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


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 Iftekhar Bukhari

I have worked in both the private and public sectors - each has its joys and challenges. The motivations in both are completely different, dealing with people and performance are, however, common to both. I joined the public sector from a fairly senior private sector position to one that was quite junior but transferred to the fast stream within a relatively short period. Managing change, operations and projects has been central to my careers in both the private and public sectors, my career in the public sector has spanned some three decades and several Government Departments and Agencies.

I have over the years dealt with challenging organisational situations and supported colleagues in dealing with improving individual and organisational performance, having those difficult conversations where this hasn’t been possible. I have also reviewed high risk government projects to ensure best value and supported staff to maximise chances of successful delivery. Education, I believe, is the biggest social and economic lever and has therefore always been close to my heart. The majority of my volunteering activity has, hence, been in the education sector mentoring high school students, supporting with a need and desire to progress with handling the university and employment application processes. As a school Governor, I would like to help the school in getting the best out the limited public resources they have access to and to see our students significantly improve their life chances.

MrAdam Cross Photo Adam Cross

I am a teacher and creative arts practitioner, and currently Director of Drama at Harrow School. My areas of further professional experience include the creation and oversight of cross-sector school partnerships, teacher training, and EDI. I am a Council Member at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, where I held one of my first posts in arts education. I have previously been a Governor at Sherwood School in Mitcham, and a Trustee of Wimbledon’s Polka Theatre. As a local resident in Harrow, I am delighted to serve as a Governor at Hatch End High School.

Tim daltonMr 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 waKate garnonss appointed as a Parent Governor in 2000 and became Chair in 2006.   I was a senior healthcare and voluntary services manager with over 35 years of experience in a variety of hospital and community services and charities. I led major sustainable changes in these settings to improve services and support for patients and beneficiaries.   I am passionate about creating the conditions where young people from all backgrounds can achieve their potential and go on to lead fulfilling lives. Teachers and senior leaders in education have some of the most challenging and important roles to play in our society.  It is a privilege to contribute as a Governor to the future direction and success of Hatch End High School, to ensure accountability, and to provide challenge and support.


Edwin solomonMr Edwin Solomon 

Vice Chair of Governing Board and Chair of Finance, Audit & Resources 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.

Staff Governors

Mrs Marianne Jeanes 


IMG 4451 OK for website (and propsectus if no group photos) CopyIt is a great pleasure to be the Headteacher of Hatch End High School. I have been teaching in London schools for over 25 years.  I started my career at Queen’s Park Community School in Brent; spent 13 years at Nower Hill High School and most recently have been the Principal at Capital City Academy in Willesden. I love the challenges, variety and rewards of teaching in London schools and I am so pleased to be back serving my local community as Headteacher at Hatch End.  Strong governance is vital for a successful school and it is a pleasure to serve on the governing body at Hatch End High School.

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 Margaret Porter

After being raised in a farming family food has always been of great interest to me.  I completed a BSc degree in Catering Science and Applied Nutrition and began working in the food industry on a graduate training program. This was followed with experience in hospital catering and Local Authority food services for the London Borough of Harrow. Managing a multi-site catering operation with a young family was very demanding and I decided to make a career change and completed a PGCE to become a Secondary School Teacher of Design & Technology with my main subject focus being Food and Textiles Technology.  I began my teaching career at Northolt High School and the last 17 years have been at Hatch End High School in roles that include Head of Department and Community Events Officer. My interest in how young people learn led me to complete an MA in Pedagogy and this stretched and challenged my perceptions of how best to plan and deliver successful schemes of learning that suit our students. I am interested in discovering how the Governing Board shapes the ethos and student success at Hatch End High School.

Co-opted Governors

Carole TobinMrs 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 as a School Improvement Adviser. 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 enjoy the challenge and comradeship that working with the Governing Board brings.

Mr Olachi Akin

IMG 20210904 192810 089My 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.

Mr Hary Ilanko

I am delighted to serve as a HaryCo-opted Governor at Hatch End High School. I completed my education at Whitmore High School and St Dominic’s 6th Form College before going onto complete a BSc in Economics at Queen Mary University of London.  I started my career as Maths Teacher at Chelsea Academy before moving onto Bentley Wood High School where I am currently an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for data, assessment, online safeguarding and behaviour. I enjoy working with Harrow schools and look forward to supporting Hatch End High School with my knowledge and experience. 


Parent Governors

Matt PearnMr Matt Pearn

I am a former pupil of Hatch End High School, a former employee of the school and proud parent of a current student.  I have spent my whole career working in IT and have over 20 years’ experience as an educational IT specialist.  I currently work for a multi-academy trust, where I am responsible for IT project and strategic direction for 12 schools around the UK. I am passionate about using digital technology to enhance teaching and learning, and also to help provide a level playing field for students from all backgrounds.  I am delighted to continue my long association with the school by contributing as a Governor.


Clerk to Governing Board

Beth HolmesBeth Holmes