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Meet the Governors
Mrs Beverley Johnston
Chair of Governors
Beverley was one of the founding members of the Harris Federation Board. She was Chair of Governors at Harris Falconwood, Vice-Chairman at Harris Westminster and is currently also Chair of Governors at Harris Garrard. She began her career in the travel industry and converted to modern language teaching and then school leadership in Kent. She has an MA in Educational Leadership from the London Institute of Education.
Mrs Tamara Pender
Tamara joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2017. She has a degree in Biochemistry (BCs Hons) and a Masters in Decision Sciences (MSc Distinction). Before becoming a full-time parent, Tamara worked at British Airways as a business analyst in Corporate Sales and a project manager in HR. She currently works as a maths tutor and has two children that attend HAO. Tamara also chairs the Parent Teacher Association Committee (PTA).
Tamara enjoys supporting the local community and along with her involvement at HAO, she volunteers at her local primary school, providing classroom support for numeracy and literacy.
Ms Dana Nelson
Dana started being a governor at Harris Academy Orpington Secondary in January 2017 overviewing drama, media & music classes. She has also Chaired the Finance Committee meetings for the academy since September 2017.
Dana is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and has around 15 years’ experience of working in a finance department for limited companies. She has experience in financial and management accounting, and commercial finance for IT industry, Solar technology and professional services. Since July 2016, Dana has been working as Financial Controller in a retail industry.
Before becoming Accountant, she studied drama and learnt to play an accordion when she was in secondary school.
For the last three years she has also qualified as a Pilates and Yoga instructor and teaches around five classes per week, in her local gym and community.
Ms Susannah French
Prior to joining Harris Orpington as a Sponsor Governor in September 2017, Susannah was a parent Governor in a large secondary school for eight years. During her time there she carried out several roles. These included Chairing the Finance Committee and the Leadership and Management Committee and mentoring new Governors. In addition, she has experience as a Pupil Premium Link Governor and a Health & Safety Link Governor. She is currently the SEN Link Governor at Orpington.
She has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career including Banking, Sales, Fitness and Education. She holds a first-class degree in Law and currently works for a Charity in London, managing the operational side of the organisation.
Mr Erdal Niyazoglu
My name is Erdal Niyazoglu and I am in my second year as a Parent Governor at Harris Academy Orpington.
I have a background in Graphic Design and after leaving Art School, worked designing LP record sleeves. I then moved into the catering business and opened a number of Gastro and Thai restaurants. During this time, I employed over 100 staff and managed the finance of the group. I have now sold all my restaurants and moved into property management. This has allowed me time to be a Governor for our school and a Chair for Darrick Wood Juniors.
I look forward to the challenge ahead with this active roIe. I am delighted and privileged to have an opportunity to serve as a Governor and to work with the staff and Governing Body, to strive and ensure that the school's high standards and achievements are maintained, and myself having five years of being a Governor under my belt, will also help the school.
I am also looking forward to my sons natural and excellent progress at our school.
Mr Peter Harris
I have been a Governor for over 25 years at various Harris Academies, including Harris Academy Crystal Palace and Harris Academy South Norwood during its start up. At Crystal Palace I am the Currently the Chair Of Discipline, bit have also been on the Finance and General Purpose Committee and the Safeguarding Governor.
I joined Harris Academy Orpington from the start and I am the current Safeguarding Governor; I also have oversight of attendance. I feel we have a strong Governing Body, who will make sure the school gets the most out of its students. I am also a Hon. Fellow of Harris Manchester Collage Oxford, where I have been on the Investment Committee for over 10 years.
I currently work for Tapi carpets and floors as one of the Buyers and I have been there for three years. During my spare time I love to Cycle, walk my Lurcher Billy and read Autobiography’s.
Ms Naku Seushi
Naku Seushi joined the Governing Body in September 2018. She is a Chartered Accountant and works in financial services industry. Naku’s experience includes governance, financial management and reporting.
Naku has a passion for Education and enjoys being active in the community. Her hope is to make a positive contribution to the school’s success.
She enjoy most sports, walking, local community activities and spending time with her two children.
Mr Andrew Griffin
Andrew joined the Governors Board at Harris Academy Orpington in January 2019. Andrew currently holds the position of Lead Science Consultant at the Harris Federation, having initially joined the Harris Federation in 2006 as Science Coordinator for Harris Merton.
Andrew received his PGCE from the Institute of Education in 2000 having spent ten years prior to that, in academic and industrial biomedical research. He is an avid collector of classic British motorcycles from the 50's and 60's, which is restricted by the size of his garage.
Mr Ben White
Ben joined the Governing Body as a Sponsor Governor at Harris Academy Orpington in 2017. He has spent the last 10 years working for PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising clients across the UK and internationally on strategy, technology and performance improvement initiatives. Prior to this, Ben worked in financial services and holds a BSc in Economics from Loughborough University.
Ben is also a trustee of the charity Enable Ethiopia which seeks to fund the building of health clinics, schools and water points in a rural part of Ethiopia.
We will be adding to this page with the biographies of our Governors, so please watch this space!