Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

Governor Profiles

Costas Avraam


I am proud to be able to say that I am an ex pupil of Latymer School (1980-1987). Despite a very busy and often pressured working life running my own accountancy practice looking after my clients and staff 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 by profession and, as Chair of School Finance, bring my skills and experience to the governing body for the benefit of the school to ensure that Latymer continues to provide a first-class education to its pupils despite the enormous financial pressures and constraints currently being faced. Having experienced first-hand the immense benefit of being a Latymerian, I am honoured and proud to have been appointed a trustee of the Foundation and a governor of the school and to hopefully add value and assist with enhancing Latymer’s already enviable reputation and to ensure that it continues to be one of the best schools in the country.

Shirley Bell


Currently a trustee of the Latymer Foundation, I have served Latymer School for over 25 years, utilising my skills gained in advertising and tourism. In appreciation of the outstanding education my daughters received at Latymer, I became involved as a member and then chair of the Association of Parents and Friends of The Latymer School (APFLS), as a parent governor and subsequently joined the governing body. I have worked on many committees, including vice chair of Finance, and am currently chair of the Staffing committee. I believe the aim of governors and trustees is to provide the best learning environment for pupils enabling them to attain their full potential and provide beneficial working conditions for the staff.

Maureen Cobbett


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.

Ed Cooper


I attended Latymer between 1997 – 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 in the UK having worked on a variety of different projects, differing in size, construction value and typology. I have recently moved away from practicing as a consultant and now work for a main contractor having recently fitted out Ernst & Young’s offices in Canary Wharf, whilst also working on the London HQ for Schroders, an asset management firm in the city. Outside of work I am a keen sportsman playing football, squash and running regularly. I am currently training to run the London marathon in 2018 for Shooting Star Hospice. I hope to bring a fresh and energetic approach to the governing body and feel my skill set is well suited to the school’s needs as the foundation looks to maintain, enhance and renew the built environment of the school. I aim to be strongly involved in improving the facilities for all students, staff, parents and visitors alike to enable Latymer to maintain and surpass the high standards it has set.

Lorraine Dearden


I have been a parent governor since 2012 and a parent since 2009 and currently have one child in Y9 and another child who graduated from Latymer in 2016. I have been involved in education research for over 30 years and have expertise in school effectiveness, improvement, funding and access issues. I am currently a Professor at UCL and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Fiscal Studies. I am using both my parenting and professional experience on the Curriculum and Standards Committee (particularly on school performance issues) and the Admissions Committee (particularly on issues of access and testing). Going forward, I am committed to ensuring Latymer continues to provide an outstanding and well-rounded education to all its students regardless of their background.

Jackie Hardie


In 2010, six years after retiring from a lifetime working in education I was delighted to become a Latymer 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.

Elinor Holbrook


My daughter started at Latymer in 2012. Inspired to become involved, I joined the Association of Parents and Friends of Latymer School at the same time and have been their communications officer ever since. As my son joined his sister at the school, I felt the time was right to contribute more and was fortunate enough to be elected as a parent governor in June 2015. I work as a self-employed web designer with a background in the arts and new media. I aim to use my experience to support the Governing Body and look forward to contributing to the Curriculum and Standards committee this year. The co-educational setting, inclusive ethos and extra-curricular enrichment set Latymer apart and I am excited to be part of the next chapter.

Jonathan Jacobs


I am new to the Governing Body but have been teaching Maths at Latymer since 2002, following a successful placement here during my PGCE year. Prior to this, I have worked as a software tester in the private sector, and performed various management roles in the Civil Service including data analysis and presenting case as Social Security Appeal Tribunals. In my spare time I am still a keen mountaineer, despite needing to be evacuated by helicopter from near the summit of a Swiss mountain in 2015 following a fall while climbing. Other interests include cycling, running and Bridge.

Don McQuistan


My parents came to Latymer, then so did I; it is as good as in the blood! When I left I joined the Latymer Old Students’ Association (LOSA) and became its Chairman for 13 years eventually becoming an Honorary Vice President. I then became a Foundation trustee and school governor. The day job was at the BBC, cameraman, Business Manager for all London Studios, Recording and Network, finally Head of IT for the BBC’s Chairman, Director General and staff. As a Foundation governor I have specialised in the premises and finance side, working closely with all bursars. I have had a leading role in all major IT and building at Latymer for many years, including the Performing Arts Centre, Sports Hall and Seward Studio.

Ian Pilsworth


I commenced my legal career at the London Borough of Enfield where over time I advised the Housing, Public Service, Social Services and Education Committees. During the 1990s I was vice chairman of North Middlesex Trust Hospital. I left Enfield and became company solicitor and assistant secretary first to London Electricity PLC and then for the Telegraph Group Limited. I am currently solicitor to Affinity Water Limited. I joined the governing body as a local authority representative governor in 1987 and became chair of the School and Foundation in 1994 stepping down in January 2015. In May 2016, I agreed to resume the office of Chair of Trustees until a new permanent Chair can be recruited.

Harry Richardson


Latymer life started in 2002, initially as Bursar and member of the Leadership Team, currently as a Foundation Trustee and Governor. Also a Latymer parent, my daughter attended between 2004 and 2011. Pre-Latymer, I spent over 30 years as a chartered accountant and management consultant across both commercial and public sectors culminating in a Director role with PricewaterhouseCoopers. I was heavily involved with improvement projects including the sports/dining hall and Seward Studio. I now apply my financial and project management skills to my roles as chair of Foundation Finance Committee.

Dr Vipulan Thiagarasah


I was a pupil at Latymer from 1988-1995 and later qualified as a doctor in 2001. I have worked in many different fields, including cruise ship medicine; helicopter rescue service in Australia; Team Leader of an emergency medical team to Sri Lanka post Tsunami and closer to home in less glamorous surroundings, as Clinical Lead at Pentonville Prison. I have now returned to Enfield as a GP Partner. I am also Lead GP for Child Protection, Clinical Lead for Medicines Management and Clinical Lead at Chase Farm Urgent Care Centre. Latymer supported me when I founded (and now chair) a charity (Helping East Lanka Progress) that facilitates some projects on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. I feel privileged to be a school governor and look forward to working with one of the top state schools in the country.

Sue Watson


As a former pupil of The Latymer School, it is a great honour and privilege for me to be appointed as the local authority governor to the Governing Body. After 14 years in the travel industry, I joined Enfield Council and for 25 years have 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 enabled me to 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.

Stephen Way


As a second-generation Latymerian I am very pleased to be able to return to serve the School that has played such a big part in shaping my life. After leaving full-time education, most of my career has been spent in Information Technology, ultimately as an IT Director for chemicals and metals company Johnson Matthey plc, where I led IT teams and shaped digital strategy and technology around the world. Outside of work I have held various Trustee roles, most recently as Chair of Trustees for Scouting in North London. Supporting my children led me to become a Governor at Highlands School and my work there as Chair of Curriculum attracted the attention of the Local Authority, leading to my becoming an accredited Local, and now National, Leader of Governance. I am now 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.

Anne Whitehorn


I was appointed as a Foundation governor in 1992 and have two daughters that benefited greatly from their education at the school. As a public lawyer by day with a number of years’ experience in education law, I have been able to assist the school with legal issues ranging from challenging exam board grades to information requests, panel hearings and policy reviews. I have been a member of the Admissions Committee for six years. I also confess to being a school concert 'groupie' and attend many of the performances. Latymer is a vibrant place for young people to reach their potential. I will continue to support the ongoing needs of the school in any way I can.

Matthew Wright


I joined as a parent governor in 2015. Our son is now in Year 10. I became a parent governor to help Latymer continue to thrive as an outstanding co-educational grammar school. From a professional level, after studying Geography at Cambridge I trained as a teacher and taught for four years in the UK and South Africa. In 1996 I switched to a career in IT after completing a MSc in Geographic Information Systems. I am now a Director in Technology with Ernst & Young (EY), and help clients to deliver complex multi-supplier and multi-country IT projects. As well as attending full Governing Body meetings I sit on the schools Finance and Infrastructure and Pupils and Personnel committees