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Governor biographies

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Joe Arazi - Foundation Governor

I have recently joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor. I live in Elstree with my wife Melanie and our 4 young sons, all of whom have either attended or still attend HJPS. By profession I am a solicitor specialising in insurance litigation. I believe that we are very fortunate to have HJPS on our doorstep, having experienced first-hand the warmth of the school. I feel very passionately about ensuring that our children benefit from both a strong Jewish and secular education and that they are given the best opportunity to develop and succeed in life. I hope to be able to deploy my skills in contributing to the schools and in particular the children’s continued success.

Lily Ashkenazi-Bakes - Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 2017. I live in Bushey with my husband Maurice and 4 of our children, Talia, Isaac, Rafi and Aviva who are in Years 2, 3, 5 and Reception at HJPS. I was a lawyer for 7 years prior to becoming a television producer at the BBC. Currently I am helping on the Finance and Fundraising Committees of the Governing Body.

Iain Blakeley - Foundation Governor

I joined the Governing Body in September 2012. I chair the Education Committee and also sit on the Premises Committee. I have three daughters, one of whom is at the school in Year 5. Our elder two children graduated from HJPS with strong values and a pride in being Jewish. I am a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, working in commercial property investment and asset management and am pleased to be able to utilise my professional skills and experience to the benefit of the school.

Debbie Cane - Parent Governor

I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in April 2016. I live in Bushey with my husband, Adam and 2 daughters, Abigail and Emily who both attend HJPS. My work on the Governing Body includes being on the finance and staffing committees. My professional background is in accountancy and I am currently a Tax Director at a large professional services firm and I hope to use these skills to give something back to the HJPS community.

Deborah Dobrin - Foundation Governor

I joined the Governing Body in February 2014. I live in Bushey with my husband Michael and three sons, Jacob, Sol and Eli. My position within the governing body includes being the SENCO link governor. I currently sit on both the PR & Marketing and Staffing committees. I work as an Account Director for Retinue Housing, a recruitment outsource, specialist agency.

Marc Harris - Foundation Governor (Chair)

Starting as a Parent Governor in February 2012, and reverting to Foundation Governor in 2015, I was previously Chair of the Education Committee and have sat on the Premises, Finance and Staffing Committees too. I was the Vice Chair of the GB from 2014 to 2016, and I am currently Chair of the GB. I am also the Safeguarding Governor. I have two children at the school and I enjoy the opportunity to contribute to HJPS both as a parent and as a Governor.

Tony Jacobs - Parent Governor

I am delighted to have been voted as Parent Governor (2014) and look forward to contributing towards the school's continued growth. I sit on both the Premises and PR committees, where I am able to offer my commercial expertise to the advantage of the school. I have been involved with the CST as a senior volunteer and instructor for over 25 years, and will help in any security matter in order that our children stay safe and secure.

Lara Lipsey - Foundation Governor

I joined the Governing Body in September 2016 and I’m proud to be a Foundation Governor at HJPS. It is an outstanding school which combines strong secular and Jewish education in a warm and nurturing environment. I’m looking forward to using my professional expertise in public relations to further enhance the reputation of the school, in addition to my communal experience to maintain the ethos. I am Chair of the Finance and PR Committees and am also a parent at the school.

Hayley Myers - Local Authority Governor (Vice Chair)

I have been a Governor since 2012 and have one child at HJPS, my elder two having moved on to secondary school. I am the Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of the Admissions Committee. I am committed, both as a governor and a parent, to supporting the school in achieving its aim of providing an outstanding Jewish and secular education for every pupil.

Leigh Myers - Foundation Governor

I joined in 2016 and feel privileged to be part of the GB. I am committed to helping HJPS continue to strive for excellence. I sit on the Finance and Admissions Committees. As a parent of two children at the school I have seen first-hand the excellent work of the staff and school and so have volunteered my time and skills. Professionally I am a Chartered Accountant having spent several years in practice and currently I am Head of Finance at Dixons Carphone.

Ajal Notowicz - Foundation Governor

Having joined the Governing Body as a Foundation Governor in 2014, I am currently Chair of the Premises Committee and a member of the Admissions Committee. I work as a solicitor in the City.

Natasha Rubin - Staff Governor

I am an Assistant Headteacher and Year 4 teacher at HJPS. I co-ordinate Behaviour, English, SRE and Assessment. I currently sit on the Education and PR Committee, which I feel are particularly important, both as a Governor and a member of staff. I am also the link with the PTA. I have a particular interest in Behaviour and PR; a role that I am excited and passionate about.

Nadine Taylor - Parent Governor

Elected as a Parent Governor in November 2017, I live in Elstree with my husband Justin and my sons Joshua and Nathan, who are extremely fortunate to attend HJPS. Having successfully co-chaired the PTA, I am driven by a desire to do more. I’m excited by the opportunity to add value to the governing body and believe that my professional experience in project and office management can contribute to HJPS’s continued success in delivering outstanding Jewish education and academic excellence.

Kate Thomas - Co-opted Governor

I am currently the School Business Manager at HJPS. I have over 20 years’ experience in marketing, finance and business management positions. I initially worked in the finance industry for Global Asset Management and then Raymond James Investment Services, before moving into the childcare industry, working for Asquith Nurseries and now HJPS. I enjoy the diverse nature of my role, liaising with various departments and individuals on a daily basis, both in school and externally.
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