Governor Profiles

Dechaux, Elsa - Governor

Elsa Dechaux

Chair of Governors

Elsa is a Co- opted governor. She has been a research scientist in a large pharmaceutical company for nearly 20 years, where she has run complex research projects. She has also led the continuous improvement team and been the staff’s representative in the company’s employee forum.

She is concomitantly running a Tottenham-based osteopathic practice, through which she is caring for people of all ages and from many of our local communities.

She believes in the power of education, and in the key place of schools at the heart of the community.


Cllr Bob Harris

Co-opted Governor

Bob Harris is a retired teacher/senior lecturer. He worked in London comprehensive schools and Further Education variously as a teacher of modern languages, vocational education, curriculum development and as head of sixth form. As a local elected Councillor he served as the Chair of the Education Committee of Haringey, and as Cabinet member for Health and Adult Social Care and for Finance and Resources. His skills and experience include educational development, performance management, finance and human resources, making senior appointments, team working and community engagement.

He is also a Governor at Haringey Sixth Form College, where he currently chairs the Curriculum and Standards Committee, and is keen to build informal links between Park View and the College.

Dobie, Sylvia - School Governor

Sylvia Dobie

Co-opted Governor

Sylvia has been a Governor at Park View for a number of years, a Parent Governor and now a Co-opted Governor.

Sylvia has spent most of her working life in Local Government Education, so has a vast knowledge of educational matters.  She really enjoys being a Park View Governor and seeing the school on the journey of improvement over recent years.  She states she is immensely proud of all the staff and students of Park View and takes her role as school Governor very seriously.

Williams, Sarah - School Governor

Sarah Williams

LA Representative Governor

Sarah Williams has children at Park View School and has been an active governor since 2013. Sarah sits on the Finance & Resources Committee. She is a professional musician and a Music teacher. She plays the trombone; performing in West End theatres, orchestras and for film and television. Sarah also teaches Music in primary and secondary schools.

Webster, Andy - Headteacher

Andy Webster

Headteacher Governor

Andrew Webster was appointed as the headteacher of Park View School in September 2014. He has extensive experience in school senior leadership and governance across a range of Schools, including 5 years as deputy headteacher at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington.

Andrew is originally a musician by training and graduated from Leeds College of Music in 1999 with a BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies. Andrew is also a classically trained flautist and has been studying musical instruments since the age of 8. He is a keen practitioner of the Korean martial art, Taekwon-do.

Since the year 2000 Andrew has worked as a teacher, head of department, senior leader and school inspector in inner-London Schools and he is committed to raising the standards in education, particularly for the most disadvantaged. He is an advocate of high-quality inclusive education for all.

joe hoddy

Joe Hoddy 

Co-opted Governor

Joe studied English at Exeter University, before graduating from the Teach First programme and holds a Masters in Leadership from UCL. He worked at St Mary Magdalene Academy for eight years, a large all-through Academy in Islington, teaching English and leading on pupil achievement and learning as the Deputy Head and subsequently, Head of Sixth Form. The school offered both A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate programme.  In 2017, Joe joined the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham as the Deputy Head (Academic): a founding member of the Sixth Form School.  During his time there, he has led on curriculum, student achievement, destinations and staff development.  The school recently received an ‘Outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted following its first full inspection.

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Ipek Agoren

Parent Governor

My experience as an advocate and interpreter for the last twenty plus years has given me the opportunity to understand community needs. My main area of work among others is in mental health and wellbeing. I work with a human rights organisation where refugees and asylum seekers are treated for their PTSD and various other conditions. I also work within NHS settings, including CIN and SEN Sessions.

As a first-time governor I am excited to have been chosen, and as a newcomer to this role I would like to learn and better understand, and be able to provide support aid and contribute to the aim of Park View.

Sam Raphael

Sam Raphael

Co-opted Governor

Sam is an academic at the University of Westminster, where he teaches and researches in the field of Politics and International Relations. He is also the Assistant Head of the School of Social Sciences, which has over 100 staff and 1500 students, and has overall responsibility for teaching, learning and student experience. Sam has four children – three of whom are at Park View – and is fully committed to the school’s community, ethos and developing approach to teaching and learning.

Thoburn, Ali - School Governor

Ali Thoburn

Parent Governor

Ali became a parent governor at Park View School in 2017 having a daughter in Year 8 and a son in year 11. Previous to his children entering Park View, Ali was a parent governor and for two years Chair of Governors at Chestnuts Primary.

Originally raised in the North West and Liverpool, Ali has lived in the area for the last 22 years.  A Patinator by trade and a musician by heart.

 Mandip Korotana

Mandip Korotana

Parent Governor

Mandip is a parent governor and has a child in Year 10 at Park View. She has spent her career working in health and social care, in the voluntary sector, local government and the NHS. Mandip is currently a senior manager working to improve services in the NHS.

Mandip is excited to have been chosen as a parent governor and looks forward to using her skills and experience to benefit the school.

Harriet Crowley (2)

Harriet Crowley

Parent Governor

Elected in January 2020, as a parent governor Harriet has one child at the school and one joining in September 2020. She is an experienced project and change manager having worked in the charity sector for 20 years. She has worked on a wide range of projects from delivering food assistance to strategic planning. She looks forward to using her skills and experience to benefit and working closely with the Park View community.


Olympias Harvey - Parent Governor

Olympia Harvey

Parent Governor

Olympia has spent her career sharing her passion for Science and Technology with young people, at the Royal Institution and Raspberry Pi Foundation. She is particularly passionate about increasing the diversity of people participating in STEM education and careers. She brings experience of budget management, marketing and communications and her Mental Health First Aid training to contribute to the work of the Park View Governors. She grew up in Haringey, and has a daughter studying at Park View as well as another in primary school.

Whittall, Catherine Parent Governor

Catherine Whittall

Parent Governor

Catherine is a parent governor, with one child in Year 7 and another in primary school. She grew up in Haringey, attending local schools and is a keen supporter of state education. She has a Master's degree in Health Management from Imperial College and worked for over a decade in the public sector, managing performance and contracts in the NHS and Department of Health. She has a passion for science, music and culture which she loves sharing with children to help broaden their horizons.

Shield, Montgomery HLTA & BSafe

Monty Shield

Staff Governor

Monty is a staff governor and HLTA in the SEND team, having joined Park View in January 2019. Originally hailing from Edinburgh, he/they are now an invested member of the Park View community, having worked variously on the school's Health and Safety Committee; promoting support for LGBTQ+ students, including organising the school's inaugural Pride march in 2022; organising anti-bullying work through the BSafe role; launching a girls' football team at the school; and working as a NEU rep. 

Monty will join the English department as a teacher in September 2023. He/they are currently studying an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture at Birkbeck University of London.