Southgate School


Name Position Term of Office Expertise   
Mr Martin Lavelle                        Headteacher N/A   Img 6651
Ms Ashni Shah 

Chair of Local Governing Body

MLT Appointed Governor

14/03/2019 - 13/03/2023 Business and Finance  Photo coming shortly 
Dr. Jennie Somerville

Vice Chair of Governing Body 

Southgate Trust Appointed Governor 

30/06/2016 - 29/06/2020 Education  Jennie oct 2017 2
Mr Mervin Cato Southgate Trust Appointed Governor 07/12/2015 - 06/12/2019 Education and Local Authority 
Ms Santosh Kumar Elected Parent Governor  23/05/2017 - 22/05/2021 Law Santosh kumar
Ms Catalina Schveninger Elected Parent Governor  07/05/2019 - 06/05/2023 Business and HR  Catalina schevinger
Mrs Miriam Keene MLT Appointed Governor 18/10/2018 - 17/10/2022 Education   Photograph coming shortly 
Mr Simon Collyer  Southgate Trust Appointed Governor  11/10/2017 - 10/10/2021 Finance   Simon c 2
Ms Sarah Rushton Southgate Trust Appointed Governor  07/12/2015 - 06/12/2019 Law Img 7095
Miss Jennifer Presland Elected Support Staff Governor  27/09/2016 - 26/09/2020 Finance 
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Mr Barry Scott Elected Teacher Governor  22/02/2017-21/02/2021 Finance  Scott barry

Governor Profiles

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 Catalina Schveninger

I have 20 years of experience in human resources and studied communications and management.

I am passionate about the science of learning and coach young (and not so young) people to unlock their potential. At work, I have the privilege to develop global programs to get girls to pursue careers in STEM, diversity and tech skills being other areas of my expertise. I speak frequently at international fora  about these topics.

My personal purpose is to connect people to people and to opportunities so that they could thrive in the digital world.

I  have lived in Enfield for 3 years and have a son and daughter in year 8 at Southgate.

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.


Mr Simon Collyer 

I am a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Adviser. I have worked in accounting and tax for the past 24 years. I trained in audit and accounting and then moved into corporate tax consultancy. I have then worked in various in house tax departments of major international groups advising on tax issues and latterly specialising in the area of tax reporting, which involves calculating a group’s global tax charge, taking this through audit and communicating to stakeholders.

My work has given me expertise in accounting as well as in the calculation and presentation of financial numbers. I believe in giving all young people the best opportunities to achieve their potential. I hope I can use my knowledge and skills to assist the school is getting the most out of its limited financial resources.

I have lived in Enfield for the past 22 years.

Ms 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.

To contact a Governor, please either email: or by post to Ms Ashni Shah, C/O Southgate School, Sussex Way, Cockfosters, Enfield, EN4 0BL

Governors 2018/2019 who have now resigned from their positions:-

Dr Russell Silk 
Ms Christine Shields 
Mr Paul Stranks