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 Tifo - 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
Giuseppe Sollazzo - Local Authority Governor

I have been a governor at Devonshire Hill since July 2015, and Chair of the Resources Committee since 2016.

In my professional life, I’m a Civil Servant. I work for the Department for Transport, where I’m the Head of Data. Previously, I worked in IT at St. George’s, University of London, a medical school in South London.

Education is a big passion. School is one the greatest tools we have in creating a socially mobile society. For a long time I have been a STEM Ambassador, mentoring kids for the the Social Mobility Foundation, and I have taken part as mentor or judge to educational activities in the wider STEM context, such as the Big Bang Competition, and Young Rewired State.

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.

Sean Egan - Co-opted Governor
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