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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 The Very Reverend Dr John Hall
  • The Safeguarding Governor is Mrs 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 or Reappointment Term of Office Resignation Date Appointed as Business and
Pecuniary Interests
Meetings attended 2018-19

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall

01/05/2018

4 Years

N/A

Chair of Governors

Dean of Westminster

Westminster School - Chair

4/4 (FGB)

Mr James Handscombe

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

4/4 (FGB)

3/3 (F&GPC)

Dr Priscilla Chadwick

01/05/2018

4 Years

N/A

Sponsor Governor

Culham St Gabriel's Trust - Chair

Bishop Gilpin Primary School - Governor

Uppingham School - Governor

Westminster School - Governor

Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust - Trustee

3/4 (FGB)

Mr Patrick Derham

01/12/2018

4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Westminster School - Head Master

IntoUniversity - Trustee

SpringBoard Bursary Foundation - Trustee

Gladstone's Library - Trustee

3/4 (FGB)

3/3 (F&GPC)

Mr Gregory East 01/06/2019 4 Years N/A Staff Governor None 1/1 (FGB)

Mr Colin Edwards

01/11/2017

4 Years

N/A

Sponsor Governor

None 4/4 (FGB)

Ms Carolyn English

01/12/2018

4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Harris Federation - Director of Secondary Education

2/4 (FGB)

1/3 (F&GPC)

The Hon Charles Harris

01/05/2018

4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Chris Potter CS Ltd - Owner

Tapi Carpets - Shareholder

2/4 (FGB)

2/3 (F&GPC)

Mr Paul Hugh 01/12/2017 2 Years N/A Parent Governor None 3/4 (FGB)
Mr Sonny Leong 01/11/2018 4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Civil Service College Ltd - CEO

Academy for Parliamentary & Policy Studies - Executive Chairman

Council for Education in the Commonwealth - Chair

Mulan Foundation Network - Trustee

2/3 (FGB)

Sir Dan Moynihan

01/05/2018

4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Harris Federation - CEO

Cabinet Office Education Donors Committee - Chair

3/4 (FGB)

1/3 (F&GPC)

Dr Jan Novotny 01/09/2017 4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor None

4/4 (FGB)

1/1 (F&GPC)

Mr Chris Sadler

01/03/2016 4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

Harris Academy Purley - Governor

RSPCA - Consultant

3/4 (FGB)

Mr Andrew Scott-Taggart

01/05/2018

4 Years N/A

Sponsor Governor

Harris Academy St John's Wood - Governor

4/4 (FGB)
Sir Ralph Waller 01/09/2018 4 Years N/A Sponsor Governor

The Farmington Institute - Director

SPCK - Vice-President

St Benet's Trust - Chairman

4/4 (FGB)

Baroness Judith Wilcox

01/05/2018

4 Years N/A

Sponsor Governor, Chair of F&GPC

None

3/4 (FGB)

3/3 (F&GPC)

Mr Tom Collins 01/06/2015 4 Years 31/05/2019 Staff Governor Mageni Trust - Trustee (Non-Executive) 3/3 (FGB)

Governor Link Responsibilities

Governor Link Responsibility
Dr Priscilla Chadwick Equalities Governor
Mr Patrick Derham Westminster School Representative
Mrs Carolyn English Safeguarding and Health & Safety Governor
The Hon Charles Harris SEND Governor

2019/20 Meetings

Remembrance Term 2019
Full Governing Body Meeting                          Monday 30th September 2019: 2pm                             
Finance and General Purposes Committee Monday 4th November 2019: 1pm
Full Governing Body Meeting Monday 25th November 2019: 2pm
Resilience Term 2020
Finance and General Purposes Committee Monday 2nd March 2020: 1pm                              
Full Governing Body Meeting Monday 16th March 2020: 2pm 
Celebration Term 2020
Finance and General Purposes Committee Monday 1st June 2020: 1pm                                  
Full Governing Body Meeting Monday 15th June 2020: 2pm