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.

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.

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King Solomon Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

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 three times a year.

contacting the governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Natasha Brown ( 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

current governors

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)

Paul Dunning, an ARK trustee until June 2017, has 20 years of experience in financial services. He was a part of the team that launched the Goldman Sachs Global Currency Fund and has held senior positions for Midland Bank, Finsbury Capital Advisers Pty Ltd, and Chemical Bank. 

Louise Hall (Parent Governor)

Louise Hall is an extremely hardworking and highly organised individual, who has an unmistakable passion for the school and her community. She has advanced organisational skills and can communicate with people from all walks of life. She is proactive problem solver. Louise has 2 children who attend King Solomon, aged 9 and 17 years. Louise was a primary parent governor for 2 years during which time she held many fund raising events, including summer fairs, international days, and many other events. She was also head of the parent council, where she built up a great team of parents who supported her and the school. Louise's vision is to bring our school and community together. 

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.

Gabby Woolf (Staff Governor)

Gabby has been part of the KSA community since 2010, serving as a form tutor, a subject teacher, a head of department, as well as her current role, Head of Coaching. Gabby has a broad experience to draw from: she has worked in three different schools and has vistied numerous charter schools in America to see best practice. In addition she has strong links with the Ark network. Gabby is fully invested in this school and cares deeply about its future and the people who work here.

LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2015-16
Ron Beller 01/09/2007 Chair
  1. CEO: Caliber Schools, Richmond CA
  2. Board Member: Caliber Schools, Richmond CA

2 out of 3

Rashid Benserghin 01/01/2013               


Teaching Staff (former)


1 out of 1

Max Haimendorf 01/09/2008 Principal

Principal of King Solomon Academy; Executive Principal of King Solomon Academy.

3 out of 3

Louise Hall 01/07/2015 Parent

1. Nil Return.

2 out of 3

Tina Isaacs 01/07/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute of Education (retired on 30/09/16); Consulting for the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment (occassional)
  2. Member: Association of Educational Assessment, Europe
  3. Personal connection to Amanda Spielman

3 out of 3

Ric Lewis 01/09/2009 Ark Nominated

1. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tristan Capital Partners.

2. Director: Curzon Capital Partners III (GP) Ltd; Curzon Capital Partners IV (GP) Ltd; Tristan Capital Limited; Tristan Capital Partners Holdings Limited; Tristan Equity Partners (GP) Ltd; Tristan Equity Pool Partners (GP) Ltd; EUROPEAN PROPERTY INVESTORS SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES (GENERAL PARTNER) LIMITED; EPI GENERAL PARTNER LIMITED.

3. Non-Profit Membership: THE SPRINGBOARD BURSARY FOUNDATION (08102408); INSTITUTE OF IMAGINATION (The Board of Trustees); BLACK HEART FOUNDATION (UK) LIMITED (07241076); Founder, Director EASTSIDE YOUNG LEADERS ACADEMY; (The Board of Directors) ULI Europe Foundation; Trustee The Board Of Governors of King Solomon Academy; Board of Visitors - Belfer Centre fro International Policy at Harvard's Uni Kennedy School of Gov

1 out of 3

Trevor McCrisken 01/11/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Associate Professor: Politics/International Studies, University of Warwick
  2. Chair: BASIC (British American Security Information Council)
  3.  Director of External Affairs at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. In that role, I am responsible for the department's Widening Participation and Outreach activities. In this capacity, I have worked closely with staff and students from King Solomon Academy. I am also responsible for the department's UG Admissions and therefore excuse myself from any decisions involving KSA students
  4. Acquainted with Becky Curtis at ARK
  5. Partner (Jackie Smith) works for the University of Warwick (organisation & administration of outreach work with KSA)

2 out of 3

Jonathan Molver 01/09/2011 Principal


3 out of 3

Jennifer Moses 01/09/2007 Ark Nominated
  1. CEO Caliber Schools
  2. Director: ARK, King Solomon Academy, Brown University, Hillel International, The Kitchen SF (synagogue), Caliber Schools

3 out of 3

Katie Oliver 01/10/2009 Ark Link

1. Nil Return.

2 out of 3

Roger Vinter 20/11/2014 Ark Nominated
  1. Retired.  Ark consultant (advisory; pupil exclusions - this excludes pre-exclusion advise relating toa  specifc KSA student)
  2. Managing director: Vinter Associates Ltd (advisory: pupil exclusions, admissions and parental complaints against schools/governance)
  3. Related party transactions: Commission fees relating to work undertaken by Vinter Associates for Ark.

3 out of 3

Paul Church 01/09/2013                 


Local Authority Rep (former)


0 out of 1

Modobbir Ali 01/05/2016 Parent              N/A 1 out of 1
Gabby Woolf 16/03/2016 Teaching Staff              1. Head of Coaching (Secondary) at King Solomon Academy. 2 out of 2
Julian Simmonds 09/02/2017 Ark Nominated 1. Appointments and Directorships:Mungo and Maud Ltd
VTB Capital PLC
Manresa Developments Ltd
Manresa Property Ltd
Thoroughbred Property Ltd
40 Beak St Ltd      

2. Non-Profit membership:

Chelsea Academy
London Philharmonic Orchestra

3. Ark Connections: My family have been long standing friends with Hannah Vanderman for many years. Hannah is a full time member of staff at KSA

Ramzy El-Huraiby 01/10/2013           


Parent (former)               N/A 1 out of 1

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is two years, except for the chair (three years) and the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his time in post.