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


Directors of the Academy Trust

Kate garnonsMrs 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. Teachers and school leadership staff deserve local community support to help them to provide the best possible education for our young people.  This is why I became and remain a Governor. I am linked with the Science Department and involved with Pupil/Parent Perceptions.

Kate deedMrs Kate Deed

Vice Chair and Chair of Student/Performance and Curriculum Committee 

I work in a local primary school and have many years’ experience in education. I originally became a Parent Governor in 1999 when my daughter joined in Year 8 and transferred to a Local Authority Governor in 2007. When Hatch End High School became an Academy, I became one of the three Member Appointed Governors. 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. I also chair the Student Discipline Committee meetings when required.  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 Deaf Resource Base, Inclusion and Safeguarding.

Edwin SolomonMr 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. The School has recently taken a major journey with the introduction of the Sixth Form and Year 7. The Academy Conversion was successfully executed. I have been involved in several projects including the new dining area, library, reception and now the installation of a multi-purpose games area. The school has made a quantum leap in academic levels and demonstrates that teaching and learning matters, together with outstanding pastoral support. The Governing Body is a devoted group of professionals and I am delighted to be a member. I am married with three adult children.  In business, I developed a design and manufacturing company and work with clients world-wide. I am involved with the Governor Intervention Panels.

HeadteacherMs 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

NandiniDr Nandini Varma

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 served as President of Leicestershire Asian Ladies Circle. I retired in 2006 and moved to Stanmore. I have served as Governor of two secondary schools. I am a member of the Edgware and Stanmore Rotary Club having served as their President from 2013-14. I have worked as a volunteer for numerous local and international charities (including providing on-site medical assistance). I also volunteered for the London Olympics and Paralympics 2012 and received a letter of thanks from the Prime Minister, Mr Cameron. I am involved with English as an Additional Language and Health.

Anton collyerMr Anton Collyer

I worked for GlaxoSmithKline for 20 years and, prior to retiring in 2013, I was the Global Head of Information Technology. In this role I managed a team of 4000 staff and an annual budget of £700 million. During 2014/15 I was a Policy Fellow at the Department of Education where I advised the Management Committee on business process efficiency and IT matters.  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 1990’s. 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.

Parent Governors

Edward DarnellMr Edward Darnell

I became a parent governor in October 2015. Both of our children have enjoyed their time at Hatch End High School, choosing it initially because of the exceptional school productions and close links to Harrow Young Musicians. With a career in commercial IT I am passionate about education, particularly with respect to mathematics and computing. I hold a degree in Computer Science & Mathematics and a PGCE & MA in Mathematics Education. As a governor I hope to ensure a healthy attitude to sport, support the exceptional reputation Hatch End High School already holds in performing arts and many other areas and help the school move to the top of United Kingdom league tables in mathematics and computing.

SayedMr 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.   I now work as a Compliance Adviser for a financial company in London. I completed my BA degree in Sociology in India in 1997.  Currently I am in my second year of the PGCE/CertED course at the University of Westminster and will commence my MA in Education and International Development at UCL (University College of London) in September 2016. I am a trustee and founding member of a registered charity, the Hayat Foundation, which works in the field of community development and education in the United Kingdom and Afghanistan. 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.

OkyMs Oky Lee

I have worked in the fashion industry as a buyer then moved on to set up a family business, a greetings cards publishing company. 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.

KetanMr Ketan Varia

I become a governor in October 2015. I was inspired by the school ethos and the lived values around co-operation, ambition, respect and equality. I am the founder of Kinetik Solutions an operational improvement consultancy and have over 25 years of Industry and Consulting experience. I previously worked for Capgemini and Ernst & Young. 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

AtifaMrs 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 passionate about making schools the best they can be so that students can work to meet their full potential and thrive. 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.

Staff Governors

RebeccaMiss Rebecca Cleary

Having completed my degree, I took the decision to embark upon a teacher training qualification with the Institute of Education. It was during the initial training that my links with Hatch End High School took root. 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 and held several successful roles within the school. This includes, being a ‘Learning Innovator’ where I supported the key driver 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 I am Head of Geography, and as both an employee and resident within the local community I wished to extend my role in supporting the school to ensure the continued successful drive towards maintaining positive outcomes for our pupils. Being a 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 peruse beyond their time with us at Hatch End High School.

Chris firthMr Chris Firth 

I have been a member of staff at Hatch End High School for 11 years.  During this time, I have seen and taken part in 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.  I have also been involved in key initiatives, for example, Student iPads. As part of my role(s), I have been involved in many areas of the school including: the Technical Services team and the Arts Faculty, where I supported students during lesson time and with extra-curricular activities.  I have been involved with, and organised, a number of high profile projects, both during and outside of work, which have directly supported the students and the school.

MariaMs Maria Abrams

In my day to day life, I am a team player. 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 Years 9, 10 and 11 and my main role is around safeguarding and behaviour. Since joining the school I have gained a clear insight into the day to day running of a large school in term of priorities and the targets set. 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. In my spare time I do a lot of work with the Amateur Swimming Association and enjoy gardening.

BcMr Billy Carter

The majority of my working life was spent in the computer mainframe industry. My career started as a trainee computer operator for the Law Society, now Legal Aid Board, which led to me becoming the Customer Service Manager for a company processing thousands of transactions for banks and other financial institutions. My passion has always been in Carpentry and Interior design, gaining much practical experience working alongside the trade within my father’s building and Design Company. I started work at Hatch End High School within the Premises Department, recently moving across to the Design & Technology Department as their Technician. I really enjoy the aspect of assisting the teaching staff and coaching the students with their carpentry and design techniques. Given the planned building improvements that are to take place in the coming years, I very much look forward to playing a strong role alongside my fellow governors to ensure we achieve a state of the art working environment for our staff, and more importantly, a fantastic modern building for our students to gain their education and thrive.

Co-opted Governors

ClemDr Clem Lewis

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.

EmmaMiss 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 am a senior global specialist who is fortunate enough to be invited on many international assignments and lead wonderful teams of all cultures across the world. 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 possible to go beyond achieving the schools ambitions.

Advisory Members

Business managerMs Emma Stabler

I started as Hatch End High School’s Business Manager in April 2014 and have responsibility for non-teaching functions including Finance, Premises and Human Resuorces. 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. Prior to Hatch End High School my roles included Head of Children’s Services Finance at Harrow Council and a variety of consultancy projects within schools.

Clerk to the Governing Body

AmandaMrs Amanda Adamis