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Governance

Future Academies has a team of directors whose combined skills offer a wealth of experience to support the Trust's activities.

Future Academies plays a number of roles in the life of each of its academies, setting direction and working with the leadership team to ensure that each academy provides the best learning environment for its students. Future Academies is responsible for fostering progress in all areas of the schools' operation, promoting value for money and good use of public funds, and championing the schools in the wider community.

For the year beginning September 2020, the Board consists of:

John Nash (Member & Chair)

Lord Nash had a successful career in venture capital and is a former Chairman of the British Venture Capital Association. He was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools and joined the House of Lords in 2013.

After reading law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, John briefly practised as a barrister but moved on to the City and then into venture capital. He is a Foundation Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Vice Chairman of its Development Committee and a member of its Investment Committee.

John supports several charities for young people. He has been the Chairman of Future since 2006. John is deeply passionate about transforming the life chances of young people. He is the driving force behind the Trust's Education Enrichment programme.

John is a member of Finance and Audit Committee.

  • Date of re-appointment: 20 May 2018
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of Future, Governor and Co-Chair of Pimlico Academy, Governor and Chair of Laureate Academy, Governor and Chair of Phoenix Academy
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Husband of Caroline Nash
  • Attendance record at Directors' meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

Caroline Nash (Member)

Lady Nash has a BA in History from Bristol University. A stockbroker by training, she had a successful career in the international division of a French merchant bank. She is a former counsellor for the Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Caroline is the leading force in curriculum development across the Trust. Caroline has overseen the development of the new KS3 curriculum at Pimlico Academy and the KS2 curriculum at the primaries, and she led a national pilot with the Education Endowment Foundation.

Caroline is a member of the Finance and Audit Committee.

  • Date of re-appointment: 20 May 2018
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of Future, Governor and Co-Chair of Pimlico Academy, Governor of Phoenix Academy, Governor of Laureate Academy
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): Wife of John Nash
  • Attendance record at Directors' meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

Paul Smith

Paul is Chief Executive of Future Academies. Paul is Accounting Officer for the Trust. Paul's background is as a National Leader of Education, principal of a teaching school, school inspector and, most recently, as a RSC.

  • Appointed by: Ex-Officio
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Governor of Pimlico Academy, Phoenix Academy, Laureate Academy, and Future Academies Watford. Governor and Chair of Barclay Academy, The Grange Academy, Millbank Academy, Churchill Gardens Primary Academy, and Pimlico Primary
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

Lara newman

  • Date of appointment: 14 October 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Director (exec) of LocatEd, property company
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

Michael Parish
 

  • Date of appointment: 14 October 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: 
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: N/A

David Carter
 

  • Date of appointment: 14 October 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation / Sponsor Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Consultant for the Ambition Institute and the National College of Education
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of Trustees of The Henman Foundation. Trustee of The Talent Foundry, Laidlaw Foundation, National Teaching Awards and the Academies Enterprise Trust. Board member of the Wolfson Foundation Education Awards
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: N/A

Board Members Resigned in the last twelve months. 

Gilbert Chalk

Gilbert is Chairman of Barings English Growth Fund and a Director of a number of other companies.

  • Date of appointment: 17 July 2017
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Members
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: Castle Private Equity AG, Chairman. The Guernsey Investment Fund, Chairman. Vantage Goldfields Limited, Director. iRiS Software Systems Limited, Director
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Trustee of Future, Governor of Phoenix Academy
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2019/20: 3/3

 

Governing Bodies for our academies

 

Contact Nia Thomas, our Governance Lead

Future Academies

Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
info@futureacademies.org
Tel: 0207 802 1910