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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.

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Meet the Governors

Mrs Beverley Johnston

Chair of Governors

Beverley was one of the founding members of the Harris Federation Board.  She was Chair of Governors at Harris Falconwood,  Vice-Chairman at Harris Westminster and is currently also Chair of Governors at Harris Garrard. She began her career in the travel industry and converted to modern language teaching and then school leadership in Kent. She has an MA in Educational Leadership from the London Institute of Education.


Mrs Tamara Pender

Parent Governor

Tamara joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2017. She has a degree in Biochemistry (BCs Hons) and a Masters in Decision Sciences (MSc Distinction). Before becoming a full-time parent, Tamara worked at British Airways as a business analyst in Corporate Sales and a project manager in HR. She currently works as a maths tutor and has two children that attend HAO. Tamara also chairs the Parent Teacher Association Committee (PTA).

Tamara enjoys supporting the local community and along with her involvement at HAO, she volunteers at her local primary school, providing classroom support for numeracy and literacy.

Ms Dana Nelson

Sponsor Governor

Dana started being a governor at Harris Academy Orpington Secondary in January 2017 overviewing drama, media & music classes.  She has also Chaired the Finance Committee meetings for the academy since September 2017.

Dana is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and has around 15 years’ experience of working in a finance department for limited companies. She has experience in financial and management accounting, and commercial finance for IT industry, Solar technology and professional services. Since July 2016, Dana has been working as Financial Controller in a retail industry.

Before becoming Accountant, she studied drama and learnt to play an accordion when she was in secondary school.

For the last three years she has also qualified as a Pilates and Yoga instructor and teaches around five classes per week, in her local gym and community.

Ms Susannah French

Sponsor Governor

Prior to joining Harris Orpington as a Sponsor Governor in September 2017, Susannah was a parent Governor in a large secondary school for eight years.  During her time there she carried out several roles.  These included Chairing the Finance Committee and the Leadership and Management Committee and mentoring new Governors.  In addition, she has experience as a Pupil Premium Link Governor and a Health & Safety Link Governor.  She is currently the SEN Link Governor at Orpington.  

She has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career including Banking, Sales, Fitness and Education.  She holds a first-class degree in Law and currently works for a Charity in London, managing the operational side of the organisation. 

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

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