How Ark's governance works
Every school in the Ark network is the legal responsibility of the Ark Schools Board. This board focuses on statutory duties and delegates most day-to-day responsibilities to each school’s individual Local Governing Body (LGB).
This means that our Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
The Ark Schools Decision Making Framework outlines where responsibility and accountability sits for the key functional areas within Ark Schools between the ‘tiers’ of governance.
Our Local Governing Body
Our Local Governing Body (LGB) is made up of 6-10 members – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area. The board generally includes:
- Academy Principal
- Up to two Parent Governors
- One Teaching Staff Governor
- One Non-teaching Staff Governor
- One Local Authority representative
We aim to create a balanced group that will have the right skills, connections and dynamic for the LGB to work well and support the school in achieving exceptional performance. Attributes we look for include:
- Good insight into the specific challenges at the school and the general challenges of operating top-quality schools
- Excellent community links
- Specific skills as needed by/relevant to the school
- A link to the senior executive team of Ark Schools
All appointments are made by the Director of Governance for Ark Schools. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his or her time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.
The LGB meets four times a year.
Becoming a governor
If you have an interest and commitment to improving education, and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our online Governor Application Form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A full programme of induction, training and support is provided. You can see more information, including role specifications here.
Contacting the governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Vanessa Watson (email@example.com). Please contact them if you have any governance-related queries, or would like to contact one of the governors.
A philanthropist and proud family man, who has been fortunate enough in life to enjoy a good education and been successful in business and now tries to spend an increasing amount of time and considerable resources on trying to assist many young people to achieve their potential. Whilst retaining many interests in business (mainly financial businesses, hotel and property businesses) and some in politics (being an active member of the House of Lords) my main passions are Philanthropy, particularly focused on Health, Education and wellbeing of young people (typically 25 and under) to enable them to have active, fulfilled and socially useful lives, encouraging social mobility. My family and I are Involved in and donate to many charities, but our work in Education (of which Ark and Burlington Danes are central) and Children’s Health (of which Ark and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital are central) are the ones that we spend most time on.
Tyronne is a former alumnus of ARK Burlington Danes Academy who now works as an experienced technology advisor within digital, data and technology in the public sector. His current role within the Cabinet Office is to provide assurance for technology spend across government, as well as acting as a UK government representative on governance and assurance best practices for visiting international government delegations. Previously, Tyronne has also worked on helping to develop value for money cases for economic reforms in the developing world. Tyronne has led multiple projects in government to increase awareness of underrepresented groups in the workplace and is excited about working with his old school.
I started my career as a Trainee Medical Laboratory Technician in chemical pathology. Subsequently, I was appointed as the biochemistry department's Departmental Superintendent at Chelsea College, a role that continued until 1989 when a career change led to my appointment as the Senior Training Officer at King's College London. Throughout my career, my peers elected me to a number of representative roles. I served on the governing councils at Chelsea and King’s Colleges. I was branch and London region secretary of the Association of Scientific, Technical and Managerial Staffs (ASTMS). I also played an active part in the university lecturers' association. I maintain that this experience has been a powerful source of knowledge and understanding, contributing significantly to my own professional and personal development. I have been involved in technician training throughout four decades. I constantly strongly advocated that professional added value, via training and development, provides the most effective means to achieve job satisfaction and, ultimately, to successfully compete for career opportunities. I champion a holistic approach to career planning for technical staff. This entails a deep understanding of the external change issues that may have a profound impact on an individual's career development, or even job security. This was why I was appointed to participate in the Higher Education & Technician Education & Development (HEaTED) project (2007 - 2012). I have applied my technical and training experience widely. I worked as a British Council consultant and trainer for universities in Nigeria, Liberia and Libya; as well in a professional advisory capacity to HE institutions throughout the UK. This work is on-going. I continue my highly active role in furthering key issues related to promoting career and professional opportunities for people involved in the technical infrastructure supporting teaching and research in the education sector. In 2012, my lifetime contribution to UK technician professional advancement was recognised by the award of Fellowship of the Institute of Science and Technology. I am currently working with the IST to initiate and establish masterclasses for technician development. I was awarded the MBE 'For Services in Higher Education' in 1994, largely for my involvement in technician training in the UK and in Africa.
I am the Senior Lead Technician at Ark Burlington Danes Academy and Lead technician for the Ark Academy network. I have a real passion for presenting demonstrations to help inspire and enthuse students by making scientific theory visible and understandable to all. My work as a technician has been recognised through multiple awards, including a Rolls Royce special Merit award for work with ICT in science lessons and schools, a Wellcome Trust award as a National Expert STEM Technician, the annual Technician award by the Salters Institute and a Technician of the Year award from Gratnell’s. In February 2019, I was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the first science technician ever to be given that honour in the institute's history. I believe I have a key perspective to bring to meetings and contacts to bring resources or opportunities to the school, science department and students.
I have 17 years’ experience in investment banking, having worked for JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse within the fixed income business. My focus was on structured finance and securitisation, most recently as JP Morgan’s European head of Structured Finance Syndicate. I retired from investment banking in February 2017 and took the decision to work in philanthropy (setting up the Lisa Crispin Charitable Foundation) and to become a Governor at Burlington Danes Academy, as my late wife, Lisa Crispin, was the Founding Principal of Burlington Danes Primary Academy. I hold a BSc in Real Estate from Oxford Brookes University.
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I’ve been vicar of St Helen’s Church, North Kensington since 2006 and a governor at Burlington Danes Academy since 2011. Growing up I benefited enormously from having both a good local Primary School and a good local Secondary School; and so I’m passionate about doing what I can to help Ark Burlington Danes Academy to continue to be an outstanding local school.
Sheila is hard-working and enjoys variety in her work. She has a degree in Theology and customer service experience in the 5* Hospitality Industry. Her knowledge and experiences have enabled her to work with people from a broad social and economic spectrum. Combining her pastoral care, listening skills and insightfulness, she can deliver useful and practical contributions in her service. Alongside these attributes, Sheila has a passion for personal development and dedicates herself to inspire and lead others in their self-discovery.
I have recently become a governor at Ark Burlington Danes, having worked for Ark Teacher Training since June 2019. Before joining ATT, I taught for 8 years and was Head of MFL at an inner-London school for 5 years. I am a passionate linguist, having studied Japanese, French and Spanish and studying abroad for a year in Tokyo. I am looking forward to becoming more involved with Ark on a community level.
Paul Robinson is an experienced and successful school leader who has worked in a range of schools types and settings for over 25 years. Paul has been a Headteacher in a local authority school, supported local government and schools in India, an Executive Headteacher in a large MAT and currently in a smaller MAT in London. A Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, he has an Education Masters focused on 'Developing Emotional Intelligence in Schools' and an Education Leadership and Management Masters exploring the role of Executive Headteachers. He is particularly interested in the impact system leadership can have on securing sustained school improvement, in a time of limited resources.
Gabriella is currently studying for her masters in counselling and psychotherapy at Regents University as well as working as a Samaritan’s volunteer. She works with a council run organisation that provides therapy for parents and careers. She had a previous history of being a Radiographer and was on the child safety team within the department. Her family has a history of involvement with ARK academy schools and Gabriella was keen to carry this forward. She has a keen interest in travel including hobbies such as skiing and scuba diving. She also enjoys spending time with her dog.
Rob is a part of the Ark Ventures team working to incubate, launch and scale initiatives that address some of the most intractable issues in education and society. Before joining Ark, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey, solving key strategic and operational problems for public and private sector clients. Rob is excited to employ his experiences and critical thinking to help elevate the school and address any challenges facing students, parents or teachers.
Daniel is currently the Head of MFL at Ark Burlington Danes Academy and has worked at the Academy since 2019. Daniel has worked with ARK for years, previously holding a Pastoral leadership role in Birmingham. As staff governor he hopes to represent the staff and student body on their journey to becoming Outstanding.