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Our Governors

To contact our governing body please telephone the school office on 020 7435 9797 or write to Chair of Governors c/o Fitzjohn's Primary School, 86a Fitzjohn's Ave., London NW3 6NP.

In November 2014, Ofsted wrote this about our Governing Body:

The governance of the school:

  • Governors are exceptionally well informed. They receive comprehensive, accurate and candid reports from the headteacher. Governors also gather their own information through a formal timetable of activities, including visits to lessons and talking to pupils and parents and carers.
  • As a result, they ask probing and challenging questions of leaders and have deep insight into how well all groups of pupils achieve, including disadvantaged pupils. They know how well the pupil premium funding is used.
  • Governors know how effective teaching is and how good performance is rewarded.
  • Governors relish any training and advice. Most recently this has focused on safeguarding and on analysing pupil progress information. They have a wide variety of skills and are keen to make sure they are used to benefit the school. They have recently undertaken an audit of their skills and have actively sought to appoint new governors to fill potential gaps.
  • They make sure that all statutory arrangements are met, including for safeguarding. Procedures are robust to secure pupils’ safety and well-being.

File icon: pdf Information on Governing Body Membership and Register of Interests -September 2018 [pdf 486KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Governor Attendance 2017 to 2018 [pdf 207KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Governing Body Terms of Reference October 2018 [pdf 233KB] Click to download

Rob Earrey


As Head I am also a member of the governing body. It is my role to advise the governing body of current academic standards and challenges we might face.

The Head of each school is ex officio a staff governor, but he or she can decline to take up the position. Should they decide not to become a member of the governing body, their place is left vacant.

It is up to the governing body as a whole whether the Headteacher has voting rights.

Elna Gay

Co-opted Governor

My first contact with Fitzjohn’s School was in the early summer of 1980 when I was looking at alternative nursing jobs to fit in with 2 school age children. I became the school nurse for Fitzjohn’s and 4 other local schools. During those five years I was seconded by the then Hampstead Health Authority to West London College to do the ‘School Nurse Course’ gaining a certificate in Educational Nursing.

I maintained contact with Fitzjohn’s after becoming school nurse team leader in Westminster and was co-opted onto the governing body in 1991. Rob is the 3rd head I have worked with and they have all continued in the tradition of adding value to the school.

Sarah Harper

Parent Governor

I am a parent governor. I have one child at Fitzjohn's School in Year 2.

Prior to becoming a governor, I wrote a book on the history of The Royal School, Hampstead that formerly occupied the Fitzjohn's site and that many of the current school buildings were originally designed for.
My interests include, education? ?and history I am delighted to be part of such a caring and innovative school.
I have a background in law and design and degrees in history and historic preservation.

Mike Herlihy


I joined Fitzjohn's as Clerk to the Governing Body in May 2013 having worked for Local and National Organisations for many years in the Governance field as a Chartered Secretary. I currently hold a number of positions as Clerk to Governing Body/Company Secretary to  Academy Trusts/ Free School Trusts and enjoy working with all the different schools across all phases. Each school is very different but some of the practice at Fitzjohn's is outstanding as evidenced in the last Ofsted report

I am also a specialist youth magistrate and currently sit on two  children services board .You could say the courtroom and the classroom are important places for me.

I really enjoy working for Fitzjohn's; it is a lovely school with dedicated staff and very supportive and committed governors.

Danielle Litterick

Co-opted Governor and Chair

I initially became a parent governor at Fitzjohn's because I wanted to be more involved with the school that my son was attending. I wanted to find out how decisions were made and why, and to offer any help I could to make the school as good as it could be. I firmly believe that with education you can change the world! Years later, I’m still here, and have just become the Chair of Governors. My background is in Physics and Maths – I did my degree as a mature student and single mother. Before that I worked in a casino - although I initially trained as a ballet dancer. I'm currently working as a software developer for Legal & General Investment Management. I'm a member of Amnesty International, and take an interest in environment issues.

Debbie Moss

Co-opted Governor

I am the Deputy Head and Inclusion Manager at Fitzjohn’s.  I’ve been working alongside Rob in this role since January 2008, and have always attended all governing body meetings as an associate governor. Since our re-constitution in January 2015, I have become a governor which has given me voting rights for the first time.

It is my responsibility to make the governing body aware of how we maintain and develop our inclusive practices, through development sessions, meeting with the SEN governor and information in the head’s report.

It is a pleasure to be on the governing body, particularly now that we have developed a more streamlined structure to meetings, that allows us more time to focus on our main purpose – helping the school to move forward and improve so that it is a place where ‘everyone can succeed.’

Christina Pappas Kohle

Parent Governor

My name is Christina Kohle. I have lived in Hampstead and Belsize Park for nearly 20 years. I have a daughter at Fitzjohns Primary School. I became a Parent Governor because I have a keen interest in education and believe in the ability of community schools to empower children to succeed.  I have over 20 years of international finance experience, focusing on communication and infrastructure development projects in Europe, the Middle East and most recently Africa. 
I have a BA in Political Science from Binghamton University and an MSc in Government from the London School of Economics. 

Ruth Schocken Katz

Parent Governor

I am a parent governor and have two daughters, one at year 4, and another who moved on to secondary school. I became a governor as it was important for me to support the school, which I love, in whichever way I can. Additionally, I wanted to be a role model for my daughters.

I run my own film production company which helps individuals and small companies or organisations tell their stories through film. We collaborate with our clients to tell their stories, so that the experience is empowering and creative for all of us. The meaningful connections I make with both clients and team members are what I thrive on. Joining the governing body, allows me to work as a team member in another capacity which has an impact both on my family and my community.

I have an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School and a BA in English Literature and Drama from Queen Mary, University of London.

Deborah Townsend

Co-opted Governor

I have lived locally since 1974.
I have been on the governing body at Fitzjohn's since my own children attended the school in the 1980's.
I have worked in local government, supporting the voluntary sector and as an organiser of a community centre in Camden.
Between 1997and 2013 I worked in Kensington and Chelsea within the Language Development Service as a teacher and an Active Teacher Consultant, providing strategic support for ethnic minority pupils, including those developing English as an Additional Language.

Pat Traynor

Community Governor

I was one of the first parent governors when I was elected to the Governing Body and, together with another parent governor, I was a founder of the Fitzjohn’s After School Clubs. Prior to that date parents had not been represented on the Governing Body. One of my reasons for becoming a governor was because I believe that children benefit from the involvement of their parents in their school.  I have three daughters, who are now adults, and they have all done well following their education at Fitzjohn’s.  I was vice-chair of governors for a number of years and chair for four years. I now chair the Education Committee of the Governing Body

My career was in university administration and I have considerable experience in the governance of educational institutions.  I was involved in the drafting and interpreting of instruments of government (Acts of Parliament, Royal Charters and Statutes, and Memoranda and Articles of Association)) for the Colleges and Institutions of the University of London and for obtaining the approval of Parliament and/or the Privy Council.  I have also acted as secretary/clerk to University statutory bodies, including the academic governing body, the Senate.  During the last dozen years of my working life I was Head of Academic Policy in the Medical Faculty which was responsible for the education and training of doctors, dentists, vets and pharmacists and the University’s interface with the NHS.   I have also done editorial work and job evaluation.

Tamar TelemShafir

Parent Governor
I am parent governor, I have 2 children at school in years 5 and 2. I have lived in the Hampstead area for the past 11 years. I became a Parent Governor as I care very much about our school and wish to offer my skills, knowledge and experience to help in its continued development and improvement for the benefit of our families and children. 
My background is in science and technology as well as business and the intersection between these two areas. 
I hold a PhD in Chemistry from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from Imperial College London. 

Pete Winiewicz

Staff Governor

Pete is our Year 6 Teacher and Sports Lead.