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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Our Local Governing Body (LGB) comprises eight governors with representation from staff, parents and local community.  We work collaboratively with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team in setting the strategic aims and high expectations to ensure all children achieve the best possible outcomes within an inclusive environment.  To support the school in sustained improvement as an LGB we work in line with the scheme of delegation, policies and practice of The Elliot Foundation Multi-Academy Trust (TEFAT).



  • Rachel Jacob (Principal - ex officio)

  • James Devaney (Foundation - Chair of Governors)

  • Shajhan Ali (Parent Governor & Vice Chair)

  • Bob Anderson (Foundation Governor)

  • Manjit Sahota (Parent Governor)

  • Sophia Salhotra (Staff Governor)

  • Ruth Trbojevic (Foundation Governor)


If you wish to contact the LGB, please email James Devaney (


Our Governing Body
James Devaney - Chair of Governors

James’s career to date is varied and complementary within a range of educational settings from direct teaching roles in schools to advisory and strategic leadership within local authorities (LA), supporting and developing teaching teams, curriculum development and governance.  He is the former Head of Hammersmith and Fulham’s Music Service and former Assistant Head of Ealing Music Service; both strategic roles embedded within the LA School Improvement Teams supporting the development of music education for children and young people within and beyond schools.  During this time, James also served as Chair of Sing-Up London Steering Group as well as a national Music Service Evaluation Partner. He later undertook the Partnerships & Projects role with The UK Association for Music Education - Music Mark, where he was responsible for developing a national and regional network of Wider Leadership Team members across England’s Music Services and Music Education Hubs.  In addition, James has led, co-managed and presented at various training sessions and conferences, including guidance for the National Curriculum for Music (2014) both through DfE Expert Subject Advisory Panel and through Pearson Education/Cambridge Review Trust's School Improvement conferences. James decided to develop his teaching and learning within the classroom and is currently a Year 2 Teacher at Hillingdon Primary School.  James has been a governor for 15 years and was delighted to be appointed as Chair of Pinkwell Primary School in September 2017 to support the school in its continued improvement to ensure all children, staff and the community are “inspired, motivated and succeed”.

Sophia Salhotra - Staff Governor


My name is Sophia Salhotra and I began my career at Pinkwell in October 2016. I joined the Governing body in December 2017 as Pinkwell’s Staff Governor. I am keen to support the school so that it is well respected, high achieving and an inclusive place to learn and work.


I am a friendly and approachable person who listens carefully and can empathise well. I worked as the Receptionist for Pinkwell for 2 years and delivered great customer care to our parents, visitors, staff and pupils.


I am currently the school’s Finance Assistant and really enjoy working at Pinkwell. My knowledge and experience of the school helps to bring greater understanding of what Pinkwell’s future may look like from a strategic point of view.


As a parent myself, I am truly passionate about the education that children receive and want to ensure that EVERY child gets the best possible education and opportunity to succeed in life. As Malcolm X said: " Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today".

Bob Anderson - Foundation Governor  


Bob has most recently been Director of HR and Governance for The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust which he joined as a founding director in 2011. He established the HR and academy governance framework for the trust as it grew from nothing to 27 academies.


Amongst other things he has led on trade union and employee relations, consultation and negotiation, policy development, governance and the admissions process.


Before this he spent 21 years as a local government officer including posts as head of school effectiveness, head of education personnel and payroll and assistant director for children’s services. This included leadership of workforce issues, training and development, governance, extended schools, healthy schools and community cohesion.


Previously he spent 16 years teaching in west London (secondary) as head of department, coordinator of technical and vocational education and senior teacher.


Currently he runs his own education and HR consultancy company and is a trustee with The Elliot Foundation Academies Trust, a member of Brent Specialist Academy Trust

Shajhan Ali - Parent Governor


I graduated in Computer Science from Brunel in 2001. I have subsequently worked at some of the largest consulting firms in the world. I am a former Times Consultant of the year and typically work on large technology-enabled transformation programmes. This means using technology to drive change in an organisation. Typically these programmes of work are several million in cost and often more than £100m.


I wanted to be a governor because I have lived in the local community for almost 17 years without really getting involved in the community. I felt it was time to really get involved and try to make a difference. I felt my consulting experience would be useful to the school to add a different dimension to the skillset of the local governing board

Manjit Sahota - Parent Governor


My name is Manjit Sahota, I am a full time professional working as a Global Services Portfolio Manager for a IT company, I have worked in IT for over 25years. I am mother to three girls who all go to Pinkwell Primary School.


I am always busy working on several topics, work related, charity related or running our buy to let housing business along with being a mother to three very energetic girls, so like to be busy and not forgetting being a Parent Governor for Pinkwell Primary School.

Ruth Trbojevic - Foundation Governor  


I love big picture thinking and working strategically as part of team to affect positive change. Prior to becoming a minister at a local church, I have worked with children and young people. I am passionate about children and young people having every opportunity to fulfil their potential. I became a Governor at Pinkwell because together we can make a difference.