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Future Academies Watford

Future Academies Watford

Future Academies Watford

Welcome toFuture Academies Watford

Libertas per cultum

Governing Body

Sponsors

Future Academies Watford is sponsored by the Future Academies (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. Lord and Lady Nash are the Co-Sponsors and Co-Chair of Governors for Future Academies Watford. 

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 school’s operation, promoting value for money and good use of public funds, and championing the Academy in the wider community.

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. For more information about the Trust, our Members, Directors and key documents, visit www.futureacademies.org.

Click here to view the Future Academies annual report and accounts.

Click here to view the Future Academies Watford Supplemental Funding Agreement.

Click here to view the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association.

For more information on the Governance Structure at Future Academies, click here.

Governing Body

Full profiles of the members of the present governing body at Future Academies Watford can be found below.

Nick Minkoff (Chair)

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.

  • Date of appointment: 1st 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.

  • Date of appointment: 1st 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.

  • Date of appointment: 1st 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.

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.

  • Date of appointment: 14th 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 2019/20: 3/3.

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.

  • Date of appointment: 16th 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 2019/20: N/A.

Would you like to shape the future of one of our thriving Academies as a Governor?

Outstanding local governance is vital to the success of Future Academies. Our local governing bodies carry much of the responsibility for overseeing the performance and educational offer our academies provide. 

At the heart of our ethos is the aspiration that children are enabled to be socially mobile through a knowledge-led approach to curriculum planning and delivery, as well as a broad and wide-ranging educational enrichment programme. 

Being a governor is a voluntary position, and we are incredibly grateful to the highly skilled group of people who commit their time and expertise to our academies.

If you want to become a governor and if you share our aspirations for our children and teenagers, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Next Steps

If you are interested in becoming a Future Academies Governor, whether you are ready to apply or if you just want more information, please contact Tracy Simmons via email (tracy.simmons@futureacademies.org).

Future Academies are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All offers of positions are subject to an Enhanced DBS check and reference checks.