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Meet the Board

As an exempt charity and company limited by guarantee, CLF is governed by a board of directors who are responsible for, and oversee, the management and administration of the trust and the academies run by the trust. Our Board is made up of 12 directors (appointed by the members of our trust) and these directors are accountable to the Department for Education (DfE) and external government agencies, including the Charity Commission, for the quality of the education that CLF provides and the effective use of the associated academy funding. You can find further information on our Governance and Policies pages.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: Chair of the Board
Business and Pecuniary Interest: Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost at UWE
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 5 out of a possible 5

Biography:

Professor Jane Harrington is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, UWE Bristol.   A highly successful alumnus of Bristol Business School, Jane researched and taught human resource management, publishing in the areas of gender and work and research methodology.

Jane sits on the University’s Board of Governors, the CBI SW Regional Council and Bristol Women’s Commission, and in October 2016 was appointed Chair of CLF.

Jane’s specific interests include teaching excellence and the student experience, widening access and social mobility, and partnership engagement.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: Chair of the Chairs of Academy Council sub-committee, member of the scrutiny committee, vice Chair of the Board.
Business and Pecuniary Interest: None
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 5 out of a possible 5

Biography: 

Airlie Fife, has a background in education and is now retired. She worked in schools for many years as both a teacher and headteacher. Airlie then moved into school improvement and led the School Improvement Strategy for primary education in Bristol.

Airlie held this post for a numbers of years and continues her passion for improving educational outcomes, through her work with Cabot Learning Federation.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: Member of the audit committee, member of the scrutiny committee, Chair of the Post 16 Council
Business and Pecuniary Interest: Employed by UWE
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 5 out of a possible 5

Biography: 

Guy Keith-Miller is a Member and Director appointed by UWE. He has been actively involved in the CLF from its creation.

Guy is Head of Academy and Trust Partnerships (UWE), responsible for Enhanced and Strategic Partnerships. He previously was Head of Recruitment and Outreach, Head of Post 16, Chair of HELOA (SW), Bristol Brunel Academy and CLF Post 16.

He is a keen theatre goer, lifelong vegetarian and tenor in the choir ‘Sing Out Bristol’.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: Member of the Scrutiny Committee
Business and Pecuniary Interest: TBC
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 2 out of a possible 2

Biography:

Bethan is an experienced leader in the education sector who believes every young person has only one chance and it is the duty of all to maximise students’ daily learning experiences.  She has worked as a teacher, head teacher, education adviser and school improvement adviser. Bethan has worked with early years, primary and secondary education phases and in partnership with local authorities, diocesan boards of education, academy trusts, free schools and the Department for Education.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: Chair of executive scrutiny committee, member of the Academy scrutiny committee
Business and Pecuniary Interest: None
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 5 out of a possible 5

Biography:

After retiring as the Principal of a local secondary school Nicky did Education Consultancy as well as joining the Board of the Cabot Learning Federation and taking on the Chair of Academy Council at Minerva Primary School. Her particular interests as a Director are in ensuring that the federation provides a broad and balanced curriculum, meets the needs of all students with mental health issues and continues to improve learning outcomes in all its academies.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: Chair of the audit committee, Chair of Academy Council – Summerhill Academy, Chair of Boolean Maths Hub, Director of John Cabot Ventures
Business and Pecuniary Interest: Directorships: DAC Beachcroft Claims Ltd, Bristol Music Trust, Marlens Trust, Bristol Cathedral Trust. Consultant at DAC Beachcroft LLP.
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 5 out of a possible 5

Biography:

Tony is a Partner in Bristol of international law firm DAC Beachcroft LLP.  For CLF he chairs the Audit Committee, the Boolean Maths Hub and Summerhill Academy Council.  He is also a Trustee of the Bristol Music Trust (Colston Hall), Bristol Cathedral Trust and the Marlens Trust (Clevedon Marine Lake).  He is a member of the Guild of Guardians (Bristol Mansion House and supporting the office of Lord Mayor) sits on the South West strategic board for Business in the Community and was in the past HRH the Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business ambassador for the region.  He is married with three teenage children.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: Member of the Finance Executive Group
Business and Pecuniary Interest: Employed by UWE
Director of Finance, UWE
Director at Bristol polytechnic Enterprise Ltd
Director – Bristol UWE Sports Limited
Director – Southern Universities Management Services Ltd
Director – Currency Supply Chain Solutions Ltd
Chair of Chinese Lantern Project under the Bristol and Avon Chinese Women Group
Treasurer of the Redcliffe Neighbourhood Development Forum
Committee member of Avon Pension Fund
Executive Board member of British University Finance Director Group
Chair of South West Finance Director Group
Member of University and Employers Association’s TPS and LGPS Group
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 5 out of a possible 5

Biography:

William is the Chief Financial Officer at UWE Bristol, whose responsibilities included directing the financial strategic direction of the University and achieving sustainability through strong leadership and sound governance.

William holds numerous other non-executive appointments including Chair of the South West Universities Finance Directors Group; Executive Board Member of the British Universities Finance Directors Group; Committee Member of the Avon Pension Fund; and serves on the Boards of a number of community and charity organisations.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: N/A
Business and Pecuniary Interest: Employee of Trading with Schools, Bristol City Council
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 4 out of a possible 5

Biography:

Su is a Teaching and Learning Consultant in Trading with Schools for Bristol City Council currently leading on Equalities and Diversity and Prevent in education settings.

Su has worked in education for over 20 years in a range of different roles; she has a specific interest in equalities in education and is committed to enhancing the achievement and life chances of children and young people, through school improvement and supporting continual professional development.

Su is currently the Chair of the Academy Council at Begbrook Primary and is enjoying developing an effective team that understand their accountability and the part they play in the strategic leadership of the school and driving school improvement.

Su also enjoys taekwondo, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

Appointed by: The Sponsors of the Trust
Additional Roles: N/A
Business and Pecuniary Interest: Employee of Rolls Royce PLC
Meeting Attendance 18-19: Board Meetings: 5 out of a possible 5

Biography:

Adrian is a Chartered Accountant who has held senior property positions across a variety of sectors over the last 25 years. He is currently a senior manager in the Rolls Royce PLC property team with responsibility for the Civil Aerospace business, 2030 Strategy, external partnerships, digitisation and advanced manufacturing.

He is Chairman of Crowle Searchers Football Club and is married with three teenage sons. He enjoys watching sport, travelling and skiing.

Appointed by: The members of the trust
Additional Roles: Chair of the People and Wellbeing executive group
Business and Pecuniary Interest: None
Meeting Attendance 18-19:Board Meetings 4 attended out of a possible 4

Biography:

Nus works within the business advisory arm of a consultancy firm and has strong strategic, commercial and operational experience gained from a successful private sector career. As a parent, Nus is only too aware of some of the work and skills challenges our younger generation are facing into and joined CLF to support education in an increasingly diverse Bristol.

Outside of the 9 to 5, Nus is married with one child.