The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards it’s set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'

The Governing Body of Harris Academy Upper Norwood

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 Local Governing Body which is comprised of Governors of the Academy. Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents/guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Academy Upper Norwood are shown below:



Date of

Term of


Business and
Pecuniary Interest

No. meetings attended 2014-15 

Mr Gabriel Alamu

27/11/2014 3 Years Staff Governor None 3

Ms Merrill April

11/11/2013 3 Years Child Protection Governor Partner in firm of Memery Crystal LLP, Solicitors to the Harris Federation; Trustee of New Park Road Baptist Church 2

Mr Bob Arndtz

11/11/2013 3 Years Stanley Trust Representative Trustee & Secretary of William F Stanley Foundation; NHS Employee 3

Ms Sue Bennett

11/11/2013 3 Years Community Governor None 2

Mr David Campbell

15/01/2015 3 Years Governor Full-time member of UK Civil Service 0

Miss Sarah Conneally

15/01/2015 3 Years Governor Director of Group Finance 2

Ms Carolyn English

11/11/2013 3 Years Executive Principal Member of ACSL 1
Ms Vicky Gashe 28/02/13 3 Years Governor Trustee of Charity Business to Community 2
Mr Sam Hainey 26/04/2014 3 Years Principal Member of ACSL 3

Mr Sebastian Hare

15/01/2015 3 Years Governor Non Executive Director of Future Frontiers; Full-time employee of PricewaterhouseCooper 2
Ms Jennyfer Henderson 27/11/2014 3 Years Parent Governor Employee High Trees Development Trust 1
Sir Dan Moynihan 11/11/2013 3 Years CEO Harris Federation CEO Harris Federation 0

Mr Faruk Patel

15/01/2015 3 Years Governor Member of MCA and the Labour Party 2

Ms Claudine Reid

16/10/2013 3 Years Governor Member of UKHCA 2
Mr Phil Saunders  11/11/2013 3 Years Chairman of the Full Governing Body; Chairman of Finance Committee Director of Harris Federation of Schools 3

Ms Natasha Smith

01/09/2015 3 Years Governor None N/A

Mr John Spence

27/01/2015 3 Years Governor Partner Calfordseaden; Health and Safety Director Calfordseaden 2

Mr Simon Tilleard

11/11/2013 3 Years Parent Governor Member of CIBSE 1


The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at Harris Academy Upper Norwood is Mr Phil Saunders
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Sebastian O'Connell who can be contacted on

By Post at

Spurgeon Road,
Upper Norwood,
SE19 3UG


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