Headstart Board of Governors
Meet the Governors
Nicki Dann: Proprietor/Acting Chair
"As proprietor it is crucial I have an experienced and passionate Board of Governors to oversee the school. I am very fortunate in having some great people with a wealth of knowledge to support me and the school".
Martin Coles: Finance Governor
"I am an experienced chartered accountant and business adviser and have run a company named ‘Aequitas’ since 2006. I have a wealth of previous experience with local accountancy firms.
I look after the financial affairs of Headstart School ensuring the efficient running of the school coupled with funds for larger capital projects. I also ensure that the company meets all of its’ statutory obligations to Companies House and H M Revenue & Customs.
I am proud to be a Finance Governor for Headstart school and am committed to assisting in its’ development and pursuit of excellence".
Moira Swinbank: Governor for Student and Staff Well-being
"I joined the governing body of Headstart School in July 2019 with responsibility for student and staff wellbeing.
I have been the Chief Executive of three national charities: TimeBank, Legacy Trust UK and vInspired, and each organisation had a particular focus on young people and volunteering.
At Legacy Trust UK, I was responsible for the distribution of an endowment of £76m to support a sporting and cultural legacy from the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games. A key criteria for receiving grants from the organisation was that young people were strongly represented in both the decision making and delivery of our programmes and I worked closely with them to ensure this was achieved.
I have trained as an Executive Coach and Mentor and look forward to supporting the staff team and students.
I was awarded an OBE for services to volunteering in 2007".
Caroline Melia: Safeguarding Governor
"I have a wealth of experience in residential settings and am a residential operations manager. I am a qualified Designated Safeguarding Lead and as such am happy to use this knowledge and experience to oversee the Safeguarding at Headstart School".
Jane Syred :Health and Safety Governor
"I have a lifetime of experience as a teacher in education in inner London, Kent and East Sussex. My past experience includes being on senior leadership teams in secondary state schools and having a wide range of responsibilities and line management including being SENCO, inclusion management, faculties, leading a school pastoral community and a centre for inclusion and acceleration amongst others.
I am now an Educational Consultant and have worked with Headstart School on the senior leadership team for the past six years, as well as four years as a Governor. I thoroughly enjoy being connected with such a unique and innovative school".