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Bobby Moore Academy

We celebrate the diversity of our community through our aspirational learning culture so that each individual can fulfil their potential.


Bobby Moore Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Funded directly by the government, Academies possess the freedom to govern independently and 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.

Bobby Moore Academy is part of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) - a national network of 34 schools. DRET is non-denominational and does not make any profit from running its schools.

The David Ross Education Trust's Articles of Association, Master Funding Agreement and Accountabilities Framework can be found on the DRET website.  There are also supplemental funding agreements for each individual school in the network, including Bobby Moore Academy.

Like every school in the Trust, Bobby Moore Academy is the legal responsibility of the Trust Board and CEO. This board focuses on financial and strategic operations and delegates responsibilities for support and challenge from each school’s local Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our governors are:



  • Wim Bushell
    Chair of Governors
  • Sanda De Silva
  • Juliet Jaggs
  • Joanne Hoareau
  • Lara Onanuga
  • Wendy Prichard-Smith
  • Sophie Etherton
  • Lorimer Tucker
  • Ashley Kinnair
  • Honufa Begum




Principal: Mr. Dan Botting
DRET Appointed Governor: Mr. Wim Bushell (Chair)
DRET Appointed Governor: Ms. Sanda De Silva
DRET Appointed Governor: Mr. Lorimer Tucker
DRET Appointed Governor: Mrs Joanne Hoareau
DRET Appointed Governor: Wendy Prichard-Smith
Trust Senior Link Governor: Ms. Juliet Jaggs
Parent Governor (Primary): Ms. Sophie Etherton
Parent Governor (Secondary): Ms. Lara Onanuga
Clerk: Ms. Emma Kershaw

Governor Assigned Responsibilities


 Governor Biographies


Wim Bushell – Chair of Governors

Wim is the Deputy Chairman of Gallagher London, a global insurance company. His education at Millfield as a boarder in Walton (1970 – 1973) fuelled his passion for sports and as well as participating in a wide variety of sports (amongst which football, cricket and rugby) he gained first team colours in football. After leaving Millfield, his interest in sports did not dwindle and he continued to play for two seasons for Corinthian Casuals AFC, swapping sports afterwards to play for Richmond RFC, also captaining the infamous Richmond ‘Heavies’. Additionally, he was captain of Lloyd's Gentlemen's Rugby XV. Wim is a keen golfer and is also a member of the MCC.

In 1974, Wim went to work for a small insurance brokerage firm (Wigham, Richardson and Bevington) in the City. In 1987 he became a partner in a company called MRC Limited, which sold itself, in 1996 to a Chicago based brokerage firm, Arthur J. Gallagher, where he became Managing Director, then Chairman of the Reinsurance arm. After this company was acquired by Aon Corporation, another Chicago based operation, Wim became Deputy Chairman for Aon Re UK and has since returned to Arthur J Gallagher as Deputy Chairman of Gallagher London. As well as having been educated at Millfield, Wim was an Old Millfieldian Society committee member in 2003 - 2006. He joined the Foundation Committee from 2007 – 2008 and was appointed a Governor in 2009.

Sanda De Silva

Sanda is a qualified account along with a powerful skill set and a genuine passion for the development of her local community. Sanda currently works in HSBC Global Banking and Markets as an Investment Banker working with public sector clients. She focuses on the funding strategy of sovereigns and supranationals predominantly relating to the development needs of various countries.

Sanda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (University of London) and a Masters in Finance (University of Durham). She is also a certified CFA and CIMA professional. She has represented Sri Lanka in international English debating, having taken part in tournaments in South Korea, USA, Greece and Qatar. She also coached the national Sri Lankan English Debating team that took part in the World Schools’ Debating Championships held in South Africa in 2012.

Lorimer Tucker

Larry Tucker was born just over 2 miles away from Bobby Moore Academy and spent his entire working life in the Lloyd’s Insurance market in the City of London.   Educated at Forest School in Snaresbrook, he became a Partner in his firm in 1988 and a Chartered Insurer upon its launch in 1996.     During his work career, he specialised in problem solving and innovation, which, before his retirement in 2015, included industry presentations and the mentoring of others. 

He has been a lifelong West Ham United fan and more recently has devoted his time to the building and racing of Historic Race cars, actively competing in both UK and Europe often co-driving with his son who delights in being faster than his father.

 Juliet Jaggs

Juliet spent twenty years as a teacher and senior leader in secondary schools, where she fulfilled academic and pastoral roles including those associated with inclusion, sixth form and boarding.

She became an education consultant in 2008 managing various school improvement projects throughout primary and secondary schools. She led Ofsted inspections and trained new teachers, governors and middle leaders.

Juliet worked alongside government departments to establish school review and inspection systems in the Middle East, the United States of America and the Channel Islands.

She joined the David Ross Education Trust as its Director of Development in 2018.

Joanne Hoareau

Joanne Hoareau runs the David Ross Foundation which is the sponsor of The David Ross Education Trust.  She is a Governor at Bobby Moore Academy and was previously a Governor at Newnham Primary. 

Joanne joined the Trust and help extend the vision to give all children the best opportunities through education, sport and cultural experiences.  She studied Economics & Politics at Loughborough University and previously worked at Carphone Warehouse and also in private equity at Oxford Technology.

Sophie Etherton

Sophie Etherton is a qualified librarian with a passion for child literacy.  Sophie was born in Sydney, Australia and grew up in Brisbane.  She has lived and worked in seven different countries in a number of fields including education, management and hospitality.

Sophie holds a Bachelor's degree in Business (Management) from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Library Studies (UCL).  She is an enthusiastic reader and enjoys outdoor pursuits.

Lara Onanuga

Lara Onanuga holds a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.  She is also a Fellow of the International Compliance Association (FICA) and holds professional Certifications as a Bank Operations Manager and a Compliance Professional.  She works with Guaranty Trust Bank UK Ltd as a Senior Compliance Manager and Deputy Money Laundering Reporting Officer, she is passionate about achieving quality and high standards in all things and helping others to improve in their work.

Lara is currently the Head of Children Department for a Charity Organisation and helps train children to be responsible adults, useful for themselves and the society at large in the future.  She has been a Parent Governor in another school within the Newham Borough between 2012 and 2019.   She has been a member of different Committees of the Governing Body during this period.  She therefore comes to BMA with skills in finance, assessment of curriculum, quality assurance and monitoring of standards across the board.

Contacting a Governor

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust's scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an academy governor?

We are looking for new governors to support our academies. Our governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at 

What skills, experience and commitment are required?

Governors attend six Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings a year (this may vary slightly depending on the academy) and are asked to support and enrich the academy in a range of other ways including:

  • Undertaking school visits outside Academy Scrutiny Committee meetings.
  • Taking on a ‘link’ governor role, liaising with academy staff and other governors on areas such as safeguarding, special educational needs and other academy priority areas.
  • Sitting on panels related to the school, eg, appeals, complaints, exclusions.
  • Participating in the Trust’s governor training and development programme.

We are looking for local people who would be committed to supporting the Trust’s goals. You need time, enthusiasm and a deep commitment to support these academies to be the best they can for their communities.  A programme of induction, training and support is provided and expenses are covered.  The Academy Scrutiny Committee role outline can be found here.

How does governance work at DRET?

At DRET, the Academy Scrutiny Committee provides support and challenge to the Principal in ensuring every child makes good or better progress and that the Academy is achieving targets and continually improving. To maximise the ability of the local governors to focus on this key area the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to set strategy or policy, manage financial resources, staff performance and pay, Health and Safety or many of the other areas traditionally associated with a maintained school governing body as these issues are dealt with at Trust level. This means that governors are able to concentrate on the things that really matter – pupil progress, school outcomes and aspiration.

The Academy Scrutiny Committee consists of a group of people who could be parents, community nominees, academy staff, Trust staff and Diocesan members.  Each Academy Scrutiny Committee normally consists of 11-15 governors creating a balanced group of experience, skills and connections to support the academy in achieving exceptional performance.

In summary, the key responsibilities of the Academy Scrutiny Committee are:

  • Understanding and promoting the Trust’s and the Academy’s vision and ethos.
  • Scrutiny and challenge of achievement of targets, school improvement and pupil outcomes. Escalation of any concerns to the Trustees via the Executive.
  • Supporting and facilitating parental and community engagement.

The difference between a DRET Academy Scrutiny Committees and a traditional school Governing Body

By comparison to a traditional school Governing Body:

  • The Academy Scrutiny Committee’s role is not to “manage” the Academy. This is done through the Trust’s executive management structure (ie Principal, Regional Directors, Executive Management Team) and the Trust Board. Therefore, the Academy Scrutiny Committee is not required to take decisions on staff or financial matters affecting the Academy. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee Member you should have an understanding of strategic issues that impact on the Academy, and be updated on them regularly by the Principal, but you are not required to have direct responsibility for them. Instead the Academy Scrutiny Committee should be in a position to assess the impact of the Academy locally; how it is contributing to the local community, how it is relating to local families and how it understands local issues.
  • As the Executive Management and Trust Board takes responsibility for setting educational standards, legal compliance and financial viability, the Academy Scrutiny Committee then has the time to scrutinise and challenge achievement of targets and school improvement, investigate the standards on the ground, to see how they are working, and explore how the Trust ethos is being understood and expressed in the way the Academy operates. As an Academy Scrutiny Committee member, your view as a parent, member of staff or as part of the community is vital in this discussion.
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