Our GovernorsMembers of the governing body are:
|Caroline Davies||LA Governor||Chair|
|Ann Goldstein||Co-opted Governor||Vice Chair|
|Graham Kilwin||Staff Governor|
|Lorraine White||Co-opted Governor|
|Ros Allison||Co-opted Governor|
|Seema Islam||Parent Governor|
|Karen Bence||Co-opted Governor|
|Andrew Miller||Co-opted Governor|
Caroline has been an Enfield Governor for 5 years at a mainstream primary school and was Chair of Governors for 4 years. She is a Magistrate sitting on the North London Bench, and is also a Trustee of Attigo Academy in Enfield. She worked for over 30 years as a corporate lawyer in global companies. Caroline enjoys studying and reading history, gardening and Pilates.
Ann has been a Community Governor since 2003 and is the Vice-Chair, Chair of the Standards, Targets and Assessment Committee (STAC) and is also on the Pay Committee. She is a Speech and Language Therapist in Haringey and has a particular interest in autism and working in schools with children who have communication needs.
Lorraine White has been a Teaching Assistant in the school since 2009 and a Staff Governor since 2014. Lorraine is on the STAC Committee and is also on the Committee of the Friends of Russet House School. Lorraine is very involved in the school community and has a particular interest in creating imaginative displays of the children's work around school. She also enjoys developing active games to play with the pupils in break times.
Seema Islam has been a Parent Governor since 2012; she is also one of the link Governors for the Enfield Advisory Service for Autism (EASA) which provides advice, training and support for parents and professionals working with children and young people in mainstream schools, Additionally Resources Provisions (ARPs) and mainstream schools throughout Enfield. Seema is on the management committees of both ENAS (Enfield National Autistic Society) and Our Voice (Enfield parent forum for children with disabilities and their families). She has a Pg.Cert. in Special Education: Autism (Children) from Birmingham University
Graham Kilwin has been a class teacher at Russet House School for the last five years. Prior to this he worked as a class teacher in Mainstream Primary, teaching in both, Key Stage 1 and 2. Having a First Degree and Masters in Fine Art, he is acutely aware of the importance of the creative possibilities for learning and the development of Life skills and how this can be combined to provide the broadest possible experiences for our children at Russet House to develop and thrive. Currently, through his Phase Leader role, he says he has the opportunity to see such creative practice from all staff on a daily basis, which he finds truly inspiring.
Karen Bence has three high functioning autistic sons and has lived in Enfield all her life. She volunteers much of her time to Enfield special schools; she has 12 years’ experience of being a school governor in different Enfield schools and she is also the chair of a Parent and Teacher Association at another Enfield Special School. Karen is passionate about special educational needs, and a great believer in developing the children’s independence in order to help them reach their full potential. Karen describes how she joined Russet House school as a Governor in autumn 2018 and loved the ethos of the school; being part of the Governing Body enables her to help build our children’s future.
Andrew Miller was co-opted to the governing body in September 2018 and is the lead governor for teaching and learning. Prior to his retirement Andrew’s teaching career spanned 30 years working in both mainstream and special education. Posts Andrew held included Assistant Headteacher for community links at Russet House School and Acting Deputy Head of Enfield Advisory Service for Autism. He is now an independent educational consultant and author specialising in autism. Andrew has also completed a masters degree in autism (children) at the University of Birmingham. Having received his own autism diagnosis in 2019, Andrew is proud to represent the autistic community as a member of the Governing Body.
Tee Richards is a mum to two children who attend Russet House School. She runs the Abundant Living with Autism (ALWA) play-scheme from Russet House for children with autism and SEND during the school holidays. Tee states that she believes parents views should be heard, understood and reflected in the governance of Russet. She decided to become a governor as she wanted to be able to make a positive contribution to the school and to play an active role in continuing to support the schools vision and ethos.
Ros arrived at the School in June 2018, initially to help out after our School Business Manager left. She has a wide knowledge of the education system and has worked within the education sector – primary, secondary, further and adult – for over 40 years. She was co-opted onto the Governing Body in May 2019 as the Finance Governor. Ros has a high functioning autistic grandson and is very interested in youngsters developing their potential, despite the many hurdles they may face.