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Future Academies Watford

Future Academies Watford

Future Academies Watford

Welcome toFuture Academies Watford

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Governance

Future Academies Watford is sponsored by Future Academies, a multi-academy trust founded by Lord and Lady Nash with the aim of broadening horizons for young people across the country. Core to Future’s vision is the belief that, with the right support, encouragement and opportunities, there are no limits to what students can achieve.


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Governing Body

A MAT plays a number of roles in the life of an academy, setting its direction, working with the leadership team to ensure that it provides the best learning environment for the students, and leading the Governing Body. The MAT is responsible for fostering progress in all areas of the academy’s operation, promoting value for money and good use of public funds, and championing the academy in the wider community.

Neil Allcroft

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of appointment: 30 June 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Trust Board
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests:
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): 
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2020/21: 1/1

Shobana Dissanayeke

Shobana Dissanayeke is a senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Royal Holloway University of London. She has several years experience working in academic research but now teaches Microbiology and Research Skills full time. She is passionate about providing all students the opportunity to enter higher education. She encourages students to consider University through school talks and Taster lectures. This will be her first appointment as a school governor and she is excited to be working with Future Academies.

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of appointment: 28 September 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Directors of Future Academies
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None

Lynne Downey

Lynne is the Vice Principal, Digital Education & Professional Services at the University College of Estate Management (UCEM). Lynne brings knowledge and expertise in delivering further and higher education apprenticeships and this enables her to provide a different perspective of education to Future Academies Watford. She has experience as a leader of an educational institution that must comply with Ofsted and other government compliance organisations. Her background and subject expertise is in digital learning and technology with over 17 years’ experience in online learning, mainly in the HE and commercial sectors. Lynne has degrees in Information Technology and Psychology as well as an MA.  In her two years in the role of a parent governor at Francis Combe Academy she has been the Pupil Premium Link governor and have attended several training courses to support her development in the role to best support the school.

  • Role: Parent Governor
  • Date of appointment: 14 September 2018
  • Term of office: 4 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2020/21: 2/3

Dawn Fortune

Dawn is a local resident with two children at Future Academies Watford. She is a residential support worker working with young people. Dawn has previous experience of being a school governor. She looks forward to working with the local governing body in a constructive and collaborative way to ensure that Future Academies Watford provides the very best education and support to all children who attend.

  • Role: Parent Governor
  • Date of appointment: 16 December 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by Parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2020/21: 2/2

Nick Minkoff, Chair of Governors

Nick is a Partner in the Real Estate department of Mishcon de Reya, with over 25 years' experience specialising in development projects and the purchase and sale of high value investment properties. He is skilled in both leading and being part of a team. Nick brings excellent analytical and research skills with real estate sector knowledge and legal knowledge. Nick uses his knowledge and skills to work collaboratively with governors, the senior leadership team and the Trust Board to deliver the very best education and opportunities for the children of Future Academies Watford.

  • Role: Chair of Governors
  • Date of appointment: 1 September 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation/Trust
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between 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

Paul Smith

Mr. Paul Smith is the CEO of Future Academies and a National Leader of Education (NLE). He is greatly experienced in education, and has served as head teacher of several schools as well as working as an Ofsted inspector and as a Regional Schools Commissioner.

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of appointment: 1 September 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation/Trust
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Governor of Pimlico Academy; Chair of Governors on the Future Academies Primary Local Governing Bodies, The Grange Academy and Barclay Academy; and Governor of Phoenix Academy, and Laureate Academy.
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None.
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: N/A

Sarah Wilson

Sarah was previously a parent governor at FA Watford and is now a Trust Appointed governor. Sarah has been employed as Principal Lawyer - Litigation and Social Care at the London Borough of Harrow since 2010 where she is a member of the senor leadership team.  Since being a governor at Francis Combe Academy (now Future Academies Watford), Sarah has been the link governor for SEND, looked after children and Pupil Premium.  Sarah strongly believes in comprehensive education and giving all children the opportunity to excel, whatever their background or previous academic history.  Being a part of Future Academies Trust brings huge opportunities to allow FA Watford to excel, whilst still keeping its unique place in the local community.

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of appointment: 1 September 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Foundation/Trust
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships between other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None
  • Attendance record at Governing Body meetings over academic year 2020/21: 3/3

Future Academies is a charity regulated by the Department for Education and a company limited by guarantee 6543442. Future Academies’ registered address is Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT, England.