King Solomon 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.
King Solomon 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.
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 King Solomon 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 King Solomon Academy’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.
Our local governing body
King Solomon 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 local authority representative
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 Natasha Brown. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit www.arkschools.org/governance.
Max Haimendorf (Principal)
Ron Beller (Chair and Sponsor)
Ron Beller is a Founder and Managing Partner of Branch Hill Capital. During his 14 years at Goldman Sachs (1987 - 2001), Ron was a partner in the Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities division. Ron also served in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration (2002 - 2003), running the Children First reform programme for the City’s Department of Education.
Jennifer Moses (Vice Chair and Sponsor)
Modobbir Ali (Parent Governor)
I lead a life on principles of integrity and fairness. I try to make an active contribution to my community and help those less fortunate than myself. I take inspiration from my peers and seek to instill similar characteristics in my own life. I am always keen to develop my skills and strengths and envision myself becoming a person my family and friends see as steadfast, patient, caring and supportive.
I am delighted to be given the opportunity to be a parent governor at KSA, primarily because I have a keen interest in the welfare of all pupils at the academy. I aim to encourage participation and involvement from both school and community including all parents to work in partnership to make the school a better place for all.
Paul Dunning (Ark Nominated Governor)
Louise Hall (Parent Governor)
Tina Isaacs (Ark Nominated Governor)
Tina Isaacs has been working in the field of education since 1980, first as a university history lecturer, then as a education policy researcher (both in the US), then after moving to England in 1994, she worked at NCVQ, QCA and Ofqual. Her last position at Ofqual was Head of 14-19 Regulation. She ran an MA in Educational Assessment at the UCL Institute of Education from 2009 to 2016. She is now an Honorary Senior Lecturer, having retired in September 2016. Her education specialisms are: curriculum and qualifications development, implementation and evaluation. Her reasons for wanting to be a governor are to both 'give something back' and to return to more hands on educational endeavors because she has spent less time in schools than she would have liked. Many years ago she was a school governor in a primary school in Rochester NY and found that an incredibly rewarding experience.
Ric Lewis (Ark Nominated Governor)
Ric is chief executive and chairman of Tristan Capital Partners, a London-based real estate investment management company. The firm specialises in investment strategies in all property types across the UK and continental Europe for select institutional and private investors. Outside of work, Ric volunteers the majority of his time to organisations dedicated to improving the access to and the quality of education, especially for children from less advantaged areas and environments.
Trevor McCrisken (Ark Nominated Governor)
Dr Trevor McCrisken is an Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. His main teaching and research is on US foreign policy, particularly the role of national identity, the use of force, and portrayals of foreign policy in popular culture. He is also Chair of BASIC, a London-based non-governmental organisation promoting dialogue on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. As a Widening Participation and Outreach academic leader at Warwick, he has worked extensively with a number of schools and colleges nationally to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to apply to university. For the last four years has collaborated particularly with the students and teachers at King Solomon Academy. Trevor has been hugely impressed with the dedication and aptitude of the KSA students and the ethos of the school. He feels privileged to be able to work with KSA and now to serve as a school governor.
Katie Oliver (Ark Link Governor & Safeguarding Link Governor)
Katie Oliver is Projects Director for Ark, responsible for all aspects of the pre-opening process for schools joining the Ark network. She joined Ark in 2006 and has worked closely with all 35 schools in the network.
Julian Simmonds (Finance Link Governor)
Julian Simmonds spent his entire career at Citigroup and retired as an Executive Vice President in 2001. He has now other business interests in the property sector and is an independent non-executive director of VTB Capital PLC, a major Russian bank. He has 2 children and 1 grandson. After retiring from Citigroup, Julian spent 8 years as chair of governors at Notting Hill & Ealing High School overseeing a complete rebuild of the heart of the school. Since moving to Chelsea, he has become a governor and chairs the Finance Committee at the Chelsea Academy. Julian also sits on the advisory council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He enjoys strenuous work-outs in the gym. Julian hopes that his various experiences will help him make a positive difference to the Academy.
Roger Vinter (SEND Link Governor)
Roger's motivation for being a governor is that he feels passionate about every child no matter what their background being given an equal chance to succeed academically and improve their future life opportunities. As a governor Roger brings his general experience and educational knowledge to bear in discussion with school leaders and not only support but can suggest improvements in educational standards and student welfare.
Hannah Vanderman (Staff Governor)
Prior to becoming an English teacher, Hannah worked as researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission developing initiatives to improve the treatment of migrant women and children in the education system. She later worked for Reform think tank, where her research into sliding standards in the NHS and civil service led to the publication of a White Paper for Parliament’s consideration. Later in her career, whilst working as an Education Consultant for Enjoy Education, she took over as head of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme in 2013 and developed a free tuition programme and annual Oxbridge interview workshop in collaboration with Teach First. Thus, in addition to her experience as an English teacher at the school, her professional past helps her to provide a unique and creative perspective to KSA's governing decisions.
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 his time in post.
The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: King Solomon Academy Governor Attendance and Register of Interest 2017-18