Our Governance

Chancellor’s School is part of Danes Educational Trust. Each school within the Trust has a School Board comprising local Governors. The School Board holds four meetings per year. In addition, each School Board has a sub-committee for Admissions and one for Senior Staff Pay and Remuneration.

Danes Educational Trust

Danes Educational Trust governance information



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Devika Adamson

Devika has worked in the finance industry and is a qualified chartered management accountant with over 15 years’ leadership experience.  She works as a Finance Director for a global firm.  Her responsibilities have included implementing a new global business transformation program and system as well as the key organisational changes required to support this; and managing a global team supporting finance, planning and control in over 150 countries. Devika was based on New York for 3 years of her career and had the opportunity to work with global colleagues. As a result she has first-hand experience of different people and cultures and strongly believes in the importance of diversity in all areas of society. 

Devika also believes strongly in the importance of education and lifelong learning, having supplemented her school and university qualifications with a postgraduate qualification in accounting to help her develop her career.

Devika was raised in Enfield and now resides in Hertfordshire with her husband and toddler son.  Her hobbies include cooking, unsuccessfully growing veg in her garden (still trying) and running (if the weather is good). 

Appointed by the Danes Educational Trust


Peter Branston

Peter worked in senior leadership positions in industry for many years before retraining as a teacher of French and German, gaining his PGCE at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Having studied for his Batchelor's degree in French and German at Aston University in Birmingham, Peter took a master's degree in European Management at Cranfield School of Management, and subsequently entered the business world, working for a number of blue-chip organisations including Scholl, Coopers & Lybrand, Glaxo Smithkline, Technicolor, Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Avery Weigh-Tronix, ERIKS and De La Rue. Many of his roles included global responsibilities, and he has extensive experience of working in different cultures across the world.

In addition to teaching French and German, Peter has recently taken on the responsibility of developing and delivering the Personal Finance course that is offered to all year 12 students at Chancellor's. Peter is married to Brigitte, a French national, and they have three adult children. A keen former rugby player, Peter continues to stay fit by cycling, running and visiting the gym on a regular basis.

Staff Governor


Janice Buoy

Acting Chair of Governors

Janice is a retired teacher with 44 years of teaching experience, 25 of which were as an Assistant Head in a North London Secondary School. My specific responsibilities included SEND, LAC, Safeguarding, Gifted & Talented, Mentoring/Counselling as well as  NQT Induction and Student Leadership.

In addition, Janice has also been an elected member of the English Schools Athletics’ Association National Executive for 35 years.

Janice is the link Governor for SEND.

Appointed by the Danes Educational Trust


Beverley Christoforou

Beverley has worked in education for over 20 years, having time off in between to have two sons. Starting as a teaching assistant after completing a degree in Psychology, then embarking on a Masters degree in Forensic Psychology from Leicester. 

Having taught across North London and Hertfordshire in secondary schools as the Head of Psychology within A Level departments and now the head of Psychology at Queenswood School. Teaching Psychology, and Sociology to the 16-18 age range as well as UCAS preparation and EPQ. Beverley enjoys all aspects of teaching and learning and working with students to prepare them for university. Alongside this, utilising the topics within the subjects to improve students awareness of mental health and how to improve this.

Elected by parents


David Croston


David was appointed Headteacher and started in his post at Chancellor's in January 2012, having worked in senior leadership in a number of positions at various London schools. He read maths at Warwick and, after graduating, completed his PGCE and then entered the teaching profession. He has two secondary aged children.


Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal


Fazana Farook

Fazana has worked in education since 2008. Having qualified as a secondary English teacher in Tower Hamlets, London. Fazana has worked in a range of schools across London and Hertfordshire as an English teacher, EAL Coordinator and Lead Practitioner in English, literacy and KS2-3 transition. She was an experienced member of whole school teaching and learning teams, delivering a range of CPD, establishing and running mentoring and coaching schemes for experienced colleagues as well as overseeing beginner teachers who were undertaking their teacher training programmes and transitioning into the early career stage of teaching.

Fazana currently works for the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Education at the University of Hertfordshire. She is a senior lecturer in initial teacher education, the ITE lead for EAL, the subject lead for secondary English and Progress Tutor for the Secondary ITE Programme. She has a particular research interest in language acquisition and multilingualism and is an executive committee member for NALDIC (the EAL subject association). Fazana is currently undertaking research that focuses on perceptions of multilingualism in initial teacher education and how these attitudes impact both multilingual beginner teachers and multilingual school children.

In her spare time, Fazana is a regular tennis player and is currently enjoying learning Welsh in order to revive her Cardiff accent.

Appointed by the Danes Educational Trust

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Sophie Page

Sophie is a Professor of Medieval History at University College London, with particular research interests in medieval religion, science and nature. Sophie has been teaching for 20 years and loves history and working with university students. Before starting as a university teacher she spent a year at art school and a year teaching English in Vietnam. Alongside teaching, she has curated exhibitions, organised events and written guides for schools on the history of magic and medieval animals.

Sophie lives in Hatfield and has two children at Chancellor’s. She enjoys painting, helping rehabilitate hedgehogs and watching bats appear at dusk in her garden.

Elected by parents

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Chancellor’s School Local Governing Body Membership – last updated February 2022

Membership of School Board

Attendance records

chancellor’s School Board Attendance 2022-2023

Business (and financial) interests

Financial Information

Declarations of Interests  - october 2023