Governing Body

Governors List

Steve Belk (Chair)

Steve has worked in education in London since 1975.  He has significant experience of school leadership having been a Deputy Headteacher in Islington, Headteacher in Hackney, Head of School Effectiveness for the borough of Lewisham and the Hackney Education Director (for the Learning Trust, an organisation that was set up for ten years to improve standards across the borough).  Since then Steve has had various interim roles including Executive Headship.

 

Steve has supported a number of schools catergorised as inadequate and has been the chair of four Interim Executive Boards -all with positive outcomes. He has been a member of several governing bodies and is currently the Chair of a Pupil Referral College in North London.

Dr Anne Hudson

Dr Anne Hudson was Headteacher of Langley Park School for Girls from 2011-2018 and in that time founded Langley Park Academies Trust. She has extensive senior leadership experience, including 13 years' headship. She has taught in a range of schools including in Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Lambeth. She holds the National Professional Qualification in Headship as well as a PhD in Education. Her expertise includes teacher training and school inspection.

Florence Kroll

Florence Kroll is the Director of Children’s Services in Greenwich. She qualified as a social worker in 1991and has worked within a range of voluntary and statutory settings from work with young offenders to families in need of support. In 2006 she became the Head of the Youth Offending Services in Hackney and as a senior Director later led the establishment of Young Hackney, an integrated model of Early Help family work in youth hub settings. In 2014 Florence became the Director for Early Help services in Kent responsible for inclusion and attendance, pupil referral units, children centres, youth services, family work and the Youth Offending Team. Florence has been the Director of Children’s Services in Greenwich since 2016 and has been involved in a range of innovation projects including whole family approaches to addressing domestic abuse and establishing the early new arrangements for safeguarding partnerships. She firmly believes that schools are the most effective protective factor for vulnerable children and is committed to ensuring that all children’s services work together in a cohesive system.

David Skinner

With four children, either in or approaching The John Roan, I am a long term supporter of the school and I am genuinely excited about the opportunity to help the school more directly. As a product of a state comprehensive and Cambridge University, I share the school’s ambition to have high expectations and aspirations for all children. I have over twenty years’ professional experience in finance, driving change in large organisations. I believe my experience applying critical but supportive challenge, identifying what works well and having difficult conversations to identify better outcomes, would be valuable to the school.

Linda Karlsen

Following a long career in secondary education, culminating as a Deputy Head at The John Roan, I moved into local authority work in 2002.  I was in the Greenwich Excellence in Cities team, leading and managing the development of the Aimhigher programme that encouraged students to be the first in their family to aspire to higher education. I also led on the Gifted and Talented programme, aimed at preparing the most able students in local authority schools to consider attending top universities. It included visits to Russell Group and Oxbridge universities as well as providing additional summer school GCSEs in Latin and astronomy. I have also worked as an independent consultant delivering academic coaching to a number of London local authorities. My professional experience in inner-city schools and my own personal background as the first in my family to undertake higher education gives rise to a commitment to working with ‘under-represented’ groups. This is my second term as a governor at the John Roan School

Greg Power

Greg Power is Founder and Chair of Global Partners Governance (GPG), a social purpose company devoted to strengthening political institutions and representation in countries around the world. He has worked extensively with parliaments, politicians and ministries throughout the Middle East and Africa, in countries including Iraq, Egypt, Libya, Ukraine, Uganda, Rwanda and Sudan. He was previously Special Adviser to Robin Cook MP and Peter Hain MP. He has lived in Greenwich for the last 25 years, and his eldest son is a pupil at John Roan.

Mick Roberts

Mick Roberts is an Old Roan. He is a life-long Greenwich resident, attending the school from 1957 to 1964. A trustee of the John Roan Foundation, he is concerned to ensure that the Foundation’s resources are used to best effect to support the development of the school and its students. Before retirement he was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. He co-founded and led, as CEO, an international consultancy firm specialising in transport planning.

Governance

The John Roan School is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook 2020 identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in our Scheme of Delegation which can be seen on the United Learning website.

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Members who have stepped down

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