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Who are our Governors?

Frank Grimsey-Jones - Appointed Chair of Governors March 2022

I have been a governor at Suffolks Primary School since 2017. This is my first time as a school governor and I'm enjoying learning more about education, getting to know everyone involved in the running of the school and contributing to decision making. 

I am currently studying for an MSc in Health Economics at LSE. Prior to this I worked in local government for  years. I have analysis, policy and project management experience. 

Caroline Jackson - Vice Chair

I joined the Governors at Suffolks in 2022 and am looking forward to working with the team to continue the school’s success in supporting and developing its pupils.

I have lived in Enfield for the last 40 years and worked in University management until I retired. I also volunteer in Enfield libraries and at Enfield Town Football Club and have a season ticket at Spurs.

I believe in the importance of lifelong education to develop opportunities and fulfil abilities and to help us to thrive and enjoy life. Primary schools are key and can make a real practical difference. I will be happy to play a small part in this work at Suffolks.

Gregg Collom

I spent most of my working life running public houses and involved in facilities management for a hospitality company looking after a portfolio of over 500 properties.

I am currently a stay at home dad and am at the school most days. I have lived in Enfield for over 20 years now after moving here for work. I am the father of 3 boys, one of who has started his primary school teacher training, one who has just graduated from Suffolks and one who is starting in the Schools Nursery.

I have been a Parent Governor for 5 years at Suffolks and am into a second term of 4 years. I am the chairman of the Finance and premises committee, and the governor overseeing Pupil Premium, Health and Safety, PE, and Risk Management. I enjoy reading, going to the cinema, and going to the theatre. I am passionate about sport especially Rugby being a big Saracens supporter. 

See you in the Playground. 

Deloris Reviere

 My name is Deloris Reviere.  I became a Suffolks School governor in 2019.

I have worked in education for over 30 years including teaching in primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and adult education centres.  

My experience includes being a senior leader in secondary schools and further education colleges.  I have experience of inspecting schools and apprenticeship providers as well as working in education advisory roles for a local authority and for a national organisation.    

My passion is helping children, of all abilities, to enjoy learning and achieve their potential.  I have lived in Enfield for 22 years.

Kauther Ali

I was appointed as an LA Governor in July 2020 and currently serve as Co-Chair on the Finance & Premises Committee. 

I have two children aged 6 and 3 who are starting their educational journey so naturally, I have a keen interest in children's education. I volunteer to be a governor because I want to contribute positively to my community.  

Currently, I work as an Office Manager in a large secondary school and I am a qualified school business manager. I was a Trustee for a small charity in Islington for a number of years before resigning to raise my family, this is my first governorship. 

My hope is that I can use the knowledge and experience I have to ensure all pupils at Suffolks get the best educational experience/achievement possible. 

Nicola Celestine

I am a newly appointed governor and joined Suffolks Primary School's Governing Board, in March 2022. I'm looking forward to being part of the team, especially in making important decisions for the greater good of the schools pupils and staff. I believe every child has the right to an education and should have the best opportunity to thrive, given educational attainment is crucial to their later academic achievements, in addition to the development of their social and other life-span skills.

I am a mature mother of one child, who attends Primary School in the local area of Enfield. I work as a civil servant within the capacity of Criminal Justice, a role I have held for the best part of 22 years and thoroughly enjoy. Originally, I commenced my career as a childcare practitioner and transferred my skills to Criminal Justice. However, as such I remain vastly interested in the education of children and hope to fulfil my role as a governor at Suffolks Primary School.

Placida Uzoamaka Ojinnaka

Known as Uzoamaka, she is a non-practising solicitor, who has been a member of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division (LDD) of the Law Society since 2004. 

She is involved with various disability-related organisations, raising issues concerning disabled people via social media. She is a British-Nigerian woman with a disability who aspires because of her ability to SMILE & SHINE.

She is also a social worker, disability and political activist, mediator and a former biomedical scientist. Has knowledge of education as a previous school governor, focussed on SEND and inclusive education, staff wellbeing and curriculum.

Currently, a patient governor with Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust and was listed in the 2018 Power 100 List of the most influential disabled people in Britain by the Shaw Trust.

Currently, a Council Member of the Law Society of England & Wales and volunteer for a leading national charity, Turn2Us and member of the ALLFIE (Alliance for inclusive education).

In her spare time, she writes poetry and follows Liverpool FC, lives locally in Enfield.

 

Andrea Cassius (Headteacher)

 I have been the Headteacher of Suffolks Primary School since January 2013.   

I love working at this school and I am so proud of all that the children and staff achieve here.

I have 3 children.  2 are now at secondary school and 1 is at Suffolks Primary.

It is great having a child at your own school as I see first hand how wonderful the staff are and how much my daughter enjoys learning here.

I have taught in Enfield Schools ever since I graduated from University.

I was the first Advanced Skills Teacher for the Early Years in Enfield and supported many teachers in this role.

I became a Deputy Head in 2010 at Alma Primary, not far from us.

During Lockdown, I started to enjoy gardening and DIY.  I hope to continue with this in my free time if I have any!

Gilly Conn (Staff Governor)

I have been a qualified teacher for over 25 years, originally training at Leeds Teacher Training College before moving back to London in 1990.  I joined Suffolks in 2013 as Early Years Phase Lead and thoroughly enjoyed my time teaching the little ones. This first stage of a child’s educational journey plays such a vital role in the development of every child’s emotional and social well-being which I value so much. I have now taken on the role of Assessment Lead across the school as well as leading Phase 2. I am also teaching 2 days a week in Year 2 which I find very rewarding.

I live in Southgate with my husband who is a pharmacist and 3 grown up children who still seem to enjoy living at home!  Whenever I have any spare time I love to go on long walks, bake cakes and go to the theatre. It is a great privilege being part of the Suffolks family and look forward to working with you to achieve the very best for all our children.