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 Ark 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.
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
- Two staff governors
- 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 Clerk to the Governors is Sakina Marzban (email@example.com). 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 the Clerk.
Jennifer Moses (Chair and Sponsor)
Jennifer Moses has spent the past two decades in education, public policy and philanthropy after a career in investment banking. Most recently, she co-founded and was CEO for seven years of Caliber Public Schools, a TK-8 charter school group in the East Bay in California with 1,700 students. She is now Chair. She is a founding Trustee of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), one of the largest children’s charities in the UK, and co-founder and Chair of King Solomon Academy, an all-through state school in London. She is a partner at Ed-Mentor, LLC, a VC fund that invests in education technology startups. Prior to moving to California in late 2009, she was a senior policy adviser to then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. She was previously Chief Executive of the policy think tank Centreforum, following her banking career as a Managing Director with Goldman Sachs. Jennifer is a graduate of Brown University, where she serves on the Corporation and is Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and Harvard Business School. She is married with three children.
Camilla Al-Hariri (Staff Governor)
Camilla is the Head of University and Careers Service at King Solomon Academy. She has worked at the Academy since 2012, after graduating from University of Cambridge with a 1st class degree in Natural Sciences (Zoology). Camilla began as our Upper School Administrator, working with our first secondary school cohort, co2016, and setting up the work experience programme and external exams processes. Since then, she has worked in formalising and delivering our school’s careers and university programme, ensuring all students are prepared for university and the workplace. She is motivated to be a governor to help contribute to the strategic decision making needed as the school moves forward and to ensure student preparedness for university and success in the workplace is a priority at every level of decision making.
Modobbir Ali (Secondary 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.
Nafsika Butler-Thalassis (Local Authority Governor)
Nafiska has been appointed to the LGB as Local Authority Governor.
Paul Dunning (Ark Nominated Governor)
Louise Hall (Parent Governor)
Louise has been appointed to the LGB as a 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.
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.
Rachel Mulvena (Staff Governor)
Rachel graduated in French and Chinese studies from the University of Nottingham, and is a passionate teacher and learner of languages. She completed a Masters in Chinese at SOAS in London after teachign abroad for a year, and joined King Solomon Academy through the Teach First programme in 2013. She has been working at KSA for six years, in which time she led the frontier cohort (Class of 2021) on their journey through secondary school. She is particularly interested in supporting student mental health and well being, and hopes that as Staff Governor, she can provide valuable insight into how the decisions we make as a school ensure that pupils are happy as well as academically successful.
Katie Oliver (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.
Monna Shahna (Parent Governor)
An American trained, UK registered Social Worker with over 13 years experience working in the field of mental health. Over the course of her career, she has provided counselling and mental health services to a wide range of individuals including survivors of domestic violence, adults with severe and persistent mental illness, individuals with learning disabilities and inner city youth. She is currently a volunteer with the Rainbow Trust, a charity providing support to families of children with a life-threatening illness, and full-time mum to her 4 year old daughter, Misha.
Kristen Shannon (Ark Nominated Governor)
Kristen joined ARK Schools in 2010 after working in human resources and recruitment for Uncommon Schools in the United States. Kristen worked as the Head of Recruitment for ARK Schools, leading the recruitment team to support the schools in the network to find the highest quality staff for their leadership, teaching and support staff vacancies. She is currently the Head of Programme for ARK Teacher Training and looks after all the operational components of the training of new teacher in the network. Kristen has a degree in educational policy and history from Northwestern University. As governor she brings her expertise in the fields of inter faith dialogue and pastoral ministry
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.
Max Haimendorf (Executive Principal)
Max Haimendorf graduated from Oxford and joined the first cohort of the Teach First programme, teaching Science in West London. Following work at Teach First central office he joined the consultants Oliver Wyman where he worked in finance strategy. Whilst there he wrote about the importance of small schools. In 2008 he was appointed as Secondary Headteacher of King Solomon Academy, starting the Secondary part of the school in September 2009. He has now led KSA through two outstanding Ofsted inspections and to achieve the highest GCSE results in the country for a non-selective school in 2015. He became all-through Principal of KSA and Executive Principal of Ark Paddington Green Primary Academy in September 2016.
All appointments are made by the Director of Governance 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: