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Biographies

Anita Yiannoullou (Chair)


Length of service as Governor or involvement with Hornsey School for Girls and committee responsibilities:

Anita is a Co-opted Governor and has been on the Board since November 2012. She is a member of the Site and Curriculum Committees. She has 2 young daughters, both at Hornsey School for Girls. 

Background:

Anita is a marketing professional with over 15 years experience in the professional, health and fitness, sport in the community and not for profit sectors. Experience includes: Board consultation; brand development; customer relationship management; new product development; internal and external communications; event development, and building successful teams.

For the last 10 years Anita has been the Company Director for Sanjuro Training Systems Ltd, offering accessible martial art based fitness classes to all ages and abilities of people across London’s diverse communities.

Personal interest in Hornsey School for Girls:

Anita, lives locally to Hornsey School for Girls and has always lived in North London. She attended a girls’ school in the neighbouring borough of Islington in the 1980s and now has both daughters at the school and wants to be actively involved in improving the education experience for everyone.

Local interest:

In her spare time Anita is an active member of local community projects to get more people active.

Vision for the future of Hornsey School for Girls:

I became a parent governor so that I could help in any way I can to ensure that every girl leaves Hornsey School for Girls with the confidence, knowledge and skills to achieve the goals they set themselves in life.



Parent Governors


Jon Marks
 

Length of service as Governor or involvement with Hornsey School for Girls and committee responsibilities: 

Jon has been a Governor at Hornsey School for Girls for two years and represents the parents’ perspective on the Governing Body.  He has had 2 daughters in the school and will be adding a third within the next few years.

Background:

Jon has worked for all his adult life in a range of manual and management jobs. He has extensive experience sitting on Supplementary Benefits Appeal Tribunals as well as a previous member of the panel for Industrial Tribunals. He has recently retired after a career of 40 years working for Network Rail and its predecessor companies.  His most recent management experience  involved managing performance and signallers. Prior to that he was a Health and Safety Instructor.

Personal interest in Hornsey School for Girls:

Having had 2 daughters either at or going through Hornsey Jon felt that the communication between school and parents left a lot to be desired and it was his aim to improve it.

Local interest:

Since taking office 7 years ago Jon has taken a keen interest in many local issues surrounding the school including meetings with community partners including local resident neighbours. Jon has chaired many internal Disciplinary and Appeals panels which deal with both pupils and staff. Most recently he has chaired the Head Teacher’s Performance Committee.

Vision for the future of Hornsey School for Girls:

Things are changing rapidly in the world of secondary education. The advent of Free schools and Academies has posed serious challenges for the school’s ability to recruit girls from across the whole community. Curriculum and financial changes are also being forced on schools which continue to have the potential to impact adversely on our performing arts ethos.

We need a clear focus on how we wish to adapt to these changes without losing sight of our primary aim; giving our girls a first rate education which will prepare them for the challenges that grown-4up life demands.  My vision is that we can provide our young women with a sharp and critical mind which they can use to steer their way through all of life’s challenges.

 


Dee Buchanan
 

Length of service as Governor or involvement with Hornsey School for Girls and committee responsibilities:

Dee joined Hornsey School for Girls as a Parent Governor in October 2013. She is the link Governor for CPSHE, SEN, Dance and Drama, and is also a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Background:

Dee has over 20 years experience in education with 10 years teaching. She is a PSHE accredited teacher and has co-ordinated and led school Drugs Education and Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). Dee is passionate about education and having ran her own voluntary organisation Just Parents as an advocate and advisor for parents and children in collaboration with schools and Local authorities.

Personal interest in Hornsey School for Girls:

Dee currently has one daughter in Year 10 and one who previously attended the school.

Vision for the future of Hornsey School for Girls:

I welcome the opportunity in supporting staff, parents and pupils to achieve and maintain a high standard of education that enables all girls to reach their highest potential.

 

Co-opted Governors

Jane de Swiet


Length of service as Governor or involvement with Hornsey School for Girls and committee responsibilities:

Jane has recently become a school governor at Hornsey and is a member of the Staffing Committee.

Background:

She was  headteacher of the Henrietta Barnett School, a girls' secondary school in Barnet and in retirement has worked  in education, initially advising governing bodies and also as a governor in both primary and secondary schools. She has also served as a trustee of Toynbee Hall, a charity in Tower Hamlets  and Open Door in Crouch End which offers free confidential counselling and psychotherapy to young people.


Karen Christie
 

Length of service as Governor or involvement with Hornsey School for Girls and committee responsibilities:

Karen has been on the board since 1999 originally recruited as a parent governor; she is now a Community Governor. During this period she was Chair for 8 years. She is a member of the Site and Finance Committees and is Link Governor for Looked After Children.

Background:

After studying Applied Biology at the South Bank Polytechnic Karen eventually ended up in social Housing. As a Housing Manager she was involved in the regeneration programme and sustainability strategy for a housing estate in Hackney. She was also a Company Director for a youth organisation providing youth activities for children on the estate.

Today Karen is a carer for her mother and advocates for and supports 2 families as well as working as a Midday Team Leader at a primary school.

Vision for the future of Hornsey School for Girls:

I would like to see Hornsey School for Girls go from strength to strength and for our girls to develop in their knowledge, confidence, reasoning, self worth and determination prepared and ready for the next stage after Hornsey.


Marnie Caton
 

Length of service as Governor or involvement with Hornsey School for Girls and committee responsibilities:

Marnie originally joined Hornsey’s governing body as a parent governor 13 years ago and has been a community governor for about 8 years. She is Chair of Finance and a member of the Steering group; and is link governor for the sixth form.

Background:

She is Chair of Finance and a member of the Steering group; and is link governor for the sixth form.  Trained as a planner, she has worked in a number of different roles in local government in London, as well as in private consultancy and economic research.  She is currently head of a data and ICT team in Children’s Services in Islington.

Vision for the future of Hornsey School for Girls:

I want to contribute to Hornsey School for Girls becoming an outstanding school for all the girls who go there now and will in the future.