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KGA Governance

The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee (company number 09017776) and an exempt charity. The Trustees of the charity are the Board of Directors of the company.

The committees which report to the Board are Finance, HR & Audit and Education & Standards, as well as the Local Governing Bodies of the academies.

The Board of Directors comprises:


Sir Roger Fry CBE

Sir Roger Fry was born in Portsmouth and educated in London and entered the teaching profession. In 1969, he founded King’s College, The British School of Madrid. He subsequently founded eight other schools in four countries: The United Kingdom, Spain, Panama and Latvia.

From 1996 to 2011 he was chairman of the Council of British International Schools and is now its President. He served as a Director of the Independent Schools Council for four years. He is a Governor of The Royal Grammar School Worcester, and a member of the Education Advisory Group of the British Council. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth and is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Oxford.

In 2012 he was awarded a knighthood for his services to UK Education Internationally.

Sir Roger Chairs the Board of Trustees for King’s Group Academies.

Mrs Elena Benito 

Ms Elena Benito is the CEO of the King’s Group, which she joined in 2011. Prior to joining our Group, she worked as CFO for Zed Latam, and Finance Director for Monsanto in Spain and Portugal. Ms Benito trained as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in both Spain and the UK, and is a member of the Spanish Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has a degree in Economics and Business Administration from the San Pablo CEU University of Madrid, and a degree in Law from the UNED. She won her MBA from ESADE in 2009.


Mr Michael Cooper OBE 

Michael Cooper has had a distinguished career in education in England in both the independent and maintained sectors, as well as in Schools overseas in Europe in Africa and Asia. After a Headship of a 1,200 pupil secondary school in East Sussex he became Principal of the British School in the Netherlands, a 3-18 school on four sites with 1,400 pupils on the roll. From there he returned to the UK as Head of The Latymer School, Edmonton, London, with 1,350 pupils including a sixth form of 440. He has been a governor of Middlesex University and is currently Chair of the Peninsular Learning Trust, a MAT in Cornwall.

Dr Alan Davison 

Alan Davison has extensive experience in English state education. He was headteacher of Dame Alice Owen’s School for 11 years, building it into one of the most successful state schools in England. As well as serving as our Education Trustee, Alan works extensively for the DfE, advising on free school bids, and brokering support for schools in challenging circumstances.




Dr Amanda Harris 

Amanda Harris is an experienced HR professional and a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She has extensive experience of both private and public sector HR working at all levels up to and including Group Director. Amanda has extensive international experience having spent six years as head of HR at the Institute of Ismali Studies for the Aga Khan.




Mr Nigel Lelew​​​​​​​ 

Nigel Lelew is an experienced civil engineer. With extensive experience in high worth technical bids with Balfour Beatty, he brings a knowledge of capital programmes and has a particular expertise in school builds. Nigel advises the Board on estates and property matters.




Mr Bhavya Shah​​​​​​​ 

Bhavya Shah has a wealth of experience in financial management and marketing. He is currently Chief Operating Officer for the worldwide marketing function across the retail bank and wealth management divisions of HSBC. Bhavya has a keen interest in education and is fluent in four languages.


Mrs Dianne Smith 

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Mr Ben Williams​​​​​​​ 

Ben Williams has extensive experience in the banking sector and is the Managing Director of JP Morgan Private Bank where he has worked for the last 17 years. Ben chairs the Finance, HR & Audit Committee and brings considerable financial expertise to the Board.