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Academy Trust

The Members of the Academy Trust are appointed by the sponsor, UCL (University College London). The role of the Members is distinct from those of the governors. The Members meet bi-annually; they do not play a role in the strategic direction or the day-to-day management of The UCL Academy, but they have responsibility for a small number of significant decisions, as detailed in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, primarily to ensure the accountability of the Governing Body.

Professor Anthony Smith (appointed 2 February 2015)

Professor Lucie Green (appointed 9 January 2018)

Dr Clare Goudy (appointed 2 February 2015)

Dr Melanie Ehrens (appointed 2 February 2015)

Governing Body

The UCL Academy’s Governing Body is made up as follows:

  • Up to ten UCL Sponsor -appointed governors
  • The Co-Principal
  • Two parent governors
  • Two staff governors
  • One Local Authority representative from Camden Council

The role of the Governing Body is to:

  • Ensure clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its students, and the performance management of staff;
  • Oversee the financial performance of the Academy and making sure its money is well spent.

The Governing Body meets six times per year.

The following Committees also meet a minimum of three times per year, to provide further focus on key strategic areas of the Academy:

  • Admissions
  • Finance and Audit
  • Staffing
  • Standards

Governors serve a term of four years. Subject to remaining eligible to be a particular type of Governor, any Governor may be re-appointed or re-elected.

Welcome from the Chair of Governors - Professor Lucie Green 

Chair of Governors, appointed January 2018, member of  the Governoring Body since September 2009. Member of the Admissions Committee; and member of Staffing Committee; Staff Wellbeing and Development Link Governor. 

As Chair of Governors of The UCL Academy I am delighted to be part of a school that is providing new and exciting educational opportunities for our students.  The vision of the Governing Body is that each child will fulfil their potential and become a confident and articulate citizen, and that our staff are supported ti flourish in their careers. We are part of the Camden family of schools and as such seek to support the whole borough.

University College London (UCL) was founded on principals of equality and access to education for all.  Today, the wider UCL and The UCL Academy family are able to work together to build on these principals. In addition, areas such as curriculum development, academic excellence and careers advice all benefit from a broad range of activities that are run between The UCL Academy and UCL.  We are exploring new ways for universities and schools to collaborate in order to improve the outcomes for all our students and provide a rewarding environment for all our staff to work in. 

I welcome any comments or enquiries from parents and can be contacted via Clerk to the Governors. 

Lucie is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, where she studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. In particular, Lucie is interested in understanding why immense magnetic fields in the Sun’s atmosphere sporadically erupt into the Solar System. If these eruptions reach the Earth they can drive major space weather events that create problems with our electricity distribution, communications and navigation. Lucie’s decision to work in academia reflects her passion not only to learn more about the Universe, but also to share what is learned with school students and the general public. Her commitment to education in the widest sense is the reason why she became a governor at the UCL Academy. She believes that education of the highest quality should be available to all and that universities should engage with their communities to support younger learners.

As well as carrying out astrophysics research and being an Academy governor, Lucie is very active in public engagement with science, sits on the Advisory Board for the Science Museum, is a presenter on the BBC’s Sky at Night and Stargazing Live programmes and is the Chief Stargazer at the Society for Popular Astronomy.



Mr Simon McBride — Co-Principal


Ms Helen Connor

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of Finance and Audit Committee; Appointed December 2015. 

Helen is the head teacher of Rhyl, a primary School in the London Borough of Camden. She has previously been a head teacher of two successful inner city primary schools in London with strong practice in the area of inclusion and special educational needs. She is attracted to the academy's innovative approach to the curriculum and progressive teaching methods and has a particular interest in supporting the academy to enable all students to explore a career path which is individually designed so they can reach their future potential. 


Professor Sandra Dunsmuir

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Chair of the Admissions Committee; Member of the Standards Committee; SEND Link Governor; Appointed September 2015.

Sandra Dunsmuir is Director of the Educational Psychology Group at UCL where she leads professional doctorate training in educational psychology. She is also programme Co-Director of the UCL postgraduate courses in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Young People, based at the Anna Freud Centre.  As well as being a qualified teacher, Sandra has extensive experience working as an educational psychologist in four different local authorities in the south-east of England and continues to practice on a regular basis with children, their families and teachers in school and community settings. Her academic research and publications focus on relationships and communication, parent-teacher trust, interventions to support children's learning and cross-professional collaborative working. Sandra has a longstanding interest in teaching and learning at all levels of the educational system and is committed to the vision of the UCL Academy in delivering high quality inclusive education to all, and in particular, to those who are disadvantaged, have mental health needs and special educational needs and disabilities.


Mr John Kalmus

Parent Governor; Member of Standards Committee; Pastoral and Student Wellbeing Link Governor Appointed February 2016.

John is Regional Manager of Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University, where he manages the Mary Seacole Programme, in partnership with the Hay Group, for the NHS Leadership Academy.The programme aims to develop the leadership skills of front-line managers in the NHS. During the course of a year, each student designs and implements an improvement initiative, based in their workplace (eg hospital or NHS trust), which has a positive impact on the patient experience.

As a parent of a Foundation level student, John is passionate about the Academy’s future and in its continued success and improvement. John feels privileged to serve the school, the parents and (most importantly) its wonderful students (our children).


Councillor Alison Kelly

Local Authority Governor; Member of the Staffing Committee; Finance and Audit Committee; Safeguarding Link Governor; Appointed September 2013. 

Alison has been a governor at The UCL Academy since 2013, nominated by Camden Council. Alison is a councillor in Camden, where she chairs the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee. Alison was employed in senior roles in public bodies for many years, working with families with children with special needs, managing all services to children and young people in an inner London borough and then in the Audit Commission where she became Head of Governance. Before becoming an education officer, Alison worked with the government, the Open University and CIPFA on developing materials for school governors. She also had a weekly column in the Times Education Supplement for several years. Alison has always lived in Camden and has chaired various Camden schools, including secondary, primary, special and nursery schools. Alison is an active trustee of a human rights charity and of a  national institute for group psychotherapy. Alison is a devoted and adoring grandparent.


Mr Ewan Labrom

Sponsor Governor; Member of the Finance and Audit Committee; Audit Link Governor; Appointed February 2014.

Ewan has over 30 years of experience within the financial services industry. He is a Managing Director in client relations at Napier Park Global Capital and previously spent over 20 years at Morgan Stanley where he was also a Managing Director. He started his career as a credit analyst at Midland Bank. Ewan has an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a BSc (First Class) in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University.He is particularly attracted to the Academy's progressive teaching methods, strength of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, and commitment from UCL. He highlights the state-of-the-art facilities and equal opportunity education for students from the local area where he has lived all his adult life.


Ms Jessica Learmond-Criqui

Ms Jessica Learmond-Criqui – Sponsor Governor; Chair of the Staffing Committee; Member of the Admissions Committee; HR/Recruitment Link Governor; Appointed July 2012.

Jessica has served on the Governing Body of the UCL Academy since September 2012.  As a mother of 2 young children, one of whom is about to enter secondary education, Jessica is interested in the education system and the link between the ability to develop children to reach their maximum potential through education and the realisation of their career and lifetime goals and aspirations.  She is passionate about securing high standards of achievement across all areas of the curriculum and in the provision of an enriched and inclusive education for all while exploring the particular advantages which UCL as a sponsor can bring to the Academy. Jessica chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Admissions Committee and the Curriculum and Standards Committee. Jessica is a solicitor specialising in employment and business immigration.


ms Penny Longman

Sponser Appointed Governor; Appointed January 2018; Member of the Standards Committee; Careers and Post-16 Link Governor.

Mark Quinn

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Staffing Committee; Staff Wellbeing and Development Link Governor; Appointed July 2018.

Mr Saul Schneider

Sponsor Governor; Member of the Finance and Audit Committee; Premises/ Health and Safety Link Governor; Appointed July 2012.

Saul is a Senior Associate at Metro Dynamics. He works with Metro Dynamics to provide expertise around land and property issues to understand how to utilise public sector property and land portfolios, and funding options, to drive economic growth.

He previously worked as an Investment Director for Strategic Partnerships at John Laing, specialising in public private partnerships in an education, local authority and health context. His work involved establishing JL as a market leader in public private development projects and on forming joint ventures with new companies with whom John Laing could bid and win new development projects.

He has also recently worked as a Commercial Projects Director at Viridian Housing, where he worked the chief executive, the board and the operational teams to establish an agreed set of parameters to value and measure Viridian’s commercial schemes and then work on maximising their value to the business. The varied role commenced with first identifying underperforming assets and then agreeing a strategy to increase their value to the business.

Mr Matthew Swales

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Chair of Finance and Audit Committee; Finance/Recovery Plan Link Governor; Appointed September 2016; 

Ms Deb Thomas

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Vice Chair of the Governoring Body; Chair of the Standards Committee; member of Admissions Committee; Curriculum/STEM Link Governor; Appointed October 2013. 

Deb is a qualified structural engineer and until recently was a Director at Arup where she had worked since graduation. She has lived in London for over 28 years during which time she has worked on a wide variety of projects including offices, schools and galleries.

As an engineer she has an enthusiasm for the STEM specialism that helps define the UCL Academy and is keen to encourage more students to consider careers in science and engineering. Deb’s older son joined the Academy in 2013 in the second cohort of students and is now studying for his GCSEs. She has a younger son who has just started primary school and so is even more committed to the long term success of the Academy. As Curriculum Link Governor and Chair of the Standards Committee Deb has a particular interest in the teaching and learning that takes place in the Academy and wants to see all students progress to their highest possible level.

Ms Izabela Samsonowicz

Staff Governor- non teaching; Member of the Standards Committee; Member of Staffing Committee Appointed July 2017; 

Professor David Price

Chair of Governors; Appointed September 2012; Resigned January 2018

Mr Robert Gratton

Staff Governor; Member of the Staffing Committee; Staff Voice Link Governor; Appointed September 2015. Resigned March 2018

Contacting The Governors

To contact the governors, or to raise any governance queries, please email the Clerk to the Governors, Louise Garcia, on the following: l.garcia@uclacademy.co.uk or by post to The UCL Academy.