Leadership at Eltham Hill

Erika Podmore

I am extremely proud to be the 9th Principal of Eltham Hill School. I am passionate about teaching and learning and about the difference that education can make to the lives of young people.

I was born in Lincolnshire, went to a comprehensive school in Sussex and moved to London to do a degree in History at Kings College. After a year working in an office, I decided that I wanted to make more of a difference in the world and started a PGCE at the Institute of Education. I then discovered the joy of teaching and I have been teaching in Inner London schools since 1990. After completing a diploma in Educational Leadership and then completing my NPQH I recently took up the position of Principal and am looking forward to continuing to teach and learn in this role.

Navdeep Mand

Navdeep Mand
Senior Vice Principal

I studied Politics and Literature at Nottingham University. I was particularly interested in the international perspective so focused on world politics and American and Post-Colonial Literature. I completed a PGCE in English and more recently an NPQH.

My current role at Eltham Hill is Senior Vice Principal and my main responsibility is Continuous Professional Development (CPD). We aim to provide the best education for our students, and CPD is supporting staff to do this by providing training, guidance, opportunities to share ideas and learn about teaching, learning and leading. As part of this, I am also developing ways for staff and students to enhance their leadership.

My passion for education extends beyond Eltham Hill, as I support a school in Ghana and a charity for young women in Tanzania. I love travelling, reading and politics – all of which enable me to experience and see the world differently. With a strong belief in social justice, I believe education is key – and that is why I love what I do.

Rebecca Crean

Rebecca Crean
Vice Principal

I came to London to read Spanish and Latin American studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London and stayed after I completed my degree. After a year of teacher training, I went straight into schools and I have been in education ever since! I have previously taught in a Sixth Form College and an international school in Shanghai and I have learnt a lot from these experiences. In addition, I completed my Masters in Education and Professional studies at Kings College London.

I was very excited to become Vice-Principal for Post 16 and Partnerships as I really love working with students as they make their journey from school to University, Apprenticeships or the world of work. I am also extremely proud to be the coordinator of the International Baccalaureate and that we are able to offer our students the opportunity to be part of an international qualification.

I am passionate about education and believe that everyone has the right to a successful future. I feel we offer this opportunity to all our students at Eltham Hill School.


Faheem Mohammed
Vice Principal

I grew up in Watford, Hertfordshire and left home at 18 to complete a degree in Sociology and History at Essex University. Whilst completing my degree I already knew that I wanted to teach, which lead me to completing a PGCE at Reading University. Whilst teaching full time, I juggled my MA Education (Psychology) during evening classes at UCL Institute of Education.

My role is Vice Principal for Post 16 and Partnerships. The reason why I chose to go into education was because gaining qualifications from school and university changed my life chances and I want the same for all young people. I believe that a young person’s socio-economic background should not be the determining factor to how well they do at school.

I am currently completing a leadership development course with Future Leaders. Future Leaders is a charity that runs courses for leaders committed to closing the attainment gap and eradicating educational disadvantage in England.


Victoria Delaney
Vice Principal

I grew up as an avid reader amongst the Lancashire hills and later achieved a BA (Hons) in English. After volunteering with a homeless teens’ charity I discovered I loved working with teenagers and decided to go into teaching.

I completed a PGCE in English at Leicester University and moved to London where I have taught for the past 16 years. I am in the final year of a Masters Degree in Leadership and Innovation in Education and passionately support the school’s vision of excellence, happiness and success for all!

My role is to lead outstanding teaching and learning across the school to ensure that all learners are prepared for life in our increasingly interconnected, global society.  Creativity is at the heart of our teaching and learning strategies and the school is fully equipped with iPads and Apple computers to enable learners to take advantage of 21st-century technologies.  Students’ ideas and perspectives are embraced to create powerful collaborative learning opportunities.  Learning takes place within and beyond the classroom in our student conferences, Skype links with communities across the world and through a rich enrichment programme.  Teachers differentiate skilfully for their learners to ensure all our young people are challenged and able to access their learning.

Noelle O’Kelly
Vice Principal

I read Biochemical Sciences at the University of Ulster and completed a Diploma in Higher Education from Trinity College, Dublin.

I have worked for 20 years as a Science teacher. My passion for teaching led me into Science Consultancy and School Improvement Advisory work for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. I worked to ensure all pupils received an excellent scientific education in every secondary school across the borough.

From advisory work I moved into education leadership. As the Vice Principal for Assessment and Standards, I am committed to ambitious standards for all. Assessment has been at the heart of recent government changes in education and is rightly often described as “an engine that drives student learning.” At Eltham Hill we strive to ensure that assessment is purposeful, rigorous and helpful to all our learners and teachers. This approach allows students to evaluate themselves, to make judgements about their own performance and improve upon it.

My aim is to ensure all pupils achieve success and celebrate their progress during their learning journey at EHS.

Diane Godwin
Director of Operations

I’ve been with EHS since 2009 and am currently the Director of Operations for the school. I hold a Business Studies degree and am a qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

My background is from the private sector, previously working in a finance role with Deutsch Bank. Previous to this I worked for a London IT recruitment company and an IT service company in Hong Kong.

As Director of Operations, I have strategic management responsibility for the business functions of the school, in particular, Finance, HR, Administration, Premises and Catering.

Maxine Ferguson

Maxine Ferguson
Vice Principal