Ark Conway Primary Academy Governance

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 Conway Academy is part of Ark - 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 Conway.

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, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Conway's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Master Funding Agreement

Ark Conway Supplemental Individual Funding Agreement

Amendment and Restatement Agreement


Our Local Governing Body

Ark Conway Primary 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
  • Ark Conway Primary Academy Principal (J Oldham) and Executive Headteacher (D McBeath)
  • One elected parent governor
  • One elected staff governor
  • One local authority representative from Hammersmith and Fulham

Governors are appointed/elected for two-year terms, up to a maximum of ten years.  The initial term of the first Chair will be three years, with annual election by the LGB thereafter. Academy staff may not be Chair or Vice Chair of the LGB.

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

Contacting the governors

The LGB meets six times a year.

The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes ( Governors can be contacted through Cathi, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

Current governors


Damian is the Executive Headteacher at Ark Conway and the Regional Director of Primary (London Cluster) for Ark.


Justine is the Head of School at Ark Conway.


Since 2011, Alison has served as Co-Chair of the Thomas's Schools Foundation, a volunteer-run, charitable organisation that provides educational and extracurricular opportunities for primary–school aged children in London through partnerships with local primary schools and community organisations. Prior to TSF, she worked in senior management in e-commerce and book publishing. Alison is passionate about improving education of young people, working with the local community and to providing opportunities to build self esteem and life skills.


Margaret is Network Lead for Primary Music and Vocal Work at Ark. Before coming to Ark, she was based in Manchester where she was a full-time musician educator.


Charles is a management consultant and business leader. With a 1st class degree in Mathematics from Oxford, Max started his career with IBM. In 1982 he went into management consultancy. Charles founded, along with four others, a consultancy called The Berkeley Partnership in 1990, from which he recently retired. Berkeley had grown to 90 people, enjoyed a very high reputation with clients and had three times been in the top 10 of 'Best Companies to Work For'. Charles is also non-executive chairman of a 500 person engineering business. Charles's interest in working with schools has been fuelled by his son who has taught in a South London school. He is keen to apply his skills in identifying and supporting improvements in the whole educational experience.


Max is a councillor at Hammersmith and Fulham. He is a Cabinet Member for Finance at the council and represents Wormholt and White City ward, where Ark Conway is located. Max is a chartered accountant, having qualified at PwC. Max works at a charity that works to protect the environment and defend human rights.


As Chief Technology Officer for the London-headquartered alternative asset manager Marshall Wace, Conor is responsible for the architectural oversight and strategic direction of their global technology platform and operational infrastructure. Conor holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University at Albany, State University of New York (2002).


Irene is a retired public servant, who has lived on the Wormholt Estate for over 34 years. Irene has always cared greatly about this area and its community. For over 15 years she was a member of the Wormholt Estate Tenants and Residents Association. Now her involvement with the community is managing the Wormholt Seniors Club.


LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2014/15
Alison Cabot 04/08/2015 Chair
  1. Trustee, Thomas's Schools Foundation
Rebecca Carver 01/12/2013 Teaching Staff
  1. Partner works for Marshall Wace LLP. Paul Marshall (Chairman) is a trustee of ARK Schools

6 out of 6

Laurie Grist 01/09/2011 Ark Link
  1. Ark employee

5 out of 6

Damian McBeath 19/11/2014 Executive Principal
  1. Leading LLS programme for outstanding primaries

6 out of 6

Charles Scott 05/01/2016 Ark Nominated



Irene Brookes 01/09/2011;     


Ark Nominated


6 out of 6

James Burrell 11/12/2013;     


  1. Director of Brighter Day Music Limited, a music production company
  2. Songwriter, composer and music producer

6 out of 6

Michael Clark 02/01/2015;     


Chair (former)
  1. Employed as Director of UK Programmes, Ark
  2. Director/ Trustee of Code College, prospective FE college (unremunerated)


Simon Hillyard 01/09/2011;     


Ark Nominated
  1. Retired
  2. Burlington Danes School Trustee Ltd (unremunerated)

6 out of 6

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is two years, except for the chair (three years) and the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of her time in post.