Bow School

Meet Our Governors

Meet Our Governors

The School has an active governing body and is made up of the following members:

Mr Daniel Hassell (Chair)





Danny joined the Governing Body in March 2021.  He is an elected Councillor, representing the local area which includes Bow School, for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where he currently serves as the Cabinet Member for Housing.  Previously Danny was the Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, with responsibility for education, safeguarding and youth services.  He currently works in compliance at a London University and has previously worked as a primary school teacher in East London.  Danny assumed the role of Chair of Governors 01.09.21,  He is passionate about ensuring every child has the chance to succeed and working with Bow School to ensure children are supported to learn, develop and improve their life chances. Danny is joint Link Governor for Effectiveness of Safeguarding.

Mr Joseph Oakley (Vice Chair)


Chair of Standards


Joseph is a qualified MFL teacher who used to work as a Head of Department in an outstanding school in the North West, and is Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Standards Committee. Since leaving teaching, he has worked for a number of years at senior level as an  assessment specialist with schools, a national examination board and in a number of post-graduate medical bodies. Both living and working in Tower Hamlets, Joseph is committed to giving back to the local area and using his skills and knowledge to help Bow school and its young people realise their full potential.  Joseph is Link Governor for Raising Standards/Outcomes.

Mr Selam Shibru

(Chair of Business)

(LA Governor) 


Selam joined the Governing Body of Bow School in 2016. He is committed to supporting the School and the local community with the skills acquired through qualifications and professional experience. Selam was appointed as the Chair of the Business Committee in November 2020. 


Selam has a background in Accounting and IT and currently works for BWC, a benevolent fund based in London. His primary responsibilities are managing the Finance, IT and Risk Management functions in addition to the role he holds as Company Secretary. Before joining BWC in 2007, Selam worked in the private sector for 7+ years in different roles focused mainly in Finance and IT Systems. 

Mr Anton Chambers





Anton is a former student who attended Bow School from 1997 until 2002 and was born and raised in Tower Hamlets.  He is a Partner at international law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and specialises in Banking and Finance law.  Anton has a keen interest in working with schools and other organisations for the purpose of raising inner-city children's academic standards, as well as their access to opportunities in the further education and employment sectors.  Aside from his obvious emotional connection to Bow School, Anton's main objective for becoming a Governor was a desire to be part of the effort to improve what he sees as an exciting and ever-improving school which he believes has the ability to be one of the borough's outstanding providers of a robust, innovative and multi-faceted education. Anton is Link Governor for Curriculum.

Mrs Joyce Archbold



Joyce  is very determined to ensure that all young people at Bow School get the best educational journey possible whilst at the School,  so that they may flourish and achieve throughout their lives. Joyce is the Link Governor for Transition/Community/ Parent/Engagement.




Mr Phillip Bennett-




Phillip has lived in Tower Hamlets since the 1980s and been a local GP on the Aberfeldy estate for over 20 years. He has a passion for seeing the children of the local community reach their potential, achieving the very best start in life both in health and education. Phillip has been a governor since Autumn 2014 and is currently  joint Link Governor for the Effectiveness of Safeguarding. He thoroughly enjoys being part of an organisation committed to excellence and providing opportunities for all, whilst retaining an ethos of developing sensitive, caring, responsible, confident young adults equipped for the future. His son is an ex pupil at the school.

 Mr Abdi Mohamed




Abdi has lived in the area since 1990, having been a former student between 2001 – 2006. He joined as a co-opted Governor in November 2018 and currently serves as Link Governor for Teaching & Learning and for Inclusion. He is passionate about supporting young people, ensuring every student is given the best support possible.

Mr Oliver Elias





Oliver joined the Governing Body as a co-opted governor in 2011. He has a keen interest in education and improving the outcomes of students at Bow whilst at the same time protecting the ethos of the school.  He has a background in finance and also serves on the Business and Pay Committees.  Married with a young daughter, Oliver lives in Hertfordshire.

Mrs Amina Begum Parul 




Amina is a Parent Councillor in Old Palace Primary School.  She previously worked for Tower Hamlets and studied at Sir John Cass Secondary School.   Amina is a member of the Standards Committee.


Amina's aspirations for Bow are for every student to be successful; for them to be supported to enable them to achieve to their full potential.

 Ms Marina Bhonsale

(Parent Governor)



Marina is a global marketing and

communications professional. She has been voted as the top 20 Global Indian Pr & Comms professionals  of 2021 by Reputation Today. Currently she looks after corporate communications at an investment bank in London.


Marina is passionate about equipping the

future generations with skills that will help them succeed in a world that will be far

different from the one it is today. At Bow, her focus is to help the school instill a belief and confidence in every child that they can achieve far more than they can imagine. 

Mr Daniel Lye





Danny joined Bow School as Deputy Head teacher in September 2011.  Prior to this he had worked for 11 years at St Paul's Way Trust in a range of roles.  Danny is deeply committed to ensuring that students at Bow achieve the best possible outcomes and is passionate about closing any gaps in educational attainment. Married with two young children, Danny currently resides in Essex.




Mr Grant Mizen

(Staff Governor) 




Grant joined Bow School as a Geography teacher in July 2020 after training to become and working as a teacher in Peterborough. He worked in publishing, sales and jobs in the outdoor industry before becoming a teacher.  Grant is also the Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator at Bow School and believes strongly in developing all possible opportunities for the pupils at Bow School, both inside and outside of the classroom.  Grant has recently moved to Greenwich.