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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.

Penny Woolley - Vice-Chair of Governors 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.

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!

Joanna Bracken - Staff Governor

I am a Class Teacher at Devonshire Hill and joined the school in 2013 as part of the Teach First programme. Having initially taught in Year 3, I now teach in Year 6. I am also the school’s Science Leader. I became a Staff Governor in April 2016 in order to learn more about School Governance and use my teaching experience at Devonshire Hill to aid and inform the Governing Body in their school leadership.

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.”

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.

Mark Guildea – Co-opted Governor

My passion is in the Education of young people.  I am a secondary-qualified Physical Education Specialist (QTS) with a First Class Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science. I enjoy academic study, and have been fortunate enough to be employed as an Associate Lecturer at Brunel University, London this academic year.  My current full time role is Head of Physical Education at a Sports Education company based in North London.  My role consists of creating, developing and quality assuring an innovative and high quality Physical Education service for Primary Schools which has been highly successful since my arrival – the department growing by some 400%.  In addition, I am a keen sportsman, having recently given up playing football at semi-professional level, I have agreed to take a voluntary role as under 18’s Manager of Edgware Town FC.  I have also helped raise over £2000 for Tackle Africa by competing in a Football Marathon – 12 hours of non-stop football!

Michelle Knott – Co-opted Governor

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Australia whilst working for professional services firm, Deloitte. I came to the UK in 2008 where I have worked in Finance for European real estate funds. My most recent role being Finance Manager at Patrizia, a German listed company.

I have 2 young daughters, Mia and Lyla who are 4 years and 10 months, respectively. I have recently undertaken the roles of Treasurer for the NCT Haringey and Treasurer for Mia’s school PTA.  I love sports, in particular netball but injuries have limited me somewhat recently. When I first moved to the UK I travelled a lot throughout Europe and now as a family we really enjoy getting out and experiencing other cultures.

I want to become a school governor to give something back to the community but to also learn new skills.

Makaila McKenzie - Parent Governor

Having been really happy with the progress and development my child has made at Devonshire Hill and being in a position to want to give something back to the school and wider community, I put my name forward to be a Parent Governor.  I was elected unopposed and attended my first full governing body meeting in February 2016.  I also sit on the Children, Families and Community Committee and the Curriculum and Achievement Committee.

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!

Steven Feldman - Co-opted Governor

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.

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.

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.