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 Sakina Marzban (sakina.marzban@arkonline.org) 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 & Safeguarding 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.

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.

Kayt Hall (Parent Governor / Pathways & Enrichment Link Governor)

My career has spanned 20 plus years working in advertising specifically in production. Having recently decided to change careers in order to have more time with my family, I am switching roles to project managment on house builds within the local area. With this decision I wanted to immerse myself more in the lives of my children and their schooling and take an active part in my local community. I am passionate about ensuring not only my children, but those of the local area are given the best chance they can get in life to be the best they can. This starts with their education. I have happily involved myself with various school events in a bid to get to know the school, its teachers and its pupils better.

James Ramsden (Ark Nominated 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. 

Beth Sangwin (Parent / SEND Link Governor)

Since my daughter joined Ark Franklin in 2015 I have been a big supporter of Ark extra curricula activities, which I have mainly demonstrated by joining the Fork to Fork festival board, and the Parent Teacher Association. As an Early Years practitioner myself, I am keen to help the children of Ark grow and fulfill their potential. I'm hoping that my role as Parent Governor will enable me to be the representative voice of every parent and child in the school, and I'm looking forward to help make Ark Franklin the very best it can be, and also to watch us all grow together as one big happy family!

David Williams (Interim Acting 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 2021-22.pdf

PDF iconArk Franklin Academy LGB Attendance Log 2020-21.pdf