There are 13 governors on the school’s governing body.
They include representatives of the main political parties nominated by Camden Council, school staff, parent and co-opted representatives. We aim for a balance of deaf and hearing governors.
The governors ensure the school is well run and provides children with the best possible education. parent governors are elected by the parents. They make sure that our parents’ views are valued and represented at an official level.
Our governors have secured excellent resources and facilities for Frank Barnes and ensured the school remains at the cutting edge of Deaf education in England and internationally. In support of this, we are delighted that the London Borough of Camden has guaranteed funding for a ten year strategy for deaf children.
We hope this website gives you a taste of our learning community, what we do and why we do it. However, to fully appreciate what we can offer your child, please come and visit us.
If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please register your interest via email.
For the register of members’ and governors’ interests please click here.
If you would like to contact the school governing body you can write for the attention of Robert Adam, Chair of Governors, email c/o the Frank Barnes School Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor attendance record for 2020/21
|Governor||Governor Role||Appointed by...||Committee||Terms of Office|
|Dr Robert Adam||Co-opted Governor||Full Governing Body|
Chair of Governors/ SEND
|13 Jun 16 to 14 Oct 2024|
|Martin Glover||Co-opted Governor||Full Governing Body||Vice Chair/ Curriculum Committee||08 Nov 2015 to 07 Nov 2023|
|Dani Sive||Headteacher Governor||Full Governing Body||Ex-Officio Governor|
|Alan Murray MBE||Co-opted Governor||Full Governing Body||Equalities||31 Aug 2014 to 09 Jul 2022|
|Katie Lam||Co-opted Governor||Full Governing Body|
Business Committee Chair
|01 May 2016 to 14 Oct 2024|
|Nicola Bayley||Parent Governor||Full Governing Body|
Child Protection and Safeguarding
|1 Nov 2014 to 31 Oct 2022|
|Michael Kettiros||Co-opted Governor||Full Governing Body||Business Committee||05 Mar 2019 to 09 Jul 2023|
|Dr Adam Stone||Co-opted Governor||Full Governing Body||Curriculum Committee Chair||06 Mar 2019 to 05 Mar 2023|
|Joanna Wootten||Associate Member||Full Governing Body||Business Committee||16 Oct 2019 to 15 Oct 2023|
|Mahbub Ahmed||Parent Governor||Full Governing Body|
|28 Nov 2017 to 27 Nov 2021|
|Sherin Elie||Parent Governor||Full Governing Body||Curriculum Committee||05 Dec 2018 to 04 Dec 2022|
|Michele Gordon||Staff Governor||Full Governing Body||Business Committee||10 Oct 2018 to 09 Oct 2022|
|Simon Pearson||Local Authority Governor||Full Governing Body||Health & Safety Committee||01 Oct 2017 to 13 Sep 2025|
|Dr Manjula Patrick||Associate Members||Full Governing Body||21 Oct 2020 to 20 Oct 2024|
|Sharon Serra||Parent Governor||Full Governing Body||Curriculum Committee||17 Mar 2021 to 16 Mar 2025|
Dr Robert Adam
I am Chair of Governors at Frank Barnes School and have been a Governor at the school since 2006. I am Assistant Professor in Languages and Intercultural Communication at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and my research interests are in sign language, interpreting, translation, minority languages and multilingualism. I studied my PhD at UCL focussing on minority language contact between two sign languages. Previously I was Director, Continuing Professional Development/Teaching Fellow at the UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre and I am now also Visiting Professor at the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin and Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre.
My other volunteer work is as coordinator of the World Federation of the Deaf Sign Language and Deaf Studies expert group, as well as Chairperson of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (UK) Deaf Interpreter Network. I also work as a sign language interpreter and translator. In my spare time I enjoy baking and hill walking locally around Scotland. I am from Melbourne, Australia and my parents and sister and an aunt are all deaf.
My own experience of deaf education definitely influences me in my beliefs about how deaf children should be taught. I am a strong advocate of Sign Bilingualism, offering deaf children the opportunities to develop their abilities in both languages, BSL and English. Of equal importance, they need an environment which nurtures social development, both personally and collectively. Finding a school which shares this ethos allows me to support the staff with an unquestionable passion.
I am a freelance architect and, more recently, art facilitator, trying to provide peer art activities including signed tours at art galleries and Museums nationally. I am currently leading a funded initiative, ‘Visual Arts through British Sign Language’, a collaborative project with Arts curators. I am also piloting a training programme; mentoring deaf people to become BSL guides.
In my spare time, I am a seasoned allotmenteer, cult cinema and theatre (dance) lover, and have recently taken up cycling properly, exploring London!
I was born and bred in South Africa and moved to London following my studies and qualification as a primary school teacher in 1999 from the University of Cape Town. I started working at Frank Barnes School in 2000 as a supply teacher, and worked my way up from a being class teacher, Team Leader, Assistant Headteacher, and finally Headteacher since September 2016.
I am proud to be leading such a dynamic and outstanding school where our pupils are growing up with a positive Deaf identity, accessing the curriculum in BSL and developing academically and socially as bilingual learners. I am also proud to be a positive deaf role model for the pupils, staff and the Deaf community, and have a strong vision for Deaf education. I believe that all deaf children have a right to a high quality bilingual education in BSL and English, with so many Deaf role models in the staff. I am very fortunate to have the support from and collaboration from a dedicated and diverse group of Governors to drive school improvement and achieve high standards.
Alan D Murray MBE
A Lead-Governor responsible for Equality, born Deaf and a BSL user. Started his career in law in Gray’s Inn, later becoming a management accountant in a large multinational oil company, then moved to Further and Community Education as Head of a BSL Unit then promoted to Head of Service for Additional Learning/Disability Support. His last employment before retirement was CEO of a local user-led disability organisation.
A qualified teacher in Further Education and a British Sign Language Teacher, Assessor, Internal and External Quality Assurer. He is also a qualified Sign Language Translator, registered with the NRCPD.
He has held Board memberships for the British Deaf Association, British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, Shape Arts, London Disability Arts Forum, United Kingdom Council on Deafness, Council for Hearing Impaired Visits and Exchange, and formerly a governor of Castlebar School (SEN) in Ealing. Currently, a Hon Treasurer of deafPlus and on the board of Inclusion London.
In addition, he is a co-Vice Chair of London Metropolitan Police Disability Independent Advisory Board and a member of the Access panel of Old Royal Naval College, as well Hon. Vice President of Deaf Aspirations, and, in 2006, received the British Deaf Association Medal of Honour.
Katie Lam has been a Governor of Frank Barnes since 2016, and Chair of the Business Committee since 2019. When she is not supporting Frank Barnes, Katie has recently been working in government as a Special Adviser to the Prime Minister, and most recently as No10 Deputy Chief of Staff.
Katie is also an award-winning lyricist and scriptwriter, with musicals performed at venues including the London Coliseum, Cadogan Hall, and the ocean liner Queen Mary 2. Katie is a trustee of two creative charities - theatre charity Antic Face, and the Ivors Academy Trust, the songwriters' and composers' charity. Katie is based in London.
I have been a Parent Governor at Frank Barnes since 2006. My son attended the school from the age of two and left when he was 11 in 2008. He has a very strong Deaf identity as a result which has served him well so far! I will always be immensely grateful for Frank Barnes, for the education he received and for the support we received as a family in so many ways.
I am a secondary school English teacher and am interested in the experience of Deaf children at school. Being a Governor at the school is a role I feel privileged to do. I am the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and the Safeguarding Governor.
I’m a retired Chartered Quantity Surveyor, and since 2018 I’m a Camden Councillor for Swiss Cottage ward (where Frank Barnes used to be!). I’m the Council Champion for Learning Disabled and for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing.
I became the Local Authority nominated Governor in 2017, as it seemed an exciting and different challenge. I’m on the Health and Safety sub-committee. I’m a carer, and I walk and cycle everywhere, and I’m passionate about a green new deal.
I have been a Co-opted School Governor at Frank Barnes since 2019 sitting on the Business Committee as well as being involved in General committee endeavours. This is my first role as a Governor, and I am thoroughly enjoying it! Frank Barnes is a school that I grew up next door to as a child, so I feel as though I have come full circle! I have a degree in Accounting and Finance from Durham University then qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) whilst at KPMG. This experience and skill set has allowed me to try and add value to the finance function of the Board of Governors, ensuring the monetary health of the school carries on for years to come.
My governor role has been a very rewarding experience thus far being involved with Frank Barnes and understanding first-hand the dedication that is put in by the school staff to ensure a fantastic and safe learning environment is forthcoming. This is a role I hope to continue for a long time!
Dr Adam Stone
Dr Adam Stone is a senior analytics engineer at Netlify. A former primary teacher of the deaf (ToD), he has a PhD in Educational Neuroscience from Gallaudet University and a MA in Teaching & Learning (ASL & English Bilingual Education) from the University of California San Diego. Dr Stone has published more than ten peer-reviewed articles and book chapters studying the importance of early visual language experience for deaf children's cognitive, language, and literacy development. He has been a member of the FBS governing board since 2019.
Joanna Wootten, Independent Advisor
Joanna has been advising private and public sector organisations around disability, age and inclusion for over 10 years. She originally trained as a solicitor before joining the not-for-profit sector where she held senior roles, including being Deputy Chief Executive of SignHealth. She is currently Chair of TfL's Independent Disability Advisory Group, a member of Pay.UK's End User Advisory Panel and an ambassador for the Business Disability Forum. She was born Deaf.
Dr Manjula Patrick
I have two ‘hats’ at UCL (University College London); Disability Equity Lead in the Faculty of Brain Sciences and, Centre Manager of the Deafness, Cognition, and Language (DCAL) Research Centre with responsibility for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). I have a PhD in Biotechnology (quite a shift from my current roles!) and am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have won awards for Public Engagement, Equality, Diversity and Fairness, and Innovation and Enterprise.
I am committed to social justice and inclusion, particularly in relation to access, and representation at all levels of higher education. My personal experience of intersectional identities gives me insights to multi-layered barriers, beyond the effects of a unitary protected characteristic. Despite the complexity it brings to addressing equality, I feel intersectionality is central to meaningful interventions.
In my spare time, I run, cook, knit, crochet, paint and am a very keen gardener... and keep rescue hens!
I have been a Parent Governor at Frank Barnes School for approaching three years now. My daughter attends Frank Barnes School, and since joining from Year 1, she has flourished. I am inspired by her growth into a confident girl, who is comfortable and proud of her deaf identity. I strongly felt I wanted to contribute towards the school in any way I could.
My role as a Parent Governor at Frank Barnes School gives me the opportunity to help other families with a deaf child/children. This may include interpreting school messages for them or helping to fill out forms and general advice. It is a fulfilling role and I hope to broaden my goal, which is to reach more parents after the Coronavirus pandemic is over.
In the past I have worked in the charity sector, and have gained many years of experience in that field. During that time I have worked for a mental health charity and a disability rights charity. I have a strong passion for helping people, although it is very hard for me to do this physically now because of my own disability.