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Hampstead School

Governors' Biographies

Brian Netto, Co-opted Governor
Brian Netto’s background is in teaching; he qualifed 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.

Julia Takach – Co-opted Governor
Julia Takach is a solicitor in Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Clifford Chance LLP, where her practice covers litigation, international arbitration, regulatory disputes and technology and cyber security. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours degree from Queen's University in Canada, a Bachelor of Laws degree from King's College London, and a Master of Arts (Law and Business) with Distinction from BPP University.

Julia Takach is a mother herself, but also has experience working with children through her experience as a former mentor with educational charity, Debate Mate, and also as a former mentor at Mulberry School for Girls in Shadwell. She has done pro bono work helping families with children in legal and dispute matters through the National Autistic Society. Julia Takach aims to lend her skills in finance, law and auxiliary programmes to the betterment of the governing body.

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.

Amy Clark – Co-opted Governor
Amy Clark has been a co-opted governor since 2017. She is a former maths teacher and currently works at the Education Endowment Foundation, a charity working to generate research on what works to improve educational outcomes.

Jacob Leonard Sam – Parent Governor
Jacob 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.

Sarah Milner – Co-opted Governor
Sarah Milner began her career as a litigation solicitor in private practice, before joining the civil service. She currently holds a public appointment for England and Wales. She was initially a member of the governing body as a parent governor when her nephew joined the Sixth Form at Hampstead School in 2015.

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 – Parent Governor
Anne Clarke has served as a Parent Governor since 2013. She also serves as 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