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 Globe 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 Globe Academy.
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 Globe 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, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website here.
our local governing body
Globe Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:
- Six to 10 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.
- The Principal
- Two parent governors
- One teaching staff governor
- One non-teaching staff governor
- One local local authority representative
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. At Ark Globe Academy, a Finance Committee made up of four governors meet three times a year to support the overall work of the LGB.
contacting the governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Louise Garcia (Louise.Garcia@arkonline.org). All Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.
Matt Jones (principal)
Jacqueline Russell (chair)
An experienced Director with expertise in developing young teams and in helping organisations going through rapid change. Others have described me as ‘highly driven with a strong moral purpose’ and I am passionate about working with organisations dedicated to positive social change. I have over ten years’ experience as a Director in the commercial and charitable sectors, including lottery, retail and property, and over five years’ experience as a Trustee.
Strong analytical skills enable me to identify an organisation’s strategic aims and to evaluate the projects that will fulfil them effectively. I have a reputation for getting things done and have been told that I am able to ‘balance specialist expertise and gravitas with empathy and trust’. I believe in establishing a workplace culture that runs smoothly and offers a safe but challenging environment for individuals, from students to staff, to achieve and develop.
Jacqueline Russell joined the Ark family six years ago as COO, then CEO of The Future Leaders Trust. Jacqueline helped lead The Future Leaders Trust in its merger with Teaching Leaders, to become the new organisation Ambition School Leadership. She has also been Commercial Director for Ark, helping develop sustainable business plans for schools. She became CFO of Ark in 2017. She has been Chair of Governors since 2013.
Prior to joining Ark, Jacqueline held a number of Finance Director roles in the private sector. She qualified at Price Waterhouse and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Abdulrazak Ajab (staff governor)
I have been teaching since 1999, and, though over the years I have enjoyed teaching a range of subjects, I specialize in Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
I have worked in both single and co-education schools in Inner London for 20 years as both a teaching assistant and as a qualified teacher, and this experience at both the front and the back of the classroom has given me a unique insight into the classroom environment. It is an environment in which I thrive and I cherish the opportunities it provides, opportunities to inspire and motivate young people and to guide them along the path to academic success.
Keith Gaines (Vice Chair, Finance Committee Chair, Finance Link and Safeguarding Link Governor)
I beileve passionately in the power of education to change lives. I regard myself as being fortunate in this regard. Brought up in West Yorkshire and the first person in my family to go to University, I became a lawyer and worked in an international law firm in the City for 28 years. Subsequently, I was the Dean of Nottingham Law School. Now I pursue my outdoor interests; I continue my own education building on my own skills and ability to pass on knowledge. I volunteer with the London Borough of Camden teaching climbing and skills to young people and run the guiding company, Breathe. I have been a Governor with Globe since 2011. I believe that each and every student has the ability to be a caring and compassionate member of society with a positive contribution to make. I believe this takes leadership from the school and hard work and dedication from the students and teachers. By embracing this ethos, students have an opportunity to shine, to change their lives and the lives of those around them.
Francesca Ingram (Ark-nominated Governor)
Francesca Ingram has lived in the Elephant & Castle area since 1998 and is a practising lawyer specialising in corporate crime and investigations in an international law firm in the City of London. She started her career defending individuals, including juveniles, accused of "street crime" at a small high street firm in Camberwell, which included representing her clients at both the police station and in the Magistrates Court. On becoming a mother in 2016, she became more involved in the local community during maternity leave and specifically its children's services. Thus was born her motivation to become more involved in her local community and specifically to invest in children's educational establishments in her borough. Francesca strongly believes that schools and communities, alongside the family, play a crucial role in guiding a child's path and influencing their success in life, so wanted to make a contribution as a school Governor.
Jennifer Travassos (Parent Governor)
Jenny has 15 years of experience in working in senior positions in homelessness. Originally from the US, Jenny moved over to the UK in 2003 and has worked in public service ever since starting as a volunteer in a charity. My son moved to Globe Academy in October 2018 following a difficult time at another school. I am passionate about quality education, life chances for young people and want to use my personal and professional experience to support an academy that has made a significant and positive difference to my son's life.
Richard Tyrie (Ark-nominated Governor)
Richard is a former headhunter, turned serial social entrepreneur that started life at one of the UK’s first Internet ventures in 1995. In 1998, he went on to create and run his own, which went onto becomes one of the UK’s leading online recruitment platforms.
In 2012, he launched GoodPeople' - a social enterprise that works with enlightened leaders across various industries, to deliver social impact people strategies.
GoodPeople are best known for delivering a high profile social impact programme 'GoodPeople at The Shard' - that resulted in 447 unemployed Southwark residents securing good, sustainable jobs
In addition to GoodPeople, until very recently Richard was a long-term Trustee and Director of Unltd - The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs - where he chaired the Awards & Delivery Group with responsibility for funding of thousands of Social Entrepreneurs each year.
Patrick Voss (Ark-nominated governor, SEND Link Governor)
I live in Elephant and Castle and moved here in April 2010. I've always been interested in getting more involved with the local community in which I live, from school and through my education.
As someone with links to corporate life (big and small firms) across London and some internationally, I# particular passionate about opening up opportunities and helping people from all backgrounds be clear on what their potential career options might be; building the skills and contacts to plan their potential route in and also help businesses open their eyes to the wide talent pool that exists outside of their more traditional recruitment approaches.
Hywel Wilson (Ark-nominated Governor)
Hywel is an Elephant & Castle resident and technology general manager, who wishes to contribute to the betterment of his community and help create opportunities for others to succeed.
Hywel was born in South Wales and went to the local inner-city comprehensive school before reading Economics at the University of Bristol. Having spent time working for some of the largest technology service companies in the UK and India - and also a couple of start-ups - he is now responsible for the business with financial services clients for the largest IT services company in the UK, DXC Technology. He also invests in new businesses as well as being on the board of various organisations.
What sets Hywel apart is his can-do attitude. He creates teams to pull together what was thought to be impossible. ‘Just because it hasn’t been done, doesn't mean it can't be done,’ is his mantra. Through being on the local governing board, Hywel will support the Globe Academy leadership to enable all students to achieve their ambitions. He will help ensure that the academy continues to deliver year-on-year improvements whilst fostering a sense of community involvement and commitment by all students whatever their capabilities.
The Register of Interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: Ark Globe Academy Declarations of Interest 2018-19 and Meeting Attendance Log 2018-19.pdf
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.