SGS Academy Trust Leadership Team

Sara-Jane Watkins

Sara-Jane WatkinsSGS College Principal
Sara-Jane has been working in further education for 20 years. She was Vice Principal of SGS at its creation in 2012 and in September 2015 she was appointed as College Principal and is responsible for providing leadership of all functional and curriculum areas, implementing Corporation decisions, day to day management of budget and resources, plus overseeing all aspects of staff and student discipline. Sara-Jane has a masters degree in Strategic Marketing

Andy Slaney

Andy SlaneySGS Chief Commercial Officer
Andy is responsible for managing IT, Estates and Procurement across the SGS Group. Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds an Honours Degree in Urban Land Economics from Sheffield Hallam University. He has worked in a large number of sectors, including: Project and Programme Management Consultancy, Nuclear Decommissioning, Hazardous Waste Management, Renewable Energy, Commercial Real Estate Investment and Management, Residential Development, Commercial Real Estate Agency, Retail Development and Management.

Jude Saunderson

Jude SaundersonSGS Group Finance Officer
Jude joined Stroud College in 2004 after leaving her role as a senior manager at Deloittes. She became the SGS Finance Director in 2012 after the sucessful merger between Stroud and Filton campuses to form SGS. Judith is responsible for overseeing the financial strategy and performance of the College, our subsidiary companies and Trusts. Judith has a Masters Degree from Oxford University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Moira Foster-Fitzgerald

Moira Foster-FitzgeraldSGS Chief Group Services Officer
Moira joined Stroud College in May 2011 with over twenty years' leadership experience in both HR and facilities management mostly gained within private sector organisations. Moira is responsible for developing the delivery of back-office services to the College, schools and our partners, including the development of Group-wide policies and procedures. Moira will continue to advise the College and assist in negotiations with key stakeholders.

Stephen Miles

Stephen MilesHead of School Improvement and Standards for SGS Academy Trust
Since 1st December 2017 Stephen Miles has been appointed as Head of School Improvement and Standards for SGS Academy Trust. Reporting directly to the CEO Stephen will work closely with the Head Teachers in the Trust to ensure that there is alignment and consistency between the local teaching and learning operations in the schools and the strategic vision of the Trust.

Stephen’s key responsibilities within this role are:

  • Strategic Planning – Stephen will work closely with the Heads of Schools to advise on and support the strategic alignment of professional development, teaching and learning across the Trust.
  • Quality Assurance – leading on the development of a consistent approach to quality assurance that can be employed across the Trust schools and the implementation of leadership programmes for aspiring as well as actual middle, subject, and senior leaders.

Stephen has been working with the Trust during the last year focusing on the development of English and literacy, as well as teaching and learning, quality assurance and professional development. In this new centralised role he will continue with the further development of the Trust as a strong community of great schools.

Stephen has over 25 years’ experience in secondary and higher education, having worked in a range of state schools and at University level as a senior lecturer in Initial Teacher Training. Stephen has also worked closely for many years with the Prince’s Teaching Institute where he created and led the school’s programme, an inspirational national programme of professional development for subject leaders. Stephen has NPQH and an MA in Children’s literature, which remains a special area of interest for him.

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