UCL Academy Governors 2018/19
Professor Lucie Green
Chair of Governors, appointed January 2018, member of the Governing Body since September 2009. Member of the Finance and Audit Committee
Lucie is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL’s Department of Space and Climate Physics, where she studies activity in the atmosphere of our nearest star, the Sun. Her commitment to education in the widest sense is the reason she became a governor at the UCL Academy. She believes that education of the highest quality should be available to all and that universities should engage with their communities to support younger learners.
As well as carrying out astrophysics research and being chair of governors at the Academy, Lucie is active in public engagement with science, sits on the Advisory Board for the Science Museum, is a presenter on the BBC’s Sky at Night and Stargazing Live programmes and is the Chief Stargazer at the Society for Popular Astronomy.
Mr Simon McBride
Ms Helen Connor
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Finance and Audit Committee; Appointed December 2015
Helen is the head teacher of Rhyl, a primary School in the London Borough of Camden. She has previously been a head teacher of two successful inner city primary schools in London with strong practice in the area of inclusion and special educational needs. She is attracted to the academy’s innovative approach to the curriculum and progressive teaching methods and has a particular interest in supporting the academy to enable all students to explore a career path which is individually designed so they can reach their future potential.
Ms Tina Courtenay-Thompson
Staff Governor – Teaching; Member of the Staffing Committee; Member of the Standards Committee; Staff Voice Link Governor, and Teaching and Learning Link Governor. Appointed September 2018
Mr John Kalmus
Parent Governor; Member of the Standards Committee; Pastoral and Student Wellbeing Link Governor; Appointed February 2016
John is Regional Manager of the Faculty of Business and Law at the Open University, where he manages the Mary Seacole Programme, in partnership with the Hay Group, for the NHS Leadership Academy. The programme aims to develop the leadership skills of front-line managers in the NHS. During the course of a year, each student designs and implements an improvement initiative, based in their workplace (eg, hospital or NHS Trust), which has a positive impact on the patient experience.
As a parent of a student attending the Academy, John is passionate about the Academy’s future and in its continued success and improvement. John feels privleged to serve the school and (most importantly) its wonderful students (our children).
Councillor Alison Kelly
Local Authority Governor; Chair of the Staffing Committee; Member of the Finance and Audit Committee; Safeguarding Link Governor; Appointed September 2013
Alison has been a governor at the UCL Academy since 2013, nominated by Camden Council. Alison is a councillor in Camden, where she chairs the Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee. Alison was employed in senior roles in public bodies for many years, working with families with children with special needs, managing all services to children and young people in an inner London borough and then in the Audit Commission where she became Head of Governance. Before becoming an education officer, Alison worked with the government, the Open University and CIPFA on developing materials for school governors. She also had a weekly column in the Times Education Supplement for several years. Alison has always lived in Camden and has chaired various Camden schools, including secondary, primary, special and nursery schools. Alison is an active trustee of a human rights charity and of a national institute for group psychotherapy. Alison is a devoted and adoring grandparent.
Mr Ewan Labrom
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Finance and Audit Committee; Audit Link Governor; Appointed February 2014
Ewan has over 30 years of experience within the financial services industry. He is a Managing Director in client relations at Napier Park Global Capital and previously spent over 20 years at Morgan Stanley where he was also a Managing Director. He started his career as a credit analyst at Midland Bank. Ewan has an MBA with distinction from London Business School and a BSc (First Class) in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University. He is particularly attracted to the Academy’s progressive teaching methods, strength of the curriculum and extra-curricular activities, and commitment from UCL. He highlights the state-of-the-art facilities and equal opportunity education for students from the local area where he has lived all his adult life.
Ms Jessica Learmond-Criqui
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Staffing Committee; Member of the Admissions Committee; HR/Recruitment Link Governor; Appointed July 2012
Jessica has served on the Governing Body of the UCL Academy since September 2012. As a mother of two young children, one of whom is about to enter secondary education, Jessica is interested in the education system and the link between the ability to develop children to reach their maximum potential through education and the realisation of their career and lifetime goals and aspirations. She is passionate about securing high standards of achievement across all areas of the curriculum and in the provision of an enriched and inclusive education for all while exploring the particular advantages which UCL as a sponsor can bring to the Academy. Jessica is a solicitor specialising in employment and business immigration.
Ms Penny Longman
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Appointed January 2018; Member of the Standards Committee; Careers and Post-16 Link Governor
Mr Mark Quinn
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Staffing Committee; Staff Wellbeing and Development Link Governor; Appointed July 2018.
Mr Matthew Swales
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee; Finance/Recovery Plan Link Governor; Appointed September 2016
Ms Deb Thomas
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Vice Chair of the Governing Body; Chair of the Standards Committee; Chair of the Admissions Committee; Curriculum/STEM Link Governor; Appointed October 2013
Deb is a qualified structural engineer and until recently was a Director at Arup where she had worked since graduation. She has lived in London for over 28 years during which time she has worked on a wide variety of projects including offices, schools and galleries.
As an engineer she has an enthusiasm for the STEM specialism that helps define the UCL Academy and is keen to encourage more students to consider careers in science and engineering. Deb’s older son joined the Academy in 2013 in the second cohort of students and is now studying for his GCSEs. She has a younger son who has just started primary school and so is even more committed to the long term success of the Academy. As Curriculum Link Governor and Chair of the Standards Committee Deb has a particular interest in the teaching and learning that takes place in the Academy and wants to see all students progress to their highest possible level.
Ms Michelle McCalden
Parent Governor; Member of the Admissions Committee; Parental Link and Communications Link Governor; Appointed September 2018
Michelle is a parent of a Level 1 student at The UCL Academy as well as a younger child currently attending nursery at a local primary school. She enjoys taking part in the vast array of local community events on offer around Swiss Cottage and is keen to help further strengthen the communication link between the parents of students and the Academy. With strong and clear channels of communication for both parents and teachers to provide feedback and information to one another; our children at the school will be able to excel and feel ever prouder of their school and their own personal achievements. Similarly, teachers will feel better supported by parents in their teaching goals and parents will feel more involved in the learning and all around personal development experiences of their children.
Professionally, Michelle works part-time from home as a freelance web designer and marketing consultant for small businesses. With personal previous experience in home-schooling and applying for school places both in-year and after moving to new areas, she is delighted to also be sitting on the Admissions Committee during her role as parent governor.
Professor David Price
Chair of Governors; Appointed September 2012; Resigned January 2018
Mr Robert Gratton
Staff Governor; Member of the Staffing Committee; Staff Voice Link Governor; Appointed September 2015. Resigned March 2018
Professor Sandra Dunsmuir
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Chair of the Admissions Committee; Member of the Standards Committee; SEND Link Governor; Appointed September 2015; Resigned July 2018
Ms Izabela Samsonowicz
Staff Governor - Non Teaching; Member of the Standards Committee; Member of the Staffing Committee; Appointed July 2017; Resigned July 2018
Mr Saul Schneider
Sponsor-Appointed Governor; Member of the Finance and Audit Committee; Premises/ Health and Safety Link Governor; Appointed July 2012; Resigned September 2018
Dr Melanie Ehren
Academy Trust Member; Appointed 2 February 2015; Resigned July 2018
Contacting the Governors
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