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Frith Manor Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors, and the work that we do.

Our main role is to support the school – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help the school to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The key document used for this is the School Improvement Plan (SIP) The SIP sets out a strategic plan that is reviewed and discussed on a regular basis.

Our legal duties include:-

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives;
  • approving the school budget;
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives; and
  • appointing, being a critical friend and supporting the Head Teacher.

The Full Governing Body meets twice a term. In addition to this, we also sit on at least one sub-committee per half term. These include:

  • Staffing & Safeguarding
  • Finance & Premises
  • Curriculum
  • Pay & Policies

There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Community governors, the Local Authority (“LA”), Parents, and Staff. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Head Teacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.

We also take part in things like the Summer Fair, trips, assemblies and lots more.

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact us care of the School Office or email us at

Copies of the non-confidential minutes from the Governors Meetings are available on request. Please email the chair of governors to access copies:


A complete list of our governors and their roles is set out below:


Staff Governors:


Leigh Carmichael
Head Teacher
Member of Finance & Premises and Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committees

Leigh Carmichael has been associated with Frith Manor for over 15 years: class teacher, Deputy Head and became Headteacher in 2012.  She is a true advocate for pupil voice whilst ensuring that British Values of respect and tolerance permeate throughout the school community.  She is proud to be leading Frith Manor on a journey from ‘Good’ to ‘Outstanding.’  Out of school she loves to travel and would love to spend all her time following Test Match cricket around the world!


Mrs Nazlee Sinclair 
Deputy Head Teacher
Member of Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committees

Nazlee Sinclair 
is the deputy head teacher at Frith Manor. She has had the privilege of gaining experience of working in every year group from Reception to Year 6, over the course of her 20-year career. She has the enviable experience working in four London boroughs; Waltham Forest, Enfield, Brent and Barnet. Her previous post was also a deputy headship. Her previous role of Consultant Leading Teacher of Maths, has meant that she is able to ensure that all pupils can reach their full potential, with high aspirations and expectations. Nazlee also has two children of her own, who are in Year 1 and Year 5. She is committed to raising attainment and achievement for all pupils and is dedicated to raising standards at Frith Manor.  In her spare time, Nazlee enjoys keeping fit and recently took part in a 10K run for Sports relief!travelling in her spare time.


Adila Boussadi
School Office Administrator and Welfare
Appointed 23/05/2019

Adila Boussadi has been working at Frith Manor for nearly 5 years. She started as a meal time supervisor and volunteered as a TA while on TA’s course for level 2, 3 and diploma level 4. She volunteered at the school office for a year, which gave her good skills and experience to join the team two years ago as an administrator and welfare. She is a qualified lawyer in her country of birth and worked as a legal adviser for a bank society for more than 3 years before moving to England after getting married 12 years ago. She also studied finance and customer communications while working for the bank. Adila is dedicated to keep Frith Manor always at the top of the parents’ and children’s expectation and fulfil and meet the school ethos and aims for high education achievement and better learning environment. She is a mother of two primary school children.

Co-opted Governors:


Wendy Kravetz 
Chair of Governors

Appointed 20/11/13- 06/10/2021
Member of Finance & Premises and Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committees
Wendy Kravetz was originally from the Midlands, she has lived in North London for 15 years. She was a parent governor and became co-opted governor in October 2017. She has one daughter at the school. Wendy currently runs her own HR & Social Media business, and helps manage the family comic business too. In Wendy’s personal life she has been 'Zumba' ing for three years and she loves to swim and read. Recently her family has embraced cycling.  I am always available should you wish to discuss any school matters either by email: or by letter:  please leave a message with the school office​ marked FAO Chair of Governors. 

HR Business partner / owner @ Mega City Comics. Director of Wendy K HR Social Media. Director & Chair of North London Aquatics.


Oliver Jones  
Vice Chair

Appointed 20/10/13 - 06/10/21
Chair of Chair of Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committee. Member of Pay Committee
Oliver Jones
 has been a community governor since January 2014 and became a co-opted governor in October 2017. He is on the Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committee and is the governors’ safeguarding link. Oliver is a Family Law barrister specialising in child protection work. His other interests include rugby, football and music.

Barrister in Chambers of Alex Verden QC. Recorder at The Family Court


Ms Sarah Pearson

Appointed 1/4/16-1/4/20
Sarah Pearson
went to school in North Finchley (St. Michael's) and still lives in the area. She currently works for a charity that helps groups who want to set up new schools and wanted to get involved in a local school. She held previous roles in a communications consultancy as well as the Pre-school Learning Alliance and London Business School. She is also a leader for a small Youth Hostel Association youth programme that sees her taking groups of young people walking and cycling all over the UK. Employed by New School Network. Volunteers for Postellers YHA Group.


Dimple Hargunani
Member of the Finance & Premises Sub-Committee and the Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committee.
Appointed on: 01/12/17  -  01/12/2021

Dimple Hargunani lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb and is mother to two primary school aged children. Dimple has 10 years of experience working at investment banks and other financial institutions in London, Hong Kong and New York. She has previously volunteered at another primary school to help improve reading levels in the classroom and remains passionate about children’s education. In her spare time, Dimple enjoys fitness, cooking and reading.


Pauline Warden
Chair of Curriculum Sub-Committee

Appointed 22/01/14- 22/01/19
Pauline Warden was a teacher at Frith Manor for 40 years and since retiring has become co-opted governor with the role of chair of the Curriculum Sub-Committee and being the link governor for English, EYFS and assessment. She has a particular interest in pupil progress and assessment and developing G&T pupils. She runs the tuition groups in school for pupils preparing for selective school entrance exams. In her spare time she enjoys quality time with her grandchildren, attends concerts and theatre and does some part time work invigilating examinations and trialling and administering tests for NFER. She has a long-standing ongoing commitment to the children and staff at Frith Manor and earlier this year ran the school journey for Years 4 and 5.

Toyin Odutayo​​​​​​​
Appointed 23/05/2019

Toyin Odutayo has extensive expertise in anti-money laundering (AML), enhanced due diligence (EDD) and financial crime compliance (FCC) within the financial services industry. His experience in this area saw him support the world’s largest Court appointed Corporate Compliance Monitor, in overseeing a global financial institution’s implementation of the US Department of Justice deferred prosecution agreement. Toyin has over 15 years international banking experience in retail banking, commercial banking, corporate banking and private banking. Toyin currently works at Nomura as a Vice President in the EMEA Financial Crime Advisory Team. He is a Panel Member of ACCA’s Central London Regional Network and also sits on the International Compliance Association's Audit Impartiality Committee.

Vice President, the EMEA Financial Crime Advisory Team of Nomura.


Local Authority Governors:



Member of Finance & Premises and Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committees
Appointed 07/02/2019-07/02/2023
Sury is a former Barnet Councillor who represented Mill Hill Ward from 2010 to 2018. 
He has been in the UK since 1962 and in Barnet since 1964 and holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Nuclear Physics and currently
resides in Mill Hill.
Sury is an ex-Civil Servant having spent some 3 1/2 decades at ECGD until retiring in 2006 and since then devoted his time to voluntary activities e.g. as Trustee of Charities, Governor at 2 local Mill Hill Schools, helping local organisations etc.
Sury has a close interest to continue to work with the school and the teachers to ensure that all our children have the best possible start in their education and takes an active interest role in well-being initiatives for both social and economic benefit.
Sury hopes to be able to apply his varied experience to the work of the Governing body.

PARENT Governors:


Tania Tchedaeva

Chair of Finance & Premises Sub-Committee. Member of Curriculum and Pay Sub-Committees

Appointed 1/10/15-1/10/19
Tania Tchedaeva
 has been appointed parent governor in October 2015. She has three children, two currently at Frith Manor. She has over ten years of corporate governance experience, implementing and supervising the best corporate governance practices in a FTSE250 company. She has first-hand board experience and recently completed Non-Executive Director training. Tania is interested in child psychology, education and is a member of several parent groups. She studied in the UK, Russia and Finland and knows well different education systems with their strengths and weaknesses. Company Secretary for Polymetal  International PLC.


Trisha Gudka
Member of Finance & Premises and Curriculum Sub-Committees
Appointed 15/05/17-15/05/21

Trisha Gudka is a parent governor with two children at the school. She worked as a lawyer for a number of years before starting her own children’s food business. She also worked with the NSPCC local branch. She studied in UK, USA and HK. Trisha enjoys dancing, music and reading in her spare time.


Nicola Curtis
Member of Finance & Premises and Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committees

Appointed 125/05/17-152/05/21

Nicola has lived close to the school for most of her life and is an ex-pupil of Frith Manor. She has two children at the school. She works in Local Government as an Environmental Health Officer, and in her spare time enjoys walking and training her dog.


Associate Members


Vacancy open.




Catherine Holmes
Appointed: 29/4/16
Clerk to the Governing Body

Catherine Holmes lives in Barnet and wanted to be involved with a local school. She has been a governor in two previous schools in Suffolk, working closely with them on their communications and information for parents and children. Catherine was a member of Girl Guiding for many years both as a leader and a trainer. She works in the NHS as a capital project manager.



Martin Rowell
Member of Finance & Premises Sub-Committee

Appointed 04/05/17-21/03/2019
Martin Rowell
 was a Parent Governor in 2013-2017 and became associate member in May 2017 for a term of one year. He is a member of the Finance & Premises Sub-Committee (previously Chair). He is a former pupil at Frith Manor and now has two children who attend the school. Martin previously spent 5 years in the role of Governor and Chair of Governors in another school in the local area.

Employed by Royal Bank of Scotland ScotlandDaiwa Capital Market Europe



Marjory Hilton
Maths Subject Leader
Retired from role: 07/02/2019

Appointed 27/06/18- 27/06/22 (retired)
Member of Curriculum Sub-Committees
Marjory started teaching at Frith 8 years ago.  She was initially employed as a specialist Numbers Count teacher to support those children throughout the school who had the most difficulties with maths.  Her role evolved to include teaching maths setting groups, covering PPA sessions and, most recently, job sharing in a Year 2 class. 

Outside school when the sun is shining she can be found pottering around on her allotment.  Occasionally she has a glut of courgettes or beans that her colleagues are happy to share!  Her “inside” hobbies all revolve around fibre – processing raw fleece, dying it, spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet.



Eileen MCDonagh
KS2 Phase Leader

Appointed 27/09/2016-27/09/2020 
Retired from role: 20/07/2018
Member of Finance & Premises and Curriculum Sub-Committees

Eileen has worked at Frith Manor for nineteen years, in the capacity of class teacher, Upper Key Stage Two Coordinator, and is currently the Phase Leader for the whole of KS2. She also oversees the English curriculum in KS2 and is the editor of F.M. News. For the past twelve years, Eileen has run the Year Six residential school journeys, which she is passionate about, as it encourages the children to collaborate together and prepares them for the next stage in their academic journey – transition to secondary school.

Outside of school, Eileen is a very keen baker; often testing out her new recipes on the staff! She also is a keen creative writer, has attended many Guardian Media Writers’ courses, and runs an after school creative writing club which brings in money for the school.

Richard Logue
Appointed: 19/01/17 
Retired from role:  11/10/18
Member of Staffing & Safeguarding Sub-Committee. Member of Pay Committee
Richard Logue
lives in Mill Hill, and is the chair of the Mill Hill Residents' Association. Richard works as a consultant in the railway industry and is married with two teenage children. Richard is a board member of Co-operation Ireland, the peace and reconciliation charity of Ireland.

Business Consultant Richard Logue Consultancy Ltd. Chair of Mill Hill Residents' Association. Vice Chair of Mill Hill Neighbourhood Forum.