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Meet the Governors

Who are the governors?

We have a diverse governing body, currently the governing body consists of the Head Teacher, 1 Staff Governor, 4 Co-opted Governors, 4 Parent Governors and 1 Governor nominated by the Local Authority.  If you wish to speak to a member of the governing body please email: chair@childshill.barnetmail.net.  

Tinuke Akinbulumo

Tinuke Akinbulumo, Co-opted Governor




Tinuke Akinbulumo, Co-opted Governor:  I joined the governing body as an associate governor in 2014 when I was working in the community department of a local charity who worked with CHS, and was co-opted in March 2017, I am the link Governor for Pupil Welfare. While I do not have any children at Childs Hill School, I have played the role of class rep, treasurer and Head of PTA at the school that my children attend. I was particularly drawn to Child’s Hill School as I liked the inclusion, the fact that it is a restorative school and the vision and passion of the Head Teacher, Dan.

Needless to say, Dan’s vision, passion and commitment flow to the staff members and this means that pupils are encouraged with love, passion and dedication to reach their potential, whatever that may be. I firmly believe that with the right support, anyone can be anything they want to be.  Child’s Hill School has great support in place for its pupils.

I currently work in administration at a charity in Barnet and in my spare time I volunteer for Homestart Barnet, helping families in need in the boroughs of Barnet and Harrow. I also facilitate parenting classes and confidence building workshops in the local community.

Sara Alexander

Sara Alexander
Parent Governor

Sara Alexander, Parent Governor:  I have a child who is a very happy member of our school and another in secondary school who is a proud Childs Hill alumni. I became a co-opted governor in the summer of 2018, I am the link governor for curriculum matters and am delighted to work with the governing team in a school that is a wonderful environment in which I have witnessed my own and others’ children thrive. I learnt a great deal from my short time as a parent governor at Claremont Primary School where I also founded and ran their PTA. I have worked with children as a drama, dance and piano teacher for over twenty years and grew up and attended all my schools in the neighbourhood. Now I am a freelancer working in the arts, as an actress, voiceover artist and author.
Emma Casey

Emma Casey,
Vice Chair of Governors

Emma Casey, Co-opted Governor (Chair of Governors):  I have been a parent governor for the past 4 years, my roles include; chair of governors and ask link governor for safeguarding, teaching and learning and SEND.  I have been an active member of the school community for more than 17 years.  All my children have attended the school and I still have 2 children in years 6 and 3.

I volunteer on a regular basis in the school - I especially enjoy listening to the younger children read. I also assist on school trips and I am a familiar face at most of our school events throughout the year.  I participate in governor training courses and attend regular committee meetings and full governing body meetings. 

As governors we are ambitious for all children to thrive and gain a passion for education alongside taking pride in themselves as part of Childs Hill school.  I am committed to effectively support and challenge the school to enable the best possible outcomes for all pupils.

I have a background working in Postgraduate studies for an NHS Trust and the Institute of Child Health.


Cory English
Parent Governor

Cory English, Parent Governor: I moved to the neighbourhood in 2002 from New York City where I was lucky to perform in Broadway shows for over a decade. Most of my work since then has been in the West End, voice overs, film and television. My wife and I chose to bring up our children here and I am so happy that they are part of the Childs Hill community. I have taught children alongside my performance career, as both a baseball and drama / dance coach and teacher. I have a passion for the arts and sports, understanding that the discipline required in both these fields have lasting effects on children’s development in all they do. I look forward to sharing this as I work with Childs Hill’s governing body as a parent governor.  I am the link governor for Premises.

Alan eer

Alan Gelfer,
Parent Governor

Alan Gelfer, Parent Governor: I was elected as a parent governor in 2017. We have one son who really enjoys being at the school and a daughter at secondary school.

I have lived in the area of the school for most of my life in London.

I trained as a solicitor and have worked in various NGOs providing immigration advice and representation and have worked for the last 9 years in higher education providing immigration advice and training to international students.

I have also served as an executive member of a race equality charity.  As well as offering my perspective as a parent I bring my experience and perspective of higher education to support the governing body.


Dan Hawkins,

Dan Hawkins, Headteacher: As Headteacher of Childs Hill School I am proud of the school, our place in the local community and most of all our wonderful children. As a member of the school's governing body I feel lucky to work alongside a dedicated and highly motivated group of people who all support our school. Importantly it is a group who value our school's individual qualities as highly as they do our constant drive for further school improvement.

I have taught in four London boroughs and been a member of other governing bodies, in places I've worked and at my children's schools. As well as class teaching, and advanced skills teaching, I've also worked as an inclusion manager, Senco and deputy head. In my sixth year as a headteacher I am currently a member of the LBB SEND partnership board, the primary representative on the ASD Pathways Board and the Children's Services South Locality Advisory Boards. 


Alex Scott, Co-opted Governor

Alex Scott, Co-opted Governor: I am a co-opted member of the Childs Hill School Governing body. Both of my daughters attended Childs Hill School and both were very happy students at Childs Hill School. I have a specific interest, in my role as a governor, in how parents, teachers and the school can work together and communicate helpfully to support student learning. The rest of my time, I am a Premises Manager which is a very interesting role that gets be involved within all areas of the school.

mr sadeeq Mohammed Sadeeq, Co-opted Governor : I am an accomplished community and business leader who has amassed over 35 years service through the stewardship of religious centres, trading companies, representative bodies and charities.  My appointments include the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Mosque and Island Centre of Brent, Executive Director of Jamea Ul Hafsah Islamic Education Centre, Chief Executive of Supersave Stores Ltd and Chairman of Harrow Mosque.  I have continuous involvement in providing assistance to diverse local and international communities such as arranging multiple advisory services free of charge through the Mosque, establishing and funding schools, hospitals and homes in the UK and overseas, substantial fundraising for global natural catastrophes and facilitating entrepreneurial activities through Chambers of Commerce.


Neil Smith,
Staff Governor


Neil Smith, Staff Governor:  I have been staff governor since October 2017. Having worked at Childs Hill School for nearly five years I believe I have a good understanding of how the school works particularly as I have privilege to work across the entire school from Foundation Stage to Upper Key Stage two. Working across this wide range allows me to interact with all the children plus staff and to have contact with many of the parents. Previous to being at Childs Hill School I was employed at Oakthorpe Primary School in Palmers Green for over 10 years in a variety of different positions.

Nigel Taylor

Nigel Taylor
Co-opted Governor

Nigel Taylor, Co-Opted Governor (Vice-Chair of Governors): I have been a school governor since 2007 and joined the Childs Hill governing body in 2016 becoming link governor for finance and assesment and outcomes.  I have a finance background having qualified as an accountant with KPMG in 1975 and am keen to use my financial expertise to help Childs Hill to manage its resources effectively and to the benefit of the children.


What do we do?

We are all volunteers, and we give our time because we care about the school and the community. We have a wide range of skills, backgrounds, and interests. We make decisions that help the school to provide the best possible education, in its widest sense, for all the children in our school and nursery.

Childs Hill School has had a strong governing body for a long time. We are all interested in knowing as much as possible about the school - its strengths, weaknesses, its history and current context - so that we can make very informed decisions about its future. This means appointing the best possible staff, supporting them in their work, and constantly asking questions aimed at improving the school. Many of us come in to school regularly to hear children read or help them with maths, for example, and we attend events and performances at school. Sometimes we have to choose between a number of possible ways of doing things, or decide about how money is spent. There are also some things that the law dictates, and we have to make sure the school is doing what it is supposed to do.

How are we organised?

Governors meet twice every term, we discuss many issues including (but not limited to):

  • Pupil Welfare: health and safety, attendance, inclusion,exclusion, child protection, behaviour and relationships policies and special educational needs.  This also includes worklife balance, working conditions and wellbeing of staff, including the monitoring of absence
  • Curriculum & Standards: data analysis (progress, achievement and attainment); teaching and learning and major curriculum initiatives (for example, Write Inspire).
  • School Strategy:  dealing with the bigger picture of the school ie, legislative changes that may impact on the school. Ensuring the school is well structured and organised including the staffing structure, recruitment and retention and the appraisal process for all staff.  
  • Finance: monitoring the school budget and financial planning, this also includes monitoring how the school spends the money it receives ie, pupil premium, PE sports grant etc
  • Premises: Ensuring the building is fit for purpose and sets priorities for improvements to the school buildings and playgrounds.