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At Beam County Primary School, the governing body has adopted the following principles and procedures:

Purpose of the governing body

The governing body is the key strategic decision making body in the school, setting the strategic framework and ensuring it meets all its statutory duties. Raising achievement is at the heart of a governing body’s strategic role; every child has the right to attend a good school.

The governing body has the following core strategic functions:

  • Establishes the strategic direction
  • Ensuring accountability
  • Ensuring financial probity

To read the full Code of Conduct for the Governing Body, press here.

To view our Governors’ Declaration of Interest, press here.


Cllr D Lumsden

I am Donna Lumsden, I am a foster carer who specialises in looking after challenging behavioural children.  Some of the children that I foster may be: autistic; have mental health issues; complex needs; subject to substance abuse; have special needs or  a disability.  My current foster child is a very challenging child who I have  to  teach to live a very good fulfilled lifestyle.

My current foster child is a very challenging autistic child who I have been supporting and nurturing to live a fulfilling  lifestyle by giving him holistic care.

My current job as a foster carer was inspired while working as a support worker with Tower Hamlet authority working with mental health and substance abuse patients and Newham authority working with disabled, autistic, special needs and complex children, where my manager told me I have a good heart and am passionate about my job.

I was encouraged and recommended  by the Councillors of River Ward to become a School Governor to a prestigious school like Beam County School. This has been a real honour and pleasure for me. The Executive Head, Head of School and all the teachers are a fantastic team to work with.

My hobbies are: Cake decorating, flower making, reading and gardening.

Vision: Beam County School to be the first to achieve London level grade.

Sevim Ekmekci

Ekmecki PhotoSevim is a former Beam pupil who is now a Strategy Advisor at the Department for Education.  She leads on apprenticeships in schools and has also worked in Social Mobility in the Department. Sevim’s previous experience includes international policy at the Department of Health, strategy at the London Borough of Camden and graduate recruitment at TeachFirst. She also worked at the Social Mobility Foundation after completing her Philosophy and History degree at the University of Southampton.

Cllr Phil Waker


Councillor Philip Waker

I have been on the Governing Body for about 25 years and Chair of Governors for about 10 years.

I am also a Governor of Leys Primary and Eastbrook. I recently became Chair of Eastbrook School and believe in striving to get the children of Barking and Dagenham the best education possible.

I am particularly grateful to all the Governors of Beam School and the efforts they make to encourage, support and challenge the school to continue its amazing record of improvement.

Beam County Primary School was always good, but thanks to the efforts of all staff and the school leadership team I have seen it become even better each year that goes by. Some of its results are consistently among the best primary results in the country, but it also has a wide cultural and sporting focus that helps to create a well rounded school experience for all those that come to the school.

As a Village Ward Councillor for around 14 years I have had a particular interest in Housing and when responsible for Housing for the borough fought to change the national financing structure of council housing. We led and won that battle and were then able to start building council housing for the first time in well over 20 years as well as improving our current stock. I believe that decent housing is fundamentally important for the education of our children and am particularly concerned about the lack of decent housing and the high costs of housing, particularly in London and the South East.

As a Councillor I am currently the Chair of the Living and Working Select committee that scrutinises housing, environmental issues in the Council as well transport and employment issues in general. I am also a member of the Council’s Development Control Board and Personnel Board.

I was a Post Office/Royal Mail employee for many years and was a Communication Workers Union representative for much of that time. I was on the National Executive of the Communication Workers Union for about 10 years.

The staff of Beam School have always been willing to assist the improvement of other schools and I am proud of my association with the school through the Governing Body.

Colin Hennessay

HennessyWelcome to my governor statement; I am Colin Hennessy, I am currently a parent governor at Beam County Primary School and have been for just over 4 years.

Both of my children attended Beam from nursery to year 6 and have now moved onto secondary school.

As a governor at the school I have a few roles of responsibility they are the Link (formerly training and Liaison), cultural and the most recently added role of science governor.

When Beam County applied for the Arts Council England, Artsmark Gold I was happy to be involved and very pleased with the awarding of this status to the school, it was a very hard earned reward for all he staff who put so much effort, and continue to, into the arts at Beam County.

During my time at Beam I have been involved with ICT the ECO garden and interviewing new teaching staff as well as having attended a number of the Parent’s Council Meetings.

I have worked for a neighbouring local authority for 28 years and have spent most of that time in what is now the HR department. In my role I deal with school based staffing issues on a daily basis.

For the last 11 ½ years my wife and I have worked part time so our children always have a parent at home, this is something I would not change as it has been wonderful being there for our children, watching them grow, learn, giving them support when needed and being involved at the primary school they attended. Spending time with them during the holidays has been great too, taking them out to various farms, zoos, historical locations, museums and galleries not to mention the trips to the cinema, theatre and bowling, they also have the option to join me in my second job as a badminton coach should they feel the need to exert themselves of a Saturday afternoon.

Ms L Culyer

Miss T Whittington


Growing up in Dagenham, I attended Richard Alibon and Sacred Heart RC for Girls. Teaching was a calling from a very young age and I was adamant that I would teach in Dagenham!

All three of my children have attended Beam, as I am a passionate believer that education and lifelong learning should be of the highest quality for all children.

Mrs. S Mason


I was born and grew up on the Rylands, estate where I attended Beam Infant school and then went on to Beam Junior School. I have never left the area and once married with children of my own they also attended Beam Primary School. I became a parent helper at Beam in 1997 where I helped in the nursery and also the reception classes.  I was fortunate enough to become part of the Beam Team in 1999 when I became a teaching assistant in Year 5.  I became a non teaching governor a few years later.

Whilst working at Beam I have attended college and have obtained an NVQ 2 and 3 in supporting Teaching and Learning. I studied for a GCSE in maths and successfully passed.

In 2005 I left Beam to broaden my knowledge and experience with children who have social,emotional and behavioural needs. Whilst there I acquired my HLTA status.

I returned to Beam in 2006 and have never looked back. I now run various intervention groups working with lower ability children and also those who have English as an additional language.

I am also The Friends of Beam residential D.J. I support and help them with all their great fund raising events.

I have spent many happy years at Beam and hopefully will continue to do so.

Mrs. C Cook

I grew up in the West Country living in a small family with my father being the local Rector. The village I lived in was a very close knit community and the local primary school I attended had a role of 98 children!

I moved to Barking and Dagenham in 2006 after training at University in Swansea and joined Beam in 2004 as ICT Co-ordinator. Currently, I am Assistant Headteacher and the lead teacher in Excelling Learners.

My daughter also attends the school and enjoys the variety of activities available to our children here as well as her passion to learn more.

Ms D Dawkins

Ms L Lewis-Matthews

Ms P Kowlessar-Manoo

Mr A Achilleos

Andrew Achilleos is a local councillor and has worked for the Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham as a Press Officer and Campaigns Organiser since 2012. Andrew has keen interests in education and the environment, in particular LOtC (Learning Outside the Classroom). Prior to work in politics Andrew managed volunteers for a charity across a number of shops in Hertfordshire and Essex.

Mr S Cole

I am a Contracts Administration Manager responsible for a team of Contract Managers for a well known Electricity provider. I have been in the industry since school, so am well versed with the industry. I am a married man with 2 great children, both having previously attended Beam County school.

I am affiliated with Beam as a Parent Governor and am in my 2nd consecutive term of office. Prior to becoming a Parent Governor and my first child attending Beam, I was fairly familiar with the school and its teachers since both a nephew and niece also passed through Beam County schooling. Be it school plays, quiz nights or any of the other activities the school organised… back then, they were all great experiences, which made-up mine and my wife’s mind that if and when we ever had children we would love them to attend Beam school.

Beam County School, in my eyes, has progressed immensely over the last 10-15 years, adapting to the change in demography by ensuring that the teachers are equipped to deal with the diverse mix of children from many different walks of life. The school has been extended to house the ever increasing population and of course the number of teachers has increased too. Beam County school has become infamous for its excellent teaching methodology, facilities, well behaved students and all of this is underpinned by a dynamic Leadership team, second to none.

To close I would say that “I am very proud to be a part of a fantastic school, with fantastic teachers and finally fantastic kids.

Governors' Roles