The Senior Leadership Team
Ben Keely: Principal
Mr Keely graduated from Warwick with a First in History and Politics but instead of following his head into the City he followed his heart into teaching. He taught history, politics and economics for two years on the Teach First programme and decided to stay in teaching for good. Mr Keely has a wealth of experience in senior leadership in three outstanding schools across London. Originally from Greenwich, he is delighted to have the opportunity to make a real difference in his own community. Mr Keely works closely with the Executive Principal and is responsible for the day-to-day operational aspects of the school.
Rachel Sofianos: Vice Principal
Rachel grew up in Manchester before moving to London in 2002 where she studied Vocal Studies at Trinity College of Music. She has worked at Harris Academy Greenwich since 2008, when the school was known as Eltham Green, and has since seen it become the outstanding Academy it is now. She is committed to serving the local community and is passionate about equipping young people with the qualifications and skills they need to thrive after their school careers. Rachel has worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Lead Practitioner and Specialist Leader of Education before she began her role as Assistant Principal in September 2017. Currently, Rachel has whole school responsibility for Teaching and Learning, Lead Practitioners, New Staff and Year 6 Transition within the school.
Graham Cripps: Business Manager
Following a career in banking in the city Graham Cripps came into education in 1977 and steadily progressed through the education system from Facilities Management, Local Management of Schools to Business Management, obtaining a NCSL Certificate in School Business Management and Institute of Administrative Management Diploma. He has been a member of senior management for numerous years and has developed a clear understanding of how an effective school needs to be managed to maximise the impact on teaching and learning. He is a qualified Senior Leader of Education (SLE) and is currently also supporting a failing school in inner London as well as providing finance training to other school leaders via the Harris Training School NPQML programme. He supports the Principal in all aspects of finance management and compliance, as well as advising on the strategic planning of our school buildings and facilities.
Dan Sofianos: Assistant Principal
After graduating from Queen Mary’s, University of London, with a degree in Drama, Mr Sofianos found his love for teaching in Hong Kong. He returned to the UK to follow his passion where he qualified as an English and Drama teacher through the Institute of Education. He has since held roles as Head of Department, Advanced Skills Teacher and Specialist Leader of Education. He holds the NPQSL qualification and is immensely proud to be part of the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Principal, leading the SEN department as well as other responsibilities. He is passionate about the lives of young people and feels strongly about developing the ‘whole’ student and building strong community links.
Jennifer McMillan: Assistant Principal
Mrs McMillan has been a teacher at Harris Academy Greenwich since 2013. Born in Canada, she graduated from Ottawa University with a Bachelor of Arts in Honour Mathematics and a Bachelor in Education. Mrs McMillan moved to the United Kingdom in 2008 with her husband, to pursue a teaching job in Essex. Mrs McMillan worked there for five years as a maths teacher, later with a departmental responsibility as the Gifted and Talented coordinator and also as second in charge of department. After having her son, Mrs McMillan sought a new role at Harris Greenwich as a Lead Practitioner with the whole school remit of High Attainers Coordinator. After two years of improving and raising the profile and provision of High Attainers, Mrs McMillan was offered the opportunity to become Head of Maths. After three year as a successful Head of Maths, Mrs McMillan was promoted to Assistant Principal. Over the past three years, Mrs McMillan has been in charge of KS3, PSHE and Personal Development and will now be taking on the remit of KS4. Mrs McMillan has always felt called to a career in education and fulfills her passion every day helping her students achieve success that will lead them to a greater purpose beyond the four walls of school.
Si Ali: Assistant Principal
Mr Ali grew up in South East London, attending one of Deptford’s most challenging schools and yet graduating with excellent results – he knows the value of hard work and resilience. After completing a degree in Graphic Design at The University of Central Lancashire and a PGCE at Edge Hill, he returned to London to pursue his passion in Art education.
Mr Ali taught in Croydon for 7 years, before joining Harris Academy Greenwich in January 2013 as Head of Department and then Head of Faculty before being appointed as Assistant Principal. Mr Ali’s remits include overseeing KS3 and Personal Development. Mr Ali is a trained coach working with individuals and teams throughout the school.
An avid supporter of the school’s vision, Mr Ali is delighted to have the opportunity to return to his local community and provide students with opportunities to step into their greatness.
Ellie Ghazi-Noory: Assistant Principal
Mrs Ghazi-Noory has been with Harris Greenwich since 2012. Originally from York, she graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Geography, Business and The Built Environment from the University of Nottingham. After spending some time working with school children in The Friends’ School, Hobart, Tasmania, she quickly learnt that her passion lies in the classroom and qualified to teach through the Teach First programme where she gained her MA in Leadership.
Before her appointment to Associate Assistant Principal, she was Head of Humanities and has thoroughly relished the opportunity to be part of the journey to Outstanding with Harris Greenwich. Mrs Ghazi-Noory is immensely proud to be leading on Low Attainers for the Academy this year, something she is greatly looking forward to.
Nat Dormer: Assistant Principal
Miss Dormer graduated from the University of Southampton with a degree in Psychology. Whilst undertaking her degree, she worked as a teaching assistant and youth worker in her local community. After discovering her passion for working with young people she joined the academy in 2012 and completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme, teaching Computing & Psychology. Before becoming an Assistant Principal in September 2019, Miss Dormer was Head of the Academy's Sixth Form. Currently, she oversees the Sixth Form and Careers Education throughout the academy.
Georgina Charles: Assistant Principal
Miss Charles is originally from the North East of England, having attended a state school in Middlesbrough and progressing with excellent results to study at degree level she understands the importance of diligence. Miss Charles read English Literature and Language at the University of Nottingham whilst involving herself in community volunteering, youth politics and social enterprise. After spending some time working with school children in Nottingham, she recognised her passion lies in the classroom and qualified to teach through the Teach First programme where she gained her MA in Education.
Miss Charles taught in Cardiff in a challenging inner-city school before joining Harris Academy Greenwich. Before being appointed as Assistant Principal, she was Head of English leading the team and pupils to excellent results. A passionate believer of social mobility in line with the school’s vision, Miss Charles is proud to have the opportunity to lead on curriculum and literacy across the school to ensure young people of all backgrounds receive a world class education.
Emma Pello: Assistant Principal
Miss Pello graduated from the University of York with a degree in Psychology before moving to London to work as a Chartered Accountant in the charity sector. She finished her accounting career by leading the in house training team at a large accounting firm before deciding to leave for a more fulfilling future in teaching. After a year in a North London school, she started at Harris Academy Greenwich in 2016, becoming Head of the Maths Department before becoming an Assistant Principal in 2020. Currently, Miss Pello has whole school responsibility for homework, lead practitioner training and the student council.
Elizabeth Wheeler: Assistant Principal
Ms Wheeler grew up in South East London and attended a challenging state school. Through diligence and a love of learning she progressed with excellent results to study Classics at Durham University, gaining an undergraduate degree and MA. She continued in the North East of England teaching English and qualified through the Teach First programme. After spending some time teaching all key stages and working as Head of Faculty, line managing English and MFL, she developed a passion for working with students with special educational needs and disabilities. Ms Wheeler is immensely proud to be leading the SEND department and working with students and the community to ensure all young people have equal opportunities to step into their greatness within Harris Academy Greenwich and beyond.
Abi McKay : Assistant Principal
Ms. McKay graduated from Queen Mary’s University of London with a degree in English. After discovering her passion for working with young people, she joined the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in 2013, teaching English, and completed a Masters in Educational Leadership at The Institute of Education, University of London. Her passion and enthusiasm for English and equipping students with academic and social behaviours led her down the pastoral care and behaviour pathway in three inner-London schools.
Ms. McKay has a wealth of experience in pastoral care and leading behaviour initiatives in schools following a career that has seen her lead Key Stage 4 cohorts as a Head of Year and whole-school classroom behaviour as a Lead Practioner, prior to becoming Assistant Principal at Harris Academy Greenwich.
Ms. McKay currently oversees student behaviour and pastoral care across the academy and is passionate about equipping young people with the academic and social behaviours they need to excel both in and after school life.