Profiles of the Governing Body at Davenant can be viewed below:
John has been a Staff Governor since 2010. He is an active member of the Estates and Personnel Committees and is responsible for Health and Safety across the school. Having a strong rugby background himself, he inspires pupils in his role as a PE and Geography teacher and combines this with strong leadership in his position as Senior Pastoral Lead. He is keen to involve students in local community projects and instil in them the value of volunteering time and resources to help others. John has three young children, one at Davenant and two in a local primary school.
Ade has had a varied career spanning over 25 years across multiple disciplines including, Legal, Higher Education, Contract Management and Public Sector senior leadership. He is currently employed as the Head of Operations and Access at Enfield Council. Ade is married and has 2 sons; Joshua, who left Davenant after his A Levels in the summer of 2018 and is now studying Civil Engineering and Nathaniel who is currently in Year 8. Ade is part of the leadership and pastoral team at Noah’s Ark Sanctuary Church in Woodford and seeks to promote Davenant Foundation School’s spiritual, sporting/athletic as well as other values through his service as a governor.
Tony has been a Foundation Governor since 2013 and is a member of the Finance Committee. The committee benefits from almost thirty years’ experience, which Tony has had in the finance industry holding senior investment positions with Greenwich Natwest, Barclays Wealth and now Lloyds banking Group. With two children currently attending Davenant and one having left two years ago, Tony is committed to the continuing development of the school.
Glynne is currently the Vice Chair of Governors and has been a Foundation Governor since 2014. He is a member of various committees including Admissions, Salaries and Standing and is Chair of the Estates Committee. Having has spent more than twenty years’ working in the Real Estate and Procurement industries Glynne is keen to bring that experience to bear in the professional governance of Davenant. Glynne has five children and three of them currently attend Davenant so he is highly motivated to support the school, in every way possible, in its continued effort to provide an outstanding education for our young people. He is immensely proud of the opportunities that Davenant is able to offer its pupils and in turn the many and varied achievements of those pupils. One of Glynne’s key priorities is to secure a high-quality working environment so that future generations will continue to benefit from all that the school has to offer.
Lucy has been a Foundation Governor since 2004 and is a member of the Finance and Personnel Committees as well as being the Link Governor for BICT. Lucy is a qualified teacher and Chartered Accountant and her teaching experience in the UK and Greece, as well as her many years accountancy experience in the City, is of great value to the Governing Body. In addition, she has played an active role in many facets of school life including being a former Treasurer of the Parents’ Association and being involved with Home School Links and the Healthy Schools Team. Lucy is pleased to be able to offer something back to the school having had two sons benefit from excellent education and pastoral care as well as a wide range of extra-curricular activities at Davenant. She is committed to ensuring these opportunities continue for current and future pupils.
Mike has been a Foundation Governor since 2008 and is currently Chair of the Finance Committee. Having seen both of his daughters attend Davenant and take full advantage of all that the school has to offer, Mike is committed to supporting the financial governance of the school to ensure it continues to prosper. Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant working for a Firm based in Central London. In his working life, he specialises in the audit of charitable bodies and schools. In his private life, Mike has a keen interest in Rugby and Cricket and still manages to turn out for Theydon Bois Cricket Club, where he lives.
David joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in December 2018. He has been a financial journalist for more than 25 years, working for newspaper groups including the Financial Times, Express Newspapers and The Independent. Now freelance, he works from home in Loughton, writing both for traditional media and a range of corporate clients. David currently has three children at Davenant and is focused on the need to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for every student at the school. He is also Chair of the Governing Body at Staples Road Primary School in Loughton.
Howard has been a Foundation Governor since 2014 and is a member of the Finance and Estates committees as well as being the Link Governor for Humanities and for English. Howard is the parent of four children, all of whom attend or have attended Davenant and he has a strong desire to ensure the school is well placed to provide excellent opportunities to future generations of children. In his professional life, Howard is a Chancery Barrister and he is able to use his expertise and experience to full effect in his role as a governor.
Mary is currently the Chair of Governors and has been a Foundation Governor since 2012. She is also the Chair of Curriculum and Standards Committee and involved in a number of strategic working groups. Mary has over 25 years’ experience of the management of Further Education, Adult Education, Work-based Learning and social and economic regeneration. Currently the Regional Director for the Association of Colleges, she has worked closely with partners in London’s education and business sector to provide strategic leadership of post-16 learning across the Capital; including recent experience with the Learning and Skills Council and London Councils. Mary has two children who have been pupils at Davenant and she is committed to the continuing development of the school.
Although her first experience as a school governor, Debra is passionate about ensuring that all our children have the best possible opportunity to reach their potential. With her own children in years 7 and 10, her overriding motivation is supporting Davenant in its work and vision to make the education experience offered as enjoyable and enriching as possible.
Her professional role is Head of Faculty within a large secondary school, line managing the subjects of ICT, Computer Science, Business Studies and Economics; she therefore has a broad and comprehensive understanding of the education system and the demands the curriculum places on pupils and staff alike. This experience allows her to empathise with the needs of our children alongside the necessity for parents to have a voice in the journey of their education.
Outside of her professional calling, Debra has been involved with St Mary’s Church, Theydon Bois helping with fund raising events and up to recently teaching Junior Church. She is excited to be part of a Governing Body that shares her enthusiasm to engage closely with staff, parents and children.
Chris has been a Foundation Governor since 2016 and is a member of the Admissions Committee and as well as being the Safeguarding Governor. Chris is the Rector of Loughton and as such is an ex-officio governor. Prior to moving to Loughton, he was on the staff at Grimsby Minster. Before ordination Chris worked as a Social Worker, working in various roles and organisations with looked after children. He was also Chair of Governors at a Primary school in Hampshire. He is passionate about the wellbeing and progress of all children at Davenant.