James is Chief Executive of HEP. He was previously joint Assistant Director for schools and learning in Haringey Council and has worked in DfE and extensively in central government and consultancy. He is also a parent governor in the Borough.
FRAN HARGROVE Deputy Chief Executive
and Lead Improvement Partner for Schools
Fran is a Lead Improvement Partner working extensively across primary schools. Fran is the overall lead for school improvement, co-ordinating the work of all HEP Improvement Partners. Fran was headteacher at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School in Hornsey. She has worked as a school improvement adviser and as an adviser to the DfE.
Heather is a Lead Improvement Partner working with primary and secondary schools. Heather is also responsible for leading the CPD programme and developing partnerships in HEP. Heather was a school improvement adviser in Haringey Council and has senior leadership experience with responsibility for post-16 and teaching, learning and assessment. Heather is also a History teacher and has worked with the Historical Association.
Fay leads on NQT recruitment and training, leading our work as the Appropriate Body and managing the NQT pool. Fay also works with schools on statutory responsibilities, which include SACRE, moderation and monitoring in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Neetha is responsible for Governor Services, working closely with Brenda Bruno to deliver a governor training programme, clerking service and provide advice and guidance to governors and clerks. Neetha previously worked in Governor Services in Redbridge and Harrow.
Suzanne is HEP’s Office Manager and PA to the Chief Exec. Suzanne is responsible for the efficient and effective running of HEP services, training and the HEP Board. She previously worked as a Clerk for Haringey Governor Services and prior to that worked in media and creative industries.
After 20 years as an arts administrator for museums and galleries in her native France, the US and UK, Anna is now putting her organisational skills to good use to oversee and coordinate the logistics side of HEP’s Humanities and Science Curriculum Programme.
Chi is the lead education data officer and the main contact with DfE for Children’s services in Haringey. Chi undertakes analysis of data across all Haringey and HEP member schools, oversees relevant statutory returns and supports individual schools with requests for data analysis. Chi has worked in Haringey Council for 10 years as a data analyst across various departments including the Business Intelligence Team, Early Help Service and a Housing Association.
Dawn Ferdinand is in her 19th year of headship. She is currently the Headteacher of The Willow on Broadwaters which is located on the Broadwater Farm Estate, Tottenham. When she started the school in 2008 it had a ‘Satisfactory’ Ofsted rating. Under her leadership the school achieved ‘Outstanding’ in May 17. She led her previous school from special measures to outstanding (1999-2007). Dawn has also been an executive head leading two schools in two different local authorities. Her passion is to improve outcomes for children in the inner city. Dawn has jointly led the ‘Investing In Diversity’ IOE Primary programme (this was a very successful leadership programme which supported black and Asian teachers into leadership positions.) She is a consultant Headteacher, and mentors other Heads. Dawn is on the Board of Trustees of EYLA – a charity that exists to nurture and develop the leadership potential, health and well-being of children and young people, especially from Black and non-European communities.
Malcolm is a highly motivated and successful educational consultant, trainer and coach with a strong track record of leading and transforming schools. He is an Ofsted Inspector with the Qualification for School Inspectors gained through Middlesex University and Tribal in July 2015. He has worked for both Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE), as an Ofsted Inspector and an Educational Adviser respectively, since 2015 and therefore has considerable experience of working directly with schools to support them in raising standards. He also has nearly twenty years of experience as a Headteacher of three different schools, two of which were in particularly challenging circumstances. He is an EMCC Accredited Coach and coaches aspirant school leaders for Ambition School Leadership.
Steve Wilks is Director of Educational Leadership Support. Previously Headteacher of Oaks Park High School in Redbridge from January 2001 until his retirement in August 2016. Steve has been involved in numerous building projects from the original building programme through to a £10 million expansion to take Oaks Park School to 10 forms of entry. Steve’s current roles include working as a consultant for ASCL, where he is involved in appointing Headteachers and supporting schools in a variety of ways. Since 2015 he has been a Leadership Coach with Ambitions School Leadership and has delivered the NPQSL. Steve is also an ambassador for Leadership Matters and is working with the Educational Development Trust on the school peer review programme and acts as the ASCL representative for Redbridge Headteachers. He is also working in Tower Hamlets as a Leadership Consultant.
Janis Rogers has over 30 years’ experience of working with pupils who have special educational needs, including 13 years as the Headteacher of a number of special schools, all of which were graded as good or outstanding by Ofsted. She has a proven track record of improving and developing special educational needs provision for children and young people with a range of difficulties including autism, PMLD and complex, moderate and severe learning disabilities within both mainstream and special schools.
Janis has a B.Ed and an M.Ed in special educational needs, she holds the NPQH qualification and has also been trained in a range of SEND focused approaches including TEACCH, PECS and Intensive Interaction.
Janis currently works as an education consultant providing SEND support to schools and local authorities. She undertakes interim special school Headteacher roles as well as regular school improvement consultancy visits to primary and special schools. She devises and delivers a range of SEND focused training both locally and nationally and also works as an Ofsted inspector, specialising in the inspection of special schools.
Linda Sarr has been a serving Headteacher/Executive Headteacher for 14 years and has a strong and respected track record of raising attainment and achievement in three different schools, all in particularly challenging circumstances. She is also currently the lead for a cluster of schools participating in peer review, a local officer for the NAHT and represents Headteacher colleagues on the Local Authority Early Help Strategic Board. Linda is resolutely committed to the concept of education as the primary means of transforming the life chances of children and young people.
Alex is an education consultant, experienced secondary school Headteacher and senior leader. His experience includes two headships in large and diverse inner London schools over an eleven year period and an interim headship in alternative provision.
He is a highly energetic, resilient and passionate school leader, able to take on and support significant challenges in difficult situations and quickly generate momentum. He is proficient in planning and implementing change and has strong presentation and public speaking skills.
Steven has been a Primary Headteacher, an Executive Headteacher, Leader of a Teaching School Alliance, Head of a National Support School and a National Leader of Education. He has worked in six local authorities and has taken two very different schools to an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ judgement.
One of these schools was in a very socially challenging part of South London. The school went on to become an ‘Apple Distinguished School’ and in 2020 it became one of the first designated ‘EdTech demonstrator schools’ in the country.
Steven is an Academic Associate of UCL Institute of Education. He is a facilitator and coach for the National Professional Qualification for Headship [NPQH] and has been the NPQH Programme Leader. He had responsibility for moving the programme online and to a blended learning approach to respond to the Covid – 19 emergency. He co-designs the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership [NPQEL] as well as facilitating on the programme. He also contributes to the MBA programme.
Steven continues to facilitate on international school improvement projects. He has previously been seconded to the British Council to work on their ‘Connecting Classrooms’ programme in Venezuela, Australia, the USA and China.
Steven also works as a freelance Consultant for a Multi Academy Trust in the West Midlands.
Adrian moved to Haringey from Enfield and has been the Headteacher of two Outstanding primary schools for 13 years. Adrian is a National Leader for Education and Rhodes Avenue Primary holds National Support School status. Adrian has led school improvement and supported school leaders from a variety of school contexts; working with large inner city schools to small rural and coastal schools. Adrian specialises in the primary curriculum, strategic planning and data analysis as well as financial management and planning.
Nick Hewlett is the Principal Advisor for Early Years in Haringey and jointly leads the Early Years Quality Improvement service. Nick has extensive experience in management and leadership having been a Deputy Headteacher and Assistant Headteacher of primary schools in Southwark. Nick has an MA in Early Years Education as well as an NPQH. He has been a school improvement advisor for two primary schools in Haringey working with headteachers to drive improvement and outcomes for children. He is the school improvement advisor for Pembury and Woodlands Park Nursery schools in Haringey both having been judged as outstanding in their recent Ofsted inspections.
Melanie Widnall is the Principal Advisor for Early Years in Haringey and jointly leads the Early Years Quality Improvement service. She has worked in Primary and Early Years education for over 30 years, the last 10 years in an advisory capacity for both Enfield and Haringey Local Authorities. She is also currently a school improvement advisor for Rowland Hill Nursery School. Melanie is a specialist in Early Years mathematics, reflected in her diploma in Early Years Education. She has more than 10 years’ experience of delivering high quality training across the whole of the early years sector. She is an accredited EYFSP moderator and has been the EYFS moderation manager since 2013 during which time the EYFSP data has risen from 50% of children achieving a good level of development to 74%.
Sheryl Henry has worked in Early Years for 15 years and has a BA in Education and was one of the first cohorts to gain Early Years Professional status. Sheryl has been working in Haringey as an advisory teacher for the past 10 years advising schools and nurseries to improve the practice and provision as well as outcomes for children. Sheryl specialises in the use of technology in the sector and has spearheaded projects in the implementation of different assessment systems in the sector including Tapestry. Sheryl has a passion for training and has delivered many high quality innovative and motivating training sessions to support teachers and practitioners to drive their practice forward.
Sarah Allen-Xuereb has over 20 years of experience as an Early Years Teacher in a range of schools and a children’s centre, which received an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgement. Sarah is currently a member of the Early Years advisory team in Haringey. Sarah has worked across schools and children centres as well as the private, voluntary and independent sector with a number of them receiving ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted judgements. Sarah provides high quality training across all aspects of the EYFS. She also has a BTEC Level 3 Forest School leader qualification, promoting learning through the outdoors. She can provide support to develop Forest School areas and bespoke sessions.
Christina Kleanthous is an Early Years Advisory Teacher in Haringey, working with schools and nurseries to support headteachers, teachers and practitioners to ensure all children have access to high quality care and education. Christina has over 25 years of experience in Early Years as a teacher, Early Years practitioner and as an acting head and deputy of an under 5’s centre. Christina has expertise in supporting children with SEND and their families, having been a SENCo for over 10 years. She is passionate about the learning and development of young children and committed to empowering practitioners to reflect on and improve their practice. Christina delivers exciting workshops and bespoke training for schools.