Who Are The Governors?
We have four types of governor: Parent Governors, who are elected by the parents of the school; Staff Governors, who 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 acting chair of the governing body
I am a parent of three children, my daughter left Holly Park in 2015 and my son is currently in Year 6. My working background is in risk management in the financial services, particularly professional ethics. In my spare time, I enjoy playing and watching sport – and latterly ferrying the school football team as they represent Holly Park across Barnet. 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. My term of office as a governor of the school runs until 4 December 2021.
Fiona Vettiankal – Community Governor and Vice Chair of the Governing Body.
I joined the governing body in April 2011. I am chair of the Learning & Teaching Committee. 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. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on December 1, 2018.
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 and am chair of the Premises Committee working with the site manager to keep the school in good repair and appearance. I am also on the Eco Council and take an active interest in the school allotment. I am the Online Safety Governor. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on March 7, 2020.
Clare Wischhusen – Parent Governor
I have been a Holly Park parent since 2011. My son is now in Year 5 and very much enjoying his time here. 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 and Trips and Visits. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on February 3, 2019.
Gael Birtill – Parent Governor
I have a daughter who is in Year 3 at Holly Park having enjoyed her time in Nursery and Reception. I work as a speech and language therapist in schools and nurseries and homes and have previous experience as an Irish music teacher and as a teaching assistant. I am looking forward to being part of the team of Governors and contributing to the life of the school and am part of the Teaching and Learning committee and chair of the Staff and Student Welfare committee. I am the Governor responsible for Attendance. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on March 29, 2019.
I have two daughters in Holly Park. I have been working in the IT industry since 2001 and I currently work for the NHS as an IT Project Manager. I joined the Governing Body in 2015 and I am looking forward working with the other Governors to help shape and improve the school. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on March 29, 2019. I am chair of the Finance Committee.
Michael Crooks – Parent Governor
I have two daughters who attend Holly Park. I became a member of The Governing Body in February 2016 and am a qualified accountant currently working in the Insurance sector. I am interested in ensuring that each child has the best educational experience during their time at Holly Park. I am a member of the Finance and Learning & Teaching committees. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends on February 11, 2020.
John Harte – Parent Governor
I have two children at Holly Park and joined the governing body as a parent governor in June 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
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. My term of office ends on July 3, 2021.
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, 2019.
Clare Hegarty – Community Governor
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
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. My term of office as a Governor at the school ends in 2022.
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 email@example.com
Tim Graveney – Acting Chair of Governors
Here you can see how often Governors attend school events and meetings: