Governor Biographies

Michelle Weerasekera (Chair of Governors)

Michelle weerasekera

I joined the Governing Body of Nower Hill in 2016 and in December  Chair of Governors.

I have been a Magistrate in Hertfordshire since 2001 and sit as a chair in Family Court. I am vice chair of the Local Safeguarding Children's Board in Harrow where I have been a panel member on a number Serious Case Reviews and involved in Multi-Agency Safeguarding Audits. In 2014 I was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to chair an Interim Executive Board to turn around a local school that was judged to be in urgent need of improvement, I was also chair of a local primary school for six years from 2010 to 2016. I am passionate about the education, welfare and protection of children and young people, to ensure that they are given every opportunity to succeed and grow in to well-rounded individuals.

I live locally and have three daughters.

Howard Freed (Vice Chair of Governors)

Howard freed 1 I am married and we have three children. Karen and I are retired teachers and all three daughters are teachers. We have lived in Ware, Hertfordshire, for 30 years.

I worked in London Secondary schools for 36 years including 22 years as Headteacher of Leytonstone School and Nower Hill. I retired from headship in August 2013 and since then I have worked as a coach/mentor with Headteachers and senior leaders and with schools on school improvement and development of leadership capacity, CPD, performance management and reviews of governance. I lead training for senior leaders, aspiring Deputy Heads and aspiring Heads with the Harrow Collegiate Teaching School Alliance. I also help to run the Moving to New Headship Programme in Hertfordshire.

I am delighted to be a governor at Nower Hill. I am currently Vice Chair of the Governing Board and Chair of the Resources Committee. I loved my 13 years as Headteacher of the school and feel privileged to be able to contribute something to the school in a different capacity as a governor. Nower Hill High School and the community it serves will always have a place in my heart.

Adeela Chowdhry (Parent Governor)

Adeela chowdhry

I have been a parent Governor since 2015. Having 2 sons at the school and a keen interest in education, I wanted to give something back by supporting the school and helping it to achieve its aims and objectives. I am currently Vice Chair of the Staffing Committee and the Link Governor for the English Faculty. I have a particular interest in promoting reading and literacy within the school as I currently work as Project Director for a literacy charity in London.

I have a legal educational background BA (Hons) Law with Accounting, LLM Masters in Law). My previous work has been for the Home Office, Inland Revenue and as a Magazine Editor. My skills and background include Project Management, Presenting, Business writing and Fundraising.

Sukaina Kassam (Parent Governor)

Sukaina kassamBA (Hons) Social Sciences

I have been a Parent Governor since 2013. I am currently Vice Chair of the Student Committee and Link Governor for the Sixth Form and the Humanities department. Having been a Governor for the entire High school experience of my eldest son, and with 3 sons currently attending Nower Hill, I have an insight of each key stage experience at Nower Hill.

My passion for education dates back to my university days when I first began volunteering to help children with their reading. Since then, my firm belief that every child should be accorded the opportunity to achieve their full potential has led me to volunteer in my children’s local schools, and in the wider community in numerous capacities.

Kala Nair (Parent Governor)

Kala nairWith my daughter at Nower Hill and as a member of the local community, I am keen to see the school continue to do well and to contribute as a Parent Governor. My background is in Education; as a teacher, a head of faculty, an examiner with an exam board, a Peer Support and Anti-Bullying coordinator and a support member of staff. I have also served on a local primary school Governing Body for 10 years. The happiness, safety and progress of our young people have always been important to me. I have an insight into the challenges involved in delivering an inclusive, outstanding education, and also an understanding of the day to day running of a school. I feel I have the personal attributes, pertinent knowledge, skills and experience to be a competent member of the school’s Governing Body and a representative Parent Governor.

Abi Karmoun (Parent Governor)

Abi karmounAfter arriving in a small West Country town at the age of 10 not able to speak a word of English, I benefited from a comprehensive school that proved perfect for higher education that resulted in a BSc Hons in Science (Computing).  This in turn led to a career of over 25 years in IT related roles at all levels (Development, Service Delivery, Information Assurance, Operational Resilience) in various organisations (Citi, Nomura, AXA, KPMG).

With one child completing their 7 years of secondary education at Nower Hill and another in year 10 I became a parent governor in 2018. The school's ethos of maximising every student's potential resonates with my extensive involvement in the mentoring of young professionals in my work environment. I'm gradually building up my commitments to the school.

Diana La Rue (Member Appointed Governor and Member of the Academy Trust)

Diana la rueI have been a governor at Nower Hill since 1999 initially as a Parent Governor and now as a Member Appointed Governor.  Having served as Chair of Staffing Committee and as Vice Chair, I was elected Chair in 2002 relinquishing the role in 2016.  During that time the Governing Body implemented many developments and changes at the school including the establishment of the 6th Form and adding Y7 to the roll.  I now sit on the Student and Staffing Committees, support the Pastoral Team and link with the Arts Faculty.

I also serve as a Panel Member for Admission and Exclusion Appeals in Harrow and neighbouring Boroughs. In 2014 I was appointed as a member of the Interim Executive Board for a local primary school in urgent need of improvement.

I have a BSc in Physics and Information Science and worked for BP as a Management Consultant.

Louise Voden (Member Appointed Governor)

Louise july 2019Having started my working life in a US global corporation, I made the move into teaching 30 years ago and have never looked back. I came to Nower Hill 14 years ago to set up the new 6th Form at the school, which quickly became a thriving hub of almost 400 students. At the end of 2010 I was promoted to Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for student support and in September 2019, was appointed as Headteacher of the school. I have lived in the Pinner area since I was 4 years old and am an ex- West Lodge girl! I am totally committed to our wonderful, diverse community; inclusive state schooling; and the holistic education and well-being of young people. It is both a pleasure and an honour to serve as the Headteacher of Nower Hill High School.

Chandreyi Parkin (Staff Governor)

Chandreyi parkinI joined the Civil Service after completing a degree in English Literature from the University of London. During my 23 year career with both the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, I enjoyed a variety of roles within Training and Development, Strategic Planning and as an Operational Chief Immigration Officer. With the Foreign Office I was posted to both the British High Commission, New Delhi and the British Embassy, Beijing.

Family commitments led me to make a change in 2014 and I joined the English Faculty at Nower Hill High School where I am the Faculty Learning and Teaching Assistant. Having been impressed by the dedication and commitment of the teaching staff at Nower Hill, I moved both my children to the school. I became a staff governor in 2018 and am also on the Student Committee. I continue to be impressed with the diligence and care shown by Governors for the work they do on behalf of our excellent school.

Miriam Berry (Staff Governor)

I joined the Governing Body of Nower Hill in 2020 and am a Staff Governor.

I first joined the Nower Hill Community in 2011 as a Science Subject Assistant, and in 2014 rejoined as a teacher. I am currently a Year Coordinator as well as a Science teacher. My studies in science have led me to acquire two BSc degrees and then a teaching qualification so that I can share my enthusiasm with a new generation.

I grew up in Pinner and am passionate about the future of our young people. Our diverse local community brings a wonderful mix of students to Nower Hill and I enjoy watching them flourish in our school. In my role as Year Coordinator I support students in overcoming any personal obstacles to their education, and help them to navigate their way through school so that they leave with the best opportunities for life whatever their starting point. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to contribute to such a fantastic school.

Roy McKerracher (Member)

Roy mckerracherMember of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

20+ years as finance director of local manufacturing company, with experience also in HR and IT. Education experience includes school governor in Harrow since 2002 and at Nower Hill High School from 2006.

Treasurer for 15+ years of a number of local Harrow charities involved with young people.

Karam Bhogal (Parent Governor)

Karam bhogalI am Director within education having worked in single and multi academy trusts for over ten years with responsibilities for all areas. I have the understanding of the competencies needed to deliver the quality of teaching and learning, on ensuring outcomes are outstanding for this school. I hold commercial experience with in depth knowledge on school funding, risk management, procurement, estates, financial management and statutory reporting, policies and other key operations. I have a daughter who is in Year 7 who has settled in well and enjoys the wide range of curriculum being offered and enrichment classes after school. I am a registered Badminton England Coach and coaching in my space time at the Dome the home of Middlesex Badminton.

This important role will allow me to contribute and support the Headteacher to making the school even a better place to learn and equip your child to make the bigger decisions in life once they leave our school. Every child must have the platform and range of skills to have a better academic and working future.

Kirti Jeram (Parent Governor)

Kirti JeramI am a flexible working mum of 2 children, my son Aryan started at Nower Hill in year 7 in September and my daughter attends Pinner Park Primary school.  I stood for election as a parent governor as I have a passion in promoting children’s education and supporting the development of the school as much as I possibly can.

Although new to Nower Hill, I do appreciate the outstanding reputation it has and I would like to contribute to the continuation of that progress. Having lived in the area for many years, I have a good understanding of the surrounding community. I feel that I can cast an independent eye over the workings of the school and bring a fresh perspective to the work of the existing governors.

I have worked in the city for top tier financial institutions for the past 18 years and currently I work at Bank of America.  Having worked within the banking industry, I have become a true professional with excellent influencing skills and the ability to communicate effectively and build working relationships at all levels. My current role is one of governance, control and oversight all skills I feel would be beneficial to the school. I am also the Bank of America ambassador for the Inspire the Future program, a UK charity that enables schools to connect with inspirational volunteers from the world of work quickly and easily, revolutionizing the way in which young people get insights into exciting and unique careers and inspiring them to be ambitious. I believe that your past should not define your future.

I will work with energy and enthusiasm to help Nower Hill maintain its high standards, and meet future challenges. I feel I understand the requirements of the role, and hope that I would be approachable and accessible to other parents. I would be privileged to represent parents and carers in this way.

Hylroy Bramble (Parent Governor)

My name is Hylroy Bramble and I am the parent of a child in Year 8 and will hopefully have another son joining the school in September 2020. I have nominated for myself to be a Parent Governor at the school as I feel I have a strong skill set, the energy and commitment in carrying out the role and will bring a sound parental perspective to the body. I also believe that I could effectively work alongside the Headteacher, other governors and representatives from the Local Authority to strategically support the schools’ direction, vision and values.

In addition to this, I understand at this time, the school is hoping to find a parent governor who potentially has a background in facilities/buildings and premises. I have over 20 years’ experience in this field and currently run my own small construction company. I could share expertise with the school and support them with any premises related matters, make recommendations to the Governing Body for the long term development of the school site and its security and safety of pupils, family and staff.

As a Parent Governor I will use my role to think about all children at Nower Hill not just my own - as I understand as a governor that I have a responsibility for the progress, development and wellbeing of all pupils.

Saba Syed (Parent Governor)

Saba syedI am local to Harrow, born and bred, and a parent of a student in Year 7 at Nower Hill. I was a community governor at Pinner Park Junior School for just under 8 years, supporting the school’s growth under the Headteacher’s leadership. When I became a parent of a Pinner Park student two years later, I had the opportunity to connect with other parents, and benefitted from a network of friendships. With this mutual support and collaboration, we resurrected Pinner Park’s PTA, for which I was the treasurer in the first year.

Professionally, I am experienced in delivery and project management of a range of publishing and digital projects, gaining skills in resource and financial management. I’ve worked in the public sector (health, education, archives) and in the private sector in media, print publishing and online. I am currently the head of business development at the British Library, developing products and services and responsible for a multi-million pound revenue target.

Outside of work, I am involved with Tongues on Fire – UK Asian Film Festival, a local arts organisation delivering an annual international film festival, starting as the festival coordinator and now on the board of directors, as Operations Director. I am also the treasurer, and a founding member, of the Friends of Headstone Manor Park.

I enjoy being part of the wider community and using my experience to support organisations in meeting their strategic objectives, ensuring good financial management and a high standard of delivery. I am interested in seeing the value I could add to an outstanding local high school, with a new Headteacher and new members of its governing body.

Miriam Manderson (Member of the Academy Trust) 

As a parent of secondary aged children, my vision for education is that there exists true equality of opportunity through an equal status from one school to the next. I am a fellow Harrow resident and a Headteacher of a neighbouring Harrow secondary school, so it gives me great honour to sit on the Board of Trustees at Nower Hill High School.

With over 25 years in education and being a headteacher since 2019, I am fully committed to ensuring that we all continue to provide parents and children with a secondary education service which is second to none. I have worked in the boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Brent and now I am happy to be giving back to the community in which I live. I speak four languages and believe that languages provide a window to understanding the world. I love working in schools, which have a vibrant and diverse population such as Nower Hill’s and wish I could speak every language on earth to fully engage with our global community! It is an exciting time for Nower Hill High School and I am proud to join the team for the journey.

Reverend Stuart Nattrass CBE  (Member of the Academy Trust)

Brought up on Tyneside. Went to Manchester University. Ordained as a C of E priest in mid 1960's and served in 2 colliery parishes before becoming a worker-priest. Worked in the Health and and Safety Executive for 29 years (inspector of factories, training manager, Area Director, Regional Director London and S.East and HM Chief Inspector of Contruction). After HSE for 13 years was a non-Executive director or external adviser to Docklands Light Railway, Transport for London, Crossrail and Costain).  Moved to Pinner in 1976. Was a non-stipendiary curate at Pinner Parish Church until 2005 and still assist occasionally. Was a Magistrate in adult and family courts. Interests are classical and jazz music (I ran Jazz at Pinner Parish Church for 20 years), theatre, Bridge, caravanning. Married to Dorothy, who was a probation officer then a social worker. Our 2 children went to Nower Hill, where our daughter Claire was Head Girl. 

Philip M Lawder (Member of the Academy Trust)

Phil Lawder has a background in marketing, design and new product development. In recent years, he has worked as advisor to many third sector organisations including Sense, Breast Cancer Care, Ramblers and Mencap. Until recently he was Chair of Relate for North West London and Herts and is still working on several national initiatives with Relate. He is also a Governor at West Lodge Primary School. 

His most recent link with Nower Hill was during the Pinner Arts Week, when he organised an exhibition of paintings by NHHS pupils in the Pinner Parish Church as part of the festival. 

He is also the author of two novels, two books of short stories and a collection of poetry.


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