Trustees

Adele Haysom

Adele Haysom
Adele is qualified as a management accountant with many years of experience and is director of a small consultancy business in the Bristol area.

Having successfully completed the National College for Teaching and Leadership Chairs’ of Governors Leadership Development Programme in 2014, she was designated as a National Leader of Governance (NLG). This designation has given Adele the opportunity to support a variety of schools in both the Primary, Secondary and Special school sectors as they strive to establish, develop and embed effective Governance practice.
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Carol Jones OBE

Carol Jones
Carol Jones has lived in Bristol for almost 30 years, where she and her husband brought up their three children. They now have two grandchildren and very much enjoy family life. Carol was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and maintains strong connections with the North East where her extended family lives.

She always wanted to become a teacher and for over 30 years enjoyed a fulfilling and successful career in education. As Head Teacher she led a dedicated team and turned a failing inner-city school around. She also worked as a local leader of education influencing change across the system, supporting and challenging head teacher colleagues and increasing collaboration between schools. She has experience as an Ofsted Inspector and a successful track record of improving outcomes for children and young people.

Carol brings a wealth of experience and a clear, strategic approach to the trustee role. She is passionate that all children and young people should benefit from an excellent school system that engages and challenges them. The principle of serving the needs of children and young people, their parents and the communities they come has formed the core of her work.
Dr David Tossell

David Tossell – Member and Chair of Trustees
Dr David Tossell has been a Governor at Gordano School since 2003, at which point he was a parent of two pupils. He has shared the journey from Community to Foundation to Academy and now Multi-Academy, and also trod the Ofsted path from Good to Outstanding. His professional life is in the Semiconductor Industry, which is arguably one of the most volatile parts of the private sector, and has derived great value from transferring expertise between the private and public sectors; both do some things well and both can learn from each other.

With a BSc and PhD in Physics and an industrial-commercial background managing a team of 25 engineers and a £2 million R&D budget supporting a £50 million per annum product line, he has tended to focus on the Operational side of Governorship. He feels that his skills and experience will be of value to the newly formed Lighthouse Schools Partnership and is honoured to be a trustee.
Gary Lewis

Gary Lewis
After studying History at university and a brief spell in accountancy Gary began his teaching career in Manchester. Since then he has been Head of Department at Sheldon School in Chippenham, Head of Sixth Form at Norton Hill School in Midsomer Norton and Deputy Headteacher at Chew Valley School. Gary joined Gordano School as Headteacher in 2010. In September 2017 he stepped aside from the Headteacher role at Gordano to take on the role of CEO of the Multi-Academy Trust. He is also a National Leader of Education and an Ofsted Inspector.

James Shepherd

James Shepherd – Member & Trustee
James Shepherd is a married father of two and Head of Corporate Banking for HSBC across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.

James believes passionately in supporting the education of the children of Portishead and surrounding area and strongly believes that the proposed locality based MAT can be incredibly successful in supporting children in our community to achieve their goals and ambitions in a safe learning environment.
Janet Sorley

Janet Sorley
Since obtaining her degree (B.Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering), Janet Sorley worked for Alfred McAlpine and then Carillion before leaving to take a career break in 2009 to look after children full time.

During her career, Janet worked on a large variety of schemes which enabled her to gain a great depth of experience. These have included large road schemes, complex structures and several water treatment schemes and pipelines.

For the latter part of her career she progressed from project management into design management and was responsible for developing the designs form conception through to delivery. The majority of the schemes on which Janet worked on were undertaken on a partnership basis. The great depth of experience and knowledge she gained during her career enabled Janet to gain chartered status in 2008.
Julian Baldwin

EA Julian Baldwin
Julian has worked in education for over 35 years, starting as a teacher of French and Spanish in a school in Manchester, and culminating in 10 years at Backwell School as Headteacher. During this time the school received two Outstanding judgements from Ofsted.

Julian retired from headship in 2016, and since then has worked as an Educational Consultant, including acting as an Education Advisor for the Southwest Regional Schools Commissioner’s team.

Julian has three grown-up children, two of whom attended local schools before studying at university. He is particularly determined to ensure that every child and young person in our care across the Trust is happy, safe, and receives a fully rounded education of the highest quality at every stage in their learning journey.
Mike Sewell

Mike Sewell
Mike has national and international experience in leading, developing and providing Energy Management, Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Services at both a strategic and tactical level.

Mike has over 20 years’ experience in the complex energy and carbon management arena, having worked with many leading energy organisations. Through his career, Mike has performed sales, development, marketing and operational roles.

Mike by profession is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (RICS) as well as an Incorporated Member of the CIOB, a Fellow of the FBE and a Fellow of the Energy Managers Association (EMA). He is also a serving officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training Branch), a Parish Councillor and a School Governor.
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Tina Hodgett

Tina Hodgett
Tina Hodgett trained in secondary MFL at Sheffield (1989-90), qualified in Barnsley (1990-1), and then moved to teach Russian and German at Presdales School in Ware, Herts, in 1992. She was first Year Head, then a member of the Senior Leadership Team with first academic then pastoral responsibility for the whole school.

After leaving in 2003 to explore a call to ordained ministry, Tina was employed as a consultant to the Heads of secondary schools in Harrow and jointly project-managed the establishment of Harrow Sixth Form Collegiate in conjunction with a colleague from Harrow College. She has an MBA in Education Management (Leicester, 2005).

 

 

 

 

 

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