Meet The Governors
Bob Hoggett - Chair of Governors
Rev. Sam Pollard - Vice 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.
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.
Rev Unesu Chindabata - Well-being Governor
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.
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.
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.
My name is Marta, I am a local resident and I have two children at George Carey.
I love living in such a diverse community and you will often see me in the area organising events or taking part.
I strongly believe that change comes from people, great ideas and innovation come from the community and school is a great place to empower children making them responsible citizen.
I was the Health and safety union rep at work for four years and that’s why I decided to step into the role of H&S governor for the school, another area where we are all responsible!