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 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 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 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
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.
Ccontacting the Governors
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 visit the Ark Schools website.
If you have any governance-related queries, please contact the Clerk.
Linsey Cole (Chair; Behaviour & Ethos Governor)
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.
Alex Monk (Vice-Chair; Local Authority Representative)
Alex Monk has been a governor at Ark John Keats since its opening in autumn 2013. Alex began his governance journey in a Higher Education context where he was a member of university senate, chaired the geography department's student:staff forum and sat on their student education committee. Since then he has gone on to work in consultancy specialising in communications and engagement, which can vary from large-scale public consultation through to targeted stakeholder groups such as young people. His wider engagement remit extends to being a tour guide for Hidden London – an ongoing programme that opens up disused stations and spaces to the public. Alex enjoys working with Ark John Keats and other Enfield schools to promote good governance practice and secure the best outcomes for pupils.
Maria Ancupova (SEND Link Governor)
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.
Luba Chudnovets (Finance Link Governor)
Luba has a BSc in Accounting and Finance and MSc in Economic History from the LSE. She worked as a management consultant across multiple multinational companies in several different countries and industries. She then joined a 30-person company to build a bank that later became known as Monzo bank, where she scaled operations and built multiple products. She is currently a Senior Product manager at Samsara - a company specialising on the internet of things. She believes that although talent is equally distributed, opportunity is not, but that everyone deserves a chance to achieve great things. This is why she’s keen to support and contribute to ARK’s mission of transforming children’s lives through education.
Christopher Jones (Safeguarding Link Governor)
Christopher is currently Deputy Head of a secondary school in North London. Previously he was part of the Senior Leadership Team of a large 11-18 academy in Kent. Christopher has worked on a number of teacher training programme including the Troops to Teachers initiative. As a governor, Christopher is keen to understand education through another lens and share his experience of strategic development and academic management. Having grown up in Wales and Norway Christopher is passionate about how education can prepare students for their role as global citizens. Outside of education, Christopher is a successfully, largely self taught artist who has held a number of exhibitions in London.
Joshua Kay (Ark-Nominated Governor)
Joshua is an Associate at L.E.K. Consulting, a global strategy consulting firm that works across industries solving highly complex / strategic issues. He has an MSc in Comparative Politics from LSE and a BA in Geography from Durham University. His passion for education is rooted in his experiences with Teach First, a social enterprise that aims to address educational disadvantage in England and Wales, placing high-flying graduates into challenging schools on a two-year programme. Joshua taught English and Maths to GCSE at a non-selective secondary school in Kent. He carries forward a firm belief that your economic circumstances should have no bearing on your educational attainment. Outside of professional life, Joshua is a keen cyclist and climber, as well as a self-confessed film addict.
Ayse Mahendran (Parent Governor)
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.
Claudia Parkes (Ark Link Governors)
Claudia Parkes is Principal Design Lead at English Mastery. In her role, she works with various schools both within and beyond the Ark network to transform the way English is taught across the UK. As a former English teacher, she has a particularly keen interest in how students can be taught the building blocks of language in such a way that gives them a rich and flexible understanding. She is excited to be a governor to gain a broader insight into how schools work and the tough choices schools have to make.
Jo Facer (Principal)
Rebecca Curtis (Executive Principal)
Jerry Collins (Regional Director)
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. Governors may be re-appointed for further terms.
The Register of Interests 2019-2020 for Governors and the Attendance Information 2019-2020 can be found here: