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School Governors

At Whitefield school, we are proud to have a team of Governors made up of individuals with a variety of skills and experience, who all have a desire to make a difference to the lives of children, young people and the local community.  Our role is to support the Headteacher and Senior Leadership team in improving the school, set the vision and strategic direction of the school and ensure the school is financially healthy.

The Governing body has six meetings per academic year. There are also 2 sub-committees: the Standards and Staffing Committee and the Finance and Facilities Committee, which also meet four times a year.


Whitefield School Governors





Appointed 10th November 2014

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee and the Finance and Facilities Committee

Skill sets: Teaching, leadership, school improvement, data analysis, planning, events organisation, counselling.

Elizabeth started working with Whitefield School as a School Improvement Consultant in 2009. She was part of the team of consultants who went into struggling schools all across London and the south or England as part of the National Challenge Programme, a programme designed to raise standards in the country’s worst performing schools. She was then invited to join the staff at Whitefield School as the Associate Headteacher in 2011 and then appointed to the role of Headteacher in January 2015. Prior to her work with The National Challenge, Elizabeth worked as a the Assessment Consultant for Greenwich Local Education Authority and as an Associate Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher in schools across Essex. Elizabeth started her teaching career in 1986 as a newly qualified PE teacher, and then went on to lead the PE Department, then the Creative Arts Team and then became the Deputy Headteacher in Gable Hall School in Thurrock, and was integral to this school obtaining three ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspections over a period of 19 years. Elizabeth also has a passion for all aspects of the Arts and has worked part time in professional theatres since 1977, both front of house and behind the scenes, operating sound and lighting equipment and running productions in theatres all across the UK. 



Chair of Governors 

Community Governor (Trust Member)

Appointed 21st March 2018

Member of the Finance and Facilities Committee

Relevant business interests: Head of the Centre for Research in Psychology and Sport Sciences, University of Hertfordshire. Director, Cube Project www.cubeproject.org.uk

Previously: Parent Governor, Garden Suburb Junior

Skills set: scientific psychology, green building techniques, engineering

Summary: Mike has worked as a scientist since receiving his PhD in 1993, first at the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge and, since 2000, as Reader in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire.  He studies human short-term memory and its relationship with language. His first degree was in Engineering Science and he is also Director of the Cube Project, through which he designs environmentally friendly microhouses.

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Community Governor (Trust Member)

Member of the Finance and Facilities Committee

Appointed 11th December 2019, Member from 7th July 2021

Sana has worked in the property sector for over four years, specialising as a Planning Consultant. Qualified as a chartered Town Planner, she has advised on a multitude of mixed-use developments in London including several redevelopments of Free Schools. Currently Sana is a Planning Manager at Argent LLP and on behalf of Brent Cross South Limited Partnership, she will help to deliver the Brent Cross South development including the redevelopment of Whitefield School.



Local Authority Governor

Appointed 17th February 2018

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee

Agnes has been a local Cllr for 33 years, was Deputy Mayor and then elected Mayor in 1997/98.  She served on the Education Committee including safe guarding and served on the Adoption Panel for many years.  Agnes is currently on the Advisory Panel for safeguarding children and on Planning, Environment, Communities Leadership committees and SACRE (Standing Conference of Religious Education).  As well as being a member of St John the Evangelist Parochial Church Council she also an Eucharistic Minister.  Agnes also founded BACA (Barnet African Caribbean Association) day centre which still currently operates at the BMCC (Barnet Multicultural Community Centre).




Parent Governor

Appointed 27th January 2020

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee

Leena has worked in childcare and early years education for over twenty years both in the UK and in Europe.  She currently works at Dollis Infant School as part of the Early Year Foundation Stage.  As well as being a mentor for other staff members she is involved in training, supporting and supervising students who are studying towards a qualification in child care.  Amongst these roles, she is also the MGB union representative and continually supports members of the union within the school.  Being committed to education at all levels, she volunteers to help adults at a local college who are learning English as part of an ESOL education.

Since September 2015 Leena has been an active member of the Whitefield Parent Teacher Association and has helped organise and run various events within the school.




Staff Governor

Appointed 9th October 2018

Member of Finance and Facilities Committee

No relevant business interests to declare

With a keen interest in theatre, I studied Drama, Applied theatre and education at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama before then going onto complete my PGCE at the University of East London. I started my employment at Whitefield at the end June 2018 as a Drama Teacher. 

Being a Scouter since I was 6, I have spent the last two years sitting on and advising numerous boards for the UK Scout Association, the largest mixed youth organisation in the UK. Through this volunteer post I've made direct impact on policies surrounding programs of work, safeguarding (of which the Scout Association is seen as among the top in the charity sector) and been a voice for nearly 500,000 young people from across the UK. 

"I strongly believe that every young person must have the opportunity to succeed and I see this opportunity to become Staff governor as a chance to bring my passion and energy directly into the heart of the school."



Community Governor (Trust Member)

Appointed 6th December 2017, Member from 29th April 2020.

Member of Standards and Staffing Committee

Lee Jerome is Associate Professor in Education at Middlesex University and has worked in education for over 25 years as a teacher, teacher educator, lecturer and researcher. His main areas of interest are citizenship education and teacher education. In citizenship education he helped to establish the Association for Citizenship Teaching and edits the journal 'Teaching Citizenship'. In teacher education he has co-written 'Effective Medium-Term Planning for Teachers' and coordinates the Professional Education and Partnerships research group at Middlesex University.


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Community Governor

Appointed 20th March 2019

Member of the Standard and Staffing Committee.

Akua previously worked as a Junior Activities Manager for Virgin Active fitness health club gym.   Experienced in organizing activities and mentoring young children. Passion for fitness, boxing and dance choreography in African, Soul and hip-hop dancing. 

Over 15 years of Early Years Foundation Stage, safeguarding procedures and Level 3 diploma in Children's and Young Peoples Workforce. Privately managed various childcare services for various parents locally in Barnet and Brent. 

Director of a successful IT Network Design and Implementation Company, managing the accounts and contracts on a part-time basis delivering IT solutions with husband.   

Focussing on providing health and fitness education to young children and teenagers.

Catherine Snoad


Community Governor

Appointed 16th September 2020

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee

"I graduated with a BA in Classical Studies in 2006 and then trained to be a teacher, a job I have always wanted to have and one I continue to love, almost 14 years later. I am passionate about learning and in 2010 completed a masters degree in Classics and Ancient History, my subject specialism. I like to take on challenges and learn new things-for example, in the past two weeks I completed a course with 'Mental Health First Aid England' and am now a Mental Health First Aider.
 Currently I teach Classics at a Sixth Form college in North Finchley, where I have also been an AST (Advanced Skills Teacher), a Senior Tutor (Head of Year for Pastoral/Designated safeguarding leader) and I'm now the Head of Faculty for Humanities. I'm really enjoying having the opportunity to work with younger children at Whitefield, after having spent 10 years working with sixth formers and I recently volunteered to become the link governor for SEND."

Nicole Richer


Community Governor

Appointed 16th December 2020

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee

Nicole graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA in History in 2014. Following on from this she  completed a CIM (Chartered Institute for Marketing), Certificate in Professional Marketing.

During her time at Leeds Met, Nicole acted as a course representative, and went on to be elected Student Union representative for all course reps in her faculty. She sat several academic committees, including my faculty’s Learning & Teaching committee the university’s Academic & Quality Standards Committee. This gave her the unique opportunity to work alongside senior leaders in the university and provide feedback into the strategy, standards and quality of education in her faculty and the wider university.
She currently works a Project Manager  for QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the leading publishers of University Rankings, as well as running international student recruitment events and conferences.
“Every year QS helps thousands of students globally fulfil their potential and goals through education. Seeing this everyday has made me want to give back to the community, helping support students through primary and secondary education and give them a solid foundation in life.”

Ahmed Kerwan


Community Governor

Appointed 16th December 2020

Member of the Finance And Facilities Committee

Throughout his time as a student at Whitefield, Ahmed served on the Student Council and was elected Head Boy whilst in Sixth Form. Upon completing his A-Levels, Ahmed went on to study at King’s College London and the University of Oxford. Here, he won a number of prizes including the Honorary Life Membership and Principal’s Global Leadership Award. During university, Ahmed regularly came back to Whitefield as part of the Access Project, an initiative designed to widen participation at Russell Group universities through the provision of workshops and mentoring. Ahmed now works as an academic doctor for the NHS with a special interest in surgery and medical education.  



Academic Year 20/21

22 September 2021 6:00pm

07 July 2021 6.00pm

19 May 2021 6.00pm

24 March 2021 6.00pm

16 December 2020 6.00pm

16 September 2020 6.00pm

Academic Year 19/20

08 July 2020 6:00pm

02 June 2020 6:00pm

29 April 2020 5:00pm

11 December 2019 6.00pm

18 September 2019 6.00pm

Academic Year 18/19

3 July 2019 6.00pm

22 May 2019 6.00pm

20 March 2019 6.00pm

5 December 2018 6.00pm

19 September 2018 6.00pm


Click here for Governor Information and Business Interests

Click here for Whitefield Revised Articles of Association 2015

Click here for Whitefield School Memorandum And Articles Of Association

Click here for Whitefield School Funding Agreement

Click here for Whitefield School Funding Agreement Deed of Variation

Click here for Whitefield School Funding Agreement Annex B

Click here for Whitefield School Funding Agreement Annex C

Click here for Whitefield School Funding Agreement Annex D

Click here for the Financial Statement for Period Ending 31 August 2021

Click here for the Financial Statement for Period Ending 31 August 2020

Click here for the Financial Statement for Period Ending 31 August 2019

Click here for Whitefield School Standing Orders 2020

Click here for Whitefield School Code of Conduct 2020

Click here for Standards and Staffing Committee Terms of Reference 2019

Click here for Finance and Facilities Committee Terms of Reference 2020


Further Financial Information 

Employees at Whitefield School with a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more: 1