Who Are The Governors?
We have four types of governor:
- Parent Governors are elected by the parents of the school;
- Staff Governors are 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 responsible for Governor Experience. 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. I am chair of the Finance and Premises Committee. Business or financial interests: PE Sports company – director. Another school – governor.
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 Inclusion and Diversity 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 (including Attendance, Anti-bullying and Looked After Children). My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on February 3, 2023. 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 am the Health and Safety Governor. 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 chair of the Teaching and Learning committee. 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 6 and I have another child who is in Y3. 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 governor for the Core Curriculum. 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 Y5 and another son in Y1. 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. I am the chair or the Staff and Pupil Welfare committee. Business or financial interests: Drama college CEO/Trustee and director.
Anna Sherrington – Parent Governor
I’ve been a local resident for 13 years and have two children at Holly Park in Y6 and Y4. 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. I am the governor for Income Realisation (including Pupil Premium, Sports Grant, Covid Catch up funding). Business or financial interests: None
Rhonda Valentine – Parent governor
I am a mother to two girls who both attend Holly Park. My background is in Managing Consulting where I spent 11 years working across the public and private sector, supporting companies and government departments design organisations, and deliver change. As a qualified HR practitioner, I have recently joined a UK hospitality business, where I advise the board and other senior stakeholders on people related matters. I am looking forward to supporting the school and its leadership team, navigate the future, and helping to create new opportunities for the children of Holly Park. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on 7th May 2025.
Sarah Deale – Community governor
I have a breadth of experience in educational leadership. I have had several senior management roles including my current headship, a previous headship and deputy head roles. I have also been an advisory teacher in two local authorities and a SENCO. I have taught across the primary age range and in a specialist setting. Up until April 2020 I was head of Coppetts Wood School which is in the same partnership group as Holly Park School and I am currently head of the Virtual School in Barnet. Being a headteacher means I have a thorough understanding of being a school leader; of how schools work and of the work of the governing body. I understand the importance of accurate self-evaluation to drive school improvement. Having led learning and teaching, as well as curriculum development and assessment I am confident in my ability to know what effective practice looks like. I have also been the Designated Safeguarding Lead and I am aware of the important role governors have in keeping our children safe. I feel my experience of being a school leader, as well as previously a staff and a parent governor in different schools, gives me a unique perspective to be able to both support Holly Park as well as ask questions and provide challenge, to ensure the children have the best possible educational experience they can. I have been both a staff and a parent governor (as well as a headteacher) and am well aware of the importance of the governing body, what a difference it can make to the school and what a support it can be to the headteacher. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on 24th May 2025
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: