AIM Academies Trust Board

The composition of the Trust Board is: 

  • Peter Shalson – Sponsor
  • Philip O’Hear – Chair of the Trust
  • Dr Michael Platt – Vice-Chair of London Academy Governing Body
  • Jeremy Menell
  • Brian Shalson
  • Angela Trigg
  • Charles Boyd-Bowman
  • Lord Leigh of Hurley
  • Simon Pollins
  • Paddy McGrath - Executive Principal
  • Michael Van Praagh – Vice-Chair of Deansbrook Junior School
  • Spencer Kahan

Trust Committees

Name Chair
Finance, Audit and Risk Mr Jeremy Menell
Pay & Renumeration Mr Phillip O Hear


Trust Board Attendance 2021/22

  Meetings Attended Of a possible
P Shalson 3 3
P O’Hear 3 3
Dr M H Platt 1 3
Lord Leigh of Hurley 1 3
J Menell 3 3
B Shalson 2 3
S Pollins 2 3
M H Van Praagh 2 3
N J Portelli 2 2
P McGrath 3 3
S Kahan 3 3


Local Governing Bodies

Academy Chair Principal  
London Academy Mr Phillip O'Hear Mr Alex Warburton  
AIM Deansbrook Mr Michael Van Praagh Mr Simon Putman  
AIM North London Mr Phillip O'Hear Ms Clare Darley  

For full details of the LGB, including attendance, click on the name of the Academy above. 


Name Date of Appointment Business & Pecuniary Interests
Mr Peter Shalson 01/10/2012  
Mr Jeremy Menell 08/09/2004  
Mr Phillip O Hear 14/10/2009  
Mr Richard Hatter 08/09/2004  
Mr David Meller 01/09/2019  
Mr Gary Wyatt 01/09/2019  
Mrs Kelly Hathaway 01/09/2019  
Mr Neville Portelli 01/09/2022  


Declarations of Interest



Declaration of Interests

A Greig

AIM Deansbrook Governor

None Declared

A Jacobs London Academy Governor Trustee - Harrow District Scouts

A Nicholas

AIM Deansbrook Governor


A Trigg


AIM North London Governor
AIM Deansbrook Governor

Princess Project

B Shalson

London Academy Governor

West Warren Residents Association Ltd

C Boyd-Bowman Trustee

Triffid Capital Limited

Octopus Securities Limited

Triffid Vietnam Technology Joint Stock Company

Aidaco Limited

Centaur Joint Stock Company

IDG Capital Vietnam Pte. Ltd

Viet Tin Securities

Viet Tin Financial Corporation

C Hutley

AIM North London Governor

School Improvement Partner - Capital City Academy

D Bernardo

London Academy Governor

None Declared

D Meller



Dr M Platt

London Academy Governor

None Declared

G Wyatt



J Menell

London Academy Governor
Chair - Finance & Audit Committee

Faccombe Manor Services Limited
Bluebell Mattress Company LLC
NSA Industries LLC

K Hathaway



K Ryan

AIM North London Governor

None Declared

L Mansbridge

AIM North London Governor

Consultant to PiXL

Lord Leigh of Hurley

London Academy Governor

M Damyanovska London Academy Governor

Trustee - Stonegrove Community Trust

Director - MV-Motors Ltd

M Glass

London Academy Governor


M Van Praagh

Chair - AIM Deansbrook
Finance & Audit Committee

None Declared

N Portelli



N Zeidan London Academy Governor Trustee - Coleridge Families

P McGrath

Executive Principal / CEO / AO

None Declared

P O'Hear

Chair - Trust Board
Chair - AIM North London
Chair - London Academy

Chair of LGB, Red Oak Primary (Active Learning Trust)

P Shalson

London Academy Governor

Stapleband Ltd

R Hatter



S Arnold

AIM Deansbrook Governor


S Burr

AIM Deansbrook Governor


S John

AIM Deansbrook Governor

Council Member - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

S Kahan

London Academy Governor

Florence Nightingale Nursing Agency Limited

S Pollins

London Academy Governor
Finance & Audit Committee

The Mezzanine Lending Co. Limited

Mezzanine Lending 1 Limited

S Tang AIM Deansbrook Governor None Declared


Funding Agreement


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