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Gladesmore Community School

Gladesmore Community School

Governor Profiles

Chair of Governors

Mr Alex Sweet

Chair of Governors

Mr Alex Sweet is chair of the governing body and is a long serving co-opted governor. He is able to make strong all-round contributions to the effectiveness of the school, with a depth and breadth of knowledge further strengthened by his participation in the Haringey Chair of Governors Forum.  He can, in particular, call upon his very impressive economic expertise and working knowledge of investment, research and small businesses.  His knowledge has an international dimension as an experienced Portfolio Manager at Highclere International Investors.  Mr Sweet graduated from Oxford University and has subsequently helped to establish an excellent partnership for the school with St Catherine’s College, Oxford. 

Current Governors (in alphabetical order)

Mr Tasaddaq Ashraf is an experienced teacher who has been employed at the school since 2012. He has been selected by staff as their representative on the governing body. He has a son who attended Gladesmore and also a nephew who now attends the school. He makes impressive contributions to the school including a very notable involvement in the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of our pupils. Mr Ashraf is very active in the community including a significant amount of charity work.


Mr Tasaddaq Ashraf

Staff Governor


Ms Maureen Black

Vice Chair of Governors; SEND Governor; Safeguarding Governor

Ms Maureen Black is our longest serving governor, first becoming a governor of the school in 1994. We are very appreciative of her dedication over so many years.  She was selected by Haringey local authority and is attached to Gladesmore.  She has a wealth of experience and expertise and currently puts this to excellent use as the governor who oversees and checks on safeguarding and Special Educational Needs. Ms Black is also vice chair of the governing body and for many years was chair of the site, finance and personnel committee.  As a result of her vast experience, she is able to guide the effectiveness of school governance. 

Ms Elaine Brown is a deputy head who is employed at the London Academy of Excellence Tottenham (LAET).  LAET is a post-16 provision which is a very popular destination for Gladesmore students.  She is therefore particularly well-placed to aid transition and support post-16 curriculum continuity.   She has an impressive understanding of education and safeguarding and is able to make strong all-round contributions to school improvement.  The governing body particularly benefits from her insight and knowledge of the curriculum.  We are fortunate that Ms Brown has been co-opted onto the governing body as she can bring her educational expertise, her working knowledge of young people and her strong understanding of our local community to our scrutiny of the school.


Ms Elaine Brown



Mr Michael Brown


Mr Michael Brown is co-opted governor.  He is a pastor in the local community and so is familiar with some of the challenges facing our families.  He can also speak to the personal  experience of parents and carers as two of his children attended Gladesmore achieving exceptionally well.

Ms Wendy Burrell is a parent governor.  She has three children who currently attend Gladesmore and two children who have now left with excellent qualifications.  She is able to support the school calling upon her experience both as a parent of children in the school and through her work as an Ambulance care assistant.  She is able to make strong all-round contributions and, in particular, has a notable insight into medical care and health & safety.  This has recently proved exceptionally useful when discussing COVID measures.  


Ms Wendy Burrell



Ms Donnarine Grant


Ms Donnarine Grant is a long-serving co-opted governor.  Her nephew currently attends Gladesmore and her son also attended (although he has now left us having achieved a strong set of GCSE results).  She is able to support the school calling upon her experience as a parent of children in the school, her knowledge of the local community and also the relevance of her employment at UCL (University of London).  

Mr Suhel Musa is a parent governor, who has two children who attend Gladesmore. He is able to make strong contributions to the school calling upon his experience working as a Practice Tutor Assessor, which entails assessing trainee Probation Officers. This entails liaising and working with a multitude of partnership agencies, statutory and voluntary.  He is also a Trustee of a UK based Charity, Diva UK Welfare Trust, that serves to provide: educational, health and safe drinking water facilities alongside financial support to widows / widowers in the village of Diva, Gujarat State, India.

Mr Suhel Musa

Parent Governor


Dr Victor Olisa QPM


Dr Victor Olisa QPM is a co-opted governor.  He was formerly a chief superintendent in the Metropolitan Police.  He most notably took on the challenging role of Haringey Borough Commander after the riots in 2011 and under his leadership bridges were built with the community. We are extremely fortunate that he brings this extensive understanding, experience and knowledge of working the local community to our school. Clearly, he has a wide range of expertise and experience, however, we have particularly benefited from his knowledge of building and enhancing community relations and his rigorous scrutiny of safeguarding.

Ms Annabel Schaafsma is an experienced Managing Director of Moody’s Investors Service. Moody's Corporation is an American financial services company that has supported Gladesmore since 2011. Moody's provide investors with credit ratings, risk analysis, and research for stocks, bonds, and government entities. We are fortunate that Ms Schaafsma has been co-opted onto the governing body as she is able to make strong all-round contributions to the school and in particular we can call upon her very impressive financial expertise and working knowledge of business and commerce. Ms Schaafsma is chair of the site, finance and personnel committee. 

Ms Annabel Schaafsma

Chair of Site, Finance and Personnel Committee

Outgoing Governors


Ms Maudlyn Hall


Ms Maudlyn Hall was a parent governor, who had a son and a daughter attend Gladesmore. Both did exceptionally well and have now left. She was able to support the school calling upon her experience as a parent of children in the school, her excellent active local knowledge of the community and through her work in a local feeder school Tiverton Primary School.


Gladesmore Community School
Crowland Road
N15 6EB


020 8800 0884