Who are the Governors?

Mrs Sally Atkinson – Foundation Governor

The Central Barnet Deanery Synod appointed me as their governor at Monken Hadley in March 2016.  Previously I had been a governor for 12 years at the school in Finchley my own children had attended, where I was Vice-Chairman for four years and I also chaired the Admissions Committee.  At Monken Hadley I have been appointed to the Resources Committee, which sets and monitors the school budget and how it is used to provide the best education possible for the children at the school.  There are many challenges facing schools now, and particularly Monken Hadley because of its size and its position. 

I have lived in North London all my life, and attend All Saints’ Church in East Finchley.  I have recently retired from 30 years working in charity management, and I like to spend time with my three grandchildren, and my elderly father.


Mrs Velia Carruthers – Foundation Governor (Treasurer)

I joined the governing body of Monken Hadley CE School as a foundation governor in November 2015. My youngest son has attended the school since Reception and is now in Year 2. I have two other children, one boy at Cambridge University and one boy at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, where I am in my fourth year as a parent governor.

Besides being a governor, I am also Chair of the Friends of Monken Hadley CE School. In both respects, I am closely involved with the life of the school and its parents. The school’s Christian values are particularly important for me as I regularly attend St Mary the Virgin, the local church associated with Monken Hadley CE School, where I coordinate Sunday school and lead lessons.

As a trained architect, I have helped the school with the design and procurement of its capital development projects. For the past three years, I have been retraining at the Tavistock Centre to become a qualified psychodynamic psychotherapist; as part of my studies, I have attended courses on child protection.

I am the Treasurer of the School Maintenance Fund. This is a voluntary contribution fund to provide resources to help maintain and improve the school and I am very grateful to all the parents who contribute every year to support the school.


Mrs Debbie Coles – Foundation Governor

I have had a long and happy association with the school both as a Governor and a parent. My three children all attended the school between 1999 and 2012 and I became a Governor in 2005.  I am a member of St Mary’s the Virgin Church and play an active part in the Church community including singing in the choir and helping to arrange fundraising events.    For the past 13 years I have worked as Admissions Officer at Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar.  My duties for the governing body include sitting on our People and Admissions Committee.


Mrs Karen Gammon – Staff Governor

I joined the staff at Monken Hadley in 2015, having previously worked in the London Borough of Redbridge for 14 years in teaching roles from Reception through to Year 6.  Having held various school leadership positions through my career including: subject coordinator, year group leader and driving delivery of cross-school initiatives, I value the opportunity to contribute to Monken Hadley as a staff governor and provide a link between the school staff and the governing body. I am passionate about delivering high quality lessons which meet the needs of children of all abilities and believe that strong home-school partnerships are essential.


Dr Jo Hames – Chair

I was appointed by the Andrew Hopegood Trust as a Foundation Governor in 2015. I am on the Standards and People Committee and I am the nominated governor responsible for child protection.  My three children have attended Monken Hadley School and I have enjoyed being involved in many aspects of school life during this time, including reading with the children in Willow Class, helping with the school garden and assisting with numeracy and literacy in Cedar Class, for which I am Link Governor.

I have also been a keen fundraiser through the Friends of Monken Hadley School and I was their treasurer for two years.  I enjoy my role as part of the Governing Body, supporting the leadership team in ensuring that the school allows all children to enjoy their learning and achieve their full potential.


Revd Dr Thomas Renz – Foundation Governor (Vice Chair)

I became Rector of St Mary the Virgin, Monken Hadley in May 2012 and have been one of the Foundation Governors of the school since then, usually acting as the Vice Chair of the Governing Body. I spent just over twenty years in institutions of higher education prior to becoming a clergyman and I am married to a secondary school teacher. Our two children between them went to four different primary schools, including Monken Hadley School, and I have experience of teaching RE at a Church of England primary school. I have a natural interest in education and intellectual as well as spiritual development.

As the Rector I regularly lead acts of worship in the school and welcome the school to the church. I am therefore well known to children and staff as well as some parents. With pastoral care as a special emphasis for me alongside academic standards, I have received extra training in Safeguarding and the government’s Prevent strategy.


Miss Gladys Vendy – Foundation Governor

Most of my working life has been spent in the London diocese. I served as a Head Teacher in two of its primary schools for a period of over twenty years. During my time at the second school it developed into a two-form entry school and I strategically managed the move to a purpose-built school on a new site. Since retirement I have worked as an accredited performance management consultant, an external adviser and currently as an inspector of worship and religious education in Anglican schools. I also act as a link tutor for trainees on the diocesan teacher training course. I was a governor of a secondary school for over 30 years prior to becoming a representative of the London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) on the governing body of Monken Hadley School. I represent the LDBS on the local authority scrutiny committee for children, education, libraries and safeguarding.


Dr Ann-Marie Woods – Parent Governor

As a parent to a child in Year 2 and another due to start school soon, I am pleased to have taken up the role of parent governor at Monken Hadley School. 
I work as a GP in Kentish Town and am a postgraduate educator to trainee GPs.  I have a particular interest in children's medicine and do a weekly hospital based paediatric clinic. In addition, I have worked in children’s safeguarding roles in both Camden and Haringey. 

In my opinion, many of the challenges facing schools like Monken Hadley mirror those in today’s NHS. I hope to make a positive contribution to the governing body - to contribute to the development of this unique school and its pupils to their full potential.


Mrs Sam Wrightson – Parent Governor

I am a parent governor with two children.  I spent ten years as a teacher in an inner London secondary school, where I taught English and was Head of Media Studies. I have lectured and written text books on a range of educational issues, from mixed ability teaching through to practical and theoretical media production.

I am now an Executive Producer in television, developing and producing formats for a range of broadcasters including BBC, ITV, The History Channel and UKTV.