More about the Governors
Chris Patsalis, Chair of Governors.
I am an assistant head teacher with over 20 years’ experience at a North London secondary school. I oversee the pastoral development for students as they start with us in year 7, liaising closely with our feeder primary schools, and facilitate with and follow progress and development until year 11. In addition, I am head of examinations and teach science in all key stages. One of my responsibilities is to ensure every child’s experience of school is both motivational and inspirational. I have been a member of the governing body since 2014 and this year became the Chair. The Governing body’s role is to support the school to continue to provide a friendly and engaging environment, where children actively want to learn independently and confidently. I have two children at Aldersbrook and truly believe this is a really special school. I have seen first hand how much effort the staff put in, to ensure all children are happy and confident and I am proud to be part of the community that supports Aldersbrook in being the outstanding school it is.
Georgina Rodgers, Parent Governor.
I have two sons at Aldersbrook and am really pleased to have the opportunity to contribute to their school as a Parent Governor. I have been very happy with the care, education and extra curricular activities provided to them to date. In this role I would like to ensure this continues and help the school develop further to meet the needs of children, teachers and parents.
I am a qualified accountant and have worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years. My career in Finance has given me the opportunity to gain governance experience working as Secretary and Member of various Committees and Forums. My current role involves design, implementation and monitoring of control frameworks where it is key to enhance standards with limited resources. These skills will be transferable to overseeing the running of the School.
Hale Wheeler, Local Authority Governor.
I have been the Local Authority Governor at Aldersbrook for over a year now and am truly impressed by what a busy and ambitious school it is- always striving to achieve its best for its pupils.
My background is in the legal profession. I qualified as a solicitor in 2002 and despite putting my career on hold to care for my two young children, I have continued putting my hard -earned skills to good use. I was a parish councillor for 4 years, during which time I chaired a committee relating to community matters and was vice-chair of the parish council for 3 years.
I bring to the Governing Body an understanding of the legal backdrop for the rules and policies by which schools must operate and an ability to get to grips with the large amount of information which school governors must digest to provide effective governance. Having been a parish councillor, I am also acutely aware of Aldersbrook’s place at the heart of its community and the importance of that relationship.
Philippa Lloyd, Co-opted Governor.
I left the Civil Service after 26 years in September 2018 for a Vice-Principal role at Queen Mary University of London from January 2019. While in Government, I held a variety of policy and corporate leadership roles, including as Principal Private Secretary to three different Secretaries of State. Most recently, I was Director General of Higher and Further Education at the Department for Education, and a member of the Board there. My daughter went to Aldersbrook and I was first on the governing body as a parent governor back in 2008. I have seen the school develop and prosper over the past ten years to become the outstanding school it is, encouraging and supporting all the children and staff to be confident, creative and curious. I am very proud of the school and very much appreciate the opportunity to use my skills and leadership experience to support the school and help it to continue to develop and grow as a great place for children to be educated.
Christine Mortimer, Co-opted Governor.
I have lived on the Aldersbrook Estate for 27 years raising two birth children and several foster children. I am a qualified Social Worker having worked in Social Care for 37 years. I studied at University College where I was awarded a Teaching Fellowship. I have worked for a number of Local Authorities as a Social Worker and Senior Manager. I have experience of children with disabilities, learning difficulties and children who are looked after by Local Authorities. I am currently working part-time for a children’s charity as a Social Worker that specialises in Fostering and Adoption and which seeks to influence public policy around children in care across the UK. I have experience in Children’s panels and I am currently Chair of a local Redbridge Fostering Panel. As a qualified Social Worker I am aware of the complex safe guarding issues for some of our children.
Russell Tatham, Parent Governor.