Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'


The Governing Body of Harris Academy Benson

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body which is comprised of Governors of the Academy. Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents/guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Primary Academy Benson are shown below:

The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at Harris Academy Benson is Dr Nigel Rata
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding at Harris Primary Academy Benson is Mr Ian Brownhill
The Clerk to the Governing Body is Ms R Nimiiro who can be contacted on 020 8777 1572 or via info@harrisprimarybenson.org.uk

Click here to access the Governors Academic Year Meetings

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed as Business and
Pecuniary Interests
Meetings attended 2015-2016

Dr Nigel Rata

01/09/2013 4 Years Chair of Governors; Chair of Finance and General Purposes Employed at Royal Holloway 6
Mr Ian Brownhill 01/09/2013 4 Years

Sponsor Governor

Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee

No 5 chambers -

Member; No5 Chambers LTD Shareholder; Novate-member;Barrister: public law, criminal law, regulatory law, education law, Consultant Trainer; Lincoln College Vacation Project

Ms Nasreeen Janohamed 01/09/2013 4 Years Sponsor Governor None 1
Mrs Nivedita Rath 20/03/2014 4 Years  Sponsor Governor None 5
Mrs Stella Malekos 18/04/2016 4 years Parent Governor Gillespie Maintenance 1
Mrs Jayne Carter 20/02/2014 4 Years Staff Governor None 3
Mrs Sally Gosling 01/09/2013 4 Years Parent Governor None 2
Sir Daniel Moynihan 01/09/2013 Ex-Officio CEO Harris Federation CEO Harris Federation 1
Mrs Kate Magliocco 01/09/2013 Ex-Offico Executive Principal None 6
Mrs Samantha Lee 13/10/2014 4 years Head of Academy None 6
Ms Pia Ellis 11/11/2015 4 years Sponsor Governor None 1