The main role of the governors is one of monitoring and evaluation to support the head and her staff.

Holy Trinity & S. Silas Governing Board

We help the Senior Leadership Team to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. We have a legal responsibility to:

  • ensure that the National Curriculum is followed;
  • oversee the school’s budget;
  • monitor the condition of the school buildings and grounds;
  • ensure that Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) are met.

To fulfil our role we have two committees:

  1. The Performance and Effectiveness Committee scrutinises the school curriculum, SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) provision, school results and data, and policies in these areas.
  2. The Resources and Finance Committee scrutinises finance and staffing across the school, looking at the budget, staffing, performance management, benchmarking against other schools and related policies. Each committee meets twice a term and reports to a full Governing Board meeting every half term. There are also other sub-committees that meet from time to time to cover a specific task, for example setting and reviewing the head teacher’s performance agreement.

The Governors

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different bodies that have an interest in the school. These are the Local Authority (“LA”), Deanery Synod, parish, parents and staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

Holy Trinity & S. Silas governors are committed to their goal of achieving an outstanding education for all pupils within a highly stimulating and creative environment.

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Father Graeme Rowlands – Chair of governors; Ex officio

Father Graeme Rowlands is parish priest of S. Silas, Kentish Town, and of Holy Trinity Church.

Fr. Graeme was ordained as a priest in 1977 and began his ministry in London in 1989.

Fr. Graeme is chair of governors at the school, where he also teaches music and leads the school choir.

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Katie Roden – Vice chair of governors; Deanery Synod governor; chair of the Performance and Effectiveness Committee

Joint link governor for Early Years.

Katie is a publishing consultant specialising in book and digital content development. She has worked extensively with educational publishers as well as with top authors and brands in fiction, non-fiction and sport. Katie chairs the Performance Committee and is particularly passionate about tracking children’s progress and monitoring data.

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Tessa Anslow – Associate member of the Governing Body; member of Performance and Effectiveness Committee

Link governor for SEN and inclusion, including Pupil Premium.

Tessa is a secondary school English teacher with responsibility for Key Stage 3 literacy. She is also mother to two former HT&SS pupils and a part-time gardener.

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Jacqui Miller – PCC governor; member of the Performance and Effectiveness Committee

Joint link governor for child protection and safeguarding, and Looked-After (and post-Looked-After) Children.

Jacqui has been attending Holy Trinity and S. Silas churches for the past five years, but has been involved with children’s work at Holy Trinity for a little longer.

She is a primary school teacher, leading Year 5 in a three-form entry primary school in the London borough of Haringey. She has taught Years 4, 5 and 6 and has a particular interest in languages and maths.

Jacqui is married to Fr. Luke Miller, who is the Archdeacon of London and chair of the London Diocesan Board for Schools.

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Sue Osborne – Co-opted governor, nominated by the Mercers’ Company; member of the Performance and Effectiveness Committee

Link governor for Key Stage 2.

Sue is a retired primary school teacher and a member of the Mercers’ Company.

Sue lives in Surrey with her husband, and has two adult sons and a baby grandson.

When not at the school or Mercers’ Hall, Sue enjoys playing golf, the theatre and gardening.

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Lisa Newman – Parent governor; member of the Performance and Effectiveness Committee

Link governor for Key Stage 1.

Lisa is a marketer with experience across many business sectors and a current role in the drinks industry.

She plays an active role in Parents in Partnership and Sunday School at Holy Trinity Church. Her son, Dylan, is a former pupil of the school and her daughter, Freya, is in Year 3.

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Neil McIntyre – Staff Governor

Neil is the deputy head at Holy Trinity & S. Silas.

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Lorraine Dolan – Ex officio; Member of the Performance and Effectiveness and Resources and Finance committees

Lorraine is headteacher of Holy Trinity & S. Silas.

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Boo Sethi Cakir – Parent governor; chair of the Resources and Finance Committee

Boo is joint link governor for Early Years.

She is a qualified accountant working in the entertainment industry.

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Carl Hindmarch – PCC governor; member of the Resources and Finance Committee

Link governor for governor training and development.

Carl is a writer and director who works in film and television. He is a graduate of Leeds University and both of his children are former pupils of the school.

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Hannah Palmer – Deanery Synod governor; member of the Resources and Finance Committee

Link governor for the arts.

Hannah works as a freelance charity administrator and photographer. She is a member of the Mercers’ Company and sits on the Charter 600 Charity Committee. She has been a governor since April 2013.

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Mimi Phung- London Diocesan Board for Schools governor; member of the Resources and Finance Committee

Link governor for RE and Christian worship.

Mimi works in the philanthropy sector. She has volunteered for a few big sporting events including the London Olympics in 2012, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the Rio Olympics in 2016.

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Eva Balcells – London Diocesan Board for Schools governor; member of the Resources and Finance Committee

Joint link governor for child protection and safeguarding, and Looked-After (and post-Looked-After) Children.

Eva studied modern languages and international relations in Spain and Scotland, and later qualified as an English lawyer. She has many years’ experience working in the finance industry and is a mum to two young children.

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Mohsin Drabu – local authority governor; member of the Resources and Finance Committee

Link governor for data protection.

Mohsin has been working in financial services for the past seven years.

He lives in West Hampstead with his wife and baby daughter.

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