LA Governor in 2021, and I am delighted to be here.
My school and University studies took place in France, and I was awarded my PhD in Economics from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in 2011. Since moving to Birmingham in 2012, I have worked at the University of Birmingham, developing a keen interest in pedagogy and teaching, including becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). In addition to teaching, I have experience of acting as our department's Welfare Tutor and I have been actively involved in our Access2Birmingham and Widening Participation programmes, working with local sixth-form and college students from under-represented backgrounds, in order to give them the best chance of succeeding at University.
I have been passionate about education and equality of opportunity throughout my life, and I look forward to contributing to the Board of Governors and to the success of Harborne Primary School.
Hello, I am Emma Gray.
I am now in my second term on the Governing body, having already sat on Curriculum and Finance committees and greatly enjoying both. Although relatively new to being a Governor, I have been teaching for 30 years and have been a member of staff at Harborne for over 25, firstly at the Junior school and then at the amalgamated Harborne Primary . As a class teacher I have worked across both key stages and have taught in nearly every year group. I lead the Humanities Faculty, am Educational Visits Co-ordinator and lead on Forest School. A mum of three boys, 23 and 17 year old twins, time out of school is very busy. I have been Chair of my childrens’ PTA and Secretary of Moor Pool Residents Association, I have helped set up a local youth group but still find time to bell ring, read, run and relax.
I have two boys’ at the school: one in year 2 and the other in year 4. I was first elected a parent governor at the school in December 2015, and, during my tenure have taken a keen interest in ensuring that all of our children have the best possible outcomes and bright futures ahead of them.
I have previously been a member of the Premises Committee, am currently chair of the Curriculum Committee and have recently been offered and have taken up the role of co-vice chair of the entire governing body. Being a committed governor, I have also been a member of ad hoc working groups, I sit on the Headteacher’s Performance Panel and am a faculty link governor for STEM at the school.
Everyone is fully aware that budgetary constraints have meant that the school has and continues to face challenging times ahead. With this in mind, I have seen the value and impact of showing commitment and dedication to this role through the provision of strong strategic support by both the governors and senior leadership team working as a collective. This direction has helped to ensure that the school continues to improve further in its pursuit of continued excellence, whilst at the same time, providing a safe and nurturing environment for all our pupils to enjoy, thrive and achieve their full potential through a quality education.
My Name is Mustafa Tameem and I joined as the Co-opted governor at the Harborne Primary School since Sept 2018 . I have two sons and both studied at Harborne Primary school. My elder son is in Y10 at the KEFW Grammar school in Birmingham whilst my younger son is in Y7 at King Edwards School in Edgbaston. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Computer Engineering and I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Birmingham. I am an IT consultant by profession since the last 20 years wherein I have designed, built and managed complex IT systems for large financial global organisations across UK , US , EU and Asia Pacific. My job as a Program manager and project lead requires me to manage large teams of IT professionals who are typically based across different continents. I am quite passionate about technology and finance and I am keen to leverage my experience for the school which will need to have robust and reliable IT systems in place especially with the new annex now operational.
My name is Harriet, and my daughter is in reception at Harborne Primary School. I joined the Governing Body as a Co-opted Governor in October 2022.
I began my career as a secondary English teacher and taught in inner city London schools and as head of English for nine years. I now work for a national educational charity delivering evidence-based training to schools tackling educational disadvantage, helping their teachers and school leaders to become more expert over time. I have a particular interest in cognitive science in education, and what it tells us about how children learn.
I believe that all children, no matter their starting point, deserve brilliant teachers and access to the highest quality education and am delighted to be able to support Harborne Primary School in my role as Governor.
I began my teaching career in 1990 and Harborne is the fifth Birmingham school I have taught in, teaching across both KS1 and KS2. I have been involved with senior leadership since 2002, when I was Assessment Leader and Year 6 Leader. I then became a Deputy Head in 2005 at a small Church school and stayed there for 3 years before becoming Deputy Head at Harborne in 2008. I was Acting Head Teacher here for almost a year and became Head of School in September 2013. I became full Head Teacher in September 2018. I attend all full governing body meetings and all committee meetings except curriculum, where my deputy attends in my place. I love working at Harborne and am very proud of the committed team we have, who work endlessly to provide a nurturing and effective environment for our children to achieve success in.
I have two grown up sons, one who lives and works as a Graphic Designer in London and the other is in the British Army, working as a vehicle mechanic in the REME. I live in Solihull with my husband. My interests outside of school include music, films and theatre and swimming.
Hello, I am Alison Sprackling
I have been teaching for 34 years and 29 of these have been in Harborne, initially in the Infant School and then the amalgamated Harborne Primary School. During that time, I have worked with children across the school, including as a Reading Recovery teacher. I lead the English Faculty and am passionate about all aspects of the English curriculum, in particular, encouraging children to read for pleasure. I am chair of Birmingham Children’s Book Group and part of the OU/UKLA Teachers as Readers group. I have two grown-up daughters and, as well as reading, I enjoy music, theatre and swimming.
Hi my name is Nicolette Quadri.
I have been at Harborne Primary School as a member of the support staff for over 16 years.
I enjoy my role as Pastoral Manager there is never a dull moment!!! I
I am proud of my school and the achievements we have made through a nurturing and caring environment which stimulates the young people who come through our doors every day.
This is the second time I have stood as a governor.
I enjoy reading and swimming and taking my Grandpups for a walk.
My name is Rob Powell and I became a parent governor in November 2019, and sit on the Finance and Curriculum Committees. I am married to Sarah, a doctor, and we have two daughters at Harborne Primary, who love the school and are really thriving. I hope I can contribute to the school as a governor, and will work hard to represent parents on the Governing Body. By day I am a Strategic Director for a nearby local authority, and am an accountant by profession. I have worked for a number of public and private sector organisations, and have been a Chief Executive at one of them, so hope I bring a range of skills to help the school. I am also treasurer of the Friends of Harborne Primary. I am sports mad and still manage to play cricket for Harborne Cricket Club.
Hello , I am Naveed Jhinjer .
I have recently joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2019 after my daughter started school in Reception. I was actually at HPS in the late eighties.
I studied Microbiology at the University of Birmingham and I am now a co-director in my family business. In this day job I deal with companies of various sizes from sole ownerships to corporate entities, and with this experience I have a hands on role in many aspects of HR, accounts, seeking new business with people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds and sensibly investing for the future.
The school gave me a great start in life and I now firmly believe it is time to ‘give back’ and support the school to maintain its long established stellar reputation, that allows pupils a chance to broaden their horizons to reach their full potential.
I have just been appointed as a Parent Governor (Jan 2023) and I have two children at the school. I currently work at KES and KEHS in Edgbaston and I am responsible for fundraising for our Assisted Places programme. This programme ensures able pupils, regardless of the financial circumstances of their families, have the opportunity to attend the schools. I have a passion for education and believe in access for all.
I am also a trustee of British Gymnastic Foundation, where our aim is to create opportunities through gymnastics to the communities most in need. This role allows me to combine my passion for sport and my belief in opportunities for all.
In my role as a governor, I am excited to use my experiences to help the school continue to provide an excellent environment for our children to be educated, ensuring that each child has the same opportunities. I am also keen to strengthen the links between the Annex and the Main Site and to play a part in improving the outcomes for all our children.
Hello I’m Duncan Wilson.
I’ve been working at Harborne Primary School for over ten years now in a variety of roles. Initially appointed as an Advanced Skills Teacher, my role in school then became Assistant Headteacher before I finally took on my current role as Deputy Headteacher in September 2018. I work in particular with children in years four, five and six and can be found outside the door to the year 4 and 6 cloakroom virtually every morning. I am very interested in playing the ukulele and sharing this little instrument with as many children as wish to have a go, running clubs on Monday and Friday lunchtimes. I also enjoy coaching and supporting the development of cricket and run a club in the Summer term after school on Thursdays. With two primary aged boys of my own, my time at home is also busy and I help out at Edgbaston Hockey Club and Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club.
The governors are a team of people, drawn from the local community who are responsible for ensuring that the school provides the best quality education that we can for the children.
Following due consideration and full discussion by the Governing Body at the FGB meeting on 10 September 2014 and the Governors Away Day on 11 October 2014 the Governing Body decided that it would be reconstituted with:
4 Parent Governors
1 LA Governor
1 Staff Governor
1 Head Teacher Governor
7 Co-opted Governors
14 in total
From the above, the chairperson is elected by all the governors on an annual basis.
All parents at the school are eligible to vote and elect parent governors. Governors hold office for four years. You will be notified when elections are due. If you are interested in being involved in this capacity please ask for more information or speak to one of the governors who will be happy to tell you about their work. Minutes of the Governing Body Meetings are available by clicking below, see link to Meeting Minutes, or on request from the school office.
The purpose of governing bodies is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school.
Our governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the principal and head of school to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
Chair of Governors: Karen Mackenzie
Chair: Kully Samra
Duncan Wilson (in attendance)
Chair: Karen Mackenzie (temporarily)
Trevor Mullings (Site Manager in attendance)
Amirah Dinally (HR Manager in attendance)
Chair: Karen Mackenzie
Duncan Wilson (in attendance)
Lyndsey Tapper (Bursar in attendance)
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