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.

Globe 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 Globe 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 Globe Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

Amendment and Restatement Agreement  

Globe Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement 


our local governing body

Globe 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 six times a year. At Ark Globe Academy, a Finance Committee made up of four governors meet three times a year to support the overall work of the LGB.


contacting the governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Louise Garcia ( Governors can be contacted through Louise, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

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

Parent Governor information

current governors

Matt Jones (principal)

Jacqueline Russell (chair)

An experienced Director with expertise in developing young teams and in helping organisations going through rapid change. Others have described me as ‘highly driven with a strong moral purpose’ and I am passionate about working with organisations dedicated to positive social change. I have over ten years’ experience as a Director in the commercial and charitable sectors, including lottery, retail and property, and over five years’ experience as a Trustee.

Strong analytical skills enable me to identify an organisation’s strategic aims and to evaluate the projects that will fulfil them effectively. I have a reputation for getting things done and have been told that I am able to ‘balance specialist expertise and gravitas with empathy and trust’. I believe in establishing a workplace culture that runs smoothly and offers a safe but challenging environment for individuals, from students to staff, to achieve and develop.

I was CEO of The Future Leaders Trust, a charity that develops school leaders who work to raise the achievement of every child prior to its merger with Teaching Leaders. Previously I have worked as Finance Director for Geronimo Inns & the Conran Shop. I qualified as a chartered accountant at PWC in July 1994 becoming a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 2012.

Abdulrazak Ajab (staff governor)

I have been teaching since 1999, and, though over the years I have enjoyed teaching a range of subjects, I specialize in Mathematics and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

I have worked in both single and co-education schools in Inner London for 20 years as both a teaching assistant and as a qualified teacher, and this experience at both the front and the back of the classroom has given me a unique insight into the classroom environment. It is an environment in which I thrive and I cherish the opportunities it provides, opportunities to inspire and motivate young people and to guide them along the path to academic success.

Lee bartlett (Local Authority Representative)

Lee is now retired but his professional background includes running his own I.T., Building Services and green technologies companies.Although he has had a full working life he has committed over thirty years to various voluntary and community roles within Southwark and beyond including the Chamber of Commerce, Charities, Amenities groups, TRA’s etc. He is currently a Trustee of a local pensioner’s charity, Hon Secretary of the Southwark Civic Association and a Member of Southwark Police Independent Advisory Group.Lee believes that every young person deserves the best education possible and the continuing encouragement to be decent, happy and fulfilled as they move forward through life.Lee is married, lives in Southwark and has four children and six grandchildren.

Keith Gaines (Vice Chair, Finance Committee Chair, finance link and safeguarding link governor)

I beileve passionately in the power of education to change lives. I regard myself as being fortunate in this regard. Brought up in West Yorkshire and the first person in my family to go to University, I became a lawyer and worked in an international law firm in the City for 28 years. Subsequently, I was the Dean of Nottingham Law School. Now I pursue my outdoor interests; I continue my own education building on my own skills and ability to pass on knowledge. I volunteer with the London Borough of Camden teaching climbing and skills to young people and run the guiding company, Breathe. I have been a Governor with Globe since 2011. I believe that each and every student has the ability to be a caring and compassionate member of society with a positive contribution to make. I believe this takes leadership from the school and hard work and dedication from the students and teachers.  By embracing this ethos, students have an opportunity to shine, to change their lives and the lives of those around them.

Harriet Stokes (Non-Teaching Staff Governor)

I have been working at Ark Globe Academy for the last seven years. Prior to joining Ark Globe I worked at the Ark Schools Head office alongside the Principal and Associate Principal of Globe Academy on the last stages of setting up the academy. I have seen the school improve greatly in the last seven years and look forward to seeing where it will be in another seven years. Outside of work I am the mother of two children, enjoy performing and listening to music, running and, pre-children, used to do a lot of rowing.

Ben lyons

Ben Lyons is Senior Communications Manager at Virgin Media. He is also co-founder of Intern Aware, which works to ensure fair access to professional jobs.

He is a local resident who lives near Elephant & Castle, and was motivated to become a school governor in order to improve education in his community, and in particular use his skills and professional experience to broaden the opportunities that are available to students at Globe Academy.

Kristen shannon (Ark Link Governor & send link governor)

I joined Ark Schools in 2010 after working in human resources and recruitment for Uncommon Schools in the United States. I 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. I am currently the Head of Programme for Ark Teacher Training and look after all the operational components of the training of new teachers in the network. I have a degree in educational policy and history from Northwestern University. As governor I bring my particular expertise in the fields of inter faith dialogue and pastoral ministry.

Hywel Wilson

Hywel is an Elephant & Castle resident and technology general manager, who wishes to contribute to the betterment of his community and help create opportunities for others to succeed.

Hywel was born in South Wales and went to the local inner-city comprehensive school before reading Economics at the University of Bristol.  Having spent time working for some of the largest technology service companies in the UK and India - and also a couple of start-ups - he is now responsible for the business with financial services clients for the largest IT services company in the UK, DXC Technology.  He also invests in new businesses as well as being on the board of various organisations.

What sets Hywel apart is his can-do attitude.  He creates teams to pull together what was thought to be impossible.  ‘Just because it hasn’t been done, doesn't mean it can't be done,’ is his mantra.  Through being on the local governing board, Hywel will support the Globe Academy leadership to enable all students to achieve their ambitions.  He will help ensure that the academy continues to deliver year-on-year improvements whilst fostering a sense of community involvement and commitment by all students whatever their capabilities.


LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings for 2015-16
Alastair Angus 01/09/2013      


Ark Nominated
  1. Employee of HSBC Investment Bank
  2. Spouse of MaryClaire Brooks, former Head of Fundraising, Ark (left October 2015)

6 out of 6

Lee Bartlett 24/09/2015 Local Authority Rep
  1. Metropolitan Police Service
  2. Southwark Safeguarding Children Board.
  3. Southwark Safer Neighbourhood Board.

4 out of 6

Keith Gaines 31/03/2011 Ark Nominated
  1. Solicitor, but not in employment / practice.

3 out of 6

Matt Jones 01/04/2012 Principal
  1. Trustee:  Future Leaders Board
  2. Advisor for Coach Bright (unpaid)
  3. Chair of Southwark's Association of Secondary Headteachers

6 out of 6

Ben Lyons 01/10/2013 Ark Nominated
  1. Employee of Virgin Media
  2. Intern Aware, Director and Trustee (unremunerated)
  3. Member:  Labour Party
  4. Baroness Sally Morgan (Adviser to the Ark Board) - mother

3 out of 6

Jacqueline Russell 01/01/2013 Chair
  1. Ark employee: Interim Commercial Director
  2. Trustee:  Spark Inside; Three Wings Trust (now dissolved)
  3. Trustee and Company Secretary, St Michael and All Angels (charity and company limited by guarantee)
  4. Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants

6 out of 6

Abdulrazak Ajab 08/03/2017 Staff Nil returned 0 out of 0
Harriet Stokes 02/02/2015


Non-teaching staff
  1. Marketing and Media Manager at Ark Globe Academy

3 out of 6

Kristen Shannon 01/09/2013 Ark Link
  1. Head of Operations, Ark Teacher Training
  2. Member, Junior League of London, charity volunteer group

5 out of 6

Hywel Wilson 01.05.2017 Ark Nominated 1. Employee of CSC Computer Sciences Limited trading as DXC Technology.

2. Director of One Elephant Limited - company limited by guarantee - unremunerated.

Basit Ahmed 04/02/2014;                   



5 out of 6

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.