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Rev. Sam Pollard - Acting Chair of Governors

Sam has been an Anglican Vicar since 2011 and in September 2018 was appointed alongside his wife, Anna, as Lead Ministers for Barking Riverside. He and Anna are committed to seeing this community and every person in it become all that they can be and are commissioned to plant a new Anglican worshipping community here.  George Carey is right at the heart of this and Sam is privileged to serve in seeing this continue to be a place where pupils, staff, and families thrive. 


Previously Sam spent 7 years serving St Mary’s Church, Loughton, as well as being Hub Director for Westminster Theological Centre (an innovative higher education institution) and is currently completing a PhD in Theology.  Sam and Anna have been married for 10 years and have two pre-school children – Leo and Cora.

Chris Harrison - Head

Chris Harrison started at the school in February 2011, before it opened. He appointed the staff necessary to open the school successfully and on time in September 2011.

Matthew Harding

Matthew has been a school governor at George Carey since January 2014. He is chairman of the Finance, Staffing, Premises and Health and Safety Committee that meets each term. Matthew works in the City of London and holds a senior position in the finance department of Deutsche Bank. He lives in Barking and worships at St Patrick’s Church. He is currently undergoing training as a Licensed Lay Minister within the Chelmsford Diocese.

Heather Housden - Inclusion Governor

I have been involved in schools all my working life as a teacher, head teacher or Ofsted inspector. My concern is not only for the quality of children’s education , but also school as a good spiritual experience. That is why I am committed to church schools and in particular George Carey.

Mark Jamieson

I have been a teacher in Barking and Dagenham for a number of years in different year groups and roles.  I am very proud to be part of such a happy school where the children are always put first, and became a staff governor to become more involved in the life of the school and to further represent my colleagues.  I am very fortunate to work with fantastic colleagues in the school who work incredibly hard on a daily basis to ensure the best outcomes for our children. I look forward to being part of our continuous drive for improvement to ensure that the children in our community get the best possible start to their education.

Jisha Muraleedharah - Safeguarding Governor

I’m a proud mother of two children, son in Year 6 and daughter in Year 4, who are enjoying an amazing educational experience and journey at George Carey school of England. I am pleased to have this opportunity to be part of this school’s governing body as a parent governor. This role is very rewarding and valuable in terms of learning about how the school works.

I am really passionate about education and supporting children. I have 12 years of experience of working within primary schools across East London therefore I’m fully aware of the national agendas around school, safeguarding, teaching, learning and assessments. Also I specialize in supporting children with special educational needs.

This is my 8th year living in Barking Riverside community, and I would like to take this opportunity to work with people from a variety of social, cultural and religious backgrounds.

Let us all work together to brighten the future of our children.

Stephen Noon

Having worked in education all my life, I am pleased to join the governing body of George Carey CE Primary School as an associate governor. Schools face challenging times as they become more autonomous and I am committed to supporting our thriving school as a focal point of the community and as a place of high expectations and ambition for all of our young children within its distinctively Christian setting. I bring a range of skills and understandings about school improvement and effective teaching.

Rev Unesu Chindabata - Well-being Governor

Nick Harding

I am a Mathematics teacher in a secondary school, with co-curricular and cover manager responsibilities. I returned to teaching 6 years ago after running a small building business in Bow for 30 years. When I qualified as a teacher, I taught science in Kenya for 4 years. My experience is therefore in both education and business which I hope will enable me to help in the governing of the school.


I am married with 4 children. I am a committed to church schools and believe in the benefits they can give to children, their parents and society as a whole.

Sue Hyett

I started my working life in retailing and trained as a Buyer. After a family break I qualified as a Primary School teacher and was responsible for running the Nursery at a school in Redbridge. I have now retired but hope that through the experiences that I have had I will be able to support George Carey School as it works to deliver excellent education in a Christian context.

Sue Williamson

As a retired Religious Studies teacher, I continue to be very interested in the subject and its delivery in schools.  I feel that I would be an encouraging presence on the governing body to this end.

George Carey School has become known to me since I joined the team, under the leadership of Rev Sam Pollard and his wife Anna who are in the process of establishing a church at Barking Riverside.  This is being promoted by The Diocese.

Pam Ross

Marta Varesi