Governors

There are currently 11 governors on the school's governing body; we can have up to 12 under our constitution.  Governors serve a four year term and can be re-elected.

 

Adam Garfunkel


  Chair of the Governing Body

I have been a Governor at St Michael's since December 2012. I have had one child go all the way through the school and I have another who is still there.

My work is in the field of corporate responsibility and sustainability, planning and writing communications mainly for large companies but also for some charities and government agencies. Before that I was a pollution campaigner at Friends of the Earth and a door-to-door canvasser for Greenpeace in Canada – I have now spent 25 years working on environmental issues one way or another.

I am on the Board at Jacksons Lane and like to watch Arsenal play when I can. I still play a bit though I should know better by now!
     

Geraldine Gallagher

 

Head Teacher

I became Headteacher of St. Michael’s School in April 2013. I have always worked as a teacher,after training and working in Liverpool for two years I returned home to North London. I spent sixteen fantastic years working in Islington with parents and governors. I will continue to work closely with all members of the school community  to ensure the children have the best facilities and resources to learn.

When not at school I enjoy spending time with my young family, reading, swimming and travelling.
   

Adam Zombory-Moldovan

 

Vice-Chair

I was appointed as a Foundation parent governor in November 2010 after a year as a co-opted Premises Committee member.  I have lived in Highgate for 14 years and my elder son Ben thrived during his 7 years at St Michael's which prepared him well for secondary school.  My younger son Felix is currently enjoying Year 5.

My passion is buildings and I have run my own Architect's practice in Shoreditch since 1990, doing much work on historic sites, particularly cultural buildings.  I first became involved with work in our school designing the Green Room and I am passionate about the quality of the school environment and our stunning site.  I believe the educational experience of our children can continually be enhanced by physical improvements to our buildings and grounds.

I became joint Vice-Chair of Governors this year and I am Chair of the Premises Committee.  I also sit on the Human Resources and Finance committees where I can contribute my experience as a business employer.  I am the Art and DT link governor and my interest in the visual arts and craft led me to become a trustee of Dorset Visual Arts, in the county where I grew up.

     
Jonathan Murphy



 

I have been a Governor since 2011. I have been a Highgate resident for over 15 years and have had children at St Michael's Primary School since 2008, with children currently in Reception, Years 3 & 5. I studied the violin at the Royal Northern College of Music and I am Deputy Director of Music and Head of Instrumental Music at Highgate School. I am passionate about the school community and its inclusive values, am deeply committed to working with the Head teacher and her excellent team, to continually improve the standard of education at St Michael’s, and I am ‘delighted to be a governor of such a wonderful primary school’.
 

     

Mark Dailey

 

I have just recently been appointed as a governor by the St Michael’s Parochial Church Council. I am a warden at St Michael’s Church and have lived in the Highgate area with my wife and two children for over ten years.

I am a partner in a public relations firm after spending ten years as a head of communications for four global banks in the City. I worked for the Hong Kong Government during the handover back to China and before that had a 12 year television career in Canada and Hong Kong.

I was born in Canada to a Scottish mother and Liverpudlian father and still wave the flag for Liverpool FC (a bit tattered and torn these days). I feel it is a huge privilege to be a school governor and I’m looking forward to supporting the school.

     

Lucy Clarke

 

 

 

     

Matt Kerr

   
I am a teacher at City of London School and have a daughter who is currently in Year One. I have been involved with a number of aspects of school management, ranging from the development of sports facilities to the smooth transition of pupils from primary to secondary school. I also have a real passion for pastoral care. I hope that my experience in these aspects of school life will be beneficial for St Michael’s.
 
I enjoy participating in a wide variety of sports and making the most of the cultural delights London has to offer.
     

Cordelia Brown

 

I have two children at St Michael's- Aurora in Year 6 and Orlando in Year 2. My husband Mario is involved in a number of school events including the set design and build for the Panto. I am a Senior Educational Psychologist in a neighbouring local authority. I support schools and parents to meet children's learning, emotional and developmental needs, and advise on the effective deployment of resources to ensure good progress for all pupils. This year I am seconded to work strategically across the borough, leading on the implementation of the Government's Special Educational Needs and Disability Reforms. I have been an Educational Psychologist for 15 years and am involved in the professional training programme at the UCL Institute of Education. I am a qualified teacher and previously worked as a class teacher and specialist support teacher in two local primary schools. 

     

Catherine Kennally

 

I was delighted to renew my contact with St Michael’s this year when the Local Authority nominated me as a governor. I have worked as the Middlesex University tutor to a number of trainee teachers and their mentors in St Michael’s in the past and been impressed with St Michael’s supportive ethos. I am now part of the Curriculum Committee and Link Governor for English. I have met several times with the English Coordinator to discuss the interesting range of activities underway to raise children’s pleasure and achievement in reading and writing.

I taught for many years myself before becoming Head of Inservice Training in Islington and subsequently involved in Ofsted inspection and the initial training of new teachers. Throughout this time my interest has been in how children learn and how we can help them enjoy learning and achieve their best.

Other interests include reading (I’m a member of a book group), walking (currently walking the Thames Path in sections) and cinema.

     
Fran Sorapure

 

I am currently the Assistant Head for the Infants and enjoy teaching classes in Years One and Two as well as supporting teaching and learning throughout the school.  When I first came to St Michael’s eight years ago, I began teaching in Reception moving on into Year Two and Year Four. I am passionate about drama and have taught workshops across all year groups.  Before my PGCE, I worked as a professional actress for television, theatre and radio.

My own children thrived at St Michael’s and have now successfully moved on to secondary school. I thoroughly enjoyed being a parent here, making new friends and experiencing all the social events. I am delighted that I remain as an Assistant Head Teacher to support and develop our school and the community.

     

 

 



 
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