Councillor Richard Cornelius has represented Totteridge ward, in which the permanent Alma site is located, for many years, alongside his wife Councillor Alison Cornelius. He has been Leader of Barnet council since 2011. He brings a wealth of knowledge of issues in the local area, as well as links to the Residents Associations, local businesses and institutions. He has previously served as a Governor for a number of other schools. As Leader of the Council, his also has an overview of developments in education provision, community development acrossmthe borough. Beyond his council duties, he is managing director of a company in central London.