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Meet Our Governors

Picture 1 Alastair Brown - Co Opted Governor
Picture 2 Aoife Nichols - Parent Governor, Chair
Picture 3 Aylie Cooke - Co Opted Governor, Vice Chair
Picture 4 Brooke Allen - Clerk to Governors
Picture 5 Ciaran Dodd - LA Governor
Picture 6 Corrie Bell - Co Opted Governor
Picture 7 Geri Lynch - Parent Governor
Picture 8 Jeanette Hill - Head Teacher
Picture 9 Jodie Rawlings - Parent Governor
Picture 10 Sharyn Ayres - Co Opted Governor

We currently have two vacancies on our board. 

One Parent and One Co-Opted vacancy.

Please speak to Aoife or Brooke if you are interested or require any further information. 


Governor Profiles:




Alastair has worked in commerce and finance for 35 years, after qualifying as an accountant. In addition, he has been a trustee for 25 years of a charity that raised £15m to restore an architecturally important church in London.

His 3 children still carry with them, 20 years on, the happy legacies of their time at an inspiring nursery school and primary school. After moving to Bristol in 2017 and learning about RCC, he is excited to be working with Redcliffe Nursery and its governing body in pursuit of the school's objectives, and ensuring that the school continues to be able to give such an exceptional experience to its children.





Aoife Nichols has been a parent Governor at Redcliffe since March 2017. Her son has been lucky enough to attend Seagulls for two years (as an October born child). Aoife was so impressed by the kindness and dedication of the staff, as well as the variety and depth of experiences that enrich children's learning at Redcilffe Nursery, that she chose to join the Governing body.








Aylie has come from a commercial business background having worked in food retail for the best part of 20 years. She has managed a large purchasing team and held responsibility for both financial and operational decision making in an international business environment. On moving to Bristol in mid 2016 her daughter joined the Children’s Centre and her relationship with the space and the people began. Through this formative time of getting to know a new city, neighbourhood and community, she developed a deep appreciation of what the Redcliffe Children’s Centre offered and watched her daughter blossom. The quality and style of care was an inspiration and it was a huge support for her family during a time of transition (and the arrival of another baby). To be able to support and give back to the Centre is her reason for wanting to participate in the governing body and she hopes that she can utilise some of her skills and experience from business to help the Centre build upon its strong foundations.




Brooke is the Receptionist and Administrator at Redcliffe Nursery School and Children’s Centre. She started as an Admin apprentice in October 2011 and took up the role of Clerk to Governors in September 2015.  Brooke enjoys the variety of her role as an administrator and is keen to learn more about the Clerk to Governors role and how she can support the board through the Governor Development Service training programme. 








Ciaran currently works in HR in the Utilities sector and previously worked in the NHS. His HR experience will allow him to contribute to the changing environment. Ciaran lives locally and wants to be able to positively contribute to the community. 








As a parent Corrie has became fascinated by the psychology of children in their early years. Children are natural learners and it is important for them to be in an encouraging environment where they can take risks, make mistakes and be the main drivers in their learning. She visited Redcliffe Children’s Centre and was inspired by the setting and everything it was trying to achieve. Corrie is keen to be involved in Education and the opportunity of being being part of the Governing Board at Redcliffe Children’s Centre is a privilege. She brings with her a wealth of experience of both living and working in a multi cultural environments where people with differing cultures, differing languages and differing world views come together to work towards a common goal.




Hiba is a mother of two, one 3 years old who has just joined Redcliffe Nursery school and an 18 month old. She has been a resident in Redcliffe for two and a half years, and since then has been regularly attending the stay and play groups, taking part in the summer trips and benefiting from the family service and support provided by the Children's Centre. Hiba has also participated in the drama workshops run by Acta Community Theatre (of which she has recently became a board member) and performed a show along with other parents from the Children’s Centre. Hiba also worked in the education sector for 4 years in Sudan and hold's a postgraduate degree in teaching from University of Tours. The reasons why she joined the governing body is to make sure that the voice of Redcliffe residents is heard, to enhance the involvement of BME communities in the different activities and services provided by the children's centre which is huge step towards their integration in the British society. (Recently stepped down July 2018 (Term of office 16/10/17 - 15/10/21) responsibilities were Admissions and Forest)





Jeanette has been teaching for 30 years and has specialised in Early Years and Learning Outside. “My research has shown that taking children to a wild, unstructured forest environment can have a dramatic impact on children’s well-being, opportunities for taking learning further and instilling a respect for the World that we live in”. She has worked in Infant Schools, Nursery schools and Children’s Centres, been an Early Years Advisor supporting PVI settings. Jeanette has also delivered Professional development within the local network, across the city of Bristol, Nationally and Internationally. She is currently an Associate Head at Redcliffe Children’s Centre and Maintained Nursery School, and is studying for her Masters Degree in Leadership and Early Years. (Current Acting Head)






Jodie works as a clinical psychologist in the NHS, supporting children in the care system. As such, hopefully

she feels she can contribute something of her understanding of the psychological, emotional and cognitive development of young people.









Lisa has been at Redcliffe since 2007 and has spent time working in both Seagulls and Blackbirds. Currently Lisa is a teacher in the under 3's. She has engaged with professional development and has undertaken a work based degree and teacher training. Through this Lisa has been able to link her practice to theory and research. She has taken an active part in the development of Forest Experience for the under 3's, developed and facilitated a course for parents and delivered a variety of training to other early years settings. Lisa has interests in children's play and literacy. Through her role as a governor Lisa hopes to gain a greater insight into Redcliffe and to play a more active part in ensuring high standards of experiences for all children. (Recently Stepped down October 2018 (Term of office 25/09/17 - 24/09/21) responsibilities were Maths and Science)








Nikki has a background in working with children and young people having worked as a Playworker, Learning Support Assistant, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant and as a Support Worker in a residential school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She joined the governing body in September 2017 as a parent governor and feels passionate about supporting the exceptional staff and wider children’s centre team and community to continue being an outstanding early education setting. (Recently stepped down September 2018 (Term of office 16/10/17 - 15/10/21) responsibilities were SEN and Safeguarding Deputy)









Paddy Bannerman has been a Governor since 2003.  He spent ten years as a soldier ( ending as Captain of the Royal Engineers) and school master (twenty two years at Warwick School). He obtained a BSc Hons II/I in Geography at Aberdeen University. Paddy  lives  a stone’s throw from the Children’s Centre and regularly attends  St Mary Redcliffe and Temple Church. During his life, Paddy has come to realize that the practice of good habits, successful education and contentment are acquired at a very young age. It would seem that the Redcliffe Children’s Centre is close to the time when these essentials are learned and that there we have some chance of making a real and effective change (for the good) in the lives of our children. It is an honour (and great fun) to help at the Centre." (Recently stepped down March 2018 (Term of office 30/06/16 - 30/06/20) responsibilities were Maths and Science)





Rebecca is the Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and Co-Leader of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (REaCH) at Bath Spa University. I teach on modules across the degree programme and am particularly interested in issues around social justice, participation and voice.

My research has been focused on pedagogy and practice in early childhood education, and my PhD examines the role of Video Reflective Dialogues in practitioner’s collective meaning-making processes.

Previously, I have taught across the Primary and Early Years phases in both England and Scotland. My roles have included Advanced Skills Teacher specialising in Science and Creativity and Deputy Head Teacher.

(Recently stepped down July 2018 (Term of office 17/01/18 - 16/01/22) responsibilities were BEYTC Trustee  and Teaching School)





Sharyn completed her NNEB in 1992 and since has worked in a variety of early years settings, from private nursery to childminding. In 2002 she gained employment as an Early Years Practitioner at Redcliffe Children’s Centre and Maintained Nursery School. Sharyn successfully completed a degree in Early Years in 2007, and in 2008 she chose to be seconded to the Childminding Support Team, where she completed PTLLS, enabling her to teach adults. Sharyn returned to Redcliffe in 2010 as Assistant Head with responsibility for Family Services and Child Protection. NPQICL status was achieved in 2011. In 2012 Sharyn led the team through an outstanding Ofsted inspection.









Allocation of Governors

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Roles and Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities 1

We are always looking for people to join our governing body.  If you would like to know more about becoming a governor, please speak to Brooke Allen, Clerk to Governors on 0117 9030334 or email: brooke.allen@bristol-schools.uk