Meet The Governing Body

Governors' Impact Statement

As school governors, we are responsible for the strategic direction and the financial performance of Mathilda Marks-Kennedy. We challenge and monitor the School’s Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team. Within this remit, we meet as a full governing body once a term, contribute to the school improvement plan and regularly oversee various aspects of the school through, for example learning walks, and meetings of four specific committees:

(i) Curriculum, with a Jewish Studies working party;

(ii) Finance and General Purposes (and premises and security working parties);

(iii) Personnel

(iv) Admissions.

The Governing Body comprises relevant skills and expertise; our governors work in fields such as law, accountancy, education and communication. Keen to improve and keep our skills updated, we also regularly attend professional governor training. We volunteer our time and energy to promote the School’s vision to the best of our ability while adhering to our inclusive ethos. Indeed, we aim to drive best practices throughout the school in order to match our aspiration that each child receives the best education to enable him or her to fulfil his or her potential.

The Governing Body

The Governing Body is chaired by Stuart Appleman and the Vice-Chair is Aaron Livingston.  The Governing Body comprises eight Foundation Governors, including the Chair.   There is also a Local Authority appointed Governor, two Parent Governors (elected by the parents), a Staff Governor and one co-opted Governor.

Mrs Kaye, as Headteacher, is a Governor ex-officio.  In addition, there are currently seven Associate Members of the Governing Body who lend their expertise to the School and attend Governing Body meetings but do not have full voting rights. Mr Smerin, as Deputy Headteacher also attends Governing Body meetings in a similar capacity to an Associate Governor.

All 8 foundation governors are appointed by Scopus Jewish Educational Trust which is the school's Foundation Trust, each for a term of 3 years.  All other governor terms of office are 4 years: up to 2 parent governors are appointed by a parent election, one staff governor appointed by a staff election, one LA governor appointed by the Local Authority and one co-opted governor appointed by the governing body itself.

Please click here to view the Governing Body Committee Membership and Register of Business Interests
Please click here to access the MMK Governing Body Code of Conduct.                                                Please click here to view the Governing Body Committee Meeting Attendance

Stuart Appleman

Chair of Governors, appointed February 2019

Stuart has extensive experience within the realm of governance, having been the vice-chairman of the governing body at Woodhouse Sixth Form College and a parent governor at Woodridge Primary and Friern Barnet County which his children attended. As Chair, Stuart aims to bring his unique brand of humour, strategic thinking and organisational skills to what is already a very effective and professional governing body.

Professionally, he recently received his fiftieth practising certificate as a solicitor and he sat as a Deputy Judge for ten years. He has been a lay inspector at Pentonville Prison and has sat on a London Hospital Group Research and Medical Ethics Committee.

He is currently a trustee of the Jewish Music Institute, the London Jewish Family Centre and private charities. Stuart's interests are in ethics, education, food and wine.

Stuart is married to Elaine; they have 5 children and five grandchildren.

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 Aaron Livingston

Vice-Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor, appointed May 2012

Aaron is a qualified chartered accountant and school finance director with a blend of professional services, business advisory and FTSE 100 corporate experience in transactions and change management.

Aaron is a member of the Finance and Personnel committees and is driven to support MMK's continuing ability to deliver a comprehensive provision combined with its unique nurturing and caring environment for all pupils, balancing delivery with value for money in an ever tightening financial environment for small schools.

Aaron grew up in Glasgow and had two children at MMK.  He is a long-time leader and supporter of the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade, involved with the training and development of young leaders.

Miriam Kaye 

Head Teacher/Governor, appointed September 2019 

Miriam is the new headteacher of MMK and joined the team in September 2019.

Miriam has worked in education since 2000. In her previous school, a VA school in Barnet, she was Deputy Head and SENCo for 7 years. In 2015, she attained her  SENCO accreditation having passed the National Award for SENCO accreditation. 

Miriam is also a co-opted governor of a local Barnet school, Queenswell Junior School. Miriam chairs the Safeguarding and Learning Committee. 

Miriam is an annual lecturer for the LSJS BA Jewish Education Program where she lectures on Assessment. 

Sara Gamsu

Foundation Governor, Chair of Curriculum Committee, appointed October 2013

Sara has been a secondary school English teacher for the past 18 years and currently teaches at North London Collegiate School in Edgware.  

Sara chairs the Curriculum Committee. As a mother of four children she is committed to supporting the school in providing every child with the best possible educational opportunities.   She and her family have been residents of Mill Hill for over a decade and are members of Mill Hill United Synagogue.

Richard Lampert

Foundation Governor, Chair of Finance & General Purposes Committee, appointed May 2018

Richard is a Chartered Accountant with 45 years professional experience working as a partner in a Chartered accountants practice until his recent retirement.

He was dealing with audit, accounts, tax and giving financial advice to owner-managed businesses.

Richard is married to Elaine and has 3 daughters and 3 step-daughters all with their own families.

Richard lives in Stanmore and is a member of Stanmore United Synagogue.

Eleanor Mansfield

Foundation Governor, appointed May 2018

Eleanor was previously a barrister specialising in criminal defence and retired from the bar to bring up her four children all of whom went to a Jewish primary school and are now in Immanuel and JFS.  Eleanor serves on the Curriculum Committee and is link governor for Jewish Studies.  

Eleanor is on the board of management at Kinloss Shul with particular involvement in youth and education and hopes to bring some of that experience to various aspects of MMK life.

Lindy Grant

Foundation Governor, Chair of Personnel Committee, appointed October 2017

Having gained a degree in Psychology, Lindy has been involved in Primary education since embarking on a career in teaching over 30 years ago.

Her initial teaching focus was in the Foundation Stage and KS1 in two schools, and she was appointed as Head of KS1 when joining Wolfson Hillel Primary School in 1993. In addition, she also took on the role of Head of the Foundation Stage. She was appointed as Deputy Head Teacher at Wolfson Hillel Primary School in 1998 and managed all areas of the school, including acting as Head Teacher as well as Head of Jewish Studies for a short period. She held the post of Deputy Head until she retired in 2012.

Lindy has also been actively involved in teacher training programmes for over 20 years and has visited MMKS in this capacity on many occasions in the past.

She has experience as a school governor in her previous school and is delighted to be take on the role of Personnel Governor at MMKS. She welcomes the opportunity to be involved in school life and to support the important work of the Governing Body.

Richard Sultman

Foundation Governor, Chair of Admissions Committee, appointed March 2009

Richard Sultman is a solicitor at an international law firm, where he specialises in UK and international tax matters -- mostly for businesses but also for some not-for-profit organisations. 

He takes a keen interest in all legal matters affecting the School and he chairs the Admissions Committee.  He also has a particular interest in disability and special educational needs, and he supports the School's Special Needs Co-ordinator on certain matters. 

Richard has had three children at the School.  He is a member of the local community and sees the huge benefits to that community provided by a local school with the many qualities of MMK.

Zoe Sinclair

Foundation Governor, appointed January 2018

Zoe is the Founder of Employees Matter, the largest provider of employee engagement seminars and webinars in the UK.  Zoe works with a wide range of clients across all sectors. In 2017 she joined forces with Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn to start This Can Happen, a corporate mental health conference.

Having owned a nursery in Harpenden for a short time, Zoe developed a further interest in the wellbeing of staff and pupils alike. Zoe sits on the Personnel committee.

She has two children who are both at senior school. They both had a wonderful primary education at a very similar school to MMK and Zoe looks forward to being part of the governing body to give back so that many more children can benefit from the warm and loving ethos of MMK.

Lindsay Shapiro

Parent Governor, appointed August 2019

Lindsay Shapiro works at the Bank of England in banking regulation. She has been involved in a wide variety of careers including working for various non-profits and investment banking.

She is a member of the curriculum committee and the sports link Governor. Lindsay feels being active at school is an essential part of developing well rounded, healthy adults.

Lindsay grew up in South Africa and therefore brings a unique perspective to education and learning. She has 2 children at MMK and a third will hopefully be joining them next year. She is eager to help MMK continue to be the warm, caring school it is, providing children with a well rounded, enriching education.


 Julie Kangisser                                                                                                                                     

Parent Governor, appointed October 2016

Julie Kangisser is Managing Director of Think Communications which helps purpose-driven businesses and charities to communicate ideas and campaign on the issues they wish to address.

In addition to bringing a parental viewpoint to the Governing Body, she also supports all the committees on communicating relevant updates to parents and is involved in a fundraising initiative to mark the School's forthcoming 60th anniversary.

Julie has two children at the school and wishes to continue to see the school provide an enriching and supportive community for all its pupils.

Romy Gishen

Staff Governor, appointed July 2019

Romy is a teacher at MMK. She has taught in the school since 1994 and both her children attended MMK from Nursery to Year 6. She has held a number of responsibilities such as Art and Design to PE and Maths. She is currently the Computing Subject Leader.
Romy attends PTA meetings as a teacher representative in order to give the parents the school’s view with regards to events and fund-raising and also as a show of appreciation for the PTA’s exceptional work for the school.
She is passionate about developing well-rounded children and enjoys igniting their interests in gardening, singing, baking, reading, animal welfare as well as helping children become environmentally aware. Through the Secret Garden Project, she has enabled children to raise funds, plan, purchase, plant and maintain their own mini-allotment.
Romy sits on the Curriculum Committee. She ensures that she brings a staff perspective to the governing body, making sure all staff have a voice.

Richard Angel

 Co-opted Governor, appointed January 2020

Richard is a consultant, advising clients on a range of digital marketing, technology and media projects.

Richard has been involved in MMK security and premises matters for several years and was part of the team behind the MMK60 fundraising and upgrade works. He sits on the Finance and General Purposes Committee, with a broad remit including facilities, security, technology, value for money and fundraising.

Richard has two children at MMK and is driven to help enable the school to provide opportunities for every pupil to achieve their personal best so that they may thrive in their future lives.

Ben Weiner

Local Authority Governor, appointed February 2020

Ben Weiner is a clinical psychologist, working in both the NHS and private practice.  Since qualifying he has focused his career on working with children and young people, an area he is extremely passionate about. Ben has experience working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Learning Disability Services, Local Authorities, Charities and legal proceedings.

Ben is appointed by Barnet as our Local Authority governor.  As governor with responsibility for special educational needs (SEN) he liaises regularly with the school SENCO.