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learning together, achieving forever

Governors' Information


Pam Virdee

I have been Headteacher of Longfield Primary School since it amalgamated in September 2011.  I am extremely proud to hold this role and am passionate about ensuring that every child leaves Longfield equipped with the skills and values needed to succeed in their journey through life.  I believe that Longfield should provide every child with memorable experiences that will remain with them to inspire and motivate them to be the best that they can be.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, Zumba, running and spending quality time with my family.


Chair of Governors / Co-Opted Governor
Elizabeth Whitcombe

I have been part of the governing body since July 2007 and even though my children are now at high school, I still really enjoy being part of the school community. I have a passion for ensuring that children are given every opportunity to achieve to their highest potential and it is a pleasure and privilege to see the school and the pupils go from strength to strength. 

I have worked for Barclays bank for over 25 years and also do some voluntary work in the local community. I am a member of Elmfield church and part of their children and youth team. In my spare time I enjoy shoe shopping and eating chocolate. 


Vice Chair / Co-Opted Governor
Stephen Pidgeon

I have one children at Longfield Primary School, with two older children who are former pupils.

I first became a governor in 2008 and am currently Chair of the Finance and Personnel committee. I originally volunteered as I was keen to ensure that the school was supported and challenged (where appropriate) to ensure that educational standards were the best that could be provided. This will no doubt become more challenging due to expected budget cuts over the next few years.  I previously worked for the Met Police for over 30 years and now have a bit more time to work on reducing my golf handicap as well as running my children to a variety of sports and social functions


Clerk to the Governing Body

Sue Doel

My first contact with Longfield was as a parent volunteer and PFL supporter during the time my children attended Longfield First & Middle schools, whilst continuing to work as an administrator for a well-known retail company. I was recruited as a teaching assistant in 2004, and later was given the opportunity through continuing professional development to successfully train as a Learning Mentor. I joined the office team in 2010 whilst continuing to support children's learning in the classroom. At the time of amalgamation, I took the decision to move to full-time administrative work and since September 2012 hold the roles of PA to the Headteacher, Office Supervisor and Clerk to the Governing Body. I am very happy at Longfield and passionately embrace our goal of "working together achieving forever" to ensure the best learning outcome for every child.

In my spare time, I confess to being a Zumba addict, and enjoy teaching and participating in classes in both Pinner and Northwood.


Parent Governor  

Mrs R Khimasia

I currently have two children attending Longfield Primary School.  I strongly believe the quality of education we provide our children directly affects their quality of life in the future.

I have extensive experience in risk management and am keen to use my experience and skills to help Longfield Primary School continue developing children’s educational and social needs. I look forward to supporting the school to the best of my abilities

Parent Governor

Mr Vikas Valand

I am a parent governor with two children attending Longfield. I am humbled to serve my former school and work with the Governors to drive the schools agenda in these unprecedented times.  With over a decade of experience in Risk Management, I will leverage my experience to help deliver the best experience for the students.


Deputy Headteacher / Co-Opted Governor

Suzy Cantlay

I have been teaching since 1995, during which time I have taught across the primary age range. I am lucky to be doing a job that I love and consider myself privileged to be involved in helping children to learn and achieve success. Every day brings new challenges for both teachers and pupils but at Longfield Primary School there is a wonderful partnership between staff, pupils, parents and the wider community. I am always so proud when I walk around school and see happy, motivated, kind and enthusiastic children engaged in the business of learning.  I have been a member of the Longfield Governing Body since September 2008.

In my spare time I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and two children and can often be found at the local stables with our lovely horses Oliver and Ziggy.


Co-Opted Governor

Neil Enright

I have been involved with Longfield Primary School since the autumn of 2009 when I was elected to the Governing Body of what was then the Middle School as Local Authority nominated Governor. As a teacher myself, I take a particular interest in matters concerning teaching, learning and pupil progress.

Since 2011, I have been the Headmaster of Queen Elizabeth's School, a selective state maintained school for boys aged between 11 and 18, in High Barnet.


Co-Opted Governor

Alex Rusby 

I am an Economics Teacher at Harrow School since 2017.  I am passionate about pedagogy and take a particular interest in SEN teaching techniques and management strategies.

I am actively involved in the charitable arm of Harrow School and have worked with other Primary Schools in the local community. I believe it is also important to instil a love for the Environment to my pupils and I run an Elective Program on Environmental Economics. I am always looking to make improvements around the School to reduce our carbon footprint and make pupils aware of the World around them and how it is changing.

This is my first Governor post and I am ready to learn and use my educational background to help Longfield Primary School in any way I can.

In my free time I like to read, travel, watch Netflix, exercise, socialise, travel, try new things and, most importantly, have fun.


Co-Opted Governor
Dipak Umeria

I have been a governor of Longfield Primary School since 2002, currently the longest serving member on the governing body.  I have lived in Harrow since 1986. Both of my children attended the school. I serve on the governing body as a co-opted governor. Previously I was the chair of Longfield Middle School for four years.  

I believe my extensive experience of business is invaluable in ensuring the school is well run. I am particularly keen to help the school use its inevitably limited resources efficiently and to ensure it is effective in offering the best possible opportunity for pupils of all backgrounds and abilities to fully realise their own potential.

I have over 30 years experience of working in the public sector, with qualifications in housing, management & marketing.  I am also a qualified cricket coach and coach under 11's locally in my spare time.          


Co-Opted Governor

Majella McElwee



Co-opted Governor

Dareen Zakaria

I have been increasingly involved with Longfield Primary School since my eldest son joined reception in 2014.  A member of PFL, a volunteer and now a co-opted governor since September 2015, I have a profound interest in the development and well being of the children at the school.

I qualified as a chartered accountant with a big four Accounting Firm in 2004.  After having children, I decided to work part time as a finance manager for a commercial real estate firm based Baker Street.

I have also been able to pursue other interests locally in Harrow and am glad to be part of the governing body of the school where I hope to make use of my financial knowledge, experience and business acumen.

My hobbies include attending dance classes, cooking and travelling.


Inclusion Lead/Co-Opted Governor

Hayley Kirwin

I have recently joined Longfield Primary school in September 2020 as Inclusion Lead. I originally graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a Bachelor in Education. I then went on to study the masters level National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordination. I am extremely passionate about ensuring children with special education needs have the best education and start in life. I am a qualified mental health first aider and am particularly interested in supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, running and gardening.


Local Authority Governor
Purav Rathod

I have worked in the Banking and Finance sector for the last 12 years. I believe in giving to the community; it is a privilege to be in a position to support the school with the required skills and experience which ultimately gives a sense of satisfaction to pupils and parents to be in safe hands. 

I have my child in Longfield Primary School and I am also a governor with another school. I joined Longfield Primary School Governing Body in March 2019.


Staff Governor