Governing body

International Academy of Greenwich – governance of the Academy

The School is a member of a Multi Academy Trust called Big Education. You will find a statement on the Trust’s approach to governance on its website along with details of Members and Trustees. In addition please find access to the Funding Agreement in place between IAG and Big Education.

At individual school level, IAG is administered by a Local Governing Body (LGB) which takes all the main decisions relating to the day to day operation of the school.

The key accountability for local governing bodies is to ensure that life at the school reflects the values and objectives of Big Education.

The Local Governing Bodies are technically committees of the Board of Big Education, but the Trust wishes there to be local autonomy and oversight, so there are extensive delegated powers. The membership of each local governing body includes elected parents and staff, and co-opted governors. The headteacher of the school is an ex-officio member of the local governing body. They meet at least three times a year.

Local governing bodies support and strengthen their headteacher’s leadership through;

  • robust challenge and support and by holding them to account for the performance of pupils and staff, in line with the individual vision of the school.
  • ensuring that local processes are in place for health, safety and compliance, including day to day financial monitoring, and that the Trust Board is kept informed of any risks or matters of concern.

Ways of working

The Trust expects all Governing Bodies within the Trust to sign up to some core principles, for example:

  • A commitment to elected parental representation on LGBs
  • Governors to be hands-on in supporting Headteachers in achieving their local mission as well as exercising their governance responsibilities
  • Governing Bodies to be highly skilled and active in self-assessment, learning and peer-review – living the Trust’s values
  • The Trust to provide or enable training in response to each LGB’s own and trust-wise priorities for development  
  • To prioritise effective communication between Trustees and local governors e.g. working together on cross-cutting projects

The following Committees also meet a minimum of three times per year:

  • Finance and General Purposes
  • Curriculum

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.

Members of the curriculum committee:

Chair: Jalin Somaiya

Members: Annabel Bates, Sarah Hernandez, Ludovic Merle, Fabienne Pasquion, Indira Purushothaman and Nick Zienau.

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 provides 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.

Members of the finance committee:

Chair: Sheena Owen

Members: Annabel Bates, Indira Purushothaman, Jasper Welch, Dave Woodley and Nick Zienau.


The clerking for the Governing Body is undertaken by The Octavio Partnership.

They can be contacted via the School office or by email to

The members of the Governing Body of International Academy of Greenwich consists of the following people. 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.



Indira Purushothaman, Principal ex Officio  Trustee                                          

‘Becoming a Global citizen’

Indira has been teaching for 18 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.

Annabel Bates: Chair of Governors from 1st September 2018

Annabel Bates 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.



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.


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.


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.

Alice Cairns: Trust-Appointed Governor

Alice is a 2011 Teach First Ambassador who trained as a maths teacher in Coventry. She was one of the founding members of staff at Oasis Academy South Bank as “Head of Maths, Music and Farming”. Since then she has relinquished responsibility for music and farming and is currently Associate Assistant Principal. She is the National Lead Practitioner for Maths for Oasis Community Learning and a portion of her week is spent working with the monitoring standards team to standardise the curriculum and support the maths departments across the academy trust.

Oasis Academy South Bank was one of the pilot schools for Maths Mastery in 2013, and this summer will see its first Year 11 cohort sit their GCSEs and the curriculum embedded in all five year groups. Alice has worked closely with the Maths Mastery team since the beginning and is now a school development lead.

Outside of teaching, Alice enjoys anything music-related; she sings in many choirs in and out of London, has just directed the school musical ‘School of Rock’ in July and plays the saxophone in the South London Jazz Orchestra.

Dave Woodley: Parent Governor 

Dave is a Commercial Manager for a major developer in London with 30 years of experience in the construction industry, both in the UK and Hong Kong. Dave and his family were excited by the educational possibilities offered by IAG and his daughter joined the school as part of the first cohort in 2016.




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.

Jalin Somaiya appointed as a member 4 October 2017.

Alice Cairns appointed as a member July 2018.

Contacting the governors

To contact the governors, or to raise any governance queries, please email the Clerk to the Governors, currently carried out by Octavo Partnership, on the following:


Register of Interests – September 2018

Meeting Attendance Log 2017-2018

Funding Agreement Information

Annual Accounts

Greenwich Academy Trust, Annual Report and Accounts 2017-2018

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