Meet the Governors
The Governing Body meets regularly in The Mulberry Primary School Staff Room. Parents and carers may put forward items for discussion through the Parent Governors and may also attend the first part of a meeting.
Luke Stubbles - Chair of Governors
I am the Head of Physics at a school in North West London and I have been teaching Physics and Science in schools in London since I graduated from Bristol University with a Masters in Physics in 2006. My wife and I have been Haringey residents for the past 6 years and I became a Governor at The Mulberry Primary School last year.
Fr Simon Morris - Vice Chair of Governors
Fr Morris has lived and ministered in Tottenham since 2008. As well as coming in to school for meetings, he leads the occasional assembly and classes sometimes visit St Mary’s Church. On the Governing Body, Fr Morris is Vice-Chair and chairs the Resources Committee.
Katrina Forrest- Governor
I have lived in Haringey for over 25 years. I am currently working as an Assistant Headteacher at Starks Field Primary School in Enfield. I have worked in the Inner London schools as a teacher for over 13 years and have been a Senior Leader for the past 7 years. I have led many curriculum areas, but my particular skill set is within Mathematics and Science and the Provision for More Able Pupils. I currently hold the position as EMA Lead at Starks Field Primary School.
I was elected as a Staff Governor while working at Chestnuts Primary School in Haringey and held the position from 2010 until 2012 as part of the Education Committee.
I have sat on various panels during my years in education, including exclusions, disciplinary and interviews.
Reg Rice - Governor
- A member of Haringey Council since 1990;
- Lives local to the school;
- Member of the Council Scrutiny Panel of Children and Families;
- Former Mayor of Haringey;
- Former Chair of Governors of Northumberland Park School
Helen Sweetlove- Governor
I was brought up in Chelmsford, Essex but attended Tottenham Technical College as a Nursery Nursing student in the 1970’s, where I met my future husband. When we married I moved to Tottenham and worked at The Mulberry Primary School in the nursery (or Parkhurst Infants as it was then) for 2 years until I had my children. They were brought up in Tottenham and we plan to stay here for many years to come as we love the diversity of cultures, that we can learn from, who share our community. I now have 2 of my grandchildren in the school, the eldest started in the nursery in 2012 and is now in year 3, the second has been in the nursery since September 2016 and have 2 more younger ones to follow. I can be seen daily in the playground. I enjoy attending activities like assemblies and events and man a stall at the Christmas Fayre. Also my work as a foster carer has brought me into contact with the school and I have always been very happy with the way Looked After Children are welcomed and included. I am the newest (Grand) Parent Governor so please come and say hello if you see me. I passionate about The Mulberry Primary School and want it to be the best school it can be and have high achieving students who are set up to succeed in life. Learning and Achieving Together.
Henry Egenti - Governor
Henry Egenti works with older people, people with mental health issues, young people and people with learning disabilities, including in a specialised service that supports people on the autism spectrum. He is also a Trustee with Haringey Law Centre (HLC) and the Treasurer of Nigerian In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO). The Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation was formed in 2000 by the Federal Government of Nigeria with a vision to harness the tremendous skill, exposure, expertise and knowledgebase of Nigerians resident in United Kingdom with a view to using this as a resource base to promote socio-economic and infrastructural development back in Nigeria. Henry also speaks fluent German.
Michelle Akarsu - Headteacher
Michelle Akarsu has worked in Haringey Primary schools since 1998 and was appointed as the Headteacher of The Mulberry Primary School in January 2014. She has previously taught in other London Boroughs, in addition to living and teaching in Turkey. As Headteacher of The Mulberry Primary School she is passionate about working with all families to ensure all children achieve their potential across our diverse community, having relentlessly high expectations of ourselves and others.
Anita Gray- Teaching Staff Governor
My name is Anita Gray and I have three children ranging from the age of 18 to 30 and all attended a Haringey school. I have been working at The Mulberry Primary School for nearly 3 years. Previously, I taught at another local Haringey school for over 15 years, holding many responsibilities from PSHE coordinator to lead in Reading across the school. I also thoroughly enjoyed my time working in Early Years, working alongside parents and the wider community. My hobbies are home renovations, gardening and self-improvement.
Sam Daley - Parent Governor
Parent Governor (2 full years at the end of 2016 summer term) 2 children attending The Mulberry Primary School aged 7 and 4 (5 in Jan) Previous schools attended: Coleraine Primary (now Harris Academy) Aylward Comprehensive (Edmonton) Aylward 6th form Further Education: University of Herts BEng Manufacturing Systems Engineering Professional: CeMap (certificate of Mortgage Advice & Planning) Current : Owner Operater of Spencer James Financial (Mortgage Consultants). (Independent Mortgage and Insurance Adviser, Residential, Investment, Commercial property finance.
Natalie Edgehill - Parent Governor
My name is Natalie Jenelle Edgehill. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Trinidad and Tobago. I attended the University of the West Indies, St Augustine where I pursued a Batchelors Degree in Early Childhoot Care and Education. After university I worked for the Department of Social Services as an Early Years Co-ordinator. I moved to London 15 years ago and continued working with children, until I had my own children.
I am currently a stay-at-home mum to my two beautiful children, a 10 year old boy who has a diagnosis of Autism and a 3 year old girl. Both children currently attend The Mulberry Primary School. My son is in Year 6 and my little girl goes to the Nursery.
I am passionate about the care and education of children. I realise that the real future lies in the lands of our children. I believe our first priority should be to nurture and educate them so that they can grow up to be well-rounded adults who can make a positive contribution to society.
Vacancy - Parent Governor
Felicity Baird : Clerk to the Governors
Governors don't run the school ourselves, but we help the Headteacher and the staff who do. Governors made sure that the right lessons are taught. We look at the exam results and work with the school to see how they could be even better. We ask why things are being done like this to make sure that everything is done as well as possible. We check that the school's money is being used property and that the buildings are properly maintained. We try to make sure that the adults and children are happy and able to work well. Governors develop and share the vision that The Mulberry Primary School can be the best possible school for our children and a good workplace for all the adults. We need more parents to come and join us. It is not hard to be a Governor. There is plenty of help and when needed there is free training too.
Voting Rights on Committees
The Governing Body (GB) reaches its decisions using a voting system, and may delegate particular tasks to be decided, through a vote, to a sub-Committee. When Committees vote on matters, Associated Members may also vote providing the Full Governing Body has previously given them this right and have had this decision minuted. Associate Members may be excluded from any part of a Committee meeting should an item of business concern an individual member of staff or a pupil. In the event of a deadlock, the Chair of the Committee will have the casting vote. All decisions of the GB's sub-Committees should be reported back to the GB at its meetings and recorded in the minutes.