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Meet the Governors


Clive Partridge, Chair of Governors

I graduated in 1981 from Cambridge University with 1st class honours in Computer Science and Engineering. I am currently Director of IT Services at Metaswitch Networks (formerly known as Data Connection) based in Enfield, a company I joined back in 1984. Outside of work, I am married and have two children.

I have been Chair of Governors at Livingstone for over ten years, having become a governor when my son Edward attended Livingstone between 1999 and 2006.

I also chair the Personnel Committee and am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee.


Giovanna Phelan, Staff Governor

I have been Headteacher of Livingstone School since 2011. Before taking up this post, I worked as a class teacher in a school for children with moderate learning difficulties, a Special Educational Needs Coordinator, and a Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Manager at various schools in Barnet.

I have a BA (Hons) Degree in English and French and a PGCE in Primary Education. I also have a Diploma in Special Education (Distinction) awarded in 2004, and I completed the NPQH in 2008.

My vision is of a fully inclusive school which meets the needs of the whole learning community and drives up standards for pupils of all abilities.

I am a member of the Personnel Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Welfare Committee and the Finance and Premises Committee.


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Rob Madle, Co-opted Governor

I am the Deputy Headteacher at Livingstone. I have a KS2/3 Teaching Degree with a specialism in English. I have been teaching since 2000 and have been at Livingstone since 2006. In that time I have taught in KS1 and KS2 but I am most likely to be found in Year 6.

I am committed to valuing each child’s qualities, experiences and culture and to setting high standards in helping each child reaching their own potential. I seek to meet the needs of all children and draw on a variety of approaches, trying to be as creative as possible to ensure the best outcomes for all.  I am a firm believer in the need to inspire in children the love of learning and provide them with a rich range of experiences and opportunities. I have always prioritised the need to see children as distinct individuals with their own strengths and capabilities who learn and develop at different rates and in varying ways.

I am a member of the Curriculum Committee, the Welfare Committee and the Finance and Premises Committee.


Sally Gentle, Vice-Chair

I have been a governor at Livingstone since 2005, starting as a parent governor.

I believe that Livingstone is a wonderful school and using my commitment, enthusiasm, tenacity and analytical mind I want to help to shape the management of the school so that every child can achieve their potential and be excited about the possibilities that are available to them.

I am the Chair of the Welfare Committee as well as being a member of the Curriculum Committee the Finance and Premises Committee and the Personnel Committee.



Sally Gentle
Catherine Baker

Catherine Baker, Co-opted Governor

I am a Biomedical Scientist working for Health Services Laboratories and manage a busy laboratory. I have experience managing staff and policy writing.

I have a son and a daughter at Livingstone and have been a governor since 2011. I am an ex pupil of the school and have lived in New Barnet for most of my life. I am passionate about supporting this amazing school.

I am a member of the Curriculum Committee and my key areas of responsibility are PHSE and the fantastic Library.


Elisabeth Overland-Harper, Parent Governor

I am a financial services lawyer working as a counsel for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in the City, a firm I joined in 2003. My professional experience includes advising clients in the financial sector on UK and EU regulatory requirements and reform.

I have been a parent governor since May 2015 and have a daughter at the school. I grew up in Norway and strongly believe that every child deserves an excellent education. I  am passionate about ensuring the children at Livingstone have the opportunities and support needed to help them raise their aspirations and fulfil their potential.

I am a member of the Curriculum Committee, taking particular responsibility for modern foreign languages (MFL).


Elisabeth Overland-Harper

Joanna Chadwick, Local Authority Governor

Hello, my name is Jo Chadwick. I am a local resident and passionate about supporting my local school that has been going from strength to strength in these tumultuous times in education!

I am an Assistant Head at a large Haringey Secondary school. I am in charge of KS3 so do all the transition work from primary to secondary school. I am also a designated safeguarding lead, so have the remit of keeping students safe.

I am a newly appointed governor in 2017 and look forward to working with all the members of the community to support the progress and development of our wonderful school.

Paren Shah, Parent Governor

I am an accountant and IT consultant working for PwC, specialising in process improvement and reengineering procedures.  I also volunteer at other charities and enjoy playing sports. 

I have been a parent governor since 2013. My daughter and son have been attending the school since 2012. I applied to be a Governor to be more involved in the school and to use my extensive network for the benefit of the school.

I am a member of the Finance and Premises Committee and the Curriculum Committee, taking a special interest in  and responsibility for ICT.


Paren Shah

Lee Shea, Co-opted Governor

I am an Operational Manager with London Underground, with whom I have been for the past twenty years, although I originally studied Mechanical Engineering within the Aerospace Industry by way of an apprenticeship. I believe that by working within these two very different industries I have been able to gain extensive and valuable expertise on a wealth of topics that can be transposed to the benefit of our school.

I live in East Barnet and have been a governor at Livingstone for over 10 years, firstly as a parent from when my son attended Livingstone, and now currently as a Co-opted Governor.

I am the Chair of the Finance and Premises Committee, and also sit on the Personnel, Welfare and Curriculum Committees. I am also the designated Governor for Safeguarding, as well as taking responsibility for both Special Educational Needs and Health and Safety.



Maria Stephens, Staff Governor

I am a Level 3 Teaching Assistant and assistant site manager at the school. I have worked at the school for eighteen years under three separate Headteachers.

Over the years, I have seen the expansion of the school premises and the development of the Kingfisher Provision. I started off as a mealtime supervisor when my son attended the school and now I have had experience of working in every single year group.

I also have vast experience of covering the main office and the medical room as well as being a prominent member of the PTA.

I am currently on the Welfare Committee, the Curriculum Committee and the Finance and Premises Committee.



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Chris Ward

Chris Ward, Parent Governor

I have two children, a daughter who has successfully transitioned from Livingstone to secondary school, and a son who is currently at the school. They have each greatly benefited from their Livingstone experiences, growing in confidence both academically and socially.

I have been a parent governor since 2009 and I am pleased to contribute towards ensuring the ethos of achievement and personal development continues to be at the heart of our whole school approach.  Every Livingstone child has their own individual experience but they are all given the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

My involvement with the school has enabled me to see the school from many different angles and I know that it is filled in every area with enthusiastic, committed staff and happy children.

I am currently working as a school teacher in another local primary school. My previous career experience includes time as a local government greenspaces park keeper and as an industrial relations officer.

I am a member of the Welfare Committee and the Curriculum Committee. My curriculum links are particularly in P.E., art and design and technology.


Ada Shum, Parent Governor

 I am a digital Product Manager, working with IT and Commercial teams to build websites, apps and data systems.
 Outside of work I am kept busy by two very active- and often cheeky- kids. My son and daughter both go to this school, and absolutely love it.
 Being a full time working mum, I often miss out on helping at Parents Teachers Association (PTA) events. Being a governor is my way to "do my bit" for the pupils, staff and community.
 My area of focus is General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). I am also on the Curriculum and Finance & Premises committees.


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Sarah Rose Fletcher, Parent Governor

My daughter attends Livingstone and I have two older teenage boys.  I started my career in education over 23 years ago, working as a TA in a special needs school in Haringey and have worked in various capacities in education ever since and spent time working for Barnet Youth Offending Team as a youth mentor before becoming a teacher 10 years ago.

I am currently a specialist teacher (Head of Early Years and Outdoor Education) at SWERRL- Strengthening Well-being Emotional Health Relationships and Readiness for Learning (Formally Behaviour Support Service) for the London borough of Enfield.  I have specialist knowledge in attachment, trauma, inclusion and early year's education and hope to bring my expertise to our already wonderful primary school. I am passionate about being a champion for Livingstone School and doing my bit to continue to see the children thrive.

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