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Mr. J. Vennis, BSC, P.G.C.E (Chairman)
Julian is Director of the World City Links, a dynamic and exciting organisation which shares education, skills and government expertise between London and other cities throughout the world. Julian has led many UK delegations to countries such as China, Brazil, Thailand and Canada where professionals can share expertise and build networks of good practice.
Julian is also an expert on international professional development for teachers, establishing joint curriculum and transnational delivery of courses.
Under Julian’s leadership, World City Links has developed over 100s of curriculum partnerships between London and other world cities, and supported inter-government forums, including ministerial delegations and established leadership programmes for education leaders in London and abroad. Julian is also involved in knowledge transfer of mega events such as the Olympics between Beijing to London and now between London and Rio De Janeiro particularly around the areas of skills and workforce preparation.
Prior to this Julian was the ICT Manager in an inner London Education Department for 6 years and has held other senior positions in London Local Authorities. He was also a teacher and head of department in a comprehensive school.
Julian is also the Director of a schools Education ICT Company.
Charlene White is a British journalist and newsreader. Charlene is currently employed by ITN where she presents on ITV News and ITV London. She is a former Blackheath High School pupil.
Charlene was born in South London. She attended Blackheath High School in South East London and graduated from the London College of Printing.
Charlene was a presenter and Senior Broadcast Journalist at BBC Look East, Radio 5 Live Morning Reports, BBC Three 60 Seconds and BBC News. She also had her own late night talk show on BBC London 94.9.
In 2002 she joined Radio 1 Newsbeat and their sister digital station 1Xtra as a reporter. In 2005 she teamed up with DJ G Money as presenter on 1Xtra's 2-hour news, magazine and documentary programme TX. She has also previously worked as a reporter and producer on ITV's Meridian network in Kent.
Charlene presents the ITV News at 5:30 on ITV and London Today bulletins which air during Daybreak for ITV London, a position she has held since 2008. She also occasionally presents the Sunday lunchtime edition of the ITV News since 2009.
After high school Jenny studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. She then spent three years working in Switzerland further developing her linguistic and professional skills. Returning to London Jenny then worked her way up through the commercial world culminating in running her own manufacturing business, becoming a Liveryman of the Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers and a Freeman of the City of London.
Jenny educated her two daughters at Blackheath High in the 90s. Having recently retired Jenny says “I am looking forward to being of use to the Governing Board with the wealth of experience I have gained in my commercial life and from the perspective of being both a pupil and a parent.”
Judith has been a parent at Blackheath High School since 2003 and currently has a daughter in each of the Junior and Senior Departments. During most of that time she has been actively involved with the BHSA and has chaired that organisation since 2005.
A product of a single sex education herself Judith went on to study law at Durham University and spent her career as a solicitor in British industry (ICI and GEC) and a French multinational (Alcatel) specialising in troubleshooting complex engineering contracts.
Judith says that she is excited to be invited to join the Governor team and hopes to be able to make a contribution based upon being a parent and being actively involved with other parents in the school.
Lydia Fitzpatrick is mother to two of our senior school girls and is one of our parent govenors.
As a resident of Westcombe Park for 20 years, Lydia is a former journalist who works as a senior manager in government marketing and commmunications. Her career has included stints as a press and public relations adviser at Scotland Yard, advertising campaign manager for the Home Office and senior communications manager for energy regulator Ofgem. She also spent several years as a volunteer for Greenwich Victim Support. She said: “I was delighted and honoured to be appointed a governor for Blackheath High School and will do my best to represent the interests of parents and play an active role in school life.”
Rebecca Russell (details to follow)