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.
Hugh De Lusignan
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 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.
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 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
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 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.