A governing body has been appointed to oversee the creation of Michaela Community School. Each member is committed to ensuring the highest standards and best opportunities for the pupils at this new school and, through their areas of expertise, will make a positive contribution to children’s education in Brent.
Mr Chidi Amadi – Chair of Governors.
(appointed 24th May 2011)
Dr Amadi is a double graduate of King’s College London in both medicine and pharmacology and is now a practicing medical doctor in London and surrounding areas. He sits on the Advisory and Development Forum of the London deanery of junior doctors where he avidly represents 800 doctors. He has a wealth of experience in private tuition since 2008 and continues to tutor pupils. During his medical studies, he delivered as a board member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, as Deputy Chair of the annual British Medical Association conference, and pioneered a number of engaging events and conferences as Director of the King’s Think Tank Education Policy Centre. Chidi was appointed as Chair of Governors in July 2017.
Ms Pia Decarlucci – Governor. Responsible for Safeguarding.
(appointed 21st October 2013)
Ms Decarlucci was educated in Toronto and London , graduating from Goldsmiths College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. After working in the art world for many years she became a full-time mother of three. Ms Decarlucci enjoys comparing the UK education system to systems she has encountered abroad. She believes that parental involvement in schools is essential. Ms Decarlucci understands the fears parents have regarding their children’s education and is thrilled to be on the board of Michaela to provide a parent view. Ms Decarlucci’s focus is to ensure Michaela always seeks out the views of the parents to create a harmonious and inclusive community.
Ms Sharon Brittan – Vice Chair of Governors. Responsible for Safer Recruitment.
(appointed 21st March 2013)
Ms Brittan is first and foremost the proud mother of four beautiful children ranging from 6 to 20 years old! Ms Brittan is passionate in her support for initiatives that give children the best possible start in life. During a career spanning more than 25 years Ms Brittan has completed multiple real estate development projects and now advises on investment and asset management. Her achievements include co-founder and CEO of Britannia Row Business Centre, an award-winning property offering flexible workspace solutions; CEO of One Alfred Place, a private members business club in the west end of London which offers stylish, flexible work and meeting facilities where entrepreneurs and professionals combine to form a unique community; and CEO and Investment Director for a family office managing a portfolio of property, lifestyle and technology investments.
Mr Mohsin Drabu – Governor. Finance Committee.
(appointed 14th July 2014)
Mr Drabu is an investment banker working for Credit Suisse. He has three degrees, from Oxford, ESCP (Paris), and London Business School. He has 12 years’ experience in private tutoring and has run his own educational company. He was born and raised in Surrey, and has lived in France, Germany, Hong Kong and New York.
Ms Katie Ashford – Staff Governor. Deputy Headmistress. Designated Safeguarding Lead.
(appointed 10th December 2015)
Ms Ashford graduated from the University of Warwick. She has since worked as an English teacher and leader of SEN intervention in the West Midlands. She is a Teach First Ambassador and her vision for education is that all children, regardless of ability or background, should have their lives enriched by the written and spoken word. Her passion for literature stems from her own reading as a child, which encouraged her to join the teaching profession. Ms Ashford has spoken at national research and education conferences and has lectured PGCE students at the University of Birmingham. She has written for various websites and the Times Education Supplement, and has co-authored two books about teaching.
Mr Iskander Fernandez – Parent Governor
(appointed 3rd March 2015)
Mr Fernandez is a lawyer at a City law firm specialising in White Collar fraud and Regulatory work. Mr Fernandez advises individuals and corporations, both on the national and international stage, on a raft of legal issues. He studied Law at Queen Mary College, University of London, before embarking on the Legal Practice Course at what was then the College of Law (now the University of Law). Mr Fernandez is the father of four children, with the eldest studying at Michaela. He therefore has a vested interest in Michaela becoming a beacon school in the local area. Having lived in Brent for over ten years, Mr Fernandez is aware of the socio-economic issues that can act as a barrier to a child’s upbringing and is keen to support Michaela’s dedication to inspire and educate our future generation.
Mr Matthew Godfrey – Governor
(appointed 14th March 2018)
Matthew is a graduate of Durham University; he also holds a Master’s Degree in Education. He started his career as a graduate trainee with the global consultancy firm Accenture, but decided to switch into teaching after seven years in business. He completed his teacher training at the Institute of Education (University of London) in 2000 and has taught English language and literature at secondary schools ever since. Matthew has taught in both the maintained and independent sectors, and he is currently Deputy Head at one of the UK’s leading independent schools – Caterham School in Surrey. Matthew is married with three children.
Mrs Rebecca Williams – Governor
(appointed 3rd June 2019)
Mrs Williams graduated from Oxford University in 2003 with a degree and a masters in Mathematics. After graduating, she worked at Accenture in a range of roles with a focus on the energy industry. She then completed a PGCE at Oxford University and worked as a maths teacher for a number of years before leaving teaching when her eldest child was born. Mrs Williams is now the proud mother of three wonderful children and, since leaving teaching, has been employed by Edexcel (Pearson) in a wide range of positions including Examiner, Assessment Team Leader and Principal Examiner. She has a keen interest in all educational matters encompassing parental, teaching and assessment standpoints and is delighted to be contributing to the exceptional work that takes place at Michaela School.
Mrs Stephanie Ting – Governor
(appointed 22nd September 2020)
Mrs Ting has a First Class degree in Law from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Law (BCL) from Oxford University. She has worked in legal publishing at Thomson Reuters and financial crime consulting at Deloitte. However, her favourite job in the world was being the Head of Music at Michaela Community School from May 2018 to December 2020, where she had the immense privilege of writing the music curriculum and establishing the musical life of the school. Although she has moved on since to focus more on her local community in South East London, where she works for her local church, she is excited to continue to be part of Michaela as a governor.
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