None of our current governors are governors at other schools.
Imogen Hall – Chair of Governors (PCC Foundation Governor)
I was elected as Joint Vice-Chair of Governors on 24 November 2015 and again on 13 September 2016. I am an active member of St John’s Church. I have two children currently in school and a third due to start in January 2017. I enjoy being an active part of our school and church community and I am fully committed to making our school the best it can be. As governor, I am involved in the Personnel Sub-Committee and Chair of the Teaching & Learning Standards Sub-Committee; the first utilises my experience in senior management at a global travel publisher and the latter reflects my keen interest in how and what our children learn. I am passionate about good communication and am currently working in social media managing accounts for a children’s imprint.
Sub-committees: Teaching & Learning Standards (Vice-Chair); Personnel; Finance & Premises; Appointed by: Full Governing Board 19/12/2014; PCC 24/1/2017, Expiry of tenure: 24 January 2021
Alice Gavin Atashkar – Joint Vice Chair of Governors (Deanery Governor)
I am proud to be Deanery Governor for St Johns and to serve our children to reach their full potential. I worship at St Barnabas Church North London where I serve in children’s and families ministry and sit on the PCC. I am passionate about children and communities reaching their full potential and excited about Christian education. I fully believe in the school’s vision to nurture, encourage and challenge through Christ and it is a privilege to serve towards our shared goal of being an “outstanding” school.
I am a full-time mum to two children who attend St John’s. In a former professional capacity, I have 10 years experience in HR and Organisational Development gained across FMCG, charities and consultancy and am a chartered member of the CIPD. I’m passionate about visual arts and creative worship and can often be found painting, drawing and sketching.
Sub-committees: Personnel (Chair); Admissions Panel; Teaching & Learning Standards
Appointed by: Deanery Synod of Central Barnet 12/09/2016, Expiry of tenure: 11 September 2020
Jaime Goumal – Joint Vice Chair of Governors (PCC Foundation Governor)
I’m a member of St John’s Parochial Church Council and am delighted to join the school’s Board of Governors. My children attend the school and my family have found the school a welcoming, friendly place. I have worked in HR, communications and corporate performance. I grew up locally and know how wonderful this area of London is for families. In my role as governor I hope to help the school become even better than it is, to truly become a fantastic place for local children to learn and grow.
Sub-Committees: Admissions Panel (Chair); Teaching & Learning Standards (Chair); Pupil Premium Link Governor.
Appointed by: Full Governing Board 12/7/2016. Expiry of tenure: 12 July 2020
Carolyn Black (LDBS Foundation Governor)
I am delighted to join St John’s C E Primary School Board of Governors. I grew up in Whetstone and attended school in Finchley, so I am glad to be returning to my roots.
When my own children were at school, I qualified as a secondary school English teacher and taught in Hertfordshire. Following a very fulfilling career in teaching, I worked for, and eventually became a director of, the annual Hampstead & Highgate Literacy Festival. Never losing sight of the importance of literacy, I was determined to involve local Barnet school children in the festival and launched a programme for schools which enabled primary school children to become ‘journalists for the day’.
I no longer work, but am reluctant to sever my ties with education. I aim to be able to use my past experience to contribute to the ongoing success of the school.
Sub-Committees: Teaching & Learning Standards.
To be appointed by: FGB 18/11/2019
Jeremy Brough (Parent Governor)
I’m very pleased to have been accepted as a parent governor at St John’s in July 2019. My wife and I are the proud parents of Angelica and Jessica – who have both attended the school since nursery. Having grown up in the area, I’m passionate about the local community: Our family was drawn to St John’s for its strong values and focus on bringing out the very best in its children.
I am well aware of the ongoing climate of financial challenges and the very real funding crisis that schools now face. I believe I have a range of skills and experience to assist the governing body and leadership team in making informed strategic decisions on priorities and risks, setting the school on a secure course for the future.
I look forward to taking on this new opportunity to support the school community going forward.
Sub-Committees: Personnel; Finance & Premises;
Appointed by: Parents 28/6/2019. Expiry of tenure: 27 June 2023
Alison Cruickshank (Staff Governor)
I have been teaching at St John’s for eight years, predominantly in upper key stage two. As well as being a class teacher, my roles within the school consist of Key Stage Two leader and maths subject leader. I am highly committed to ensuring that our pupils receive the best possible education, through a range of stimulating and exciting experiences. This I believe will equip them well for their adult lives ahead. High expectations are at the heart of everything that I do. I am very proud to be part of such a vibrant and happy school where the children always come first!
Appointed by: Staff 08/01/2020. Expiry of tenure: 07/02/2024
Revd Lynn Davidson, Ex Officio Priest in Charge, St John the Apostle Church, N20 (Foundation Governor)
I feel very privileged to serve as a governor at St John’s. I am married and have four sons. We moved to Whetstone from Shrewsbury when I became priest in charge of St John the Apostle church. I have also led churches in Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Crouch End.
Prior to ordination, I had a career in social work. I have worked in a variety of roles within Local Authority Children’s Services, including youth offending team officer, safeguarding team manager and children with disabilities service manager. Alongside my parish work, I have held the additional role of domestic abuse awareness advisor to the Baptist Union of Great Britain and to Lichfield Diocese.
I am passionate about encouraging children to reach their full potential. I enjoy working collaboratively with St John’s staff to to promote Christian values and to nurture the children’s understanding of the Christian faith and the stories of the Bible during the weekly assemblies I lead in school and in church.
Sub-committees: Teaching & Learning Standards; Safeguarding Governor
Appointed by: Archdeacon of Hampsted 22/11/2016.
Ajanta Kamal (Parent Governor)
The most important thing about me is that I am a mother to three children. This has taught me an advanced level of skills, as regards organisation, time management, negotiation and delegation (which I am still working on.) I am also a consultant paediatrician, 4 years as a consultant and almost 20 years in total. I have many years of experience in working with families and also planning and delivery of children focussed services.
I have significant experience in child protection work and bring this to the Governor role. At the Evelina Children’s Hospital, I am also the appointed Royal College Tutor and have overall responsibility for the training and education of the paediatric trainees, approximately 150 doctors, which includes overseeing recruitment, induction processes, education and training delivery, and pastoral care of trainees. I have experience in education governance and processes required to maintain and ensure the delivery of a high quality of education.
Catherine Mitri (Associate Member with voting rights on committees)
As the Deputy Headteacher at St John’s, I believe that teamwork and good communication, built on the foundations of a Christian ethos are key to ensuring that each individual child at our school has a happy and fulfilling education. I am fully committed to working in partnership with the Headteacher, Mr Sweetingham, the governors, staff and parents on the journey towards “outstanding”.
Sub-Committees: Personnel; Finance & Premises; Teaching & Learning Standards.
Appointed by: Full Governing Board 1/9/2015, renewed 10/9/2019. Expiry of tenure: 9 September 2023
Ben Pullenayegum (Parent Governor)
I am proud dad of James, Sophie and Charlotte and you will often see me at school on a Friday doing the drop off and pick up.
I was an Associate Member of the Governing Body from July 2016 until 1 December 2017 (which means I don’t vote in full Governing Board committee meetings) and was appointed as a Parent Governor in December 2017.
I care about ensuring all children in the school have the best education possible and develop into well-rounded and confident individuals. I also appreciate how the leadership, management and morale of a school, like any organisation, can have a huge impact on the staff and children within it.
I have spent my career working for large, global companies and spend a lot of my time working with the leadership team and board in areas relating to HR, corporate governance and finance. It’s great to be able to use this experience to make a broader and more positive contribution to the school.
Sub Committees: Finance & Premises (Chair); Personnel;
Elected by Parents (2/12/17). Expiry of tenure 1/12/2021.
Christine Richardson (Local Authority Governor)
I feel privileged and delighted to join the Board of Governors of St John’s. I have lived in the London Borough of Barnet for most of my life and attended Queenswell Primary School and Woodhouse Grammar School. While my sons were at school in Barnet, I was joint chair of their school’s PTA. I now have two granddaughters in primary education. For six years, I worked for the Barnet Paediatric Speech Therapy Department. I then spent eighteen years working for a large private company in Finchley. During that time, I was involved in the organisation of worldwide travel and events and the hosting of VIPs. For the three years prior to my retirement in 2014, I was PA to the CEO. I am looking forward to working with the teaching staff and Board of Governors at St John’s. I am particularly interested in children’s literacy. I feel strongly that every child should be encouraged to enjoy reading and be given access to as wide a range of books as possible from an early age. I hope I will be able to make a useful contribution to the school.
Sub-committees: Personnel; Finance & Premises; Teaching & Learning Standards. SEND Governor Governor (2019-20)
Appointed by: Full Governing Board 21/11/17, reappointed 2/7/2019. Expiry of tenure 1/7/2020.
Curtis Sweetingham – Headteacher (Ex-Officio)
As Headteacher to St John’s, I am passionate about Christian education and believe that all children should be provided with every opportunity to succeed in reaching their full potential. Bringing experience from high achieving schools where emphasis is placed on excellence, progressive thinking, curriculum development and the highest standards of pastoral care, I am committed to setting and achieving challenging targets with the assistance of the Governors and the Senior Leadership Team of St John’s.
- Donna Tidiman – Staff Governor (resigned 18 November 2019)
- Rachel Adams-Constantine – PCC Governor (resigned 2 July 2019)
- Rupert Coles – Parent Governor (resigned 6 May 2019)
- Loretta Okpokiri – LDBS Governor (resigned 14 June 2019)
- Lynne Evans – Chair of Governors (resigned 15/02/19)
- Elina Burgess – Parent Governor (end of tenure 20/11/18)
- Jeanette Bain-Burnett – Parent Governor (resigned 12/9/18)
- Alan Smith – Associate Member (resigned 28/3/18)
- Dr Helen Eracleous – Parent Governor (resigned 22/11/17)
- Councillor Alison Cornelius – Local Authority Governor (resigned 11/7/17)
- Andrew Reeve – Foundation Governor (resigned 25/1/17)
- Paul Bird – PCC Foundation Governor (resigned 20/6/16)
- Mark Croft – Parent Governor (resigned 10/5/16)
- Joanne Mason – PCC Foundation Governor (resigned 20/4/16)
- Katerina Moisi – Associate Member (resigned 29/3/16
- Nicky Smith – Staff Governor (resigned 2/3/16)
- Revd. Cindy Kent – Ex Oficio (resigned 31/12/15)
- Steve Dryden – Chair of Governors (resigned 5/11/15)
- Revd Sally Dryden – LDBS Foundation Governor (resigned September 2015)
- Amanda Brazier – Staff Governor (resigned September 2015)