Ruth Griffiths – Chair of Governors
Ruth Griffiths is Executive Chair of The British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT). Ruth worked in broadcasting for more than 25 years, notably building the BBC’s subtitling, Sign Language interpretation and audio description services. After leaving Red Bee Media in 2006, Ruth worked on research and consultancy projects, in both the access and translation arenas, before joining BSLBT in 2009.
Alison Miles – Vice Chair of Governors
Alison joined the governing body as a parent governor in December 2018 and became Chair of Governors in October 2019.
She has two deaf children that attend Blanche Nevile School and one hearing child that attends a mainstream school.
Alison has a BSc in Philosophy and Psychology and used to work in improving social housing. She has been a full time parent for almost 10 years whilst also doing a variety of voluntary roles at times. She is currently treasurer for a local nursery.
Alison works hard to promote awareness of disability and deafness on various social media platforms. She has written a blog about her experience as a hearing parent to deaf children and provides support for those experiencing similar trials in their lives.
She is passionate about bimodal bilingualism and is currently sitting her BSL level 2.
Teaching is my second career. Since qualifying in 2000, I have taught across all three primary key stages, in four thriving, culturally diverse schools, in three inner London boroughs. My first two years were spent teaching in Reception; this gave me a solid understanding of teaching the fundamental concepts of literacy and numeracy. I have been responsible for leading several subjects including Literacy, Science, Music, Maths and PSHE.
I have been part of a senior leadership team since 2005 and became Assistant Head in 2009. Since then I have had several senior leadership roles including Deputy Headship and Head of School. As School Improvement Adviser, I worked with 15 of Haringey’s primary schools and its four special schools including Blanche Nevile. I was also responsible for liaising with SEND Integrated Services and attended SEN Panel monthly. This breadth of experience informs my practice and my commitment to providing the best possible opportunities for all the pupils, colleagues, families and communities I work with. Having got to know the staff, pupils and families here last year as Deputy Head, I am delighted to be leading Blanche Nevile school for the Deaf knowing that our pupils will be cared for and where the teaching and learning will prepare them for all the challenges and pleasures that life brings.
Lucia Glynn is a co-opted Governor of the Blanche Nevile School and was elected Vice-Chair in September 2019. She has lived in Muswell Hill for over twenty years and brings to the Governing Body both a broad and specialist knowledge of the current education landscape and recent extensive experience as a Haringey school governor. Lucia’s early career was in financial PR and Marketing, working for two global banks; after a career break, she entered the education sector. Lucia worked as a School Business Manager for a Local Authority before joining Oasis Community Learning as a Programme Manager leading on opening new academies. She later moved to Arcadis, a global built-asset consultancy delivering new school buildings via the Free School programme, and a broad range of other strategic projects for Multi-Academy Trusts and the Department for Education. During this time she developed a special interest in Special Educational Needs Schools and Alternative Provision.
In June 2019 Lucia became Head of Operations at a medium-sized Academy Trust with five primary schools and six secondary schools located in Essex and East London. Lucia is married with four children who have all attended local schools.
Nina’s professional background is in Local Government finance and she is a fully qualified accountant. Nina has worked at both Hammersmith and Fulham and Haringey Councils as a Finance Manager specialising in Housing, Regeneration and Children’s services. She specialises in supporting Service Managers to monitor their budget and develop action plans to ensure their cash limit is not exceeded. Nina recently left the council and is now a Business Manager at a local primary school.
Nina has lived in Muswell Hill for the past 18 years and her children went to Muswell Hill Junior school and Fortismere secondary school.
Nina is also the Treasurer for her local Women’s Institute and Neighbourhood Watch.
Tarhe joined the governing body at Blanche Nevile in July 2016 as the Local Authority governor, and is our lead safeguarding governor. Tarhe has extensive safeguarding experience, having worked as a frontline social worker in Haringey for 10 years and for the NSPCC.
Uzma joined the governing body as a Parent Governor in July 2016. Uzma is also on the Children and Young Peoples Scrutiny panel for Haringey Council as a Parent Governor. Uzma has one child that attends Blanche Nevile Primary School. She is currently employed by the Department for Work and Pensions and previously worked for a property research company as a Software Developer. Uzma studied Computing and Mathematical Sciences at London Metropolitan University and is currently in the process of setting up her own knitting and crochet business.
Richard is a co-opted governor. He’s a Fellow of the CIPD (the professional body for HR professionals) and currently works as Deputy Director of Civilian HR at the Ministry of Defence. He’s previously had a range of senior roles in government focusing on organisation design and development as a specialism. He has deep expertise in strategy, leadership, organisation design and development, governance and employee engagement. He lives within walking distance of both the school’s departments and has been involved with the school since 2018.
Richard is passionate about public service and in all his work and voluntary activities strives to create a better and more inclusive world for everyone.
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