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 John Keats Academy is part of Ark - 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 John Keats.

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, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark John Keats governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement

PDF iconArk John Keat's Supplemental Funding Agreement



Ark John Keat’s LGB may be made up of a combination of the following:

  • 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.
  • Ark John Keat’s Principal
  • A parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from the London Borough of Enfield

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 clerk can be contacted through the governance team ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

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





Linsey is the Head of Student Enterprise at LSBU. She is responsible for developing the university’s approach to student enterprise, supporting LSBU students and alumni to develop enterprise skills and start and grow their own businesses. Prior to her current post, Linsey was the Head of Business Partnerships at the University of East London (UEL), working with a network of local, national and international partners to generate income for the university and support the regeneration of East London. She has a particular interest in women’s entrepreneurship, having led the creation of UEL’s Centre of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CEWE). In 2012, she completed a secondment at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) supporting the development of enterprise culture and education policy.

Linsey is an experienced Project and Partnership Manager, who has delivered projects, funded by ESF and ERDF, to support the social and economic regeneration of East London. She volunteered at London 2012 and is a volunteer with Girlguiding UK.


Maria has earned both a Master’s in International Political Economy and BSc in Management Sciences from the London School of Economics. Upon graduating in 2011 she joined AKO Capital as an investment analyst, becoming a partner in 2016.

She strongly believes that every child should have access to great education, regardless of their background, and thoroughly enjoyed working with children through a number of volunteer projects in London and Riga. She supports ARK’s mission to transform children’s lives through education, and is very keen to contribute to the academy through her professional and personal experiences.


Ayla Goksel is CEO of Özyeğin Social Investments, a network of non-profit organisations, including ACEV (Mother Child Education Foundation), Hüsnü M. Özyeğin Foundation and Iz Child and has over twenty years of experience in education programs, policy and infrastructure impacting 1.5 million people across Turkey with award winning programs implemented in 14 other countries. Goksel is Trustee of Ozyegin University, Board Member of Education Reform Initiative and has been selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute, Qatar Foundation WISE Laureate and World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council member. She holds a BSc from University of Bath, MSc from London School of Economics and has conducted fellowships on non profit organisations at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University. As a governor, she is excited to learn as well as share her experiences to support education at the school and community level.


Jasper is currently Network Lead for Science at Ark Schools. He has been involved in science and science education for over ten years, completing his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Oxford University and later a PhD at the University of York. Jasper has worked as a science teacher, examiner and Head of Science, both in the UK and abroad. He is passionate about all things scientific and founded to support science teachers develop subject pedagogy.
Jasper is excited to support Ark John Keats as it continues its mission to provide all students with a first class education, rivalling the very best of the state and private sectors.


Ayse is an experienced governor and has worked in the education sector for over 17 years. Her expertise is in the Early Years, children with an Education Health & Care Plan and those with English as an additional language (EAL). She has a Turkish-Cypriot background and is fluent in Turkish. She is keen to be involved in her children's education and is a committed person who can provide key knowledge and experience to the governing body.


Alex Monk has been a governor at Ark John Keats since its opening in autumn 2013. He brings a range of skills from his day job to the LGB ranging from stakeholder engagement, comms and public consultation to information governance and data analysis. He is also a tour guide for Hidden London – an ongoing programme that opens up disused stations and spaces to the public. He read geography at university and has sat on several panels in a Higher Education context, including those concerned with quality assurance, academic standards and the recruitment of teaching staff. Alex looks forward to the upcoming opportunities as the academy burgeons over the coming years.


Nayeem is a senior lawyer experienced in leading teams and managing large global projects within global leaders in financial services, internet, telecoms and media: Barclays, Google, Time Warner and Viacom. Nayeem is qualified to practice law both in the UK and the USA (NY). MBA from London Business School. Married with two young children (9 and 4); South Asian origin, holds British and Canadian citizenships.


Helen trained as a primary teacher in Scarborough and taught in primary and junior schools in Enfield. She moved from the classroom to work as an advisory teacher for primary assessment in Enfield and for her last post she was working as Information and Communications Manager, where she managed the team working in education statistics, performance management and communication with schools.

She is a governor at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London, having been a governor at Enfield College prior to the college's amalgamation. Although she has not previously been a school governor, she has a lot of experience in education and is excited about becoming a governor at a school that will grow in the future.


All appointments are made by the Director of Governance at 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. Governors may be re-appointed for further terms.

The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: Ark John Keats Academy Governor Attendance and Register of Interest