Our desire is to create one of London’s best teaching and learning environments, at the centre of a thriving, urban community

Robert EvansChair of Governors
Governing body

Governing body

Governors with particular expertise and skills have been appointed to the Academy’s Governing Body.

For details of 2021/22 governor committees and membership please click here

Click here for 2021-2022 governor terms of office

For the 2021-22 register of members’ and governors’ interests please click here

For the governors’ attendance register for 2020-2021 please click here

  • Sir David Clementi

    Trust Member

    Sir David Clementi was formerly Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chair of Prudential plc. He chairs the King’s...

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  • Robert Evans

    Trust Member and Chair of Governors

    Robert Evans is a Partner of Argent (Property Development) Services LLP and a Board Member of King’s Cross Central General...show more

  • Emyr Fairburn

    Founding Head Teacher and Governor ex Officio

    Upon graduating from the University of Wales in 1995 Emyr Fairburn worked in the Cardiff area as a teacher. Being bilingual...show more

  • Michael Freeman

    Trust member

    Michael Freeman is a qualified lawyer who in 1981 co-founded Argent, the development and asset manager of the King’s...show more

  • Clara Freeman

    Trust member

    Clara Freeman OBE was the first woman Director of Marks and Spencer’s. She is currently Trustee of the Girls’ Day Trust...show more

  • Angela Jewell

    Governor and Vice Chair

    Angela Jewell is a Project Manager within the Regeneration Team at Argent. Amongst her responsibilities are: working with...show more

  • Louise Johns-Shepherd


    Louise Johns-Shepherd is Chief Executive of the Centre for Literacy and Primary Education. She brings a wealth of experience...show more

  • Mike Lightbound

    Governor and Vice Chair

    Mike Lightbound works in Argent on the King’s Cross redevelopment. He manages the overall business plan for King’s...show more

  • Jane Roberts


    Jane was Leader of the London Borough of Camden Council from 2000 to 2005 following which she has served in a range of non-executive roles including as...

    Professionally, she is a medical doctor and is an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Whittington Hospital with experience of senior healthcare management in the NHS.show more

  • Jonathan Barratt


    Jonathan Barratt is a freelance consultant in Higher Education and the Creative and Cultural industries.  Jonathan was...show more

  • Antje Saunders

    Parent Governor

    Antje Saunders is the mother of two children in the Early Years at the Academy. Through her professional background as an architect and urban designer,...show more

  • Anthea Harries


    Anthea Harries is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and works for Argent where she is Head of Assets  for the King’s Cross...

    Anthea is mother to two teenage sons and two stepdaughters and is  married to David, a primary school Teacher.show more

  • Roy Griffins


    Roy Griffins chaired the Board of London City Airport for ten years after roles as Director General of the Airports Council International in Brussels and...

    Roy is a graduate of Bristol University (French and German) and studied at the Sorbonne and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris. He was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 2003, and a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France in 2017.show more

  • Alex Woolmore


    Alexandra Woolmore is Head of Planning at Argent where she is responsible for securing planning permissions for Argent’s projects. As part of her role,...show more

  • Andrea Rowe


    Andrea is Head of People at UK Youth where she is responsible for leading on organisational development and change in a progressive people function . Andrea...

    Andrea was previously a trustee at Knights Youth Centre in Streatham.  Andrea grew up in Tottenham in North London and has a BSc degree from the University of Westminster in Psychology and an MSc from London South Bank University in Human Resource Management.show more

  • Emily Hubert

    Staff Governor

    Emily joined the Academy as a Newly Qualified Teacher in 2018, having trained to teach at the University of Cambridge, and taught Year 3 for two years....show more

  • Angela Scheffer

    Chief Financial Officer

    Angela Scheffer lived in Sidney, Australia and worked in pensions and property management. Returning to the UK she worked as a Management Accountant in...show more

  • Faiza Ahmad


    Faiza is Director of Legal and in-house solicitor at Estates & Management Ltd, a market leader specialising in the asset management of freehold and...

    At Estates & Management Faiza is responsible for leading the Legal Department and the delivery of legal and compliance advice to the business across a wide range of legal and operational areas. Prior to joining Estates & Management in 2016 Faiza was a partner at a West End law firm where she specialised in Property Litigation. In 2015 Faiza was described as “outstanding” in the Legal 500, a leading directory of legal services.

    Faiza’s experience of working both as a solicitor in private practice for over a decade and, more recently, in-house, means she approaches day to day matters with a wide-lense and she prides herself in finding practical and pragmatic solutions.

    Faiza is trained as a Mental Health First Aider and has a particular interest in the well-being of staff and pupils.

    Faiza has lived in Kings Cross since 2009.show more

  • Anne Thidemann

    Parent Governor

    Anne is Director of Development and Communications at Commonland, an Amsterdam-based organisation dedicated to restore nature for people in large landscapes...show more

Our desire is to create one of London’s best teaching and learning environments, at the centre of a thriving, urban community

Robert EvansChair of Governors