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Governors

Who are we?

We are a group of volunteers including parents, staff and the local community.
Several of the current governors, including our Community Governors, are parents of pupils or ex-pupils at the school. 

    Appointment of Governors

    Oliver Benjamin-Lowin Community  10/02/2017 to 09/02/2021
    Susan Jackman Community  18/10/2018 to 17/10/2022
    Mark Lyttle Community  18/10/2018 to 17/10/2022
    Charlotte Hickman Parent (Vice Chair) 10/02/2017 to 09/02/2021
    Fatima Ba-Alawi Parent 04/03/2019 to 03/03/2023
    Rebecca Lyons Community (Chair) 02/04/2019 to 01/04/2023
    Pauline Casbolt Staff Headteacher (NV) 12/09/2017 to 11/09/2021
    David Worrall Executive Headteacher Does not have a term as he is the EHT.
    Nadeem Javaid Parent  04/03/2019 to 03/03/2023
    James Harrington Community 28/06/2019 to 27/06/2023
    Chong Lee Community 28/06/2019 to 27/06/2023
    Chana King Associate 26/09/2019 to 25/09/2023
    Susannah Davies Community 15/12/2018 to 14/12/2022
    Carol Hill Parent 04/03/2019 to 03/03/2023
  • Rebecca Lyons - Chair of Governors and Link Governor for Safeguarding

    I have been associated with Hillyfield as a parent for the past four years and both of my children currently attend the school. I was part of the parent council and involved in enrichment sessions and then decided I would like to be more involved and committed to the school as a governor. My background is in Higher Education – until October 2017, I was the director of two history of art degree programmes run by Christie’s auction house in conjunction with the University of Glasgow.  I am now the director of a continuing professional development programme at the Attingham Trust.   I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in October 2017.  I very much enjoy working with the dedicated and exceptional staff at Hillyfield, and particularly enjoy our governor monitoring visits where we get to see the fantastic, creative classrooms and happy, confident learners.

  • Oliver Benjamin - Link Governor for SEN

    I am Director of Employment and Skills at A New Direction (and creative education charity) where I lead on employment and skills around progression into the creative industries. This manifests itself in an innovative programme called Create Jobs which offers innovatives solutions to skill gaps and growth areas within the wider digital economy, matching local talent with local employment opportunities.
    My background is as a programme producer and manager with over 14 years of experience working in education and cultural sectors focusing on the progression of young people through task-based and purposeful learning.
     
    I am also a parent of a Year 2 pupil.

  • Charlotte Hickman - Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Education & Standards Committee, and Link Governor for Pupil Premium

    I am a community governor at Hillyfield and I joined in January 2017. I have been involved with the
    school for almost a decade as my three children all attended. I am currently the Vice-chair of
    Governors and as well as sitting on both the Resources and Education and Standards Committees, I
    have a specific role as a link governor for pupil premium funding. This is such an important area and
    I work closely with the school’s senior management team to ensure that pupils from all
    backgrounds benefit from a fantastic education and range of opportunities. My professional
    background is as an economist and civil servant, primarily in the area of crime and policing and
    currently I lead on policy around domestic abuse. It is great to be able to put that experience to use
    in a different way to help and support Hillyfield to be the very best it can be.

  • Fatima Ba-Alawi - Link Governor for Training

    I have been a parent governor since 2015 and I very much enjoy the role. Both my children come to Hillyfield (Park site) and we love the School and its values.
    My background is in business and innovation where I have been involved in the running of own Company (DCS Designs Ltd) for the past 10 years with the NHS being our main client. I am currently writing books for children and I am trying to get them published, watch the space…


    I am passionate about getting the best for all the children of Hillyfield and their parents as well as the wider community. I will always support the school leadership where I am confident that the best is being provided. However, if I have doubts, I will not hesitate to question and challenge.
    Many of you know me and see me in the playground everyday. I am friendly and approachable and I am always happy to help where I can. However, if I am unable to help, I will point you in the right direction.

  • Mark Lyttle - Chair of the Resources Committee

    I am an independent governor. I have been running IT businesses for over 20 years and am Chairman of my own business. I have lots of experience on the finance side in particular. I also have a passion for sports and had National roles in swimming and sailing and am currently Chairman of British Fencing.

     

     

     

  • Susan Jackman Hills

    Hello my name is Susan Jackman Hills and I have lived in Walthamstow for over 30 years, I originally come from Islington. I was born in England and my parents came from Trinidad to England with my older brothers and sister in the mid 1950s. I have a 36 year old son who went to Aveling Park School, which is now the site of Hillyfield at the Park. I have worked for London Underground for 35 years which most of those have been in a managerial role. I have experience of managing budgets, Health and Safety, risk assessments, managing people, and Underground Stations. I am currently the TfL Resilience Ambassador Manager; my role is to provide Ambassadors who hold a station licence to provided assistance at Underground Station which will be effected by a large events. I decided to become a School Governor as I am very interested in children's education, especially those with Special Needs as I have a son who is severely Dyslexic and have first hand experience of the difficulties of getting the correct support. I hope that all my experience can be used to help Hillyfield Academy achieve their goals in being a school of excellence.

  • James Harrington

    I am a Civil Service Fast Streamer, having joined the graduate leadership programme in October 2017. I graduated with a BA International Relations (Hons), from the University of Birmingham. I am a ‘new’ school governor, and have been impressed with the warmth and calibre of the teachers and fellow governors. I look forward to working with those associated with Hillyfield, to grow the enriching environment that the students and staff currently enjoy. 

     

     

     

  • Nadeem Javid

    As a father of three children I am honoured to serve the school as a parent governor and work with the school to ensure all our children are getting the best out of their time at school.
    I work as a Senior Adviser to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, focusing on social integration and communities. My role is to ensure that the Mayor is kept informed of Londoners’ concerns, whilst helping to devise and implement
    London’s social integration strategy. From City Hall, I work closely with voluntary organisations and community groups, supporting them to improve the lives of Londoners.
    I am proud that Hillyfiled is a wonderfully diverse school and I want to make sure we embrace and celebrate our diversity as much as possible.

  • Carol Hill

    I have a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, spent most of my 20s in China teaching English to adults and children and have over 15 years experience working in educational publishing. I’m currently working as an Innovation Consultant, facilitator and mentor. Education has always been important to me – and I believe that together with the breadth of Hillyfield’s curriculum and the vision of the school to highlight every child’s brilliance, all our children will be set up for success in the future. I am a parent of two children (one in year 4 and one in reception from September 2019) and am interested in learning more about the school from a new perspective. I look forward to doing my part in making further improvements to the school, whether it’s through the curriculum, parent engagement, impact, wellness or diversity and inclusion.
     

Members

We currently have 5 members, listed below, who meet annually.  Two of our members are also Trustees.  All our members have extensive experience in school governance. 

  • Michael Carter - Chair

     I am a solicitor and magistrate, working for the Bar Council of England and Wales, regulating the conduct of barristers. Prior to my   involvement with Hillyfield, I was a school governor of Noel Park Academy for four years. I am committed to Hillyfield's aims of   helping every child to achieve their full potential. 

     

     

  • Rebecca Lyons - Trustee

    I have been associated with Hillyfield as a parent for the past four years and both of my children currently attend the school. I was part of the parent council and involved in enrichment sessions and then decided I would like to be more involved and committed to the school as a governor. My background is in Higher Education – until October 2017, I was the director of two history of art degree programmes run by Christie’s auction house in conjunction with the University of Glasgow.  I am now the director of a continuing professional development programme at the Attingham Trust.   I was elected Chair of the Governing Body in October 2017.  I very much enjoy working with the dedicated and exceptional staff at Hillyfield, and particularly enjoy our governor monitoring visits where we get to see the fantastic, creative classrooms and happy, confident learners.

  • Helen Emera

    Bio coming soon...

  • Charlotte Hickman - Trustee

    I am a community governor at Hillyfield and I joined in January 2017. I have been involved with the school for almost a decade as my three children all attended. I am currently the Vice-chair of Governors and as well as sitting on both the Resources and Education and Standards Committees, I have a specific role as a link governor for pupil premium funding. This is such an important area and I work closely with the school’s senior management team to ensure that pupils from all backgrounds benefit from a fantastic education and range of opportunities. My professional background is as an economist and civil servant, primarily in the area of crime and policing and currently I lead on policy around domestic abuse. It is great to be able to put that experience to use in a different way to help and support Hillyfield to be the very best it can be.

  • Andrew Jacobs

    Bio coming soon..

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