Meet the governors

The Role of a Local Governing Body (LGB)

The role of the LGB is a strategic one.  The LGB is responsible for promoting high standards and educational achievement.  The school is accountable to the Group Board, and the LGB should ensure that the school meets the requirements of the Group Board.



The LGB works in partnership with the Principal, the Senior Leadership Team, and senior executives from United Learning to:

  • Uphold the values of the school, the ethos and core values of United Learning
  • Set the school’s strategic plan
  • Monitor the performance and progress of the school, agreeing strategies to achieve continuous improvement, raising standards for all students
  • Ensure budgets are allocated effectively reflecting the priorities as set out in the school’s strategic and school improvement plans
  • Set key targets



The LGB meets twice a term to provide support and challenge to the Academy’s Senior Leadership Team and to discharge its responsibilities. The Principal attends the LGB and other members of the Senior Leadership Team regularly provide updates and presentations at the meetings.

Members of the Governing body visit the school regularly to take part in a range of activities to understand school life, celebrate the academy’s success, provide strategic input to decisions and hold the Senior Leadership Team to account.

Governors are assigned responsibility for a particular portfolio and meet termly with key staff to build strong relationships and hold the school to account in their area of focus. Portfolios include Safeguarding; SEND; Behaviour for Learning; Finance; Pupil Discipline; Data; Pupil Premium; Career Aspiration and Community Engagement. Governors are also linked to individual subjects and meet regularly with the subject leaders to discuss progress in that subject. Governors share their learning from these meetings at the LGB.


Meet the Governors

The LGB formally took control of governance back from United Learning on 1st September 2017. Prior to that the Board had only met in shadow form during the Spring and Summer Term 2017.


Bronwen Tumani – Chair of Governors

Bronwen is a National Leader of Governance and freelance governance consultant working for Barnet Partnership for School Improvement. Bronwen is also Chair of Governors at Foulds Primary School in High Barnet. Bronwen works for Judicial Appointments Commission as a fee paid panel member and for World Class Schools Quality Mark as the Assessment Manager. Bronwen has previously been a Non-Executive Director for an NHS Board and a leader within the HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Bronwen is English Subject Lead and the Safeguarding Governor. 


Jesse Stephens – Vice Chair

Jesse is Vice Chair of Governors and leads on Behaviour for Learning and MFL. Jesse works for the Department for Education on academies policy and school improvement partnerships. Prior to that Jesse worked for United Learning in the school improvement team for 3 years and was previously a French teacher in a North London Academy for 3 years. Jesse grew up locally to the academy.


Amy Trevethan

Amy joined the LGB in June 2018. She grew up in Barnet and has previously served as Councillor for Underhill ward, adjacent to the Totteridge Academy. She has also been Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Chipping Barnet. Amy currently works as public affairs and policy manager at the University of Cambridge, with a particular focus on education and access to university. She leads on Behaviour for Learning at the LGB and has subject link responsibility for Drama, Art and Technology. 


Sarah Smith

Sarah leads on Data for the LGB and has subject link responsibility for PE and Computer Science. Sarah currently works for United Learning as Head of Performance where she leads on monitoring group-wide performance and reporting to the Executive Directors and manages a range of discrete projects for the Strategy and Performance team.  Prior to joining United Learning, Sarah worked for the education publishing company Pearson, and at The Future Leaders Trust, an organisation that delivers a school leadership development programme.


Gareth Caller

Gareth has lead responsibility for Finance and Pupil Discipline and has subject link responsibility for Humanities. Gareth is the Head of Local Authority Financial Control and Capital Finance at the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government, where he is responsible for maintaining the financial control framework for Local Authorities and for developing systems and processes to assess the risk that Local Authorities will run out of money to deliver services. He lives locally in North Finchley.


Sejal Patel

Sejal is the SEND Governor and has subject link responsibility for RE. Sejal is the Headteacher at Whitings Hill Primary School and has previously been a SENDCo.


Paul Edwards

Paul is the LA Governor and is a local ward Councillor on Barnet Council representing the Underhill ward. Paul has many links with the local community and has lead responsibility for the LGB for community engagement. He has been a Social Work Manager and has worked in Brussels for an NGO. Paul is currently working as a Parliamentary Assistant in Westminster. Paul has subject link responsibility for Science.


Katie Dawbarn

Katie joined the LGB in June 2018.  Her subject link responsibility is Literacy and her area of expertise is developing the role of middle leaders.   She is a local resident who currently works for Barnet with Cambridge Education as a primary school improvement officer and having previously been a primary headteacher in Barnet.


Matthew Martin

Matthew was appointed as teaching staff governor in September 2017. Matthew is in his second year of teaching and teaches history at TTA. Matthew was previously a private tutor for four years. Matthew is on the Teach First Leadership Development Programme.


Jean Billong

Jean joined the LGB in January 2018 as non-teaching staff governor.  Jean is a caretaker working as part of the Totteridge Academy Site Support Team ensuring that all the school facilities are looked after.


Maisie Cox (Clerk to the LGB)

Maisie has been the clerk to the LGB since November 2017 and also provides clerking services to other local schools. Maisie works as the SEND Admin Assistant at Foulds Primary School in High Barnet.


Governing Body Appointments

The role of parent governor is currently vacant.  Parent governors are appointed following a ballot of parents of pupils of the Academy.

The roles of staff governor are appointed following a ballot of the whole staff of the Academy.

Other posts are appointed by the Chair of Governors, in consultation with the Principal and the LGB.

All governor terms are for three years.

If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact for more information.



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Contact Us

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Totteridge Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in the Scheme of Delegation (Appendix 4 to United Learning LGB Members Handbook), which can be seen on the United Learning website.

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