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.

The Ark Schools Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website. 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.

Ark Conway Supplemental Individual 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, 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.

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 Executive Headteacher
  • One parent governor
  • One staff governor
  • One local authority representative from Hammersmith and Fulham

Governors are appointed/elected for three-year terms. 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 four 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

DANIEL UPFIELD (Executive Principal)

Daniel is the Executive Principal of Ark Conway.

REBECCA ROSS-WOOD (Head of School)

Rebecca is the Head of School of Ark Conway.  

ALISON CABOT (Chair & Health & Safety Link)

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.


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.

ASHWIN GROVER (Safeguarding Link Governor)

Ashwin is the Managing Director of Storal Learning Ltd, a rapidly expanding group of children’s day nurseries. He set up Storal Learning in 2016 based on a deep-rooted desire to use his business background to improve education; moreover, he chose to focus on the 0-5 age group after becoming increasingly cognisant of just how important a role early years education can play on a child's development, happiness and life chances. As a natural extension, he would now like to dedicate more time to supporting primary education. Prior to Storal Learning, Ashwin worked at, where his roles included driving growth and profitability of Amazon’s textbook business, as well as leading a product launch within their UK Grocery category.  Ashwin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Economics and Management from Bristol University.

KEYA LAMBA (Ark Nominated Governor)

Keya joined Global Schools Forum, an organisation that supports non-state school networks to deliver quality education, as Knowledge Manager in 2018. Prior to this role, Keya worked at Rocketship Public Schools, a network of charter schools in the US, focused on delivering quality education to children from low-income communities through a scaleable and sustainable model in partnership with government. At Rocketship, she was part of the Personalised Learning Team providing support to their 16 schools across four regions. Through this experience and her time in the classroom with Teach for America, Keya has seen firsthand the opportunities, excitement and love for learning that a quality education can create in traditionally underserved communities and is passionate about ensuring this for all students across the globe.

CONOR KIERNAN (Finance Link Governor & ICT Link)

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).

SIMON NEWMAN (Parent Governor)

Simon is the Chief Scientific Officer for a biotechnology company specialising in the delivery of gene therapy. Simon is proud that Ark Conway has developed into one of the best schools in country and with two pupils in the school fully appreciates the amazing education it provides.  As a Parent Governor Simon wants to support the parents, pupils and staff as the school grows both physically and academically. Simon has lived in Shepherds Bush for over twenty years and worked as a scientist both at Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals and was Director of Research for Target Ovarian Cancer.  Simon is passionate that Ark Conway continues to develop its innovative curriculums across the arts, sciences and humanities. Simon has led lessons teaching reception, Year 1 and Year 2 about what science is and how it impacts on everything around us.


Milly has 3 children in their twenties, one of whom has dyslexia. In 1992 she qualified and worked as a Montessori teacher. In 2004 she completed the Hornsby Diploma in SpLD as she found working with children with specific difficulties extremely rewarding. She worked as an SEN teacher at Prospect House School from 2005 to early 2013. Throughout this time she also worked after school with children with a diagnostic report from an Educational Psychologist. After she left Prospect House, Milly continued to work with children from nearby schools. She was delighted when she was asked if she was interested in becoming a SEN governor at an ARK school. As a parent of a dyslexic child and a teacher of SEN children for 15 years, she is very keen to contribute the process of SEN children within the ARK school realising and achieving their potential.


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.


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 her time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.

The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: PDF iconArk Conway - Governor Attendance & Register of Interests 2017-18.pdf