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Parliament Hill School

High achieving and happy


Parent Governor Election - Letter To Parents|PDF


There are around 15 members of the governing body. We aim to be a 'critical friend'. Governors collaborate with the school in its work to provide a challenging and exciting learning environment that encourages young people to do their best.

                   PHS Governors

To achieve this we do a lot of enjoyable and, on occasions, demanding things. In the past, for example, Governors have:

  1. Linked with teachers in Departments to talk about their work
  2. Taken part in Governors’ Week by running surgeries for parents
  3. Met with architects and staff who prepared designs for the new buildings
  4. Responded to national issues such as the reduced funding to schools 
  5. Discussed the life of the school with parents in the PHSPA and in newsletters
  6. Visited some excellent school performances, art exhibitions and the Year 11 achievement celebrations

We have 6 governors who are parents and are elected by the parents. It is possible for others to join the Governing Body as Associate members bringing particular expertise and experience to our work. Contact the Chair of the Governors or the Clerk to the Governors ( if this is a role that interests you. 


Daniel Silverstone, Chair of Governors

 I have lived in London all my life, mainly in Camden, and a couple of years ago moved 10 minutes’ walk away from Parliament Hill. We have two adult children who both attended London community schools, one of whom is now a primary head, and two grandchildren.

I have worked for almost 40 years in the public and not-for-profit sectors in London. My early roles focused on equality, diversity and improving service quality, and between 1989 and 1995 I was deputy director of education in Hackney. I went on to take up four quite different chief executive roles, including at the Commission for Race Equality and an international human rights charity.

For six years I sat on the board of the Big Lottery Fund’s England Committee – a major personal focus was putting together a programme of support for young people with early diagnosis mental health issues. I also chair Rene Cassin, a Jewish human rights charity.

I joined our governing body in January 2015 and became chair in July 2016, so am still relatively new both to our school and this role, but I am passionate about Parliament Hill – our ethos, the way we value each individual student and our determination to offer the best start in life to all our students.

It is an honour and privilege to be chair of governors at Parliament Hill, to meet parents, carers and students, and to work with Sarah Creasey and her many colleagues, and with our committed and aspirational governing body.

Alpona Banerji

After working in leadership positions for over 25 years in international finance both in the UK and US, I am now the newest governor at Parliament Hill School mainly responsible for fundraising associated with the new building project.  I am incredibly impressed with the school, particularly Parli Girls, the school leadership in maintaining its ethos of a happy school environment and the absolutely committed and motivated teachers and staff who work tirelessly to achieve excellent educational outcomes.

(Previous serving governor) Lisa Hughes, Vice-chair of Governors

I’m a parent governor with a daughter in Year 11, and I really value the education and the experience that she receives at Parli. ‘High-achieving and happy’ is what I believe the school should be and what it is, but these are challenging times for schools and I’m committed to supporting Parli as it continues to build on its considerable strengths. I sit on the School Improvement Committee and am the link governor for maths. I am also a member of the management committee for Camden’s primary pupil referral unit, have been a primary school governor and work as an editor. 

Ansar Blackori

I am a solution-driven management consultant with entrepreneurial and visionary conceptual thinking who leads on strategic perspective.

I see my role on the GB as providing strategic focus on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, finance, and promoting effective teaching and learning.

John Clarke

I’m a co-opted governor, a member of the School Improvement Committee, link governor for governor professional development and a former chair of the governing body. My working life has been spent teaching and managing in further and higher education with a special interest in leadership and organisational change. As a National Leader of Governance I have helped a range of schools across London to improve their governance.

As a community comprehensive school within the Camden family of local authority schools, PHS can provide great opportunities for all our students to succeed and to be happy during their time with us. PHS has an excellent track record of collaborating with other primaries and secondaries in the borough to our mutual benefit. For this reason, I’m also a governor at another Camden comprehensive.

Matilda Deja

I am a staff governor and am currently the librarian at Parliament Hill School, with 10 years’ experience in London secondary schools, teaching English at all levels.

I am committed to addressing the issues surrounding comprehensive girls’ education. Literacy and reading are particular passions of mine.

Veronica Flavell

 I am an art, design and technology teacher at Parliament Hill School and my progression from working as a designer to becoming a teacher has given me a unique set of skills that I find easy to apply to a central London, multicultural school.

As a member of the governing body, I bring my experiences as a parent, as a creative person and as a teacher within the school. I understand how the school connects teachers, students, parents and the wider community.

My aspirations are to preserve and develop the ethos of Parliament Hill School, promote the school within the North London community and expand the Sixth Form course offer, ensuring that it continues to be inclusive to all students.

Roger Freeman

I am a local resident and have been a governor for 19 years and a Camden councillor for over 10 years.

As a member of the Staffing and Resources Committee and modern languages link governor, I want all PHS students to have the tools to seize life’s opportunities and navigate life’s challenges.

Sally Gimson

A councillor for Highgate ward in Camden, I am the parent of a daughter at Parliament Hill School who is in year 11. My eldest daughter also attended Parliament Hill and LaSWAP and is now studying medicine. My background is in journalism and I still write for magazines and blogs. I have also worked in policy and communications for charities, including Victim Support, and the Family and Parenting Institute. I have been a governor previously at a hospital school and two primary schools.

I am particularly interested in the wellbeing and mental health of the students and am a link governor for this area. As a parent governor I am keen for parents to be more involved in the school.

Peter Jones

I am a parent governor with a daughter in Year 9. I teach nursing in London and have experience of working for the National Health Service. I value Parliament Hill School for its values of acceptance and inclusion.

I heartily believe that schools should provide excellent academic training for our children, but equally I would like schools to be places where children are happy, where learning is a pleasure and the pupils feel valued for who they are whatever their academic achievements.

I am vice-chair of the School Improvement Committee and have a link role working with the English Department. Our job is not to tell the staff what to do, because they are the experts. I hope to contribute to a joint endeavour in which the school is continuously asking itself how it can create the best possible environment in which the pupils can thrive. I can do this by providing a different perspective, which is informed by being both a parent and a member of the local community.

Leandros Kalisperas

I am a parent governor and vice chair of the Staffing and Resources Committee.

I was born, raised and still live near the school and so the opportunity to give something back in this role is very rewarding. I recognize the significance of developing well-rounded young women who have the resources to be happy and flourish in an ever-changing world, and am committed to supporting that effort as a governor of the school.

My career to date has been in financial services, which has lent itself to helping oversee the budgets for the school; over time I will be looking to deepen my knowledge of the learning environment here as well. Outside of work, I have a particular passion for reading around political economy matters and the music of the 1980s.

(Previous serving governor) Alison Kelly

I am a longstanding governor at Parliament Hill School and am now an elected
councillor in Camden focusing on health and adult social care. I previously worked in the public sector.

I have always lived in Camden. My children attended LaSWAP.

I have had various roles as a governor at Parliament Hill. I am now focussing on the hugely exciting rebuilding programme. It will bring so many amazing opportunities for our students, staff, school and community.

Fiona Millar

I am a journalist and local parent who has been a governor at three schools in the Gospel Oak/Parliament Hill area, including our neighbours William Ellis School. My daughter was at Parliament Hill and LaSWAP. She loved every minute of her time at the school and left with good qualifications and a wonderful, very mixed friendship group. One reason maybe why I believe passionately in the power of local schools to provide an excellent education for all children and to build strong communities.

My aspirations for the school are to build on our strong academic foundations,  to complete our ambitious building project in partnership with William Ellis School, and to ensure the school continues to offer a broad curriculum and develop happy confident young women, like my daughter and her friends.

Mark Morrin

I am a parent governor, with a daughter in Year 8. I am on the School Improvement Committee and also a link governor for the arts. I am a professional research consultant with expertise in economic development and institutional governance. I am committed to improving education and skills in the UK in what will continue to be very challenging times. I have previously served as a community governor at a primary school.

Douglas Pinder

As one of the newest and youngest governors at PHS, I am looking forward to bringing a different perspective to the governing body, having not been out of education for that long myself!

I have five years’ experience in banking and am using my financial background to support the Staffing and Resources Committee. I will also be taking on the role of link governor for the humanities.

During my banking career I have set up and developed community volunteering programmes in education and at university I held part-time roles at local secondary schools as a teaching assistant and a student mentor.

I am passionate about ensuring every student has a fantastic education and resonate hugely with Parli’s ethos of academic excellence whilst maintaining a massive focus on wellbeing and a happy school experience.

Rebecca Russell

I have been teaching history and politics for 14 years in London schools, four of these years at Parliament Hill School, where I am also one of the two Sixth Form heads of year.

As a governor who is also a member of staff, I bring a wealth of pastoral experience, as well as academic, and a particular expertise in working with Sixth Form students and staff. I also love to travel and relish the multi-cultural and multi-faith nature of the school.

I am looking forward to working with the School Improvement Committee in both maintaining and further developing the high standard of education we provide. I have a particular passion for fostering independent thought, ambition and resilience in our young women. I also see the continued success and growth of the LaSWAP Consortium as a real priority.

Cathryn Turhan

I am proud to be a former ‘Parli Girl’ and have recent, first-hand experience of the school’s supportive and nurturing atmosphere. I have a degree in classics from Warwick University and after I graduated I spent a year as president and chair of the trustee board of Warwick Students’ Union.

I currently work as a policy officer at GuildHE, the official membership body for small and specialist higher education institutions, and so have relevant specialist knowledge of the HE sector. I am very pleased to be able to serve my former school as a governor and to make a contribution to the place which helped shape me.

(Previous serving governor) Margaret Wellbank

I am a former parent governor and am now an associate governor. My younger daughter is currently at Cambridge University after seven years at Parli. I have an experimental psychology background and worked in human factors at BT and UCL for a while, where I was involved in designing surveys, and writing expert systems and organisational development projects, but I am now a freelance illustrator. My introduction to governing was the board of the Association of Illustrators, where I was treasurer for several years. I was a parent governor at Fleet Primary School for four years and Chair of the Finance Committee there, then joined the governing body at Parliament Hill.

I am the SEN governor, and the link governor for science. I'm also on the Staffing and Resources Committee, which oversees how money is spent, and have attended many behaviour panels.

I am excited by the school's ethos and goal of being a place where all young women can feel included and empowered to succeed, and develop into vibrant, confident adults. Being a governor has shown me the work that goes into including everyone with diverse backgrounds and aptitudes. My daughter benefitted from efforts to get more A*s, and to improve results in science, both markedly successful. But I've also seen the work that goes into getting the best results for disadvantaged students, students with mental health and behaviour issues, a range of learning difficulties, and good results at every level in every subject. The school really has a vision of doing the best for everyone. I'm pleased to have a part in working to achieve that.

Vassillis Zarifis

I am a parent governor, sit on the Staffing and Resources Committee, and share link governor responsibilities for business studies and computer science.

Martyn Holman

I am a partner at a Venture Capital firm, a role which has given me the opportunity to serve on numerous private company boards where I have helped to define strategic priorities for their growth and development. I view my role as a Parent Governor at Parliament Hill to bring this commercial governance lens, and growth orientation to the school environment.

 I have a daughter in Year 7 who is thriving in the success-focused atmosphere that Parliament Hill School is keen to foster. I am very focused on ensuring that the school maintains high ambitions for all its students, and that it is successful in providing an environment where these ambitions can truly be realised.