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 Primary 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 Conway.

PDF iconArk Schools Master Funding Agreement

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 Ark Conway'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.

Our Local Governing Body

Ark Conway Primary Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

Six to 10 members appointed by the Ark Director of Governance, 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
  • Two parent governors
  • 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 and diverse 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.

Contacting the Governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit the Ark Schools website.

If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

Current Governors

ALISON CABOT (Chair, Safeguarding and Health & Safety Link Governor)

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.

JENNIFER BOWERS (Parent Governor)

Jennifer became a parent of Ark Conway in 2021 and felt immediately welcomed into the school community. Jennifer was struck in particular by the enthusiasm of the school to encourage a sense of pride, embed the values and encourage each child's hopes and aspirations. As a parent governor, Jennifer is passionate about helping the school continue to inspire every child and offer them opportunities to find that thing that makes their heart sing. A solicitor with extensive UK and international experience, Jennifer is currently General Counsel at company using technology to support mental healthcare solutions. 

HANNAH BRIDGES (Teaching Staff Governor)

Hannah is currently a class teacher and English Lead at Ark Conway Primary Academy. Coming from a family of teachers, where both of her parents were headteachers, she has a good understanding of the importance of a strong governing body and the difference this can make. Having started at Ark Conway as a co-teacher, and having graduated from the Ark Teacher Training Program in 2017, she has a good understanding of the different roles undertaken by the staff every day. The school holds a strong place in her heart and being on the Governing Body means a great deal to her. She hopes to be able to 'give back' to the school community as a whole as they have supported her development and nurtured her skills so well.

JYE HARRIS (Ark Appointed Governor)

Jye works at an asset management firm based in London. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from University College London and currently lives in South London. As the son, grandson and nephew of teachers Jye is passionate about education and is a supporter of a number of charities including Papyrus & The Connection at St Martins in the Fields and Movember!

CONOR KIERNAN (Vice-Chair, Finance & ICT Link Governor)

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).


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.


Sankar is currently leading product and technology in the Alexa Shopping Ads division. He joined Amazon after a 15-year stint in technology consulting, creating innovative solutions and strategy for multiple Fortune 500 clients. He has an engineering degree from India and has lived and worked in 4 continents, meeting people from diverse backgrounds. He has been a part of the Red Cross chapter in the US and multiple philanthropic initiatives in India. He is passionate about technology and loves traveling. He strongly believes that having the right attitude towards education is essential for success in a competitive world.

ALEX SPENCER (Safeguarding Link Governor)

Alex is currently training to become a barrister, having previously worked as a tax advisor for six years. During that time, Alex also served on the governing body of a school in Newham, as both Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Inclusion and subsequently Safeguarding link governor. Alex currently also volunteers for a charity which advises parents and young people on SEND law. Alex has recently moved to West London and has become a governor to contribute to the community he is newly a part of. 

KANISHK WALIA (Ark Appointed Governor)

Kanishk Walia is an investor in early stage technology companies across Europe, assisting these companies and their management teams with strategic direction and advice on day to day operations, board creation and stakeholder management, fundraising and expansion plans amongst other topics.He has prior entrepreneurial experience as a founder of a technology business having developed and sold software, raised capital and hired a team as well as experience in the financial services profession, having worked in corporate finance, advising corporates and SMEs across the UK on their capital raising and acquisition strategies. Kanishk holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Rebecca is the Principal of Ark Conway.  


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. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.

The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: 

PDF iconArk Conway Primary Academy - Declarations of Interest 2022-23.pdf

Ark Conway Primary Academy - Governor Attendance 2021-22.pdf