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 BraggTrustees and Chair of SGSAT Board of Trustees
After a successful career as a science Teacher and Head Teacher, Valerie became Principal of the first ever City Technology College (the precursor to Academies) in Kingshurst, Birmingham, in 1988. Whilst she was principal, the CTC won the Midlands Excellence Award, the Government's Modernising Government Partnership Award, and were finalists in the European Business Quality Award and the UK Business Excellence Award. Valerie was Midland Business Woman of the Year in 2000.

As an experienced educationalist, she has been responsible for developing the educational vision, acting as Project Manager in the setting up of academies and University Technical Colleges and providing educational design advice to architects ensuring that establishment buildings are 'fit for purpose'.

Philip Eames

Philip EamesTrustee
Phil now works in internal audit governance and risk management at Bristol City Council, having previously been a freelance assurance and audit consultant after taking early retirement from the Education Funding Agency (EFA) where he was Head of Assurance. He worked for the EFA and its predecessor funding bodies for more than 20 years in assurance and audit roles, dealing with colleges and academies and other education providers. Prior to that he worked for Ernst & Young and the Audit Commission. He was a student at the former Filton College and prior to that at the Royal Forest of Dean Grammar School.

Kevin Hamblin

Kevin HamblinTrustee and Chief Executive
Kevin was appointed as Trustee and Chief Executive of SGSAT from 12 December 2014. Kevin was also appointed Principal and Chief Executive of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College from 1 February 2012 and prior to that he was the Principal and Chief Executive of Filton College since December 2001.

On completion of his degree, he worked as commercial manager then commercial director of a private training company, before becoming Head of Open Learning at Swindon College in 1997. This led to a role as Head of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering at Swindon before becoming Vice Principal at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire in 1999.

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.

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

Jeannie Cohen-Brand

Jeannie Cohen-BrandTrustee
Jeannie is the Head of Enterprise and New Ventures at the University of Gloucestershire. She has extensive experience in FE and HE. Jeannie’s previous roles included three years as Commercial Manager at the University of Gloucestershire Growth Hub; a Director at Harrow College; and a Business and Learning Advisor for the Chartered Institute of Managers.

Jeannie Cohen-Brand

Steve ShepherdTrustee
Steve has worked in the IT, Web and Data industry for the last 20 years. Starting in the financial banking sector and moving through software development to be Chief Technical Officer of a global data aggregation company with executive level responsibility.

Steve is keenly interested in all forms of technology and innovation and sees the UTC as an incredible opportunity for learners and employers to be more closely aligned going into the future.

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