Gavin Presman is a founding governor of Eden and our current Chair. Gavin’s love of learning and Jewish wisdom came from home and Habonim-Dror (a Youth movement), rather than from school or synagogue, and so when offered an opportunity to be involved in a school that could inspire a wider community, he jumped at the chance. Gavin is a father of 3, and husband of Juliette. He runs his own business, Inspire, helping people get more from their work and employers get more from their people. He is inspired by the work of Tikkun, Tzeddek and Limmud, and he loves motorbikes, cooking, camping, and a friendly sing-song, as well as a nice single malt.
Sub-committees: Chair of Governors, Head’s Support and Evaluation (Chair) & Finance and Staffing.
Emma Cravitz is an educational psychologist who has worked with children in many London schools. Deeply committed to the principle of inclusive Jewish education, she is the co-founder of Eden Primary, having first discussed it with Peter at a bus stop in 2009. She co-founded Yeladenu pre-school, and is also a Governor of JCoSS. Emma has a particular interest and expertise in special needs provision. She lives in Muswell Hill with husband Roger and children Charlie, Mia and Leo.
Sub-committees: Vice-Chair, Admissions (Chair), Finance and Staffing and Achievement, SENCO Link, Premises, Fundraising.
Rebecca Taub was a researcher for Jewish communal organisations, among them the CST and Jewish Care. She has since undertaken courses in workplace mediation which have proved useful in settling arguments between her children. Rebecca and her family live in East Finchley, and she enjoys Drama and performance.
Sub-committee: Safeguarding Link and Jewish Studies Link, Achievement (Vice Chair)
Paul Dossett is a Governor of Eden Primary with a particular focus on finance. Paul is a partner at Grant Thornton and specializes in public sector work. Paul is the Head of Local Government for the firm and is the partner responsible for the audit of the London Borough of Haringey. He has worked with public sector bodies for nearly 30 years and has a particular focus on ensuring that there is proper governance over public funds. Paul chairs the Finance & Staffing committee and is keen to ensure the school maintains strong finances and strong financial controls.
Sub-committee: Finance and Staffing (Chair).
Lawrence Bloom became a Governor after attending an early meeting about Eden. Very quickly he became passionate about helping to turn the dream into a reality.
By day Lawrence runs his own Legal Recruitment company. By night, he can often be heard shouting for his beloved Man U on the TV (but don’t hold it against him). At the weekend Lawrence enjoys going on walks in the woods with his wife Emma, children Ruby and Ronnie, and shaggy dog Bamba. Lawrence is a keen cyclist and nothing makes him happier than a friday night dinner.
Sub-committees: Head’s Support and Evaluation, Admissions
Jen Brodkin has been working in schools for 15 years. Having trained at the Institute of Education, she has worked in schools in Islington and Enfield and is now a Deputy Headteacher. Jen was elected as a parent governor and brings to the table her professional viewpoint along with her less professional parenting skills. When not involved in schools, Jen can usually be found running to and from Sainsbury’s, baking flat sponge cakes and killing off her house plants.
Sub-Committees: EYFS Link, Achievement (Chair)
Greg Ruback is a film lawyer with over 15 years experience of working in large and small businesses. He has a long history of volunteering and community work, most recently as part of the trust which is overseeing the massive re-development of facilities at his local park. Greg counts his role as a “Games Maker” at the London 2012 Olympics as one of the highlights of his volunteer work. Unsurprisingly as one of Eden’s parent governors he spends much of his free time entertaining his 3 young children and occasionally finds time to indulge in his passion for movies and sport.
Sub-Committees: Finance and Staffing, Premises, Fundraising
Steve Miller, Community Governor, is an educator, social justice activist and community consultant. Founder of several organisations including Tzedek, the overseas development charity, and Restore Community Projects, a large furniture recycling project, Steve has served as a director on numerous non-profit Boards, and also previously served as a Governor of a Haringey primary school. Steve has been active in the Jewish community over many years including running the Limmud festival in its early days. He lives locally in Muswell Hill, is excited by the ethos and approach of Eden School, and its strong community feel.
Sub-Committees: Governance Link, Head’s Evaluation and Evaluation (Chair), Premises (Chair)
Chris Liassides is an experienced auditor and accounting professional with a particular focus on internal controls and governance. Chris is a member of the Finance & Staffing committee and is driven to ensure that the school’s finances remain strong and are managed in an effective manner. This is Chris’ first appointment as Governor and was drawn to the school’s ethos of inclusiveness.
Sub-Committees: Finance and Staffing (Vice Chair)
Jo Sassienie is the Head Teacher of Eden Primary and serves on the Governing Body in an ex-officio capacity. She attends as many of the sub-committee meetings as she possibly can and is strongly supported in her work on the GB and committees by other members of the Senior Leadership Team. Jo has been on school governing bodies as a teacher Governor or Head Teacher since 1992.
Sub-Committees: Finance and Staffing, Achievement
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