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Governors & Associations

Local Governing Body

The Directors of the Trust have delegated certain functions to COLPA Islington’s LGB.  The relationship between the Trust and the LGB of COLPAI is shown in the Terms of Reference Appendix 1.

​The COLPAI Governing Body is shown below:​

Name

Term

Role

Area of Expertise

Ann Holmes (Sponsor Governor)

31/08/17 - 30/08/20

Chairman & SEND

Governance, Education

Mary Robey (Member Appointment)

31/08/17 - 30/08/20

Vice-Chair, Recruitment & Safeguarding

Secondary Curriculum, Secondary School Leadership, Community Relations

Ena Harrop (Member appointment)

31/08/17 - 30/08/20

Education Leadership & Teaching & Learning

Primary Curriculum, Primary School Leadership, School Improvement

Nick Bensted-Smith(Sponsor Governor) 31/08/17 - 30/08/20 Finance

Finance, Audit, Compliance, Business

Norma Dews (LA Governor)

31/08/17 - 30/08/20

Local Government & Community Engagement

Primary Curriculum, Primary School Leadership, Community Relations

Gerald Mehrtens

31/08/17 - 30/08/20

Programme Management

Education Leadership, Community Engagement, Local Government

Jillian Jones 18/12/17 - 17/12/20 Parent Governor Wider community engagement, parent liaison         
Georgia Dehn 18/12/17 - 17/12/20 Parent Governor Wider community engagement, parent liaison         

Celia Orford

02/04/18 - 01/04/21

Staff Governor

 

Frazer Swift

31/08/17 - 30/08/20   Culture

Kim Clapham (Staff Governor)

  Head Teacher  

Governors' meetings attendance 2017-18

Governor Profiles

Ann Holmes - Chairman of COLPA Islington Governing Body - Sponsor Governor

Ann is a Common Councilman for the City ward of Farringdon Within. 

She has taught at primary, further and higher education levels, and has chaired both primary and secondary school governors in the state sector. She is currently a governor of both the City of London School for Girls and the City of London Freemen's School.

Ann has designed and delivered many training modules, including ones concerned with job application skills. She is skilled in the use of psychometric instruments, and has developed her own personality type system.

Following six years teaching at the Architectural Association, she has retained a strong interest in building design and development. 

Register of Interests: Ann Holmes

Remuneration

None

Directorship

None

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

Common Council Member City of London Corporation

 

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None

Mary  Robey - Deputy Chair of COLPA Islington Governing Body - Sponsor Appointed Governor

Mary holds an MA and a PGCE from Oxford University and taught Modern Languages in secondary schools after graduating. After having her own family she then worked in Learning Support in primary schools for over 25 years. Her three children were all educated in the City of London and she lives in the borough of Islington. She has been a school governor in a wide variety of schools for almost 30 years, leading them through successful Ofsted and ISI inspections.

 She currently serves on the board of the City of London School for Girls and is Chair of Governors in a London Independent day school.

Mary has wide experience of senior level recruitment in schools and has been involved innumerous Headship, Bursar and Senior Management appointments. Her particular interest is in safeguarding vulnerable children and as such sits on the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board.

Register of Interests: Mary Robey

Remuneration

None

Directorship

C53 Management Co.

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

Teaches MFL at COLPAI

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

Daughter - E. Robey , Class Teacher, COLPAI

Nicholas Michael Bensted-Smith, JP - Sponsor Governor

Nick Bensted-Smith is a governor of the City of London School for Girls and was previously a governor and Chair of Finance for St Matthews Church of England Primary School in High Brooms, Kent.

He has experience of finance generally, as well as risk management, HR, mentoring and conflict resolution.

Nick is an elected Member of the City of London Corporation, serving on a number of committees and sub-committees including Finance, Investment and Police.

Nick sits as a Justice of the Peace in Kent.

Register of Interests: Nicholas Bensted-Smith

Remuneration

Investment Management - Sarasin and Partners

Directorship

Sarasin and Partners

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

Common Council Member City of London Corporation

 

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None

Ena Harrop, MPhil - Headmistress City of London School For Girls - Sponsor Appointed Governor

Mrs Ena Harrop is Headmistress of City of London School for Girls, previously being the Director of Studies. Prior to joining CLSG was head of Modern Foreign Languages at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, for five years.

Mrs Harrop is an exceptional linguist. English is her third language, after her native Spanish and French.

She is an outstanding academic, having left Salamanca University with a first class degree in Classics, she then achieved an MA at Munich University, followed by an MPhil in Classics at Cambridge. Mrs Harrop studied for her PGCE at the Institute of Education in London and whilst she has been at City she has concluded her MA in Education Management at King’s College, London.

She is also married with three young daughters.

Register of Interests: Ena Harrop

Remuneration

Headteacher at City of London School for Girls

Directorship

None

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

Executive Headteacher, COLPAI

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None

Norma Dews - LA Governor

Norma is an accomplished Educationalist with public and private sector experience gained over 30 years both nationally and internationally. A confident leader, facilitator and enabler providing challenge, advice, guidance and support. She has an outstanding track record of performance and achievement realised through passion, innovation and personal dynamism.

Analytical, evaluative and solutions focused. Exceptional organisational skills, well-motivated and energetic, highly dependable, and extremely personable.

Key Skills

  • First class relationship and interpersonal skills provides the ability to communicate effectively at all levels, both with internal and external clients and stakeholders.
  • Exceptional leadership and collaboration skills that involve managing, developing, inspiring and motivating individuals at team and client level.
  • Extremely flexible and adaptable in novel situations working with new team members and new project delivery methods and approaches.
  • Outstanding questioning skills to enable clients, team members and stakeholders to think through and develop their own ideas, designs and vision.
  • A proven ability to work in a demanding, pressurised environment, deliver results and meet targets to required deadlines.
  • Excellent presentation and workshop delivery skills to both large and small audiences.

Highly skilled in writing reports and strategy documents to facilitate change.

Register of Interests: Norma Dews

Remuneration

Education Advisor - London Borough of Islington

Directorship

None

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None

Gerald Mehrtens - Member

Gerald is the Academies Programme Director for the City of London, leading on the City’s academy expansion programme. Presently he is leading on the delivery of two Primary Free Schools, including their capital build programmes, as well as four secondary Free School applications in progress as part of Wave 11.

Gerald has previously worked in local government for over 30 years, of which 25 years have been in education services across a number of London boroughs, in leadership roles ranging from Early Years, through to post 16 and Adult Learning. From 2010 Gerald was Head of the Education and Early Years’ Service, for the City of London, a high performing service responsible for all education statutory duties. Gerald’s previous work has seen him play leading roles in a range of capital programmes, including schools and children’s centres, the transformation of early years’ services from six Local Sure Start Programmes, to 16 children’s centres covering a whole authority, and development of post 16 training and into employment opportunities for school leavers and long term unemployed with employers.

In particular, Gerald has extensive experience of Head Teacher recruitment and of working collaboratively with head teachers, governors, parents and the local community. Also extensive experience of capital schools expansion and overseeing school finances. Gerald is also a governor of New North Academy in Islington.

Register of Interests: Gerald Mehrtens

Remuneration

Employee of the City of London Corporation

Directorship

City of London Primary School Islington

Significant Share Holdings

City of London Primary School Islington

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None

Celia Orford - Staff Governor

Celia Orford holds a BSc from the University of Bristol and a PGCE from London Southbank University.

She completed her NQT year at Chadwell Primary School in Year Two. Celia then spent two more years at Chadwell Primary School where she was a class teacher in Year 2 and then Reception.  By the end of her three years at Chadwell Primary School, Celia was the Lead for Art, Design and Technology, Rights Respecting Schools Award and achieved her Middle Leaders qualification.

 

Register of Interests: Celia Orford

Remuneration

Teacher - COLPAI

Directorship

None

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None

Jillian Jones - Parent Governor

Jillian is a parent to one of the first intake of children to COLPAI. She is a practicing Architect and also an academic teaching at the Sir John Cass School of Art and Architecture.

She has experience of delivering architectural projects around the world and has taught widely at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

 Jillian also serves on the Validation Panel of Royal Institute of British Architects, visiting schools of architecture in the UK to make sure they achieve the required standards.

Register of Interests: Jillian Jones

Remuneration

Employee at DRDH Architects Ltd

Employee at London Metropolitan University

Directorship

None

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

Parent

Frazer Swift

Frazer holds a BEd (Hons) from the University of Leeds, an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a Level 5 Certificate in Management & Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute. Frazer is currently the Head of Learning & Engagement at the Museum of London, where he leads a team of 25 people across three sites and is responsible for programmes that support the learning of over 200,000 children every year through early years, schools and family activities and online resources.

In addition, Frazer leads Culture Mile Learning, a growing cultural education partnership of 26 diverse cultural organisations supported by the City of London, including the Barbican, London Metropolitan Archives, London Symphony Orchestra, Guildhall Art Gallery and Tower Bridge, who are working together to benefit learners across London. Frazer is also an Associate Tutor at the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, where he specialises in learning and community engagement.

Frazer started his career as an Art and History teacher before moving to the Science Museum where he held a number of roles including Education Officer, Interactive Galleries Manager and Interpretation Manager. He has also worked as a national Learning Advisor at the RSPCA and as a learning consultant, supporting museums and galleries across the UK and internationally. Frazer has written widely for the museum profession on learning and interpretation issues and for publishers such as Scholastic, Heinemann and Dorling Kindersley.

Register of Interests: Frazer Swift

Remuneration

Head of Learning - Museum of London

Directorship

None

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None

Georgia Dehn - Parent Governor

Georgia joined the Governing Body in December 2017. She has a daughter in the first intake of children at COLPAI. Her professional background in journalism means she is highly skilled at research and listening to the views of others.

As a former staff writer at The Telegraph, she has interviewed a vast array of subjects from master craftspeople to big screen actors.

Georgia is passionate about creative thinking and learning, and is keen to support COLPAI in developing a wide-ranging cultural offering for all its pupils.

Register of Interests: Georgia Dehn

Remuneration

Creative Consultant - Type 35 Limited

Directorship

Type 35 Limited

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

Parent

Kim Clapham - Staff Governor

Kim Clapham is the Headteacher of the City of London Primary Academy Islington and has been in post since January 2017. She has 29 years of experience in education as an outstanding teacher, Deputy Headteacher and Senior Teaching and Learning Consultant for Islington’s School Improvement Service. 

With extensive knowledge of teaching and learning in an inner London context of socio-economic disadvantage, Kim has an exemplary track record of raising attainment and optimising the progress of all children at both school and borough-wide level.

A significant strength of her consultancy work has been the undertaking of school placements as an interim Deputy Headteacher. Most recently, she worked closely with the new Headteacher of a school in challenging circumstances to turn it around bringing it rapidly out of Special Measures.

Through the LA ‘s work in support of schools, Headteachers have commissioned Kim’s support as an interim deputy to support the school in preparing for inspection. As part of the school team, Kim has made a significant contribution to securing positive and improved Ofsted outcomes. As testimony to her strong leadership and management skills, she has enabled schools to secure their highest results to date, out-performing national standards.

Kim brings excellent coaching and mentoring skills to this new role, having worked extensively with teachers to facilitate and champion outstanding practice.

Phonics and early reading is a specialism. Writing and training credits (on behalf of Cambridge Education) include:

  • Technical aspects of a successful phonics CPD bid
  • DFE accreditation to deliver high quality phonics CPD nationally
  • Training the trainers to deliver the CPD programme

Wider in-school support and training include international consultancy for schools in the Far East.

Register of Interests: Kim Clapham

Remuneration

Headteacher - COLPAI

Directorship

None

Significant Share Holdings

None

Unremunerated Activities pursuing activities related to those of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Political  Pressure Groups or Associations where their objectives are related to the Activities and objects of the City of London Academies Trust

None

Family Interests

None