Local Governing Board
The purpose of the Local Governing Board (LGB) is to provide support and challenge to the school on behalf of the Trust Board. It does this through providing strategic direction at a local level, promoting high standards and educational achievement. The school, through the LGB, is accountable to the Trust Board.
At SFG we believe in developing and embedding a model of outstanding governance.
“The purpose of governance is to provide confident and strong strategic leadership which leads to robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.” The DfE Governance Handbook (2019)
The Local Governing Board comprises of at least:
- The Headteacher,
- 2 Community Volunteers,
- 2 Parents/Carers,
- 1 School Staff,
- Any such members as the Directors appoint.
LGB Members hold office for a period of four years, and thereafter renewable on an annual basis. Any LGB Member can hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of their appointment. LGB Members retiring at the end of their term of office are eligible for re-appointment at the discretion of the board which appointed them.
Owen Jones - Chair
Appointed September 2019
Owen is the Education Lead at Hope Not Hate Charitable Trust's Education Unit. He works closely with communities, especially young people, delivering workshops to Schools and Colleges across England & Wales to teachers and pupils to develop their understanding of how discrimination and prejudice work.
He has a BA in Economics and an MA in History from the University of Leicester. Owen is passionate to improve social mobility. He has been a great leader for change.
Marlena Mandat - Deputy Chair
Appointed September 2021
Dee Conlon - Headteacher
Appointed September 2019
Dee Conlon started teaching as a maths teacher in North London almost 20 years ago. She continued her career in East London before joining BMAT as a senior leader in 2012. She has 12 years of middle and senior leadership experience and is committed to improving the life chances of young people through education. She has won awards for her contribution to education and to her community. Dee has been instrumental in ensuring that the comprehensive intake at Burnt Mill Academy was provided with the correct curriculum and interventions to improve outcomes, ensuring all, particularly the most disadvantaged, were given every opportunity to exceed expectations.
Dee Conlon has a degree in Mathematics from a Russell Group University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Maths Education and the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She is an Ofqual external expert in Mathematics where she uses her professional expertise to help shape and improve the education system. She is also a registered coach with DfE’s Women Leading in Education programme and volunteers her time to coach female leaders in education.
Helena Mills - Company Appointed
Appointed October 2020
Jason Cowley - Community Volunteer
Appointed March 2022
Jason Cowley is a journalist, magazine editor and writer.
He has been widely credited with transforming the fortunes of the New Statesman as a magazine and website.
In 2020, he was voted Editor of the Year, Politics and Current Affairs, for the fourth time at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards.
Jason was brought up in Harlow. He was educated at Latton Bush School, a former state comprehensive school in Harlow, followed by the University of Southampton, from which he graduated in 1989 with a first class degree in English and Philosophy.
His most recent book is Who Are We Now? Stories of Modern England (Picador).
Sue Forman - Community Volunteer
Appointed September 2019
Sue’s original career path was in the City of London, where she worked for almost 40 years. The majority of this Management Career was on the Operations side of Investment Banking in the Global Emerging Market environment.
She is still an MCSI with the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment & Institute of Financial Planning regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority). She has also been a Financial Consultant for a large Insurance Company and has owned her own business for 18 years.
She has also worked in education for almost ten years as a Bursar which included all aspects of HR & management of the school budget.
Foriwaah Amponsa - Parent
Parent Elected - September 2019
Having acquired a degree in Law, Foriwaah pursued a successful career in retail banking management for a reputable high street bank before accepting a challenge to work for a bank in Ghana. On return to the UK, she connected with her passion to help children and families by completing a Masters programme in social work at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Since completion, she has held different posts in referral and assessment teams across several Boroughs as well as the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH).
Foriwaah has varied experience in safeguarding; in-depth understanding of relevant legislation, procedures and applicable techniques that underpins child protection. She possesses an array of transferable skills gained from working with children and families over the years and has managed cases of varying complexities. She is keen to support SFG in implementation of safeguarding principles and to offer advise where required.
Vacancy - Parent Governor
Interested parents/carers can apply for this position - LINK.
Closing date to register your interest is 16th May 4pm.
Voting will take place at the end of May and the new governor will be appointed in June.
Harrison Moore - School Staff
Staff Elected - March 2022