Who Are The Governors?
We have four types of governor: Parent Governors, who are elected by the parents of the school; Staff Governor, who is elected by the staff team; Community Governors, who are invited to join the Governing Body as representatives of our local community; and Local Authority Governors, who are appointed by the London Borough of Barnet
Our current Governors are:
Tim Graveney – Community governor and chair of the governing body
I am a parent of three children; all of whom are proud Holly Parkers who have now left the school. My working background is in risk management in financial services and latterly in healthcare, specialising in professional ethics and regulatory compliance. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sport. As a community governor of Holly Park, I want to use my experience and influence to be an effective liaison between parents and leadership, so that innovation and improvement takes place constantly in a multicultural, energetic and (above all!) happy school. In addition to being the Chair of the Governing Body, I am the Health and Safety Governor. My term of office as a governor of the school runs until 4 December 2021. Business or financial interests: None
Clare Hegarty – Local Authority Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
I was delighted to be asked to join the Holly Park Governors in Sep 2017. My first involvement with the school was through my work, leading the Year 5 school journey. Through the children and staff I could see what a special place the school is. I hope to contribute to the life of the school, bringing experience and knowledge from my work in education as a teaching assistant, IT teacher and 12 years as a School Business Manager in primary and secondary schools, as well as from the private sector working as an IT Project Manager and most recently as the Business Manager of Non Stop Action. My own three children have all been well served by their education in Barnet schools and through those years, I gave freely of my time to their school PTAs and governing bodies. It is my privilege to continue that work with Holly Park. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends in 2022. Business or financial interests: PE Sports company – director. Another school – governor.
Fiona Vettiankal – Community Governor
I joined the governing body in April 2011. I have two sons, one at Holly Park and the other in secondary school. I have been teaching in secondary education for the last 16 years and I currently work part-time in a secondary school as an Associate Leader for Professional Development. This involves training teachers, delivering training courses and implementing new teaching and learning approaches. I am the Writing Governor. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on December 4, 2022. Business or financial interests: Literacy charity – responsible for CPD and educational programmes.
Ann Pelham – Headteacher Governor
I have been at Holly Park since 1990 when I started as a Newly Qualified Teacher and gained several promotions including Senior Teacher, Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher. During my time at the school I also gained my Masters Degree in Education. I have been lucky enough to have worked with some wonderful Head Teachers during my time here. I am passionate about the school and feel extremely proud to be its Head Teacher. I work very closely with the Governors, teachers, parents and children to build upon the success that the school already has and to take the school forward.
Fiona Quinton – Community Governor
Both my children went to Holly Park and then Friern Barnet School. I joined the governing body in March 2012. I am also on the Eco Council and take an active interest in the school allotment. I am the Pupil Premium Governor and Online Safety Governor. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on March 7, 2024. Business or financial interests: Freelance website business – website maintenance.
Clare Wischhusen – Parent Governor
I have been a Holly Park parent since 2011. My son is now in secondary school. I am on the Staff and Pupil Welfare and Teaching and Learning Committees, and I am also an active member of the PTA. I bring experience from a diverse range of areas, including language teaching, community work and performance. I am the Governor responsible for Safeguarding, Trips and Visits and Looked After Children. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on February 3, 2023. Business or financial interests: None
John Harte – Parent Governor
I have two children at Holly Park and joined the governing body as a parent governor in May 2017. Having originally trained as an academic historian, I work these days in music as Chief Executive of a London-based orchestra; in a charitable capacity I’m also involved in music education work in the Middle East. I sit on the Finance and Premises committees and am the governor for Income Realisation. My term of office ends on May 29 2021. Business or financial interests: Trustee of a charitable trust.
Dr Kate Tress – Community governor
I have lived in London since 1962 when I came to study Psychology at University College. I married a Physiology student, Ivor Gartside. I did an MSc in Physiology and a PhD in Psychology and worked in research for many years before becoming a Clinical Psychologist. We moved to Friern Barnet in 1971 and one of my jobs was supporting people moving from Friern Hospital into the community. My last job before I retired in 2001 was head of Clinical Psychology at the Royal Free Hospital. We have two daughters – both of whom went to Holly Park School from nursery to year 6 and then went on to Queen Elizabeth’s. My main interests are theatre, music, travelling and gardening. I am the governor for Pastoral Care which includes Anti Bullying. My term of office ends on July 3, 2021. Business or financial interests: None
Simon Reid – Community Governor
I started work as Resident Site Manager at Holly Park in 2005 and became the support staff Governor in March 2015. I have two sons aged 17 and 21, the youngest of whom attended Holly Park as a junior pupil and went to Woodhouse College while his brother went to the University of Sussex. I am very passionate about football and have run the Holly Park football teams for the last ten years. I have been Barnet East League Organiser for primary school football since 2009, a role that has also enabled me to promote girls football in the borough. I attend the Premises Committee meetings in my role as Site Manager but am looking forward to representing the views of the support staff as a Governor on the Staff and Pupil Welfare Committee. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on March 29, 2023.
Alice Biggs – Staff Governor
I started working at Holly Park in 2015 and taught for two years in Year 5 before moving into Year 6. I love working here! Prior to joining the Holly Park team, I completed my PGCE at the UCL Institute of Education and before that worked as a teaching assistant in Manchester – where I had studied as an undergraduate.
I am passionate about music education and the strong ethos of music at Holly Park is what first made me want to work here. It is a pleasure to work at a school where music is highly valued and actively prioritised.
As a Governor, I hope to represent the views of the teaching staff in an honest and productive way. I am the governor for Spiritual and Cultural Development. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends in 2022.
Nicky Eimer – Parent Governor
I have lived in Friern Barnet since 2014, when my youngest child started at Holly Park nursery. She is now in Year 4 and I have another child who is in Y1. I work as a concert pianist and teacher, and currently have a teaching position at the Royal Academy of Music. I have previously taught at primary and secondary schools, and have enjoyed observing different learning environments, and how they affect the wellbeing and success of the pupils. I hope to bring this experience and passion for education into my role as governor. I am the chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends in December 2022. Business or financial interests: None
Annemarie Thomas – Parent Governor
I have one son in Year Three, and another son about to start in 2020. I am a professional musician working in theatre as a Musical Director and a published Composer/Lyricist. In 2009 I opened the multi-award winning professional drama college – The MTA, of which I am now the Principal/CEO. The MTA is known to be a campaigning college for Mental Health in the Arts, having initiated the industry wide Mental Health charter #time4change. I believe that the best educators are the ones that see the whole person, not just base value on academic achievement. I believe that HP shares this value, and would like to help the school to find the resources to do so. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends in April, 2023. Business or financial interests: Drama college CEO/Trustee and director.
Tamar Burman – Parent Governor
As a parent of two children in Year 5 at Holly Park, I am deeply committed to its ethos, success and continued development for the benefit of all. I have taught as an English teacher in Barnet secondary schools over the past 15 years where my responsibilities have included Head of Year and Director of 6th Form Student Leadership. I would like the opportunity to use my knowledge and experience as well as to learn and contribute more to primary school policies, curriculum and development. From an educational and personal perspective, I am particularly interested in SEN, as well as primary/secondary transition. I am open-minded, diplomatic and reliable. If elected, it is my aspiration to enhance the holistic development of children so that they are best prepared when they move on to secondary school. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends in April, 2023. Business or financial interests: None
Anna Sherrington – Parent Governor
I’ve been a local resident for 13 years and have two children at Holly Park in Y4 and Y2. I work as a Delivery Manager for the Government Digital Service, a part of the Cabinet Office. I work with diverse teams to make government more accessible to all citizens. I build relationships with teams to help them maintain motivation and momentum, manage budgets, people and risks and help teams make the most effective decisions. I am hoping to bring my professional experience to the governing body and help it evolve its vision and direction. I believe the school has so much to offer and I’m keen to ensure it provides the very best for all its pupils. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends in April, 2023. Business or financial interests: None
If you would like to find out more about the work of the Governors, or would like to be join the governing body, please contact the school.We will continue to develop the school for benefit of the children. This is why we do what we do.
A passion and concern for the development of our children are the main requirements for any Governor. Please feel free to contact the chair of governors via the school office or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Graveney – Chair of Governors
Here you can see how often Governors attend school events and meetings: