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’ view 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 give 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.

Robert Adam, Chair of Governors

If you would like to contact the school governing body you can write to them or email them c/o the Frank Barnes School Office –


Governor Profiles

  • Robert Adam, BA, BEd, MAppLing
    Chair of Governors

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    I was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and come from a Deaf family. My father is a teacher at the Victorian College of the Deaf in Melbourne, and my hearing grandmother was previously a teacher at the same school. My Deaf sister is a barrister and solicitor at the Victorian Bar and has worked at IBM for many years.

    I work at University College London as Postgraduate Researcher in the Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre. Areas of my research include Deaf people who are bilingual in two sign languages, Deaf people who work as interpreters or translators in the Deaf Community and other sociolinguistic research into sign languages.

    I strongly believe that a Deaf school is an ideal setting for educating our young Deaf children in BSL and English. There is plenty of research which shows the educational, cognitive, social and linguistic advantages of a strong provision in a Deaf school.

    In my own time I try to keep a vegetable garden going and I enjoy (stagetext) theatre, reading, eating, talking and travel.

  • Martin Glover
    Vice Chair of Governors

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    Information coming soon

  • Dani Sive
    Headteacher Governor

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  • Alan Murray MBE
    Co-opted Governor

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    I work as Disability Co-ordinator at Ealing Hammersmith & West London College, and was previously Additional Learning Support Manager at Hackney Community College. I am a member of the Safeguarding, Equality and Diversity Committee at Ealing Hammersmith & West London College.

    I am qualified in adult education teaching and management, also have qualifications in accountancy. I studied for MA in Advanced Education Practice at University of London, and have worked in British Sign Language teaching and assessment for over 30 years.

    I am formerly a member of the Board of British Deaf Association for 16 years, later Vice Chair 2002-2005. I currently sit on the Board of British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust.

    I became a Community Governor in 2007 and have a strong belief in the ethos of the School in its access to bi-lingual education for Deaf children.

  • Beverley Bamford
    Associate Governor

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    I work for RBS as the MD for Analytics, Marketing and Customer Experience. I manage a large team and budget, and bring this wealth of commercial and people management capability to the Business Committee.

    I’m a mother of 2 children, one of whom is now at University, and as part of the bank’s community work I became a Governor in 2005 at Frank Barnes. I enjoy supporting the school in their commitment to providing high quality education in the complex environment of deaf education.

  • Katie Lam
    Co-opted Governors

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  • Mahbub Ahmed
    parent Governor

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  • Michele Gordon
    Staff Governor

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  • Nicola Bayley
    Chair of Curriculum Committee

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    I graduated from The University of Warwick in 1990 and was awarded a PGCE as a secondary teacher of English from King’s College, London, in 1995. The following year I began working at Camden School for Girls where I still work teaching English A Level and supervising students with choices and applications to Higher Education. I am also responsible for interviewing new students as they enter the sixth form and have worked with deaf students in this mainstream environment.

    My first child, William, was born profoundly Deaf in 1997 and attended Frank Barnes School from the age of two. He is now in year 9 at Mary Hare School. Along with my partner, I learned to sign when William was a baby and passed CACDP Level 2 at the City Lit in 2003. I continued to develop my BSL by attending parents’ groups at Frank Barnes and I take a keen interest in Deaf Culture. My partner and I are actively involved in the local branch of the NDCS.

    I understand the unique politics at work in Deaf Education and have visited many schools and units responsible for educating Deaf children. I believe that Deaf children have a right to effective early communication to enable the development of relationships and access to learning. Deafness should not be a barrier to academic or social achievement and fulfilment.

    I became a Parent Governor at Frank Barnes in 2002 and have a good understanding of the school community. I am on the recruitment panel and enjoy interviewing prospective teaching staff. I have also volunteered at the school helping pupils with reading which links with my interest in the development of literacy in Deaf children.

  • Simon Pearson
    Local Authority Governor

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  • Michael Kettiros

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  • Sherin Elie

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  • Adam Stone

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