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Our Local Governing Body

LGB - List of Members

Craig Abbs Headteacher, Ex-Officio member of the Local Governing Body
Kelly Field Parent Governor
Bob Taylor Parent Governor
Emily Clay Staff Governor
Andrea Wills Chair of Governors
Alison Cade

Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor for Children in Care/Young Carers

Governor responsible for Safeguarding/Child Protection

Governor responsible for Pupil Premium & Special Educational Needs & Disability

Martyn Hinam

Link Governor for Finance

Link Governor for Health and Safety

Regan Meares  
Alun Williams CEO, MNSP


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Craig Abbs, Headteacher

Appointed by Trust Board, Ex-Officio

Craig has been in teaching for 15 years and is passionate about teaching, learning and the social and emotional development of the students and recognises and values the opportunities provided by a collocated specialist SEMH and SLCN provision with a short break (respite) residential facility.

For 12 of those years, Craig has taught in Alternative Provision and Special schools.   He is passionate about the pupils getting local high-quality provisions that will meet their needs He has held Leadership roles for 7 years in a variety of provisions.

He has lived in South Gloucestershire for much of his life and previously worked in Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset.

Craig will often be out running, cycling or walking the dog. He is keen on sports, recently completing the Cotswold 70.3 Triathlon.

Kelly Field

Parent Governor

Elected by parents from 10 November 2023 – 09 November 2027

After noticing the differences and the struggles her youngest son was having, he was put on the pathway to an autism diagnosis. It has been a steep learning curve and Kelly wants to do what she can to ensure young people are not misunderstood and have the difficult experiences her son had in education. 

Working in the food and drink sector in marketing, education is a welcome change full of new learnings! 
Outside of working and looking after her two boys, Kelly loves getting out for walks, enjoying animals and nature, but also watching basketball and rugby when she is allowed!

During the COVID lockdowns, Kelly took up running, which was almost unheard of for her! 

Bob Taylor

Parent Governor

Elected by parents from 10 November 2023 – 09 November 2027

My wife Sue and I have been foster carers for the past 7 years. I worked for the Post Office in various roles for 25 years before finishing with them in 2014. I sat on the board of Sovereign Housing Association for 2 years as a tenant governor until 2016.

We currently have two foster children who both attend specialist education. One is at Soundwell.

I enjoy going out for walks with the children and our dog. We are lucky enough to live by the docks, Ashton Court and Bristol City FC, so we are out as much as we can be.

Emily Clay

Staff Governor

Elected by staff from 14 May 2023 – 13 May 2026

Emily trained at the University of Gloucestershire specialising in Mathematics and Art. She then moved to Bath where she taught Year 1 for 2 years and headed PSHE. She endeavours to make every lesson creative and engaging using art as a means of doing this. When Emily is not teaching she enjoys baking and ice skating.

Andrea Wills, Chair of Governors

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed from 14 May 2023 – 13 May 2026

Andrea lives in South Gloucestershire and was a trustee with Learn@MAT from September 2017 until her resignation in November 2022.  Over the last five years she has served as both vice-chair and chair of the Board. She has extensive governance experience with specialist knowledge of broadcasting regulation in the UK and Australia. She was Independent Editorial Adviser to the BBC Trust and investigated complex complaints over the decade it existed. She began her career as a journalist at BBC Radio Bristol, then a TV producer in the Natural History Unit, and finally Chief Adviser with the BBC’s Editorial Policy team.  Andrea is on the Appeals Panel for the Video Standards Council Rating Board and is on the Board of the press regulator, IMPRESS, and is chair of its Standards Code Committee.

Alison Cade

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed from 10 July 2023 – 09 July 2026

Bio and photo to be uploaded soon

Martyn Hinam

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed from 14 May 2023 – 13 May 2026

Martyn Hinam is the manager of Kingswood Active Lifestyle Centre and enjoys developing his team to create a great environment for staff and customers.

The community is of great importance to Martyn, where he has created several initiatives to help adults and children with abilities and disabilities to become physically and mentally healthier.

He has been working in the leisure industry for over 25 years, where he has gained a wealth of experience from a wide range of areas.

Martyn enjoys spending time with his family and two children, especially outdoors in the fresh air.  In his spare time, he is a tai chi instructor, who has, over more than 20 years, worked with a variety of people and groups, including Choices 4 U, The Priory, health clubs and leisure centres.

Regan Meares

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed from 17 October 2022 – 16 October 2025

Regan is a new curate at St Stephens Church in Soundwell. He was ordained in July after studying at Trinity College. Regan enjoys meeting and getting to know people because he believes everyone has a story to tell. His hobbies are listening to music, watching films and going out for a run whenever he can.

Alun Williams, MNSP CEO

Director Appointed Governor

Appointed from 22 May 2023 – 21 May 2026 

Bio and photo to be uploaded soon