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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

 

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ELIZABETH RYMER

Headteacher

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. 

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NICOLE RICHER

Chair Of Governors

Local Authority Governor

Appointed 22nd March 2022

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.”

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SANA LAKHANY

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.

 

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LEENA PESHAWARIA

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.

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LEE JEROME

Vice-Chair of Governors

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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AKUA BRODERICK 

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.

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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.

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SHAAN OWUSU-AFRIYIE

Community Governor

Member of the Finance and Facilities Committee

Appointed 22nd January 2022

Throughout my time in school, I have volunteered my time to support, teach and mentor fellow students, in addition to this I have organised and run multiple events to promote the physical and mental development of my peers.

I am currently a student of Economics at the School of Oriental & African Studies (with more to come) and it is the difference that school has made in my life, that has inspired me to encourage aspirations in students and help them achieve their best.

Anwar Zaidi

ANWAR ZAIDI

Community Governor

Member of the Finance and Facilities Committee

Appointed 22nd January 2022

Anwar brings an established track record of exceptional and diverse managerial skills in the financial services sector. He has extensive experience of business transformation during periods of technological disruption and competitive change.

Having being on the Board of two banks, he retired in 2018 and has since worked on a number of community projects as a volunteer, including as a school governor and Trustee of a medical charity.

He holds an MBA in Finance and Marketing from IBA as well as an MSc in Computer Science from UCL. He has had occasion to read further for an Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman at The Guild of International Bankers.

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GEORGE DEVEREUX

Community Governor

Member of the Finance and Facilities Committee

Appointed 22nd January 2022

George currently works at a growth focused activist hedge fund. Prior to that he worked at Boston Consulting Group as a strategy consultant focused on private equity, corporate development and strategy, and government crisis response strategy. He has a first class bachelors equivalent in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MPhys specialised in Theoretical Physics from the University of Warwick.

George is keenly passionate about education and helping young people reach their potential partially because he had a turbulent time in education himself, which culminated in him leaving school only to self-teach his way to university.

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JAMES CORCUT

Community Governor

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee

Appointed 22nd January 2022

James works at Sense, the national disability charity. Before that, he worked at Wise (formerly TransferWise), where he was part of the team that turned a small start-up into one of the UK’s most successful and prominent tech companies. He worked in its London and New York offices in various marketing and communications roles. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Cambridge in English.

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JOSHUA CAVENDISH

Community Governor

Member of the Finance and Facilities Committee

Appointed 22nd January 2022

"I currently work for Royal Bank of Canada as an M&A analyst. Previously I have undertaken strategy and financial facing roles with Google, Tishman Speyer and Eastdil Secured, specialising within London Corporate Real Estate. I hold a Masters in Management Degree from London Business School and a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts (History & Classics) from Durham University.

I grew up less than 2 miles away from Whitefield School and has been closely interested in the regeneration of the school and Brent Cross area. Having volunteered as a teaching assistant for over 10 years, I hope my experience in business and education can help the next generation of students."

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SALEEM SABRI

Staff Governor

Member of the Finance and Facilities Committe

Appointed 2nd March 2022

"I have been in the education sector for over 16 years in the ICT field.  During this time, I have been an advisor for the City of London chains and have over 5 years experience in Teaching and Learning.  I am an expert in Cyber Security and Forensics. 

"I joined Whitefield in 2015 and have established myself as a core member of the school's business team and work closely with all stakeholders.

"I am devoted to delivering the best possible solutions for students and staff at Whitefield school and am an advocate of providing the best safeguarding solution and resources to support our students for their ICT needs."

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ANTONIO SALVETA

Staff Governor

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee

Appointed 2nd March 2022

"My academic background is in Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics and, following my years in research and publishing, I qualified as a teacher in 2010. I moved to the UK two years later, taking a job at an academy in Brent, and worked my way to deputy head of Science before moving to Whitefield in 2017 as head of Chemistry. 

My years in Whitefield have given me the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally; in that time I have had the privilege of teaching some of the school's best and brightest young scholars, and I remain committed to academic excellence in a safe and inclusive learning environment for all of my students, all the while taking home the lessons I have learned in school to my own child. I am proud to have been promoted to lead practitioner and elected to the board of governors, and look forward to working with the governing body and the friends and colleagues I have made to continue to cultivate the school's ethos."

 

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JAMES CLARKE

Associate Member

Member of the Standards and Staffing Committee

Appointed 2nd March 2022

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."

 

FULL GOVERNING BODY MEETING - MINUTES

Academic Year 21/22

22 September 2021 6:00pm

Academic Year 20/21

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

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Click here for Whitefield School Funding Agreement

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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 

One employee was in receipt of benefits that exceed £100,000 for the year ended 31 August 2021 as follows:
  • Salary in the band £120,000 to £125,000
  • Employer’s pension contributions in the band £25,000 - £30,000