Our trustees and members are a dedicated and experienced group of educationalists, local business people and community representatives who are passionate about helping the Trust go from strength to strength.

To contact the Chair of the Board, please e-mail admin@childrenfirsttrust.co.uk

Information about meeting attendance, declaration of business interests and delegations can be found here.

Trustees

Ivor Olley Chair of Trustees

Ivor is a Chartered Management Accountant who is semi-retired but remains a Director of several UK based companies. He is a very experienced Managing and Financial Director who now specialises in property ownership and management.  He has been a governor since 1987 and was Chair of Governors at Fleecefield School for approximately fifteen years until 2007 and remains an Associate Governor. Ivor has served on numerous GB committees and was Chair of the Enfield Schools Forum (from its inception in 2003) for four years.

Jenny Tosh Chair of Education and Standards Committee

Jenny is a retired education professional who has worked in education for over 40 years. Initially a teacher in all phases of education and across mainstream and special settings, Jenny became a School Improvement Officer, trained as an Ofsted inspector and qualified as a secondary and primary SIP. Before she became Head of Schools for Enfield, Jenny worked with the DfE to develop and accredit the role of special school SIP.

Neil Yeomans Chair of Resources, Risk and Audit Committee

Neil has over 30 years experience of working in large professional services organisations in a variety of different roles and in a number of different countries; for the last 20 years operating at partner level. He is a qualified accountant. From 2000 -2015 he was an equity partner in Deloitte and from 2015-17 was a non-equity partner within that company. His roles over the years have included; part of the leadership team of the Regional Audit Delivery Centres, part of the leadership team for Global Audit Innovation, Managing Director, Deloitte and Touche Public Sector Internal Audit Ltd. Neil came to the Trust through Academy Ambassadors.

Winnie Greer

Winnie has lived in Edmonton all her life. She is an educationalist having worked in education since 1988. She is currently a Specialist Leader in Education at St Thomas More secondary School, and Associate Inspector for Westminster Diocese for section 48 inspections. Originally a science teacher at Edmonton County School she joined St Thomas More Catholic School; holding a number of positions from teacher, Senior Teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form.

Marcia Sinclair

Marcia has nearly 30 years of successful experience in Education, working as a teacher, deputy head teacher, head teacher in a range of different settings, local authority school improvement adviser, and learning consultant for Department of Education on Closing the Gap programmes. She has worked with The Institute of Education on many effective initiatives including Investing in Diversity programme and Connecting Curriculum as an associate lecturer and tutor. She is currently an Equality community governor of an outstanding local Secondary girls’ school.

Gary Christofi

Gary currently is a Senior Manager working in the banking sector.  He has twenty plus years’ experience in banking and sales and has always held senior positions.  Not only has Gary got excellent financial skills and experience, he has experience in business transformation and change management.  Gary has also been a governor of Wilbury School for ten years where he has had responsibility for financial matters including budget setting.

Rosemary Stanley-Mckenzie

Rosemary currently works for the British Medical Council with responsibility for negotiations with management to ensure doctors’ terms and conditions are maintained and/or improved. Rosemary is also involved in the management of disciplinaries and grievances and ensuring there is an understanding of individual rights.  Rosemary is a governor at Suffolks Primary school.  She was also Chair of Governors at Enfield Grammar School when it received Academy status and is therefore now a trustee of that school.

Tony Gilling

Tony has very recently retired from over 30 years leading and managing in the HR field, most recently for Enfield Council as Assistant Director for Human Resources, and has established an extensive knowledge base of HR models, practice and employment legislation. He has implemented numerous initiatives and changes to terms and conditions, including new pay structures, restructuring the top three tiers of the Council, the centralisation of the Council’s Support Services and insourcing and outsourcing TUPE transfers. He has an MA in Human Resource Management.

Amina Graham

Amina went to school in Edmonton and is currently a practising Barrister working with the Football Association, with professional regulatory, civil and criminal experience. She has vast experience of the law and can support the Trust with legal advice.  She has nearly two years’ experience of working in education as a governor of Brettenham School where she was a member of the Resources committee.

Members

Renee Flourentzou

Renee was, for many years, the co-ordinator for the Edmonton Community Partnership, a very successful soft federation of over 20 schools in Edmonton, which includes all five schools creating this Trust. Having obtained charitable status for the Partnership, Renee is now a trustee of the ECP and she has overall management of the charitable company, including coordination of legal and financial matters.

Christine Bachelor

Before taking early retirement, Chris was Managing Director of a chain of bookshops, which, during her 16 years with the company, grew from 4 to 37 stores.  Following retirement, she spent 12 years as a governor of a large community school in North Enfield Eastern which underwent an amalgamation, a process she drove though as Chair of Governors for the transition period and beyond.  She has also been a trustee of Bucks Mind where, for 2 ½ years of her 4 year tenure, she was Chair.

Ruth Moore

Ruth is Director of Freedom to Learn Network Ltd., which offers bespoke training to schools and settings about the Early Years Foundation Stage both in the UK and Internationally. Prior to freelancing, she was the Early Years Strategy Manager, for 6 years, within Enfield School Improvement Service and a School Improvement Partner to ten Enfield schools. She has also worked with all the schools in the MAT as part of this role.

Elpida Theophanous

Elpida currently works as an ESOL/EFL teacher having taught in a private language school and she is now working at Barnet Southgate College delivering ESOL classes to adult learners. Prior to this, she worked as a School Business Manager in a north London primary school and was part of the SLT. She has also,in the past, been a school’s auditor in Enfield for 7 years.  During this time, she reviewed individual schools’ risk management, governance and internal control processes. She was a Governor at Fleecefield Primary School for 12 years and was Chair for 8 years.