Governor Profiles

Keith Bridges – Chair

I am the father of Luke, who is currently in Year 2.

I have worked at Ashmole Academy for 12 years, in a number of different roles. At the moment I am primarily responsible for IT systems, and particularly school data, but in the past I have been responsible for the premises and Health and Safety.

Prior to working in education I worked for over 15 years in Logistics, specialising in the transport of motor vehicles both within the UK and internationally.

Roger Seaton Vice-Chair

I was born in 1946 and moved to Barnet when I got married in 1974, having met my wife, Liz, at All Souls, Langham Place. We have two daughters – and in the last year gained two grand-children!

I have worshipped at Christ Church Barnet ever since. In 1975 I became the treasurer which I did for 20 years. For most years since then I have fulfilled a role of financial co-ordinator. I was church warden for 6 years until 2010 and I chaired PCC meetings for 8 years until 2013. I was also a school governor at Christ Church School for 11 years from 1989.

I qualified as a chartered accountant in 1973 and became a partner in a West End firm in 1980. For much of this time I was the partner in charge of staff, training and administration. I was also the partner in charge of a significant number of audits and independent examinations of charities that we acted for. I retired in 2008 ‘to do something different’.

On retirement I took on the role as treasurer for the Retreat Association and also became a governor at Monken Hadley School. Both these roles I did for over 7 years but I have relinquished in the past year. I was also the treasurer / trustee at All Nations Christian College for 3 years to 2011.

I do a number of independent examinations for churches and other charities and generally seek to try to help charities and people in whatever way I can.

Daniel Chalkley

I am an active member of the school community and my daughters, Jessica and Lydia attend Christ Church, with another daughter waiting in the wings.

I own and manage a medium sized business which specialises in Asbestos Removal. Our main customer base is large multi-national organisations and we currently employ around 80 employees. My main focus is relationship management; ensuring that our strategies, practices and technologies enhance our customer relationships and improve retention. I also believe I have strength’s in managing and motivating people to achieve theirs and the business’s goals.

I believe I can make a positive contribution to the well-being of the school by providing balanced and objective guidance and support. Those that know me, know I’m approachable and friendly but not afraid to question and challenge. I’m impressed by the positive developments Mrs Print and her team have made and want to contribute to the continuation of that progress. Unlike many school governors I don’t have an educational background and feel this allows me to bring a different perspective to the table.

More than anything I’m a parent and want to help ensure the best school experience for all the children and their families. I care greatly about Christ Church and want to help it achieve its goals and the continued development of well-rounded accomplished children.

Karen Mabbett

I am married with 3 children, all of whom attended Christ Church School. I have worked in the school office for many years; prior to this I had a career break to raise my family.

My staff role is varied; I am responsible for co-ordination of admissions in Nursery and main school, HR, maintaining school’s Single Central Record (safeguarding record) and general administration involved in running a busy school.

I represent the school as a Staff Governor and feel strongly committed to fulfil this role to the best of my ability.

Duncan McDonald

I am a local authority appointed governor and have served on the Christ Church governing body since 2009. I work as an IT & CAD Manager for a major London Architectural practice. My particular educational interests are related to the use of information technology. I am married with 2 grown up children.

Gillian Blaik

When a vacancy arose for a parent governor position in 2016 I volunteered as I really wanted to actively support the school to achieve its best.

I work as a procurement manager in the not for profit sector and have a background in public sector procurement in local government and higher education. I hope over the coming years I can contribute to the school’s continued success.

I have a daughter in year one and a younger son that I hope will join Christ Church in future.

David Lane

I represent the deanery synod on the Governing Body.

I have lived in the Barnet area since I got married in 1985, and have two adult daughters, both of whom attended local schools. Originally from Staffordshire, I worked for many years as a lawyer in the City. I served five years as a governor of All Saints’ Primary School, N20, and have twice been churchwarden of All Saints’ Church, where I am currently treasurer. I am also a trustee of the St Peter’s Bourne retreat centre in Whetstone.

I am passionately committed to providing every child with the best education possible so that they can all fulfil their potential.