The International Academy of Greenwich is the trading name of Greenwich Academy Trust. The Trust comprises of six Members and the Governing Body.
The role of a Member is distinct from the role of a governor. The Members do not meet frequently and do not play a role in the strategic direction or the day-to-day management of IAG but they have responsibility for a small number of significant decisions, as detailed in the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and so as to ensure accountability of the Governing Body.
The current Governing Body of the International Academy of Greenwich was responsible for overseeing the pre-opening phase; governors have continued in post when the Academy opened in September 2016.
Six governors have been appointed and a parent governor will be elected.
The role of the Governing Body is to:
- Ensure clarity of the vision, ethos and strategic direction;
- Hold the Principal to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its students, and the performance management of staff;
- Oversee the financial performance of the Academy, making sure its money is well spent.
The Governing Body meets three times per year.
The following Committees will also meet a minimum of three times per year when the Academy opens:
- Finance and General Purposes
Governors are appointed for a term of four years, and are then subject to re-appointment or re-election, depending on the governor role type.
The following Committees meet a minimum of three times per year:
This is the committee of the Governing Body responsible for ensuring that the Academy meets its statutory responsibility in teaching KS3, its advertised curriculum offer through the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, its agreed curriculum framework and follows a broad and balanced curriculum. This committee supports the development of the curriculum in line with the aims of IAG. It oversees the implementation of governors’ policies in relation to the curriculum and all aspects of teaching and learning. It enables the governing body to discharge its statutory and other duties with regard to the curriculum to ensure:
- provision is in place for children with special needs and all groups of vulnerable children,
- systems are in place for identifying and addressing their needs
- systems and procedures are in place that provide for effective safeguarding.
This committee has oversight of finance, audit, health and safety and HR. The work of the committee ensures that governors meet their statutory obligations towards all staff being recruited and employed at the Academy. The committee is responsible for reviewing, adopting and monitoring the Finance Policy and financial procedures. This includes agreeing and then monitoring the Academy budget; receiving auditors’ reports and recommending action as appropriate in response to audit findings. This committee monitors the risk register and provide support and guidance for the governing body and the Principal on all matters relating to the maintenance and development of the premises and grounds, including Health and Safety.
Elizabeth Robinson: Chair of Governors; Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 19 July 2013.
Liz Robinson is the co-head of a successful and innovative primary school and a National Leader of Education. The school, Surrey Square Primary in Southwark, has achieved national recognition, based on a fundamental commitment to both high academic standards and the development of ‘personal excellence’. Liz has agreed to give support to those we appoint to the school on practical matters, including budget, parent relations, academic monitoring, national standards and OFSTED requirements.
Smita Bora: Principal; Appointed 1 May 2016.
Smita Bora has worked in education for over 20 years. With an MBA in Strategic Management, Smita uses traditional school improvement techniques with a commitment to collaboration between the local community and businesses in order to accelerate standards. As its Principal, Smita led her previous school, an award-winning International Academy in Westminster, to be judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in March 2013. In 2015, her academy was in the top 1% of schools in the country for progress with 80% of Sixth Form students achieving A/A* grades and above world average results in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Nick Zienau: Trust-Appointed Founding Governor; Appointed 23 May 2011.
Nick Zienau has been an education consultant for 20 years, working with a wide range of schools and school leaders both in the UK and internationally. After originally training as a teacher, he worked in Inner London as a teacher, lecturer and youth worker. He then went on to lead an innovative unit in King’s Cross working with young people who were failing to achieve as they should at school. Nick lives in Greenwich with his French wife and two bilingual children, and has been steering the campaign since January 2011.
Eddie Colin: Vice Chair of Governors; Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 29 January 2014.
Eddie Colin is a Finance IT consultant with experience in major global financial institutions and has worked across Europe on various major projects. Born in Northern France, Eddie moved to London in 1985 and has been living in the borough of Greenwich for the past 17 years with his Turkish wife. Being fluent in 4 languages, Eddie was immediately attracted by IAG’s focus on languages and decided to join them as a governor in 2014.
Nicola Noble: Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 11 March 2013.
Nicola Noble is Co-Head Teacher at Surrey Square Primary School in Southwark. After training as a teacher, Nicola worked in Lambeth for three years before moving to Surrey Square where she has worked since 2006. Nicola is committed to leading schools that deliver outstanding outcomes for all children, supporting them to achieve academic and personal excellence.
Fabienne Pasquion: Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 13 November 2013.
Fabienne Pasquion is a multilingual public relations and marketing expert working for international organisations, leading global business schools and finance/asset management companies in the UK, Europe and Russia. Fabienne has an international background, dual French Belgian nationality, she is a native French speaker and is fluent in Russian and Spanish. Fabienne has been living in London since 1996 and in the Greenwich area for seventeen years. As the mum of a twelve year old who is now a student at IAG, Fabienne brings her day-to-day experience of the school to her work as a governor.
Sheena Owen: Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 1 January 2017
Sheena is a Chartered accountant who has 5 years gaining experience servicing a broad range of client and industry sectors from listed Private Equity backed to private companies within the retail, technology and business services sectors. Prior to this, Sheena worked for two and a half years as a teacher of maths and science under the Teach First initiative.
Lambert Williams: Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 9 December 2016
Lambert Williams works in financial markets with a focus on risk management. A previous life in academia was devoted to historical and philosophical questions arising around models and simulations (particularly in the area of complex systems), and led to extended periods in Boston, Berlin and Haifa. Since moving into finance he has worked across several fields including data analytics, quantitative model development, and most recently risk strategy and organisational transformation. He currently divides his time between London and Paris, and is a fervent believer in the international and multilingual vision that IAG embodies.
Jalin Somaiya: Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 27 February 2017
Jalin is an interim executive to high-growth tech companies. He has also been a board member to two tech startups and spent seven years at Google, where he held pan-regional roles in Marketing, Operations and Strategy. He lives in Greenwich, grew up in Tanzania and has studied in Singapore and France. He speaks several languages, though to a mediocre level.
Elizabeth Robinson, Chair of Governors. Appointed as a Member 24 May 2011.
Peter Dempsey: Appointed as a Member 16 March 2015.
Mathieu Doucy: Appointed as a Member 24 May 2011.
Hazel Farrow: Appointed as a Member 24 May 2011.
Dyah Flottweg: Appointed as a Member 24 May 2011.
Jurgen Flottweg: Appointed as a Member 24 May 2011.
Contacting the governors
To contact the governors, or to raise any governance queries, please email the Clerk to the Governors, Christine Megson, on the following: christine.megson2@