Governing body

The day to day work of the Archer Academy’s governing body is carried out through the following committees and working parties:

Education and Standards Committee (Chair, Jon Hindmarsh)

Pastoral and Wellbeing Committee (Chair, Patricia Choiral)

Resources Committee (Chair, Lillian Caller)

Finance Committee (Chair, Toby Blume)

Fundraising and Business Development Committee (Chair, Sarah Pearce)

Pay Committee (Chair, Jon Hindmarsh)

Communications Working Party (Chair, Melinda Athinodorou)

Sixth Form Working Party

The term of office for all Archer Academy governors is four years; the term of office for all Trust members is unlimited. Please click on the boxes below to read more about each individual governor.

staff-avisAvis is well-known locally for being the driving force behind the campaign for a new secondary school, a position which made her the natural choice for the Archer Academy’s chair of governors.

Away from the Archer Academy, she is a senior manager with experience in voluntary, public and commercial sectors for organisations including NCH, NSPCC and YoungMinds. Currently a consultant to a portfolio of organisations, Avis supports CEOs and leaders to develop their strategic and operational plans and to evaluate engagement and impact.

One of Avis’ key strengths is her ability to cut through detailed and complex information and get to the heart of a matter. It is this ability to scrutinise and unpick tricky issues that she brings to the Archer Academy, combined with an unswerving passion for improving the outcomes for the children that attend our school.

Responsibilities

Founder Governor (appointment ratified by the Trust in September 2013)

Chair of Governors (elected as Chair of Governors by full governing body (FGB) in Sept 2013, 2014, 2015)

Education and Standards Committee

Sixth Form Working Party

Headteacher Performance Management Panel

Trust Member (elected by Steering Group in July 2013 as Trust Member)

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

andryAndry has spent the last 10 years working for the British artist Damien Hirst, organising major exhibitions all over the world. She also oversaw the production of artworks at the artist’s studios and managed the design and development of his website (damienhirst.com) amongst various other projects. She is used to working in a pressurised business environment and adapting her skills to new areas.

Andry has a long-standing interest in education, having worked in the Education and Training section of the British Council. She will be working towards developing links with the local and wider business community, and maximising fundraising opportunities for the Archer Academy.

Responsibilities

Community Governor (appointment ratified by the Trust in September 2013)

Vice Chair of Governors (elected at September 2015 by full governing body)

Pastoral and Wellbeing Committee

Fundraising and Business Development Committee

Headteacher Performance Management Panel

Link Governor Coordinator

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

tobyToby is an experienced charity chief executive, running organisations specialising in social innovation and supporting community action. He has advised government, local authorities, corporations and not-for-profit organisations on ways of involving marginalised communities in decisions that affect them.

He currently works on a local authority change programme, developing a new open data platform, strategy development for an urban regeneration charity and as a built environment expert for the Design Council. Toby was the coordinator for the school in its set up phase.

Responsibilities

Founder Governor (appointment ratified by the Trust in September 2013)

Chair, Finance Committee

Communications Working Party

Fundraising and Business Development Committee

Pay Committee

Trust Member (elected by Steering Group July 2013 as Trust Member)

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

Martin Bright is the founder and Chief Executive of youth employment charity, The Creative Society. He is also Professor of Journalism at Anglia Ruskin University. He was previously Political Editor of The New Statesman and The Jewish Chronicle and Home Affairs Editor of The Observer. He was formerly a governor at Highgate Primary School in Haringey.

Responsibilities

Parent Governor (appointment ratified by the full governing body in November 2014)

Strategic Lead for Communications Working Party

Employability Link Governor

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

Lillian is a senior lawyer who has worked in both the public and private sectors. She is now working for the London Borough of Brent, as an employment law specialist. A large part of Lillian’s current role involves advising the borough’s maintained and academy schools on their staffing issues. This experience has given her a real understanding of the challenges facing schools today and will be invaluable to the Archer Academy.

Responsibilities

Community Governor (appointment ratified by Trust in September 2013)

Chair, Resources Committee

Pay Committee

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

rogerA real community figure, Roger is well known locally for chairing the East Finchley Community Trust and coordinating the campaign to save Stanley Road Playing Fields.

Responsibilities

Associate Governor for Premises and Community Use (appointment ratified by the full governing body in July 2016)

Trust Member (elected by Steering Group July 2013 as Trust Member)

Community Use Link Governor

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

Patricia is a charity accountant with over 25 years experience in the voluntary sector, including 15 years as treasurer of a leading educational charity working in Southern Africa. She has also helped a variety of voluntary organisations with their financial systems and planning, such as redesigning the financial processes for the PTA of Garden Suburb School where her son, who is in the Archer’s first intake, was a pupil.

Patricia is using her considerable expertise in finance, setting up systems and policies as well as presenting financial information in a more accessible fashion to support the Finance and Audit Committee. In addition to her finance background, Patricia currently sits as an Adult and Family Court magistrate in North London.

Responsibilities

Community Governor (appointment ratified by Trust in September 2013)

Chair, Pastoral and Wellbeing Committee

Finance Committee

Safeguarding Link Governor

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

Miss Felic

Ludmila is a teaching assistant specialising in Maths, who has been working alongside the Archer students for two years. This allows her to bring unique insights into the school’s daily life to governing body discussions. She is also extremely enthusiastic about ensuring that the staff’s viewpoints are taken on board where relevant.

Ludmila is involved in a range of learning interventions across all the year groups, supporting both students and staff, to ensure that the highest of standards are met and upheld, whilst pushing the boundaries further to increase the school’s achievement throughout the Maths curriculum

Responsibilities

Staff Governor (non-teaching staff; appointment ratified by the full governing body in March 2015)

Pastoral and Wellbeing Committee

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

halstead-cathyCathy is a freelance copywriter and marketing professional. Her experience ranges from writing television and radio ads to creating websites and digital communications, in both the business and not-for-profit sectors.

Cathy is one of a strong communications team who has worked to keep the local community involved in the progress of the Archer Academy, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Responsibilities

Founder Governor (appointment ratified by the Trust in September 2013)

Communications Working Party

Education and Standards Committee

Literacy and Numeracy Link Governor

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

Lucy HarrisonResponsibilities

Headteacher and Accounting Officer from 1st September 2015

Deputy Headteacher and ex-officio member of governing body from September 2013

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 7 out of 7 meetings

jon

Jon is is Professor of Work and Interaction in the Department of Management at King’s College London where he designs, teaches and examines courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising MSc and PhD students. He has published widely in the fields of sociology, communications and organisation studies.

Jon grew up in West Sussex where he attended his local comprehensive school. He now lives in East Finchley with his wife Melinda – an active member of the school’s founding group who continues to support the school – and their three children.

Responsibilities

Founder Governor (appointment ratified by the Trust in September 2013)

Education and Standards Committee

Chair, Pay Committee

Sixth Form Working Party

Headteacher Performance Management Panel

Thematic Learning Link Governor

Trust Member (elected by Steering Group in July 2013)

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 7 out of 7 meetings

After graduating from Sussex University, Katherine qualified as an English teacher and taught primary and secondary students for almost a decade. Katherine then worked for over fifteen years running the Education department of a library specialising in the Holocaust and Nazi era and subsequently helped coordinate the first European Masters programme in Comparative Genocide at Kingston University.

A lifelong interest in architecture and interiors has led her more recently to work as a project manager with a building company. She has extensive experience of the unpredictability of fundraising and brings this experience to the fundraising committee. Katherine has one son who started at the Archer Academy in 2013.

Responsibilities

Parent Governor (appointment ratified by the full governing body in November 2013)

Resources Committee

Creative and Performing Arts Link Governor

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 7 out of 7 meetings

Image: David Sheinmann

sanjay

Sanjay has spent the last 20 years working in the retail and wholesale sectors of the telecommunications industry.

Most recently, Sanjay has developed the strategy and led the growth of a global consulting practice for BT, helping customers make the most of the wide range of technology enablers that are available to them. He has also worked with the Corporate Social Responsibility team.

He is using his experience to ensure that the school’s infrastructure exploits the best available tools to deliver an outstanding experience for pupils, staff and partners.

Responsibilities

Founder Governor (appointment ratified by Trust in September 2013)

Pastoral and Wellbeing Committee

Chair, the Archer Academy Trust (elected by Steering Group July 2013)

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 6 out of 7 meetings

marcus-bryanBryan has held a number of executive positions with Volkswagen, Lloyd’s Bank and Ford, managing financial services businesses in the UK, Europe, Canada and Latin America. He continues to work in this sector, offering consultancy services to automotive finance clients.

Bryan is using his extensive commercial experience to support the Archer Academy’s business development planning and its employability activities.

Responsibilities

Community Governor (Appointment ratified by full governing body in September 2015)

Chair of FGB Meetings

Pastoral and Wellbeing Committee

Fundraising and Business Development Committee

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 5 out of 7 meetings

sarahp

Sarah is an account manager in the IT and telecommunications industry, with specialist areas including relationship management, project management, and problem resolution.

Sarah also chairs the Fundraising and Business Development committee and is the company secretary for the Trust.

Responsibilities

Founder Governor (appointment ratified by the Trust in September 2013)

Chair, Fundraising and Business Development Committee

Resources Committee

Trust Member (elected by Steering Group in July 2013)

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 7 out of 7 meetings

Joel grew up in nearby Southgate, though fell in love with East Finchley in the late eighties, whilst working in an estate agent during the school holidays.

He has spent the last twelve years working for Kaplan Financial and LSBF as an Accountancy Tutor, helping post graduate students prepare for their professional exams, for both the ACCA and CIMA qualification. The role includes the preparation of teaching materials, both classroom and on line delivery, and the marking of exams.

Responsibilities

Community Governor (appointment ratified by the full governing body in September 2015)

Finance Committee

Science and PE Link Governor

Training Link Governor

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 4 out of 7 meetings

shah-seemaSeema is a qualified accountant who until last year was the senior vice-president and company secretary of an IT/Media plc.  Seema worked there for sixteen years from inception though to flotation in a variety of roles (with a particular emphasis on Finance & HR). Soon after its acquisition, Seema felt it was time to pursue other interests.

Over the last year Seema has focused on both community and charitable projects, including helping the careers department at a local secondary school, raising money for her chosen charity, becoming co-chair of the Parents Association and member of the Bursary Committee at her children’s school.

Responsibilities

Community Governor (appointment ratified by the full governing body in September 2015)

Finance Committee

Fundraising and Business Development Committee

SEND Link Governor

Attendance at FGB 2015-16: 7 out of 7 meetings

 

Responsibilities

Associate Governor for Gifted and Talented (appointment ratified by the full governing body November 2013)

Education and Standards Committee

Responsibilities

Staff Governor
Education and Standards Committee

The following individuals have stepped down from the governing body in the last 12 months:

Alice Humphrey

Appointment ratified by the full governing body in January 2016

Stepped down in January 2017

Anne-Marie Canning 

Appointment ratified by the full governing body in January 2015

Stepped down in November 2016 (now an associate governor)

Roger Chapman

Appointment ratified by the Trust September 2013

Stepped down July 2016 (now an associate governor)

Hannah Forster

Appointment ratified by the Trust September 2013

Stepped down July 2016