The role of the Governing Board 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.
Members of the Academy Trust
Mrs Kate Garnons Williams
Mr Julian Greenaway
I initially qualified in pharmacy at London University but spent most of my career in general management, initially as a Buying & Marketing Director and then as a Managing Director. For many years I worked as a business development consultant on government programmes helping small to medium sized businesses in a wide variety of sectors. I have always been interested in developing people to their full potential and latterly worked at Grant Thornton with a particular focus on encouraging companies to utilise apprenticeships for both new and existing employees. I am now a volunteer mentor with the Cranfield Trust, providing assistance to charities, and a volunteer mentor with some other charitable organisations that provide support to both individuals and businesses.
Mr Sash Hamidi
As someone raised in Harrow as a child and now being an established educational leader here, I am passionate about every child thriving in this Borough. HEHS ethos aligns with my personal belief in the importance of Co-operation, Ambition, Respect and Excellence being instilled into every young person so they can achieve their best. Having started working in schools in the early 1990s, through to completing 12 years of Headship this year and now being a CEO and Accounting Officer for The Pegasus Partnership Trust, I am excited to both support and challenge HEHS in delivering their vision for enabling “young people to make exceptional progress and achieve outstanding outcomes so they are able to live fulfilling and successful lives”.
Dr John Reavley
Dr Reavley is a highly experienced practitioner. He has 25 years of Headship experience, 20 years of which was spent in Rooks Heath where he led the school to three outstanding inspections. In September 2019, he semi-retired to become part-time CEO of The Tithe Academy which consists of Rooks Heath School and Earlsmead Primary School. He has also been Executive Head of The Jubilee Academy (an Alternative Provision School based in Harrow) since 2013. Other notable achievements have been Headteacher of the Year award for London in 2005 and the acquisition of an educational doctorate. But he also values his own leisure time notably watching a number of sports and listening to music.
Mrs Atifa Sayani
I have extensive experience across the education sector both in the United Kingdom and abroad. I started my career as a teacher and then pursued my commitment to school leadership by becoming a Headteacher. My drive to ensure every child receives the highest quality of education, led me to serve as a school inspector for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for primary and secondary schools in the United Kingdom. Here I was able to review schools and recommend ways forward. More recently I held Head of School Effectiveness positions in Harrow and Buckinghamshire - two of the highest performing Local Authorities in the United Kingdom. As a systems leader, I managed a network of 235 schools including nursery, primary and secondary schools, setting strategic direction and working with senior leaders on all aspects related to school performance. I worked closely with Headteachers, Governors and partners including Academy schools, the National and Regional Schools Commissioner and the Oxford Diocese to review, broker and commission support for schools. I also have a long-standing relationship with Aga Khan Development Network, having worked as a teacher at the Aga Khan Primary School, Dar-es-Salaam and Head teacher at the Aga Khan School, Kampala. Other projects included the review of the Sherqilla Girls School, Gilgit, Pakistan and review of the Religious Education Centres in Afghanistan. Currently I am working with country teams on a number of network wide priorities including remote delivery models; safeguarding and child protection and improving student outcomes in mathematics.
Trustees of the Governing Board (known as Governors)
Member Appointment Governors
Mr Tim Dalton
Chair of Student Performance, Curriculum & Wellbeing Committee
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 in 2016. 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.
Mrs Kate Garnons Williams
Chair of the Governing Board
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 Board 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.
Dr 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 Board 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 Board from 1998 to 2005.
Mr Edwin Solomon
Vice Chair of Governing Board and Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
I became a Governor in 2004 and Chair of Finance & General Purposes in 2006. I have been involved in various school site projects throughout this period, including the recent multi-million pound development of the new curriculum block during 2019/2020 working closely with the Business Manager and the Department for Education. I feel a strong sense of responsibility in the management of the finances and premises of the school. I am the Pupil Premium Governor, overseeing the prudent use of Pupil Premium funding, ensuring these specific funds are allocated to support our Pupil Premium students. I am linked with the pastoral oversight of the school to carefully monitor behaviour and to help reduce exclusions. I am passionate that every student has the opportunity to develop and is supported in the school to reach their potential. In business I developed a design and manufacturing company working with the Department of Trade and Industry and exporting to many companies abroad, in the USA, the Far East, the Continent and working in the UK. I am presently Chairman of a large Estate in London overseeing several hundred homes in a conservation area, this involves a great deal of environmental and legal issues which I also see as a benefit to my role as a Governor.
Dr 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 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 Ketan Varia
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.
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.
Miss Devyani Patel
I am very proud to be a part of a school community that has an ethos centered around the concept of ‘WE CARE’. The team at HEHS are hardworking and dedicated, constantly striving for excellence and the best outcomes for our students. I became a staff governor to become more actively involved within the wider life of the school and to learn more about how HEHS is led, from a strategic point of view. During my time at HEHS, I have worked within various middle-leadership roles, including Head of English, Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award Manager, NQT/ECF mentor and NEU Health and Safety Rep. Previously, I have worked in two different schools in middle-leadership roles including, Head of PCSHE, carrying out paid action research projects for school improvement, KS3 Reading Coordinator, KS3 Pastoral Support Worker and training/assessing students for the DofE Bronze, Silver and Gold Award as a volunteer. Furthermore, I have worked as an examiner for all four major exam boards. I have a keen interest in all aspects of education and am passionate about the field - and fascinated by it, both personally and as a practitioner. In my spare time, I like to study, travel abroad and to the countryside, go shopping, spend time with my family and close friends - and visit the gym and spa! As well as completing a Masters degree in Victorian Studies, I have completed a Masters degree in English Education and am currently studying for a two-year Masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change.
Mrs Ruqiya Xasan
I was born and raised in Somalia and moved to Kuwait where I achieved an undergraduate degree from Kuwait university in Insurance and Statistics, following which I worked for one of the largest insurance organisations for 12 years in various positions related to underwriting, reinsurance and claims adjustment. I have always been keenly interested in developing young people and I am a firm believer that education is a critical driver for social mobility and a means of empowering young people in spite of any challenges they may face. Over the last 15 years, I have worked as a Teacher Assistant and parent ambassador at Hatch End High School where my role entails supporting in the delivery of education for EAL pupils as well as working as a translator (fluent in Somali and Arabic) in both educational and pastoral contexts. I have worked as a volunteer for a local community charity focused on engaging EAL families in the learning of their children drawing upon my experience as someone who has had three children successfully complete their secondary education at Hatch End High School.
Mrs Carole Tobin
I have worked in education for over forty years and have held the post of Headteacher in three schools; two in the London Borough of Brent, the most recent at Roxeth Primary School in Harrow where I was head for 10 years. I retired from Headship in 2017 but continue to work alongside colleagues in Harrow and Slough as a school improvement adviser. I live locally and three of my six children teach in Harrow schools. I feel the key to successful education is that ability to promote high standards whilst maintaining an atmosphere where pupils and staff feel valued and the full range of success is celebrated. My aim as a Headteacher, a schools’ adviser and governor is to ensure that the curriculum offered has breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation, progression and continuity and also to ensure that teaching and learning is good and better and that the attitudes and values, which underpin content, are consistent with an inclusive vision of individuals and society. I have been nominated by Harrow Local Authority (LA) to contribute to the work of Hatch End High School Governing Body and I very much look forward to working alongside the community of Hatch End High School.
Mr Olachi Akin
My name is Olachi Akin and I'm a 4th year medical student at Barts and the Royal London Hospital in East London. I was a student at Hatch End High School, entering in 2011 and leaving the sixth form in 2018 as the Head Boy. Since then, I continue to maintain contact with the school and have returned on occasions to deliver talks to students. I wanted to become a Governor because it provides an opportunity to give back to the school that gave me so much. As a medical student and previous Hatch End High School student, I believe I can provide a unique perspective to the team. I am excited to work with my colleagues to maintain Hatch End High School's standard as an excellent school.
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.
Mrs Amanda Adamis