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.
Caroline Down, Principal and Governor
Caroline has been a teacher for 25 years and was part of the school leadership team that enabled St George Community College to convert into the City Academy Bristol in 2003. This academy was the first of its kind to open in the South West of England.
At City Academy Bristol, Caroline set up alternative provision and, under the leadership team that she was a part of, the academy became a Bristol City Council accredited alternative education provider.
Caroline spent 18 years as the Senior Vice Principal and Acting Principal of City Academy Bristol before being appointed as the first principal of the new Bristol Futures Academy, which will opens September 2016.
Caroline’s teaching background is in mathematics and she is passionately committed to improving education in Bristol.
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.
Ben Tucker, Governor
Ben is currently the Senior Assistant Principal at the City Academy Bristol, where he is responsible for curriculum, standards and raising attainment. He is also responsible for the line management of English and maths.
Ben has taught at the City Academy for 16 years, since its opening and at its predecessor, St George Community College.
Ben also worked for the Bristol Cathedral School Senior Leadership Team for one year, establishing a vocational curriculum.
Ben is a father of three children and is passionately committed to the education of all children and in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Ben has particular expertise in using data to inform teaching and whole-school strategies as well as raising attainment strategies.
Hayden Southon, Governor
Hayden is currently Deputy Headteacher at St Katherine’s School, in Pill.
Hayden has worked in education for 19 years in a variety of teaching roles including 10 years as a senior manager in two schools in the South West.
Hayden has considerable educational experience in pastoral care, special educational needs, online safety, child protection and alternative provision.
He also has extensive knowledge of alternative provision and governance due to his role as Governor of a pupil referral unit in North Somerset for the past 6 years.
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.