Current Governors (2017/18)
Chairman of the Board of Governors:
Mr John Bowra: Chair Health and Safety Committee (History and ICT Link Governor)
I have been a Community Governor since October 1996 and Chairman since 2005. I have served as Chairman of HR Committee and as Vice-Chairman. Since CCF has become an Academy I am one of the three Trustees. I am also Chairman of the Health and Safety Committee. I am the link governor for the History Department. I was a pupil of CCF from 1972 – 77. I am Secretary of The Old Finchleians’ Club which is the Club for all former pupils of CCF. I represent The Club on the PFCCFA of which I am also a Trustee. I am a member of the School’s Cadet Unit and have served since 1972.
Away from CCF I work as a civil servant and regularly umpire cricket matches around southern England and serve on several umpiring committees. I am an active supporter of the Royal British Legion and a Life Governor of the RNLI.
Mr Samson Olusanya: Headteacher
After graduating from Kings College London in 1993, I worked in a Hertfordshire hospital for a year before taking the decision to train as a teacher. I believe that I benefit greatly from having worked in five state comprehensive schools prior to taking up my post at this wonderful school. I have held senior leadership roles at schools in East London and Hertfordshire over the last ten years and have enjoyed the role I have been able to play in facilitating the rapid and significant improvement of those institutions. Along the way I have learned a great deal about education and leading staff in different settings, sometimes through periods of significant challenge.
I am committed to the concept of lifelong learning and am studying on a master’s programme in educational leadership with Nottingham University. The challenge of my new headship may mean that I have to put my final assignment ‘on the backburner’ for a little while!
My relentless pursuit of high standards for my students stems from my competitive nature and my belief that education can transform the life chances of any individual. The education we offer at Christ’s College Finchley is about developing the ‘whole child’ as well as pursuing academic excellence. As a keen sportsman I still manage to train or play sport 4-5 times per week and understand the importance of maintaining CCF’s strong sporting pedigree.
I am resolute in the belief that this will be the most successful comprehensive school in Barnet and that we have the staff and students to make that vision a reality sooner rather than later.
Mrs Farnoush Bikdeli: Parent Governor (RE and Maths Link Governor)
I studied as a French translator and worked as part of the ICT group in the Export Promotion Centre of Iran. I have children in both Christs College and Brookland Junior School. For the past seven years, I have been part of the PA in Brookland Junior School. I have also volunteered for over five years at the same school. I am now working part time at Brookland Junior School as an administrator assistant. I am very interested in the day to day running of all aspects of school life and would like to help the school where my older son has made a great progress and at the same time has enjoyed day to day school life. I have seen school life both as a parent and as a member of staff and can understand the dilemmas both school staff and parents face every day.
Mrs Arta Dedaj-Salad: Parent Governor
I am a Parent Governor at Christ’s College Finchley and have a great interest in the school. I have a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Prishtina, LLDiP (Law) from the Wolverhampton University and the LPC from the College of Law in London. I am a Trustee of the British Albanian Kosovar Council, a registered charity which runs strengthening families and communities programme assisting full integration in our society. I work for the largest education union as a Member Adviser, I advise our members in the senior leadership in all education sectors on their employment related issues. I am aware of changes in the education landscape and the challenges faced by the schools. As a parent governor, I have the opportunity to make a valuable contribution to school governance using my skills and knowledge, ensuring that the school provides a motivating and supportive environment for pupils and staff and that pupils achieve their full potential. I have lived in the area for 15 years and would like to see the school continue with its progress and become one of the best schools in the area. I am a member of the Education sub-committee.
Mr Moti Rahman: Parent Governor (Economics Link Governor)
I believe education is the backbone to success. After having a degree in BA Honours in Accounting and Finance, I worked as a manager for a well-known retailer, and Camden Council. While working in a variety of management roles in Camden over a decade, I completed Masters in Public Administration and piloted projects for the Central Government. I currently work as a Regional Manager for a Housing Association; I run two operations from East Midland to North London regions.
In my family, education is the top priority. I always have interests on how my children are performing at the school and how well the school is performing too. I take pride being a governor of CCF, hence I will continue to ensure that I scrutinise and monitor CCF’s key performance indicators. I am not only volunteering to be a governor just for the sake of children, I am striving to ensure that CCF become one of the top performing School while ensuring every child matters. It is vitally important that our teachers are supported and valued at all times. I am a member of the Finance Committee.
Community and Sponsor Governors:
Mr Charles Routt: Community Governor (Geography and Psychology Link Governor)
I am currently serving my third term as a Parent Governor at CCF, where my sons Alexander and Christopher were former students. As a member of the Human Resources and Health & Safety Committees, I help to address two key areas to move the school from good to great: firstly, to ensure Christ’s College continues to attract, develop and retain the best talent for management, teaching and administration roles; and secondly, to continue to improve the physical environment of the school as a place to learn and work. In my day job, I am an HR consultant, specialising in coaching, training, career management and career transition with 25 years experience, building on a formative career in international banking in London, Europe and the Middle East. As a resident for over 20 years in Hampstead Garden Suburb, I stay involved in community affairs, having served previously as Vice Chair and later Chair of Governors at the Garden Suburb Schools.
Ms Naomi Angell: Community Governor (SEN and Safeguarding Link Governor)
I am a co-opted governor with a long commitment and involvement with CCF as my son was a former CCF pupil. I live locally and am a children’s lawyer, specialising in child protection and adoption cases. My work has led to a particular interest in CCF’s safeguarding and child protection roles and to my appointment as the governor with special responsibility for safeguarding and child protection. Another interest is in special education; I am also the governor with particular responsibility for the curriculum support department and I regularly report to governors’ meetings on the activities of this department.
Mr Clive Goldstein: Community Governor (Physical Education Link Governor)
I am a Trustee and Community Governor, having been a parent governor throughout the years that my son attended the school. With an engineering degree and MBA from Manchester I have spent over 40 years in commerce of which 15 years were as a Finance Director of a SME.
Mr Mike Wiffen: Community Governor
I am a Barnet resident and a former pupil of the school (1964-71). My connection with the school was retained through the Old Finchleians Club where I am a past President and am currently treasurer of the football section. Qualifying as an accountant, my working career was with Barnet Council where I was Head of Finance for Housing and Social Services and then with Barnet Homes as its Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Team. I now undertake voluntary work and am a Board Member and Treasurer of Barnet Mencap. As a Governor I am a member of the Finance and Planning Committee.
Miss Miryam Mulla: Sponsor Governor, Pentland Group
I am an industry sponsored Governor who works for Pentland, as Group Financial Controller. I am based mainly at the Squires Lane offices; my role includes amongst other thing group statutory governance and effective controls management of the Pentland businesses. I have an Accounting and Finance degree from Lougborough University, and I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Chartered Accountants, qualifying with PwC some 14 years ago. In my spare time you can sometime catch me either running around a field or performing the odd standup comedy routines around North London.
Dr Catherine Xiang: Sponsor Governor
I am a sponsor governor who works for the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). My work at LSE involves being responsible for the educational offer of East Asian Languages, including degree programmes and extra curriculum and active research. I am a published author for beginner’s textbook in Mandarin ‘Mastering Chinese’ by Palgrave Macmillan. My ambition is to educate future global leaders with better understanding of Chinese language and culture. Originally from Shanghai, China, I’ve gained my MEd and PhD in the UK and benefited greatly from the education system of this country. It is my great passion to now serve and contribute to the teaching and learning of UK Higher Education. As the link between the secondary education and HE, I hope to be able to facilitate wider participation and shape better education through working hand in hand with CCF and LSE.
Mr Nikunj Pindoriya: Community Governor (ICT/Computing Department Link Governor)
I am a Community Governor at CCF and a former pupil of this school (2008-2015). I am currently reading Computer Science at King’s College London which allows me to see how the ever evolving area of Computing is changing and in which direction it is heading. For this reason I am a link Governor to the ICT/Computing department. I also sit on a Faculty Education Committee at King’s. As a recently former student of Christ’s College, I feel that I am in a unique position to contribute to making CCF one of the most successful comprehensive schools in Barnet.
Mrs Negar Ahmad Khosravi Choghakho: Parent Governor
I am mother of two children. My son is in Christ’s College Finchley and my daughter is in Moss Hall Junior School. I am holder of MA in TEFL from Westminster University. I have taught English in ESOL classes in the UK and Iran. I was a visiting lecturer at Westminster University and I am also a doctorate student in applied linguistics at UCL. I am interested in all aspects of education and I like to support school to provide equal opportunities for all the students to develop their abilities.
Mr Chilli Reid: Parent Governor
I am a Community Governor of the School and a long time resident of Barnet.
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