Meet the LAB

Name:   Bridget Fagan
Chair of Local Advisory Board
Term of office:    November 2015 – November 2019
I joined the De Beauvoir Governing Body in November 2015. I have been a primary school teacher and Head Teacher in Tower Hamlets for many years. In that role, I had high expectations of what a school can offer for its pupils and families, and of what can be achieved through that home school partnership.  I believe in awakening pupils’ thirst for learning by providing great learning opportunities for all, through a stimulating curriculum with high expectations of success. I am now a Primary Teacher Training tutor for the UCL Institute of Education.  My children were primarily educated in Hackney. Now, as a resident with experience in community schools, I am keen to contribute to the success for children in De Beauvoir School.

Name:  Gareth McCartney

Term of office: October 2017 – October 2021

I joined the De Beauvoir Local Advisory Board in October 2017. I have spent all of my working life (c. 17 years) in investment banking and am currently a Managing Director at UBS. Having two young children about to enter the education process has catalysed my strong interest in the school system. My work with the school will be focused on finance but I look forward to engaging in a wide range of topics. I am committed to working with the broader De Beauvoir LAB team to optimise the outcomes available to all children attending the school.

Name: Jean Charles
Term of office: April 2013 – April 2017

I have been a serving governor in this school for the past twelve years and I am now a member of the Local Advisory Board. I am a committed person who is passionate about education and improving children’s lives. I believe that having continuing high expectations for all children is very important in their school lives. At present I am working as a teaching assistant in a primary school. I am committed to team building and work alongside colleagues to ensure De Beauvoir becomes a good school.

Name: Hilary Ryan
Term of Office: May 2016 – May 2020
I was a member of De Beauvoir’s governing body for two years and was pleased to be asked to be a member of the Local Area Board. I am very experienced in school improvement work and have also worked as a headteacher. I currently work for Hackney Learning Trust as a Leadership and Management Adviser.