The SGS Academy Trust Board

Baroness Royall of Blaisden

Baroness Royall of BlaisdonPatron
Janet Royall was born in Hucclecote and grew up in Newnham on Severn in Gloucestershire. She was educated in Coleford. Janet was special advisor to Neil Kinnock as Leader of the Labour Party in the 1980's and became Head of the European Commission office in Wales in 2003. In 2004, she was created Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and became the Labour Government's spokesperson for Health, International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. In 2008, the Baroness was appointed Government Chief Whip before being made Leader of the House of Lords in October 2008 by Gordon Brown.

Valerie Bragg

Valerie BraggIndependent Chair
Valerie was the innovative Headteacher of the first city technology college, a role she occupied for 13 years. She was an advisor to the Tony Blair Government on the regeneration of schools; part of the House of Common's Select Committee on Education and Skills and a former Ofsted Inspector. Since leaving compulsory education in 2008, Valerie has worked as a consultant and has assisted many organisations in the setting up of new schools and University Technical Colleges.

Kevin Hamblin

Kevin HamblinTrustee & CEO
Kevin Hamblin is the CEO of SGS Academy Trust and CEO of the SGS College Group. Kevin was Principal at Filton College from 2001 and when Filton merged with Stroud College in 2012, Kevin became Principal and CEO of the newly-established South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS). SGS is the largest provider of vocational education in the south west, and has success rates in the top decile in the UK. SGS employs over 900 staff and has a turnover of £34m. SGS operates out of three established campuses across Greater Gloucestershire, with a fourth at Berkeley to be opened in September 2016. Kevin has over 25 years' strategic management experience in FE, private and public training and education roles.

Kate East

Kate EastVice Chair of Trustees
Kate has over 25 years' experience of delivering education, social care and public health programmes both in the public and private sector. Kate has a track record of delivering positive impact through setting strategy, implementing change and robust project management. Kate has not only delivered successful programmes at a national level, e.g. the National Healthy Schools Programme but also worked with a number of local authorities. Kate has worked as an Assistant Director of children's services in the South West responsible for school improvement, early years, SEN, behaviour and attendance. She is an experienced educational psychologist and skilled in the area of SEN. Kate is a Director of Wireless Information Solutions Ltd which provides consultancy.

Phil Eames

Phil EamesTrustee
Phil is a financial assurance and governance expert with more than 20 years' experience with Earnst & Young, the Further Education Funding Council, Learning and Skills Council, Young Peoples Funding Agency and, until retirement in 2015, with the Education Funding Agency as Head of Assurance. Phil helped to develop the assurance approach for Academies, including the Financial Handbook, and was the author of the Joint Code of Practice and Audit Guidance for Academies.

Nigel Johnson

Nigel JohnsonTrustee
Nigel Johnson, a retired executive director, has experience of developing and managing strategic change in national organisations in the public, commercial and charity sectors. In addition to his broad ranging business experience he was also a practising corporate lawyer. He has lived to the north of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire since the early 1980's and as Chair of Governors to Forest High School provides a strong link between the work of the Forest High School Local Governing Body and the Board of Trustees

Hazel Bryan

Hazel BryanTrustee
Hazel Bryan is Professor of Education at the University of Gloucestershire where she holds a number of lead roles and co-ordination of research for her area of specialism within the University. Formerly Hazel was an Executive Head and Head of Research, Knowledge Exchange and Consultancy in the Faculty of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Hazel Chairs a national Research Ethics Group and her research has a focus on the interface between education policy and education values. Her work relates also to the professional learning and development of teachers and the ways in which research in schools can enhance learning. Hazel has published books and articles and is currently working with a group of international academics on the effects and consequences of extremism on education policy and practices in schools and colleges.


David PotterTrustee
David joined the Board of Trustees in January 2017. He has spent seventeen years in schools, eventually leading a large secondary school, and worked for 15 years in local authorities, ultimately as deputy director (head of school improvement). He has worked as a DfE adviser, led many OFSTED inspections and worked as school improvement partner/adviser to a great range of schools and academies. For several years he has been an education consultant, both in the UK and abroad, focusing on improving teaching quality, self-evaluation and improvement planning, and has published widely in those fields.

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