Management of the Centre
Meet the Governing Body
Current membership of the South Acton Children's Centre Governing Body
Simon Hall - chair
Chair of governors for nine years, originally getting involved through the Sure Start programme.
I believe passionately in the service being delivered by fanatical staff to a fantastic community.
I’m focused on improving people’s lives through better services, providing opportunity, creating and regenerating neighbourhoods. I’m currently Executive Director at Bounce Back delivering a programme working with ex-offenders to create jobs and change lives. I’m committed to ensuring the highest quality of service provision from the centre to the local community in what are challenging times. I have 4 children of my own and know how significant a contribution Children Centres can make to families lives
Helen Wheeler - Community Governor
My name is Helen Wheeler - I have been on the governing body for around 9 years. I am a teacher, and worked for many years across nursery schools in Ealing. I taught here for one year part time and ran family maths groups here for three years. I run a national early literacy project now for the Early Childhood Unit at the National Children's Bureau and I am a community governor. I come to the Curriculum and Family Support Sub-Committee.
Professor Clara Lowy - Community Governor / SEN
I am a retired hospital academic physician who has lived in Acton for over 60 years.I became a governor of the SACC as a labour party representative some 3 years ago. My interest are in maternal health especially nutrition and early child development. I believe that the SACC should be an educational resource so that families can proper and optimise their potential.
Andy Elliott -Community Governor, Chair of the Finance Committee
Andy Elliott community governor for four years. I have many years experience of financial matters, examining accounts & managing budgets. It was therefore perhaps inevitable that I become Chair of the Finance Committee. Keen walker, runner, orienteer & regular cyclist, I try to keep in trim. Three children of my own & one step daughter plus two granddaughters have convinced me that education is so important that we must all make a contribution if we can
Jennifer Griffiths - Parent Governor
My name is Jennifer Griffiths and I am a Parent Governor. My daughter is in the Over 3's and has attended SACC since she was 14 months old. I myself attended SACC way back when it was Hanbury Day Nursery. My family and I love the supportive and inclusive nature of SACC, and our daughter has developed into a lovely child, full of energy and inquisitiveness. I am on the Family Team and Premises committees, and I have recently volunteered at a Table Top Sale and helping to repair core books in the Over 3's Library. I am very interested in encouraging the children and parents to borrow books and get used to reading at home together.
Louise Troy - Community Governor / Chair of the Pay and Personnel committee
Alex Colcough - Parent Governor / Safeguarding
I trained as a dancer and spent six years working in dance development in Manchester, Leeds and East London; mainly engaged in creating participatory and skills training activities for disadvantaged children and young people.
I created the hugely successful project "Physical Justice" which sought to discover if engaging young offenders in dance and cross-arts activities could reduce recidivism. After re-training as a teacher on the DFE fast track programme and working for years as a class teacher in Stockport I joined Meadlands Primary School in 2008 as Deputy Head teacher where I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead. In September 2016 I began working part-time for the Richmond and Kingston LSCB leading on Safeguarding in schools, Private Fostering, FGM, Section 11 Safeguarding Audits and Community Engagement.
Fahmida Rahman - Parent Governor
Hello , my name is Fahmida Rahman. I am the mother of three children ranging in age from 3 years old to 7 years old. I have served as a parent governor at the children's centre for nearly a year now. All three of my children have attended the centre. Having trained as a primary school teacher as well as studied for a BA(hons) in Early Childhood Studies and Education. I have always wanted to see children getting the best support possible to achieve their full potential. I am in a good position to understand the stages of a childs development. I always support the centre leadership where I am confident the best care is provided to the children. I am friendly and approachable and always happy to give help and advice. if I am unable to help I can always point you in the direction of someone who can.