Board of Governors



Shirley Lee

Shirley Lee is the Chair of SLJPS’ Trust and Governing Body of Mosaic Jewish Primary School (MJPS). She trained as a teacher in Scotland and was until recently a Principal Lecturer at University of Roehampton working with trainee teachers, experienced teachers and senior school managers. Shirley has lead the development of new initiatives with schools, teacher training providers and organisations both in the UK and Europe and she is an education consultant leading on school improvement, Quality Assurance, mentoring/coaching and professional development. She has experience as an Ofsted inspector, and trainer, Advanced Skills Teacher assessor, consultant to Free schools, performance management consultant and curriculum innovator. Shirley has been involved in the JTTP – Jewish Teacher Training Partnership since its inception and has chaired the Jewish Resource Centre at University of Roehampton for many years.

Sub-committees: Human Resources and Premises, Curriculum and general overview of all committees.

Kate Baum

Kate Baum is the Head Teacher Designate of MJPS. Kate joins MJPS from her role as Head Teacher of Alderbrook Primary School, a multi-cultural school in Balham a role which she has held since 2009.

Kate, as a specialist in primary mathematics, became one of Wandsworth Council’s first Numeracy Consultants and progressed to manage the borough’s Primary Numeracy Strategy.

Kate is a Hebrew speaker and has been actively involved with Jewish communal life in South London for the last 22 years. For most of that time her husband has been an Honorary Officer of Richmond Synagogue at which she has also played a significant role in developing and maintaining the Cheder (Sunday School). She has served on the committee for South London Limmud and developed and ran the children’s programme as well as taking a leading role in planning educational programmes for Family Limmud (now Limmud Fest).

Having spent all her career in multi-cultural mainstream education, the thought of being able to combine the passion she has for being a headteacher, making a difference to every individual in a school, with her personal commitment to a Jewish way of life makes being the head of the new school particularly exciting.

Kate is a graduate of University College London from which she has a BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Science. Following her Post Graduate Certificate in Education, she attained a Masters in Primary Education from Brunel University. She is married with three daughters aged 20, 17 and 11.

David Kelin

David Kelin is the Vice-Chair of SLJPS Trust and MJPS Governing Body.  A Business Studies graduate of Trinity College Dublin, 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 and currently manages the UK business for the partnership. 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.

Sub-committees: Chair of Resources Committee, (Finance, Human Resources and Personnel).


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 Rabobank International a leading food and agribusiness bank. David is married to Carra and they have two young children.  The younger child will be starting MJPS in September 2013.

Sub-committees: Resources – Chair of Finance.

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.

Sub-committees: Chair of Curriculum, Children, Families and Community Committee.

Naomi Reiniger

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.  She has a particular interest in Marketing, Parent Relations, Community Communications and Media Relations.

Sub-committees: Chair of Children, Families and Community Committee.

Marianne Cohen

Marianne Cohen graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Modern Languages.  She taught for many years at Tiffin Girls’ School and Coombe Girls’ School, while her four children were growing up. She has been actively involved with Kingston United Synagogue which has included running the Sunday School (cheder) and the role of Vice-Chair of the Synagogue Board.

Marianne was Vice-Chair of Governors at JFS for 16 years, first in Camden and then, having been heavily involved in the move, at the campus in Kenton. Latterly Brent Council invited Marianne to join the governing bodies of two primary schools, which were in Special Measures.  Thanks to the active involvement of Marianne and her fellow governors both schools are now categorised as good. Marianne also chairs the Schools Admissions Forum for the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames.

Marianne brings significant experience and expertise to the Board of MJPS and a commitment to delivering a Jewish education to the children and families in South London.

Marianne will lead on Admissions and she is the Governor for SEND.

Sub-committees: Resources – Human Resources lead.

Steve Bower

Steve Bower is a buildings and development specialist with an Engineering first degree from University of Cambridge and Masters qualification in Town Planning from Liverpool University.

He has followed a career in social housing with local government and housing associations. Steve has set up new housing developments and innovative finance solutions for affordable housing in and around London.

Steve and his wife Marion have two grown up sons Jacob and Bruno. Steve spent a period as a Parents’ Group member and Treasurer for Flora Gardens Primary School in Hammersmith which his sons attended. He is looking forward to contributing to the development of MJPS’s new permanent building and to supporting its educational ambitions.

Sub-committees: Resources – Premises lead (temporary and permanent).


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