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Governing Body

Daniela Schillaci-Rowland – Chair Learning & Teaching Committee ( Co-Opted )

I decided to become a Governor at the Robert Barclay Academy (Sheredes) to give something back to the local community in which I live. I worked in a Hertfordshire school for 8 years and more recently worked in a London school for 4 years. Education can and does make young people's dreams happen, and I feel The Robert Barclay Academy is going to offer this to many young people......and I want to be part of this by supporting the school on this exciting journey! I currently sit on the Learning & Teaching committee with a particular interest in behaviour for learning and inclusion.

Elizabeth Lawarance ( Co-Opted )

I have been a primary school teacher for 6 years, with experience teaching in Hertfordshire, Essex and London Borough of Redbridge schools. Prior to that I was self-employed, as a registered childminder and I worked for many years as a project manager for the London Borough of Enfield. I have a BA (Hons) degree in Landscape Architecture from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

I have two sons, aged 21 and 17 and therefore I know what it is like to be a parent of children going through all the different ages and stages of primary and secondary education in England. I am passionate about helping people to reach their full potential and my personal interest has shifted towards the goals and aspirations of older children and how different routes to success can be achieved. For example, my eldest son left school at 16 to study animal care at Capel Manor College. He then secured an apprenticeship at their Regents Park campus and he is now a full time keeper at London Zoo. My youngest is about to start year 13 and is considering his next step options; university, employment or an apprenticeship. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become a governor at The Robert Barclay Academy and I feel I have the experience, motivation and energy to make a difference and to help the school, staff and students to enjoy their work and to achieve well. I currently sit on the Learning & Teaching committee with a special interest in transition and behaviour for learning

Jemma Hardy ( Co-Opted)

I am a Senior HR Advisor at Mimecast - SaaS based email cloud management company based in the City of London. I have worked as an HR professional for over 10 years and currently support a global workforce holding a generalist role and manage all aspects of employee relations.

As a governor I want to give something back to the local community and the welfare and success of the next generation of young people is something that is important to me. I currently sit on the Resources committee as my skills are best suited in this area.

Steve Owen – Vice Chair ( Co-Opted )

As a former student of what was Sheredes School I want to support its development and success and hopefully by doing so the current and future pupils will enjoy their time at the school and reflect in a few years’ time what a great place it is.

My experience is varied, starting in Engineering and moving into senior roles within Human Resources Management for a number of local and international organisations. In addition, I have been a governor and chair of governors at a primary school near to where I live, and whilst the schools are different the challenges are the same. I currently sit on the resources committee and the SDP as my skills are most useful in these areas.

Dawn Warwick – Chair of Governors ( Parent )

I have lived in Nazeing with my family for nearly 20 years. Even as a working Mum I offer some of my time to be active in fundraising for the school with the Parents' Association. I worked in the private sector for many years for a high street retailer in various managerial roles, changing career after my daughter was born to that of teaching. My daughter attended the school attaining her GCSE’s and then her A levels, with the help and focus of the school she is currently at university studying for a combined honours degree in Fine Art & Education studies. I wanted to explore how as a parent I could have input into the education and future opportunities for our young people. Joining the governing body has filled that remit and so far it has been fun, challenging and rewarding. As Chair I am able to sit on all the committees but particularly enjoy the discussions that are had in Learning and Teaching meetings. This enables me to have very informed meetings with the Headteacher and his Senior Leadership team.

Catherine Free ( Co-Opted )

I have a MBA with specialisms in Finance and ‘The Challenge of the External Environment’. I was one of the first micro- computer dealers and had a software company which I started from scratch.   I have mentored Prince of Wales’ Trust clients when they have started new businesses and was a member of the Hertfordshire Valuation Tribunal for 20 years.  I have an ASA swimming teacher’s certificate and, consequently, am very pleased that RBA has a pool which is used so widely. I am very passionate that every student at school should achieve their full potential and develop their talents to the utmost. I have been part of the Governing body for many years and continue to support the resources committee.

Antony Passarelli ( Staff )

I am a teacher at The Robert Barclay Academy and have taught in Hertfordshire secondary schools for 14 years.  I teach Art and Design, specialising in Art History, Graphic Design and Photography.  At The Robert Barclay Academy, I am Assistant Director of Learning for Sixth Form and Head of Photography.  I believe passionately that education transforms children’s lives and that all children must have opportunities to develop their skills and to be cared for in a safe and nurturing environment.  I also believe that education is a life-long process and am happy to report that I learn something new from my students every day. I currently sit on the Learning and Teaching committee which enables me to keep the governors up to date.