Academies are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, many are part of multi-academy trusts – a network of schools under one legal body.

Ark Franklin Primary Academy is part of Ark - a leading education charity and one of the country’s top-performing academy operators. Ark is non-denominational and does not make any profit from running its schools.

The Ark Schools Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website. Ark’s relationship with the Secretary of State is set out in the Amended and Restated Master Funding Agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark Franklin.

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, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Franklin’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Our Local Governing Body

Ark Franklin Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to ten members appointed by Ark, to include the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
  • Ark Franklin Academy Principal/Headteacher
  • One elected parent governor
  • One elected teaching staff governor
  • One elected non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from Brent

Ark aims 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:

  • 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

The LGB meets four times a year.

Contacting the governors

Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.  The current Clerk to Governors is Natasha Brown (

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit If you have any governance-related queries, please email

Current Governors

Janine Ryan (Principal)

Hugh De Lusignan (Chair)

I have worked in finance since leaving Cambridge with a MA in History. My work life has included heading NatWest's UK stockbroking sales division, running Societe General's European equity sales business and founding and floating my own asset management business on the Stock Exchange. I have lived in West London for the last 34 years. My wife and I have raised 2 bilingual children (English and Japanese) who are now at university. I firmly believe that providing a great education is absolutely essential to developing happy, fulfilled and inquiring students who will take their place in the world with confidence.

Virginia Bonham-Carter (Community Link Governor)

I was born and brought up in London. I moved to Queen’s Park, Kilburn when my first child was born twenty one years ago. It is a great pleasure to have Ark Franklin Primary Academy on my doorstep and to serve it as a community governor. I worked in book publishing for approximately twenty five years for companies such as Penguin Books, Faber and Faber and latterly 4th Estate. I am currently active in the local community and have stood but not been elected as a local Councillor. I am also on the West London Board of the charity 'Just for Kids Law'. Both my publishing background and as a trustee of papers donated to the Bodleian Library together with being a parent has led to my interest in and wish to be involved with education, particularly in the vital early years of primary school.

Donna Hirsh (SEND Link Governor)

I have worked in various fields of education for my entire professional life, retiring in 2007. My experiences have included primary and secondary level classroom teaching, school counseling, special needs work, and coordinating community links and volunteer opportunities for parents and students. I have also served on international school accreditation boards, in leadership, training and observer capacities. Since my retirement, I have worked as a volunteer on several community projects, but have been looking for an opportunity to return to an educational setting. I am delighted and honored to be a governor at Ark Franklin, and look forward to working with my fellow governors and with the administration and staff at ARK Franklin.

Adam McCormack (Finance Link Governor)

I am married with four grown up children and have lived in central London for the past 33 years. My career was spent initially as a Stockbroker and then as an Investment Banker in the City, where I worked in fixed income sales. I write regularly on business and economics for an online current affairs magazine. I am a keen golfer, cyclist, and theatre-goer.

David Williams (Teaching Staff Governor)

I am the Deputy Headteacher at Ark Franklin.

Jim De Zoete (Parent Governor)

I have two small boys at the school - one in nursery and one in reception. My wife and I moved to the area in 2012 and have been keen to get involved in the local community from the outset; for example, setting up the Family Fun Run in 2016. I am currently Deputy Executive Creative Director at Red Bee Creative, a design and content agency that was formerly part of the BBC. I am also a documentary maker with a particular focus on sporting films including 'The David Rudisha Story' for BBC Four.  I am a board member of the contemporary dance group, Lost Dog Dance, and am in the process of launching an alternative film school based online. I bring enthusiasm, drive and a desire to represent all the parents, whatever stage their children are at or background they come from.


All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.

The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: PDF iconArk Franklin Governor Attendance and Register of Interest.pdf