Board of Governors

David Kelin


David Kelin is the Chair of SLJPS Trust and MJPS Governing Board.  He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (B.Sc Mgmt) and of the College of Marketing and Design in Dublin from which he holds a Diploma in Advanced Marketing Techniques (Degree). He also holds a Certificate in Cash Management from the Association of Corporate Treasurers in London. He has worked in the area of treasury and cash management for a number of global banks and in 2001 set up his own consultancy company. He sold this in 2008 and became a partner in a large European treasury consultancy. In 2014 he sold his partnership and set up a new company specialising in Treasury consulting.  He has been involved with the MJPS since its inception. David’s daughters Liat and Yael were some of the first graduates from South London’s first Jewish nursery when it opened 20 years ago.

Chair of Resources Committee




Jo Dallal has worked in education for the last 25 years.

Her first degree was in Sociology ( B.Sc. Hons) University of the Southbank followed by a B.A.(Honours) in Social work from Bar-Ilan University. She has several Early Years and Management qualifications and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is Head of Higher Education, Counselling and Early Years at Kingston College where she is the Director of the Foundation Degrees in Early Years which are validated by Kingston University.  Jo has previous experience as a school governor

She acts as an external examiner for Bath Spa University and University of Wales.








Nicolette Hartell is a parent governor. She grew up in New Zealand and graduated from Massey University with a degree in English and Social Anthropology. Nicolette worked in the parliamentary service in New Zealand before moving to London to work in the civil service in both the Education and Health departments. Nicolette now runs her own childcare business and has two boys, the eldest began Reception at Mosaic in 2015.

Committees – Curriculum and Achievement, Marketing group








Carina Fernandes is the class teacher for Year 3.  She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and a wealth of experience in working with young children in Portugal, the United States and in London. Carina has a particular interest in special educational needs. She is  fluent in  both  English and Portuguese.

Committee: Curriculum and Achievement

Judith Ish-Horowicz

Judith Ish-Horowicz graduated with a degree in music from Leeds University, after which she trained as a teacher in her home town of Manchester and went on to be Head of Music at a London comprehensive school. After the birth of her 4 daughters, Judith moved into Early Years Education opening Apples and Honey Nursery (Ofsted rated Outstanding) in Wimbledon in 1991. Judith is an Ashdown Fellow, an education consultant and a Limmud volunteer. She was awarded an MBE for Services to Early Years Education in 2010.

Chair of Curriculum and Achievement Committee, Children, Families and Community Committee


David Kane grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance. In 1990 he moved to New York where he worked in the financial markets for 10 years. In 2001 he relocated to London for a position with a leading food and agribusiness bank. David is married to Carra and they have two young children. The younger one was part of the inaugural reception class of MJPS and started Year 1 at the school in September 2014.

Committees: Resources  – lead for finance and fundraising

Shirley Lee







Shirley Lee is a governor and the founding chair of the Governing Board until April 2017.   She was previously vice-chair of governors in a Surrey primary school and has also been on the Governing Body of a Wandsworth school. She trained as a teacher in Scotland but completed her Masters Degree in England.  She was a Principal Lecturer at University of Roehampton until 2011, working with trainee teachers, experienced teachers and senior school managers. Shirley has led the development of new initiatives with schools, teacher training providers and organisations both in the UK and Europe. She is an education consultant leading currently on school improvement and quality assurance . She has experience as an Ofsted inspector and trainer, Advanced Skills Teacher assessor,  performance management consultant and curriculum innovator. Shirley was involved in the Jewish Teacher Training Partnership for many years and was Chair of the Jewish Resource Centre at University of Roehampton.

Committees: Resources, HR, Curriculum and Achievement Committees, supports marketing group.






Naomi Reiniger is a PR consultant turned full-time mother of two. Naomi’s involvement with MJPS started when she was asked to help promote the idea of a Jewish school amongst her fellow parents at Apples & Honey Nursery. Her passion and commitment to the project has grown and, with both her children now at school, her level of involvement has escalated. Having grown up in Devon as the only Jewish child in her school, she is very excited by the cross communal and multi-faith model for MJPS and how it reflects the world in which she and her husband Andrew enjoy raising their two young children. As well as her PR career, Naomi has worked for the John Lewis Partnership and, within the Jewish Community, she was a fieldworker for the Union of Jewish Students.

Committees: Children, Families and Community Committee, Marketing Group.

LTA Colleague: Vicky Williams - HR. Feb '13







Vicky Williams was appointed to the Governing Body in September 2014. She is an experienced HR Director starting her career in retail in Marks and Spencer. She then went to join the Compass Group as an HR Manager leaving 21 years later as an HR Director. Recently Vicky joined the Lawn Tennis Association as their Director of People. She has supported the new CEO in recruiting his senior team and sits on the LTA Executive. For 10 years up to 2011 Vicky was Chair of Governors at Sheen Mount Primary School in East Sheen. During her time as Chair, the school built a new hall, became a phased 3 form entry and playing to Vicky’s recruiting skills recruited 2 Deputies and a new Headteacher. During the last few years she has missed being part of school life and is looking forward to being part of the MJPS community. She is married to a barrister and has twins aged 17 who leave school next year.

Committees:  Resources Committee – lead for HR and Pay group, Behaviour and Safeguarding;

Associate Governors


Judy photo

Judy Thwaites was a Primary School teacher in Kingston before leaving to raise her family and has since worked in Jewish Education for thirty years. She was joint head teacher of the supplementary Religion School at Kingston Liberal Synagogue for many years as well as teaching adults and organising residential community retreats. She has an Advanced Diploma in Jewish Education and MA in Religious Education and has had training in Facilitation Skills for Parent Education. She worked as an Education Consultant at Leo Baeck College, Department of Education developing resources for teaching about Judaism to non-Jewish pupils and then at Liberal Judaism, creating an online curriculum for Religion Schools, and organising informal Education courses for adults and children. A former President of Kingston Liberal Synagogue, Judy was Chair of the Kingston Synagogues’ Holocaust Workshops Committee providing Holocaust Education for schools.

Committees: Chair of Children, Families and Community


Councillor Sue McKinney 

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Committees:  Children, Families and Community, marketing group


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