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.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation

Governor Biography

Phil Harris-Bridge

Phil’s career was spent in the commercial sector, running businesses in distribution, IT and manufacturing. His last full-time role was as Customer Operations Director (Europe) for a global distribution business, managing a team of 900 spread across 12 countries.


He is an experienced Non-Executive Director following roles with an NHS hospital board, a pensions trust and two multi-academy trusts (MATs). He chairs the Governing Boards of two schools/academies and is a member of another Governing Board chairing their Pay Committee. He is also a director in the family’s consultancy business, undertaking consultancy assignments in service management, sales and strategy.


Since 2015, Phil has supported primary and secondary academy and local authority schools experiencing strategy, leadership, performance and governance challenges, including 6 years as a National Leader of Governance. More recently he has become a panel member for the independent admissions appeals service for schools.


Much of his working life now lies in the areas of leadership and governance, implementing change to achieve effective governance resulting in improved performance, progress and outcomes for students.


Phil graduated with a first class business degree and is married with two children.

Keith Bradbrook

Keith attended Roan and lives in Greenhithe with his wife, Daryle, also an Old Roan. Leaving school to work first as a journalist, Keith spend the bulk of his professional life heading corporate communications for various organisations, including London Docklands and Essex County Council, but predominantly in the charity sector, especially at the NSPCC where he was Director of Communications. The welfare of children and young people has been a major element in his working career and with two sons and three grandchildren in his personal life too. Keith is currently the Editor of the Old Roan Magazine and has published a novel based on the lives of children in Greenwich.

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.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones studied Philosophy and Theology at Durham University and then completed a PGCE at Cambridge University. He became an RE teacher in 2001 at St. Mary’s High School in Hendon and was there for five years, during which time he became a Head of Year. Peter joined Paddington Academy as Head of Year 11 when the academy opened in 2006. The Academy was formed from the former North Westminster Community School and was one of the first academies. It was judged outstanding by Ofsted in 2011. Peter became Assistant Principal for KS4+5 in 2007 and Vice Principal for Achievement and Behaviour in 2009. In 2016 he became Joint Principal with Katie Gillam.


Meetings Attended

Members who have stepped down

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