Governing body

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.

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.

Nine 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 also meet a minimum of three times per year:

  • Finance and General Purposes
  • Curriculum

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:

Curriculum Committee

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.

Finance Committee

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.


Indira Purushothaman, Principal ex Officio  Trustee                                          

‘Becoming a Global citizen’

Indira has been teaching for 17 years, with 10 years experience as a senior leader in two outstanding schools in inner city London. As an English teacher she is passionate about sharing her love for literature and language with her students. As a leader, Indira  believes in sustaining outstanding outcomes, and is dedicated to the investment of students’ emotional and literacy development, to ensure that they have continuous success in their lives beyond their school experience.
Indira is determined to ensure that the students at IAG actively develop their cultural, moral and social enthusiasm for learning so that they become articulate, confident and successful global citizens of the future. She firmly believes excellence for all IAG students can be achieved with a strongly unified, dedicated, supported staff team and, through engaging in a meaningful partnership with parents.


Elizabeth Robinson: Chair of Governors; Trust-Appoi
nted 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.

Nick Zienau, Chief Executive of IAGNick 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.



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.

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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

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.


Sarah Hernandez: Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 5 July 2017

Sarah is chief marketing officer at the education information services provider, The Key Support, and has 15 years’ experience in business to business marketing, in start-up, scale up and global companies. Sarah also teaches the CIM Diploma in Strategic Marketing at The Marketers Forum. Sarah is half-Spanish and is passionate about IAG’s philosophy, having enjoyed the benefits of an international education whilst growing up in Barcelona, and studying European Studies with Spanish at the University of Manchester and the Universidad de Complutense in Madrid.


Jasper Welch: Trust-Appointed Governor; Appointed 2 November 2017

Jasper Welch is a Chartered Accountant with 8 years of experience across a broad range of clients within the Banking and Capital Markets industries, ranging from small start up challenger banks to global reaching banking institutions. Jasper studied Accounting and Finance at university, having previously been an Officer in the British Army. Jasper has previous experience auditing a range of educational institutions such as Colleges, Academies and Multi-Academy Trusts.


Katherine Ekers: Trust-Appointed Governor

Katherine Ekers is a solicitor with over 6 years of post-qualification experience.  She specialises in commercial property with a particular focus on development of new buildings and works for a wide range of clients, from pension funds to small family-run companies.  Katherine is a keen believer in IAG’s philosophy and is delighted to be on board as a governor.


Annabel Bates: Trust-Appointed Governor

Annabel Bates is Chief Executive of Unlocking Potential, a London-based charity working with marginalised children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.  She is an experienced educator and school leader, who originally trained as a secondary teacher of modern languages in her native Scotland.   Annabel is passionate about creating phenomenal learning experiences for all children, particularly within an international and language-rich environment.  She brings her secondary education and headship experience to the governing body, as well as extensive experience of safeguarding, working with parents and curriculum development.


Ludovic Merle: Trust-Appointed Governor
Ludovic Merle is a French national.  He believes children should be encouraged to become the very best or finest that they can be and experience all they can from life and reach their goals. He has been teaching the Middle Year Program and Diploma Program Mathematics for 5 years at Southbank International School, the London leading IB World School. He has developed expertise on how to deliver the Middle Year Program and Diploma Program syllabus. He is an examiner for Edexcel and the International Baccalaureate Organization. Ludovic wishes to support the International Academy of Greenwich in delivering a strong and balanced curriculum for its internationally and open minded community.


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.

Elizabeth Robinson, Chair of Governors. Appointed as a Member 24 May 2011.

Jalin Somaiya Appointed as a member Appointed 4 October 2017


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:


Members & Directors at IAG

Register of Interests, January 2017

Meeting Attendance Log

Memorandum and Articles of Association

Funding Agreement – Master

Funding Agreement – Supplementary

Annual Accounts

Greenwich Academy Trust, Annual Report and Accounts 2016-2017

Greenwich Academy Trust, Annual Report and Accounts 2015-2016

Greenwich Academy Trust, Annual Report and Accounts 2014-2015

Greenwich Academy Trust, Annual Report and Accounts 2013-2014