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Governors

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.

Suzanne Tager: Chair of Governors (suzanne.tager@rimonschool.org.uk)

Suzanne trained, qualified and is now a commercial litigator at 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, Jesse and daughter Adi (all are currently students at Rimon).

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

Brian Doctor QC (brian.doctor@rimonschool.org.uk)

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. 

Joe Tager (joe.tager@rimonschool.org.uk)

Joe 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, Jesse and daughter Adi (all are currently students at Rimon).

Chair of Premises, Personnel and Finance committee

Paul Morland (paul.morland@rimonschool.org.uk)

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.

Adam Quint (adam.quint@rimonschool.org.uk)

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 TotallyMoney.com which he led as Managing Director from 2007-12.  He then led digital strategy and innovation for Lloyds Banking Group before joining another startup, Student.com, 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 two 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 (jennifer.sandler@rimonschool.org.uk)

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. She is currently studying towards an MEd in Autism in Children at the University of Birmingham. 

Jenny works as a learning specialist with various home-schooled children who have learning and social communication difficulties and are unable to attend school through her company HomeschoolUK. She also teaches children after school who require boosting or wish to sit entrance exams for selective schools.  Jenny has a son 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.somers@rimonschool.org.uk)

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

Jo Rosenblatt (jo.rosenblatt@rimonschool.org.uk)

Jo is a Marketing & PR specialist with over 15 years experience in advising professional services firms and SMEs through her consultancy Noteworthy Communications. 

Jo lives in Hampstead Garden Suburb with her husband Joel and is a proud parent of three Rimon children.