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Hampstead School

Governors' Biographies

Brian Netto, Co-opted Governor
Brian Netto’s background is in teaching; he qualified to teach religious education and physical education at secondary level. His experience of schools has been cross phase, through local authority and Ofsted experience. His skills and knowledge are related to education, with extensive experience of school improvement, governor support and training, local authority management including writing policies and papers for senior officers and members, and contributions at national conferences.

Natalie Couceiro – Parent Governor
As a first time school parent governor, Natalie Couceiro brings a fresh outside perspective on accepted procedure and protocol that often provokes questions about established practices on which the current governing body may not have been challenged in the past. This has led to changes and improvements that might not have been considered previously. Additionally, coming from a public relations background, she brings 25 years’ experience of best practice in external communications for big corporate organisations, as well as all the ‘soft’ skills’ acquired through decades of office-based etiquette, with which she aims to add as much value as possible.

Mavis Maclean – LA Governor
Mavis Maclean CBE is a Senior Research Fellow of St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford, and a member of the Department of Social Policy and Intervention. She has taught a wide range of students and carried out research into the family justice system for many years. She lives locally and has been the Local Authority governor for many years, and currently has grandchildren in secondary schools in the area. She also has civil service experience as an adviser to the Ministry of Justice, and is involved with Safeguarding at Hampstead School.

Jacob Leonard Sam – Parent Governor
Jacob Sam has studied Philosophy and Literature. He has several masters in Business Law, Taxation, Accounting, Audit, and International Accounting Standards (US, UK, French GAAPs). He is an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Finalist.

Jacob Sam has wide ranging multivalent competences having worked with Lawyers and Barristers, in France. Jacob also performed Accounting and Finance duties for global accounting firms and global corporates in France and in the UK.

He also worked as SOX (Sarbanes - Oxley) Tax Accountant for global commercial industries dealing with Corporate and International Taxation, Accounting and Audit.

He manages his business as a Sole trader in accounting and finance and he has also taught French, Audit and Taxation as Freelancer.

Hunter Danskin – Co-opted Governor
Hunter Danskin is a co-opted governor, having started as a parent governor in 2003, and was previously chair of governors at Beckford primary school. He is currently Joint Chair of Governors and at different times, has chaired the Curriculum & Assessment and Site & Finance committees.

A physicist by training, he has worked for many years in central government as a technical analyst on energy efficiency, particularly in relation to buildings, commissioning scientific research and advising on policy. His experience of working practices includes management and recruitment, from a different part of the public sector, which has proved to be useful.

Hunter Danskin is a strong supporter of high quality state education.

Anne Clarke – Associate Governor Member
Anne Clarke served as a Parent Governor from October 2013 to September 2021. She is a Governor at a Barnet Local Authority primary school and was a parent governor of a Camden primary for 5 years.

Anne Clarke is a Councillor in Barnet’s Childs Hill Ward and has had a career in family and youth services. She is a core member of the Cricklewood Town Team, a body that works with residents and Brent, Barnet and Camden Councils to improve Cricklewood Town Centre and station.

Paul Stratton – Co-opted Governor
Paul Stratton studied Chemistry and Spectroscopy at university and his professional career has been varied, from working at Kodak as a testing technologist, driving cars for an export company, jointly managing a pop group and programming computers at BT. He then, after a short spell being retired, moved to being a learning support assistant in a secondary school where he is now an administrator supporting alternative provision and the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disability Co-ordinator). Paul Stratton has been at this local secondary  school for the past 16 years.

In addition, Paul is still involved with his children’s junior school as the treasurer of their Parent, Staff and Friends Association. He belongs to an international support network and helps organise workshops for them. Both his children attended Hampstead School.

Paul very much enjoys these varied roles.

Carla Thomas - Parent Governor
My Name is Carla Thomas and a single mother of two boys aged 20 years and 13 years, one attends Hampstead School and is currently in Year 8. My eldest son also attended Hampstead School.

I decided to apply for parent governor as I feel I can be that voice to help aid and support other concerning parents/carers towards the development and needs of a child that may lack morale in educational confidence, especially those who tend to shy away or struggle in difficult situations or circumstances within the school.

As a parent whose children attend Hampstead School, it has been a good insight to have experienced the school from within, but not exactly outside looking in, however to what knowledge that has gained over the years it has been positive when forming, trust, relationships and having an understanding on both sides of the fence as a parent/carer, the child and teacher.

All these have clearly been influenced by personal concerns and the development for a child’s needs.

I am a great believer in positivity and working towards good community spirit in improvements and unity which is needed in the times we are in now.

Discipline goes without saying and respect is the key in moving forward for everyone. Keeping fit and active is the key as it sustains good mental health, emotionally and physically to deal with the everyday stressors that may occur in life.

I believe I can be a good influence as a parent governor coming from an afro Caribbean background and to have that understanding in that particular area. However, as a whole having the compassion and sympathy to lend a listening ear is a skill to have for those who need it.

Qurat-Ul-Ain Batool - Co-opted Governor
Qurat Batool is a former student who was elected as Chair of the School Council and Head Girl. As a student Qurat was recognised as one of England’s 100 young leaders and awarded a place on the 2008 Prime Ministers Global fellowship. During her gap year Qurat returned to the school to support the Mathematics Department as a Teaching Assistant.

Qurat studied Mathematics with Management and Finance at Kings College London, going on to qualify as an ACA Chartered Accountant with the National Audit Office. She is currently working as a Global Internal Audit Manager overseeing 33 countries. Qurat has expertise in performance data, budgeting, driving financial efficiency in performance management, and working constructively in committees.

Qurat is the first generation in her family to attain higher education and understands the additional challenges faced by many pupils in the area. She is committed to ensuring that there are high aspirations for all the pupils in the school and to achieving the best possible outcomes for all. "

Neha Patel, Co-opted Governor
Neha Patel is a cybersecurity consultant with a background in conducting risk assessments to industry standards. Her experience includes managing global projects remediating strategic infrastructure and technology risks on large-scale technology transformation programmes for Financial Services and Energy clients.

Prior to joining a global consultancy in 2015, Neha’s previous experience included procurement of Adult Social Care services across three London Councils. Neha graduated with a BA History from Queen Mary, University of London in 2014.

Neha is an Inclusion and Diversity advocate, with a particular interest in social mobility and mentoring and inspiring young females to break boundaries in STEM. Outside work Neha co-hosts and produces a podcast.