Our Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section.


At Osidge the Governing Body is made up of:-


The Head Teacher

4 parent governors elected by parents and carers

2 partnership governors appointed by the governing body

3 co-opted governors appointed by the governing body

1 staff governor elected by the teaching and non-teaching staff

1 local authority governor appointed by the Local Authority



Details of all the governors are shown below.

Has Mahir

  • Chair of Governors
  • Co-opted Governor
  • Chair of the Human Resources & Remuneration Committee
  • Committees: Curriculum, Achievement & Pupil Welfare; Finance Staffing and Resources; Human Resources & Remuneration
  • Governor at Chingford Foundation School
  • Term of Office finishes 31 December 2019

'I am proud of my association with Osidge School and am grateful for the wonderful experience that the school has provided for my children. I have had the privilege of working with the GB for 9 years now and my wife has been a teacher at Osidge for the past 7 years.  I really enjoy working with members of the GB team who are a thoughtful, challenging and ambitious who bring real expertise to the table. As someone who works in education, as Senior Vice Principal of Chingford Foundation School, I believe that this drive, ambition and level headedness is important in relation to the strategic challenges that lay ahead for Osidge. At the same time I appreciate that it's not only important to say we care but that we also show we care by supporting the rich cultural programme which makes Osidge a great place to learn and thrive.'


David Holt

  • Vice Chair of Governors
  • Partnership Governor
  • Governor responsible for Health and Safety
  • Committees: Finance Staffing and Resources; Human Resources & Remuneration, Health and Safety
  • Term of Office finishes 31 December 2019

'I am a Global Commercial Director for an International Mining Company, mining industrial minerals on a world-wide basis.  I am married with 2 children in their twenties, who both attended Osidge, I have been involved with the School for over 20 years and was the Chair of Governors for 14 years.'


Gary Bateman

  • Co-opted Governor
  • Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee
  • Committees: Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee, Human Resources & Remuneration
  • Term of Office finishes 31 December 2019

'I’ve lived in Southgate now for near on 20 years and have had the good fortune to reap the benefits of a school I believe to be unparalleled locally.  I have seen my children develop wonderfully, both emotionally and academically within the close-knit Osidge family. As a Co-opted Governor, I’m enjoying the opportunity to work with the other Governors, the Headteacher and the fabulous (both teaching & non-teaching) staff at Osidge School to help afford other parents the wonderful educational opportunity that our children have been so lucky to experience. As a qualified accountant and Finance Director at the BBC, I’m also able to bring some financial governance to the school when needed. In my spare time, I’m a keen but ageing sportsman who needs to hang up his boots and retire to the sofa. As Chair of the Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee, I sincerely believe with a strong Board of Governors, a diligent fundraising Committee (OSA) and the appetite for change, Osidge School can only go onwards and upwards.'


Saffron Van Zwanenberg

  • Parent Governor
  • Committees: Curriculum, Achievement and Pupil Welfare committee
  • Term of Office finishes 25 September 2022

'I am the Artistic Director at Jackdaws Music Education Trust. I trained at the Royal College of Music and became a 1st class associate before graduating from the Opera Course with Distinction. I was then awarded a prestigious RCM Junior Fellowship and went on to work for many prestigious organisations as a soloist, director and animateur. I am a passionate advocate for music education and produce a wide ranging programme in schools across Somerset for Jackdaws, as the Consultant Director of the Singing Strategy for Somerset, and as a freelance director and music consultant to several other charities and companies.'


David Beckwith

  • Partnership Governor
  • Committees: Finance, Staffing and Resources Committee
  • Term of Office finishes 31 March 2021


Marsha Francis

  • Parent Governor
  • Committees:Curriculum, Achievement and Pupil Welfare committee
  • Term of Office finishes 30 November 2019

'As a mother of two boys at Osidge, I have a vested interest in the success of the  school.  Over the years, I have watched my boys grow in confidence at Osidge on both a social and academic level and as a parent governor, I hope to help ensure that all the pupils at Osidge continue to thrive here.

By way of background, I am a corporate lawyer by profession and spent many years working in the city for large US corporations. These days, I prefer to share my time between my family and my role as a senior law lecturer at two of the country's leading law schools.

I'm a very approachable person and I enjoy getting to know and talking to parents in the playground long after the morning bell has rung!  As a parent governor, I aim to be an effective liaison between the parents and the senior management of Osidge School and always welcome the chance to hear the views, comments and feedback of other parents.


Reem El-Sharouni

  • Parent Governor
  • Term of Office finishes 31 March 2021

'I have lived in Southgate for nearly 14 years and have 2 children at Osidge. Both my children have enjoyed the unique attributes of Osidge like the yearly residential trips and the emphasis on music and sport.
I have always been actively involved in the school life but wanted to provide more support to the school’s senior leadership team by becoming a parent governor. I’m looking forward to putting my analytical skills to good use in my new role.
I grew up in a multicultural environment where I attended a German School and an American university in Egypt. I currently work at UCL Institute of Education which complements my background in IT and web development. I enjoy going for coffee mornings with other Osidge mums and singing in a local choir where we sing everything from Bach to the Beatles!'


Roberto Weeden-Sanz

  • Local Authoriry Governor
  • Term of Office finishes 31 March 2021

Roberto is an ex-Osidge pupil and local Southgate resident.


Suzanna Bartellas

  • Staff Governor

  • Term of Office finishes 11 December 2021

'In my second year at Osidge, it has been a real pleasure to watch our school grow from strength to strength. Having worked in a variety of schools across the UK as well as experiencing European and International education, it has become very clear to me that Osidge provides one factor which stands above the rest: FAMILY. The feeling of belonging amongst children, staff, governors and parents has held our school together in its hardest times. As a result I am motivated to maintain, support and continue to build on that feeling in all aspects of our school community so that our children can absorb a rich education both academically and socially. I look forward to building many happy memories at Osidge. Onwards and upwards.'


Simon Low

  • Parent Governor
  • Term of Office finishes 11 December 2021



Evi Katsapi

  • Parent Governor
  • Term of Office finishes 11 December 2022







At Governing Body meetings Governors declare any relevant business interests at Osidge. There are no conflicts of interest.

We currently have the following vacancies on our Governing Body:-




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