GOVERNing body

The Academy’s Board of Trustees, known as the Governing Body, has overall responsibility for the Academy and includes representation from parents, staff and the local authority. The Chair of the Governing Body is the authorised representative of the Sponsor, Reed Foundation. Three Governors are also Members and have additional responsibilities such as the power to appoint trustees and remove these trustees or amend the articles.

Members and Governors

Members & Governors Date Appointed Date Resigned Meetings attended in 2019/20 out of possible 4
Chair of Governors & Member - Richard Taylor BA (Hons) 12/9/12 02/07/20 4
Vice Chair of Governors - Louise Prince BA (Hons) BSc (Hons) 13/5/09   3
Ex-Officio Governor - Allison Moise-Dixon 1/1/19 31/08/20 4
Governor & Member - Heather Flint BSocSc MA 14/5/08   4
Parent Governor - Dee Morrison BA (Hons) 15/2/16   4
Parent Governor - Tamana Sayed 29/5/17   2
Governor & Member - Mike Phillips BSc (Hons) Eng. 1/10/14   3
Governor & Member- Baba Abu BSc (Hons) Econ MBA 1/9/14   4
Staff Governor - Megan Dee BA (Hons), PGCE, MEd (ICT) 20/10/19   3 out of 4
Staff Governor - Sofina Bhatti BA (Hons) PGCE 29/3/17   1 out of 1 
Local Authority Governor - Dee Martin BA (Hons) 11/3/15   2
Governor - Emma Price  12/12/18   4
Governor - Jeremy Julian B.Ed (Hons)


  1 out of 1

In appointing Governors, the Governing Body looks to ensure there is an appropriate mix of skills background and experience. See our Governors' biographies below.

GOVERNORS' biographies

Richard Taylor - Chair of Governors

I am Senior Divisional Director of Reed Education, a specialist division of Reed Specialist Recruitment, where I am responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the business which assists hundreds of schools across the country on a weekly basis. I have 16 years education recruitment experience and hope to draw on that experience in my current role of Chair of the Governing Body. I have been Chair since September 2015, having joined the Governing Body as a member in November 2011. I am also Chair of the Human Resources Committee.

I have a strong connection with the Academy which was founded by Sir Alec Reed and the Reed Foundation and strongly support its ethos and values, in particular that ‘Education is one of the most important gifts, next to confidence, that you can give a child’. I bring to the role strong leadership skills, knowledge and experience of the education sector.

Louise Prince - Vice Chair and Member of Education Committee

My two children both attended Alec Reed Academy, in both the Primary and the Secondary Phase. I started off as Parent Governor, but am now a Co-Opted Governor, sitting on the Education Committee. I am also Vice Chair of the Board, and am attached to both the PE Department and Modern Foreign Languages.

My twin passions are education and community involvement, and my role as a Governor at Alec Reed allows me to indulge both. I have degrees in Humanities and in Psychology, and am active on the local community sports scene.

I spent many years working in the BBC before leaving to work in the Extending Learning team in a school in Hillingdon.

Heather Flint - Chair of Education Committee

I was a teacher in London secondary schools from 1974 to 2005. For the last 14 years I was Headteacher of a secondary school in South West London. After headship I was a London Challenge Adviser working with underperforming schools in order to raise student attainment and accelerate progress. I am currently working with schools in Bradford and chair the Local Authority school improvement board. I have been a governor at Alec Reed Academy since 2008 and I chair the Education Committee.

Baba Abu - Chair of Finance and Resource Committee

Baba Abu, Head of Sustainable Business Advisory, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is responsible for a team that assesses non-financial risks - including environmental, social and governance matters - to inform investment decisions.

Baba is a career banker with deep experience of arranging finance for companies operating within the global energy industry. He is a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs and holds a BSc in Economics from Cardiff University, an MBA from the Cass Business School, London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business from the University of Cambridge.

 Mike Phillips - Member of HR Committee

Mike is Director and Founder of Pentir Talent Solutions. The organisation is known for its work in appointing Chief Executives, Directors and Principals in academies/schools, other education institutions, local government and central government. In addition, Pentir provides organisational development and assessment services as well as strategic advice for change and capacity building projects. He has particular experience of helping appoint leadership teams.  

Mike previously worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for ten years within the consultancy arm in the HR, IT and Public sector fields. He then went on to specialise in the executive search field as a Director of two search firms. His early career was with BP having graduated from Imperial College.

Dee Morrison - Parent Governor

I became Parent Governor in February 2016 when my two children were in year 2 (aged 6) and in year 7 (aged 11) and as such I have a vested interest in the development of the school with both my children being firmly established within the Academy.

My day job is a Legal Personal Assistant at Sky UK Limited (Sky TV) where I have worked for the past 15 years. I believe my position brings the ability to forward plan and I have excellent organisational skills which will both be vital within this role.

I am a confident person who is not afraid to speak up and as such I feel I am well qualified to represent the parents, and would welcome hearing from any parent regarding school direction and management.

It is an honour to serve as a Parent Governor and I relish the opportunity to contribute in some small way. I strongly believe in the value and benefit that a good education can provide, and I believe that supporting our childrens’ education is both vital and a privilege. A good school can change a child’s life for the better and I really want to be instrumental in helping shape that for our children.

Tamana Sayed - Parent Governor

I am a mother of three children aged 13, 9 and 3 with one whom attends at Alec Reed Academy. My background is Nursing and science. I work as an general intensive care nurse at Imperial College London NHS trust.

I am passionate about education; I would like to see Alec Reed Academy maintain its high standards, and meet future challenges. I feel privileged and honoured to serve as a parent governor. I look forward to many years of success for all students at ARA.

Claudia Lashmore-Bennett - Staff Governor

Claudia is the Curriculum Leader for the Performing Arts department at Alec Reed Academy. She has been teaching at the Academy for 5 years. In her role as Head of Performing Arts, Claudia aims to bring Music, Dance and Drama to the heart of the Academy and into the local community. She is keen to give the Alec Reed students the opportunity to experience the benefits of being involved in the Performing Arts, producing school shows, lunchtime concerts and performances in local festivals where students of all abilities are able to be involved. Prior to becoming a teacher, Claudia was a professional flute player, performing around the country as part of Chamber and Orchestral concerts.

Sofina Bhatti - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Alec Reed Academy since 2014. I am the Primary Maths Coordinator and Pupil Progress Leader for lower KS2. I want to contribute towards shaping the future of our children’s lives and providing them with the best educational opportunities here at ARA. My key goal is to consistently raise standards within the school, ensuring that equal opportunities are provided and that we are inclusive to our pupils needs. Making a contribution towards the community is an important part of who I am and what I want to achieve.

My previous jobs have been working in the community with children of all ages in an evening school and secondary school in Southall, as well as working for a charity bereavement company called Cruise. I have run workshops with Ealing for a scheme called pyramid, helping children with low self-esteem and confidence. These experiences as well as being a parent have instilled in me the desire to make a difference.

register of interests

All Governors are required to disclose any relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions and those of related parties, as these might possibly conflict with the Academy’s business and activities. All interests declared are disclosed in a register and published on our website.

Role of Governing Body

The Governing Body normally meets four times a year to set the strategic direction and policies of the Academy and carry out key functions such as:

  • Set the strategic aims and desired outcomes for the Academy.
  • Agree the Academy Improvement Plan with required policies, structures and strategies for achieving those aims and outcomes.
  • Employ people and resources to successfully deliver the Plan
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its strategic aims and achievement of outcomes. 
  • Provide on-going challenge and support to the Chief Executive Principal and Senior Leadership Team on all matters affecting the progress of the Academy.
  • Ensure the Academy has an effective system of internal control, financial and otherwise and make key decisions regarding adoption of the Financial Statements and annual budget. 

Organisational Structure

Whilst the Governing Body cannot delegate overall responsibility for the Academy’s funds, it is able to delegate aspects and these are outlined in the Scheme of Delegation. The Scheme of Delegation sets out those powers and duties which are reserved for the Governing Body and those delegated to its committees and to officers: the Chief Executive and Principal and Director of Finance and Resources.

In order to take a more detailed look at areas of its functions, the Governing Body has formed committees to advise it on its decision making. The committees cover the following areas: Education, Finance & Resources, Audit, Human Resources and Discipline. The committees for each area meet between 2 and 5 times a year and their minutes are subsequently approved by the Governing Body. All Governors are members of the Discipline Committee. The terms of reference for each committee are included in the Scheme of Delegation.

membership of committees and attendance in 2017/18

Governor Meetings attended out of possible 4
Heather Flint (Chair) 3
Allison Moise-Dixon 2 out of 2
Gary Lobbett 2 out of 2
Louise Prince 3
Christine Warren 1
Mike Phillips 4
finance & resources 
Governor Meetings attended out of possible 4
Baba Abu (Chair) 4
Allison Moise-Dixon 3 out of 3
Gary Lobbett 1 out of 1
Richard Taylor 3
Mike Phillips 3
Governor Meetings attended out of possible 2
Baba Abu (Chair) 2
Richard Taylor 2
Mike Phillips 2
Human Resources 
Governor Meetings attended out of possible 2
Richard Taylor (Chair) 2
Tamana Sayed 1
Dee Morrison  2
Mike Phillips 1 out of 1
Allison Moise-Dixon 1 out of 1
Gary Lobbett 1 out of 1

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Ms Rachel Warren and she can be contacted via email at Any governor can be contacted through the Clerk.

Responsibility for systems of control

Governors acknowledge their overall responsibility for ensuring that the Academy has an effective and appropriate system of control, financial and otherwise to ensure regularity, compliance and propriety of items. The Governing Body has delegated the day-to-day responsibility to the Principal, as Accounting Officer, for ensuring good financial management and meeting the requirements and responsibilities assigned to it in the Funding Agreement  between the Academy and the Secretary of State for Education, dated 17 June 2003, and as set out in the Academies Financial Handbook. The Accounting Officer is responsible for reporting to the Board of Governors any material weaknesses or breakdowns in internal control.

Arrangements in place to ensure robust financial controls are described in the Governance Statement which is published in the Academy’s Financial Statements. The most recent version is for 2017/18. The other key governance document is the Academy’s Memorandum and Articles of Association. All these documents follow below.


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