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Your Governors

Your Governors

Current Governors

None of our current governors are involved in governance at other schools.

Lynne Evans – Chair of Governors (PCC Foundation Governor)

Lynne EvansI was elected as Chair of Governors on 24 November 2015 and again on 13 September 2016.  I have been a Governor of St John’s since December 2014 and, prior to that, was Secretary of the PTA for three years.  My third child is currently at the school, following in the steps of her old brother and sister.  In a professional capacity, I am an award-winning Events Director with a proven ability to successfully launch, produce, and manage high-profile events and projects. I hold a number of directorships with various companies where I assist with consultancy, business organisation, event strategies, marketing and PR and also virtual administrative and secretarial work.  I find these specific skills transfer readily to governance at St John’s.

Sub-Committees: Personnel (Chair); Finance (Chair) & Premises;

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 19/12/2014; PCC 24/1/2017; Expiry of tenure: 24 January 2021

 

Imogen Hall – Vice-Chair of Governors (PCC Foundation Governor)

Imogen Hall NEWI 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: Personnel; Teaching & Learning Standards (Chair)

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 19/12/2014; PCC 24/1/2017, Expiry of tenure: 24 January 2021

 

Rachel Adams-Constantine (PCC Foundation Governor)

rachel_square90x90I am very proud to be a St John’s Parochial Church Council appointed governor at our school. Both my children attend the school and we worship regularly at St John the Apostle Church. I have been a primary school teacher for 12 years and am passionate about children achieving their potential in an inclusive environment. I believe that all children deserve the best educational experience a school can provide, and in the case of St John’s, through nurturing Christian values. I relish being part of the Governing body at St John’s during this time of educational and political change.

Sub-committees: Teaching & Learning Standards, Admissions. Class Link Governor Y1 (2016-17)

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 12/7/2016; Expiry of tenure: 12 July 2020

 

Elina Burgess (Parent Governor)

Elina BurgessI have been in senior health & safety positions for over 10 years and currently manage health and safety on the Canary Wharf Estate comprising of shops, offices and grounds. I aim to contribute my strong knowledge and skills in health & safety, facilities management and financial planning to the Board of Governors of St John’s School. A mother of three, I have always tried to take an active interest in school life since my eldest children began pre-school in 2005 in New York, where we were expatriates at the time. Having served on PTAs in different countries, I now relish the opportunity to offer other professional and strategic skills to the school that my children have been so happy in.

Sub-committees: Finance & Premises (Chair); Admissions

Elected by Parents 19/12/2014; Expiry of tenure: 19 December 2018

 

Jeanette Bain-Burnett (Parent Governor)

jeanettebainburnett_squareI feel very privileged to be serving as a Parent Governor at St. Johns.  My background is in Arts, Heritage and Culture and I now work part time as a Senior Policy Officer at City Hall supporting the Mayor of London.  My specialisms are organisational strategy, policy development and equalities.  I am an active member of St. Barnabas Church in Woodside Park, where I am involved leading services, prayers and mini church for kids under five.  I am passionate about working collaboratively with the board, the school, the church and the community to give our children the best start we possibly can.

Sub-Committees: Finance & Premises; Teaching & Learning Standards; Admissions (Chair). Training Link Governor; Class Link Governor YR (2016-17)

Elected by Parents 12/7/2016; Expiry of tenure: 12 July 2020

 

Councillor Alison Cornelius (Local Authority Governor)

Alison CorneliusI was appointed by Barnet Council as a Local Authority Governor many years ago.  I was asked if I would volunteer for this role and as I had heard many positive things about the school, decided to accept.  I have enjoyed attending many Governors’ meetings and sitting on the Admissions Committee.  The highlights of my role are the School Productions, which are always of an incredibly high standard, and attending the annual Barnet Music and Dance Festivals at the ArtsDepot on the night that St. John’s are performing.  I have lived in Totteridge for 34 years, was elected as a Barnet Councillor in June 2009 and currently chair the Health Committee.  My career started in television before moving on to giftware retailing and manufacturing.

Sub-committees: Admissions; Teaching & Learning Standards

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 24/4/2006, 24/4/2010, 24/4/2016.  Expiry of tenure: 24 April 2018

 

Revd Lynn Davidson, Ex Oficio 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. Class Link Governor YN (2016-17)

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 22/11/2016.

 

Dr Helen Eracleous (Parent Governor)

heleneracleous_2016I am a mother of two who both attend St John’s. Having worked as a Clinical Psychologist, primarily within the NHS for over 15 years, I have worked with individuals and families across the lifespan, who present with a breadth of difficulties. I am very interested in children having opportunities to meet their potential and this of course includes educationally. I’d like to apply my reflective perspective to assist in St John’s School being the best it can be.

Sub-committees: Personnel; Teaching & Learning Standards. Safeguarding Governor, SEND Link Governor, Equalities Governor; Class Link Governor Y6 (2016-17)

Elected by Parents 12/5/2015.  Expiry of tenure: 12 May 2019

 

Alice Gavin Atashka (Deanery Governor)

alice-atashkar_squareI am proud to be Deanery Governer for St Johns and to serve our children to reach their full potential. I worship at St Barnabas Church North London where I serve on the children’s ministry, serving on Tots, Mini and Kids church, and on PCC. Having spent a year out last year working at St Barnabas in childrens ministry, I am passionate about children and communties reaching their full potential and excited about Christian education. I fully believe in the schools vision to nurture, encourage and challenge through Christ. I am a mum to two children, one of which is in reception at St Johns. In my professional capacity I have 10 years experience in HR and Organisational Development with an interest in talent management, gained across FMCG, charities & consultancy. I am currently working as a HR Business Partner for a global charity in the international development sector which helps women and children in poverty. I have an MSc from Manchester Business School and am a Chartered member of the CIPD.

Sub-committees: Personnel (Vice Chair), Admissions (Secretary), Teaching & Learning Standards. Class Link Governor Y4 (2016-17)

Appointed by: Deanery Synod of Central Barnet 1/8/2016; Expiry of tenure: 1 August 2020

 

Jaime Goumal (PCC Foundation Governor)

jamiegoumal_squareI’m a member of St John’s Parochial Church Council and am delighted to join the school’s Board of Governors.  My daughter attends 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: Personnel; Finance & Premises; Teaching & Learning Standards. Pupil Premium Link Governor. Class Link Governor Y3 (2016-17)

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 12/7/2016. Expiry of tenure: 12 July 2020

 

Catherine Mitri (Associate Member)

15-10-22-mrs-mitriAs the new Deputy Headteacher at St John’s, joining in September 2015, 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 new Headteacher, Mr Sweetingham, the governors, staff and parents on the journey towards “outstanding”.

Sub-Committees: Personnel; Teaching & Learning Standards; Admissions

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 1/9/2015.  Expiry of tenure: 1 September 2019

 

Loretta Okpokiri (LDBS Governor)

Loretta OkpokiriI was appointed in February 2016 as an LDBS Foundation Governor. Becoming a Governor is a great opportunity for me to share from my skills and experience, and to support my local community. I have a background in Law and have worked for years in Finance/Accounting, focusing on audits of public sector bodies and charities. I am involved in the Finance sub-committee where my experience is, I hope, of use.  My husband and I have been a part of the local community, including our involvement in a local church, and would be raising our children here. Volunteering in this way allows me to make an active contribution to the success of a good school and support its wider impact in the community.

Sub Committees: Finance & Premises; Admissions. Class Link Governor Y2 (2016-17)

Appointed by: London Diocesan Board for Schools 25/2/16.  Expiry of tenure 25 February 2020

 

Ben Pullenayegum (Associate Member)

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I have two children at St John’s, my son is in Year 1 and my daughter is in Nursery, so care about the school and the impact it has on the children who attend. 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: Personnel; Finance & Premises; Admissions; Class Link Governor Y5 (2016-17)

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 12/7/16. Expiry of tenure 12/7/2020.

 

Alan Smith (Associate Member)

Alan SmithJPGAlan was elected as an Associate Member to the Board in September 2015 (non voting rights).  Alan brings to the Board his expertise in premises management and health & safety.

Sub-Committees:  Finance & Premises

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 8/9/2015.  Expiry of tenure: 8 September 2019

 

Curtis Sweetingham – Headteacher (Ex-Oficio)

15-10-22-mr-sweetinghamAs a new Headteacher to St John’s joining in September 2015, 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.

Sub-committees: Personnel; Finance & Premises; Teaching & Learning Standards; Admissions

 

Donna Tidiman (Staff Governor)

Donna Tidiman.JPGI have worked at St John’s for 9 years and I was also a pupil.  Throughout all of my years, my dedication and passion for the school has deepened.  I am always looking for ways to make the school greater than it already is and I believe my role as Staff Governor allows me to do this.  I am passionate about the children and furthering their education and development in a way that is unique and individualised to them.  Being on the Board of Governors furthers my knowledge, thus improves my skills to benefit the children.

Sub-committees: Finance & Premises; Teaching & Learning Standards; 

Elected by Staff 8/7/2016.  Expiry of tenure: 8 July 2020

 

Previous Governors

  • 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)
  • Jacqui Hobbs – Vice Chair, Foundation Governor (resigned June 2015)
  • Mark Kosmin-Barr – Parent Governor (resigned March 2015)
  • Karen Parker – Foundation Governor (resigned March 2015)
  • Michael Clark – Chair of Governors (resigned July 2014)