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

Jacqueline Russell (Chair, Ark Appointed Governor)

Jacqueline is an experienced Director with expertise in developing young teams and in helping organisations going through rapid change. She is known to be ‘highly driven with a strong moral purpose’. She is passionate about working with organisations dedicated to positive social change. She has a reputation for getting things done and can ‘balance specialist expertise and gravitas with empathy and trust’.

Jacqueline joined the Ark family over ten years ago. She initially worked at Future Leaders as COO and then as CEO led that organisation to merge to form what is now Ambition Institute. She became CFO of Ark in 2017 becoming COO in July 2022. Prior to joining Ark, Jacqueline had experience of a variety of sectors including hospitality, retail and lottery. She was Finance Director of Geronimo Inns, The Conran Shop, and the inaugural Finance Director of the South African National Lottery, a role she held on secondment from the Camelot Group.

Jacqueline has served on several Governing Bodies. She is also a trustee for CST, the national organisation and sector body for School Trusts in England and a member of their Finance and Resource Committee.

Jacqueline 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.

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.

Sultan Haque (Parent Governor)

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 it's 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. 

Aboubacar Nabe (Parent Governor)

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. 

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.

Hazel Samuriwo (Ark Appointed Governor, Safeguarding Link Governor)

Hazel Samuriwo is a family law barrister who specialises in child protection. She represents local authorities mainly but also parents and children. For Hazel, becoming a school governor is an opportunity to make use of her expertise to make a difference in her community, as well as build relationships and contacts.

Hywel Wilson (Ark Appointed Governor, Finance Committee Chair, Finance Link)

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 2022-23 for Governors and the Attendance Information 2021-22 can be found here: 

PDF iconArk Globe Academy - Governor Register of Interests 2022-23.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.