Governors with particular expertise and skills have been appointed to the Academy’s Governing Body.
For the 2019-20 register of members’ and governors’ interests please click here
For the governors’ attendance register for 2017 – 2018 please click here
For the governors’ attendance register for 2018 – 2019 please click here
Sir David Clementi
Sir David Clementi was formerly Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and Chair of Prudential plc. He chairs the King’s... Cross Central General Partner Limited Board, was formerly Warden (Chair of Governors) of Winchester College, a Member of the Mercers’ Court; Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford; and Honorary Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
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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... Partner Limited: the Developer of King’s Cross project. He has been closely involved with the whole site redevelopment since 2001. As a Member of the Camden Partnership for Educational Excellence (CPEE) Board he has worked with a number of local schools and in particular with Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children in drawing up the vision and plans for the Academy. He chairs the development committee of a property trade organisation, the British Property Federation and is also involved in regeneration work in Tottenham, as independent Chair of the Tottenham Landowners and Major Businesses Group. Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
He is also the father of two primary school aged children.show moreshow less
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... he worked in both English and Welsh language schools and supported the development of a Welsh curriculum for first language English speakers. After developing an ICT programme of study based around newly emerging internet technology he moved in 2000 to London as a teacher and ICT coordinator at Thornhill Primary School, Islington. During his time in Islington he supported other schools with the use of creative technologies to transform children’s learning and worked his way to becoming Deputy Headteacher of the school. At Thornhill Emyr helped to develop an innovative curriculum and assessment practices which resulted in the school recently being recognised as one of the top 200 schools in the country for children’s progress in learning. Emyr is very proud to be the founding Headteacher of King’s Cross Academy and looks forward to building a successful learning community.show moreshow less
Trust member, Governor and Vice Chair
Michael Freeman is a qualified lawyer who in 1981 co-founded Argent, the development and asset manager of the King’s... Cross development, with his brother. He and his wife Clara have set up a charitable trust which supports a number of educational charities including sponsoring Teach First teachers in two Camden schools and also a Civitas supplementary school. As a non-executive Director of Argent, Deputy Chairman of the Royal Parks Foundation, a former trustee of the Almeida Theatre in Islington and with a great interest in world history, Michael brings a wide range of skills to us.show moreshow less
Clara Freeman OBE was the first woman Director of Marks and Spencer’s. She is currently Trustee of the Girls’ Day Trust... and Deputy Chair of the Court of Governors of University of the Arts, London. She was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to Women in the Workforce. Clara brings a wealth of understanding of running organisations, education and the arts at all levels.show moreshow less
Governor and Vice Chair
Angela Jewell is a Project Manager within the Regeneration Team at Argent. Amongst her responsibilities are: working with... Camden and Islington schools and building relationships with the local community. Angela has worked on the King’s Cross project for almost six years and in that time has built strong relationships with local schools, delivering a number of educational projects on site. These projects have aimed to raise educational attainment through applied ‘real-life’ learning and develop school pupils’ employability skills. Angela also sits on the Camden Education Business Links Project Board, which explores how businesses in Camden can be encouraged to support local schools through work experience, mentoring and other projects.show moreshow less
Louise Johns-Shepherd is Chief Executive of the Centre for Literacy and Primary Education. She brings a wealth of experience... in education leadership and in primary schools. She was a Senior Director at the Primary National Strategies and Head Teacher Consultant at the National College of School Leadership. Louise trained as a primary school teacher at Homerton College Cambridge, studied for her MA at the Institute of Education and has taught for her entire career in London. Louise has been the Head Teacher of two schools, a nursery school and children’s centre in Lambeth and, most recently, a primary school in Southwark. Under her leadership the school moved from a very challenging position to one of the fifty most improved schools in England. Louise’s interests are in assessment, progression and curriculum development as well as all aspects of organisational leadership.show moreshow less
Leanne is the mother of two children attending Kings Cross Academy and has lived in Camden for more than 9 years. She has a professional background in... urban planning and an MSc in Urban Regeneration. Leanne has worked in the private, public and charitable sectors and brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to the Governing Body.show moreshow less
Mike Lightbound works in Argent on the King’s Cross redevelopment. He manages the overall business plan for King’s... Cross and is responsible for many of the financial aspects of the development. Mike also leads the Asset Management team – the group responsible for managing the growing retained estate at King’s Cross. Before joining Argent, Mike worked at Swiss Re and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the UK and the Caribbean. He is a Chartered Accountant and has a degree in Structural Engineering. Mike will bring essential financial skills to the governing body. He has two children in primary school.show moreshow less
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... Chair of the Councillors Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government, Chair of Parenting UK, a member of the Ofsted board, Chair of New Local Government Network and currently Chair of the charity, Living Streets. She is a former governor of Eleanor Palmer School and Regent High. She is a member of the Remuneration Board of the Welsh Assembly. Appointed DBE 2004.
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 moreshow less
Jonathan Barratt is Dean of Development and Quality for Central Saint Martins, a constituent college of the University... of the Arts London. Jonathan’s role includes responsibility for working with local schools, colleges, community organisations and local government agencies. With a Bachelor and Master’s degree in industrial design. Jonathan’s career covers work in the design industry, as Course Director for MA Industrial Design, Assistant Dean for the School of Graphic and Industrial Design, the service and manufacturing industries, national governments and NGOs in Europe and Asia. Jonathan has substantial experience in leadership, management and institutional governance and in educational development. Jonathan has lived in north London for over twenty years. He is committed to the social and cultural development of the King’s Cross area and to equality of access and opportunity at all levels of educationshow moreshow less
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,... she has a far-reaching understanding of the setting of the school in the wider Kings Cross Central Development as well as a keen interest in learning environments. She chairs the Camden Broadway Conservation Area Advisory Committee and is also a member in the Camden Symphony Orchestra.show moreshow less
Kay Baxter is the Deputy Headteacher at the academy. She is also the SENCO and Inclusion Manager. Being a lifelong resident, attending both primary and... secondary schools in Camden, Kay is passionate about the education and care of all of the pupils’ living in the borough and attending King’s Cross Academy. Previously Kay has worked as a support worker for children in need; play worker for children and families living in temporary accommodation before re-training to become a primary school teacher. Previously, Kay developed an online e-safety programme for children in the Early Years, Key stage 1 and 2 called ‘My Digital Family Project’ alongside the Parent Zone and Vodaphone. The project aimed to give parents an insight to their children’s’ digital learning styles and internet habits; the outcome being how pupils’ were then equipped with the skills to keep themselves safe online. Kay is currently part of Camden’s Early Years Moderation team alongside the boroughs Early Years consultants; this is her fourth year within this role.show moreshow less
Josh is Frontline’s founder and chief executive. Josh is a former secondary school teacher and an alumni of Teach First. He taught in schools across... Greater Manchester where he first developed the ideas that would lead to Frontline. He was a head of department before setting up Frontline in 2013. Since then Frontline has brought hundreds of new professionals into social work, secured widespread and cross-party support and expanded to become a national charity.
Josh grew up in Rochdale and has degrees from the universities of Edinburgh and Manchester. He sits on the Children’s Commissioner’s Advisory Board, is an associate fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) and was recognised in 2017 by Forbes as one of their ‘30 Under 30’ social entrepreneurs in Europe.show moreshow less
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... Estate. She also sits on the RICS UK and Ireland Board where her remit is to focus,
in part, on the diversity and inclusivity strategy for the Built Environment and its Professional body. In addition, she is a Board member for Urban Partners, and organisation focused on working with the local communities to create a thriving neighbourhood for all.
Anthea is mother to two teenage sons and two stepdaughters and is married to David, a primary school Teacher.show moreshow less
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... British Chair of the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission. His previous career as a senior civil servant and diplomat included the UK’s Director General of Civil Aviation and Director of Railways, when he was responsible for the development of the UK’s first high speed rail line (HS1).
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 moreshow less
Governors' Term of Office
Name Date appointed/renewed End date Robert... Evans December 2013, December 2017 December 2021 Michael Freeman December 2013, December 2017 December 2021 Anita Sadler December 2013, December 2017 December 2021 (resigned Nov 2018) Michael Lightbound July 2014, December 2018 December 2022 Angela Jewell July 2014, July 2019 July 2023 Louise John Shepherd July 2014, December 2018 December 2022 Leanne Keltie December 2016 December 2020 Jonathan Barratt October 2014, October 2018 December 2022 Jane Roberts July 2015, July 2019 July 2023 Kay Baxter December 2015 December 2019 Antje Saunders December 2015,December 2019 December 2019,December 2022 Josh MacAlister May 2018 May 2022 Roy Griffin November 2018 November 2022 Anthea Harries January 2020 January 2024