Meet Our Governors
We currently do not have any available vacancies on our board.
Please speak to Brooke or Corrie if you are interested and would like to find out more about our Governing Body.
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.
Becoming a single mum when her son was just 5 months old, Anna is all too aware of the challenges of raising little people and ensuring they have the best start. It is why support from the community and places like Redcliffe is so crucial. Anna would love the opportunity to provide any support she can to help keep the centre thriving and maintaining its outstanding OFSTED status. She has previous experience fighting against Sure Start Children’s Centre closures and advocating for better government funding for Early Years Provision when she worked at the Family and Childcare Trust.
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.
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.
Geri is a mum of two, with her eldest recently leaving Seagulls. She is a Junior Doctor and has worked in paediatrics, trained in Safeguarding, and runs annual quality improvement projects in the NHS. She would like to use her experiences to give something back to Redcliffe. To Geri, being a governor means committing to the ongoing excellence of Redcliffe, adding her voice and perspective and ensuring the voices of the parent body can make a valued difference.
Gillie has spent 39 years with the NHS as a Specialist Paediatric Speech & Language Therapist, working within and across multidisciplinary teams in Child Development Centres attached to hospitals, and within and across teams in Education and Social Services, before retiring in 2011. Gillie specialised in working with children and pre-term babies with communication and swallowing/eating/drinking difficulties associated with complex developmental difficulties and neuro-degenerative disorders from 0- 16 years . She has been involved in research and managed teams as well as continuing to be a clinician. Gillie is a committee member of Victoria Park Action Group and a fortunate Grandmother of six Grandchildren , one of whom enjoyed the happy experience of beginning her Nursery education at Redcliffe Children's Centre and one Grandson who has just begun to share that experience. She feels it is time to offer back in some way , her skills and experience , which may be of some benefit - especially since she believes RCC is offering one of the highest quality Nursery education experiences for children and their families , she has ever seen.
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.
Rachel is passionate about young people having the best possible opportunities to thrive. In her previous career, she was a secondary school English teacher and has never lost her vocation for education.
She is now looking for a governor role to invest in a school in my community. In Rachel's Civil Service career, she is currently Head of Strategy, and has previously worked in Fiscal Strategy, and has been Head of Commercial and Legal Strategy as part of Finance senior leadership. Rachel will bring energy, enthusiasm, strategic problem solving, knowledge of the education system, as well as financial & school data literacy to this governor role.
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.
Having lived for almost 20 years in Redcliffe, many generations from my family have passed through this nursery. It’s an outstanding setting for children to learn and grow as well as adults. Coming from a background in education, I understand the pressures facing staff as well as children and parents alike. I personally believe that every day is a chance to improve on the last. As parent governor, I know by working together we can overcome obstacles collectively and enjoy our successes together. My aim is simple – to help make this nursery the best it can be for all those concerned; for our children, for our parents, for our staff. For us!
Named Governor Roles:
- Pupil premium – Sharyn
- Finance - Alastair
- SEND – Gillie
- Safeguarding – Sharyn
- Admissions – Sharyn
- Assessment – Aylie
- H &S and Premises– Geri
- HR & Policies – Ciaran
- GDPR – Ciaran
- Curriculum – Aylie
- Website – Aylie
Alastair, Corrie, Sharyn
Governor Terms of Office:
Alastiar - 06/03/2018 - 05/03/2022
Anna - 18/11/2019 - 17/11/2023
Aylie - 19/10/2017 - 18/10/2021
Ciaran - 25/05/2017 - 24/05/2021
Corrie - 25/05/2017 - 24/05/2021
Geri - 01/11/2018 - 31/10/2022
Gillie - 19/03/2019 - 18/03/2023
Jeanette - 11/02/2013 - 09/02/2047
Lyn - 06/12/2018 - 05/12/2022
Rachel - 12/12/2019 - 11/12/2023
Sharyn - 25/09/2017 - 24/05/2021
Yasmin - 18/11/2019 - 17/11/2023
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org