The Governing Body

Academy Governing Body

Majeda Clarke (Chair of Governors, Vice-Chair of Standards Committee) Link Governor for SEN

Majeda has worked in Education in various roles including Head of English, Literacy Advisor and Gifted and Talented Consultant for Camden Education Authority in the Inspection and Advisory Department. She lives in Islington and is an LGB Governor.

Julius Ajeigbe (Chair of Community Relations & Student Welfare Committee and Safeguarding Governor) - Link Governor for Monitoring RE Policy.

Julius is an Organisation Change Consultant. His focus is to help organisations drive higher performance and improve productivity through new ways of working and improved technology tools and processes. Julius is a Trust Governor.

Tim Allan (Audit Committee)

Tim's professional life has involved giving advice to organisations to help them communicate effectively with key stakeholders. He has often been involved in educational organisations, having provided advice to Teach First, the Academies Schools Trust and foundations with an education focus. He hopes to be able to bring his skills and experience of founding and running a 300-person business to the role. Tim lives in Islington. Tim is an LGB Governor.

Emmanuelle Boisseau - Teacher Governor (Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee)

Emmanuelle is the KS5 Maths Coordinator at St Mary Magdalene Academy. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching Mathematics in the Secondary and Further Educational Sectors. Her experience encompasses managing and developing staff, raising achievement, and improving curriculum planning.

David Forrester (Finance, Premises & Personnel and Standards Committees)

David had a long career as a civil servant, mainly in education. Among other responsibilities, he led the development of directly accountable self-governing schools. Now retired, he is also chairman of an arts charity in East London.  He has lived in Islington for over 40 years. David is an LGB Governor.

Roderick Jones (Community Relations & Student Welfare Committee)

Rod is an electrician by trade but has been looking after a multi-trade team, working in the local area of Islington.  He served as a Governor in the original Primary School before the Academy was founded. Rod is a Trust Governor.

Guilène Marco Parent Governor (Vice-Chair -  Audit, Community Relations and Student Welfar Committee)

Guilene works as a Community Organiser for Islington-based charities. She is also the Chair of a local migrant women's charity. Guilene is the elected Parent Govenor and she has 3 children at the Academy.

Jumana Rahman (Vice-Chair - Finance, Premises & Personnel Committee)

Jumana is a litigation partner in an international law firm. She has long-standing experience in corporate governance, including as a trustee of an East London-based charity. Jumana lives in Islington and is a LGB Governor.

Nicole Williams Support Staff Governor (Community Relations & Student Welfare Committee)

Nicole has worked in the Academy since it opened and previously worked in the St Mary Magdalene Primary School.  Nicole is the Pastoral Analysis and interventions Manager and is committed to engaging pupils with their education and seeing them flourish and reach their potential. She is the elected Support Staff Governor.

Multi Academy Trust (MAT) Board

Rhian Roberts (Chair of the MAT Board)

Rhian is Commissioning Editor for Digital content and podcasts for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 3.  She is also on the board of trustees for Greenbelt Festival and lives in Holloway. 

Harry Tefoglou (Vice-Chair of the MAT Board and Chair of the Finance, Personnel and Premises Committee) 

Harry has been working as a financial professional for over 30 years and is currently managing an investment fund for institutional investors. Harry lives in North London.

Vicky Linsley (CEO and Accounting Officer, Standards, Finance, Personnel and Premises Committees)

Vicky has worked in comprehensive schools in Oxfordshire and Inner London since 1990. As well as teaching and leading schools, she has worked as a Consultant, bringing change to some of London’s most challenging secondary schools. Vicky joined the Academy in 2008 and has been the Headteacher since 2012. She is also an Inspector for Ofsted.

Kathryn Davies (Chair of Standards Committee)

An economist by trade, Kathryn leads a team of global marketing and communications professionals for a large international company. She lives in Islington and has been involved with the Academy since its founding.

David Holland (Chair of Audit Committee)

David is a barrister and Kings Counsel who also sits as a part-time Judge. He lives in Highbury and is an Arsenal fan.  

Liz Adekunle

Liz was formerly Archdeacon of Hackney and a chaplain to His Majesty the King. She lives in central London.

Damilola Ajagbonna

Damilola is an educator and currently Acting Headteacher of Bedford School in Bedford. He trained as a teacher with Teach First and subsequently worked in the inner London Boroughs of Islington and Newham as a teacher and leader. He is passionate about providing an excellent education for every child.

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