As governors, we help the school to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. Our Governing Body is ultimately responsible for the good running of the school. Our responsibility is primarily strategic, meaning that we are concerned with the bigger picture rather than the day-to-day operational detail (which is the responsibility of the Headteacher). In essence, our role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is to act as ‘a critical friend’.

Our legal duties include:-

* setting strategic direction, ethos, policies and objectives;

* approving the school budget;

* reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives;

* ensuring that the school is compliant with English law; and

* appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher

The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a three year strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.

The full Governing Body meets twice every term (i.e. 6 times a year). In addition to the full Governing Body meetings, governors attend meetings of the various subcommittees, which meet at least once a term. The subcommittees include the Teaching and Learning Committee, Site and Safeguarding Committee, and Premises, Finance and Personnel Committee.

Brian Doctor QC - Chair of Governors  (

Brian was educated in South Africa and at Oxford. He is a barrister practising in Commercial Law at Fountain Court Chambers. He previously served for 14 years as a Governor of the JFS, where two of his sons attended. He is a member of South Hampstead Synagogue, and is very interested in the theatre and in reading. 

Governor with responsibility for safeguarding, Premises, Personnel and Finance committee, Safeguarding and Security committee,Teaching and Learning committee.

Julia Chain (

Julia worked for many years as a corporate lawyer and is now a Managing Director of Huron, a management consultancy. In parallel to her legal career she has held several key positions in the educational and charitable sector. She is a former governor of Naima JPS and is a former trustee of JCoss secondary school. Julia is currently Vice Chair of Norwood. 

Governor with responsibility for GDPR, Premises, Personnel and Finance committee, Safeguarding and Security committee.

Emma Greenfeld (

Emma started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 2007. She spent the majority of her tenure here in the insolvency and restructuring team working on trading administrations like Lehman Brothers and advising under performing businesses looking to restructure. Emma currently heads up UK operations of a fintech startup and frequently consults as finance advisor to other small businesses. She studied Economics with French at Birmingham University and has a Masters degree in Economics from the Sorbonne in Paris. Emma has two daughters at the school.

Co-chair of Premises, Personnel and Finance committee

Joe Tager (

Joe Tager started his career at Business Restructuring at Price Waterhouse Coopers where he qualified as an accountant in 2006. Since 2010 Joe has worked in private equity focusing on hospitality and leisure investments. Joe is also a Trustee and part of the Executive Committee for Gesher, an independent primary school that provides a specialist learning environment for children with special educational needs. 

Joe lives in West Hampstead with his wife Suzanne, twin sons Zac and Jesse (both currently students at Rimon) and daughter Adi (who currently attends Little Goldies Nursery)

Co-chair of Premises, Personnel and Finance committee

Veronica Kennard (

Veronica has lived in Childs Hill since 1984. She spent the majority of her career at NM Rothschild where she developed their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme which involved partnering with a number of schools in Tower Hamlets and Camden.

Veronica serves as Chair of Governors of a primary school in East London, Old Palace Primary School. The school was judged by OFSTED as an outstanding school. She visits the school weekly taking part in a reading programme and often speaking to pupils about Judaism.

She is currently a member of the Tower Hamlets Schools Forum which is a statutory body whose purpose is to advise on matters relating to the authority's schools budget. Since 2014 she has been working part time for UJIA and spending time in Tower Hamlets both at Old Palace and volunteering in a woman's adult literacy programme at City Gateway.

Chair of Teaching and Learning committee, Link governor for humanities

Suzanne Tager (

Suzanne Tager trained, qualified and is now a commercial litigator in Hogan Lovells' market leading disputes practice. She focuses on contractual disputes, banking and finance disputes and litigation arising out of contentious insolvency and fraud. Suzanne has previously spent time on secondment to the firm's New York office and to Standard Chartered Bank's global litigation team. Prior to becoming a solicitor, Suzanne studied International History & Politics at Leeds University. 

Suzanne lives in West Hampstead with her husband Joe, twin sons Zac and Jesse (students at Rimon) and daughter Adi (who attends Little Goldies Nursery).

Teaching and Learning committee

Paul Morland (

Dr. Paul Morland holds a first class B.A. Hons. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and an MPhil with distinction in  International Relations, also from Oxford.  He holds a PhD from the University of London.  He is the author of ‘Demographic Engineering: Populations Strategies in Ethnic Conflict’ (Ashgate / Routledge 20014/ 2016) and of the ‘The Human Tide: How Population has Shaped The Modern World’ (John Murray, forthcoming).  He is an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London.

In his professional life, he advises companies, mostly in financial services, on business strategy and project implementation.  His clients have ranged from North America to Indonesia with a particular emphasis on continental Europe.

Paul and his wife live in Golders Green where he is a board member and former honorary officer of Golders Green Synagogue (Dunstan Road).  He went through the Jewish school system himself (Solomon Wolfson and JFS) and his three children attended North West London Jewish Day School.  He serves on the UJIA finance committee.

Governor with responsibility for grants, Premises, Personnel and Finance committee, Link governor for English.

Adam Quint (

Adam is an Executive Search Consultant with Egon Zehnder where he advises organisations on senior leadership and talent.  He started his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he spent 8 years advising clients across a number of sectors and geographies.  He subsequently joined a financial services startup called which he led as Managing Director from 2007-12.  He then led digital strategy and innovation for Lloyds Banking Group before joining another startup,, as Chief Operating Officer.  Adam has a First class BA hons. in international history and politics from the University of Leeds.  He also has an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

Adam lives in Golders Green, and the two eldest of his four sons are proud pupils of Rimon.

Governor with responsibility for fundraising and ICT, Premises, Personnel and Finance committee, Link governor for ICT and maths.

Jenny Sandler (

Jenny was brought up in Palo Alto, California, and has lived in London since 2003. She has a BA in psychology and education from Brandeis University and an MA in literacy learning and literacy difficulties from the Institute of Education as well as a post graduate diploma from City University in broadcast journalism.

Jenny works as a learning specialist with various home-schooled children who have learning and social communication difficulties and are unable to attend school. She also teaches children after school who require boosting or wish to sit entrance exams for selective schools.  Jenny has a son at Rimon and twin daughters at Rimon.

Governor with responsibility for admissions, Safeguarding and Security committee, Teaching and Learning committee, Link governor for kodesh, School travel champion.

Matthew Somers (

Matthew grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada and has lived in London since 2007.  He holds a B.Sc. Hons. in Biology and B.Ed. in Maths, Science and Technology from York University and a M.Sc. in Zoology from the University of Western Ontario. 

Matthew has been working in state school education for the last 11 years.  He currently teaches science at Hasmonean High School where he is also the Key Stage 3 manager for science.  

Governor with responsibility for SEND, Teaching and Learning committee, Science link governor

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