Meet the Governors

Julian Anthony

In October 2018 I was appointed as Chief Operating Officer for Berkhamsted School, a family of six schools combining both single-sex and co-educational teaching from Pre-Prep through to Sixth Form year groups, educating in excess of 2,000 pupils. Previously I enjoyed six years as Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Norwood – one of the UK’s oldest charities employing over 1,000 people, assisted by hundreds of volunteers, supporting vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities. As a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales I have held a variety of senior finance positions including those at BT, T-Mobile and Premier Foods.

I am married to Wendy, an Educational Psychologist, and I spend much of my time trying to keep up with the active social lives of my 3 children (aged 14, 18 and 21 at the time of the covid-19 lockdown). I am an exercise addict and an avid Arsenal supporter.

Saskia Caseman

I am a former pupil of Wren Academy Finchley where I attended from Year 7 through to sixth form. After I completed my studies at Wren, I went on to study History at Kings College London. In 2020, I graduated from Kings with a First-Class degree and am now studying for a Masters in Law. My time at Wren Academy was very rewarding, and I decided that I wanted to pass on my knowledge, understanding and ethos from Wren Academy Finchley to Wren Academy Enfield. I am very passionate about the curriculum taught in schools, and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and ideas as a new governor.

Christine Chamberlain

A North Londoner by birth, educated in Haringey and have spent all my working life in public service, working for central government departments across Whitehall, latterly delivering large scale national projects. I also spent 8 years with ACAS as a Conciliator and Senior Conciliator. I sit on Admission and Exclusion Appeals and advise on Councillor Conduct issues for the London Borough of Enfield. I am Chair of Governors for a local Primary School and Member of a successful two-school Multi Academy Trust. I am a Local Leader of Governance in Enfield. Until recently I enjoyed volunteering at Kenwood House and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. I am excited to be involved in taking Wren on the next stage of its journey.

Andreas Christoforou

Born in Enfield, I attended Aldenham School in Hertfordshire for 13 years before moving to Wren Academy in 2013 to complete A-Levels in Maths, Physics, Further Maths, Politics and Design & Technology. After leaving Wren Academy I attended UCL to complete a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.

During my time at UCL, I was appointed the head of the UCL Formula Student Team, a group of engineering students that design, build and race a formula car against other universities from around the world. I also worked during my degree at Mclaren Racing in Woking, designing components for the 2018 and 2019 Formula One car.

Having completed further education, I now work at EOF Partners, a London based hedge fund, where my time is spent analysing European equities and accessing various investment opportunities for the long term. EOF, which stands for the “Equal Opportunity Fund” has a social motive and donates a percentage of performance fees to help disadvantaged children receive an education. I look forward to sitting on the board of governors at Wren Academy Enfield and keen to add value to the students' educational career.

Gonul Daniels

I am married to Jon and we have young twins, Harry and Poppy. I am a working mum with a career in technology engineering having worked at The Bank of England and The Houses of Parliament. I am passionate about achieving the best outcomes for children. I am a founder member of an outstanding primary school and recently led the governance for the school’s first Ofsted review; the school achieved an Ofsted rating of Outstanding. I am also a trustee of an academy trust with two outstanding schools. Outside of education I am a women’s activist, actively supporting women into public life – I always say “I want my daughter to have the same opportunities as my son”. I have recently initiated a project to raise awareness and assist those fleeing crises.

The Revd Jane Markby

I moved to Enfield in 1989, taught Biology at Latymer for 10 year including roles as Head of PSHE, and Head of Year. I then trained to be an Anglican priest and served as Curate of All Saint’s Church, Edmonton and in that time I was member of Enfield SACRE.  My three children attended St Andrew’s Primary school before we moved to Berkhamsted where I am now Chaplain and Biology teacher. I am really pleased to be able to re-establish my links with Enfield schools and churches and I hope my love of biology, young people, climbing mountains and Jesus, enable me to contribute to the healthy development of the Wren Enfield community.

Allan McLean

I attended secondary school in Bramhall, Cheshire before completing a Bachelor of Education honours degree at Glasgow University. My teaching career started as an NQT at Bowes Primary school, Enfield. During that time, I held various positions such as SENCO and Assistant Headteacher. I was then seconded to Enfield Local Authority for 1 year where I worked as a primary strategy consultant. I took up my first Headship at St James’ Primary school, Enfield before setting up and establishing Grow Education Partners for the LDBS. I worked as a Director and adviser to schools for 4 years.

During the past 5 years I have been Executive Headteacher of Hampstead Parochial and St Luke’s (Hampstead) whilst continuing as an LDBS adviser, trainer and SIAMS inspector.  I have served on several Governing Boards, both primary and secondary schools, and have also been in regular attendance at LDBS board meetings. In my spare time I like to play the piano/guitar and run marathons!

Tim Sullivan

Born and educated in Stratford-upon-Avon, I worked in a variety of roles at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre leading to a degree in English and Drama. I started my teaching career in Hackney and then moved to Ashmole Academy where I have worked for over twenty years. In that time, I have progressed from Head of Department to Associate Head Teacher and many roles in between. I have held most pastoral positions available in schools including Head of Sixth Form and designated Safeguarding Lead; as well as timetable and curriculum development.

I am an Enfield resident and I am keen to see the quality of education available to young people at secondary level continue to improve.

Peter Warwick

I have been a resident in the London Borough of Enfield all of my life. During my school days I would have been classed as what we now call a pupil premium child growing up in difficult circumstances.

After leaving school I started my career in finance, spending over a decade dealing with credit and risk assessment for a Japanese computer company.

In the mid 90s I left this role to train to become a teacher and obtain a degree, something that when I was younger seemed inaccessible.  The reason I chose teaching was, like most people who join the profession, was to have a more fulfilling role; to make  a difference; and to help support children to fulfil their potential, regardless of any difficult circumstances they may encounter. 

Over the last 20 years I have worked in primary schools in the London Boroughs of Haringey, Barnet and Enfield, holding many different roles, including: being a subject leader for Religious Education in a  C of E School, an Inclusions Manager, an Acting Deputy Head and advanced skills teacher for a school  initially struggling but achieving and maintaining an outstanding Ofsted judgement.

For several years I worked for the LBE school improvement services as a primary Mathematics teaching and learning consultant before embarking on the same role independently.  I now supporting several London Boroughs as well as GROW Education Partners, the school improvement services for schools within the London Diocese. 

I am happily married and have 3 children who attend, enjoy, and thrive at Wren Academy in Finchley. 

Charles Okpalanwankwo

I completed my first degree in Geology at University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1997 and in 2004, I completed a Master of Information Communication Technology degree at UEL. I trained as an ICT teacher at UEL and was employed at Langdon School (now Langdon Academy) where I am currently the Head of Computer Science and ICT and in charge of the Business Studies department. My interest in education led me to complete a Master of Education degree at Middlesex University with greater focus on the use of Technology to actively engage parents in their children’s education. My quest for expert knowledge in this field further motivated me to complete a doctorate degree in Education.

I have been a churchwarden at All Saints Church, Edmonton since 2014 and being a churchwarden for over six years has enabled me to grow my faith with in the Church of England ministry. I believe that my experiences as a churchwarden in Edmonton, Enfield; secondary school teacher with leadership role and academic background will enable me to be an effective school Governor who will contribute immensely to the development and progress of Wren Academy Enfield.  

The Revd Stephen Coleman

Born and educated in the North East of England, I read Theology as an undergraduate and graduate at the University of Oxford, before training and practising as a corporate and financing solicitor at Slaughter and May and latterly Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in the City of London. Following ordination, I served my curacy in the parish of St Paul, Winchmore Hill, and I am now Vicar of St Peter, Grange Park of the Diocese of London and I also serve as Sub-Dean of the Enfield Deanery. I have a particular interest in ecclesiastical legal history and canon law; I am currently undertaking a part time PhD in this area at Cardiff University and teach Canon law in the diocese of London.

I have always had a keen interest in education: I spent my gap year before university as assistant housemaster at The Chorister School, Durham, and as a solicitor I was part of a ‘lawyers in schools’ programme, assisting teenagers in a North London comprehensive school develop their awareness of the law. I am passionate about the opportunities Church of England schools offer, and I believe strongly in the relationship between such schools and their local churches and also the wider community.

I represent the Enfield Deanery on the London Diocesan Board for Schools and I also serve as a member of the clergy team and as a co-opted governor of St Paul’s School in Winchmore Hill.

Having served as a member of the Wren Finchley local governing body since 2018, I am now excited to be a director of the Wren Academies Trust and chair of the Local Governing Body at Wren Enfield as Wren opens this much needed new secondary school in the borough.

Gavin Smith

My secondary education was divided between schools in Stockport and Poole before I completed a degree in Geography at UCL. This led to a teaching career which started in Croydon where I worked in a number of schools across the borough before heading back north of the river.  Prior to joining Wren Academy Finchley as Vice Principal in 2008 I was an Assistant Headteacher at East Barnet School for six years.

I have been at Wren since it first opened, taking a lead in developing the curriculum, assessment and reporting systems before then becoming Secondary Principal and then Executive Principal in 2017. In that time the school has grown from just one year group to become ‘all through’ with highly successful Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form phases. Exceptional academic results combined with the creation of a happy and supportive community has resulted in three outstanding Ofsted judgements and Wren Academy Finchley becoming one of the most over-subscribed schools in London. This success has led to the opening of Wren Academy Enfield, a new secondary school which is on track to matching the high standards set at Finchley.