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Members of Governing Body

Caroline Russell - Clerk 


Louise Dorling

Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors, Chair of Education committee & Safeguarding Governor

Term of office: 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021


Having taught at Clore Tikva School, as well as being the Staff Governor, I was honoured to be appointed as a Foundation Governor in September 2017 and then as Chair in December 2019. Clore Tikva’s unique ethos and the very special sensation that comes with being involved in the school community is something I am passionate about and hopefully this will continue for many years ahead. Qualifying as a teacher in the 1970s, I have always had a passion for maths and ensuring that young children have an in-depth understanding and love for this important subject, which forms a valuable and necessary part of everyone’s lives at all levels and at all ages. I also firmly believe that education is more than just academia and at Clore Tikva we pride ourselves on ensuring that every pupil who comes to our school, leaves not only with a good education, but as an upright individual ready to go out and face the world. When I joined Clore Tikva School as a staff member, I felt as if I was coming home after many years working in secular schools, although previously I have worked within the Jewish Community, albeit in an informal education role. Being a Governor allows me to continue to share and involve myself in school life, but also, more significantly to give back something and hopefully, contribute towards the successful future, both of the school and of the many pupils within it.   


Adam Stone

Foundation Governor

Vice-Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance  & General Purposes

Term of office: 01.01.2021 - 31.12.2024


I work for a commercial property Fund and am responsible for the management and development of various properties. I am a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. I have been a Foundation Governor at Clore Tikva since 2013 and I am an active member of the governing body. I currently serve as the link governor for PE, sit on the leadership and management committee and Chair the Finance Committee. I work hard to try and ensure that Clore Tikva adequately manages its budget so as that it is able to deliver an exciting and challenging curriculum for its pupils. I live locally to the school with my wife and two young sons and regularly attend South West Essex Reform Synagogue along with my boys, the eldest of which is a pupil in the early years at Clore Tikva. I am passionate about pluralistic Judaism and helping Clore Tikva deliver a top class academic syllabus in an engaging, inclusive and modern Jewish environment. When not working my time is spent schlepping my boys around to various sporting clubs in the hope I have the next Marcus Rashford / Owen Farrell on my hands!


Joanne Stanley

Co-opted Governor

Governor for SEND

Term of office: 19.03.2021 - 18.03.2025

Governor for SEND (Parent Governor) Term of Office: 01.01.2017 – 31.12.2021


I have been a parent at Clore Tikva for 6 years, and currently have two children in Key Stage  

2. Before becoming a Governor I was an active member of the parent fundraising committee. It's important to me that I am involved in my children’s education and school life, and now as a governor I have a much greater understanding of how our school works, and where I can add value and support the school further. In my 'day job' I work in my families Optician practice in Woodford and am currently in my third year of studying to qualify as Dispensing Optician.


John Morrison

Foundation Governor 

Governor for Health and Safety 

Term of office: 26.06.2016 - 27.06.2021


Formerly Chair of Bet Sefer Ltd (now Clore Tikva Foundation), the trust that built the school and holds responsibility for the maintenance of the school`s unique pluralistic ethos.   

Previously enjoyed spells as Chair & Council member of Bet Tikvah synagogue (now East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue). Now Semi retired, in my professional life I was a partner in a Multi-Service Electrical & Mechanical Building Engineering Company.    


Melanie Berns

Co-opted Governor

Governor for SEND

Term of office: 19.03.2021 - 18.03.2025

Governor for SEND (Parent Governor) Term of Office: 26.05.2017 – 25.05.2021


 I was elected Parent Governor at Clore Tikva in May 2017. I volunteered to become a governor to have some influence over the educational welfare of our children. I want to ensure they not only get a first-class education but an enjoyable one as well, so that when they leave Clore Tikva they are well equipped to be model citizens in our community and ready for the next chapter in their lives. I strongly believe primary education is the foundation of any successful society. As a School Governor I want to make a strong contribution to my local community and help every child secure a brighter future.


Jonathan Sheril

Foundation Governor 

Term of office: 01.05.2018 - 01.05.2022


My interest in Clore Tikva started when my son joined its Nursery in 2016 before graduating through Reception to currently Year 1. The reason why Clore Tikva was my first choice was down to the Jewish and cultural foundation my son would receive, in what I could see is a happy and safe school environment. I am a corporate and finance lawyer, working in city law firms for most of my career to date. I use my skills to help businesses to grow and succeed. I am keen to use those skills and my experience to make a real contribution to the school and to see Clore Tikva and its pupils flourish.  


Samantha Bendon

Staff Governor

Term of office: Oct.2018 - Oct.2022


I have been at Clore Tikva since September 2000 and been part of its development, which in itself has been an honour and a privilege. For the past ten years, I have been Head of Jewish Studies and am passionate about our pluralist Jewish ethos. Having been a governor once before, it is wonderful to be able to represent the staff once again on the governing body. Clore Tikva is a beacon of what modern Judaism represents. With our pluralist outlook, we strive to include the whole of our community from all branches of Judaism as well as non-Jewish members of our Clore Tikva family. I am passionate about the Jewish learning our children receive, ensuring it is well rounded and impacts on their understanding of who they are and the positive difference they can make to the world.   


Jonathan Bloom 

Foundation Governor

Equalities Governor

Term of office: 14.10.2019 - 13.10.2023


I am a public affairs and external relations professional with experience in relationship management with key stakeholders in Government, FTSE 100 and SME board level executives. I’m skilled in developing, implementing and selling high-level strategies and projects. My job focuses on understanding the key risks impacting business and finding strategic ways to mitigate that risk.   

I have spent the last year working to build relationships between the school and the local Jewish community and am working to put Clore Tikva at the heart of the local Essex Jewish Community.   

I live locally to the school with my wife and two young daughters and regularly attend Loughton Synagogue. My eldest daughter is currently at the school.  



Rabbi Richard Jacobi

Foundation Governor

Term of office: 01.08.2020 - 31.07.2024


Margot Buller

Head Teacher

Term of office: 01.09.2019


Mrs Buller is an experienced Head Teacher who,  in recent retirement, has taken up a number of interim roles specialising in helping schools to improve in all areas. Mrs Buller has always taught in faith schools and is committed to ensuring that our school ethos is maintained to an extremely high standard, working with the children, staff, parents and governors to develop our unique and vibrant community. Mrs Buller will continue to build and develop every aspect of our school, and work to ensure that each and every one of our pupils receives the best education possible, and is helped to reach their potential in a safe and caring environment.   


Sapna Desai

Local Authority Governor 

Term of office: 07.05.2020 - 06.05.2024


I applied to be a Governor to give back to the local community I grew up in. I have worked and volunteered in various education practices and feel strongly about the value of education provided to children of all ages. I would like a greater understanding on how primary schools are run and what can be done to continue to improve a pupil’s experience at this critical stage in their education.  I am currently working in the public sector in the Project Management team and come from a Legal background. I have recently enrolled in a Project Management Apprenticeship through my job. 


Sarah Fagelson

Foundation Governor

Term of office: 28.01.2020 - 27.01.2024


I qualified as a teacher in 2005 via a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education.  I have an honours degree in Political Economy.  I have taught in a variety of primary schools in central London, Chingford and Epping and have taught all ages in KS1 and KS2.  I have had roles in developing and improving the performance of colleagues and newly qualified teachers in these schools; as well as having been a mathematics coordinator.

I have two children, one in KS1 and the other in KS2 and I live in Loughton


Paul Bourne

Foundation Governor

Term of office: 08.12.2020 - 07.12.2024


I’m a Quantity Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in both the private and public sectors. I currently lead a diverse team who are working on hundreds of construction projects for Transport For London. My work role includes training and mentoring apprentices, managing experienced project professionals, procurement of goods and services for multi-million pound projects whilst working within and ensuring compliance with public sector governance. 

More relevantly, I have also been the Chair of the Clore Tikva School Foundation since June 2019. I have two children at Clore Tikva and have been actively engaged with the school since my daughter started in nursery in September 2015. I want to ensure that all the pupils at Clore Tikva get the best education in a safe and fun, family and community involved environment whilst our Jewish ethos is promoted and upheld.



Rabbi Lisa Barrett

Foundation Governor

Term of Office: 14.03.18 – Resigned December 2020 



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