Marie-Annick Gournet, Chair of Governors

Marie-Annick is an academic consultant and coach with expertise in learning and teaching, experience and commitment to inclusive practice.  She has over 25 year experience of working with organisations and communities to increase participation and success of underrepresented groups in general and BME people in particular.  She has a strong commitment to inclusivity and supporting others to reach their potential.

She has been involved, in a voluntary capacity, on various education boards, co-founded Buktu, one of the first supplementary school for African Caribbean children in Bristol, was Vice-Chair of Salongo Dance Company and chaired the Bristol Education Achievement Network for the City Council.  As governor at Filton College for 4 years she supported the transition to SGS, where she served for a further 3 years as the link governor for diversity and inclusivity.

Marie-Annick currently sits on the Learning City's Learning in Education Challenge Group and the Race in Education Action Group, she is a trustee for the Black South West Network and St Georges' Bristol.

Aileen Morrison, Interim Principal and Governor

Aileen joined Bristol Futures Academy as Interim Principal in January 2018. Previous to this she had worked for 12 years at St Matthias Academy as an English Teacher, SENCo and Head teacher from 2014. Under her leadership, St Matthias Academy (formally St Matthias Park) achieved a ‘good’ rating in an Ofsted inspection, expanded into a new site to serve the north of the city and saw an increase in pupils returning to mainstream education following their referral.

Aileen is passionate about advocating for young people who are not in mainstream schools and was active in setting up the Bristol Inclusion Panel which has helped to dramatically reduce the number of permanent exclusions in the city. Aileen currently sits on The Bristol Inclusion Panel Steering group and on the Schools’ Forum, as well as the Inclusion Reference group which is looking to facilitate the sharing of best practice in SEND in the city.

Aileen was a governor at Notton House Special School, a residential provision for Bristol pupils and is keen to support other staff as they progress in their careers and develop their own professional interests.



Sadia Anderson, Governor

After leaving school Sadia found herself wanting a career in youth work within a formal educational setting. She did not let having two children hold her back and secured a place at university within teaching.

Sadia has worked for several youth groups, and volunteered at Baggator Youth Club, Firstborn and Felix Road Adventure Playground.

Sadia is furthering her career by attending an additional university course in computer science; the subject that she wishes to teach.

Sadia is a motivated individual who now has the professional tools to support and educate the future generation. Sadia strongly believes in putting young people at the heart of her work and promoting their needs.

Jane Taylor, Governor

Jane has been the Service Manager (Employment, Skills and Learning) for Bristol City Council since 2002.

In 2011, Jane led the development of Community Learning West – a consortium of local authority community learning services in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. This formed the basis of one of the 15 national pilot Community Learning Trusts through a wider partnership with local further education colleges and more than 100 partners.

Jane has worked in the community education field for more than 25 years, working with the most excluded communities to address inequality and improve social and economic prospects through informal learning.

Jane is a volunteer ‘independent visitor’ and buddy for a young person in care and a volunteer for the Cinnamon Trust, which includes dog-walking and cat-fostering.

Asher Craig, Governor

Asher has more than 30 years of experience working and volunteering in areas of race equality, education, community development and the socioeconomic development of disenfranchised and disadvantaged communities.

Asher’s experience is extensive and wide ranging but she has particular experience working with black and ethnic minority communities.

Asher has led successful organisations and partnerships both in Bristol and nationally, including in her roles as Chair of the Bristol Regeneration Partnership (pre-cursor to the Local Strategic Partnership) and Black Development Agency, Co-Chair of the National Primary and Care Trust Development Programme. Asher has also been a member of a several government task forces.

Asher was the project consultant in the development of Bristol Futures Academy. She has recently been elected as a Councillor on Bristol City Council.

In addition Asher has a number of current volunteer roles including Chair of the Race Equality in Education Steering Group for Bristol City Council, Trustee at National Qualifications Awarding Body, ASDAN, and Skills and Education Group and she is a member of the Strategy and Innovation Committee, Bristol & Bath Regional Capital CIC.

Laura Richards, Staff Governor

Laura is currently an English teacher at Bristol Futures Academy.  She started at the school when it opened in September 2016 after teaching in a mainstream school for 3 years.  Prior to undertaking her PGCE, Laura worked as a teaching assistant in Cardiff, which opened her eyes to students who struggled within a mainstream school setting.

Laura is a passionate about ensuring that all students are able to access the GCSE English curriculum and equipping them with the skills necessary to exceed both within and outside of the school setting.

Laura is always striving to continually develop her teaching practice and is about to embark on the pilot scheme of the Chartered Teaching Programme, which will result in Chartered Teaching Status: a recognition of the knowledge, skills and behaviours of excellent teachers.

As well as a busy teaching life, Laura is the mother of an energetic toddler.  Every Friday evening, she can be found commentating and interviewing riders at Somerset Rebels Speedway.


Governor Attendance:  Attendance at Bristol Futures Academy Local Governing Body - Mar 2018

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