Biographies for Governing Body
The Governing Body for Harris Academy Greenwich has been in place since September 2012 and comprises of governors appointed by the sponsor, staff governors, parent governors and ex-officio members including the CEO of the Harris Federation, and the Principal. We meet once a term, with an additional strategy meeting in September. We are supported in our work by a professional Clerk to the Governors.
As we move into our fifth year as a Governing Body, we have seen some changes to the team, including a new Chair (Koyeli Solanki, an ex-Parent Governor), and a new Vice Chair (Lee McCormack). Governors continue to be linked to areas of the school, and meet regularly with Heads of Departments.
Governors use skills from their professional lives and their experience of governance to hold the Principal and other Senior Leaders to account, and by providing constructive challenge. We also like to be aware of the day-to-day operations at school, so we visit when we can to see staff and students at work. Our role also includes being part of the disciplinary process, for which we are all specially trained.
Governors are encouraged to undertake training to develop their skills and expertise, and the Harris Federation provide a wide range of training opportunities to governors.
Governors continue to work on enabling the school to provide the best opportunities in life for all of our young people. This means that we have to look ‘beyond outstanding’ to the features of the school which will help our students to realise their full potential and lead happy lives. So far, we have been looking at school clubs, an alumni association, opportunities for work experience, help with CV writing and a number of other aspects of this concern. Our growing Sixth Form reflects our ambition, and we were happy to see so many students go on to university or other challenging career paths in the summer.
Dr Chris Tomlinson
Dr Tomlinson has been a Principal for ten years, the last four as a National Leader of Education (NLE) and an Executive Principal. He graduated from Kent University with a degree in Mathematics and Statistics after his professional footballing career came to an end. Following almost a decade of teaching and leading departments in several challenging schools across England, he became Principal at what is now Harris Academy Chafford Hundred at the age of 33, a school that quickly became the most improved school in England and later was awarded Outstanding Ofsted status in every category and is now one of the most successful state schools in England. During that time he was also a consultant for Alite, delivering training across England on Maths, Leadership and School Improvement. As an NLE he became Executive Principal of Harris Academy Greenwich in January 2011, a school which has now also been awarded most improved school in England and is also now Outstanding in every category. Dr Tomlinson was awarded a PhD for services to education by UEL in 2011. He is the Executive Principal of Harris Academy Greenwich, Harris Academy Falconwood and Harris Academy Battersea.
Koyeli Solanki : Chair of Governors
I have lived and worked in the Eltham area since I was at school, and currently run a small import business. My younger son is lucky enough to be at Harris Academy Greenwich now, as it works towards giving every single pupil the best education and opportunities possible. I was a Parent Governor for Eltham Foundation School for the last 18 months and worked on committees working towards getting the school out of Special Measures. I am now a Link Governor for the English and Humanities Departments, and am also the SEN link. I am part of the academy’s Health and Safety Committee, and am a member of the Parent Council.
Edward Falzon : Sponsor Governor
Edward Falzon has a career spanning over 21 years with Morgan Stanley. He works within the Product Development team, and sets the strategic projects direction for areas of Morgan Stanley Fund Services, consults with clients, and manages a team of project and business analysts. He has worked and lived around the world, and is based in Blackheath. He looks forward in supporting the Harris Academy Greenwich in meeting and exceeding its objectives.
Lee McCormack : Sponsor Governor
Lee has worked in the Financial Services industry for over 17 years in Risk Management and more recently in Business Development roles. He has worked at LCH.Clearnet, UBS, Morgan Stanley and Nomura and specialises post-trade market infrastructure. Lee has has severed on the Board of Directors of two companies within the financial services industry and hopes his skills and experience will be useful whilst serving the children, parents and school as a governor.”
Lin Corbell: Sponsor Governor
I first came to the Middle Park Estate when I moved to Eltham 35 years ago with three young daughters. Shortly after my daughter started Middle Park Primary School I heard via the playground grapevine that a Community Centre was opening and looking for volunteers, I don’t think I would have imagined then that some 34 years and 7 grandchildren later I would still be here!! My role has evolved over the years and I am now the Director of the Centre. I spend the majority of my time between the future funding strategy ensuring services are there for future generations of our diverse community and the ‘hands on’ delivery that I love. The Centre has grown out of all recognition over the years, we are now very much a business whilst still retaining its ethos of ‘an open door and support for all’. We now have 3 buildings on the estate and employ 12 local people. The Centre is referred to as the heart of the community with whole generations of locals having grown up with its activities for children and young people. On a personal level I was very honoured to have been nominated and presented with the British Empire Medal in 2014 – who would have thought the girl from Peckham would have letters behind her name. As if that was not enough I was also awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Great Britain for services to the community. I have over the years been a School Governor at both Middle Park Primary School and Eltham Green School. I have a long association with and fondness for Harris Greenwich as my 3 daughters all attended in the Eltham Green days. I have a very busy life outside of the Centre with an amazing family and a great circle of friends, I am an avid traveller, always looking for the next exciting trip.
Victoria Wright : Parent Governor
I have lived in Eltham all my life I have two children, my son is in year 8 and my daughter will be joining in September. I believe I am a true reflection of many of the parents of students at Harris Academy Greenwich. I work as a Teaching assistant in a local Primary school. I chose to become a Governor at Harris Academy Greenwich as I strongly believe this is a forward thinking Academy. I wanted to try and help drive future developments and ensure that other parents receive the guidance and support that I have. I hope that this position of responsibility will provide me with further opportunities to ensure that this happens. I look forward to its journey from a good school to an outstanding one.
Richard Phillps - Staff Govenor
Richard is a lead practitioner designate in the modern foreign languages department, having joined the academy in 2014. As a governor, he looks forward to blending his experience of the corporate and education sectors to support the school’s journey beyond outstanding. When students ask him why he left a lucrative legal career to move into teaching, he is always happy to explain that teaching is the first job that has ever made him want to get out of bed in the morning. He considers himself lucky enough to have had the qualifications to get a second shot at a career and would like to win for each of the academy’s students the same freedom and opportunity.
Julie Billington – Support Staff Governor
I started to work at this school when it was known as Eltham Green Secondary School, which was a very challenging place to work and learn. During my time here I have seen the school go through many changes and rise to be an ‘Outstanding School’. I was very proud to be part of the school’s team when we finally received the outstanding award. I work in the SEN department as a Learning Support Assistant. I love supporting students to achieve their potential. I enjoy the daily challenges to promote the team’s profile within the school. My youngest daughter attends the school and she has progressed greatly during her time here. I am very passionate about the school’s future and totally agree with their vision. I want to be a voice of reason; and the voice of the students and staff of Harris Academy Greenwich.
Sandra McKay – Parent Governor
I am a Parent Governo living in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. I have three children who attend Harris Academy Greenwich, currently in years 10, 9 and 8. I work from home and have a passion for ensuring children and young people receive the highest education and best outcomes. This passion led me to complete a Foundation Degree in Learning Support and then a BA Hons in Childhood Studies. I am confident pupils will achieve an excellent education at Harris Academy Greenwich. As a Parent Governor and a member of the Parents Council for Harris Academy Greenwich I consider myself an approachable, good communicator who can offer my experiences as a new parent to the school and voice any topics that may arise from a parents perspective.