Councillor Philip Waker
I have been on the Governing Body for about 25 years and Chair of Governors for about 10 years.
I am also a Governor of Leys Primary and Eastbrook. I recently became Chair of Eastbrook School and believe in striving to get the children of Barking and Dagenham the best education possible.
I am particularly grateful to all the Governors of Beam School and the efforts they make to encourage, support and challenge the school to continue its amazing record of improvement.
Beam County Primary School was always good, but thanks to the efforts of all staff and the school leadership team I have seen it become even better each year that goes by. Some of its results are consistently among the best primary results in the country, but it also has a wide cultural and sporting focus that helps to create a well rounded school experience for all those that come to the school.
As a Village Ward Councillor for around 14 years I have had a particular interest in Housing and when responsible for Housing for the borough fought to change the national financing structure of council housing. We led and won that battle and were then able to start building council housing for the first time in well over 20 years as well as improving our current stock. I believe that decent housing is fundamentally important for the education of our children and am particularly concerned about the lack of decent housing and the high costs of housing, particularly in London and the South East.
As a Councillor I am currently the Chair of the Living and Working Select committee that scrutinises housing, environmental issues in the Council as well transport and employment issues in general. I am also a member of the Council’s Development Control Board and Personnel Board.
I was a Post Office/Royal Mail employee for many years and was a Communication Workers Union representative for much of that time. I was on the National Executive of the Communication Workers Union for about 10 years.
The staff of Beam School have always been willing to assist the improvement of other schools and I am proud of my association with the school through the Governing Body.