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

Mrs Rosalyn Wilton
Chair of Governors

RWi photo

Ros has been Chair of Governors ay Harris Girls' Academy Bromley since it opened in 2011. She is also Vice Chair of the Harris Federation Board.

In a career spanning four decades, Ros has held a number of high profile positions in the City, particularly within the finance and technology sectors.

As a Director of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE), she was the first woman to serve on the board of any Exchange in the UK or Europe. She was also the first woman to be appointed to the Reuters Executive Committee, making her the most senior woman in the Reuters Group at that time.

Ros read Mathematics at the University of London. In 2016, she was appointed to the University of London’s Board of Trustees.

She is a familiar figure to our students and staff, regularly giving talks and also overseeing Mathematics at the academy as part of the governing body’s commitment to each support a different subject department. 

Mr Phil Saunders
Vice Chair of Governors

Phil is Vice Chair of governors at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley and has been a member of our governing body since the school opened.

As Chair of Governors at the ‘outstanding’ (Ofsted) Harris Academy South Norwood and Harris Academy Upper Norwood, as well as Harris Aspire, he is a highly experienced school governor. 

Phil has worked with the sponsor of our Academy, Lord Harris of Peckham, for over 15 years and has been involved with the Harris Federation since it opened its first academy in 2003.

Ms Sally Watson
Chair of Finance and General Purpose Committee/Sponsor Governor

Sally became a governor at our academy in 2015 and chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee of our governing body. 

After studying for a degree in History, Sally qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Her career included twenty years in the banking sector. 

Mr John Drewry
Sponsor Governor

John lives in Beckenham and decided to become a governor because he wanted to give something back after a career in marketing communications.  He runs a business specialising in writing and training other people to write well. 

As a patron of the Nursing Memorial Appeal, he is committed to raising money for a permanent memorial to all nurses who died in the two World Wars, and to provide a scholarship for nurses to study particular aspects of conflict and humanitarian aid in nursing.

John is also a full member of Equity, with considerable experience as an actor and director.

Mr Marsha Berg
Sponsor Governor

Marsha has a degree in English from University College London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business from Birkbeck, University of London.

A Beckenham local, she works in property management and is Director of a university and school Yearbook company. She has been a governor at our academy since 2011.


Ms Evadne Bygrave
Parent Governor

Evadne has a daughter at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley and is a parent governor.

A primary school teacher by profession, she also leads a campaign to encourage reading of whole books in primary schools.

Mr Christopher Carr
Sponsor Governor

Christopher joined our governing body in 2015. He is lead governor for Safeguarding and Welfare at Harris Girls’ Academy Bromley.

Since graduating from York with a degree in Politics, he has worked in the field of social and economic consultancy. Through his work, which has involved evaluating literacy and numeracy programmes and supporting government reforms to provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities, he has developed a specialist knowledge of the education system. 

Ms Leoni Atkins
Sponsor Governor

Leoni Atkins is a Communication Manager at PwC.

She lives locally to our academy and decided to become a governor because she is passionate about the importance of education to the lives of young people. Leoni has a degree in Print Journalism.


Mr Ashleigh Ainsley
Sponsor Governor

Ashleigh is a strategist with experience in technology and retail.

As a co-founder of Colourintech, he is actively involved in opening access to tech companies for talented young people from diverse backgrounds.

Ashleigh graduated in 2014 with a degree in Geography from the University of Oxford

Mr James Stagg
Sponsor Governor

As MFL Consultant with the Harris Federation, James leads on raising attainment and the profile of languages across the Federation, as well as coordinating the Mandarin-specific aspects of the Harris School Direct programme.

James has worked for the Harris Federation for 3 years. He began studying Mandarin at the University of Central Lancashire in 2009. As an undergraduate, James studied Business Management and Chinese, studying in a University in Beijing and doing an internship with a company in China. James began his teaching role at Harris Academy South Norwood as Teacher of Mandarin, progressing on to Subject Leader of Mandarin and then onto Mandarin Consultant for the Federation in September 2016. James has experience of teaching to Secondary and primary students through his role. James’ key interests lie in mentoring new teachers and in encouraging new schools to begin teaching Mandarin as part of their curriculum. Most recently, James achieved his masters in education and is currently studying towards the NOQSL for senior school leadership. 

We will be adding to this page with the biographies of our Governors, so please watch this space!

Click here to view further information relating to our Governors and the areas they oversee within the Academy.