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Governors & Associations

Local Governing Body

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

Information on Trustees of the City of London Academies Trust can be found here.

​The COLPAI Governing Body is shown below:​

Name

Term

Role

Area of Expertise

Mary Robey (Member Appointment)

31/08/17 - 30/08/20

Acting Chair

Secondary Curriculum, Secondary School Leadership, Community Relations

Ann Holmes 31/08/17 - 30/08/20

Sponsor Governor

Governance, Education
Nick Bensted-Smith 31/08/17 - 30/08/20 Sponsor Governor

Finance, Audit, Compliance, Business

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

 

Neela Moorghen

12/12/19 - 11/12/23 Staff Governor  

Frazer Swift

31/08/17 - 30/08/20 Sponsor Governor Cultural learning
Paul Barry 01/09/19 - 30/08/23 Co-opted Governor Human resources, learning and development

Sarah Matthias

12/12/19 - 11/12/23 Co-opted Governor Teaching and learning, recruitment

Naureen Bhatti

12/12/19 - 11/12/23 Co-opted Governor Health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, deputy Governor with responsibility for safeguarding

Kim Clapham (Staff Governor)

  Head Teacher  

Governors' meetings attendance 2017-18

Governor Profiles

Mary Robey - Acting Chair of COLPAI 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

Employment

Retired Teacher

Business

None

Company Directorships

Company Secretary of CC53 Management Co. Ltd.

Trusteeships

Treasurer of Action Medical Research North London

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

Chair of Governors, Cavendish School London

Non-pecuniary interests None

Family Interests

Daughter - E. Robey , Class Teacher, COLPAI

Ann Holmes - 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

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

Employment

None

Business

Silent partner in Sarasin and Partners LLP

Company Directorships

Gresham College

Worshipful Company of Loriners

Trusteeships None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

City of London Corporation

Non-pecuniary interests As per City of London website

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

Employment

Year 2 Class Teacher - COLPAI

Business

None

Company Directorships

None

Trusteeships

None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

None

Non-pecuniary interests

None

Family Interests

Mother (Sarah Orford) owns and runs Springfield Day Nursery (Bury St Edmunds) where I am a named partner.

Neela Moorghen - Staff Governor

Bio to follow.

 

Register of Interests: Neela Moorghen

Employment

Assistant Headteacher, COLPAI

Business

None

Company Directorships

None

Trusteeships

None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

None

Non-pecuniary interests

None

Family Interests

None

Frazer Swift - Sponsor Governor

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 two 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

Employment

Head of Learning and Engagement - Museum of London

Associate Tutor - School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

Business

None

Company Directorships

None

Trusteeships

None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

None

Non-pecuniary interests 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

Employment

TC & Friends

Business

Creative consultancy

Company Directorships

TC & Friends; Type 35 Limited

Trusteeships

None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc. 

None

Non-pecuniary interests None

Family Interests

Parent of COLPAI pupil

Paul Barry - Co-opted Governor

Paul joined the COLPAI Governing Body in September 2019. 

Paul is Group HR Director at Rothschild and Co. Paul's career in Financial Services started in 1989 following his studies in BA (Hons) Modern Languages at Oxford University. He is highly skilled in all aspects of recruitment, leadership development, employee relations and compensation planning.

Paul has been employed in France, the US and the UK in a number of consulting and financial services firms including Andersen Consulting, JP Morgan, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Salomon Smith Barney and Schroders. Paul speaks fluent French and is the father of three school-age boys.

Register of Interests: Paul Barry

Employment

Rothschild and Co.

Business

Investment Banking

Company Directorships

None

Trusteeships

None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

None

Non-pecuniary interests None

Family Interests

None

Naureen Bhatti - Co-opted Governor

Naureen has worked as a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1998 and alongside has been a leader in medical education. She is currently working as the Health Education England (HEE) North London Head of School for General Practice, with particular expertise in recruitment and retention, leading nationally on the new GP Retention Scheme.

Naureen has spoken and written widely about the impact of deprivation on health and health services. Furthermore, her work in medical education has led to an interest in the barriers that lead to differential attainment for those from black and minority ethnic communities and the need to better understand the challenges in order to promote a more inclusive culture enriched by the depth and breadth of BAME talent across the NHS.

Throughout her professional career, Naureen has demonstrated the ability to build relationships with patients and colleagues and ensure cross-agency collaboration to make a difference to the lives of the local community. She hopes to bring this experience to her role as school governor at COLPAI.

Register of Interests: Naureen Bhatti

Employment

GP - Newby Place Health Centre, Tower Hamlets

Head of School General Practice - Health Education England

Business

 

Company Directorships

Director - GP Care Group, tower Hamlets

Director - Londonwide LMCs, London

Trusteeships

Trustee - Cardiovascular Forum

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

Elected representative on Tower Hamlets Local Medical Committee (LMC) - Vice Chair from August 2015

Non-pecuniary interests Member of London Clinical Senate

Family Interests

None

Sarah Matthias - Co-opted Governor

Sarah was born in Manchester and grew up in the north of England and in London. She attended Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and, after graduating, worked in London as a trainee producer at the BBC. Sarah qualified as a barrister and pursued an academic career for a number of years, becoming a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Westminster.

Sarah has written three medieval mysteries for young adults: The Riddle of the Poisoned Monk (shortlisted for the Branford Boase first novel award and the Waterstones Book Prize), Tom Fletcher and the Angel of Death and Tom Fletcher and the Three Wise Men, which was also published as an audio book. Her latest novel, A Berlin Love Song, written for young adults/adults, concerns the persecution of the Roma in WW2; the book was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the North East Young Adult Fiction Award and was winner of the Shropshire Libraries Award. Sarah regularly visits schools (including COLPAI) and libraries all over the country and has also run creative writing workshops.

Sarah has four children. She plays the piano and violin, and for the last 7 years has been membership secretary of the Islington Choral Society - a dedicated community choir of 160 members that welcomes all singers, whether experienced or not. Sarah is passionate about choral singing and during her time as membership secretary she has succeeded in greatly increasing the number of young choir members. Other charitable interests include involvement in Elephants for Africa, a Botswana-based conservation charity, committed to protecting the endangered African elephant through research and education.

Register of Interests: Sarah Matthias

Employment

Self-employed

Business

Writer

Company Directorships

None

Trusteeships

None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

Membership secretary - Islington Choral Society

Non-pecuniary interests None

Family Interests

None

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

Employment

City of London Academies Trust

Business

None

Company Directorships

None

Trusteeships

None

Memberships of Organisations, Public Bodies, etc.

None

Non-pecuinary interests None

Family Interests

None