Academies are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, many are part of multi-academy trusts – a network of schools under one legal body.

Ark Brunel Primary Academy is part of Ark Schools - a leading education charity and one of the country’s top-performing academy operators. Ark is non-denominational and does not make any profit from running its schools.

Ark’s relationship with the Secretary of State is set out in the Master Funding Agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark Brunel.

PDF iconArk Schools Master Funding Agreement

Ark Brunel Supplemental Funding Agreement 2013

PDF iconArk Brunel Supplemental Funding Agreement Deed of Variation 2016

Every school in the Ark network is the legal responsibility of the Ark Schools Board. This board focuses on statutory duties and delegates most day-to-day responsibilities to each school’s individual Local Governing Body (LGB). This means that Ark Brunel's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website.

Ark Schools' address is: 

The Yellow Building
1 Nicholas Road
London W11 4AN
Phone: 020 3116 0800


Ark Brunel Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

Six to ten members appointed by the Ark Director of Governance, to include the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area

  • Ark Brunel Academy Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Governors are appointed/elected for three-year terms.

Ark aims to create a balanced group that will have the right skills, connections and dynamic for the LGB to work well and support the school in achieving exceptional performance:

  • Good insight into the specific challenges at the school and the general challenges of operating top-quality schools
  • Excellent community links
  • Specific skills as needed by/relevant to the school
  • A link to the senior executive team of Ark

The LGB meets four times a year.


The current Clerk to Governors is Catherine Hughes ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit the Ark website.

If you have any governance-related queries, please contact


Elizabeth Dawson (Chair)

Liz is the Director of Governance for Ark and Ark Schools and leads on governance, legal and compliance activities.  She has worked in governance in education, charities and professional bodies and as well as being a company secretary has a law degree which she studied for part-time as a mature student.  Liz has also trained in arbitration, as an adviser for Citizen's Advice Bureau and is a mentor with The Girls Network.

George Alvares-Correa (Ark Nominated Governor)

George works at Apple, where he manages commercial relationships with music publishers outside of the United States. He joined Apple from BMG, where he worked on strategy and investments. Before his career in entertainment, George worked in finance. He holds a BA in Philosophy, Economics and Slavic Literature from Northwestern University and an MSc Finance from the London School of Economics. George is from New York. 

Rosanna De Lisle (Parent Governor)

Rosanna has been a parent at Ark Brunel since 2014. Her son, Arthur (Y4), learned to read and write in his first term in Reception and she has been consistently impressed by the quality of the teaching and the positive ethos of the school. In 2015-16 she volunteered to hear Y1 children read, and she would like to be more involved with Ark Brunel and the Ark network. Rosanna is a freelance journalist and interior designer. She read History at Oxford University and then taught History A level. She grew up in Notting Hill, now lives in Kensal Green and is interested in both the regeneration of the area and the preservation of its historic and multicultural character. With the Kensal Triangle Residents' Association she is campaigning to install green-man lights at the busy junction of Harrow Road and Ladbroke Grove, which is crossed by hundreds of schoolchildren every day.

Jennifer Grubb (Teaching Staff Governor)

Jennifer has been a teacher at Ark Brunel for 7 years and is currently the Year 6 teacher and English Co-ordinator, as well as Lower KS2 leader. Her purpose for taking on the teacher governor role was to understand more fully how the school is run from all areas. Jennifer originally hails from Canada but has lived in the UK for 12 years. Her variety of interests is broad, including: reading, music, theatre and Shakespeare.

Stephen Hermer (Ark Nominated Governor and Vice-Chair)

Stephen has been a solicitor in private practice for many years, and is currently general counsel at a leading international law firm with a focus on the technology, media and telecoms sector. Stephen has also sat on the board of a large global listed corporation, as well as being an elected (non-executive) member of the board of two law firms. He believes passionately in the importance of education and in helping young people to achieve their full potential, and has for many years been involved in the "Lawyers in Schools" initiative, a programme run by the Citizenship Foundation that is designed to give school-children the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions about their rights and responsibilities.  

Guy Holloway (Ark Nominated Governor and Finance Link)

Guy comes from an international development background and specialises in programme delivery, policy analysis and development, and strategy and has worked for intergovernmental agencies and NGOs across the globe. Guy is currently Deputy CEO of World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Formerly, he managed Arks international Health and Child Protection Programmes globally with a main focus on supporting Arks Zimbabwe office to spin off into an independent entity. Prior to this Guy worked for the Commonwealth Foundation as part of the capacity development and governance teams where he delivered the pan-Commonwealth civil society Post-2015 Development Agenda involving over 350 national CSOs across 14 southern countries. Guy has also worked with BRAC and CIVICUS, two leading international development organisations working on governance, health, education, livelihoods and human rights.

Leila Mactavish (Ark Link and SEND Link)

Leila is Strategic Lead at Ark Teacher Training. She is an experienced teacher, school leader and teacher trainer. After ten years in the charity sector she moved to education and has held a variety of roles including Vice Principal, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Head of Initial Teacher Education. Leila is passionate about social justice and the power of education to transform lives. She is the mother of two and lives in North London.

Cllr Nadia Nail (Local Authority Governor and Safeguarding Link)

Nadia Nail has vast working experience extended to over 25 years. She worked as an early years’ educator with London Early Years Foundation, a community interpreting tutor with Lambeth Education.
She joined the NHS ( Sure Start) programme and worked with them as an Arabic speaker. Also worked as project manager for the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea.

Tricia Reyes Caffrey (Ark Nominated Governor and Community Link)

As a parent, Tricia has a strong invested interest in the Ark network as a whole.She would like to see the children continue to thrive in their school environment. Not only that, but she too is committed to enhancing both student and staff experiences

Phil Powell (Principal)

Phil Powell is the Principal of Ark Brunel Academy.


All appointments are made by the Director of Governance for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post. Governors may be reappointed for further terms.


The register of interests and attendance information for governors can be found here: 

Ark Brunel Primary Academy - Declarations of Interest 2021-22.pdf

Ark Brunel Primary Academy - Governor Attendance 2020-21.pdf