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Ashmole Academy Trust



1.      Information about the Governing Body

Ashmole Academy, formerly Ashmole School, is a company limited by guarantee and was incorporated on 14th September 2010.  Ashmole Academy is responsible for its own governance and management.

The Academy is the employer of its staff, owns the freehold of the school grounds and buildings and retains responsibility for its own admission arrangements.  Funding comes primarily from the Education Funding Agency and also from the Local Authority (Barnet).


Ashmole Academy

Governing Committee



Gonul Daniels

Chair Local Governing Committee & Trustee

Allison Walling

Vice Chair Local Governing Committee & Governor

Emanuele Vadilonga

Local Governing Committee Trustee

Ron Hawksby

Local Governing Committee

Nicola Stapleton

Local Governing Committee

Joanna Tambourides

Local Governing Committee

Marino Onissi

Parent  Governor

Madeleine Betton

Parent  Governor

Sue Willmott

Staff  Governor

Derrick Brown

Head Teacher

Governor Pen Pictures

Name of Governor

Type of Governor

Summary of Governor’s Experience

Gonul Daniels


Gonul has been a governor at Ashmole Academy since 2003, initially elected as a parent governor then a community governor.  She was Chair of Governors of Ashmole Academy as a Single Academy Trust and is now a Board Trustee in the newly created Multi Academy Trust.
Gonul is a community campaigner, an advocate for community issues, and has volunteered in her community for over a decade.
Gonul has a successful career in Technical Engineering within parliamentary, government, commercial and corporate sectors.  She has also run her own Technology business and has embarked on a digital start up.
Gonul is interested in politics and was a Parliamentary Candidate in the last General Election.


Allison Walling

Vice Chair

Allison became a parent governor in 2011 and was re-elected again in 2016.

For the past 30 years Allison has managed and is now the Managing Director/Owner of a very successful printing company in Mayfair.  She works with all types of businesses within the local area and their overseas offices.  She has an expertise in all aspects of print and design.

Allison is currently the Chair of the Curriculum Committee and ensures the quality and delivery of education to our students is scrutinised, challenged and maintained.  She leads an E-safety campaign to develop awareness for our year 7’s and 8’s.

Allison is married with two children, a daughter in Year 10 and a son in the Sixth Form of Ashmole Academy.  Allison is a huge football fan and sponsors her son’s football team; she cheers him on a Sunday and watches Arsenal at home on a Saturday.  Her other interests are cookery and organising events.


Emanuele Vadilonga


Emanuele was elected as parent governor in early 2015 before being elected to the MAT Trust Board in December 2015.  He is married and has a son and a daughter who both attend Ashmole Academy and his engagement as a governor was driven by his desire to return something to the school and to the wider community.

Emanuele has spent all of his career in the telecommunications industry where he has held regulatory roles with a number of communications providers.  He is currently the Director of Regulatory Affairs for Europe for BT Global Services, the line of business of BT plc that delivers communications and networked IT services globally to corporate and public sector organisations.  In his role he holds operational responsibility for regulatory, compliance and competition law activities for the BT Global Services operations across continental Europe.  He joined BT Global Services in 2004 having, among others, previously worked for mobile operator Orange and the Cable & Wireless Group in the UK.


Lisa Rutter

Local Governing Committee Governor

Lisa is the Elected Councillor for Brunswick Park Ward since May 2006 and Former Mayor of the London Borough of Barnet in 2011/12.  She has also been a Governor at Ashmole Academy since 2006.  Lisa has had a career in banking and litigation and special matters and fraud.  She is a Director/Trustee of the Arts depot and also runs a charity called Dementia Club UK in the Borough of Barnet.  She is married with one grown up son and is also a qualified fitness instructor.


Nicola Stapleton

Local Governing Committee Governor

Nicola has been a governor at Ashmole since December 2014.

She is a mother of two young children, one at primary school, and has lived in Southgate since early 2010.

Nicola has worked as a journalist for 19 years, on national newspapers for 16 years, and has specialised in education for nine years.

She has interviewed senior politicians and policy makers, attended numerous teaching union conferences, written widely on exam results and has close contacts with Head Teachers, advisers, social mobility charities and experts in the education world.

Before writing about education, Nicola was a general news reporter, covering issues including crime, terrorism and social trends.

Nicola has a keen interest in education, literature, theatre and classical music.


Joanna Tambourides

Local Governing Committee Governor

Joanna has been a governor at Ashmole Academy for about 20 years, having previously been a member of the Admissions Appeal Panel for the school.  She has been a member of the Pupil Discipline Panel for her whole time at Ashmole and until a year ago a member of the Curriculum Committee.  She now sits on the Estates Committee.

For the whole of her working life she worked as a secretary and then as a P.A. in private companies at Director level, and for the last ten years at the HPA (now Public Health England), which is part of the NHS.  From 2007 to 2014 she served as a Barnet Councillor in the East Barnet Ward, and is currently a governor at two senior schools, as well as on the management board of two local charities.


Madeleine Betton

Parent Governor

Madeleine took up her first governor position in 2010 in her daughter’s primary school in Enfield and was elected as a parent governor at Ashmole Academy in December 2014, where she serves as a governor on both the secondary and primary school committees.


Her Chartered Accountant’s career has progressed through positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately as Finance Director of a company in the hospitality and property development sector, before taking a career break.


She has three children, the eldest now attends Ashmole Academy and Madeleine is immensely pleased with her daughter’s achievements and the opportunities the school offers.


Marino Onissi Parent Governor

I have been a parent governor since January 2015 and currently sit on the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

For the last 20 years my career has been in Music Education & Performance and I have worked in two private girl’s schools, as well as playing concerts on a regular basis.  My vision is to help Ashmole Academy achieve its highest potential in music.


I am married with two sons (one in Year 8 at Ashmole Academy and the other in Reception at Brunswick Park School) and in my spare time I indulge in two of my passions, Modern Art and following Arsenal Football Team.

Sue Willmott Staff Governor

Sue was elected as Staff Governor in 2015.  Sue joined Ashmole Academy in January 2007 as Head of Administration and is now Business Manager.  She actively promotes the schools facilities to the local community to ensure that the school is as well used in the evenings and at weekends as it is during the school day.

Sue is part of the Finance & General Purpose committee & in her role as Business Manager sits on the Primary Transition Committee.

Sue has one son, now 23 years old, who attended Ashmole Academy. In her spare time Sue shares his passion for golf although only as a spectator & is a keen supporter of Liverpool FC, sadly only from her armchair.  She also enjoys the theatre, concerts and food.



 2.      The Work of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is to develop the strategic direction of the school.  That is why the Governing Body is responsible for:

  • Approving the school budget
  • Determining the admissions policy
  • Approve the school’s Improvement Plan
  • Appoint the Head Teacher when the need arises
  • Approve key policies that regulate how the school operates, eg Health & Safety
  • Ensure that the school is compliant with legal requirements
  • Determine employment practices as the employer of its staff

In addition, the Governing Body has a duty to monitor the work of the school, especially its performance, and to be a critical friend to the school through working in partnership with the Head Teacher.

The Head Teacher is responsible for the running of the school, not the Governing Body.

The Governing Body also has key functions to perform.  These are as follows:

  • Pupil Discipline:  In cases of exclusion, the Pupil Discipline Panel may review the decision of the Head Teacher where an appeal occurs.  In cases of permanent exclusion, the Pupil Discipline Panel has to review the decision of the Head Teacher within 15 school days.  The Governing Body is also responsible for establishing the independent Review Panel in permanent exclusion cases where the parent/carer wishes to appeal against the decision of the Pupil Discipline Panel to uphold the Head Teacher’s decision.
  • Admissions & Admission AppealsThe Governing Body is responsible for establishing an Independent Admission Appeals Panel to hear appeals on admissions.

3.      How Does the Governing Body Operate?

The Governing Body has three meetings a year, one per term.  The Head Teacher provides a report on the work of the school to each of these meetings.  At the meeting, the Governing Body will go through the report from the Head Teacher, the work of its various committees and determine the outcome of discussions on pertinent topics relevant to governance.

The Governing Body has various committees whose work is to develop the strategic direction of the school taking to the Governing Body key decisions to ratify.  The committees are as follows:

  • Finance Committee: The Finance Committee monitors termly the income and expenditure patterns of the school as well as developing excellent financial management ensuring that the school retains the highest standard of practice.  The Finance Committee will also approve key large scale expenditures and work with the Head Teacher on creating the budget to take to the Governing Body for approval. 
  • Estates and Health & Safety Committee:  The Estates Committee reviews the use of the school grounds and the maintenance and development of the site and its buildings.  It also reviews health & safety practices ensuring that the school and its site and buildings are fully compliant legally, as well as being very safe places to visit and work.
  • Curriculum Committee:  The Curriculum Committee explores developments at the school with regard to the curriculum as well as monitoring the work of the school with regard to examination results and other key performances, the progress of special needs and looked after children, and the progress of the Equality Plan.
  • Personnel Committee:  As the employer of its staff, the Personnel Committee reviews employment policies and practices ensuring that the school is fully compliant with legislation and that its practices are that of a good employer.

4.      The Work of the Parent & Staff Governor

Parents/carers and staff have the opportunity to vote for who they think will make a good governor when vacancies appear for parent or staff governor.  Parent and Staff Governors are not delegated to work specifically on behalf of or for parents. The post is chosen by ballot of parents or staff to select those who have the motivation, skills and qualities that would make a good governor in the best interest of the school – in the same way that all Governors are responsible as members of the Governing Body.

Because the role and responsibilities of the Parent or Staff Governor are no different to other Governors, it is not the role of a Parent or Staff Governor to take up individual requests of parents or staff.  In all cases of a personal matter about what is happening at school as a parent or a member of staff, the advice from the Governing Body is to take the matter to the Head Teacher, as it is the Head Teacher who is responsible for the running of the school.  If after that a parent or a member of staff feels a need to contact the Governing Body, and it is not a formal complaint, then please contact the Clerk to the Governors to discuss how best to resolve the issue.

5.      Do you want to Contact the Governing Body?

Sometimes parents/carers wish to contact the Governing Body directly.  Sometimes parents/carers wish to contact Parent Governors about a school matter that is affecting them. 

The advice to parents/carers in these cases is clear.  Please contact the Head Teacher in the first instance.  The Head Teacher is operationally in charge of the school, not the Governing Body, so on most matters, it is the Head Teacher who can most effectively deal with the issue.  The Head Teacher is also a governor and, if the matter is more strategic, he is in the best position to bring it to the attention of the Governing Body.

There are formal processes to deal with admission and exclusion and parents/carers involved in those processes will be contacted directly over those matters and informed on how to appeal. 

If you are still of the view that you want to contact the Governing Body, please contact the Clerk to the Governors, at the school for advice about how best to pursue the matter.

6.      How to Contact the Governing Body

The Governing Body can be contacted via the Clerk to the Governors:

Mrs D MacKay-Lear
Clerk to the Governors
c/o Ashmole Academy
Cecil Road
London  N14 5RJ
Tel :  020 8361 2703

7.      Complaints Procedure

Complaints are first handled by the teacher or form tutor concerned.  If the complainant remains dissatisfied, the matter should be referred to the member of the school’s Leadership Team responsible for the relevant Faculty or Year group.  It is anticipated that most complaints will have been handled effectively at this stage.

When making complaints, the school advises that the complainant should be clear and specific as to what the issue is and provide evidence to support the complaint.