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.
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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.
Ms Suella Braverman – Governor.
(appointed 24th May 2011)
Ms Fernandes was born in Northwick Park Hospital and grew up in Kenton and Wembley, attending Uxendon Manor Primary School. After studying Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge University, she worked as a Barrister for 10 years in London and qualified as an Attorney in New York City. She is a founding member of Michaela Community School and has chaired the Board of Governors since 2013. She has been the Member of Parliament for Fareham since 2015, representing the Conservative Party. She is a member of the Education Select Committee in Parliament.
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 Yvonne Zhang – Governor. Finance Committee.
(appointed 14th July 2014)
Ms Zhang works for a management consultancy firm in London, having previously taught Mathematics at an inner-city secondly school in Birmingham. A Teach First Ambassador, she is particularly aware of the importance of a strong academic record for the future prospects of pupils from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Before teaching, Ms Zhang studied Economics and History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
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.
Reverand David Ackerman – Governor. Responsible for Health and Safety.
(appointed 3rd March 2016)
The Rev Ackerman is Vicar of St John’s Church, Kensal Green. After studying Theology and gaining a PGCE in Religious Education he continued studies in Rome. Having worked in a diverse range of parishes and been governor of a number of schools he more recently graduated with an LLM from Cardiff Law School and in addition to his current responsibilities is a doctoral student at Durham University. Having visited the school and been impressed by its pupils, staff and ethos and vision he asked to be considered as a governor to support the leadership of Michaela as it inspires pupils in their education and formation.
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 Jonathan Foreman – Governor. Safeguarding Deputy.
(appointed 10th December 2015)
Mr Foreman is a journalist and a senior research fellow at the Civitas think tank. He was educated at a variety of state and independent schools on both sides of the Atlantic and was awarded an Exhibition to read History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. He subsequently received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and practiced law in New York. Much of his career has been spent in South Asia and he was the founding editor of The Indian Quarterly magazine in Mumbai.
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.
Mr Robert Peal – Governor.
(Appointed 14th March 2018)
Mr Peal is a history teacher at the West London Free School, and the Programme Leader of the BPP University PGCE. he is also author of Knowing History, a series of Key Stage 3 textbooks published by Collins. Having trained to become a teacher from 2011 with Teach First, Robert went on to work for the think tank Civitas, with whom he published his first book, Progressively Worse. From 2015-16, he worked as ‘Teacher in Residence’ at the Department for Education, mainly working as a policy advisor and speech writer for the Schools Minister Nick Gibb.