Ian Boakes came to the school in August and had to pick up the reins very quickly at the start of the new term.
Mr Boakes and his team are working to improve, refine and update processes and procedures and have already made great strides in ensuring the administration team are professional, friendly and efficient, and provide the school with a calm and effective office. “We do occasionally get things wrong,” he admits, “but our intention is to learn from these mistakes, correct them and improve systems – we strive for excellence rather than perfection.”
Mr Boakes previously studied civil engineering at Portsmouth, before spending his first year in London working with the homeless in Aldgate. He was previously a virger at St.Paul’s Cathedral for over seven years, ensuring services and the public were looked after, and training the stewards to impressive standards of customer service; at this time he became a guide, leading University students, school children, statesmen and other VIPs around the cathedral. After a spell in mainframe computing, he spent 12 years in financial services, honing his skills in auditing, databases and data-protection.
As a musician, Mr Boakes has sung in various choirs since childhood, and led his own church choir at both Westminster Abbey and St.Paul’s Cathedral. As organist at The Union Chapel Islington, he was responsible for “one of the ten best Carol Services in London” – (Evening Standard 2012). He continues to enjoy being an organist and amateur choir-trainer at St.Dunstan’s, Stepney. If you have any questions, or suggestions, the office team would love to hear from you.