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.
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
- 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
The LGB meets four times a year.
Contacting the Governors
The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes (Catherine.Hughes@arkonline.org). 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 Catherine.Hughes@arkonline.org
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.
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.
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 Amazon.com, 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.
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).
NEEMA KOTONYA (Ark Nominated Governor)
Neema is a PhD student in Artificial Intelligence at Imperial College London. She is undertaking research in the fields of natural language processing and argumentation. Her motivation for becoming a governor is a strong desire to positively influence the outcomes of children. Neema is passionate about education and strongly feels that the educational outcomes of children strongly determines their future opportunities and life prospects. As a school governor she hopes give back to the local community. Neema is also very active in outreach and widening participation schemes. She is a member of both her department and university's outreach networks as well as the national STEM Ambassador initiative. As
part of this work she regularly gives talks school pupils and assists in the running of school clubs, masterclasses and workshops in order to encourage students to pursue STEM careers.
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.
CHARLOTTE POTTER (Ark Link Governor)
Charlotte moved to Stockwell to become a Maths teacher after graduating University. Since then she has spent two years at McKinsey working across industries advising on strategic and operational challenges, with a focus on public and social sectors. Recently Charlotte joined Ark Ventures to work as a venture associate where she contributes strategic and operational support to the incubated organisations whilst they find their path towards scale. She has become a Governor to give back to her local community and take her experience from education and the private sector to provide external support and guidance. She hopes to support the school so it can continue to develop for the benefit of all its pupils.
ANEESHA SINGH (Parent Governor)
Aneesha currently has a child at Ark Conway, and another child who will (hopefully!) be joining in the future. In her time as an Ark Conway parent, she has always admired the commitment and competence of Ark Conway staff and appreciated the support and community spirit of parents at the school - both towards the school and each other. She has always been interested in education and believes that it is the foundation that gives children a good start and ensures they become happy and well-rounded members of society.As parent governor, she is keen to support the school so that our children continue being inspired to excel and to thrive both academically and creatively. Aneesha is an Assistant Professor at University College London. During her day job, she focuses on innovating inclusive technology with an aim to positively transform people's personal, social and emotional lives. She is also passionate about STEM education in schools, participating in events to encourage young people to take an interest in STEM. She has also led STEM workshops for children in Ark Conway.
CAMILLA SANDBERG (SEND Link Governor)
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 SCOTT (Vice-Chair)
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.
REBECCA ROSS-WOOD (Principal)
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: