The Governing Body

The Role of Governors

In England there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

Members of Academy Governing Bodies work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out various key functions, including:

  • Discuss and set aims and objectives for the Academy;
  • Ratify the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • Approve/Agree the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives;
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.

The role of the Academy Governor is to provide challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. be a 'critical friend'.

The Governing Body of Harris Westminster Sixth Form

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here) but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Academy Governing Body which is comprised of the Governors of the Academy. Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents or carers of students at the Academy, or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Westminster Sixth Form are shown below.

  • The Chair of the Academy Governing Body is Mr John Colenutt. Mr Colenutt can be contacted via Harris Westminster Sixth Form's address or via the Clerk to the Governing Body
  • The Safeguarding Governor is Ms Carolyn English
  • The Clerk to the Governing Body is Ms Frances O'Donnell who can be contacted on 0203 772 4555

Governing Body

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Resignation Date Appointed as Business and
Pecuniary Interests
Meetings attended 2020-21

Mr John Colenutt


4 Years


Chair of Governors

Westminster School - Governor

London Library - Trustee

4/4 (FGB)

3/3 (F&GPC)

Mr James Handscombe

01/05/2014 Ex-officio N/A Ex-Officio None

4/4 (FGB)

3/3 (F&GPC)

Mr Gregory East 01/06/2019 4 Years N/A Staff Governor None 4/4 (FGB)

Mr Colin Edwards

(Parent Governor 01/11/2015)

(appointed Sponsor Governor 01/11/2017)

(reappointment pending for 01/11/2021)

4 Years


Sponsor Governor

None 3/4 (FGB)

Ms Carolyn English


(reappointed 01/12/2018)

4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Harris Federation - Director of Secondary Education

Sister - Harris Federation Principal of School Improvement

Son - Chair of Governors at HASN

0/4 (FGB)

0/3 (F&GPC)


Ms Ameena Hassan 25/01/2021 2 Years N/A Alumni Governor

Kumon International - employee

2/2 (FGB)

Ms Charlotte Metcalf 18/11/2020 2 Years N/A Parent Governor

Policy Exchange - Trustee

3/3 (FGB)

Sir Dan Moynihan


(reappointed 01/05/2018)

4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Harris Federation - CEO

Djanogly Learning Trust - Board Trustee

1/4 (FGB)

0/3 (F&GPC)

Dr Jan Novotny


(reappointment pending for 01/09/2021)

4 Years N/A

Sponsor Governor, Chair of F&GPC

Nomura Ltd - employee

4/4 (FGB)

3/3 (F&GPC)

Dr Gary Savage 01/09/2020 4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Westminster School - Head Master

Arnold House School - Governor

3/4 (FGB)

Mr Andrew Scott-Taggart


(reappointed 01/05/2018)

4 Years N/A

Sponsor Governor

Harris Academy St John's Wood - Governor

Sunday Assembly - Trustee

Government Legal Department - employee

4/4 (FGB)

3/3 (F&GPC)

Dr Michael Sulu 16/03/2020 4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor University College London - lecturer 3/4 (FGB)
Sir Ralph Waller 01/09/2018 4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

The Farmington Institute - Director

Westminster College Oxford Trust - Chair

The Kalisher Trust - Chair

Thrombosis Research Institute Trust - Trustee

MGC Futures Trust - Trustee

St Benet's Hall, Oxford - Chair

SPCK - Vice-President

4/4 (FGB)
Resigned in last 12 months:  
Ms Bianca Moodie 15/04/2020 4 Years 17/09/2021 Sponsor Governor Brook Graham (from Pinsent Masons) - Employee 3/4 (FGB)

Governor Link Responsibilities

Governor Link Responsibility
Mr Colin Edwards Special Educational Needs and Disabilities; Medical Needs
Ms Carolyn English Safeguarding; Health & Safety
Mr Andrew Scott-Taggart, Dr Michael Sulu Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Dr Gary Savage Westminster School Representative
Mr Andrew Scott-Taggart Universities, Careers & Apprenticeships

2021/22 Meetings

Remembrance Term 2021
Full Governing Body Meeting                          Monday 27th September 2021: 2pm                             
Finance and General Purposes Committee Monday 8th November 2021: 1pm
Full Governing Body Meeting Monday 22nd November 2021: 2pm
Resilience Term 2022
Finance and General Purposes Committee Monday 28th February 2022: 1pm                              
Full Governing Body Meeting Monday 14th March 2022: 2pm 
Celebration Term 2022
Finance and General Purposes Committee Monday 6th June 2022: 1pm                                  
Full Governing Body Meeting Monday 20th June 2022: 2pm