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Our Governing Body is made up of parent, staff, Local Authority and community members. Each Governor brings with them a different set of skills and approaches, which contribute to the school’s strategic decision and school improvement.

Our Governing Body is made up of parent, staff, Local Authority and community members. Each Governor brings with them a different set of skills and approaches, which contribute to the school’s strategic decision and school improvement.

Steven Lock - Chair of Governors and named Governor for Health and Safety

I have been a governor at The Devonshire Hill Nursery and Primary School since 2012 and Chair of Governors since December 2015.

Having been born, raised and educated in Haringey; attending Devonshire Hill myself from reception to year 6, it felt only natural to request to become a governor here when the opportunity presented itself.  I currently run my own consulting firm specialising in providing advice on areas such as the procurement of services and goods, cost reduction and organisational strategy unlocking both hard (financial) and soft (process and efficiency) benefits enabling a positive financial impact across my client’s organisations.

As Chair I work very closely with the Headteacher to ensure that the school is performing well and that we remain on target to obtain Outstanding at the next Ofsted inspection.  This means making sure that Ms. D’Abreu meets her performance targets as well as supporting and challenging the school’s decisions ensuring that we always provide an outstanding provision of education for all our children, regardless of ability.

Steven Feldman - Vice-Chair of Governors

I trained as an economist and have spent my career in business management, most recently within the technology sector. I work as a non-executive director, a strategic consultant and an investor, advisor and mentor to technology start-ups.  I was a Special Lecturer at the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham until the end of 2014.  When not working, I blog, twitter, talk about geography, technology, things open and politics and follow the Arsenal.

Julie D’Abreu - Headteacher

I am very proud to be the Headteacher at The Devonshire Hill Nursery & Primary School.  The children have very high aspirations for their future.  They truly understand the importance of their education and have increasingly demonstrated their responsibility to do as much as possible to be successful.  I am so very proud of so many of their achievements, from their very good manners to their hard working attitude to improve on their previous best achievements.  I am also fortunate to have the most amazing teachers and staff who, alongside our families, want the very best for our children and do their very best to work to enable the very best learning experience for our children.  We are all aiming to collectively attain Outstanding!

On a more personal level, I grew up and went to school in Tottenham.  I am passionate about getting the very best education for ‘Tottenham’ children and will work tirelessly to make sure they get the very best that I and the Governing Body can provide.

I also support Spurs, and love it when I get the opportunity to go to ‘cheer them on ‘ at White Hart Lane and (of course) watch them win!

Dahir Abdullahi - Parent Governor
Michael Cutting - Co-opted Governor

I was educated at state schools in my home town of Luton before going to university and having a career in law. I have been a solicitor in a City law firm for around 30 years and have lived in London since 1984. I really believe in our education system and my primary school was similar to Devonshire Hill in some ways. I applied through the Government programme to find new governors and was excited to join Devonshire Hill’s team of governors in early 2017.

Shaheen Ferdaus - Staff Governor
Navdeep Kaur - Co-opted Governor and named Governor for Safeguarding

I am Navdeep Kaur and I have been a Governor since 2013.   I am also the Chair of the Children, Families and Community Committee.  I applied to become a Governor through the local authority as I wanted to volunteer my time to a field I feel passionate about.   I feel education is the key to opening up a world of opportunity for Children and assisting them on their journey gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

I have 2 children and prior to becoming a governor I worked as a Probation Officer.

Giuseppe Sollazzo - Local Authority Governor

I have been a governor at Devonshire Hill since July 2015 and currently sit on the Curriculum and Achievement Committee and Resources Committee.

I am a Senior Systems Analyst at St. George’s, University of London, leading a team of IT Operations and facilitating research systems, where I have worked on the Hospital Episode Statistics (HESS) datasets; launched St. George’s Open Data initiative, and was the tech lead for the Current Research Information System, Research Data Management and Linked Data academic profile service.

 

I was appointed in 2013 and reconfirmed in 2014 as a member of the Open Data User Group, taking a lead on health issues; I also joined the Health and Social Care Transparency Panel at the Department of Health and since January 2015 I am a member of the Technical Standards Board at the Cabinet Office.  I am also a member of the board of trustees at the charity “Common Cause”.

I am also a STEM Ambassador and volunteer as a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation.”

Michelle Watson - Parent Governor

I am a resident of Haringey, the mother of 3 children all of which attended Devonshire Hill.  My son who has Special Needs had a challenging time during primary school but with the help given by Devonshire Hill was able to overcome and excel beyond expectations.  This has aided in my decision to give back and have the priviledge of becoming a Governor.  The journey has also led me to my passion as a coach helping those that are now in a dark place.  I once was supporting parents with Special Needs children, Women that have suffered Domestic Abuse and people that are experiencing Suicidal Tendencies.  As well as being a Train Driver, I am also an Author of the International bestselling book “Overcome & Rise Above – How To Turn Downside Of Your Challenges To The Upside Of Renewing Your Life” and a speaker.  I strongly believe that everyone has potential and no one should be written off.

Daniel Wintercross – Co-opted Governor

I am an experienced young professional with an expertise in transformational change, within Local and Central Government organisations. Having completed the Local Government fast track graduate programme in Enfield after university I went on to lead on the digital element of the Government’s flagship Domestic Renewable heat incentive scheme where I am currently based. I have a keen interest in Education and previously worked in the School’s and Children’s Department at Kirklees Council, as well as Enfield Council, where I established the pupil projections methodology to help the Council plan for the growth in demand for school places. I am also a volunteer tutor for the Access project where I teach History, the subject I studied at University. I am an avid sports fan, specifically football and tennis, I compete competitively in both and enjoy keeping fit by cycling to work in Westminster!

Penny Woolley - Co-opted Governor and named Governor for Inclusion and SEND

Having gone to university in the 1960’s as a mature student after working as a secretary, I`m a firm believer in the capacity of education to transform lives and where best to start than primary school.  After retiring from the University of Hertfordshire – where I had been a sociology lecturer – I was delighted to begin my association with Devonshire Hill, first as a reading volunteer and then as a governor from 2003.   During that time, I have seen the school go from strength to strength.   I am currently chair of the Curriculum and Achievement Committee and link governor for Inclusion and SEND.