Southgate School


Name Position Term of Office Committee  
Ms Christine Chamberlain Chair of Trustees 01/09/16 - 31/08/20 Full Governing Body Chamberlain
Mrs Christine Shields Trustee 06/07/15 - 05/07/19 Full Governing Body, Resources Committee and Standards & Personnel Committee Shields
Dr Russell Silk Trustee 06/07/15 - 05/07/19 Full Governing Body, Resources Committee and Standards & Personnel Committee Silk
Dr Caroline Daly  Trustee 01/09/16 - 30/08/20 Full Governing Body  Caroline daly3
Ms Sarah Rushton Trustee 07/12/15 - 06/12/19 Full Governing Body  Img 7095



Ms Christine Chamberlain

I have been privileged to spend over 30 years in various roles within the Civil Service across a number of Government Departments. This included working for ACAS London as a Conciliator and Senior Conciliator, resolving employment disputes, and as a trained and accredited Mediator. I also worked for 10 years managing part of the biggest industrial injury scheme in the world, which compensated ex coal miners.

I serve as a Magistrate on the North London Bench, sitting as a Chair in the adult, youth and family courts. As a JP, I have undertaken a number of roles, including as mentor and appraiser. I am also currently Deputy Chair of the Bench Training and Development Committee.

For 20 years I have sat as an independent panel member for Enfield, assisting the Borough by chairing appeal hearings against school admissions and student exclusions. I also advise the Borough on complaints relating to Councillor conduct.

 Prior to joining Southgate, I was Chair of Governors at a Secondary Academy in Barnet, where I served for over 7 years. I have successfully completed the Chairs of Governors Leadership Development Programme which was delivered by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Ms Christine Shields

Initially elected as a parent governor when my son joined Southgate School in 2002, I am now a community governor with responsibility for resources, discipline and safeguarding. I chair the finance and discipline committees. I am also an independent panellist helping the local authority with admissions appeals.

I run an economics consultancy, providing independent analysis for business on the global economy, economic policy and country risk. Prior to that, I worked for over twenty years in the City, for Royal Bank of Scotland and then Standard Chartered Bank, specialising in global economics and country risk.

I have travelled extensively, especially in Asia, and am a regular conference speaker and commentator on country risk issues. My degrees, BSc (Econ) and MSc (Econ), are both from the LSE, where I studied after working in UK government service and running my own accounts consultancy.  I live in East Barnet with my insurance broker son.

Dr Russell Silk

I joined the Governing Body over fifteen years ago as a Parent Governor when my son Matthew attended the school.  As a Co-opted Governor I am currently Vice Chair.  Over the years I have served the Governing Body in various capacities including Chair of Governors and Chair of Curriculum and Staffing Committee.  

Now retired I spent most of my career as a BT Manager primarily responsible for managing technical areas in the field of satellite communications. This included establishing technical policy and representing the company in international bodies.  I latterly acted  as business development manager for new satellite commercial opportunities which frequently meant I dealt with UK and EU government agencies. I graduated from Sussex University with a Mathematical Physics degree and my PhD was from Leicester University in Astrophysics.

Dr Caroline Daly 

I am currently the Co-Director for Initial Teacher Education at UCL Institute of Education, having taught for ten years in secondary schools before moving into teacher education as a PGCE tutor. I have worked in developing professional development for early career teachers in England and Wales, leading the Masters in Teaching and Learning for the London region between 2010-2014. Since 2012 I have worked closely with Cardiff University to direct a national initiative to provide professional learning as an entitlement for new teachers. Collaboration with partner schools has been a core feature of these roles. 

My PhD is from the Institute of Education and is in teacher education. Much of my work has been dedicated to researching issues that explore the ethical dimensions of teacher education, and how we can support professional development for newly qualified teachers. I am a great believer in universities working closely with school partners to develop teaching quality and build capacity to educate teachers. 

Miss Sarah Rushton

I graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Law and then went on to qualify as a solicitor in London with a Top 20 legal practice.  I am now a partner in a Central London Law firm, where I practice employment law.  Prior to returning to private practice in 2005, I worked for 5 years in the City as in house counsel for a broking firm.   

As well as practicing employment law,  I also write for various legal publications on a variety of employment law and HR matters.  I am relatively new to the area having moved to Enfield in 2015.  I have two children, one who is at university and the other who attends a Secondary school in Haringey.