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 Byron is part of Ark - 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.

The Ark Schools Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the Ark Schools website. 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 Byron.

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, unlike most non-academy governing bodies, Ark Byron's Governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter - educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconMaster Funding Agreement

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk Byron Primary Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

Our Local Governing Body

Ark Byron Primary Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

Six to ten 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:

  • Ark Byron Primary Academy Principal
  • One Parent Governor
  • One  Staff Governor
  • One Local Authority representative from Ealing Council

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 Schools

The LGB has four clerked meetings a year and one unclerked strategy meeting.

Contacting the Governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Cathi Hughes (  Governors can be contacted through Cathi, and the Parent Governor can be contacted through the school office.

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

Current Governors

Jacqueline Steele (Executive Principal)

Jacqueline Steele is the Executive Principal of Ark Byron and Ark Priory Primary Academies.

Fiona Kaplan (Principal)

Fiona Kaplan is the Principal of Ark Byron Primary Academy.

Claire Dacam (Chair)

Claire is a Business Affairs Consultant with over 25 years' experience in the music and entertainment industry. She trained as a lawyer with the international law firm Herbert Smith and worked for them in London and Hong Kong before moving to IMG Artists where she was Director of Legal Affairs and Managing Director, Europe. Claire's freelance portfolio includes a diverse range of music and entertainment industry clients as well as community and social projects.

Jonathan Clifton (Pupil Premium Link Governor)

Jonathan is Head of Strategic Policy at the Department for Education. He was previously an Associate Director at the IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research), where he led the institute’s work on education policy. He is the author of a number of reports on education policy including Excellence and equity: tackling educational disadvantage in England’s secondary schools and A critical path: the future of higher education in England.

James Evelyn (Safeguarding Link Governor)

James has worked in primary schools for around ten years and is currently employed as Network Lead for Primary Maths at Ark.  For him, becoming a Governor is very much about providing additional support for a school from a different angle to his day to day work at Ark.  The majority of his career has been spent in inner city education; helping to improve life chances for children in these areas is his central motivation for becoming a Governor.

Josephine Gayton (Parent Governor)

Josephine is an experienced R&D professional who has worked in the pharmaceutical industry since 1999.  She is currently the Vice President, Global R&D Project Management and Analytics at Ipsen Biopharm Ltd, a French speciality care pharmaceutical company.  Before moving into the pharmaceutical industry, she gained a PhD at the Institute of Cancer Research, London, in molecular biology and genetics.  She also as a BSc (1st class Hons) from Sussex University in Biology with European Studies (French) and a diploma from the Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble.  Josie is a keen scuba diver, skier and more recently a snow boarder.  She lives in London with her husband, twin 6 year olds and twin cats. 

Holly Harris (People & Ark Link Governor)

Holly joins the Governing Body with a career in the education sector and, more recently, 4 years of experience working on Ark's central team. After two years supporting Ark's Heads and Principals with their general recruitment, including recruiting Priory's first members of staff, she is currently Recruitment Manager on the Ark Teacher Training team and is thrilled to be able to contribute in a different way to two of the network's exciting new schools.

Samuel Lawrence (Non-Teaching Staff Governor)

Samuel is the Site Manager of Ark Byron and Ark Priory Academies.

Gemma Wan (SEND Link Governor)(appointment pending)

Gemma is an accomplished project manager with experience in entrepreneurship and university-business collaboration. Her broad skill set has enabled her to work across sectors including health and wellbeing, technology, education, transport and government. She currently works at London South Bank University, with previous roles at Transport for London, National Centre for Universities and Business, University of Birmingham and National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education. Being a part of organisations that make a difference is a key motivator for Gemma as a Governor.


All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a Governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a Governor for the duration of their time in post. Governors may be re-appointed for further terms.

The register of interests and attendance for Governors can be found here: PDF iconArk Byron Governor Attendance and Register of Interest 2017-18.pdf