Our Governing Body plays an active role in the life of our school. They receive termly updates via the Principal (Data Dashboard) on student progress against targets agreed at the beginning of the school year. They are fully aware when targets are not being met and provide scrutiny of effectiveness of staff and interventions and help identify and inform additional support.
Employment: Principal at London Enterprise Academy
Biography: I was privileged to lead a group of talented professionals on our successful bid to open the free school. I was appointed Principal since January 2014 and prior to that I have worked as Assistant Head teacher at Forest gate Community School for six years, bringing considerable leadership skills to the group. I have also served as a governor in two secondary schools and have worked closely with governors in my most recent place of work. Previously, I have been directly involved in improving two schools out of Special Measures in Tower Hamlets; Stepney Green School (2002-2005) and Bethnal Green Academy (2005-2007). I have 16 years teaching experience. I have been involved in a number of voluntary organisations working with young people in inner city areas. I have a passion for education and a sincere belief that every child can transform their lives through education.
Department: Chair of Governors
Biography: I have worked at PwC since graduating in 2007. I work in the Banking and Capital Markets team where our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems for our financial services clients. In doing this for 10+ years, I've learnt a lot which I hope to use to help LEA. I've always enjoyed teaching while working at PwC as well as the opportunity to partner with local schools where I've run skills workshops, and done one-to-one mentoring. Having lived and worked in Tower Hamlets I'm keen to continue to support the area which has given me so much.
Department: Vice Chair of Governors
Employment: Secondary Education Departmental Head
Biography: I am Head of Biology at St Albans School in Hertfordshire. After graduating from Oxford University with a BA in Biological Sciences, I worked for the scientific journal Nature for eight years, developing online products and science communication tools. During this time, I spent three years living and working in San Francisco and returned to the UK in 2012 to complete a PGCE in Science at the Institute of Education (University of London). Since then, I have worked at Latymer Upper School and St Alban. I am now very pleased to be a part of the Governing Body at LEA and contribute to the continuing development of the school.
Department: Safeguarding Governor / Curriculum
Biography: Shah is a Manager at London Borough of Newham and a Visiting Lecturer and Tutor at Goldsmith University. He has a BA in Social Science and Community Development as well as Level 5 Qualified Youth Worker. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies.
Professional training at Institute of Leadership and Management
15 year experience in youth and community development
10 year experience of managing Public Health contract for early intervention
Worked for Tower Hamlets, City of London and Newham
Freelance trainer for national programme (AQA, ASDAN, Sport England and Arts Award)
Qualified NVQ/Vocational Assessor
Certified to teach in Life Long Learning sector (PTLLS, CTLLS). He has also been a governor at a Tower Hamlets Primary School. He maintains a keen interest in all aspects of safeguarding in Education
Department: Chair of Finance, Resources and Audit Committee
Employment: Asset Management, Private Markets
Biography: I have been actively involved in volunteering, as this is something that has been prominent throughout my life.
To date, the volunteering I have taken part in has been heavily focussed on schools through individual tutoring whilst I was in senior school, and career guidance and skills in my local community. I have now lived in Tower Hamlets for nearly 10 years and would enjoy the new challenge and utilisation of any skills to help ensure this experience is promoted within the local area.
Department: Chair of Curriculum and Standards
Employment: Management Consultant
Biography: I have always been passionate about educations ability to change lives. Since completing Teach First's Leadership Development Programme I have worked in the City as a Management Consultant, and see being a school governor as the ideal way for me to stay connected with education and continuing to make a difference. By working with LEA to help ensure that it is delivering an excellent education for its pupils, I can give back to the local community.
Employment: Mazars LLP (External Audit) – Large and Listed
Declaration of Interest/directorship: Director, Ginger Flame Limited; Treasurer, Kings College London; Chair, Rockingham Estate TRA
Biography: As an auditor at Mazars I lead teams whose role is to provide assurance to Shareholders that our clients present a true and fair view of their affairs. I hope to bring the same level of scrutiny to my position within the LEA. Prior to this I served as an auditor at Ernst and Young. During this time, I spent time working in Toronto and Melbourne returning to the UK taking up my role as KCLA Treasurer (2015 - onwards). I have worked on a number of FTSE 250, NYSE, SEHK and CAC 40 listed clients in financial services, oil and gas, and construction sectors. I have board level experience from serving as a trustee of the Kings College London Students Union (2012-2014), sitting on their Audit, Risk and Compliance committee and chairing their public facing subsidiary company. I look forward to using my skills to help the LEA achieve its goals and contribute to the academic development of its pupils as education empowers individuals and strengthens its communities.
Department: Governor - SEND Lead
Department: Staff Governor
Employment: Teacher of P.E. and Head of Learning Year 11
Biography: I graduated from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia with a Bachelor of Physical Education and have worked in education for over 12 years. Most of my career I taught in Melbourne until I moved to London in 2016. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to work at LEA. I have a strong passion for the pastoral side of education and have vast experience working as a Head of Year, I count myself lucky every day to be able to work with young people and to see them grow and develop. I am pleased to be able to be part of the Governing body to help LEA continue to provide quality education to all pupils.
Employment: Lawyer at Allen & Overy
Biography: Education is incredibly important and the experiences that we have at school shape us into the adults we become. In general the UK has an excellent education system, however it is recognised that some schools are better than others. In part, this will be attributable to the way individual schools are run. Through my job as a lawyer, I have developed a number of planning and management skills which I believe I could usefully apply as a school governor to improve themanagement of a school. Every kid, whatever their background, deserves the best possible start in life and a decent education. By volunteering as a school governor I hope to be able to play a role, however small, in helping a school to provide that to its pupils.
Department: Parent Governor
Employment: Imam of East London Mosque
Biography: I’m currently also a Parent Governor at Mulberry School for Girls. My previous experience includes being a National Advisor for Children’s Islamic Education, a chairperson for the Association of Islamic Teachers UK, a Community Governor at other schools in Tower Hamlets, and working with Improvement of School Attendance in Partnership with London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Employment: Local Government Officer (ACL Management) at London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Biography: I am a qualified ICT lecturer with over 30 years of professional expertise in Further Education and Adult & Community Learning. I have previously worked at one of the largest Further Education Colleges in the UK prior to taking up my current senior leadership role at LBTH Adult & Community Learning in July 2010. My passion for education has seen me go from teaching in the classroom to travelling around the world to recruit international students to my current role as a senior leader responsible for strategy, staffing, students, resources and budgets. Having previously served as a governor at 3 different schools and with a background in education, a 13 year old child in a secondary school and my present role as a senior leader in LBTH, I feel I'm in a unique situation to support LEA in terms of reaching its ambitions both for the school and the pupils.
Department: Parent Governor