Academies are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, many are part of multi-academy trusts – a network of schools under one legal body. 

Ark Evelyn Grace Academy is part of Ark Schools - a leading education charity and one of the country’s top-performing academy operators. Ark is non-denominational and does not make any profit from running its schools. 

Ark’s relationship with the Secretary of State is set out in the master funding agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark Evelyn Grace Academy. 

Every school in the Ark network is the legal responsibility of the Ark Schools Board. This board focuses on statutory duties and delegates most day-to-day responsibilities to each school’s individual Local Governing Body (LGB). This means that Ark Evelyn Grace Academy's governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration. 

Ark Schools Master Funding Agreement

 Evelyn Grace Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

The Ark Schools Articles of Association and Decision Making Framework scheme of delegation can be found on the Ark Schools website here. 


Contacting the governors 

The LGB meets four times a year. 

The Clerk to the Governors is Nicola Peake ( Governors can be contacted through the Clerk. 

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please see here. If you have any governance-related queries, please contact


Our Local Governing Body

Ark Evelyn Grace Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • 6-10 members appointed by Ark, to include the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
  • Evelyn Grace Academy's Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor

 Ark aims to create a balanced group that will have the right skills, connections and dynamic for the LGB to work well and support the school in achieving exceptional performance:

  • Good insight into the specific challenges at the school and the general challenges of operating top-quality schools
  • Excellent community links
  • Specific skills as needed by/relevant to the school
  • A link to the senior executive team of Ark


Are you interested in becoming a parent governor and having a key influence on improving our school?

All parents, carers and guardians of children at the school are eligible to be candidates. If you would like to be considered, please complete this online form. If you would like any support completing this form or would like to use a computer in school to complete it, please contact the school office. Please make sure that when you complete the form, you add your personal statement in support of your application. Applications will be considered by the Head of Governance, in consultation with the Chair and Principal of the school, and are likely to include a meeting. Like all Ark governors, the parent governor will be formally appointed by the Head of Governance.

Find out more information from the links below:

Parent Governor Appointment Process-Flow.pdf

Parent Governor Information Pack.pdf


Evelyn Grace Academy Local Governing Body

Tim Dainty (Principal)

Tim is the Principal of Ark Evelyn Grace.

Nilesh Goswami (Chair)

Nilesh is the Chair of Governors at Ark Evelyn Grace.

Mary Ampah (Ark Nominated Governor)

Mary grew up surrounded by violent crime and substance abuse on a council estate in London. With some guidance, good choices and charity she made it to a top 3 UK university (Imperial College London) and into one of the world's most prestigious companies where she forged a career over the last decade, working mainly with local authority clients.

Throughout her career it became glaringly obvious that there were not enough people from diverse backgrounds; if, however, young people had accessible role models then people could be empowered to change. To make the mental leap to believe that life can hold a different path.

This belief has become a driving force and reason to connect with students. Mary creates an atmosphere of augmented aspiration and mentorship for those that do not come from privilege and inspires self-belief that nothing is beyond them.

Jacqueline Cheltenham (Marketing Link Governor)

I was called to the Bar in 1992 and was in practice in Criminal Law until 1998 when I left to become a lecturer on the College of Law's (now the University of Law) Bar Course. In 2004, I was appointed Director of the Bar Vocational Course and am still leading the renamed Bar Professional Training Course.
I have an interest in equipping school age children to be in the best position to make the right educational choices about their future careers and I am delighted to be a governor of the Evelyn Grace Academy so that I can assist with this.

Shelly-Ann Gajadhar (Ark Nominated Governor)

After being a State Prosecutor for four years, I decided to delve into business. Since then, I am a Career Advisor and Doctoral Candidate at King's College London. My passion is innovation and young people as well as law due to my experience int he field.

In terms of my skill set I have strong, leadership, mentorship and project management skills. My passion is to positively influence millennials and young people to dream the big dream and that anything they are passionate about is possible.

My dedication to professional development of people has seen me launch my own company in this field.

Graham Gayle (Teaching Staff Governor)

Graham is the Teaching Staff Governor at Ark Evelyn Grace.

Jennie Milward (Ark Link and Finance Link Governor)

Jennie is the Chief Operating Officer at Mathematics Mastery - an organisation focused on improving maths education in schools. She has a broad business background having worked as General Manager at Article 25 (a small architectural charity), the BBC, Whitbread Plc and the Civil Service. She was previously a governor at a local primary school and is passionate about building children's understanding of maths.

Maureen Sheridan (Safeguarding, Secondary Phase and SEND Link Governor)

All my adult life I worked in training and development, as well as being the mother to five boys I am now grandmother to thirteen and a great grandmother of two. I am Legal guardian of two boys and a girl who are aged between twelve and fifteen.

I believe passionately in the potential of schools to transform the lives of children and young people, and that every child deserves the best possible education, I am committed and feel strongly about improving the quality of education for our children also to support inclusive education for all members of the school community.  I have the willingness to contribute my skills, knowledge and experience to help the schools to provide the best education for all members of the school community and to improving standards in the school

Joel Summers (Ark Nominated Governor)

I currently work as Equality, Diversion and Inclusion Manager at the British Medical Association, where I oversee projects, initiatives and policy designed to make the medical profession more representative of the society it serves. Prior to this, I worked in project management and corporate partnerships at a social mobility and education charity, and I spent four years as an English teacher at a large inner-London secondary academy.

My passion for education stems from the extraordinary achievements I have seen in young people from challenging backgrounds. I believe that every child deserves the chance to flourish, regardless of their personal circumstances, and that with the right platform and encouragement, they are capable of exceeding all expectations.

David Gorton (Associate Governor)

After spending two years in international marketing management, I started trading the financial market in 1986. I have held several senior management positions in large international banks including Head of Trading for HSBC Americas and Head of European Proprietary Trading at JP Morgan. Since 2002 I have run my own Hedge Fund.


LGB Name Term Dates Gov type and Term Relevant declarations of interest                                                       

Attendance at meetings 2018/19


Mary Ampah 15/01/2019 Ark Nominated


3 out of 4

Jacqueline Cheltenham 01/09/2014 Ark Nominated
  1. Spouse is the Director of SEN for Harris Academy Crystal Palace

3 out of 4

Shelley-Ann Gajadhar 15/01/2019 Ark Nominated   1. King's College London - Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Candidate               

      Careers and Employability, King's College London - Application Advisor

      Alphastute - CEO and Founder of Career and Research Consultancy

   2. King's Business School Advisory Council - Member

4 out of 4
Graham Gayle 01/10/2014 Teaching Staff


4 out of 4

NIlesh Goswami 01/09/2018 Chair   4 out of 4
Maureen Sheridan 01/01/2013 Ark Nominated


3 out of 4

Joel Summers 01/01/2018 Ark Nominated 1. AQA - Freelance Employee: A-Level English Literature Coursework Marker - No association with EGA or Ark.  

2. National Foundation for Educational Research - Freelance Employee: Ofqual KS4 Nataional Reference Test Marker - No association with EGA or Ark.

3 out of 4
Sandy Sutherland (former) 01/05/2012 - 31/08/2019 Ark Nominated
  1. Interim Financial Controller, Tax and Partner Financial Affairs, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

2 out of 4

Meera Chadha (former) 10/11/2016 - 31/08/2019 Ark Link   3 out of 4
*David Gorton 01/03/2015 Associate Governor    

All appointments are made by the Head of Governance for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his time in post.

*David Gorton, Founding Partner, continues to support Evelyn Grace Academy as an Associate Governor, from March 2015