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 email@example.com
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 Titilola Kehinde (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please contact them if you have any governance-related queries, or would like to contact one of the governors.
Shachi Amdekar is a development economist and Chartered Manager by background. She is a Civil Servant currently working on foreign policy issues at the UK Cabinet Office. Prior to this, she worked in trade and foreign policy roles both in London and overseas, focusing on economic security, multilateral and trade negotiations and trade strategy. Before joining the Civil Service, she worked in private equity and education consulting, and completed her MPhil and PhD at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
Gulnaz Can Pincis
A Peckham resident since 2016, Gulnaz is originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She worked at Ark Globe Academy as their Marketing and Media Manager between 2017 and 2022, while continuing to work as a freelance journalist both for Turkish and UK media. Gulnaz is co-founder and former chair of the board of trustees of the charity GlobalGirl Media UK. Gulnaz is passionate about the purpose of Ark Globe, social justice, and committed to supporting young people of South London through her work and voluntary positions. She holds an MA in Sociology and a BA in Arts Management.
Sultan brings over 15 years professional experience working in the financial sector and Civil service. As area Learning lead he has identified and delivered learning to improve capability and opportunities for staff to achieve their potential. As work place equality rep Sultan has reviewed policies ensuring they are fair and inclusive.
Having attended the school previously known as Geoffrey Chaucer he has a vested interest in its success.
As "friends of Ark" member Sultan is working with Ark to introduce a new adult learning programme. Sultan is keen to see Ark Globe become a beacon of equality within the community where all children can thrive and achieve their potential regardless of their background.
Puja Mitra is Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Manager at Ark. She has worked in HR/D&I roles across UK, India, Middle East and South Africa in HR/D&I both as a consultant and in-house roles. Her varied roles and work location has given her an in-depth understanding of different cultures and ways to integrate. She has also worked for multiple voluntary organisations in India and the UK which has given her the exposure to diversity and inclusion on a broader scale not just at work but outside work as well. Puja is multilingual and can in addition to English is fluent in Bengali and Hindi.
Abou is a finance professional, currently working as a primary school business manager. He's also worked for a MAT.
He has previously been a parent governor for his children's primary school.
Abou would like to utilise his vast experience in corporate and schools' management to help Globe Academy achieve its full potential and retain its excellent reputation for academic success.
Josh is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at London South Bank University. He has a passion for education and strongly believes that education has the power to deliver positive change within society and the local community. He has worked within Southwark, starting his career as a registered nurse at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, for over 8 years. He cares strongly about young people, ensuring that everyone has access to a good education and that all students are given the opportunity to flourish within their education.
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 become 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.
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.