Meet Our Governors 2016 - 2017
Chair of Governors, Safeguarding and
Child Protection, Personnel
|Mr. Mark Dunning|
|Vice Chair, Admissions, Personnel||Mr. Sven Beyrich|
|Lead Finance Governor, Admissions||Mr. Chris Pollitt|
|Clerk||Mrs. Elaine Denning|
|Executive Headteacher||Mr. Daniel Norris|
|Head of School||Mrs. Mair Henton|
|Assistant Headteacher||Mrs. Clare Rodenas|
|Parent Governor||Mr. Andrew Drazin|
|Personnel||Mr. Hamish Haldane|
|Parent Governor||Mrs. Sharon Kennedy|
|Admissions||Cllr. Carole Melvin|
|Personnel||Mr. David Morgan|
|Admissions||Mr. Chris Pollitt|
|Inclusion||Ms. Lisa Powell|
|Revd. Ann Lynes|
|Ms. Sarah-Jane Wheeler|
Mr. Mark Dunning
I was born and grew up in Bristol. My career in teaching has taken me to Surrey, Nottinghamshire and, more recently, to Harrow and Acton. I have been a headteacher since 1998 and have served in a variety of independent schools. I am blessed with three children, one of whom is about to take his GCSEs and another of
whom has just taken up a teaching post. My wife also works in a school so we are family whose heart beats to the drum of school life.
I am a Christian and an active member of my Church, Christ Church Roxeth, serving on the PCC and the Deanery Synod. I am the Harrow Deanery Representative on the London Diocesan Board for Schools and it is through the work of LDBS that I have come to know Holy Trinity, Northwood. I have had wide experience of school governance while serving as a head and also in serving on the governing bodies of four other schools. I bring to my role a passion for education as well as a strong desire to support good schools
in their quest for further development and ever advancing improvement.
Mr. Sven Beyrich
My name is Sven Beyrich and I am a Foundation Governor representing Holy Trinity's Parochial Church Council to which the school is linked.
I am married with a son who is at secondary school.
Having attended more than one International Evening at the school I have been impressed by how many different nationalities make up the wider school family. The cultural awareness of the children is outstanding.
I bring to the governoring body experience in finance and general business management skills. I am a member of the Governors’ Personnel Committee.
Cllr. Carol Melvin
I was born in Ilford Essex and grew up in Camden Town, both my Primary & Secondary education was at Church of England Schools. On leaving School I took up an apprenticeship as a Hairdresser.
My early married life was spent travelling with my husband who was an Army Bandmaster,
I have two daughters, both now happily married, and two grandsons. After serving 22 years my husband retired from the services, and having tried living in one or two different areas we finally settled in Northwood in 1996.
Since moving to Northwood, I have taken a real interest in our community. As a committed Christian, I am an active member of Emmanuel Church Northwood, I manage our Christian Bookstall, the Prayer Ministry Team, and the flower arranging team. This is a very important part of my life.
I have always had a particular interest in local politics, and joined the Ruislip Northwood Conservative Association shortly after coming to Northwood and have served on the Conservative Northwood Ladies and the Northwood Branch Committee. For the last 6 years I have served as the Branch Chairman.
I retired from full time employment as a Senior Credit Controller with Elida Faberge (a Unilever Company) in 2002. During my retirement I completed my studies with the Open University gaining a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Social Science with Social Policy, and a Diploma in Criminology.
From 2002 - 2008 I worked as one of the Volunteer Station Reception Officers in the Northwood Police Station, only leaving after my election as a Conservative Hillingdon Councillor representing the Northwood Ward in December 2008. I still serve on the Northwood Ward Police Panel, liaising with our Safer Neighborhood Team on issues and concerns raised by the Northwood Residents.
I am the Conservative representative on Community Voice, a group that helps link different organizations & individuals who want good NHS services. Community Voice has also led the campaign to keep the Cancer Centre at Mount Vernon and to stop the closure of Harefield and Mount Vernon Hospitals.
I am extremely pleased to have been appointed as the Hillingdon Local Authority appointed Governor at Holy Trinity Primary School.
Ms Sarah J Wheeler
At present I am a Foundation Governor representing Holy Trinity's Parochial Church Council.
I have lived in Northwood for over 20 years, have one son who attends Holy Trinity CofE school, currently in Year 5, and I help as a server at Holy Trinity Church.
I feel very strongly about supporting the school which takes such good care of my son’s education and development. Being a school governor is an interesting and enjoyable experience. The energy and commitment of the Headteacher and all the staff is fantastic and it is lovely to continue my involvement in Holy Trinity’s community. Prior to being a governor I was involved in the PTA.
The strong Christian ethos is prominent throughout the school, something which I fully support. I am pleased to join the Governing Body, offering a parent's perspective to the school's direction.
In my spare time I enjoy working as a Fixtures and Registrations Secretary at Northwood Football Club – another part of our community.
Mr. Andrew Drazin
I was appointed a Parent Governor in 2013. I have lived in Northwood since 1987 and I am married with two children attending Holy Trinity School.
My early career was in marketing in the food and telecoms industries with Allied Domecq and Cable & Wireless. In the late 1990s, I switched career to work in the executive search industry, and today I am a partner in a firm which specialises in the recruitment of senior technology executives.
I bring to the board of Governors a mix of financial and commercial management experience. As a parent of children attending Holy Trinity School, I feel I am able to represent the interests and views of other parents, to help the school thrive and achieve its longer-term goals.
Mr. Hamish Haldane
I am delighted to start working as Governor for Holy Trinity School this September (2016) and look forward to the challenges and pleasures of working with the School and Church communities.
Here is a little bit more about me.
Born and bred in London, I have been a secondary school teacher for the past six years, after completing my undergraduate degree in languages at Durham University, followed by my PGCE at Bristol University. I currently teach French, Italian and Spanish at Harrow School, having worked at the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Elstree previously. At Harrow, I am Head of the Italian department and look after Fencing at the school. I am also heavily involved in the Army section of the Combined Cadet Force. Outside of school, I have been an examiner for Pearson Edexcel for the past two years.
Other than reading and the cinema, I have a keen passion for travel, having lived and worked abroad in France and Italy and having travelled extensively in Central and Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, North America, India, Argentina and Morocco. I am an enthusiast of most outdoor activities, including hiking and camping and I enjoy most sports, but particularly hockey, fencing and tennis.
I currently live on Harrow-on-the-Hill with my partner, Paula, who is a mindfulness trainer and yoga teacher.
Mr. Chris Pollitt
I grew up in North Yorkshire, before reading Economics and Management at Oxford University. Upon graduation I began my career in secondary teaching, with my first teaching post being at St. Edward’s School, Oxford. After four years I moved on to take up my current post of Head of Economics at Harrow School.
As well as my academic responsibility for the running of the Economics department, with nearly 200 boys studying the subject at A-level, I have a pastoral role as the live-in Assistant House Master of one of the boarding houses, called Newlands. I coach football and athletics at the School and I am heavily involved in advising pupils on university applications.
In addition to my love of sport, I am a keen musician and enjoy reading and travelling in the holidays.
I was appointed Governor of Holy Trinity School in 2016 and I am excited to be able to support this vibrant community and to help to build ever-stronger links between Holy Trinity School and Harrow School.
Mr. David Morgan
I grew up in Worcester and went to the University of Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. After completing my degree, I taught at St. Edward’s School, Oxford before spending a number of years working in management at Tesco PLC where I helped set up internet shopping in Turkey. My team were also responsible for supporting grocery home shopping in ten countries across Asia and Europe which led me to live and work in India for a while. I have been fortunate enough to travel broadly to more than 50 countries across 5 continents.
I also co-founded LEAP – an active leadership course for young people.
In 2014 I joined Harrow School to teach Economics and Business and coach rugby, football and cricket. I am passionate about education and was keen to join the Governorship team at Holy Trinity school to learn and support where I can. I was drawn to the schools strong ethos and sense of purpose. Proverbs 22:6 says “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it”.
Ms Lisa Powell
I was born in London and grew up in Northampton where my two great loves were English and helping people and so it was no great surprise when I went to Winchester to read English as my major subject and also qualified as a teacher. I volunteered to teach in the East End of London and my first job was teaching in a state school in Northampton where my interest in learning difficulties was born. I did much charity work for children with learning difficulties and qualified as a specialist teacher and then a specialist assessor to diagnose learning difficulties. I moved on to an Independent School for Dyslexic learners, teaching and assessing throughout the Junior and Senior schools, a wonderful experience only trumped by the birth of my son – for whom I thought I would be happily steaming vegetables all day and singing at toddler groups. It actually transpired that some of my lovely class wanted to be Home Schooled and so I started Park house Dyslexia Centre where I taught the wonderful children in small groups.
As my son grew up so did Park House; I continued to tutor and assess in England and overseas but also became an education consultant to parents, schools, universities and the work place advising on SEN provision, policy, practice and criteria. In addition I dedicated a day a week pro bono to the Local Authority to teach and assess Looked After Children. After ten amazing years I returned to school teaching at Stowe as a Learning Support teacher and assessor and moved to Harrow School in September 2014 becoming Head of Learning Support in 2015. I work at Harrow four days a week and continue with my consultancy, assessment and tuition work one day per week. I advise parents in school choices, run sessions for students experiencing issues with anxiety, self-esteem, memory, executive functioning, memory, sensory processing and visual processing skills. I am also studying for my MA in Special Educational Needs and have the pleasure/pain of experiencing what it feels like on the other side of the desk!
I am honoured to join Holy Trinity School as a governor this September 2016 and look forward to being part of the warm community.
- Holy Trinity CEPS Governing Body Register of Interests 2016.pdf
- Holy Trinity School Governing Body October 2016.pdf