Governors at Ark Swift Primary Academy

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 Swift Primary 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 Swift Primary 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 Swift PRimary Academy’s governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk Swift Supplemental Funding Agreement

Our Local Governing Body

Ark Swift Primary Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to 10 members appointed by Ark Schools, to include the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area:
  • Ark Swift Primary Academy Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from Hammersmith and Fulham

Governors are appointed/elected for two-year terms, up to a maximum of ten years.  The initial term of the first Chair will be three years, with annual election by the LGB thereafter.  Academy staff may not be Chair or Vice Chair of the LGB.

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

Contacting the Governors

The LGB meets six times a year.

The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes ( Governors can be contacted through Cathi, 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

Tina Alexandrou (Chair)

I currently undertake a number of trustee roles within the Third Sector including Clore Social Leadership and Pilotlight, an organisation that brings together business people to work with small to medium sized charities to help them develop their strategic and business plans. I was involved in the formation of the Resolution Foundation and am now a Trustee; the Resolution Foundation is an independent research and policy organisation whose focus is to improve living standards for the 15 million people in Britain on low and middle incomes. Prior to working in this sector my career was spent in the banking and insurance industry. I live in Fulham and am keen to continue to be involved in the local community.

Jason Marantz (Principal)

Jason Marantz is the Principal of Ark Swift Primary Academy.

Emily Hoquee

I am the Schools Marketing Officer at Ark, and responsible for developing and managing the network’s strategy for attracting pupils to its schools. I work closely with Ark Swift and am excited to share my expertise and support the Local Governing Board. Before joining Ark, I ran my own business as a freelance copywriter and was the Publications Executive at the British Bankers’ Association. I have also worked in politics, have degrees in European Studies from the University of East Anglia and KU Leuven, Belgium, and am a qualified journalist.

Caspar Le Fanu 

I graduated from Oxford in 2009 and headed straight into education, teaching Maths and Philosophy and acting as Head of Year 8. In 2013 I went into business, working in a variety of industries for a top strategy consultancy firm. I remain passionate about education, organising outreach events in local schools with my new colleagues; my aim in becoming a governor is to help promote equality of opportunity for all pupils and help create a new generation of thoughtful, empathetic and motivated students.

Michael Mann 

I am an experienced manager in the education charity sector, with experience in strategy, operations, and social enterprise.  I currently work in the Education team at Nesta, a UK's innovation charity.  I became a governor at Ark Swift when working Ark Schools, in their Mathematics Mastery programme.  I bring project management experience from both international development (The Clinton Foundation) and private sector (Bain & Company).  I'm passionate about education, have taught English abroad, and tutored in secondary schools the UK. I'm delighted to be on the governing body at Ark Swift, and look forward to supporting them over the coming years.

Will Marshall (Local Authority Representative & Safeguarding Link Governor)

I am a recruiter for asset management companies, and have spent most of the last 10 years helping professionals further their careers across Europe, Asia and the US. I have long had an interest in life-long development and learning; I addition to my work as an Ark Schools governor I also work with 6th Form students looking at university applications. A resident of Hammersmith, I also maintain a keen interest in local issues.

Francis Marx (Finance Link Governor)

I am an experienced advisor on strategy, operational, and commercial matters to the leadership of large businesses. I have helped my clients to find new growth, improve their systems and processes, and re-structure their organisations. I have worked for a consultancy, independently, and in-house. My clients have included O2, Google, Coca Cola, Virgin, and Travelex. Although I don't have any children (yet!), I take a strong interest in education and many of my friends are teachers. I was born and brought up in the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and continue to live there today.

Matthew Reynolds (Parent Governor and SEND Link Governor)

My daughter started at Ark Swift in 2014, and has had a great time since. So when the opportunity came up to become a parent governor, I was keen to get involved so that I could do a bit to help the school and parents work together to make sure all the pupils - including my daughter - continue to have a positive experience at Swift.  I have spent the last ten years working for an international development charity called VSO, supporting young people from the UK and around the world to volunteer on long term, community based projects.  I am currently a consultant, supporting international charities to make better use of their resources and to understand how they can improve what they do and how they do it.

Lekha Sharma (Teaching Staff Governor)

I am a Year 6 class teacher and English Lead at Ark Swift Primary Academy. I graduated with a degree in Psychology and completed my PGCE at the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick. I've been a teacher for four years and have previously worked in inner city Birmingham and in Slough. I am passionate about ensuring the best outcomes for pupils and this has motivated me to become a staff governor. I hope that in this role I can support the academy's journey to excellence and can broaden my understanding of how a school is run.

James Townsend 

As a Hammersmith resident, I am delighted to be a Governor of Ark Swift Academy and to contribute to providing local children with an excellent education. I am currently Programme Director for STIR Education, an NGO working to empower teachers to be changemakers in India and Uganda. I have previously held roles with Teach First as Associate Director of New Projects and was also Director, Youth Philanthropy Initiative at the Institute for Philanthropy, providing secondary school students with a hands-on experience of community giving. Prior to that I taught History and Music at Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets as part of the inaugural Teach First cohort. I graduated from New College, Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and have a Masters in Education Policy from the Institute of Education.


LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2015/16
Tina Alexandrou 01/07/2015 Chair  

6 out of 6

Damian McBeath 19/11/2014 Executive Principal
  1. Leading LLS programme for outstanding primaries.

5 out of 6

Caspar Le Fanu 01/06/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Associate Consultant, Bain & Company
  2. Assistant Director, Department for Education

5 out of 6

Michael Mann 01/09/2013 Ark Nominated  

6 out of 6

Francis Marx 01/09/2013 Ark Nominated
  1. Strategy Consultant at Monte Rosa Consulting Ltd (own company)
  2. Directorships: Dundee Property Reversionary Company Limited; National Investment Company Limited; Monte Rosa Capital Limited; Monte Rosa Consulting Limited

6 out of 6

Will Marshall 01/12/2013 Local Authority Rep
  1. Employment:  Recruitment consultant for Michelangelo Associates, a financial services-focussed headhunting firm
  2. Member of the Hammersmith Conservative Association
  3. Trustee of the Baron's Court Project, a Hammersmith-based homelessness and mental health charity

5 out of 6

Russell Beynon 08/11/2013;             


Teaching Staff (Former)
  1. Ark schools employee (teacher, Ark Swift Academy)
  2 out of 2
Faika Hassan-Ali 08/11/2013;             


Parent (Former)     1 out of 1
James Townsend 01/09/2013  Ark Nominated
  1. Employment: Programme Director for STIR Education, a registered charity.  STIR Education is incubated by ARK. ARK currently run STIR's payroll

4 out of 6

Lekha Sharma   Teaching Staff 1. Ark schools employee (Assistant Principal, years 5 and 6) 3 out of 4

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