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 master funding agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark 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 Ark Walworth Academy'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 here.
Contacting the governors
The LGB meets four times a year.
The Clerk to the Governors is Sakina Marzban (firstname.lastname@example.org). Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please see here. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact the Clerk.
Ark Walworth Academy Local Governing Body
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.
Ark Walworth Academy Governors
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.
Eleanor Barnes (Ark-nominated Governor)
Eleanor works for a global consultancy in London having studied Management (BSc) at the University of Nottingham. Prior to this she completed Teach First's Leadership Development Programme teaching Business and Economics within the ARK London network. As a Teach First Ambassador she organises and runs STEM and employability workshops. She remains committed and passionate about improving education for all.
Mark Evans (Ark-nominated Governor)
Mark was previously a governor at Walworth Academy in its early years until 2013 when he relocated to Australia for work reasons. Recently Mark has agreed to return to the LGB. He worked in state comprehensive schools for 15 years including six years as a Deputy Head. For the last 25 years he has worked in professional sport either in senior executive roles including coaching or as a consultant. He has been fortunate to have been able to work in two areas he is equally passionate about, education and sport.
Sonia Krylova (Ark-nominated Governor)
Sonia works for the government on reducing carbon emissions from manufacturing. 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 Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University.
Hannah Mcauley (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.
Daniel Morris (Local Authority Representative)
Daniel is a senior leader in the voluntary sector with over 15 years of experience in delivering services for young people. His experience ranges from frontline youth work roles across a variety of communities in London to designing and managing services. Daniel holds a BA Hons in Youth & Community work and an MSc in Gender, Sexuality & Society. Daniel is passionate about young people having opportunities to fulfill their 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
Matthew Short (Ark-nominated Governor)
Matthew Short is a passionate believer in the provision of excellent and rigorous education to all children a means of economic and social progress. He is currently a Governor of school in South London and has supported schools through tutoring and sports coaching in free time. While at the University of St Andrews he wrote his dissertation on the subject of education, titled "The Impact of Choice & Competition within the English State School System". Professionally Matthew is an investment banker and acts as an advisor to European technology companies. In his previous role he advised multiple Eastern European Governments on the strategic sale of state owned assets. Prior to investment banking Matthew has worked in Parliament and in HM Treasury as an Economist.
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.
Jessica West (Principal)
The Register of Interests 2019-20 for Governors and Attendance Information 2019-20 can be found here:
All appointments are made by Ark's Director of Governance. The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.