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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 members of the trust
Additional roles: Member of Scrutiny Panel

Biography:

Paul is currently the Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean with responsibility for the Faculty of Environment and Technology at the University of the West of England, Bristol.  He is an experienced leader in the Education Sector having led academic departments, schools and faculties in various universities; and developed global educational partnerships across various countries. Paul passionately believes that Parents, Governments, Communities and Businesses must work with teachers in educating the next generation for a more successful future for our society. He has been severally described as a visionary leader, a strategic thinker and an influence par excellence by those he works with; but more importantly he is very proud of the transforming agenda of the Cabot Learning Federation.

Appointed by:  The members of the trust
Additional roles:  Chair of the Scrutiny panel

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 members of the trust
Additional roles:  Member of the Audit Committee and the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Suzanne is the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity at UWE Bristol. Suzanne is passionate about ensuring educational providers create equality of opportunity and break down barriers to success. As disadvantage begins early she recognises education is key to equality and inclusion. She has worked for the past seven years on widening participation strategies and is particularly interested in ensuring that these are evidence based and deliver impact. Suzanne was previously the Chair of Council at Bristol Brunel Academy.

Appointed by:  The members of the trust
Additional roles:  Member of the People and Wellbeing Executive Group, Member of the Remuneration Committee

Deb is currently a Senior HR Business Partner at Rolls Royce, supporting the global Engineering function and leading on Diversity and Inclusion for the Defence Business. Deb is an experienced HR professional having worked in both the public and private sector working at an operational and strategic level.  Deb is passionate about equality of opportunity and promoting greater diversity, and believes this starts in education.

Appointed by:  The members of the trust
Additional roles:  Member of Audit Committee

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 members of the trust
Additional roles: Chair of the Scrutiny Panel (North Somerset / South Glos cluster), Member of the Audit Committee

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 members of the trust
Additional roles:  Chair of Academy Council Bristol Brunel Academy

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 members of the trust
Additional roles:  Chair of Audit Committee

Biography:

Tony is a consultant for DAC Beachcroft LLP.  For CLF he chairs the Audit Committee, the Boolean Maths Hub and Summerhill Academy Council. He is a Director of Clevedon Sailing Club; DACB Claims Ltd as well as a trustee for Bristol Music Trust and a Governor at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School. He is married with three teenage children.

Appointed by:  The members of the trust
Additional roles:  Chair of Finance Executive Group, Chair of Remuneration Committee

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 members of the trust
Additional roles:  Chair of Chairs of Academy Council Committee

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 members of the trust
Additional roles:  Chair of Projects, Premises and ICT Executive Group

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

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.