Roles and Responsibilities
A Governing Body in a faith school such as ours consists of several different types of Governors – Foundation Governors, Staff Governors, Parent Governors, Local Education Authority representative and Non-voting observers.
All Governors have the same collective responsibility and are required to work on one or more committees to support the school. These include: Admissions; Communications; Curriculum; Finance; Limudei Kodesh; Premises; and Staffing. To read the Terms of Reference of each committee, please click here.
The committees meet at various times during the year and then report back to the full Governing Body. Examples of what might be discussed at the termly meetings include ongoing building projects within the school, academic performance and behaviour, as well as addressing any issues arising from recent inspections by Ofsted or Pikuach.
Overall the role of the Governors is to be a ‘critical friend’ to the school.
We always seek to ensure that a quorum is present for each meeting of the full Governing Body and its committees. Where members are unable to attend, they send apologies and ensure that they are fully briefed on any outcomes and action points.
If you wish to contact any of the Governors – you can always leave a message with the school office… we welcome your input.
Meet the Governors
Dan Sacker (Foundation Governor & Chair)
I was delighted to be made a Foundation Governor of Hasmonean Primary in October 2015, and became Chair of Governors in November 2016. Together with my wife Michelle, we have three children in Hasmonean Primary. My background is in political management, public relations, communications and strategy. Since 2013, I have run the private office of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, having previously worked as his Director of Communications, Programming and Strategy in the Office of the Chief Rabbi between 2011 and 2013. Prior to that, I worked for JNF UK as Director of Communications and as a lobbyist at Weber Shandwick Public Affairs. I studied Politics and Modern History at Manchester University and received a Masters in Political Management from The George Washington University in Washington DC.
Michael Abramson (Foundation Governor)
I joined the governing body as a Foundation Governor in 2017. I have four daughters, three of whom are currently in the school. I have been actively involved in other areas of communal life for a number of years, most recently as treasurer of Alei Tzion synagogue. I am an actuary and a partner in an actuarial consulting firm, with around 15 years of professional experience in the fields of pensions and insurance, where I have seen governance used effectively in both small and large organisations.
Richard Goldstein (Foundation Governor & Admissions)
I became a Foundation Governor in the summer of 2014. In my professional career, I am a partner in a City law firm specialising in advising pension funds, with a focus on governance, which plays an increasingly important part in ensuring a well-administered pension scheme. I also help with the management of my department, including mentoring junior lawyers and running appraisals. I believe that both my interest in governance and my management skills are important for my Foundation Governor role. I have taken on responsibility for evaluating the School’s performance data.
Daniel Hanstater (Foundation Governor & Security)
A Foundation Governor since 2011, I am responsible for school security and am also part of the Curriculum Committee, where I am the liaison for ICT. I have a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and have worked in ICT for over 15 years, across multiple industries including Telecommunications and Banking. I liaise closely with the Community Security Trust (CST) to ensure the safety of the school and I was also involved in an upgrade of the school’s ICT systems. With children in the school, I am passionate and supportive in ensuring its continued success.
Liz Masters (LEA Governor & SEND, Safeguarding)
As a qualified primary teacher for 22 years, I feel able to say with whole-hearted confidence that I have experience of primary education – both Jewish and non-Jewish schools. I have held several different positions within several different schools, from managerial (including mentoring) to the role of support, as well as working for several years as a teacher within Binoh. I was elected as a Parent Governor in 2008 after a few years of chairing the PTA, and was then asked to become a Foundation Governor. I feel privileged to be able to assist the school wherever I can. Currently I hold the role of SEN link Governor and am also the named Governor for Safeguarding. Both these areas are part of everyday life for a teacher.
Irene Abda (Staff Governor)
I became a Staff Governor in 2010. I am a teaching assistant working mainly in Year 1 and Reception and also support Years 3 and 4. I have a B.Sc. (Hons) Sociology plus educational qualifications in areas such as Early Years, Literacy and Numeracy, and am I qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. I have worked at Hasmonean since 1997, prior to which I was a supply nursery assistant in many of the established Jewish nurseries in the borough. Before working in education, I was a social worker for Hackney Borough Council for three-and-a-half years, first in an area team and then in the newly-formed Homeless Families Unit, when it was run by Social Services.
Lucinda Glasser (Staff Governor)
I have been teaching in the school since September 2002. Currently the Year 4 teacher, I also have responsibility for computing across the school. I have been a Staff Governor since 2010 and I am also a parent in the school. I believe that my knowledge of the school as both teacher and parent helps me to be an effective governor. I am a member of the Communication Committee and keep the school’s website and Facebook up to date.
Harvey Freeman (Foundation Governor & Finance)
I was elected a Parent Governor in October 2015, having previously served on the Board at Woodhouse Sixth Form College and as a Non-voting observer at Mathilda Marks-Kennedy (MMK) Jewish Primary School. Although (as a Chartered Accountant) my main area of expertise at both schools was finance, I became more widely involved; at MMK, other tasks included membership of the Kodesh committee and fully revising the school prospectus. Since joining the Hasmonean Governing Body, I have become liaison for Numeracy on the Curriculum Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Married to Miriam, who is Secretary to the PTA, I am an active member of Hendon United Synagogue. We have two children, Nathan (Reception) and Abigail (aged 2).
Britt Jacobs (Burstein) (Foundation Governor & Curriculum)
I moved to the UK from South Africa in January 2000. I am the mother to Jessica (Year 3) and Micah (Year 1) and married to Martyn. I am qualified as an Occupational Therapist and specialise in Paediatrics. As Head of Children’s Occupational Therapy in the NHS for over 10 years, I gained staff management skills and an understanding of governance. I have since worked in many local Jewish primary schools as well as being contracted to Barnet LEA, Kisharon and Norwood to provide therapy to children and training for teachers and parents. This has allowed me first-hand experience of seeing what works well and what might further improve Hasmonean. Elected Parent Governor in November 2012, I currently chair the Curriculum Committee. I feel passionately about our children receiving the best-quality education and at the same time being happy and fulfilled individuals who love coming to school and learning.
Leonora Weil (Parent Governor & Staffing)
I have four children, three in Hasmonean Primary school, and was elected parent governor in 2017. I am an NHS Public Health doctor with an interest in national policy and strategy for Child Health. I have worked with local, national and international health organisations on projects including prevention of epidemics, childhood obesity and student mental health. I have experience in formal and informal education from primary school to university level and worked with children and young people in ensuring that they are heard when decisions are made about their health and care.
Morris Cohen (Parent Governor & Premises)
BIOGRAPHY TO COME
Rabbi Ginsbury (School Principal)
I have been senior Rabbi at Hendon United Synagogue (Raleigh Close) since February 1999. My wife Judy and I both have a strong connection with the Hasmonean ‘family’, having respectively been pupils, during the 1970s, at what were then the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools (Judy also spent time as a pupil at our very own Primary School). I was honoured to be invited to join the School as Principal in 2003, having had much previous involvement with various communal projects and educational institutions, especially during my years in Manchester. I value the opportunity my role affords me to relate meaningfully to children and staff at a level appropriate to each of them. I am frequently on-site for meetings or class visits or to address an assembly. I attend Governing Body meetings in an ‘observer’ capacity and also thereby contribute to the strategic and practical development of our School.