Meet the Governors


Governors play an increasingly important role in the life of the school, taking more and more important decisions on your behalf.  Parents have the opportunity to elect Parent Governors every four years, or as a vacancy occurs and when the time comes we will send out further details.

Current members of the Governing Body are listed in the documents below. One of more of the governors is usually on the playground at the start and end of each school and governors can also be contacted care of the school office.

Sue Roberts- Chair of Governors

I have been a governor at Howes Primary School for six years. Prior to that I taught in Coventry mainstream schools for over thirty years and latterly at Earlsdon Primary School, where I was the headteacher.

I live in a south Warwickshire village and since retiring from teaching nine years ago, I volunteer in our community shop, a small enterprise supply essentials and local produce to our village and neighbouring ones.

We have recently set up a Community Speed Watch Team as so much traffic ‘hurtles’ through our village. We are trained by the police to use a speed gun and those ‘caught’ speeding receive a letter from the police – no fines or points from us.

Being chair of governors, and my other voluntary work in the village certainly keep me busy.

Anita White- Vice Chair of Governors

I have been a Governor at Howes for the past 3 years. I am currently a Parent Governor, and Vice Chair of the Governing Body. I work part time as a Communications and Fundraising officer for a local charity.  I have two children at the school and have very much enjoyed being part of the school community for the last five years. I am passionate about Howes Primary school, supporting the staff and the school leadership team to achieve the very best for the children here. As a governing body we work closely with the school to ensure the children have the best possible opportunities to succeed and flourish whilst at Howes.

Councillor Richard Brown

With children and grandchildren of my own. all living in Coventry, I am acutely aware of how important it is to ensure that all children are given the best possible start in life. This is at the very heart of what our school strives to provide.

It has been my privilege to represent the local community here in Cheylesmore as a Ward Councillor since 2014 and see, at first hand, both the challenges and opportunities that face us all. Our children deserve the very best and that is what I, and fellow governors will work tirelessly to deliver at Howes.

David Howard

I am the newest governor at Howes.  I was the Vicar of Binley for 14 years and then moved to Wiltshire.  My wife and I retired back to Coventry to be within easy reach of our 3 children and the grandchildren.  I have been a school governor in several very different situations; the common theme being that I want all children to receive the very best education, so each one may fulfill their potential.  I am pleased to have time now to come into school and thoroughly enjoy being part of this lovely community.

I also help at a lunch club, visit housebound and lonely people as part of an age UK initiative,  help out in local churches, am a trustee of a charity and enjoy riding my bike in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside.

Syeda Iqbal

I was elected as a parent governor in September 2016.My family have a long relationship with Howes Primary School and continues to do so with the second generation currently attending the school , this includes my three children.

My desire to be part of Howes’ Governing Body derives from a genuine interest in school improvements at all levels and deep rooted belief in the importance of education for all.  I also have a sound knowledge of supporting teaching and learning in schools. Education in Howes therefore means a lot to me.

I strongly believe Howes is vibrant place for children to reach their potential. I will continue to support the ongoing needs of the school , the children and the parents in any way I can.

Colin Marscheider

I live locally and two of my sons spent time at Howes. I am semi-retired and spend time looking after grandchildren. My background is in engineering
specifically radio frequency, telecommunications network design, software and general management and left full time employment some time ago.
I am a Local Authority appointed governor and have been involved in Governing for around 20 years so have experience in most aspects of governance.

Kalesha Palmer

I am one of the newer governors at Howes. I’m currently a Human Resources Business Partner in the Civil Service and live in Coventry with my partner and young daughter. I really enjoy giving back so I am thrilled to have joined the Governing Body at Howes Primary school. For me, it is important that each and every child has the opportunity to flourish and be the best they can be and this is what our school is striving to achieve.  I look forward to working closely with the school community.

Asiya Amir

I have been serving as a school governor at Howes Primary School since November 2018. I have two daughters and they both attend Howes Primary since 2014.

I am passionate about how primary education can transform the lives of young people. I believe that every young person should be supported to achieve their own success and acquire the knowledge and skills to become highly successful citizen.

Being a school governor has given me a fantastic opportunity to have an impact on education and positively influence children’s lives. My passion to support the community and my research training in the biological science helps me to perform my duties as the school governor.

Rebecca Bollands

I have been the Deputy Head at Howes since September 2013 and am passionate about making a difference for the children that attend the school. I have led on many projects through Erasmus+ and am currently enjoying the ACTIVE project which allows us to work with and visit staff and children from across Europe. I also support our Robotics Team where I can and was thrilled to take last years team to America to the World Finals. I also work within the city leading the Coventry Young Ambassadors project which has seen children supporting at events across Coventry and as far away as Japan.

Sioux Cooke

I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Howes Primary School.

I joined Howes in 2013 and have seen many changes over the years which have led to Howes being GOOD with elements of OUTSTANDING.

I really enjoy working together with the children, staff, parents, Governors and wider community to ensure that every child can be the best that they can be.

Governing Body Information

Governors attendance from 2019-2020