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Governor Biographies

 

Staff Governors are elected by school staff and can be teachers or support staff. Headteacher William is a staff governor by virtue of his office.

William Dean is the headteacher of Highgate Primary School and therefore also a governor. At our meetings we hold him to account and keep him on his toes by asking challenging questions. He reports back to governors regularly on the curriculum, budget, resources and progress against the school development plan. When he’s not in school or at governors meetings he’ll either be in his garden, walking Horace, watching cricket or, if he’s really lucky, in his caravan.

David Calvert is a class teacher in Year 2 and is subject leader for history. He has been based in Highgate Primary School since his training with the UCL Institute of Education. Prior to teaching David moved to the UK from his childhood home in Tennessee, USA, to obtain an MA in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews. Following this he worked in music, singing in Ely Cathedral Choir where he also mentored the boy choristers.

 

Associate Members are not full governors but are appointed by the GB for their expertise in particular areas.

Billie-Jean Daniels lives close to the school and is a dedicated member of staff, having been involved with the school for 14 years. She is currently in her tenth year as Wellbeing Governor and is a member of the Safeguarding Committee. Prior to becoming a member of the teaching team, she was a parent member of the PSA, which she went on to chair for two years. During her time at the school Billie acquired a first class honours degree in Education, at the Institute of Education, and achieved her PGCE. She has since taught in Years 2, 4, 5 and 6 and is the Pastoral Lead (PSHE Health Wellbeing) and Designated Safeguarding Lead. Billie is a champion of children and runs both the School Council and the Pride Society.

Sam Evans is a professional baritone, choral conductor and singing teacher. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal College of Music, and is Head of Vocal Studies at Highgate School.

Patricia Prichard is a member of the Community Services Committee.

Liam Frost has lived in Highgate for over fifteen years. He has two children at Highgate Primary (soon to be three!) and strongly believes in schools being the heart of the community. He completed his PGCE in Primary Education in 2005 and has worked at a Primary School in Islington ever since, currently as a Deputy Headteacher. He is really interested in fun, creative, and memorable educational experiences that nurture a lifelong love of learning.

 

Local Authority Governors are not elected, but are appointed by the local authority.

Liz Morris has lived in Highgate for 16 years and became a local councillor in 2014. She has been her council group spokesperson for children and education for 4 years and is a strong advocate for inspiring children to learn in a fun and nurturing environment. She also believes that the ethos and culture of a school plays an important part in a child’s personal development. Her background is in marketing and she chairs the school’s Communications & Fundraising Committee.

 

Co-opted Governors are appointed by the GB to represent community interests.

Steven Porter is the Chair of Governor and as a co-opted Governor enjoys giving both support and challenge to the school. He is a local secondary school teacher himself and understands the importance of raising standards for all children especially those from our BAME community. Improving the school and promoting equality in education are key motives for him becoming a school governor and chair.

Louisa Caswell (Vice Chair) became a parent governor in 2016 and is now, as a co-opted governor, Vice-Chair of the governing board and Chair of the Resources Committee. Louisa has lived in the Highgate area since 2009 and her son attended the school from 2012 to 2019. She is a partner at city law firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP where she specialises in complex contract disputes. As the first member of her family to go to university and to become a lawyer, Louisa is a strong advocate of social mobility and believes that every child should have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

Laura Eden has worked with children, including those with special educational needs, for the last 20 years, aiming to make sure children are safe at home, in school and in the community, and uses this area of expertise for the governing body. She has a strong belief that children thrive if they feel secure and confident in their environment.

Rebecca Lewis is the school’s Deputy Headteacher. After a first career as a lawyer, she retrained as a teacher 15 years ago. She has worked at the school for over 7 years, first as a class teacher, and then as the SENCo and Head of Inclusion. She was Acting Deputy Head for a year before taking on the permanent role in September. Her youngest daughter is in Year 4. She is a passionate supporter of the school’s inclusive ethos, and believes that if children are inspired and enriched at school, through exciting and engaging lessons, their attainment and progress will naturally follow. When not focusing on the provision for the school’s more vulnerable pupils, Rebecca is a keen runner and wild swimmer.

 

Parent Governors are parents or carers of children at the school who are elected by other parents and carers.

Yousaf Bhatti became a parent governor in 2019 and sits on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Yousaf is a doctor and works as a Cardiologist in North London. He has a special interest in science and health education. He has previously worked with children to promote healthy living and medical education to inspire the next generation of scientists. His two sons are currently in Year 2 and 5. He is a two times dad race champion and keen supporter of Arsenal.

Leona Asamoah became a governor in 2019, she is now the BAME lead and is also a member of the school’s new Diversity and Inclusion team. Leona has worked in the live music industry for 20 years and has side stepped into the finance department. Prior to that she was involved in musical theatre. She firmly believes art and music in schools benefit children immensely and that a representational curriculum could help bridge the gap of achievement. She is a keen baker and currently has a son in Year 4.
Sue Cheung became a Parent Governor in 2020 and sits on the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Originally from Toronto, Canada, she is proud to be part of the large international Highgate Primary community, and has two children at the school, in Year 2 and Reception. As a dedicated yoga teacher, she believes that helping children to better understand the mind-body connection can be a powerful tool for building their confidence, resilience and self-awareness.
James Green became a Parent Governor in 2020. He has a daughter in Year 1 and a son in the nursery. James fell in love with the school the first time he saw it and is excited about supporting its work as a governor. James works in social innovation, supporting people to work together to develop new ideas that tackle big community challenges.
Julie Bland was appointed a governor in 2019. She has a son in Year 4 and sits on the Curriculum & Standards, Communications & Fundraising and Community Services committees. Julie has run an Arts, Culture & Music Communications Agency in London for over 20 years. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to working closely within the school community and is a very active member of the Highgate Primary PSA. Additionally, she works within the Inclusion/SEN team and is a passionate advocate of the school’s inclusive principles. Furthermore, she is committed to promoting equality in schools and believes that a diverse, innovative curriculum incorporating a focus on enrichment will result in positive attainment in all our children.