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 All Saints 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 All Saints Academy.

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 All Saints Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.


You can find the Funding documents for Ark All Saints Academy here:

Ark Schools Master Funding Agreement.pdf

PDF iconSupplemental Funding Agreement

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


Ark All Saints Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to ten members appointed by Ark, to include the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
  • The Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from Southwark
  • One Diocesan representative

Governors are appointed/elected for three year terms, up to a maximum of ten years.  The initial term of the first Chair will be three years, with annual election by the LGB thereafter. Academy staff may not be Chair or Vice Chair of the LGB.

Ark Schools 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 Schools


The LGB meets four times a year.

The Clerk to the Governors is Nicola Peake ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please see here. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact


Jonny Smith (Chair and Parent Governor)

Jonny has lived in the borough of Southwark for 14 years of his life, and currently lives in the Camberwell area. He is married and has two children. In 2003 Jonny was ordained as a Salvation Army minister, and has since led 2 churches and currently has the position of the Salvation Army's intercultural mission enabler. This role sees Jonny travelling the country, trying to help the Salvation Army become far more racially diverse. Prior to joining the Salvation Army, Jonny was a qualified Financial Adviser, and also worked in the field of banking.
Jonny is passionate about engaging more with the school for two reasons. Firstly, his son is a scholar at AASA. Secondly, he longs to see this school be a place where all people reach their potential and realise that everyone is uniquely gifted.

Richard Bool (SDBE Representative, Vice Chair & SEND Link Governor)

I have been a teacher for 15 years. I have taught Geography, Politics and Economics and was a Housemaster for five years in a boys’ boarding school. Prior to moving into teaching, I was a solicitor in a large commercial law firm for five years. I am very sporty, and in the past, played significant amounts of competitive cricket, rugby and football, and I continue to play competitive squash on a regular basis. I am also a keen linguist and speak fluent French, German and Italian, and I am currently learning Turkish. I wanted to become a Governor of Ark All Saints because I have always felt that the independent and mainstream sectors could help one another and whilst I hope that I can contribute, I am also confident that I will learn a great deal.

Abiola Babarinde (Ark Nominated Governor)

Abiola is a writer, consultant and speaker based in London. Her work focuses on promoting personal development and wellness for all. She is the author of 'Take What You Need': life lessons for people who refuse to settle, which furthers this cause. She also spends time helping organisations of all kinds develop more effective social media and digital marketing strategies. Prior to this, she worked as a management consultant at two 'Big 4' firms.

Abiola is passionate about educating, inspiring and stewarding the next generation towards a bright future, and believes that being a school governor is vital to achieving this. Alongside her passion for creativity and the arts, she is also highly engaged in the entrepreneurial startup landscape and is a member of diverse, dynamic organisations that celebrate these values

Eve Berry (Chair of Finance Committee, Finance Link Governor and Health & Safety Link Governor)

Eve Berry qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and has over 12 years of being a Finance Director and a Board member in her career to date. Eve has worked predominantly in professional business services organisations across a number of industry sectors including international pharmaceutical and healthcare, publishing and business information and recruitment. A key focus for Eve is to create high performing and commercially supportive finance and administrative functions for the organisations in which she has worked. This benefits the organisational management team to increase their understanding of the critical financial aspects. This enables and better supports the senior team allowing improved informed decision-making to support efficient sustainable operations. Eve is delighted to be able to bring her commercial skills and experience to the school, in the role of Governor with particular interest in the finances and has been involved in the school since 2012.

Aisling Cregan (Ark Link Governor)

Aisling is a Programme Manager for Ark Teacher Training who holds a keen interest in the potential of data analysis to improve school performance. A Southwark resident, she is looking to become more involved with Ark on a community level by engaging with and assisting schools in her local areas and ensuring opportunity for the borough’s scholars.

Edward Rainer (Southwark Representative & Science Link Governor)

I am Southwark Council's representation on the Ark All Saints Academy Local Governing Body. Originally from Liverpool, I studied BSc in Management with IT at the University of York before moving to London in 2008. I worked briefly at Lehman Brothers before continuing my career at the London Stock Exchange Group. Now Group Product Manager, I have teams in Sri Lanka, Italy and the UK, managing large-scale international projects and a diverse set of products. I have a keen interest in education and its rapidly changing landscape and hope to positively influence the continued growth of the Ark All Saints Academy whilst building the Academy's links to the City of London and the wider professional community.

Laura Stone (Safeguarding Link Governor)

Laura has worked in secondary education for 11 years both in Bristol and Inner City London. She joined Ark in 2010 and worked at Ark Burlington Danes for 8 years. During her time as Vice Principal she led on T&L, pastoral care and safeguarding. She is now Head of Ark Teacher Training and responsible for the next generation of Ark teachers. She is also a passionate geographer and has sat on the Council at the Royal Geographical Society as Honorary Secretary for Education for the past 6 years. Her motivation for being a governor is to provide external support and guidance as well as being a critical friend to the Principal, so that they can further develop their school for the benefit of the pupils.

Lucy Frame (Principal)

I am the Principal at Ark All Saints Academy. I was a Vice Principal at Walworth Academy (another Ark school) for a number of years before leaving to become the founding Principal of Ark All Saints Academy.


LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2018/19
Eve Berry 01/09/2013 Ark Nominated


4 out of 4

Aisling Cregan 01/09/2016 Ark Link 1. Employment: Ark Teacher Training    4 out of 4
Richard Bool 01/09/2013 Diocese
  1. Principal: Lingfield Notre Dame School

3 out of 4

Lucy Frame 01/09/2013 Principal
  1. Husband (Craig Murdoch) teaches instrumental lessons at AASA, The School Superintendents Association

4 out of 4

Peter Martin  01/09/2013 - 31/12/2019 Chair (former)
  1. Education Consultant to ARK International
  2. Director of PSMB Consulting Ltd
  3. Spouse was Director for Education for ARK Schools until retirement, August 31st 2014)

4 out of 4

Edward Rainer 11/12/2013 Local Authority Rep
  1. Employee: London Stock Exchange Group
  2. Member: Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM)

3 out of 4

Johnny Smith 31/08/2017 Chair and Parent 1. Employment: Employed as a Salvation Army officer, responsible for intercultural mission in the United Kingdom and Ireland Salvation Army Territory  4 out of 4
Jane Steen 05/11/2013 - 31/01/2020 Diocese (former)
  1. Archdeacon of Southwark
  2. Member: Management committee of the Southwark Cathedral Education Centre
  3. Governor: Marlborough College

3 out of 4

Eleanor Whitehead 01/07/2018 - 24/05/2019  Ark Nominated (former) 1. Employment: Business Development Manager, Ambition School Leadership 1 out of 3

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 her time in post.