Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

The Governing Board

Sarah Baker


Sarah is Headteacher of Redland Green School and is a Staff Governor. Sarah is also a National Leader of Education (NLE).




(Acting Chair)

Community Governor 

Catherine became a Community Governor in April 2014.  Her background is as a family lawyer.

Committee membership: Leadership & Finance (Chair), Staffing

Governor responsible for: Governor induction and training, performance management of the Headteacher

Andy Scoble

Parent Governor

Andy joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in November 2014. Andy has two children at RGS and also acts as a trustee of FORGS (Friends of Redland Green School). He runs his own business consultancy specialising in recruitment, development and change management.

Committee membership: Students (Chair)

Governor responsible for: Parent and Student voice 

Rod Symmons


Community Governor

Rod is the Vicar of Redland Parish Church and a Recognised Teacher at the University of Bristol. He was a member of the Temporary Governing Body before Redland Green opened and is currently a member of the Trust and a Community Governor.

Committee membership: Students

Governor responsible for: Child protection & Safeguarding

  Barry Trahar


Community Governor

Barry joined the Governing Body in September 2008 as a Community Governor and is a retired University Manager & Administrator.  Barry is also Chair of Governors at Claremont School.

Committee membership: Leadership & Finance

Governor responsible for: Staff voice

  Tim Whitaker  Parent Governor 

Tim joined the Governing Body in December 2014 as a Parent Governor. He works as a consultant in the lighting industry.

Committee membership: Students, Post 16 Steering Group

Governor responsible for: Post 16 and GDPR

Dr Marc Griffiths Community Governor

Marc joined the Governing Body in May 2018 as a Community Governor. He is the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health & Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England, Bristol. Marc is a registered Diagnostic Radiographer, is also a qualified lecturer and holds a Principal Fellowship status with AdvanceHE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) and is a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation. His current role at the University of the West of England, involves developing people, creating exciting infrastructures and financial management.

Committee membership: Leadership & Finance

Governor responsible for: Health & Safety and Premises

Jenny Suggate Community Governor

Jenny joined the Governing Body in May 2018 as a Community Governor.  She is a Senior Policy Manager tackling consumer issues within the waste sector.  Her expertise is in strategy, planning and policy development.

Committee membership: Students


Governor responsible for: Pupil Premium

John Worthington Community Governor

John became a Community Governor in July 2018 after serving four years as Parent Governor at Henleaze Junior School. With a background in commercial finance, John's attention now focuses on business and life coaching as a freelance.

Committee membership: Leadership & Finance

George Boss Community Governor

George joined as a Community Governor in July 2018. George's previous experience includes nine years as a teacher in London. Over the course of that time he ran two separate academic departments, and latterly was a member of his school's senior leadership and pastoral teams. He is currently completing a PhD in Politics at the University of Bristol, alongside caring for his two young children.

Committee membership: Students

Peter Dixon Staff Governor (Teacher) (Shared Role)

Peter joined the Governing Body in May 2018 as a Staff Governor (Teacher); he shares the role with Mark Robson.  Peter is in his 8th year of teaching.  He really enjoys the profession and is passionate about promoting a good work environment for staff and students. 

Committee membership: Students

Mark Robson Staff Governor (Teacher) (Shared Role)

Mark joined the Governing Body in May 2018 as a Staff Governor (Teacher); he shares the role with Peter Dixon.  With ten years teaching experience in Bristol Secondary Schools, Mark is a highly committed teacher who is hugely passionate about his students' success.  He appreciates that staff well-being is right at the heart of any school's capacity to support students' emotional well-being and academic achievement on a day-to-day and Term-by-Term basis.

Committee membership: Students

Andrew Morgan Staff Governor (Support Staff) (Shared Role)

Andrew joined the Governing Body in May 2018 as a Staff Governor (Support Staff); he shares the role with Tim Walton.  Andrew is a seasoned IT professional with over 10 years’ experience working in educational environments.   He currently works as the Network Manager at RGS.  Andrew is passionate about learning and incorporating new technology.

Committee membership: Leadership & Finance

Tim Walton Staff Governor (Support Staff) (Shared Role)

Tim joined the Governing Body in May 2018 as a Staff Governor (Support Staff); he shares the role with Andrew Morgan.

Committee membership: Leadership & Finance

Louise Blundell Attendee

Louise is Head of School of Redland Green School.

Committee membership: Leadership, Finance & Staffing and Students

Nick Lind Attendee

Nick is Deputy Headteacher of Redland Green School.

Committee membership: Leadership, Finance & Staffing and Students

Georgina Cairns Clerk

The role of Clerk is to ensure the Governing Body follows agreed and proper procedures, operates within its powers and the business of the Governing Body is conducted smoothly and efficiently. The work of the Clerk includes preparing Agendas, taking Minutes, and providing effective administrative support, procedural and legislative advice to the Governing Body. 

Georgina joined as Clerk to Governors in September 2018. She is also a Primary School Teaching Assistant but has a background in Financial Services. 

Where are the Governors drawn from?

The Governing Body is formed by the school’s stakeholders - namely volunteers from the parent body, the local and wider community, as well as its employees ie the Headteacher and elected members of school staff.

There are two main types of Governor - of which there are also different categories:

Governors normally serve a term of office of four years.  Governors are required to declare any business or pecuniary interests in relation to the school; these are noted in the RGS Business-Pecuniary Interests Register of Governors.