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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)

Professor Norbert Pachler (appointed 3 July 2018)

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 Co-Principals 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 five 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 Governing Body since September 2009. Member of the Finance and Audit Committee. 

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 to 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 principles 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 principles. 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 the 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. 


Ms Tina Courtenay-Thompson

Staff Governor - Teaching; Member of the Staffing Committee; Member of the Standards Committee; Staff Voice Link Governor, and Teaching and Learning Link Governor. Appointed September 2018.

Mr John Kalmus

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

John is Regional Manager of the 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 student attending the Academy, John is passionate about the Academy's future and in its continued success and improvement. John feels privleged to serve the school and (most importantly) its wonderful students (our children). 


Councillor Alison Kelly

Local Authority Governor; Chair of the Staffing Committee; Member of the 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-Appointed 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

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member 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 two 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 is a solicitor specialising in employment and business immigration.

ms Penny Longman

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

Mr Mark Quinn

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

Mr Matthew Swales

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

Ms Deb Thomas

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Vice Chair of the Governing Body; Chair of the Standards Committee; Chair of the 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 Michelle McCalden

Parent Governor; Member of the Admissions Committee; Parental Link and Communications Link Governor; Appointed September 2018. 

Michelle is a parent of a Level 1 student at The UCL Academy as well as a younger child currently attending nursery at a local primary school. She enjoys taking part in the vast array of local community events on offer around Swiss Cottage and is keen to help further strengthen the communication link between the parents of students and the Academy.  With strong and clear channels of communication for both parents and teachers to provide feedback and information to one another; our children at the school will be able to excel and feel ever prouder of their school and their own personal achievements. Similarly, teachers will feel better supported by parents in their teaching goals and parents will feel more involved in the learning and all around personal development experiences of their children.

Professionally, Michelle works part-time from home as a freelance web designer and marketing consultant for small businesses. With personal previous experience in home-schooling and applying for school places both in-year and after moving to new areas, she is delighted to also be sitting on the Admissions Committee during her role as parent governor.

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

Professor Sandra Dunsmuir

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Chair of the Admissions Committee; Member of the Standards Committee; SEND Link Governor; Appointed September 2015; Resigned July 2018.

Ms Izabela Samsonowicz

Staff Governor - Non Teaching; Membr of the Standards Committee; Member of the Staffing Committee; Appointed July 2017; Resigned July 2018.

Mr Saul Schneider

Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Finance and Audit Committee; Premises/ Health and Safety Link Governor; Appointed July 2012; Resigned September 2018

 Dr Melanie Ehren

Academy Trust Member; Appointed 2 February 2015; Resigned July 2019.

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.