Peter Tenconi (Chair and Co-opted Governor)
With a BSc Computer Science, I have worked as a director and manager of major projects at home and overseas. I have an excellent understanding of technology, a proven track record of delivering business solutions as well as managing organisational change and consultancy services. I have been responsible for budgets in excess of £20M and managed teams of 50 to 150 staff (depending on projects). As a school governor at a secondary school for 7 years, I have chaired the Finance Committee and the Personnel Committee. I have also assisted with the planning and implementation of a number of building improvements as well as the recruitment of the headteacher and other senior roles. Most recently I have been Chair of Finance on the GB of a Harrow school.
Paul Smith (Parent Governor)
I have two children at the school and have been a member of the school community since 2016. As Chief Executive and Board member of a number of public sector organisations in Australia and the UK in recent years, I have developed key skills in leadership, collaboration and communication. I am an effective listener and a pro-active decision-maker, and strongly feel that effective communication is a key responsibility of a governing body. As a governor I am keen to see more openness about the discussions and decisions being considered by the governing body, ensuring an open relationship with parents.
Manji Kara (Vice Chair / LA Governor)
I am a retired railway engineer dedicating my free time for community service. I have been a Ward councillor since 2002 as well as an LEA nominated school governor at Glebe Primary School and Stanburn Primary School over the years. I was an active member of the PTA at Priestmead School and Park High School where my sons received fine education.
Link Governor for Health and Safety / Deputy Link Governor for Safeguarding (this role includes Looked-after Children and Prevent)
Kulabalasingham Sudhakar (Parent Governor)
I am a teacher of Mathematics at a leading independent school in Harrow and have been working as a secondary school teacher for nearly 14 years in both state and independent schools. Alongside teaching Mathematics, I have held many positions of responsibility within these schools to improve pupil achievements, numeracy across the curriculum, teaching and learning, and staff development. At present I am the chair of the school Staff Association, overseeing staff welfare. In addition, I have worked as a GCSE/A-Level examiner for nearly 10 years for a leading exam board. I am very excited to be part of the Whitchurch School governing body and will share my knowledge and experience to make a positive impact in the Whitchurch School community.
Meera Shah (Parent Governor)
I work part time within the NHS. I am passionate about children and young adults, and, work primarily with teenagers. I can see how a solid foundation shapes young children to become happy, confident teenagers who then progress to well-adjusted young adults. I understand how important the school environment is in shaping a child’s life, and that teachers and other members of staff can have a lifelong impact. I believe education is the key to achieving a healthy, balanced life. As a parent governor, I am happy to be involved in supporting the school and staff who teach our children / direct the progress of the school.
Link Governor for SEN
Deepa Samani (Parent Governor)
I have been part of the Whitchurch parent community since September 2019 and both my children have had a positive start to their primary education with the school. I was born and raised in Stanmore and now work as a Deputy Headteacher in a local Harrow school. With a strong educational background, I am committed to working with the school and actively supporting the school in the next stage of its development. I am fully invested in ensuring that Whitchurch provides the best possible education for our children.
Link Governor for Safeguarding (this role includes Looked-after Children and Prevent) / Link Governor for Health and Safety
Maria Nickson (Staff Governor)
I have been teaching at Whitchurch for four years and during this time I have worked across both Key Stages 1 and 2. I have also mentored Newly Qualified Teachers, which requires half termly observations, guidance and support with all aspects of pedagogy. I am the PE Coordinator, which entails budgeting the sports grant money, organising sporting events, sports clubs and most importantly our annual whole school sports day. Prior to entering full time teaching, I worked as a Teaching Assistant in a special school in Harrow which catered for all Key Stages up to the age of 18. My first employment was in the Leisure industry, coaching tennis and swimming across many London boroughs. I have always had a sporting background and was fortunate to be selected as a volunteer lifeguard for the triathlon in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.