Governing body

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 Academy is part of Ark - 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 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, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Academy’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement 2013

PDF iconArk Academy Supplemental funding agreement


Ark Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to 10 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
  • Ark Academy Principal
  • Two elected parent governors (one from each of the primary and secondary stages)
  • One elected teaching staff governor
  • One elected non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from the London Borough of Brent

Ark 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

The LGB meets six times per year.

contacting the governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Samira Sadeghi ( 

Governors can be contacted through the Clerk and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit

If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

current governors

Delia smith (Principal)

Patrick Wall (Chair)

For over 20 years, Patrick has been a governor at four state schools, both Primary and Secondary. Having attended six different non-selective state schools and being the first person to attend Oxford University from his Comprehensive school, Patrick appreciates that education can transform peoples’ lives and is the most important investment we can make, both as a community and as a country. Patrick runs his own software company, employing 200 people in five different countries. He is married with two children, both of whom attend their local school in Brent.

Clodagh boyle (Non-Teaching Staff Governor)

After completing my Junior and Leaving Certificate's in Ireland, I started my career for a tour company in conjunction with Bord Failte (the Irish Tourist Board) as a tour guide. I moved to London in 2001 where I worked in the Constructions Industry, before joining BLANCO UK Limited where some of our elite customers included John Lewis and The Symphony Group. I came to Ark Academy in 2010 where I was appointed as an Afternoon Receptionist. Over the years I have progressed to become the Primary and Secondary Admissions Co-ordinator. To support the school administration, some of my roles include detentions, work experience, data entry and integrity. I was selected for the Tenant Scrutiny Panel for Innisfree Housing Association and in September 2014 I was elected as chair. In this role, I chair the meetings which involve tenants, Innisfree staff and guest speakers.

Sue Sanders (Vice Chair, Finance Link Governor & Health & Safety Link Governor)

My background is in local government, education, infrastructure projects, “big four” management consultancy, governance and finance. I am a qualified accountant who chairs an Audit Committee for a London Borough. I’m also studying for a Masters in Law. My own education gave me social mobility and a lifelong passion for learning. What also stood out about my own experience of school was that the teachers really looked out for me. I want young people today to have as good an educational experience as I had. That is why I’m a governor of what I consider to be an excellent and caring school.

Luljeta Gjoka (parent governor)

I have 3 children who attend Ark Academy; two in secondary and one in primary.I stood for election as a parent governor due to my profound interest in my children's education and education in general.
I have worked for two years in my children's previous primary school as a nursery and learning support assistant.I have participated with general activities and the experience has been invaluable so far and I seek to learn and gain more from this new role as a parent governor. I believe that education is all about conscious change. Skills and learning are the key to success to live a prosperous and fullfiled life. I would like to contribute to the education of Ark's pupils and make a real difference to the performance of this outstanding school even more.

Adam Grodecki (Ark Nominated)

I am the Founder and Director of the Forward Institute, which has been set up by a coalition of 20 major organisations to help their emerging leaders meet the challenges facing society in the 21st century. I have also been a consultant for five years in the London office of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Prior to joining BCG I co-founded and was Chairman of Student Hubs, a charity that mobilises a network of 25,000 university students to become active citizens and tackle pressing community needs. I am passionate about education and in preparing the next generation to be well rounded and successful active citizens; willing and able to make a mark on the world.

Karin Ulukut-Barrett (Local authority Representative, SEND & Safeguarding link governor)

I am a Local Authority Governor at Ark Academy, which means I try to champion the needs of pupils and families in our local community. I understand that every family wants their child’s school to offer them the best opportunities. That was why I became a PTA member and a school governor when my first child started school. I worked in commerce and lived in different countries, but I became so interested in education that I decided to retrain as a primary teacher. I taught locally for 20 years, so I have seen many changes and challenges in Brent schools and in Brent itself. I also love learning languages, art, dancing and gardening and I volunteer to promote recycling. I hope to use all my experience to contribute to giving your child the best at Ark Academy.

Ian Wace (Sponsor Associate)


LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2016/17
Clodagh Boyle 01/07/2015 - 31/08/2017 Non-teaching Staff
  1. Employee, Ark Academy (Admissions Co-ordinator and Administrative)

1 out of 3

Luljeta Gjoka 09/03/2016 - 31/08/2018 Parent Governor


3 out of 3

Adam Grodecki 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2019 Ark Nominated 1. Employee Boston Consultant Group 

2. Executive Director of the Responsible Leadership Foundation Limited

3. Member - World Economic Forum Community of Global Shapers

Member - Advisory Board of the Insititute for Leadership and Sustainability

          3 out of 3
Sue Sanders 12/12/2013 - 31/12/2017 Ark Nominated
  1. Chair of the Audit Committee, London Borough of Redbridge
  2. Trustee of Ealing Mediation Services
  3. CIPFA life member

3 out of 3

Shama Siddiqi 12/12/2011-31/08/2018 Parent    


3 out of 3

Delia Smith 01/09/2008 Principal  

   3 out of 3

Karin Ulukut-Barrett 14/05/2012 - 31/08/2019 Local Authority Rep
  1. Retired Primary school teacher (Brent)
  2. National Union of Teachers (retired member)
  3. Member: Brent Labour Party Executive Committee (selection for intending LP Council candidates and formulation of policy pledges); Vice Chair until Summer 2014

3 out of 3

Patrick Wall 29/01/2009 - 31/03/2018 Chair
  1. Director: MetaPack Ltd; MetaPack Gmbh; Oval2280; Senda2b Ltd
  2. Sutton Group Fellow

3 out of 3

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of their time in post.