Meet the Governors

Current Membership

Rokesly Junior School benefits from a committed group of governors who can offer a wide range of skills and come from a wide variety of different backgrounds.  The governors and their areas of interest and responsibility are:


Bola Soneye-Thomas: Headteacher, Junior School

Bola joined Rokesly Junior School in January 2007. Coming from a background in which she has coordinated a number of subject areas, Bola’s deepest commitment is to inclusion in its broadest sense. Her vision is to develop further and extend opportunities within the school so that every child can develop the skills that bring real choices in life.

Nigel Leskin : Local Authority Governor (Chair of Governors)

Nigel brings 20 years of experience to the role of goveror, having first been elected as a parent governor and then serving as Chair for ten years. Nigel has served on all committees in both schools and is a Local Authority representative on the governing body.  He is an active member on the resources and curriculum committees. By profession, Nigel is a criminal and immigration lawyer.

 Toby Bray: Parent Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

Toby has two sons, the eldest in Rokesly. He runs his own marketing agency, and previously spent ten years as MD of a publishing company. He became a parent governor in November 2017.

Sally Lumb: Local Education Authority Appointed Governor

Sally has been a governor for over 20 years and is now lead finance governor for the Juniors and is a member of the personnel committee. Having worked in administration and as a building manager, Sally’s areas of interest are to ensure that the schools make the best use of resources, control waste and work most economically in appropriate areas.

Kerree Ahern:  Co-opted Governor (Safeguarding governor)

Kerree was elected as a parent governor in 2006 and is the Vice Chair of Governors for the Junior school.  She also chairs the personnel committee, is a member of the finance, curriculum and communications committees and is the specialist SEN and child protection governor for both schools.  Her areas of special interest include raising achievement for all children and parental involvement.  Kerree has three children, all of whom attended Rokesly Juniors.  She previously worked in the NHS developing health strategies in public health departments.

 John Sharman : Co-opted governor

John has been deputy head at Rokesly Junior School since September 2016. He lives locally and has worked in Haringey schools since 2001. As a class teacher, he has taught children from year 1 to year 6.  Whilst at Campsbourne School he was employed as assistant headteacher and took on the role of acting co-headteacher for a term.

John Hemingway: Co-opted Governor (Chair of Curriculum Committee)

As a senior leader and headteacher in London secondary schools during the last 20 years, John has extensive experience of working on and with governing bodies. A local resident, he has one daughter who attended both Rokesly Infant and Rokesly Junior school.

Joanna Neilson: Staff Governor

Joanna has been working at Rokesly as a class teacher since September 2018. However she has been employed at the school since 2008, in her previous role as a teaching assistant. She has created the school garden which she continues to develop and believes that all children should have the opportunity to grow and eat their own  produce. She has worked with a number of children on a 1:1 basis and has also delivered intervention programmes. Prior to joining the staff at Rokesly Joanna was a director in a city recruitment consultancy. She has two children both of which have attended the school.

Bilal Rawat: Parent governor

Bilal became a parent governor in November 2017 and is looking forward to the role and contributing to the work of the Governing Body at Rokesly. He has a daughter at Rokesly and is a barrister.

Jelena McCarthy: Parent Governor

Jelena became a parent governor in November 2017. She currently works for an Enterprise Data Management company in a Project Manager role.

 Victoria Keverne: Co-opted Governor 

Victoria is a co-opted governor. After working in the City and having a career break to bring up her two young boys, she decided to change career and focus on helping give all children the best possible start in life. She has been a school governor since July 2018 and currently works in another Haringey primary school.

Lorna Walker: Associate Member and Chair of Resources

Lorna became an associate member of the junior School Governing Body in November 2017 having been a governor at the Infant School in July 2013. She has three children, two in the junior school and one pre-school age. Starting her career as an accountant in the retail sector, Lorna has since retrained as a garden designer.

Contact Us

Welcome to Rokesly Junior School, a fun, friendly and exciting place to learn and grow. Rokesly Junior School has been encouraging children from the local community to make the most of their potential for over 60 years.

Phone: 020 8348 0290
Email: admin@rokesly-jun.haringey.sch.uk

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