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. 

PDF iconArk Schools Master Funding Agreement.pdf

PDF icon Globe Supplementary 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 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 and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website here.


The LGB meets four times a year. 

The Clerk to the Governors is Titilola Kehinde ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please see here. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact the Clerk.


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.

Current governors

Patrick Voss (Chair, Ark Appointed 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 am particularly 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.

Keith Gaines (Vice Chair, Ark Appointed Governor, Finance Committee Chair, Finance Link and Safeguarding Link Governor)

I believe 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.

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.

Gulnaz Can Pincis (Ark Appointed Governor)

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.

Rashma Rahman (Ark Appointed Governor)

Rashma is an Ark alumna and BA History graduate; she was the first student to attend the University of Oxford from her school.

Richard Tyrie (Ark Appointed Governor, Pathways and Enrichment Link 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 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 Wilson (Ark Appointed 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.

Matt Jones OBE (Principal)

Matt is the Principal of Ark Globe Academy.


The Register of Interests 2021-22 for Governors and the Attendance Information 2020-21 can be found here: 

PDF iconArk Globe Academy - Governor Register of Interests 2021-22.pdf

PDF iconArk Globe Academy LGB Attendance Log 2021-22.pdf

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.