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Harris Academies
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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 is Dr Nigel Rata

The Governor responsible for Safeguarding is Mrs Sally Gosling

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs Julia Callan

To contact the Chair of Governors/Safeguarding Governor or clerk to the governors, please write to Harris Primary Academy Benson, West Way, Shirley, Croydon, CR0 8RQ or telephone 0208 777 1572, or send an email via


Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed As Business and Pecuniary Interests
Dr Nigel Rata



4 years

Chair of Governors

Sponsor Governor

Employed at Royal Holloway
Mrs Victoria Forbes 30/10/2017 - Ex-Officio  
Sir Daniel Moynihan



4 years Sponsor Governor CEO Harris Federation
Mrs Sabeena Hasan


4 years Sponsor Governor Primary Director Harris Federation
Mrs Sally Gosling



4 years Sponsor Governor Family Lives - Independent Supporter
Ms Pia Ellis 11/11/2015 4 years

Chair of Finance Committee

Sponsor Governor

Mrs Jennifer Mundy 01/04/2017 4 years Sponsor Governor Daughter employed at another academy
Mrs Jayne Carter 20/02/2014 4 years Staff Governor None
Mrs Stella Malekos 18/04/2016 4 years Parent Governor Gillespie Maintenance
Ms Kim Conroy 01/12/2017 4 years Parent Governor None


Governors who have resigned in the last twelve months

Mr Ian Brownhill - Sponsor Governor

Ms Nivedita Rath - Sponsor Governor