Governors and Governance
Local governing body (LGB)
Kensington Primary Academy’s local governing body is responsible for the quality of education at the school.
Governors focus on ensuring the school has a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction. We hold our headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and we oversee the financial performance of the school, including ensuring that its budget is well spent.
We have seven governors on the team. We will appoint at least one parent governors and a staff governor during 2017/18. We've recruited a governance team to bring the skills and experience that we need to perform the functions described above.
Our governing body will evolve as the school grows. However, in line with both Lord Nash and Sir Michael Wilshaw’s recent comments about the excessive size of governing bodies, we intend to keep our team small to ensure it is effective.
Governors exercise their responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff. We do not make day to day decisions on the operational running of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when governors then have a duty to investigate and take action. Instead, governors focus on longer-term strategic issues and on checking that the daily operations are taking place in line with the school’s vision, aims and strategic plan.
The local governing body is made up of the following individuals.
Suzie Hobart, Chair of Governors
Suzie Hobart is the Chair of Governors of the Kensington Primary Academy. Suzie is a director of the Knowledge Schools Trust, the body which oversees KPA and a Trustee of the Knowledge Schools Foundation Trust. She has been a governor at West London and Earl's Court Free School Primaries and is Chair of the Joint Primaries Education and Curriculum Sub-Committees. Suzie's career has included working as a project manager and business process consulting in the IT industry and as an independent project manager in the Education sector. She specialises in the opening of new schools. Suzie is the mother of three children. She was educated at an Independent Grammar School and went on to study Engineering at Oxford.
Jane Emmett is the Headteacher of Fulham Prep School. She founded the school in 1996 and has over 30 years of experience in education, having tought in both the independent and state sectors.
Fulham Prep was ranked 'Outstanding' by Ofsted during its most recent inspection in 2014. In the report, Jane's leadership of the school was singled out for praise: "The Principal knows the school extremely well and provides the senior leaders with clear direction and the right mix of support and challenge to inspire them to pursue excellence." Jane is also a director of the Knowledge Schools Trust.
James is a political adviser in Westminster. A graduate of politics and English, James also holds a master’s degree in public policy.
Before his journey into politics, James worked as a consultant with a manufacturing consortium, and gained practical classroom experience while teaching at Harrow School, Bangkok. His interests in education have also seen him take on leadership roles in his own school's alumni association and within a policy think tank.
A keen swimmer, climber and outdoor enthusiast, James takes the opportunity to get active whenever possible.
Vivian Haines, Vice Chair
A qualified lawyer currently with Stonehage Fleming Law Limited, Vivian has practiced in the fields of international private client, share schemes and art law for the last 18 years. His primary focus is to look after entrepreneurs, their estates and tax-related issues. He also acts as family counsel and helps mediate conflict among family members.
Married to Anna, with two children, Vivian lives in Acton. When not working, he relaxes by playing the piano, running around a squash court and cycling. He also retains an interest in learning and the arts, having completed a BA at Manchester University in History of Art and Philosophy. While new to the role of Governor, Vivian is very excited by this new project and doing all he can to support its success.
James is an independent advisor to investment funds, family offices and companies. He was previously Joint Managing Partner of FPK Capital, a financial services sector investment fund sponsored by J.C. Flowers & Co. Prior to this, he was Head of Private Equity for Lord Rothschild's investment group, including RIT Capital Partners Plc. He began his career as an investment banker with Bear Stearns in New York and was subsequently an M&A advisor at UBS Warburg in London. He holds a M.A. in History from Christ’s College, Cambridge. James is Chairman of the Investment Committee of Poul & Erna Sehested Hansens Fond, a Danish medical and educational charity; a trustee of Barry & Martin's Trust, a UK charity dedicated to HIV/AIDS prevention and care in China; and a member of the Advisory Board of MoneyWeek magazine.
Jan has been CFO & Compliance Officer at DIAM International since 1996. He received a BSc in Accounting and Commerce from the University of Southampton and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1980. Previously, he held senior operations and finance positions within Prudential and HSBC. At DIAM International he is a board member and Head of Operations, Finance and Compliance.
Jan is a member of the governing council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a trustee for the Institute’s staff pension scheme.
Michelle Lin, Parent Governor
Judith Wilkinson, Staff Governor
Knowledge Schools Trust
The Knowledge Schools Trust is the legal entity accountable for all schools within the group, currently the West London Free School, West London Free School Primary, Earl's Court Free School Primary and Kensington Primary Academy. As such, the Trust is responsible for operating all schools within the group and holds the Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State.
The Trust's directors have specific responsibilities for defined aspects of governance across all the schools in the group, namely, Strategic Management, Curriculum and some co-ordinated administrative functions. They set the ethos and vision for the Trust, hold the title to the land the schools are on, employ the staff and are the contracting party for services that serve more than one school in the group (catering, ICT, etc). The Trust's directors have appointed a Chief Executive Officer, who is the Accounting Officer for the Trust, a Finance Director, and a Chief Operations Officer. HR and Legal services are outsourced to an external provider.
The directors have delegated certain functions for each school to the local governing body. The Chairs of the local governing bodies are also directors of Knowledge Schools Trust.
You can see an organogram showing how the Trust relates to the local governing bodies here and read the Terms of Reference, which set out the relationship between the Trust, the local governing bodies and the head teachers, here.