Southgate School


Name Position Term of Office Committee  
Mr Martin Lavelle                        Headteacher N/A Full Governing Body, Staffing & Curriculum, Resources Committee Img 6651
Ms Christine Chamberlain Chair of Trustees 01/09/16 - 31/08/2020 Full Governing Body
Mrs Christine Shields Chair of Governing Body 06/07/2015 - 05/07/2019 Full Governing Body, Resources Committee (Chair) and Staffing and Curriculum Committee Img 6689
Dr. Russell Silk Vice Chair 06/07/2015 - 05/07/2019 Full Governing Body, Staffing and Curriculum and Resources Committee Img 6692
Ms Caroline Daly Trustee 01/09/16 - 31/08/2020 Full Governing Body Photo coming shortly
Ms Sarah Rushton Trustee 07/12/2015 - 06/12/2019 Full Governing Body Img 7095
Dr. Jennie Somerville Trust Appointed Governor  30/06/2016 - 29/06/2021 Full Governing Body Photo coming shortly
Mr Steven Dennis Parent Governor 06/07/2015 - 05/07/2019 Full Governing Body Img 7092
Ms Jennifer Yiallouros Parent Governor 09/05/2014 - 08/05/2018 Full Governing Body, Resources Committee, Staffing and Curriculum Committee Img 6706
Mr Mervin Cato Trust Appointed Governor 07/12/2015 - 06/12/2019 Full Governing Body
Ms Santosh Kumar  Co-opted Governor 23/05/2017 - 22/05/2021 Full Governing Body  Santosh kumar
Mr Paul Stranks Parent Governor 23/05/2017 - 22/05/2021 Full Governing Body Paul stranks photo
Miss Jennifer Presland Staff Governor 27/09/2016 - 26/09/2021 Full Governing Body
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Mr Barry Scott Staff Governors 22/02/2017-21/02/2022 Full Governing Body Photo coming shortly

Governor Profiles

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.

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 Jennifer Yiallouros

I was elected as a parent governor in June 2014 when my eldest son was in year 7, my youngest will join the school in September 2015. I sit on the Teaching and Learning committee as well as on the Resources committee.

I graduated from City University with a degree in Business Studies, I then went on to do a Masters in Applied Social Research at Westminster University. My PhD was in Medical Sociology from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I investigated the experiences of people diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer. I currently work as a Senior Health Evaluation and Research Analyst at Cancer Research UK.

Mr Steven Denis I've been on the Governing Body for 6 years, originally as a Parent and now as a Co-opted Governor. I have had two children attend the school.
Currently  I'm an Associate Director within Atkins’ one of the UK largest engineering and project management consultancies. Prior to this, I held various Senior Manager roles within Transport for London. I'm a Chartered Engineer with a specialism in contracting and asset management. In addition to an MBA I hold an MSc from Manchester University.
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.


Mr Mervin Cato

I work as head of Alternative Provision in the borough; working with children who are not in main stream education; vulnerable young people of secondary age who find it hard to engage with learning. I have worked in education for 13 years

I also work on a voluntary basis with Rudolph Walker, organising an annual drama award competition across 5 boroughs involving different secondary schools. This project has been really successful in engaging students from across London to prepare and perform their own plays at the Millfield Theatre.

I really appreciate the importance of family values, and the need to support young people to achieve the very best that they can.

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.

Mr Paul Stranks

I am a qualified graphic designer with many years experience in marketing, communication, strategic management and team leadership. Originally from Devon, I moved to London on graduating from art college and have lived in Enfield for over 25 years. In 1987 I started work as a publicity executive in the marketing department of Thorn EMI Lighting at their factory on the A10 which was the start of a career spanning 29 years. Ultimately managing an international team, frequently travelling in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, I retired from my role as Global Marketing Director in 2016 and now work from home as a freelance consultant and graphic artist. I became a Parent Governor in June 2017.

My work experience has required me to be an expert communicator both externally and internally at all levels of international management, including writing, preparing presentations and public speaking. I was responsible for the activity planning, target setting and monitoring of a substantial budget which was reported monthly. I believe that the increasing pressure on a good school to continually improve performance in the face of tightening budgets requires a strong combination of business acumen combined with first rate teamwork and communication skills.

I live in Winchmore Hill with my wife and daughter.

Ms Santosh Kumar 

I have been a children’s lawyer for over 20 years representing children and parents all over London. I also have extensive management (including financial) experience as a partner in a law firm.

I am passionate about education and each child receiving the very best education and creating opportunities for each child to excel, I believe we only get one chance to get it right.  Every day in my work I see what a difference committed teachers and outstanding schools can make in transforming the lives of children and their future prospects.

I have lived in Southgate for 13 years and have a daughter in year 9. I am an active member of the local community and committed to supporting the school to meet the challenges to come and achieve its full potential to excel.


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