Academies are schools funded by the government with the freedom to govern independently – but all are accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. To share resources and best practice, many are part of multi-academy trusts – a network of schools under one legal body.

William Parker Academy is part of Ark - a leading education charity and one of the country’s top-performing academy operators. Ark is non-denominational and does not make any profit from running its schools.

Ark’s relationship with the Secretary of State is set out in the master funding agreement. There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Ark William Parker Academy.

Every school in the Ark network is the legal responsibility of the Ark Schools Board. This board focuses on statutory duties and delegates most day-to-day responsibilities to each school’s individual Local Governing Body (LGB). This means that, unlike in most non-academy governing bodies, Ark William Parker Academy governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – educational strategy, school outcomes and aspiration.

PDF iconAmendment and Restatement Agreement

PDF iconArk William Parker Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement

Our local governing body

Ark William Parker Academy’s LGB is made up as follows:

  • Six to ten members appointed by Ark, including the Chair – usually people with a local connection or interest who are committed to supporting educational opportunity in the area
  • Ark William Parker Academy's Principal
  • One parent governor
  • One teaching staff governor
  • One non-teaching staff governor
  • One local authority representative from East Sussex County Council
  • Two governors appointed by the Diocese

Ark aims to create a balanced group that will have the right skills, connections and dynamic for the LGB to work well and support the school in achieving exceptional performance:

  • Good insight into the specific challenges at the school and the general challenges of operating top-quality schools
  • Excellent community links
  • Specific skills as needed by/relevant to the school
  • A link to the senior executive team of Ark

Ark William Parker Academy LGB works closely with the governors from Helenswood Academy and the LGBs meet jointly three times a year to consider issues that affect both academies including Ark Sixth Form East Sussex.

Contacting the governors

The current Clerk to Governors is Jess Wilks ( Governors can be contacted through the clerk, and the parent governor can be contacted through the school office.

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please visit If you have any governance-related queries, please contact

Current governors

Jane FletcherJane Fletcher (Regional Director)

I am Regional Director of Ark's Hastings Secondary Schools. I have a proven track record of transforming schools, with my previous school being in the top three percentile nationally for five years. I am excited about working with such a dynamic and experienced governing body, who are providing the support and challenge that William Parker needs on our journey to excellence. 


Clifford Smith (Chair, Diocesan representative & Safeguarding Link Governor)

I have a background in finance and have been a governor in maintained schools in East Sussex for a number of years, including six years as Chair of Governors during which governance was rated outstanding by Ofsted. Most recently I was appointed to a school in special measures and assisted that school to be rated as satisfactory the following year. All of my children have attended William Parker and/or Parkwood and the former 'federal sixth' with Helenswood.



William Barham (Outcomes Link Governor)

From holding responsibilities in a large nearby secondary school, William has deep experience to contribute to the Governing Body in areas of safeguarding, student's welfare and enrichment as well as overall school management and improvement. He holds professional qualifications in education and management, has previously served as a school governor and is committed to ensuring the best possible educational experience and outcomes for our young people.



Helen Bostock (Sixth Form Link Governor)

Helen Bostock is a human resources consultant, specialising in organisational effectiveness, talent, leadership development and resourcing. Prior to this she was a director in People & Culture at Primark where she was Global Head of Organisational Effectiveness & Resourcing.

From 2010 to 2015 she was a director in the Human Resources department of Barclays Plc, where she led the Organisational Insight team as well as having global responsibility for the Barclays graduate and MBA recruitment programmes. Helen joined Barclays in 2010 as global head of entry-level programmes for Barclays Wealth. Helen was formerly a Managing Director and global head of campus recruitment at Credit Suisse and prior to this spent 17 years at JPMorgan in a variety of HR and Marketing roles.  She is a former board director and Vice President of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (UK), a former external trustee for the Centre for Recording Achievement. She was a member of the Vice Chancellor’s Thought-Leadership Council, University of Leicester and a member of the advisory board of the Wilson Review on University/Business Collaboration (2012). She is currently a trustee of the charity, Let Them Shine.  Helen has a keen interest in coaching and mentoring having previously worked as a careers placement counsellor for the London School of Economics.

Helen holds a BSc in Sociology from the University of Kent at Canterbury.  Her interests include the Anglo-Zulu War, military aviation, theatre and live music.  She lives in East Sussex and is married with one daughter.


Jonquil Cargill (Parent & Personal, Development, Behaviour and Welfare Link Governor)

I have worked as a journalist for most of my working life, primarily for the Daily Telegraph as well as other broadsheets and magazines. I have also worked in broadcasting at the BBC and independent radio stations. In the last few years I have changed lanes into writing film scripts. I have a BA In Philosophy and English. I am in my second term of been a governor at Netherfield C of E primary school, my son's primary school. Now my oldest son has gone to Ark William Parker I am looking forward to doing whatever I can as a governor to support and contribute to the positive and stimulating learning environment which my son so much enjoys..


Michael Crow (Ark representative and Teaching & Learning Link Governor)

I am an experienced school leader having had the privilege of working as a Deputy Head of Holland Park School (judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in November 2014). I left that role in the summer of 2015 to join Ark Schools as a Professional Tutor on their Teacher Training programme in order to gain more experience in a significantly broader context beyond one school and to improve my knowledge and practice in order to make me a better school leader. I hold the aspiration to one day lead a school as a Head teacher / Principal.


Reverend Luke Dean (Diocesan representative and Marketing Link Governor)

As a late developer, doing poorly at school I didn’t complete any further education until I was 30. However I gained experience in life; worked on a building site with the site-engineers for three years and drove delivery vans, buses, coaches and articulated lorries for four years. Following further education became a land and hydrographic surveyor and software engineer specializing in locating aircraft lost in deep sea. With 3 colleagues subsequently started a software company focussed on land mapping applications. That company was sold to one based in the USA and led to the requirement to move to the USA which re-ignited the interest in ordination. I did move to the USA and there met my wife but moved back to UK in 2005 to start theological college. I have been a vicar in St Leonards-on-Sea since October 2011. Hobbies include computing, motorcycling, cycling, running, skiing and keep fit.

Sarah Hopwood (Finance link Governor)

I am a Chartered Accountant with many years experience in both the commercial and charitable sectors. I am, and have been for the past 17 years, the Director of Finance & Resources for Glyndebourne Productions Ltd, the international opera house based in East Sussex, with a world-renowned Education programme. I hope that I will be in a position to bring experience to the Ark William Parker LGB through both my professional experience, from the experience I have gained as a Governor of a local prep school and as a member of the Kings College London Audit & Compliance Committee, in addition to being a mother of two children living in East Sussex


Name Term Dates Governor type and Term Relevant declarations of interest Attendance at meetings 2015/16
William Barham 01/04/2016 Ark Nominated
  • Own property and estate management enterprise
  • Trustee: Rolvenden Windmill Trust
  • Trustee: Basil Russell Trust
  • Treasurer: Rolvenden PCC
    Council Member, Romney Marsh Historic Churches Trust
  • Investment portfolio professionally managed by Mirabeau.

2 out of 3

Gareth Bendon 01/09/2013 Ark Nominated
  • Trustee: Newham Riding School & Association (riding for the disabled charity based in East London)
  • Trustee: The William Parker Foundation; The Magdalen & Lasher Charity
  • Trustee: The Magdalen & Lasher Education Foundation
  • Trustee: The Magdalen & Lasher Charity- Old Hastings House CIO

9 out of 9

Helen Bostock 04/12/2014 Ark Nominated  

6 out of 9

Jonquil Cargill 25/11/2014 Parent
  1. Son attends Ark William Parker Academy

8 out of 9

Chris Connelley 19/12/2013;          


Local Authority Rep
  1. Employed at Eastbourne Borough Council
  2. Chair: St Leonards Town Team
  3. Executive member: Gensing and Central St Leonards Community Forum
  4. Writer, Hastings Independent Press

4 out of 9

Rebecca Curtis 18/02/2015;          


Executive Chair
  1. Employee of Ark schools
  2. Member of the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL)

8 out of 9

Luke Dean 01/09/2013 Diocese
  1. None

6 out of 9

Sarah Driver 18/02/2015 Ark Nominated
  1. Owner of Rathfinny Wine Estate
  2. Trustee of Driver Youth Trust (DYT) which has financed & developed, with Ark schools, the Drive for Literacy programme which is available to Ark schools, free of charge
  3. The DfL programme was offered, free of charge, to primary schools in Hastings as part of the national roll-out programme (2015)
  4. My husband, Mark, and I have sponsored both Ark William Parker and Blacklands Academy in Hastings and we also provide university bursaries to Ark pupils

9 out of 9

Marie Hamer 01/09/2013;          


Ark Link
  1. Employee of Ark Schools

2 out of 9

Daniel Hatley 16/03/2015;          


  1. Principal at Ark William Parker

5 out of 5

Sarah Hopwood 01/09/2015 Ark Nominated


7 out of 9

Terry Kelly 11/04/2016;          


Acting Principal
  1. Acting Principal at Ark William Parker

2 out of 3

Mark Phillips 01/09/2013;          


Principal/Regional Director
  1. Principal/Regional Director at Ark William Parker

3 out of 3

Clifford Smith 01/09/2013 Diocese
  1. Employed as a Civil Servant
  2. Foundation Governor appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to Hurst Green CofE Primary School, East Sussex

9 out of 9

Mark Feery 27/11/2014;            


Teaching Staff (former)
  1. Staff member at Ark William Parker Academy

1 out of 2

Richard James 01/09/2013;              


Ark Nominated (former)
  1. Environment & Operations Manager for the Rathfinny Wine Estate, East Sussex
2 out of 3

All appointments are made by the Governance Manager for Ark Schools.  The term of a governor is three years, except for the Principal, who remains a governor for the duration of his/her time in post.