Board Members

Dr Roger White OBE
Chair of SWBCLT Board
I have been involved with community initiatives in BS3 since the early 1980s (when I helped run a number of Job Creation projects in the Old Robinson Building) and my wife (Christine Gray) ran Movement Magic classes for pre-school groups in the Southville Centre until the early 1990s. Our three children all attended Ashton Park School and I took on the role of Chair of Governors in 1999. At the time I was a lecturer in education at UWE, before becoming Chief Executive of ASDAN (a curriculum development and examinations organisation based in Bristol). Having retired as CEO of ASDAN, I am now able to devote more time to the Learning Co-operative.

I look forward to working with the talented and enthusiastic team of people involved to develop a whole range of exciting and rewarding experiences (such as the Handfuls of Harmony community choir project), which will benefit young people and their families in the Greater Bedminster area of Bristol – and will engage staff in the four member schools as well as from within the partner organisations represented on the Trust Board. To illustrate the maxim that “it is never too late to learn”, I have recently qualified as a Paraglider pilot, and am learning how to drop gently to the ground from a great height – always a useful skill!

Nick John
Headteacher, Ashton Park School
I have worked at Ashton Park school since 2003 as Assistant, Deputy and now Head​teacher.

What attracted me to the school and remains a driving motivational force is the sense of community both within Ashton Park and across the Learning Co-operative.

I am committed to work with our partner schools to ensure all young people in our community have the best possible opportunities to succeed. I believe that schools achieve this best by developing effective partnerships, sharing resources and working in collaboration together.

It is crucial that the Learning Co-operative is at the heart of the community and that parents, students and partners have a clear voice and involvement so they can help it move forward.

I look forward to working with you all.

James Hollis
Headteacher, Ashton Vale Primary School
Jennifer Smith
Chair of Governors, Ashton Vale Primary School
I have lived in Ashton Vale for most of my life and was a pupil at both Ashton Vale Primary and Ashton Park schools when they first opened their doors many years ago.

After spending some years at home looking after my husband and two sons, I worked in a residential children’s home working with children who were unfortunate to be in the care system. After several years I transferred to community work as a welfare officer and a further move to occupational therapy took me up to my retirement.

I became a School Governor at Ashton Vale and now have the privilege of being Chair of Governors. It is an interesting and busy job but it is one of the most rewarding.

Linda Brown, Headteacher, Compass Point Primary School
I have been Head teacher of Compass Point Primary School since September 2015. I joined the school having worked for Bristol Local Authority for a number of years as a teaching and learning consultant and then the interim head teacher of another primary school in south Bristol. I was attracted to Compass Point because of the inclusive and diverse nature of the school, the friendliness of the children and staff and the sheer potential the school community has to continue to improve.

I have two teenage children and live in a village outside of Bristol. Although I am originally from Southampton, over my school career I have worked in different parts of the country and have settled in Bristol and I love living here. I feel very privileged to work in the cooperative trust learning community as it shares so many of the same values as I do.

Andrea Becker-Ginster
Chair of Governors, Compass Point
Kevin Jones
Headteacher, Luckwell Primary School
I am proud to have been Luckwell Primary’s Headteacher since 2011. As a school we have been on a rapid journey of improvement, of which our membership of this Learning Co-operative has played a huge part. It was the fact that this Co-operative works on collaboration, sharing and support that initially attracted me to the post, and it was these qualities that I found hugely helpful as a new headteacher. Together I believe we have a strong network that benefits all our schools and beyond.
Michael Pengelly
Regional Operations Manager, The Co-operative Food
I am the Regional Operations Manager for The Co-operative Food business in Bristol. I live in Cardiff and have two children aged 2 and 6 yrs. I became a Co-operative Trust partner on behalf of The Co-operative Food business in Bristol over two years ago. It’s really helped me develop links with the local community which is an important part of the Co-operative’s values and principles. Interests include music and sport and I am a season ticket holder at Cardiff City Football club!
Bryony Roberts
Children and Young People Director, Tobacco Factory Theatres
I have been passionate about the arts from an early age, studying Drama and English at university before training to be a secondary school teacher in these subjects. After three years of teaching, I completed an MA in Acting at East 15 Drama School before working as an actor, facilitator and project manager for several years. This led to me being offered the role of Education Manager for The Old Vic Theatre in London where, during my time there, I created and managed projects for over 15,000 young people. I made the move to Bristol in late 2013 and worked freelance for Travelling Light Theatre Company before starting my role as Children and Young People Director for Tobacco Factory Theatres in September 2014.
Susan Hughes
Associate Head of the Department of Education, University of the West of England
I moved from Coventry to Bristol in 1985 to begin my teacher education. My first post was in South Bristol: an experience which gave me an enduring affection for this vibrant part of the city. I moved out of the classroom to join Wiltshire’s advisory service before moving into initial teacher education first as course leader for KS2/3 English at Bath Spa then PGCE programme leader at the University of the West of England.

I am now Associate Head of the Department of Education at UWE, chair of our partnership steering group and responsible for developing educational collaborations within the university and across our partnership. I am also regional network coordinator for the Cambridge Primary Review Trust working with colleagues regionally and nationally to promote and secure a broad and rich curriculum for all children.

Ben Barker
Community Representative
I have been a community activist since my retirement from teaching in 1994. As Project Manager for Southville Community Development Association (Southville Centre) and Secretary of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, my role has been to stimulate, encourage and help to sustain many local community organisations, ranging from street and park support groups to the Bedminster Business Improvement District that represents over 400 businesses.

I am very keen on cooperation and making links between organisations – finding the common agenda – has been an important part of my work. This has been both between community based groups and business and statutory ones.

Ingrid Skeels
Community Representative
I am one of two community representatives on the Trust Board. I have two teenagers at Ashton Park School and I have been active in the local community since they were babies. I also work for Playing Out and Room 13 Hareclive, two south Bristol projects to do with children and creative learning / play, and I have written a children’s story and blog: www.wildschoolstory.co.uk
Tom Monks
Bristol Sport Foundation