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.

Governors Code of Conduct


FGB and Committee Membership


DfE Constitution (Updated 09/2016)


Instrument of Government

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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.
Jonathon 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 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

Parent Governor

Co-Chair Camden Special Parents Forum
Parent Participation Practitioner for the KIDS Charity (Advocacy and Parent Participation)
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 
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.
Robert H. Cassen

LA Governor

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

Parent Governor

My son was a pupil at SCS many years ago now! He is currently job searching, having worked as a trainee at Great Ormond Street Hospital. 
Financial services roles in London & Hong Kong. Financial journalism at Euromoney and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Director of East Pharma and of Trophy Fund and managing family businesses in London and Wales. 
Master of the Clothworkers’ Company in 2018/19 and I was for many years involved in TreeHouse School (Ambitious about Autism).
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 
Edward Pitcher

Vice Chair of 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
Roseanna Gooder

Staff Governor

Leader of 16-19 Pathway, Vocational and Work Related Learning.
Ten years working in special education. Working with the Post-16 team to develop meaningful pathways to employment and opportunities for independence and making choices for the future.
Member of the Camden Inclusive Employment forum. Specialist Leader in Education.