Register of Governors
Scheme of Overall Delegation
Mr Matt Miller MBE (Chair)
Fewer roles in life are more rewarding than making a difference in children’s lives and that in a nutshell is what being a school governor is all about; ensuring children are kept safe in a school where they will achieve their full potential, thanks to very good teaching and a shared ambition where everyone believes anything is possible.
At Eastbury, we set very high expectations which go beyond the classroom. Of course, education is at the top of the list but we also believe we have a big responsibility to prepare our children for all aspects of life. We want our boys and girls to become the next generation of successful young people, who will do well because of qualities and values they nurtured here at Eastbury.
Primary education sets the foundations for life and that is why I feel privileged to lead the school’s Interim Executive Board (IEB), which has full responsibility for school governance. Following the appointment of the IEB in June 2013 by the Secretary of State for Education when the school was facing difficult challenges, Eastbury has made great progress and is now a vibrant and exciting learning community where everyone has a part to play.
But the journey has not ended and we will continue to do all in our power to drive up standards and make improvements where we can. As an experienced National Leader of Governance I am very clear about the sort of outstanding school I know the community wants for our children. Your vision for the school is our vision, and I am very confident that we are well on the way of turning those aspirations into reality.
Away from Eastbury I am very involved in school governance, particularly on the training side and was appointed the Strategic Lead for Governance in Enfield Local Authority. Before that I enjoyed a successful career in the Metropolitan Police where I served as a senior detective.
Mr David Backhouse (Vice Chair)
I was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education in June 2013 as a member of the Interim Executive Board and elected Vice Chair at its first meeting. Our task was and still is to provide effective governance of the school and support the new Headteacher in ensuring the pupils get the education they deserve so that they are fully prepared for when they leave Eastbury to continue their secondary education elsewhere.
In effect, this meant creating a new beginning for Eastbury where all staff shared an absolute conviction that through hard work and commitment, the school would become the outstanding school that the children, parents, carers and local community deserve.
I am a National Leader of Governance (NLG), whose general role is to guide and mentor Chairs of Governors who need support. During my three years as an NLG, I have supported Chairs in four other London boroughs.
I live in Redbridge and have been Chair of Mayfield School (secondary) for over 20 years. I am also Chair of Winston Way and a Governor of Grove (both primary schools). I am currently Chair of Redbridge local authority’s Schools’ Funding Forum.
Since my retirement in 2007 after a long career in the telecoms industry, I have been a volunteer with Barnardo’s Indigo Project for Young Carers, which provides them with after-school clubs, day/evening trips and residential ‘respite breaks’ from their home pressures, as well individual support and advice when necessary.