Our Governors

Governors link the school with the community, and play a key role in the effectiveness of the school.  The governing board’s job is to look at all aspects of the school’s performance and ensure it is achieving its full potential as well as working with the Principal and Senior Team to provide strategic leadership and accountability.

Governors core strategic functions are:

a. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
b. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
c. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Principal is an ex-officio governor by virtue of office.  Co-opted governors and associate members are appointed by the governing board, the staff governor is elected by other staff members and parent governors are elected by parents/carers of children at the school.

All Governors are bound by the Governors Code of Conduct.

The Governing Body of Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre have adopted the Code of Conduct of the NGA (National Governors Association).

The term of office for all categories of governor is a fixed period of 4 years.

Governor Documents

Financial benchmarking for Swiss Cottage School, DRC URN 100096 is located on the Schools Financial Benchmarking Website here:



Total Number of School Employees with Gross Annual Salary above £100,000: 

 £100,000-110,000 1


Meet the Governors

Peter Sprinz

Co-Chair of Governors

Retired having previously work in the city, textiles and property. Member of the School Forum, Board of Trustees for SCS Charity, Committee member WHW (a charity sponsoring Syrian refugees in West Hampstead), Committee Member GARA Local Resident’s Association and Member of the Safer Neighbour Police Committee. Chair of Governors at Swiss Cottage School for 14 years.

Jonathan Hilliard

Co-Chair of Governors / Vice Chair-Finance Personnel Premises

QC – Wilberforce Chambers, Trustee Swiss Cottage School Charity

Steven Thompson

Vice Chair of Governors / Chair- Provision and Wellbeing

Headteacher at Manor School (London Borough of Brent) with 12 years’ experience of working in London special schools. MEd Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities, University of Birmingham Board of Trustees for Manor School Charity

Brian Butterworth

Chair-Teaching School Committee

Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Neuropsyschology, UCL. Currently developing assessments and interventions for dyscalculia. Adviser on dyscalculia to the Council of Science and Technology and the Government Office of Science in the UK, and to the Government of Singapore. British Academy (Fellow), British Psychological Society (Fellow).

Colin Reader

Chair-Finance Personnel and Premises Committee

Retired Company Finance Director. Chair of Governors at Kentish Town Church of England Primary School

Tina Murray

Vice Chair-Provision and Wellbeing Committee / SEN Governor Associate Head Teacher and SENCo, Barham

Associate Head Teacher and SENCo at Barham Primary School with 20 years in the education sector. 2019 Pearson Silver National Teaching Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education Currently Deputy DSL, Mental health and Wellbeing Lead, Equalities and Strategic Lead for Leadership and Management. Member of the Brent Strategic Inclusion Board, Brent EHCP Audit panel and the Brent Graduated response group. SEND outreach with Brent schools.

Maria Schultz

Co-opted Governor

Parent Participation Practitioner for the KIDS Charity (Advocacy and Parent Participation) and Co-Chair Camden Special Parents Forum. Member of NNPCF, Camden Autism Partnership board, Camden Local Offer steering group, Camden Inclusive Employment Forum and Camden Parents Reference Group for Schools Transport. Previous 8 years of experience in intensive care nursing and 6 years in NHS Project management (Royal Free Hospital).

Sadia Mahmud-Marshall

Co-opted Governor

20 years exerience in international development with strong focus on child rights, youth and gender equality. Currently an independent consultant working with UN agencies, EU, international NGOs, Trusts and Foundations. Key areas of expertise includes designing, managing and evaluating programmes for socially excluded children and youth including street-connected children, minority and refugee children, children with disabilities and victims of the worst forms of child labour and modern slavery. Mother/carer of a child with disabilities and SEN.

Mustapher Botchway

Co-opted Governor

Karen Rodrigues-Ayers

Parent Governor

I manage the Portage Home based learning team in Camden. My specialisms are working with children with complex health and physical needs, those with visual and hearing impairments as well as children with autism. I wouldn't have found this pathway if it wasn't for my 16 year old daughter. We became officially part of the Swiss Cottage family at her transition from primary for year 7. You can always find me at the school gate dropping off and picking up if you want to talk. Charities I am affiliated to: Kids & NPA

Andrea Zisman

Parent Governor

Professor of Computer Science at the Open University with 20 years experience as an academic and researcher. I have experience in serving in oversight boards, committees and panels for university departments, international academic conferences, academic and governmental research funding organisations, research journals and HR. I am a member of the Swiss Cottage School family since September 2018 when my child with disabilities joined the school. You can always try to contact me for a chat and exchange of experiences.

Robert H. Cassen

LA Governor

Emeritus Professor, London School of Economics (retired) Local Authority Governor. Publications in educational research Trustee, HH Wingate Foundation

Vijita Patel

Principal and Ex-Officio Governor

25 years in the education sector and designated National Leader of Education Member of Camden Schools Forum and Camden Local Outbreak Engagement Board Expert Advisory Group: Department for Education Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy; SEN & Disability Board of Trustees for Swiss Cottage School Charity, Special Olympics Great Britain, Varkey Foundation, Artists in Residence

Ed Pitcher

Vice Chair-Teaching School Committee

12 years in education technology across all education sectors I create and mobilise Swiss Cottage School’s digital technology strategy working as part of the leadership team. I am responsible for designing and implementing digital technologies and data services for all stakeholders. Member of the National Edtech Advisory Forum


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