Interim Executive Board

International Academy of Greenwich – governance of the Academy

IAG is a member of a Multi Academy Trust called Big Education. You will find a statement on the Trust’s approach to governance on its website along with details of Members and Trustees.

At individual school level, IAG governance is typically driven through an Local Governing Body which takes all the main decisions relating to the day to day operation of the school. In March 2020, however, it was determined that governance at IAG would be driven through an Interim Executive Board (IEB).


This follows the announcement that our school will close in 2021. Given that IAG will be supporting students just in Year 11 in our final year, and governance requirements will significantly change during the closure process, it is felt that this is the best way to support the school through its last academic year.


Trustees have placed on record their thanks to the previous LGB for their dedication and efforts.

The IEB  is technically a committee of the Board of Big Education, but the Trust wishes there to be local autonomy and oversight, so has delegated powers. Given the context of the school, the membership of IEB includes individuals who have previously supported schools through a closure process, governance and finance experts and IAG’s Principal. It is smaller than a typical LGB, but it meets more often (either in person or virtually) at least once a week.


A Parents Forum works with the IEB to ensure that the views of the families of Year 11 are at the forefront of the IEBs thinking.   

As well as managing the closure process, the IEB supports and strengthen the school’s education provision through:

  • robust challenge and support and by holding leadership to account for the performance of pupils and staff, in line with the individual vision of the school.​

  • ensuring that local processes are in place for health, safety and compliance, including day to day financial monitoring, and that the Trust Board is kept informed of any risks or matters of concern.

  • ensuring that life at the school reflects the values and objectives of Big Education.

Ways of working

The Trust expects an IEB to sign up to some core principles, for example:

  • IEB members to be hands-on in supporting the Principal in achieving their local mission as well as exercising their governance responsibilities

  • IEB members to be highly skilled and active in self-assessment, learning and peer-review – living the Trust’s values

  • To prioritise effective communication between Trustees and IEB members e.g. working together on cross-cutting projects

Given the frequency that the IEB convenes, there are no sub committees.

IEB Members

Annabel Bates, Chair, appointed 9th March 2020                                   


Annabel Bates has a track record of leading and supporting schools across the UK, Europe and USA. Annabel has particularly focused her career on working with education organisations who have challenged traditional thinking in the sector, and whose approach is firmly based on innovation and inspiration.  


After starting her career as a languages teacher in Scotland, Annabel has gone on to serve on a number of boards and governing bodies, and has mentored and coached leaders and leadership teams in schools and charities.

Chris Steed, Principal, appointed 9th March 2020*                              


Chris Steed has worked in education for over 20 years, with the last 14 years holding senior leadership positions such as Vice Principal, Principal and Executive Principal. Chris has also held the position of Regional Director with a large multi academy trust working with a group of schools to improve the quality of education and outcomes.
Chris is a graduate of French linguistics from the University of Leeds an Advanced Skills Teacher and was awarded the NPQH in 2005.

Chris’s leadership roles have led him to work in a wide variety of schools from primary schools to secondary schools including six forms and whilst Principal and Executive Principal moved a school from inadequate to good over three years.

Chris has wide experience in school improvement, educational leadership and curriculum development and has worked as a governor in both primary and secondary schools having a clear understanding of the challenges and support required to improve the quality of education.

* Appointed to IAG LGB on 1st December 2019.

Ben Peck, appointed 9th March 2020                                   


Since returning from New Zealand, Ben has spent the last ten years supporting schools, trusts and universities with their communications and marketing.


Ben is also a Vice Chair of a multi-academy trust in the North of England. Ben has two small children and a dog called Arlo.

Jennifer Ansell, appointed 9th March 2020                                   


A graduate from the University of Cambridge, Jennifer trained as an auditor before becoming the Finance Manager for a prestigious Church of England school in London. After a number of successful years there, Jennifer joined Big Education as the Trust’s Finance Director in 2018.


Jennifer is a qualified accountant.


The clerking for the Interim Executive Board is undertaken by Matthew Bush.

They can be contacted via the School office or by email to


For more information on our Trustees, please visit the following page of the Big Education website:

To contact members of the IEB, or to raise any governance queries, please email the Clerk to the IEB, currently carried out by Matthew Bush, on the following:

Contacting the governors

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International Academy of Greenwich is a candidate school* for the Middle Years Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that International Academy of Greenwich believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.

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