Meet the Governors

Claire Ballak

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Chair of the Governing Body 

Claire was originally elected parent governor in 2019 and was co-opted in 2022. Claire has many years’ experience managing governance and compliance strategies and is currently the Head of Compliance at a business intelligence company.  Claire is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), has a Diploma in Investment Compliance and a LLB (Hons) Law degree. Claire was elected parent governor in 2019 and has a child attending school within the partnership.

Rachael Black

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Vice - Chair of the Governing Body 
Lead Governor for Safeguarding and Attendance

Rachael is a full-time parent and manages a neuro-divergent household, so understands the everyday stresses for families with children with additional needs. One of her sons has autism, so she invests time in learning how to provide an environment that best supports the neuro-divergent community. Her children attended Hugh Myddelton for 4 years, when her family lived in Amwell Street, before moving to St Albans in 2014. 

Rachael keeps busy with other voluntarily work - rescuing food from supermarkets to be given out to a wide variety of groups. She relaxes by cooking delicious vegan dishes and gets the most pleasure when sharing the joy of fantastic flavours with friends or those who think vegan food is inferior! 

Rob Casey, BSc. Eng., MCIWEM.

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Chair of the Finance & Operations Committee
Link governor for Environment

Rob was a governor for Hugh Myddelton School from 2015 and has chaired the Finance and Operations Committee for the LQP from 2019. Rob has over 40 years of experience in water systems engineering and for 20 years at Thames Water. Rob managed a group responsible for all clean water hydraulic modelling for a supply network supporting over 7.5 million customers. 

Rob is a member of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, was Chairman of the Metropolitan Branch in 1999/2000, and Master of the Water Conservators livery company for 2020/21. As a Trustee for the Water Conservation Trust, Rob coordinates the schools programme for the Trust and enjoys supporting water-related science and environmental learning in schools. 

Born and bred in London, Rob has a keen interest in the history of London’s water supply and is an ambassador for the Museum of London Archaeology. Somehow Rob has managed to remain a single man, in his spare time he enjoys country walks and is a life-long Manchester United supporter.

Cllr. Toby North 

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Chair of the Teaching and Standards Committee 
Lead Governor for Pupils with SEN-D

Toby was appointed as a local authority governor at Winton Primary School in 2018, and then co-opted as a governor when the Learning Quarter Partnership was formed. He works in public affairs for national children's charity, The Children's Society, and is a local councillor in the London Borough of Islington. 

Safiyo Bihi

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Parent Governor

Safiyo graduated with a Masters in Education. She works part-time as a SEN teacher. She has a daughter who attends Winton Primary. Since receiving the diagnosis of autism and global developmental delay for her daughter in 2018, she has immersed herself in learning about special needs and sharing her knowledge with her community. Safiyo holds free autism awareness events for BAME parents to provide support and relevant information for those in the BAME community who have children with additional needs. Her aim in holding these events is to empower, educate, and support them as they navigate this process. 

Anusri Brahma

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Lead Governor for Health and Safety

 

Anusri is an Islington local. She works as a Senior Consultant at a professional services firm within the Risk Advisory practice and is ACA qualified. Anusri is a keen reader, cook and (extremely novice) runner in her spare time. 

Tony McMahon

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Tony is the Headteacher at Winton. 

Ben Copsey

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Link Governor for Curriculum

Ben works at City, University of London managing the Primary School Outreach Programme. Prior to this he worked on First World War Heritage in London, and as an Archaeologist. He enjoys workshop and lesson design, and is interested in diversifying, broadening and deepening the Primary curriculum. He lives in East London, and spends his time plotting fossil hunting trips, museum visits and placating a grumpy cat.

Dan Dombey

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Dan Dombey was a parent governor from 2017 until his family temporarily moved out of the UK in 2019. He returned to the board in 2023.

In over two decades at the Financial Times, he has been a correspondent in Mexico, Brussels, Washington DC, Istanbul and Madrid. As Brexit editor during the second half of the last decade, he also coordinated the FT’s coverage of the UK’s departure from the EU. He is now one of the FT's main news editors.

Both Dan's children have enormously benefited from their time at Hugh Myddelton and all his family loves the school.

Sarah Gill

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Sarah is the Headteacher at Hugh Myddelton.

Asana Glass

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Parent Governor and Lead Governor for Equalities

Asana studied Fine Art at Central St Martins, and has had her sculptures exhibited in London and abroad. Asana started working in schools in 2003 first as a teaching assistant before completing a PGCE in 2006, and has extensive SEND training including a level 3 Elklan Award in Speech and Language. 

More recently Asana has been working as a freelance photographer of Art, her photographs have been in the Financial Times and the Guardian, and will be featured in an upcoming book on the Caribbean Artist Movement (CAM). 

Asana has a keen interest in inclusion and diversify the curriculum. 

Asana has two daughters at Hugh Myddelton Primary School, one in year 4 and the other is in nursery, both are thriving since starting, their confidence shining through. Asana loves to unwind by baking, reading and painting portraits in oil. 

Jacqueline Harris Baker

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Jacqueline was appointed a governor in November 2022. She lives in London. Jacqueline has 30 years professional experience as a solicitor in private and public sectors, including senior executive leadership. Jacqueline has previously served on school governing boards and as a trustee of a BAME theatre charity. She is passionate about education, diversity, inclusion, and social mobility. Jacqueline’s aim is to contribute her experience and enthusiasm to LQP schools.

Sarah-Jane Kennedy

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Staff Governor

Sarah-Jane began teaching in 2014 and has taught at Hugh Myddelton since 2017, working across key stages during this time. She is currently the STEM lead and has introduced annual STEM weeks, delivered staff training on how to ensure children are working scientifically and engaged children through a number of different clubs. She enjoys working with local external agencies such as Heyne Tillett Steel and Thames Water on projects such as World Water Day, to create exciting opportunities where children understand where their learning can lead them. Sarah-Jane became a staff governor in January 2019, working across the Learning Quarter Partnership.  

Nathalie Parker

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Nathalie is the Executive Headteacher of the Learning Quarter Partnership.

Joti Penrose-Stevens

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Joti has been a Solicitor for over 35 years and is a Partner in a global and national dispute resolution firm, working full time, in the City of London office.  Joti currently specialises in medical device product liability claims and is busy co-ordinating and working with other law firms in handling numerous claims arising as a result of a global voluntary product recall.  This work has involved her in travelling abroad in Europe and beyond, in pre-COVID times.

Joti lives in Islington and has been a governor of Winton Primary School since May 2013 and more recently a governor of the LQP since its formation in 2019.

When not working or attending to her LQP governor duties, Joti occasionally helps out at a voluntary luncheon club for the elderly in Brighton and enjoys meeting with friends and catching up socially over a nice meal.