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  Ashni shah
Dr. Jennie Somerville

Vice Chair of Governing Body 

Southgate Trust Appointed Governor 

30/06/2016 - 29/06/2020 Education  Jennie oct 2017 2
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  

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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
Mr Barry Scott Elected Teacher Governor  22/02/2017-21/02/2021 Education   Scott barry
Mrs Fiona Bates  Elected Support Staff Governor 01/10/2019 - 30/09/2023  Education  Bates fiona

Governor Profiles

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 Ashni Shah

I work in social consulting; bringing business and investment models to social change. My focus for the past 2 years has been on developing new models of support for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, including children at risk of entering care or already in care, young people leaving social care, and young people not in education or employment. My work means that I work closely with local authorities and central government, including the Dept. for Education.

My background is in the corporate sector, having completed by MBA in 2017 and prior to this, working for GlaxoSmithKline for 4 years.

I have lived in Enfield since childhood and hope to bring some of my experience, network and skills to Southgate School to enable its students and staff to continue to thrive.

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 2019/2020 who have now resigned from their positions:-

Ms Jennifer Presland