Governors and Governance
Alex Conabeare, Co-Chair of Governors, Co-Opted Governor
Alex grew up in London, attending an independent school centrally which gave him a broad and varied education. He studied Physiology and Pharmacology at university in Bristol before returning to London and developing a career in Marketing and Digital within Financial Services and Professional Services. A father of two, he is proud that his daughter is a founding pupil at the Earl’s Court Free School and believes that the principles set out for the school are very important for the well rounded and confident development of our children. He is an active member of the PTA committee and also supports the school with his professional skills and hobbies wherever possible.
The role of governor for the schools has given him the opportunity to apply his skills in support of the schools' vision and development and he is proud to hold the position.
Term of office, three years. Elected April 2018.
Chloe Mawson, Co-Chair of Governors, Co-Opted Governor
Chloe has lived locally for 15 years. She is a mother of three children two of whom attend West London Free School Primary.
Chloe was honoured to have been elected as the first WLFSP parent governor and then to become Co-Chair of the WLFSP/ECFSP governing body in 2016.
Term of office, three years. Elected September 2016.
Emma Madden, Parent Governor, Vice Chair
Emma is currently Head of School at Fox Primary School and has a daughter and a son at the West London Free School Primary. She has lived in West London all her life. Emma studied English Literature at Cambridge University, before completing her PGCE and Masters of Teaching at the Institute of Education. She has been the Head of School at Fox Primary, Notting Hill, for 2 years, and Deputy Head for 7 years before that. Fox has been the highest performing primary school nationally for 3 years running and is Ofsted rated Outstanding (2009). In her role, Emma delivers extensive training to qualified teachers around London and works in an advisory capacity to many schools, coordinating school-to-school support. She has particular strengths in use of school data, curriculum design, monitoring teaching and learning and staff development. She has served as Governor and Associate Governor on her own governing body for the past 10 years.
Term of office three years. Emma was elected as a parent governor in May 2016.
Suzie Hobart, Co-Opted Governor
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.
Fiona Battah, Staff Governor
Originally born in London, Fiona grew up and was educated in Melbourne, Australia. Fiona studied at the University of Melbourne, completing a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree alongside a Bachelor of Arts degree. Furthering her interest in Science, Fiona then completed a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing on stem cell biology. Fiona then worked as a Research Scientist before retraining as a teacher, completing a Masters of Teaching (Primary) at the University of Sydney. Fiona relocated to London with her husband and three children over four years ago. She initially taught Year 2 at a state school near Wembley before joining West London Free School Primary in 2015. Fiona has taught Year 2, Year 3 and now Year 4 across both West London and Earl’s Court. She is currently the Lower Key Stage 2 lead across both primary schools.
Term of office three years. Elected September 2018.
Abbe Martineau , Parent Governor
Abbe was born in London and grew up in West Sussex. She was educated at her local state primary and secondary schools before going to Birmingham University to study French and History of Art.
As part of her degree, Abbe studied in Strasbourg and volunteered to work for a British MEP during the plenary sessions at the European Parliament. Her first job was as a researcher for an MP in the House of Commons before re-training to become a lawyer. She qualified in 2005 and worked for city law firms Jones Day and Freshfields for more than 10 years. She now works as an in-house lawyer for an insurance company.
Abbe is married to Rupert and they have two children at WLFPS – in Reception and Year 2. Over the last couple of years, Abbe has been a class rep and an active supporter of the PTA. She is very proud to hold the position of parent governor for WLFPS and is looking forward to using her skills to help support and uphold the vision of the school.
Term of office three years. Elected September 2017.
Julienne Daglish, Co-opted Governor
Julienne was born and brought up in London and Sheffield and she attended local state schools, before moving to France where she completed her secondary education and obtained her baccalaureat. She has a degree from Reading university and studied at the Institute of Political Science in Paris. She has spent her career with Lloyds Banking Group in a variety of roles at home and overseas. She is currently Chief Risk Officer for Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets.
Julienne is keen to contribute to the local community and education in particular, she promoted the Bank’s program to bring greater financial awareness to schools and backed the Access project helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain access to Russell Group universities.
She is also currently a member of the Audit & Risk committee of Kings College London.
Teenage twins and an irascible terrier keep her busy when at home in Hammersmith.
Term of office three years. Elected December 2017.
Alvaro Montenegro, Co-Opted Governor
Alvaro was born in Venezuela, settled in London in 2010 after living in Trinidad and California, USA. He has a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the UCV (Venezuela) and a master's degree from Imperial College London. His career has recently been focused on strategy and turnaround consultancy, working in the construction and insurance industries in the UK. He is also an entrepreneur that started and runs a small company in London since 2015. His son is a founding pupil at Earl's Court Free School, continuously studying there from reception year. Alvaro shares a passion for the English education system and is very proud of the academic performance the school is maintaining. He hopes his skills in investment assessments, cashflow management, and strategic planning will be valuable to the school, keeping the financial accounts in good health for years to come.
Term of office three years. Elected December 2018.
Jane Emmett, Co-Opted Governor
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.
Shane Dolan, Staff Governor
Michelle Lin, Parent Governor
The Earl’s Court Free School Primary’s local governing body is responsible for the quality of education at the school. The governing body is combined across all three primaries in the Knowledge Schools Trust, including that of the West London Free School Primary and Kensington Primary Academy. The three schools share the leadership of our Executive Headteacher, Laura Lund and this is the most effective method of providing governance for the three schools. The combined governing body is led by two Co-Chairs who partner and share the duties of the chair, bringing a combination of their time and skills to benefit the schools.
Governors focus on ensuring the schools have a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction. We hold our headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools, and we oversee the financial performance of the schools including ensuring that their budgets are well spent.
We have eleven governor positions on the team including parent governors from each of the schools and two staff governors. We've recruited a governance team to bring the skills and experience that we need to perform the functions described above. As such, we have governors with experience of working in education, finance, the local community and business.
Our governing body will evolve as the schools grow and develop. However, in line with both Lord Nash and Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments about the excessive size of some 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 Co-Chairs of Governors can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Governors keep parents and staff informed of the work they do via an end of term newsletter.
Parent Governor Forums
We invite current parents of the school to join us at parent / governor forums. Our first forum of 2018/19 was held on Tue 2nd Oct 2018 and the presentation is available here
We will diarise a further forum next term should there be the need to, but otherwise and questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowledge Schools Trust
Knowledge Schools Trust (formerly the West London Free School Academy Trust) is the legal entity accountable for all schools within the group, currently the West London Free School, the West London Free School Primary, the 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 a local governing body. The Chairs of the local governing bodies are also directors of the MAT.
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.