About Our Governors

 Kenny Frederick

My name is Kenny Frederick and I have been a governor at Arnhem Wharf for nearly twenty years. I joined the governing body not long after the school opened therefore, I know the school well and am very committed to doing what I can to support the school in its work.

I was headteacher of George Green's School for seventeen years until I retired in 2013 so I know and love the Isle of Dogs very well! I now work as an Education Consultant and I have also become a student again and am about to complete my PhD by December 2017 or soon afterwards.

 

 Sara Haynes

I have been the Headteacher here at Arnhem Wharf since 2005 and feel privileged to lead such a creative team of children and members of staff.  I began my teaching career in Southwark and then worked at another school in Tower Hamlets for ten years, after which I was the Deputy Head in a school in Newham for five years before coming to Arnhem Wharf.  I have lived in Tower Hamlets for many years and am very committed to this interesting and vibrant area of London. I love coming here every day as it is a great pleasure to see the children learning and progressing and having fun while they do so.  I believe that there is nothing more important than giving children and young people the best possible life chances and I am really proud to work alongside colleagues and members of the wider school community who share this aim.

  

 Lucy Cientanni

My name is Lucy Cientanni and I am a secondary school teacher on the Isle of Dogs. I have over 24 years experience working with young people here in Tower Hamlets as well as leading teams.

I offer my enthusiasm and commitment to Arnhem Wharf as well as lots of experience and knowledge of how schools run.

  

 Alesha De-Freitas

My name is Alesha De-Freitas. I have lived in East London all my life and have been a Governor at Arnhem Wharf since 2011, and Chair since 2013. I am passionate about giving all of our children the tools they need to explore the world, through a broad curriculum that encourages them to develop and express their own thoughts and creativity.

I am a Senior Civil Servant in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with a focus on European and international policy making. In 2017, I was awarded an MBE for services to the Digital Single Market and voluntary services to education. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, holidaying and cooking. 

 

 

 Shane Parker

I am a parent of two children, one of whom has recently moved on to secondary school, via Arnhem Wharf, and one who is currently in Year 2 at Arnhem Wharf.

Having run international hotels for the past 20 years, I have a wealth of knowledge in finance, negotiation and budget preparation; as well as strong people skills and diversity.

My family have lived on the Isle of Dogs since 1998. Hence, my passion for ensuring the school is cared for and governed at an exceptional standard, whilst being part of the community.

 

 

 Danny Anson

My name is Danny Anson, I am the school premises manager here at Arnhem Wharf and I will have worked here for 22 years in October. The school has been a large part of my life and I am sure it will be for a few more years to come. I bring a lot of building experience with me, which has been a big help through the school's two building extensions. I will continue to work with the school and governing body to keep improving learning of all the pupils who attend Arnhem Wharf.

 

Stewart Gudgeon

I am the IT & Communications Officer at Arnhem Wharf Primary School, based in the front office. I have worked with children in one way or another since I was 16, having been a youth volunteer working with children with special needs and disabilities for many years.
I previously worked as a qualified teacher for 10 years, mostly in North and East London. I believe that, having experience both in the classroom and in administration, I have a lot to contribute to the school as a governor. I am keen to support the vision of Arnhem Wharf, providing a broad and rich curriculum to all children.

 

Pat Jones

My name is Pat Jones. I have lived on the Isle of Dogs for 26 years.  I worked at George Green’s School as a librarian for 17 years and was a school governor for 15 of those years. I am now a librarian in a secondary school in Dagenham.
I am the mother of three boys, who all attended George Green’s, and my grandson came to Arnhem Wharf for a while.
I feel passionately about education and my local community. Being a governor here at Arnhem Wharf is a great privilege, giving me an opportunity to give back to the community and enabling me to put my experience to good use.

 

Jennifer Hodgson

I’m Jen and I am pleased to have been a co-opted governor at Arnhem Wharf Primary School since Autumn 2018. Professionally, my background is in human resources and I work as a People & Culture Partner for a tech company.  

I firmly believe in the importance of education and am proud to be able to work with the school to contribute to my local community - I grew up in Yorkshire but have lived in East London since 2012.

 

Ronak Parekh

I studied a Bachelor of Engineering in India and MSc in USA in Electrical Engineering. Currently, I am working as a Vice President at Deutsche Bank, as part of Treasury, Finance function. I have previously worked as a Manager at Accenture consulting.  In my role, I have global experience in Finance and Investment Banking across America, Asia and the UK. I believe that my background will support the development of the school as it focuses on its role in our growing community and its goal of delivering first class education.

 

Besa Nura-Klinaku

I am a proud parent to 3 children, who all attend Arnhem Wharf. I have extensive experience in working with children and have recently earned a Child Care qualification. I am currently volunteering at the school as a teaching assistant and also work and study part-time.
I am a martial arts instructor and have taught self-defence for over 6 years. I believe the skills and experience that I gained throughout my life have given me a lot of insight into communicating with both adults and children. Through my volunteering at Arnhem Wharf, I have gained valuable insight into how the school operates and it has motivated me to get more involved with the school and our children's education.
I truly love this school and community, I am deeply honoured to be involved in their improvement and I will make every effort to listen to parents about their concerns and ideas. I intend to communicate them as effectively as I can to the school in my role as Parent Governor.