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 four 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 ( All Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

We are currently looking for a parent governor to join our Governing Body. If you are interested please complete the application form below by 16 March 2018.

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.

Jacqueline Russell joined the Ark family six years ago as COO, then CEO of The Future Leaders Trust. Jacqueline helped lead The Future Leaders Trust in its merger with Teaching Leaders, to become the new organisation Ambition School Leadership. She has also been Commercial Director for Ark, helping develop sustainable business plans for schools. She became CFO of Ark in 2017.  She has been Chair of Governors since 2013.
Prior to joining Ark, Jacqueline held a number of Finance Director roles in the private sector. She qualified at Price Waterhouse and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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.

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.

John Tyson (Ark-nominated governor)

Finance professional working in the not-for-profit sector, I have lived in Elephant & Castle for the last five years.  I have also recently set up a mental health charity, and work with the Green Party on various issues affecting the borough of Southwark.
I am passionate to maintain the wonderful diversity of Elephant and Castle, as well as ensuring that everyone is given an equal opportunity to get on in this world.  Making sure that those opportunities are given to our young people will guarantee a bright future.  I believe that giving pupils the skills to have open and frank conversations, along with the resilience to strive, will equip them to break down any boundaries in their way.

Amie Patton (Ark Link Governor)

Having joined Ark in 2016, I'm privileged to lead the recruitment strategy across our network of 35 schools. We have the opportunity to transform lives through education, and it's my team's job to ensuring our schools have access to the highest quality staff so that our children receive the best education possible.
Prior to joining Ark, I worked for two years supporting central recruitment at Teach First and in the private sector specialising in the recruitment of HR professionals across the FTSE 100 and financial markets.
I know without the support of some outstanding teachers in my life, I would never have had the ability the seize the opportunities life had for me, so I'm personally invested in supporting the success of a school like Ark Globe Academy who seeks to raise the bar in education for every child.

Hywel Wilson (Ark-nominated governor)

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 2016-17
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)

2 out of 3

Lee Bartlett 24/09/2015   


Local Authority Rep
  1. Metropolitan Police Service
  2. Southwark Safeguarding Children Board.
  3. Southwark Safer Neighbourhood Board.

1 out of 5

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

4 out of 5

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

4 out of 5

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

4 out of 5

Jacqueline Russell 01/01/2013 Chair
  1. Ark employee: Chief Finance Officer
  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

5 out of 5

Abdulrazak Ajab 08/03/2017 Staff Nil returned 2 out of 2
Harriet Stokes 02/02/2015          


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

1 out of 5

Kristen Shannon 01/09/2013      


Ark Link
  1. Head of Operations, Ark Teacher Training
  2. Member, Junior League of London, charity volunteer group

3 out of 5

Amie Patton 13/10/2017 Ark Link Employed by Ark Schools. No other employment to declare. 0 out of 0
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.

1 out of 1
John Tyson 14/11/2017 Ark Nominated No declarations of interest declared. 0 out of 0

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.