The Academy Council collectively provides challenge and support to the Senior Leadership Team of the Academy.

The setting of rigorous and clear targets, and the frequent detailed monitoring and questioning of progress, is fundamental to providing the educational aspirations that Park Campus Academy desires for all its students.

The Academy Council of an academy or Free School is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote excellent pupil outcomes. Its duties include:

  • Holding the Headteacher to account as a "critical friend"
  • Supporting the Headteacher
  • Agree policies delegated to this Council
  • Making visits to the school to meet staff and pupils
  • Monitoring the spend of the delegated budget, including Pupil Premium

Academy Council Members

Name Position Contact
Joe Kelly Clerk  
Simon King Chair  sking@parkcampus.org.uk
Tom Driver Vice-Chair  
Xander Hough Vice-Chair  
Aimee Brackfield Academy Councillor  
Antonia Byatt Academy Councillor  
John Semugooma Parent Academy Councillor  
Simon Toleram Teacher Councillor  
Hilary Ndukuba Support Staff Councillor  
Mark Jordan CEO, Parallel Learning Trust  
Martyn O'Donnell Executive Headteacher, London & Medway  
Melissa Elve-Williams Head of Park Campus Academy  

The Academy Council holds Keeping in Touch days throughout the academic year to allow all stakeholders access to the Academy Council.

You can contact any member of the Academy Council via the info@parkcampus.org.uk email address. Please put their name in the subject line of the email.

Declaration of Conflicts of Interest

Simon King

Simon King has been the Chair of the Academy Council since December 2019 and has lived in the West Norwood area for five years. Simon is a Compliance Manager for a performing arts awarding organisation and has extensive experience monitoring risk and ensuring compliance in an educational setting. Part of Simon’s work is engaging with regulatory agencies like Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. At his place of work, Simon sits on the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and GDPR working groups. In addition to his role as Chair of the Council, Simon is a Lead Councillor, responsible for leading the council’s vision & ambition, promoting equality and creating a culture of excellence. In his spare time, Simon enjoys reading, listening to music and supporting Tottenham Hotspur…

Tom Driver

Tom is a Customer Account Manager for a large consumer goods company, with extensive commercial experience managing relationships and negotiating with major retail customers. Previously Tom worked as a Brand Manager whereby he managed marketing communications and product innovation for household brands. In addition to his role as the Vice-Chair of the Council, Tom is a Lead Councillor, responsible for Safeguarding and Pupil Premium Spend & Progress. In his spare time, Tom enjoys keeping active and exploring new countries & cultures.

Xander Hough

Xander Hough is an HR Director, consultant and leadership coach with over 15 years' experience as a generalist practitioner spanning sectors such as Fintech, Education, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Media.  He is a social psychology graduate trained in workplace mediation, neuro linguistic programming and cognitive behavioural therapy, supporting the council on all matters concerning staff and leadership.

Aimee Brackfield

Aimee is a Public Law solicitor at a top tier national law firm. She has experience in advising parents and young people on education law, particularly in relation to Education, Health and Care Plans and Tribunal appeals. Aimee also has experience acting for children and young people with community care issues including difficulties with county lines, exclusions, homelessness, and gaining 'looked after child' status. She is particularly interested in the area of safeguarding and Social, Emotional and Mental Health support within the council.

Antonia Byatt

Antonia has extensive experience in the arts and culture sector as a programmer, policy strategist and funder and as a charity CEO. She is currently CEO of First Story which delivers creative writing programmes in secondary schools. She is lead councillor (is this best way of describing it?) for Health and Safety and is a member of the Quality Assurance working group. Antonia has a particular interest in creative writing and literacy and is also a board member of Centre for Literacy in Primary Education.

John Semugooma

John has experience in working with men and women going through the processes of the justice system, including their rehabilitation and resettlement. John is a Lead Councillor, responsible for engagement with parents, carers & stakeholders, and keeping pupils safe from dangers such as radicalisation.

Simon Tolaram

Simon Tolaram is the Teaching and Learning Lead, Head of Key Stage 3 and a Maths teacher at Park Campus Academy. Simon is the staff representative on the Academy Council and is a highly experienced educational professional with over 10 years management level expertise and considerable expertise in the field of raising educational attainment and the life chances of young people.

Hilary Ndukuba

Hilary is a Therapeutic Counsellor for counselling agency, One-In-Four UK, and Learning Support Staff for Park Campus Academy with vast experience in working with children and young people with challenging behaviour, low self-esteem, and troubled family backgrounds, within the alternative provision.  He is the Learning Supports representative within the council.

Mark Jordan

Mark is the current Executive Headteacher and Chief Executive Officer for the Parallel Learning Trust and has had a range of successful leadership experiences in mainstream secondary schools, as an Executive Headteacher of SEMH and ASD 5-18 provisions as well as senior Officer posts in Local Authority. He is a skilled negotiator who actively encourages a truly personalised curriculum underpinned by a holistic support for students whilst being relentless in pursuing excellence in all aspects of performance. He has a wide range of experiences ranging from strategic lead of Primary and Secondary Alternative Provision, Special Educational settings, Teenage Mothers Provision, Hospital School, Home Tuition Service, Outreach service and as a School Improvement Partner. One of his most significant achievements was leading his last SEMH setting out of difficulty to be judged by Outstanding in all areas placing it in the top 1% of special schools in the country and successfully managed the education delivery of a £5 million pound a year, 5 year contract from a LA.

Martyn O'Donnell

Nearly 30 years experience in Education. Previously Headteacher of Mainstream, SEN/AP settings and Head of Service in a large Local Authority. NPQH in 2004 and NLP Master qualification. Martyn works directly with Headteacher quality assuring the strategic and financial development of the academy and developing Trust initiatives into Park Campus and other Academies within the Trust.

Melissa Williams

Melissa Elvé-Williams has worked for PLT since April 2015, and has been Head at Park Campus since September 2019. She ran her own vocational school for the Trust, and has also been on the Leadership team of a mainstream Lambeth school. Her area of expertise is vocational education, and prior to joining Park campus as the Head of Academy, Melissa worked as the Vocational Lead across Parallel Learning Trust. Despite living in North London, she has worked in Lambeth for twenty years.