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East Barnet is an Academy Trust Company. It has five Members who ‘own’ the company – a bit like shareholders in a commercial firm. They have a constitutional role in the running of the Academy. They ensure the company follows our constitution and that it performs its functions in accordance with its charitable objectives.

The majority of people on the Governing Body are not educational professionals, but willing volunteers who bring knowledge, skills and perspectives from the wider community. They are there to represent the public in the running of the school. They are not there to tell the Headteacher how to run the school.

Governors are involved in setting curriculum, discipline, admission and similar major policies. They appoint, reward and discipline staff, but do not decide who should be teaching Year 8 for English on a Monday morning!

The Governing Body is responsible for the overall budget distribution, but not how many pencils are bought.


Our Governing Body has currently 15 Governors.

The  Headteacher and Associate Deputy Headteachers, Bursar are non-voting members who attend to answer questions and give advice.

A Chair of Governors and Vice Chair(s) of Governors are elected annually by the Governing Body from within this group. Chairs and Vice Chairs of Committees are also elected each year.

There are five Members of the East Barnet School Academy Trust Company: one of the original signatories to the Memorandum of Association, the Chair of Governors and three non-trustee Members.

The normal term of office for governors is four years.

Community Governors

Mrs Debbie Brazier
03/10/16 – 02/10/20

Debbie has three children at East Barnet School.

Mrs Debbie Cuthbert
21/10/18 – 02/06/22

Communications link.

Mr Laggi Diamandi
25/04/19 – 24/04/23

Laggi is a results oriented professional with over 20 years of HR management experience working in the retail, media and currently in a well-known architectural practice. His areas of expertise are in learning & development, employee relations, performance management and organisational development.

Accredited with international awards in Equality & Diversity, Laggi is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a qualified executive coach.

He has two daughters currently studying at EBS.

Mr Stuart Gates
01/04/2018 – 31/03/2022

Stuart has some 35 years’ experience in buying, operational management in prestige department stores. The various roles involved interfacing with team members, customers and producers. Also key managed major projects both in the UK and overseas.

The last 8 years Stuart has had his own consultancy mentoring start up food businesses in all aspects of business from finance, product development and finding distribution routes. In addition project management of major food events.

Chaired several organisations in the speciality food and retail industry and a former non- executive director of Food from Britain.

He is currently Chair of the East Barnet School PTFA, having served as Secretary before that since 2013, and has a son who is a former EBS student.

Mr Scott Harrison
12/06/16 – 11/06/20

Scott was a student at the school from 1960-67.  After studying history at the University of Lancaster, Scott taught in comprehensive schools in Lancashire, Essex and Cheshire. He returned to Barnet in 1986, when he took up a new post as Local Authority adviser.  At that time he was also a Chief Examiner of GCSE history and wrote several school textbooks.

From 1990-2009 he was an HMI with responsibility at Ofsted for history, Citizenship and subject survey inspections. Since retiring from HM Inspectorate in 2009, Scott has been working as an education consultant in England and overseas.

Scott is currently Chair of the Learning Committee.

Mr John Ireton – Chair of Governors and Member of the Academy Trust
06/06/16 – 05/06/20

John has over 25 years as a General Manager/Engineer within a number of organisations at a level to deliver company process improvements that continuously raise customer experience, performance, and profitability. He is currently working for Affinity Water.

John first joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2012 and became a member of the Resources Committee, shortly after he undertook the role of Health and Safety Link Governor. Before joining EBS John was a school governor at Chancellors and is currently vice-chair at Danegrove Primary School.

John is currently Chair of the Resources Committee.

Ms Susie McDonald
23/11/17 – 22/11/21

Susie McDonald is the Director of the charity Tender Education & Arts. Tender is a pioneering education and arts organisation that works with children and young people to prevent domestic and sexual violence. Susie originally set up the education programme and then in 2010 became the Director. Both roles have enabled Susie to work with teachers in schools across London and to develop arts based education programmes that fit within busy timetables and curriculum restrictions.

Prior to this Susie spent 10 years working in prisons and young offender institutions teaching drama to build confidence and communication skills. She has a degree in Drama and a Masters Degree in Applied Theatre. She has an OCN trainer accreditation.

Susie has three daughters at EBS.

Mr Nick Mottershead – Vice-Chair of Governors and Member of the Academy Trust
09/10/18  – 08/10/22

Nick is a Video Producer-Director and has his own Production Company, 2STEP media. He worked for many years in BBC post-production as a dubbing mixer and has won several awards for his work. His wife is a Barnet Primary School Headteacher and they have two sons who both went to East Barnet School.

Nick has also been an EBS PTA member since 1998 and was Chair and Treasurer for many years; he is treasurer for Danegrove School PTA; and is co-opted onto the Church Hill School Association Committee. Nick is a founding Member of the Trust of East Barnet School. He was elected as a Parent Governor in 2002 and served as Chair of Governors for four years. He is currently a Community Governor and Vice-Chair of Governors.

Mrs. Joanna Tambourides
03/06/17 – 02/06/21

Joanna Tambourides was a Conservative Councillor for East Barnet Ward between February 2007 and May 2014. She is married to another former councillor, has two grown-up sons, and two grandchildren. Having lived near Oak Hill Park for over 30 years, she knows the East Barnet area well and has also been a governor on two other local schools.

Ms Claire Thomas
03/10/16 – 02/10/20

Claire has one daughter at East Barnet School.

Parent Governors

Ms Colette Turner 
05/04/2019 – 04/04/2023

Mr Beech Williamson
31/01/2018 – 30/01/2022

Ms Ingrid Zanchetta
24/01/2018 – 23/01/2022

Staff Governors

Mrs Maria De Maria
14/03/19 – 13/03/23

Office Manager

Mrs Caroline Roncarati
28/11/16 – 27/11/20

Technology Teacher

Ms Mariam Zaman
22/07/17 – 21/07/21

Mathematics Teacher


Main Responsibilities

  • set admissions criteria
  • set the budget
  • determine curriculum policy
  • select Head, Deputy Heads and other senior members of staff
  • ensure the additional educational needs of pupils are met
  • set sex education policy
  • make sure religious education is provided according to the law
  • deal with formal disciplinary matters
  • decide to reinstate permanently excluded pupils or not
  • produce an action plan following an Ofsted inspection
  • pass on any information to which parents or members of the public are legally entitled

Pupil Discipline

The Pupil Discipline Committee meets to make final decisions on permanent pupil exclusions. They will also listen to appeals from parents. They also issue “Governors’ Contracts” as a final sanction prior to permanent exclusions.

AEN Link - Including Gifted and Talented

Takes responsibility for liaising with the school’s Additional Educational Needs and Gifted and Talented coordinators. Keeps up to date with developments and progress in these areas and reports back to the Governing Body.

Communication Link

Monitors and advises on communications from the school to parents and the wider community, as well as assisting with press and ‘media’ issues relating to important events at the school. Is consulted on school publicity and advertising.

Educational Visits Link

Monitors the school’s policy for educational, recreational and sporting visits outside the school premises. Monitors Risk Assessments and reports back to the Governing Body.

Equal Opportunity Link

Takes responsibility for liaising with the school’s Equal Opportunity Co-ordinator. Ensures legal requirements are being met and reports back to the Governing body.

Health & Safety Link

Takes responsibility for liaising with the school’s Health & Safety Co-ordinator. Ensures legal requirements are being met and reports back to the Governing Body.

PTA Link

Acts as a liaison between the Governing Body and the PTA to ensure a collaborative work can be done for the school.

Safeguarding Governor

Is the nominated governor responsible for child protection issues and policy.

Training Link Governor

Organises and monitors training for other members of the Governing body and liaises with link governors from other schools within the LA.

Declaration of Business Interests and Connected Parties


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For further information, contact:

John Ireton
Chair of Governors
East Barnet School
Chestnut Grove
East Barnet