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Members of the Governing Body

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Correct as at September 2021

Mr John Haley, Chair, Member Appointed Governor

Parent with two sons through the school. Appointed Chair of the Governing Body in November 2008. Chair of Finance and Premises Committee and the Admissions Committee. John is a retired Chartered Surveyor.

Mr Adrian Harris, Co-opted Governor

Two sons through the school.Worked as Assistant Director, Financial Management, at the University of East London.  Chair of Staffing & Salaries Committee and a member of the Finance & Premises Committee.

Miss Nancy Lycett, Co-opted Governor

Local Company Director.Former teacher and Chartered Surveyor.  Interested in the interface between education and business.  Chair of Finance and Premises Committee.

Mr Stephen Phillips, Member Appointed Governor

Past parent of the school. Has served as a Governor of West Hatch for over 25 years.  Retired as a director of a menswear company.  Chair of Redbridge and Havering Independent Custody Visitors Panel (part of The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime).  Member of Admissions Committee and Finance & Premises Committee.

Mr Justin van Wijngaarden, Parent Governor

Became a Governor in June 2014 and has a daughter and son at the school with another daughter through the school. A Chartered Accountant working as a Chief Operating Officer in the City at a financial services company and serves as non-executive chair of the board of AQA Education.

Mr Matt Lopez-Dias, Parent Governor

A former pupil from 1981 to 1987 and father of three. His eldest daughter is at the school. He is a Website Developer & Engineer and a Film & TV Grip.  Appointed as a Governor in February 2015 and is a member of the Strategic Board..

Ms Marcella Lord, Staff Governor (Teaching Staff)

Joined West Hatch has a music teacher in 2016, also has a son at the school.  She is also a professional singer and previously ran a Soft Skills and IT Training Company.

Mrs Harpreet Kaur Kahlon, Staff Governor (Teaching Staff)

Joined West Hatch in 2013 as a cover teacher.  My role has been to teach many subjects and have been a part of the English Department.  I have over 10 years of experience teaching in inner London schools.  Currently I am Deputy Head of House for Brunel.

Mrs Leanne Smith, Staff Governor (Support Staff)

Joined West Hatch 2009 as Catering & Hospitality Manager in charge of all catering at West Hatch with a team of 12 staff. Has a professional background of Hotels/Restaurants for the past 30 years. Has a son presently in school at West Hatch and another at university.

Mr Dan Leonard

Has been Headteacher since September 2017. Had been Associate Head for the past three years, having been on the Senior Leadership Team at the school since 2008.

Mr David Solomons, Co-opted Governor

Formerly a Parent Governor with one son through the school. A retired Deputy Headteacher of a secondary school in Redbridge.  Previously a primary school governor. Member of the Pupil Discipline Committee.

Mrs Stephanie Field, Member Appointed Governor

A former French teacher at the school for thirty years and was a Head of Year for seventeen years.Recently retired she currently assists the MFL Department with Year 11 intervention.  She is also our Training Link Governor and has past experience as a school governor at her own children’s school.

Mr Kulvarn Atwal, Parent Governor

Has worked in education for 20 year and is currently Head Teacher at Highlands Primary School. Completed his Doctorate in Education in 2016 with a thesis that considered factors which impact on teacher engagement in professional learning activities in schools, with a particular focus on action research. Has a son at West hatch.

Mrs Julie Pearce, Parent Governor

Born and bred in the area and has a daughter in the school.  Is the Clerk of a City Livery Company.  After 3 years as an active member of the Parent Voice, was appointed as a Parent Governor in January 2019.

Mrs Rochelle De Friend, Member Governor

Joined as a Governor in November 2019 and serves on the Finance and Premises Committee. She has over 30 years experience in financial services, currently serving as a Chief Operating Officer for a Market Infrastructure firm in the City. Rochelle is also on the Board of Directors for Women in Listed Derivatives (WILD).

Mr Suhail Lodhi, Parent Governor

Joined as a Governor in January 2021. He has a son in the school. He has 20 years experience in Corporate IT, and has recently moved into education as the IT Manager at a local Prep School.

  • All Governors are appointed for a four year term of office.
  • Parents are notified of the election procedures when a vacancy arises for Parent Governors.
  • The Clerk to the Governors is appointed by the Governors.
  • Letters to the Chair and the Clerk can be sent via the School