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


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

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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

Rich Saunders

Appointed by the Danes Educational Trust


Michael Shortt

Michael is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist with particular interests in medicolegal reporting alongside those of clinical and educational training. Having worked in the NHS for over 25 years he values the importance of mentoring and empowering others within a diverse and inclusive setting.

Michael lives with his family in South West Hertfordshire and spends his free
time playing tennis and reading psychological thrillers.

Appointed by the Danes Educational Trust

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Rachel Smith

Rachel works as a Consultant in Public Health in local government supporting the strategic development of programmes that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with challenging circumstances. She also supports the local authority response to managing the health of asylum seekers, bringing primary care closer to neighbourhoods and the promotion and protection of mental health. 

For the rest of the week Rachel is the Head of School of the London Public Health Speciality Training Programme. This involves a range of challenges to develop the postgraduate medical training of registrars on a five-year training scheme. As with all medical specialities leading this work involves the strategic needs of the NHS and partners across London, which means Rachel is always talking to someone about something. 

Rachel has 2 children, her son is in Year 10 at Chancellors and her daughter in year 6 is hopefully joining in Sept 2024. Rachel is very keen on promoting reading. 

In her spare time Rachel reads voraciously, plays in a brass band, and keeps bees in her garden. 

Appointed by the Danes Educational Trust


Ian Walsh

Elected Staff Governor

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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