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 Schools - 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.

Ark’s relationship with the Secretary of State is set out in the Master Funding Agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark Franklin.

PDF iconArk Schools Master Funding Agreement

Ark Franklin Supplemental Funding Agreement

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 Ark Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website.

Our Local Governing Body

Ark Franklin’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Four members appointed by Ark, including the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
  • Ark Franklin's Principal
  • Two parent governors
  • One teaching staff governor

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

The Clerk to the Governors is Vanessa Watson ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit the Ark Schools website

If you have any governance-related queries, please contact the Clerk.

Current Governors

Hugh De Lusignan (Chair) (Inclusion Link Governor)

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.

Diana Brown (Parent Governor)

Diana lives and works in the local area and is currently the Head of Student Support Services and Designated Safeguarding Lead for United Colleges Group.

Diana’s background is in Youth & Community work and this has provided her with a springboard into further education and an extensive knowledge of young people & vulnerable adults but more importantly the community in which she lives and works.  Diana prides herself on being dedicated, passionate and having a can-do attitude and she relishes the opportunity to further develop the ideas she has for the role.

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.

James Ramsden (Ark Appointed Governor)

James lives locally to Ark Franklin Primary and is passionate about education. He is currently the Head of Mathematics at Godolphin and Latymer school having also taught at St Paul’s School for a number of years, working closely with feeder schools and pupils transitioning to secondary. As well as being interested in broadening outreach and promoting STEM, James has used his expertise in the local area to assist pupils at local secondary academies with higher education applications. Away from work, James is enjoying the joys of fatherhood and spending time in the local area with his partner and new baby. 

Matthew Karl Urhammer (Parent Governor)

Matt is a mechanical engineer and business consultant with over 20 years experience in project and programme management.  

Having joined the Ark Franklin community in 2017, with children now in KS2 and entering KS1, respectively, Matt aims to represent parents within the school's governance structure, and in turn to facilitate channels for communication and engagement with parents.

Matt is particularly passionate about the impact of teaching (having spent his formative years across the supper table from two college teachers), and looks forward to supporting Ark Franklin's long term success as we strive to provide the best possible foundation and experience for all students in our community.

Ellie Whitehorn (Ark Link Governor; Safeguarding Link Governor)

Ellie trained to teach through the Teach First programme and spent the next 7 years working in London primary schools, leading on core subjects and mentoring trainee teachers. She is now the Ark Network Lead for Primary English. 

Peter Watkins (Principal)

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 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 Academy - Governor Register of Interests 2022-23.pdf

PDF iconArk Franklin Primary Academy LGB Attendance Log 2021-22.pdf