About Our Governors
My name is Kenny Frederick and I have been a governor at Arnhem Wharf for nearly twenty years. I joined the governing body not long after the school opened therefore, I know the school well and am very committed to doing what I can to support the school in its work.
I was headteacher of George Green's School for seventeen years until I retired in 2013 so I know and love the Isle of Dogs very well! I now work as an Education Consultant and I have also become a student again and am about to complete my PhD by December 2017 or soon afterwards.
I have been the Headteacher here at Arnhem Wharf since 2005 and feel privileged to lead such a creative team of children and members of staff. I began my teaching career in Southwark and then worked at another school in Tower Hamlets for ten years, after which I was the Deputy Head in a school in Newham for five years before coming to Arnhem Wharf. I have lived in Tower Hamlets for many years and am very committed to this interesting and vibrant area of London. I love coming here every day as it is a great pleasure to see the children learning and progressing and having fun while they do so. I believe that there is nothing more important than giving children and young people the best possible life chances and I am really proud to work alongside colleagues and members of the wider school community who share this aim.
My name is Lucy Cientanni and I am a secondary school teacher on the Isle of Dogs. I have over 24 years experience working with young people here in Tower Hamlets as well as leading teams.
I offer my enthusiasm and commitment to Arnhem Wharf as well as lots of experience and knowledge of how schools run.
I was born and raised in Australia and have lived in London since 2008. Professionally, I have worked as a management and technology consultant since 1999, primarily for Accenture and Booz & Company. I now work in corporate strategy for Macquarie Group, a global bank headquartered in Sydney.
I have been serving as a co-opted governor at Arnhem Wharf Primary School since 2015. I have long had a passion for supporting youth and have been regularly involved in related charities and support group in Australia, USA and UK. I am honoured to be involved with Arnhem Wharf and hope that I can bring perspectives from my professional experience to assist the school.
My name is Alesha De-Freitas. I have lived in East London all my life and have been a Governor at Arnhem Wharf since 2011, and Chair since 2013. I am passionate about giving all of our children the tools they need to explore the world, through a broad curriculum that encourages them to develop and express their own thoughts and creativity.
I am a Senior Civil Servant in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with a focus on European and international policy making. In 2017, I was awarded an MBE for services to the Digital Single Market and voluntary services to education. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, holidaying and cooking.
As a parent of two children who have attended Arnhem Wharf Primary School, and two children who currently attend as well, I am deeply committed to Arnhem Wharf and its vision and values.
Having lived in East London for the last 14 years, being part of the community and contributing to the school is something that I am very passionate about. I am a firm believer in the power of education and what it can help children to achieve. My own educational background is in Management. I obtained my degree from the University of Algeria. I have also worked in an oil company, in their administration and marketing department. I speak three languages and believe my international perspective can be an asset to the board.
I have been a parent governor at Arnhem Wharf since 2015 and, in that time, I have seen the school rise to the challenges it has faced from a constantly shifting educational landscape. In that time, I have been very proud to be part of a school where each child is celebrated and where the children are encouraged to develop their own sense of self and their identity.
I have been a member of a number of committees and I currently attend all committees and the full governing body meetings. I am also a co-opted member of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in Tower Hamlets.
I am a parent of two children, one of whom has recently moved on to secondary school, via Arnhem Wharf, and one who is currently in Year 2 at Arnhem Wharf.
Having run international hotels for the past 20 years, I have a wealth of knowledge in finance, negotiation and budget preparation; as well as strong people skills and diversity.
My family have lived on the Isle of Dogs since 1998. Hence, my passion for ensuring the school is cared for and governed at an exceptional standard, whilst being part of the community.
My name is Jane Hewland. I spent my working life in TV production. Now I’m retired and a grandmother. I came to Arnhem Wharf as a reading support volunteer in September 2017. I do two afternoons a week working with some wonderful Year 4s. I fell in love with the school and am honoured to have been co-opted as a governor. I will work to extend what volunteers can do to help the staff and the children.
My name is Danny Anson, I am the school premises manager here at Arnhem Wharf and I will have worked here for 22 years in October. The school has been a large part of my life and I am sure it will be for a few more years to come. I bring a lot of building experience with me, which has been a big help through the school's two building extensions. I will continue to work with the school and governing body to keep improving learning of all the pupils who attend Arnhem Wharf.
I am the IT & Communications Officer at Arnhem Wharf Primary School, based in the front office. I have worked with children in one way or another since I was 16, having been a youth volunteer working with children with special needs and disabilities for many years.
I completed my PGCE in 2007 and worked as a qualified teacher for 10 years, mostly in North and East London. I believe that, having experience both in the classroom and in the running of the school from an administrative standpoint, I have a lot to contribute to the school as a governor.
My name is Pat Jones. I have lived on the Isle of Dogs for 26 years. I worked at George Green’s School as a librarian for 17 years and was a school governor for 15 of those years. I am now a librarian in a secondary school in Dagenham.
I am the mother of three boys, who all attended George Green’s, and my grandson came to Arnhem Wharf for a while.
I feel passionately about education and my local community. Being a governor here at Arnhem Wharf is a great privilege, giving me an opportunity to give back to the community and enabling me to put my experience to good use.
I’m Jen and I am pleased to have been a co-opted governor at Arnhem Wharf Primary School since Autumn 2018. Professionally, my background is in human resources and I work as a People & Culture Partner for a tech company.
I firmly believe in the importance of education and am proud to be able to work with the school to contribute to my local community - I grew up in Yorkshire but have lived in East London since 2012.