Meet the LAB
Emma Zouhbi, Chair
I was elected on to the Board in October 2020 as a Parent representative, taking on the role of Chair in November 2021. I was raised in Cuddington and actually attended Sandiway Primary School myself many moons ago! I moved back to the village specifically so that my children could start their school journey in Sandiway. They are now in Year 4 and Year 2.
I currently own and run a business alongside my husband, overseeing the accounts and managing the office which includes everything from HR, scheduling, customer point of contact and operational management. My background is in Training and Development, having managed an international business providing training, consultancy and apprenticeship schemes. I hold qualifications in Project & Programme Management, HR and Recruitment.
My motivation for joining the board was so that I can give back to a school and community that I credit for giving me such a positive start in life, and to help ensure that our future generations receive the best quality provision. Within the LAB I am the Link Champion for Finance, Safeguarding and SEND. Working in the LAB is hugely rewarding and I enjoy the privilege of visiting regularly and seeing all the fantastic teaching and learning that takes place in Sandiway Primary School. I feel passionate about every child in the school leaving with amazing memories, fully prepared for High School having achieved to their fullest potential, whatever that may be.
Lauren Ogboru, Vice Chair
I joined the LAB as a co-opted member this year. I currently work as Head of Engagement for NCS Trust and prior to this worked for a private education company, whilst I hope my experience means that I can add value to a lot of our School priorities. I am passionate about wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, to ensure all children are supported and better prepared for opportunities and responsibilities of later life.
Whilst I am local to the School, I do not have any children at Sandiway, so I am always keen to talk to parents, staff and children to better understand the School community. Please stop and say Hi if you see me.
I'm the Head of Client Relations for a technology company who create & develop services for the social housing sector - specifically for older people & those with additional needs. Responsible for our 50+ nationwide housing associations excellent customer service is at the forefront of my role – by listening to and understanding the needs of our clients, I can provide them with better services for their customers. Working with senior decision makers within housing and fostering long lasting relationships is essential to help our business grow. Attention to detail, knowing my subject matter, project management & great leadership are vital skills to help me in my role.
In my spare time I love to travel - whether it's exploring a new European city, adventurous trek in Latin America or trying some new delicacy in Asia. Back home I like spending times outside walking - up hills or through forests.
The reason I wanted to become a Governor is after moving to Northwich I wanted to do something to engage with my local community, support youth development in some way and also learn some new skills working at a more strategic level.
I live locally and currently have a daughter who attends SmallWorld pre-school in the grounds of Sandiway School. I am currently Headteacher in a Primary School and so am able to bring a wealth of educational experience and knowledge to the LAB.
I recently stood, and was successfully elected as Parent representative on the LAB as I wanted to support the school community through its continued growth.
I am a qualified iheart facilitator https://iheartprinciples.com , and so mental well-being for young people is high on my radar.
A highly experienced Relationship Manager, my communication skills will support the school through robust decision making and applying change through a gentle and understanding manner, communicating to the wider audience, and appreciating that our experiences and expectations as parents and children all vary.
Through being the critical friend to the school I’ll ensure we are all answerable for the welfare and experiences our children have. We can’t be a one size fits all establishment; however, we can work towards a nurturing, understanding and adaptable echo-system.
My eldest daughter has just started in Reception and my youngest will be going to Small World in the new year. I see early years education as playing such an important role in community cohesion and development and I want to support this.
I have spent the last 16 years as a Management Consultant. I specialise in leadership development with a specific focus on how to develop behaviours and mindsets required for great performance within leaders and teams. I help build communities of interest, I train others and support learning in the workplace. I lead mixed teams from my organisation and those of my clients and have lots of experience working with different stakeholders and people with different backgrounds and experiences.
I have worked in the commercial and public sector, and have most recently spent time in the utilities and nuclear power sector (so have a keen appreciation of H&S in these type of environments) . I understand the commercial reality that many government funded institutions face and the importance of strategic oversight. I have experience of participating in steering groups and strategic meetings for many of my clients.