Welcome from Professor Lucie Green, Chair of Governors
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 fulfill 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 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 the Clerk to the Governors Louise Garcia – firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Governing Body
The Governing Body of The UCL Academy is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Academy, holding the Co-Principals to account for the educational performance of students and performance of staff, and overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and ensuring its money is well spent.
Governors serve a term of four years and subject to remaining eligible to be a particular type of governor, any governor may be re-appointed or re-elected. It is made up of up to ten UCL sponsor-appointed governors, one co-principal, two parent governors, two staff governors and one local authority representative from Camden Council.
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:
- Finance and Audit
Governors on the Governing Body:
Professor Lucie Green – Chair of Governors, appointed January 2018, member of the Governing Body since September 2009. Member of the Finance and Audit Committee
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. Her commitment to education in the widest sense is the reason 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.
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
Penny is a Careers Consultant at UCL, where she works with students to help them progress into graduate employment or further study. Prior to joining UCL she worked for many years as a Careers and Higher Education Adviser in a 6th form college and a school. She was responsible for careers education, information, advice and guidance and supported students through the university application process and into jobs or apprenticeships. She has a degree in Music and more recently completed an MA in Education Studies, for which she researched students’ experiences of higher education and factors which help them get the most out of university.
Mr Mark Quinn – Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Staffing Committee; Staff Wellbeing and Development Link Governor; Appointed July 2018.
Mark was born and grew up in Northern Ireland and, after three years working at the University of Gdansk in Poland, moved to England in 1994 to become a History teacher. Mark taught in schools in London and Essex for 22 years, taking on roles such as Head of Sixth Form and Assistant Headteacher for staff development, and studying for the National Professional Qualification for Headship and a Masters in Education. Mark undertook associate work for Middlesex University (school-based Masters) and London Metropolitan University (teacher training) before joining the Institute of Education at UCL full time in 2017. He now mainly works on middle leadership and research and development programmes, largely in London schools. Mark is a founding member and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. When not working or spending time with his family, Mark likes to write fiction. His first novel was published in 2016.
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; Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee; Finance/Recovery Plan Link Governor; Appointed September 2016
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.
Ms Fjolle Bunjaku – Co-Opted Governor; Appointed February 2019; Member of the Academy’s Health and Safety / Premises Committee; Health and Safety / Premises Link Governor
Mr Gregory Smith – Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Appointed February 2019; Member of the Standards Committee; Member of the Admissions Committee; SEND Link Governor
Gregory became a governor at The UCL Academy after having lived nearby for the past few years and in wanting to contribute to the excellent Academy. Gregory is a civil servant in Westminster, and spends most of his time focused on Government regulations. Gregory has a strong interest in data analysis, and hopes that his skill set will bring value to the Governing Board, and the school.
Ms Jade Huang – Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Appointed January 2019; Member of the Standards Committee
Jade is a registered architect working on public, community and education projects with AAB architects. Alongside this she teaches at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, and has an on-going interest in the pedagogical fields within the arts, design and technology. She firmly believes in an education that engages across subjects offering broad perspectives for a fast-changing society, and is committed to the UCL Academy’s energetic vision and learning philosophy. Jade’s previous experience include healthcare, higher education, housing and public arts projects with Stanton Williams architects. She has spent time working in Beijing, and has taught workshops with Crisis Skylight, the Glasgow School of Art as well as various secondary schools as part of the RIBA Ambassadors programme.
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
Ms Izabela Samsonowicz – Staff Governor – Non Teaching; Member of the Standards Committee; Member of the Staffing Committee; Appointed July 2017; Resigned July 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
For Governing Body parent updates 2017/18 click here
For Governing Body parent updates 2018/19 click here
For the Governors Body meeting attendance log click here
Members of the Academy Trust
Members of the Academy Trust are appointed by the sponsor, UCL (University College London). The role of the Trust Members is distinct from those of the Governors; they do not play a role in the strategic direction or day to day management of the 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.
The Academy Trust meets bi-annually and the current members are:
- 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)
Dr Melanie Ehren – Academy Trust Member; Appointed 2 February 2015; Resigned July 2018
For the Register of Interests of current Governors and members of the Academy Trust click here