Meet the Governors
The role of the Governing Body is to help the School to provide the best possible education for its students by:
- Setting the school's vision and strategic aims and agreeing plans and policies, making the best use of available resources.
- Monitoring and evaluating performance and acting as a 'critical friend' to the school.
- Ensuring the school is accountable to the students and parents it serves and to its local community.
Our Governors have a major responsibility in the management of the curriculum, finance, staffing, premises and communication. Governors may be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Directors of the Academy Trust
Mrs Kate Garnons Williams
Chair of the Governing Body
I became a Parent Governor at Hatch End High School in 2000 and in that year obtained £50,000 from the John Lyon Trust to pave the way for the school to become a Performing Arts College. I was appointed Chair of the Finance Staff and Premises Committee and then Chair of the Governing Body in 2006. I am an experienced and skilled director and senior manager in the voluntary and healthcare sectors with an excellent track record in leading and implementing major, innovative and sustainable organisational change.
Mrs Kate Deed
Vice Chair and Chair of Student/Performance and Curriculum Committee
I am currently the Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Student Performance & Curriculum Committee. A long-time interest of mine is Special Educational Needs and I am the named Special Needs Governor. Being a Governor does take commitment but it is a very rewarding way to be involved in the life of the school. I am also linked with the Hearing Impaired Provision, Inclusion and Safeguarding.
Mr Edwin Solomon
Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
I became a Governor in 2004 and was elected Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee in 2006. I am involved with the Governor Intervention Panels. The Governing Body is a devoted group of professionals and I am delighted to be a member. In business, I developed a design and manufacturing company and work with clients world-wide.
Ms Sue Maguire
After working in the Media, I trained to be an English teacher in Oxfordshire in 1992, subsequently moving to London for career development. I have over twenty years’ experience in 5 large and very different (including 3 London Borough) schools and believe passionately in non-selective inclusive education. Governors play a key role in ensuring that schools serve their stakeholders/local community enabling young people to achieve outstanding outcomes whatever their background or ability. Hatch End High School achieves this every day but we always believe we can improve.
Member Appointment Governors
Dr Nandini Varma
Student Health and Wellbeing
I was born and educated in India and qualified as a Medical Doctor. I came to the United Kingdom in 1973. Initially I worked as an Anaesthetist and then as a Community Paediatrician. I worked to raise awareness of health issues and had a phone-in programme on BBC Asian Network Radio Leicester. I have served as Governor of two secondary schools. I have worked as a volunteer for numerous local and international charities (including providing on-site medical assistance). I am involved with English as an Additional Language and Health.
Mr Anton Collyer
Vice Chair of Finance Committee
I worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 20 years and, prior to retiring in 2013, I was the Global Head of Information Technology. I am a Chartered Statistician and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society with an honours degree in Chemical Engineering. My wife and I were both educated at state schools and our three children attended Hatch End High School in the 1990s. We have all benefited from the education we received so it is my intention to ‘give back’ by supporting Hatch End High School as a governor.
Mr Sayed Hamid
Before I came to the United Kingdom in 2008, I worked in Afghanistan as a Programme Coordinator for the United Nations and other international NGOs (for ten years). The projects focused mainly on education for women and livelihood developments. During 2013 to 2015, I was Parent Adviser at Whitmore High School (for two years) and Parent Adviser at Hatch End High School (for six months). I had the honour of designing and establishing the English for Speakers of Other Languages/Skills for Life courses for parents at both Schools with support from the English as an Additional Language Departments. As an active member of the community and understanding the different cultures and backgrounds, it is my duty to support and work with schools to provide the best education for our children, by promoting humanistic and cognitive approaches.
Ms Oky Lee
I have worked in the fashion industry as a buyer then moved on to set up a family business. I am competent in the business aspect side of an organisation as I have a vast experience in this field. I had a career change in my early 30s (Charity Sector), and I was able to take part in a project that involved overseeing nine English government regions’ work and managing £1 million budget. This gave me an opportunity to have a good insight of the issues across the country and also enabled me to build my strength in community work. I am currently working for Harrow Foodbank. I believe a good educational environment and a holistic approach to young people, both at home and school, are vital to our children. I am glad to be part of a wonderful team (Governing Body) and to be able to serve Hatch End High School.
Mr Ketan Varia
Chair of Student & Families Engagement Committee
I became a governor in October 2015. I was inspired by the school ethos and the values around co-operation, ambition, respect and excellence. I am the founder of Kinetik Solutions an operational improvement consultancy and have over 25 years of Industry and Consulting experience. My extensive experience includes development projects with large organisations, many from the FTSE 350. By education, I am a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Operations Management. I was previously a non-executive director for North West London Hospital Trust. I am currently an active volunteer in neighbourhood mediation, an engineering ambassador for the STEMNET, and provide career mentoring to young adults.
Local Authority Appointed Governor
Mrs Atifa Sayani
Having trained as a Primary school teacher 23 years ago, I thoroughly enjoying teaching and watching children learn and grow. As an Education Champion for the Local Authority, my role is to ensure children and young people secure good outcomes in schools and learning establishments that are safe, inclusive and interesting. Having been a Headteacher and worked in various schools to support their development, I am committed to being a School Governor so that I can engage with students in the local community and share my knowledge and expertise with school leaders, serving as a critical friend as the school continues on its journey to success.
Miss Rebecca Cleary
Over the last 5 years, I have been fortunate enough to work alongside many dedicated and professional individuals and have been involved in various projects including being a ‘Learning Innovator’ to help improve the quality of teaching and learning with a focus on mobile technologies. In addition to this, I have fostered international links with our school in Uganda and more recently; supported teachers new to the profession as induction tutor. Currently, as Head of Geography and part of the governing body, I look to ensure we are supporting our students to become truly global citizens and fully prepare them for the futures they pursue beyond their time at Hatch End High School.
Mr Chris Firth
During my 13 years as a member of staff at Hatch End High, I have been part of a number of key changes that have taken the school in different directions, including the addition of the Sixth Form and Year 7 joining the secondary school system. In my current role, as Pastoral Support Manager for Years 7 & 8, it is my responsibility to ensure the smooth transition of pupils from primary to secondary education and also, as a member of the Safeguarding Team, to offer emotional and practical support when needed. Over the years I have been involved in many other areas of the school, such as Technical Services/IT, the Arts Faculty, and, more recently, setting up and helping to run the school’s own Radio Station.
Ms Maria Abrams
I joined the school’s Pastoral Team five years ago. Prior to this I worked with the Police for thirty years. I work closely with all year groups supporting vulnerable students, and my main role is around safeguarding and behaviour. I became a Governor as I wanted to help promote the already high standard of educational attainment and discipline within school. I am very enthusiastic and committed to the young people of the future.
Dr Clem Lewis
Vice Chair of Student /Performance & Curriculum Committee
After graduating in Chemistry (B.Sc; Ph.D), my professional career was in Medical Education (Biochemistry) and Health & Safety Management in University and the Pharmaceutical Industry. I joined the Governing Body in 1986, originally nominated by the Liberal Democrats. I am interested in supporting comprehensive education through experiences in my own family and teacher friends. I served as Chair of the Governing Body from 1998 to 2005 and am currently linked with the Social Sciences Department, Years 12 and 13, and Health and Safety.
Miss Emma Wennington
I am part of the Hatch End High School Alumni. After finishing my GCSEs in 2001, I went to Northwood Sixth Form and then West Herts College for further education, completing my studies with an undergraduate degree from London College of Fashion. I started a journey that led me down all walks of the career world and found my feet in brand marketing. I have been a member of the Future First programme where I developed a taste for contributing to the school that made me who I am. As a young marketer with roots created in Hatch End High School my skills will be transferred wherever needed in as many departments as possible to go beyond achieving the schools' ambitions.
Mr Tim Dalton
I completed a BSc in Mathematics at the University of Birmingham and went on to work for the charity Livability. I moved into finance working for Douglas, Deakin, Young in London before completing a PGCE at the Institute of Education (this included a term of teaching practice at Hatch End High School). I began my teaching career at Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet before moving to Harrow School in September 2007 where I became Head of Statistics. In 2014 I left Harrow to become Assistant Head Teacher (Head of Sixth Form) at Twyford Church of England High School in Acton before returning to Harrow last year. At Harrow School, I am a member of the school’s Senior Management Team and as the Director of Shaftesbury Enterprise I oversee all of Harrow’s philanthropic, charitable, outreach and partnership work.
Ms Emma Stabler
I joined Hatch End High School in April 2014 as the Business Manager with responsibility for non-teaching functions including Finance, Premises and Human Resources. My role includes the strategic development of the site and we are very excited about our multi-million-pound investment plan which will transform the school site by 2020. I particularly enjoy working with the Student Council to ensure that our young people have a strong voice in this plan. I am a qualified accountant (CIPFA) with 25 years’ experience in public sector finance.
Clerk to the Governing Body