Ark Walworth Academy and Ark Schools Governance Arrangements

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 Walworth 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 Amendment and Restatement agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Walworth Academy.

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 Walworth Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Ark Walworth Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

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


Ark Walworth 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 authority representative from the London Borough of Southwark

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.


The current Clerk to Governors is Louise Garcia ( All Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

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


Jessica West (Principal)

Anthony Williams (Chair)

Anthony Williams is Chairman of Bluefield Partners, a specialist asset manager for solar infrastructure, and a former Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co. During his time at Goldman Sachs, he was involved in building the firm's Fixed Income Arbitrage and Swaps businesses and served as Global Head of Fixed Income Arbitrage, Global Co-Head of Swaps and as Chair of the Risk Committee for the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. Anthony previously held a Research Fellowship in Radio Astronomy at St John's College, Cambridge and has a BA and PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and a BA in Philosophy from London University.

Ian Anderson (SEND Link Governor)

Ian works at ARK's International team as Head of Education Ventures, supporting a range of new education projects in India and Africa. He previously spent five years at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, managing development programmes in East Africa to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers, before which he was a management consultant. He has lived in Ghana and India, and returned from two years living in Tanzania to take up the role with ARK. Before moving to Tanzania, Ian was a governor at his local primary school in Tottenham, and he has done a range of volunteering work - including a year's teaching - for Restless Development, a UK education charity working in Africa. He lives in south London and is passionate about improving education outcomes both in the UK and abroad.

Claire Barnes (Vice-Chair)

Claire Barnes gained her first degree in English from King’s College, London and spent many years working in the advertising and media industry.  She later returned to university to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology and an MSc in Organisational Psychology.  She is now a partner in Lucent Psychology, a business psychology practice.  She has been a school governor for more than a decade and at Ark Walworth Academy for the last four years.


Sonia Krylova (Ark-nominated Governor)

Sonia works for the government on reducing carbon emissions from aeroplanes. She has previously worked for the European Union in Brussels, as well as the Treasury and other government departments. Sonia is particularly interested in helping schools to use resources in the most effective way, getting great outcomes for pupils as well as value for the taxpayer. She served as a governor in a primary school in Ealing for three years, chairing the finance committee for one year. She was born in Moscow and studied economics at Oxford University.

Charles Hindson (Chair of Finance Committee, Finance Link Governor)

Charles Hindson has been a governor for the last 4 years with an interest in supporting education locally, his work responsibilities are with e2v as Group Finance Director since May 2009, my previous role was Chief Executive, and prior to that Group Finance Director, of Filtronic plc, a UK listed specialist manufacturing group. Previously, he was Finance Director at Eutelstat S.A. and held various positions with the BT Group, British Gas plc, Price Waterhouse and 3i plc. 

Tristram Jones-Parry (Chair of Curriculum Committee)

Tristram Jones-Parry has over 40 years experience working in the Education sector: teaching maths at Dulwich College and Westminster School, as Headmaster of Emanuel School and Westminster School and then as Manager for the Oxfordshire Further Maths Centre. He has taught in various independent schools and taught STEP online for the Further Maths Centre as well as moderating for the University of Oxford’s entry maths exam. Currently, Tristram is Chair of Trustees for the charity ‘Alive and Kicking’ which often sees him travelling to and working in Africa.

Hannah Macauley (Ark Link Governor)

Hannah is the Head of University and Careers Success at Ark, supporting our network of primary and secondary schools to ensure that all pupils make informed and ambitious choices about their post school pathways. She previously spent six years at Teach First, managing their Higher Education Access programmes and managing the change process as they embedded access work across the organisation. Originally from Belfast, she was the first person in her school to be accepted to Oxford University where she read English and German and spent a year teaching English at a school in East Germany. In her spare time she is also a trustee for a national STEM charity which provides students from disadvantaged communities with two-week research placements to enhance their applications and inform their later career choice.

Penny McCormack (Ark-nominated Governor)

Penny has been an at home mother to her 4 now grown up children. Her first career was in HR, but in the past several years she has been Chair of the Friends association of a central London school; chair of a local fundraising branch of a national medical research charity, which has involves event planning. Penny is passionate about giving all young people access to the best education possible regardless of background, in order that they can realise their full potential.

Saidat Oketunde (Parent Governor)

Saidat has been a school governor for more than a decade in Primary school at The Mayflower Federation School (Phoenix & Ilderton). She was a member of both curriculum/Finance Committee and her interests are included inclusion and safeguarding students. Currently, Saidat is active committee member as vice chair of Southwark Governor Association (SGA) and at Walworth Academy has a parent governor since 2016. Saidat has been a school parent council at Walworth Academy since 2012 and works voluntarily as a volunteer assistant. A Southwark community Secretary at Astley & cooper`s TRA Saidat Oketunde gained her degree in BSc Hon in Psychology (Child Development) from London Southbank University and She is currently studying her Postgraduate Degree master’s in education Autism at LSBU London. Saidat has worked for over a decade as Parent Mentor and Youth co ordinator

Daniel Morris (Local Authority representative)

Josie Verghese (Safeguarding Link Governor)

Josie has been a Governor since 2010 and as a Southwark resident she is particularly committed and keen to support Ark Walworth Academy’s students, staff and wider community at a local level.  Josie works for the BBC where she is Planning Producer for BBC News School Report, a project working with young people to develop their understanding and engagement in journalism and media literacy. Her BBC career began 12 years ago as a secretary and she has worked in a number of roles and departments including BBC Sport and CBBC Newsround. She has a BA Hons English and Psychology from Cardiff University and MA in Children’s Literature.  Josie also sits on the Curriculum Committee and her particular education interests are inclusion and student voice. Away from work she loves to travel.

Clementine Wade (Staff Governor)

A passionate educator who has over the last 14 years worked in a variety of educational settings, as an International Home Schooler, researcher and for the last 5 years, via Teach First in the State Sector. In her  position as Head of Year 12 and whole school oracy, she is passionate about accelerating student cultural capital for Higher Education and promoting student voice in and beyond lessons. Her work in creating and leading on the staff council also illustrates her focus for school life beyond the classroom.  Outside of school, Clementine is currently developing her social enterprise 'Culture Club' in an alliance with Teach First and a number of Oxbridge Colleges, which looks to ready students from Primary to Year 13 for Russell Group University applications.


The Register of Interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: PDF iconArk Walworth Academy Declarations of Interest 2018-19 and Meeting Attendance Log 2017-18.pdf

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.