Meet Our Governors
Governors have a vital role to play in providing strategic direction and challenge to our school
Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the school. Governors contribute to ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:
- setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;
- overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
A Governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school. It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff. Governors fulfil their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school. They also undertake visits, serve on relevant committees and oversee the Headteacher’s performance management.
We expect all governors to uphold the seven principles of public life (the Nolan principles) which form the basis of the ethical standards expected of all public office holders: selflessness, integrity; objectivity; accountability; openness; honesty; and leadership.
Patricia Ambrose - Chair of Governors
Patricia Ambrose is Chair of Governors. Patricia works in higher education policy and research and has particular interests in art education and in improving education opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Janice Bailey - Vice Chair and Chair of Teaching & Learning Committee
I am retired now, following a career in HR and I have lived near Rotherfield school for over 20 years.
As Chair of the Teaching and Learning Committee I am keen to ensure our children have the best possible education from high quality teachers and am particularly passionate about reading and literacy
I have been an LEA governor since November 2nd, 1981. I do some voluntary numeracy to support a small group of year 6 pupils, and am the lead governor on numeracy. I currently teach some statistics at Hertfordshire University, I write cricket reports, I umpire in the Chess Valley League, I sing in a Gregorian chant choir. I have lived within fifteen minutes' walk of the school since March 1978.
Mark Boyle - Vice Chair and Chair of Revenue and Resources Committee
Mark has been a Governor at Rotherfield for over 10 years. He is a Partner at Ernst & Young, a major international professional services firm. Mark lives in Highbury with his wife and two young children. When not at work or performing taxi services for his family, Mark’s favourite place to be is surfing (badly!) in Cornwall
Abi Misselbrook-Lovejoy - Executive Headteacher
In February 2017 Abi became the Executive Head over Rotherfield Primary School, and Newington Green. In this role Abi is accountable for the improvement of both schools, and is assisted in this by Jo Jones, who is Rotherfield's Head of School. In 2019 Abi won the Islington Headteacher of the Year award.
I first got to know Rotherfield in 2014, while I was supervising the works for the new entrance. I was delighted to be invited to join the board of governors a little over a year later, and I am now a full member of the board.
As an architect, I very much support the steps Abi is taking to ensure that the school provides the best possible learning environment for the children - I'm very impressed by the work so far.
But I'm not just interested in the buildings. I am particularly keen to support Rotherfield in its aim to provide a rounded education and opportunities for the children to shine outside the core curriculum. Government policy puts a big focus on children achieving specific competencies in what we used to call the three Rs (reading, 'writing and 'rithmatic) and, quite rightly, Rotherfield aspires to provide the very best teaching in these subjects. So it's exciting to see the school nurturing other gifts and enthusiasms with initiatives such as the fantastic new art provision.
Richard Hodgson - Co-opted Governor
Charlie Radcliffe - Safeguarding Governor
Charlie has worked in Credit and Political Risk Insurance at BPL Global in London since 2008, having joined directly from university. He works on a number of European clients. Charlie studied European Languages and has a Master’s degree from both Edinburgh University and Oxford University.
He was born in Battersea and now lives in Highbury with his wife and son and has a passion for literature and football.
Linda Wickstrom - Co-opted Governor- Chair of Children, Families and Communities Committee
Linda is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional with ten years’ experience in the industry, working both in house and as a consultant. Her current role is as Grant Giving and Engagement Lead within the technology consultancy Accenture UK’s Corporate Citizenship team, where she manages a number of multi-stakeholder partnerships, employee engagement programmes and provides support for charities to innovate digitally. Linda has previously held roles at the City of London Corporation, working in a consultant capacity to support City businesses to set up new CSR programmes and managing a CSR award scheme on behalf of the Lord Mayor of City of London. Linda has also worked within the charity sector, supporting corporate partnerships and engagement. In her spare time Linda enjoys travelling, cooking, skiing and surfing.
Rebecca Wolff - Parent Governor and Safeguarding Governor
With a background as Head of Development at a tv and film production company Rebecca Wolff went freelance as a producer in 2012. In her first year as a producer she produced a short film through the BFI Shorts scheme. Since then she has gone one to produce a number of short films with funding from Creative England and BFI. In 2015 she formed Grasp The Nettle Films Ltd. with creative and business partner Dean Puckett and alongside the fiction shorts they have also made a short documentary for The Guardian about an autistic rock band, a feature documentary that is in development with Creative England and two fiction feature films in early stages of development.
Alongside her work in film Rebecca spent two years working part time at local boat club charity Islington Boat Club as both Bookings Manager and project co-ordinator for their programmes working with the elderly and people with special educational needs. This included creating the programmes which people would sign up to and doing outreach in the communities as well as reporting back to funders on achievement of required targets.
Yuval Yashiv - Co-opted Governor
Yuval is co-founder and CEO of IRISS Medical Technologies, a company operating in the ophthalmic devices area. Prior to that Yuval was a technology industry executive having served as CEO of software company Pixology Plc and as a venture capitalist at Eurovestech Plc. Prior to that Yuval was Finance Director of Gerber Foods Group, a manufacturer of fruit juices and other food products. Yuval also spent 4 years in education, teaching Physics at GCSE and sixth form levels.
Yuval holds a BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from London Business School and has been living in the UK for over 25 years.