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Governor Information


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Governor Information​

The Governing Body meets regularly for both full governing body and individual committee meetings. Parents and carers may put forward items for discussion through parent governors and may also attend the first part of a full governing body meeting.

Governors 2023-2024

Dean Britton is the Director of Inclusion, Opportunity and Welfare at Haringey Sixth Form College, and has worked at H6FC for four years, responsible for the provision of SEND and a Level Five trained Safeguarding Lead.

With over 16 years’ experience working in the Further Education sector, he’s previously worked at City and Islington College, and Lewisham Colleges.

He is delighted to be a Governor of The Mulberry Primary School and eager to help the school deliver excellence for our pupils, staff and community.

  • A member of Haringey Council since 1990
  • Lives local to the school
  • Member of the Council Scrutiny Panel of Children and Families
  • Former Mayor of Haringey
  • Former Chair of Governors of Northumberland Park School
I was brought up in Chelmsford, Essex but attended Tottenham Technical College as a Nursery Nursing student in the 1970’s, where I met my future husband. When we married I moved to Tottenham and worked at The Mulberry Primary School in the nursery (or Parkhurst Infants as it was then) for 2 years until I had my children.

They were brought up in Tottenham and we plan to stay here for many years to come as we love the diversity of cultures, that we can learn from, who share our community. I now have 2 of my grandchildren in the school, the eldest started in the nursery in 2012 and is now in year 3, the second has been in the nursery since September 2016 and have 2 more younger ones to follow.

I can be seen daily in the playground. I enjoy attending activities like assemblies and events and man a stall at the Christmas Fayre. Also my work as a foster carer has brought me into contact with the school and I have always been very happy with the way Looked After Children are welcomed and included. I am the newest (Grand) Parent Governor so please come and say hello if you see me. I am passionate about The Mulberry Primary School and want it to be the best school it can be and have high achieving students who are set up to succeed in life. Learning and Achieving Together.
Imani is a psychology teacher at London Academy of Excellence in Tottenham.

Prior to her role as a teacher, Imani worked as a civil servant contributing towards rehabilitation in South London. During this time Imani also completed a Master’s Degree in Leadership. Imani is very passionate about supporting her local community and is collectively working towards ensuring students of Haringey receive a high quality level of education and guidance.

Jennifer Meech was born in North Middlesex hospital and spent the first few years of her life in Tottenham.  She returned almost a decade ago and is now bringing up her son here.

Jennifer studied English at Cambridge University and then law at City University.  She now works as a commercial barrister in London.

David works as an Innovation Manager at Brink, an organisation that applies creative, innovate thinking to make a positive and lasting difference to the world.  In this role, David is a trained coach who helps teams as they try and solve complex problems, and hopes to build on these skills while working alongside The Mulberry Primary School.  David was born and raised in Evesham, Worcestershire, and has been living in Tottenham since 2019.

Jake is a professional in digital marketing working at a media company in Old Street.  Originally from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, he settled in London after completing a Business Management degree at The University of Reading in 2018.

Beyond work, Jake enjoys spending time in nature cycling and hiking and also plays in a London darts league.  He looks forward to contributing his time and skills to The Mulberry Primary School’s Governing Body.

Michelle Akarsu has worked in Haringey Primary schools since 1998 and was appointed as the Headteacher of The Mulberry Primary School in January 2014. She has previously taught in other London Boroughs, in addition to living and teaching in Turkey. As Headteacher of The Mulberry Primary School she is passionate about working with all families to ensure all children achieve their potential across our diverse community, having relentlessly high expectations of ourselves and others.

My name is Manuela Errigo and I am an Italian teacher.  In Italy, I got my qualification and I started my career in education working as an educator / tutor in after schools and community centres located in deprived areas, cooperating with social services and schools.  I have always worked with children with Special Educational Needs as well as mainstream children supporting them in their educational and social development.

Back then, I realised that a positive start of life for children was, and is, paramount for the future as well as positive role models that make a difference in choices, even though sometimes they have to find them outside the household.

When I came to London, I started to teach and decided that I wanted to work in areas where I could bring my experience trying to make a difference, helping children that needed it the most.  When I came to Mulberry, I felt at home.  I was able to fit easily into the school community and realised how the warmth of the staff reflected on the children and they benefited from the positive energy.  I am working in the Provision for Autism and am so proud of the work that we do and the support we receive from Management.  Children make progress every day thanks to the efforts of the members of staff.

Being a Staff Governor is an honour and grants me the responsibility to maintain the positive atmosphere that can help everyone (colleagues and children) to grow.

I was born, raised and educated in Tottenham, having resided in the area for 28 years now.  I used to attend Bruce Grove Primary School, and after leaving school, in my teenage years I was an honorary member of their PTA often assisting at the many events organised.  Since I can remember, I have always had a keen interest in working alongside youth and adolescence within an education setting.  After I had my daughter, I decided to make these interests a reality and enrolled in the University of East London when she was 9 months old on the Education Studies course.  I graduated in 2020 with 1st Class Honours and I am now embarking on a career within Counselling provisions; my long-term goal is to open my own counselling practice, tailored towards youth and adolescence from low socio-economic areas.


Alongside being a Parent Governor, I am also a part of the PTA at The Mulberry Primary School and you will often see me in the playground on Tuesday’s helping with the Felix Project, and at the various events that we have and will be holding.  I am passionate about the elevation of The Mulberry Primary School and improving the schooling experience for the students and staff alike.

Mizanur became a parent governor in 2022 and sits on the Resources Committee.           

He has a strong connection with the local area (having lived here for 30+ years!) and highly appreciates the rich cultural and ethnic diversity it offers. 

Mizanur is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the ICAEW. He has 15 years’ experience of working in Banking and Finance. 

Mizanur holds an Bachelor’s degree from Cass Business School and has also completed an Executive Leadership Program from the University of Oxford. 

In his spare time, he enjoys cycling and has recently started learning to sail. 

I have a strong connection having grown up in Tottenham for most of my life.  I attended Gladesmore Secondary School so the education in the Tottenham area is important to me, especially now that my daughter attends The Mulberry Primary School.

After the support and care from my teachers, I went onto complete an Undergraduate Degree in Radiography and continue my educational journey to Post Gradulate level.

I am a Radiographer by profession and I am currently the General Manager of the Radiology Department at the Whittington Hospital and the new Community Diagnostic Centre located in the Wood Green Shopping Mall.

I am excisted to be a Parent Governor and to support The Mulbery Primary School in achieving even greater things than it already has.

Natalie has lived in Tottenham all her life and she has three children, one that is in Year 2 at The Mulberry. Natalie has worked at The Mulberry for twenty one years, initially as a lunchtime support worker then in the Provision for Autism as a learning support assistant. Natalie now works in Year 6 as a teaching assistant. She is very passionate about her job and enjoys seeing the progress that children make by the time they leave The Mulberry. 

My name is Anita Gray I have been teaching for overs 20 years in Primary Schools in Inner City mainly in North London. I have vast teaching experience and have used this to good effect in a variety of roles within the primary education sector, such as School Governor, Phase Leader for Key stage 1 & Phase Leader for Lower Key stage 2, and also as an External Moderator for Key Stage 1 SATS for the borough of Haringey. I thoroughly enjoyed my role as a school Governor at the Mulberry Primary School, and now I am delighted to have been elected as an associate Governor for this school. It would be my pleasure to continue supporting BAME children and adults to ensure that a diverse curriculum is embedded and is a true reflection of the demographic area; to ensure that a broad, balanced and reflective curriculum is taught throughout the school. I am very passionate about teaching, and currently enjoy working with a year 2 class, and look forward seeing these young minds develop academically so that they can fulfil their potential not only in this school, but in their future education.

Voting Rights on Committees

The Governing Body (GB) reaches its decisions using a voting system, and may delegate particular tasks to be decided, through a vote, to a sub-Committee. When Committees vote on matters, Associated Members may also vote providing the Full Governing Body has previously given them this right and have had this decision minuted. Associate Members may be excluded from any part of a Committee meeting should an item of business concern an individual member of staff or a pupil. In the event of a deadlock, the Chair of the Committee will have the casting vote. All decisions of the GB’s sub-Committees should be reported back to the GB at its meetings and recorded in the minutes.

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