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Our governors

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Latymer School is fortunate to benefit from an experienced and talented Governing Body.

The Governing Body sets the School’s overall strategic direction and ensures that the highest standards of education, safeguarding and financial probity are maintained. 

If you have any queries or need to contact the Governors, please email Frances Lorente, Clerk to the Governors, at governingbody@latymer.co.uk

STEPHEN WAY
Chair of Governors

Role: Chair of Governors (appointed March 2017 for four years; re-appointed March 2021 for four years); Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton.

As a second-generation Latymerian I am delighted to be able to serve the school that has played such a big part in shaping my life. Most of my career has been spent in IT, ultimately as an IT Director for chemicals and metals company Johnson Matthey plc. Outside of work I have held various trustee roles, most recently as Chair of Trustees for Scouting in North London. As a result of my work as a governor in various sectors, I am now an accredited National Leader of Governance.

I am proud to have the opportunity to volunteer my experience of governance and trusteeship, together with my long involvement with youth development and my knowledge of the Latymer ethos, at this truly outstanding school.

Stephen is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Curriculum & Standards; Finance & Infrastructure; Hearings Panel; Headteacher's Pay; Pay; Professional Standards.

SHANNETT THOMPSON
Deputy Chair

Role: Deputy Chair (appointed in December 2018 for four years); Co-opted Governor appointed by the Governing Board.

I was attracted to Latymer after my very first visit. The school is synonymous with high standards and success. I am a qualified solicitor who specialises in regulation and fitness to practise matters. One of the sectors I advise in is education. My mother is also a primary school teacher, and therefore I have a keen interest in education.

My aims are to use my experience in the legal sector to ensure that the Governing Board not only holds Latymer accountable for the benefit of the students, but also operates in a manner that is without reproach.

Shannett is a member of the following committees: Admissions; Appointments; Headteacher's Pay; Hearings Panel; Pay; Professional Standards.

COSTAS AVRAAM
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton in January 2015 and re-appointed in January 2019 for four years.

I am proud to be able to say that I am an alumnus of Latymer School (1980-1987). Despite a busy working life running my own practice, I want to give something back to a school that has offered me so much - Latymer gave me the springboard for my future. I am a chartered accountant and, as Chair of School Finance, I bring my skills and experience to ensure that Latymer continues to provide a first-class education despite the enormous financial pressures and constraints currently being faced.

I am honoured and proud to be a Trustee and a Governor and I hope to assist with enhancing Latymer’s already enviable reputation and to ensure that it continues to be one of the best schools in the country.

Costas is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Finance & Infrastructure; Headteacher's Pay; Hearings Panel; Pay; Professional Standards; Pupils & Personnel.

MAUREEN COBBETT
Headteacher

Role: Headteacher; Ex officio Staff Governor since September 2015.

I am very proud to be Headteacher of the Latymer School, a school steeped in tradition and success. This is my second headship and throughout my time as a Head, indeed as a teacher, I have worked to ensure that students in my care achieve their very best, both academically but also socially. As a school we are child-centred and our students are always the priority. Our primary objective is to provide high quality learning for all. Everyone should leave lessons feeling that they have made significant and sufficient progress in skills, knowledge and understanding. It is our aim that students will leave the Latymer School equipped and able to take their place in society and move on to their chosen career path.

Maureen is a member of the following committees: Admissions (Adviser); Appointments; Curriculum & Standards; Finance & Infrastructure; Health & Safety; Pay (Adviser); Pupils & Personnel.

EDWARD COOPER
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton in November 2017 for four years.

I attended Latymer between 1997 and 2004, following in the footsteps of my father, aunt and uncle. Latymer has therefore always been a constant in my life. I am a fully qualified architect having worked on a variety of projects, differing in size, construction value and typology.

I hope to bring a fresh and energetic approach to the Governing Board and feel my skill set is well suited to the school’s needs as the Foundation looks to maintain, enhance and renew the environment of the school. I want to contribute to improving the facilities for all students, staff, parents and visitors alike to enable Latymer to maintain and surpass the high standards it has set.

Ed is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Hearings Panel; Health & Safety; Professional Standards; Pupils & Personnel.

REEM EL-SHAROUNI
Parent Governor

Role: Parent Governor elected by parents of the Latymer School in December 2020 for four years.

I currently have a son at Latymer and a daughter in another school. I was a Parent Governor at their primary school for four years. Currently, I am a Senior Teaching Administrator at University College London (UCL) supporting the students and staff at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources.

Prior to having children, I worked in computer programming and web development. I am passionate about education, equality and diversity. As a fair recruitment specialist at UCL, I volunteer for staff interview panels across the university ensuring candidates are chosen solely on merit. Outside work, I sing in a local choir and in lockdown have rediscovered jigsaw puzzles. I look forward to bringing my experience to the Governing Body.

Reem is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Finance & Infrastructure.

JACKIE HARDIE
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton (appointed in 2010, re-appointed in January 2015 and then in January 2019 for four years).

In 2010, six years after retiring from a lifetime working in education, I was delighted to become a Trustee and Governor. I worked in all education sectors and was on numerous local, national and international committees, wrote science books and articles for the national press and edited a scientific journal. Over the years I have served on five different governing bodies in three other local authorities and was chair of one for 10 years.

Now, in retirement and as a Governor, I attend Latymer School events, serve on committees and support initiatives like the Year 8 Science Challenge. I work with two charities, the Linus Project and Witness Support, and continue to study, pursue long neglected hobbies and travel.

Jackie is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Hearings Panel; Pay; Professional Standards; Pupils & Personnel.

CORRINE HARMS
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton (appointed in February 2021 for four years).

I joined KPMG UK in 2014 and lead the firm’s work on education, as part of its corporate responsibility programme. I have over 10 years’ experience working in the education field, developing large-scale programmes and campaigns that unlock the potential of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. I oversee the delivery of nearly 50,000 hours of community work each year to support 20,000 disadvantaged young people to develop their literacy, numeracy and lifelong learning skills.

Prior to joining KPMG, I worked in the public and third sectors. I am a trustee of the KPMG Foundation, a grant-giving organisation dedicated to improving the lives of some of the UK’s most vulnerable children. I am also a trustee at Refugee Youth, a charity which supports young refugees through participatory arts projects.

Corrine is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Curriculum & Standards; Hearings Panel; Professional Standards.

BILAL MAHMOOD
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton (appointed in February 2021 for four years).

I am Legal Head of Banking at China Construction Bank, one of the world’s largest commercial banks. I am responsible for managing the legal side to all the bank’s major international transactions. Prior to this role, I was a banking and finance associate at Allen & Overy LLP and worked extensively on developing the PRIME programme: a City-wide social mobility programme.

I am passionate about social mobility. As a Governor of the English-Speaking Union (an international education charity), I developed a London-wide schools debating and mentoring programme for disadvantaged young people. After 15 years, the London Debate Challenge continues to empower through critical thinking and communication skills. My passion and love for debating started at Latymer, where I was a student from 1999-2001.

Bilal is a member of the following committees: Admissions; Appointments; Hearings Panel; Professional Standards. 

KRISHNA MEHTA
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton (appointed in March 2019 for four years).

As a former Latymer pupil, it gives me great joy to serve the school as a Foundation Governor.

The ethos at Latymer encouraged me to give back to the community. In 2012, I started coaching and managing the under 12s Sunday-league team at Chase Side Youth Football Club. We prevailed through ups and downs all the way through to 2019, cumulating with the finale of their youth football careers.

Professionally, I commenced my career in the hedge fund world, where I qualified as a chartered certified accountant. This led me down an interesting path to where I am now - at Interpath Advisory, focusing on restructuring. I hope to contribute my professional and personal experience to my role as Foundation Governor and make a positive impact to the school that contributed so immensely to my formative years.

Krishna is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Curriculum & Standards; Finance & Infrastructure; Hearings Panel; Professional Standards.

PAUL MICHAEL
Staff Governor

Role: Staff Governor since December 2021 for four years.

Paul teaches Mathematics to Years 9 to 13, and the Head of Learning for Year 9.

MATTHEW PAPASAVVA
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton (appointed in March 2019 for four years).

As a former student of the school, I am extremely proud to now be able to serve the school as a Foundation Governor. I am an Associate Director within Deloitte's Risk Advisory Practice, where I advise the boards of retail banks and insurers on governance, regulatory strategy and conduct risk. I also advise financial services firms on the adoption of innovative and disruptive technologies throughout their business models and customer journeys, in a way that satisfies the FCA requirements and expectations.

My background is in law, and I was a trainee solicitor at Mishcon de Reya Solicitors in London. I am currently studying a Masters-level qualification in Strategy and Innovation at Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Matthew is a member of the following committees: Admissions; Appointments; Hearings Panel; Professional Standards; Pupils & Personnel.

AHMED SALIM
Parent Governor

Role: Parent Governor elected by parents of the Latymer School in May 2019 for four years.

I am the CEO and a director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd, a mutual insurance company providing professional indemnity insurance to self-employed barristers. I also hold several directorships with companies associated with Thomas Miller, my employer, and sit as Trustee of our Defined Benefit Pension Scheme.

As an alumni of Latymer, I qualified as a barrister in the late 1980s and I have an LLB from Birmingham University and an LLM from the London School of Economics. My early career at Thomas Miller was spent dealing with claims and I now head the Professional Indemnity Division.

Having volunteered in the past in a free legal advice centre, I spend most of my spare time with my wife and our two children. My interests vary, but two that have been with me for an eternity are reading and travel.

Ahmed is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Pupils & Personnel.

REBECCA VAITLINGAM
Parent Governor

Role: Parent Governor elected by parents of the Latymer School in May 2019 for four years.

I currently have two children at the Latymer School. I was a commercial litigator in the City and a media lawyer in private practice until my children were born. Since then my roles have included sitting as a magistrate in the adult and youth magistrates’ court. I have been a community governor before, in a local primary school. I am looking forward to bringing a parental perspective to governing body meetings.

Rebecca is a member of the following committees: Admissions; Appointments; Curriculum & Standards.

SUE WATSON
Local Authority Governor

Role: Governor nominated by the Local Authority, appointed by the Governing Board in June 2015 and re-appointed in June 2019 for four years.

As an alumnus of the Latymer School, it is a great honour and privilege for me to be appointed as the Local Authority Governor to the Governing Board. After 14 years in the travel industry, I joined Enfield Council and for 25 years had responsibility for project managing building projects at 22 voluntary-aided schools, including Latymer.

I would now like to give something back to the school that set me off on such an enjoyable voyage of discovery. I look forward to working as part of a fantastic team to support students and staff in reaching their full potential in a challenging yet exciting world. Besides work, my other interests include travel, gardening, reading and meeting people.

Sue is a member of the following committees: Appointments; Curriculum & Standards; Hearings Panel; Pay; Professional Standards; Pupils & Personnel.

SOF YIANNAKAS
Foundation Governor

Role: Foundation Governor appointed by the Latymer Foundation at Edmonton (appointed in March 2019 for four years).

As a Latymer alumnus, it is a privilege, and honour, to serve the school as a Foundation Governor. I am passionate about education and its potential to change lives. My passion is mirrored by my investment firm, EOF Partners, which supports charities that pursue the agenda of equal opportunity for all.

As a professional investor, I apply the rigour and diligence from my investment process to my role on the Governing Board. In doing so, ensuring current and future Latymerians will benefit from the high educational standards that I once enjoyed as a student at the school.

Sof is a member of the following committees: Admissions; Appointments; Finance & Infrastructure; Hearings Panel; Professional Standards.

Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months:
Jonathan Jacobs: appointed in December 2017 as Staff Governor (elected by staff of the Latymer School), stood down in December 2021.