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 board 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.

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 board 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.

Richard Hibberd

My grandfather, father and sister all attended Latymer as I did, so I have strong family connections with the school. As a recently retired Chartered Accountant, with commercial experience in Property Management amongst other sectors, I also have some relevant professional skills and experience to share with the school. In addition, I have a keen interest in education, having spent 10 years as a governor of our local primary school (4 years as Chair); 7 years as Lay Treasurer of St Georges Hospital Medical School (part of the University of London); and 9 years as a Member of the Court of Governors of the London School of Economics & Political Science. I look forward to applying my skills and experience to ensure that current and future pupils benefit from at least the same level of opportunity as Latymer gave me.

Jonathan Jacobs

I am new to the Governing Board 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 cases at 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.

Matt Papasavva

As a former pupil 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.

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 board 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.

Shannett Thompson

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.

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 Board. 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.

Sof Yiannakas

As a Latymer alumni it is a privilege and honour to serve the school as foundation governor. I have worked in the finance sector my entire career, most recently for the family office of George Soros helping manage an investment portfolio which supported the charitable activities of The Open Society Foundation. I intend to apply the same level of accountability, rigour and due diligence from the investment process to the school governing board. I am passionate about education and community engagement, co-organising The Palmers Green community festival and participating as a guest lecturer at the LSE Math Summer School.