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Your Governors

Your Governors

Current Governors

None of our current governors are governors at other schools.  Our Chair has, however, recently been appointed as a freelance consultant to assist and support other governing boards in the Barnet area, by the Barnet Partnership for School Improvement and also is the current Clerk to the Trustees and Local Governing Board of Saracens High School.

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 & Premises. Joint Training Link Governor

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: Teaching & Learning Standards (Chair); Joint Training Link Governor

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; RE Link Governor; Class Link Governor Y2 (2017-18);

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

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

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


Alice Gavin Atashkar (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 Panel; Teaching & Learning Standards. Class Link Governor Y5 (2017-18)

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: Admissions Panel (Chair); Teaching & Learning Standards; Pupil Premium Link Governor.

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; Finance & Premises; Teaching & Learning Standards.

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 Panel.

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


Ben Pullenayegum (Parent Governor)


I am proud dad of James and Sophie 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.  Class Link Governor Y3 (2017-18)

Appointed by: Full Governing Board 21/11/17. Expiry of tenure 20/11/2018.


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 Panel 


Donna Tidiman (Staff Governor – maternity leave)

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: Teaching & Learning Standards; 

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


Previous Governors

  • 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)