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                                          Stephen Bradshaw (MSc in Education; BPhil in Autism)

Chair of Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust  and a Member.

Committees: Chairs Committee and able to attend all Trust Committees and Academy Councils

Married with two sons. He has dedicated his life to education and opened the first specialist College for Asperger's Syndrome at Farleigh Hungerford in September, 1996, and followed this with the first specialist post 16 FE College in 2000. He has since been the Director of Schools Development for the Priory, where his succes led to him being offered a seat on the Board of Priory as Director of Education and Development and later Managing Director of Priory Education Services. He went on to lead them in opening special schools around the World, including Boston, USA, and Singapore. After being the Managing Director of the Cambian Schools between 2013 -15, he was a co-founder of 'The Aurora Group', and built it up to 13 provisions by 2018. He has since stepped down from this demanding work and offers coaching to school book, 'Asperger's Syndrome, That Explains Everything', was published in 2012 and highlights his model of successfully running schools for young people with Austism.

Ray Moorcroft

Chair of Finance and Audit Committee and Chair of Lansdown Academy Council

Committee: Audit, Finance and Resources. Chairs Committee

Married to his wife Jan. He have two daughters and six grandchildren. Retired in 2013 after 40 years service with an International Company based in Bristol where he gained a depth of financial and procurement acumen.

Now enjoys playing snooker, holidays, going to the gym and child minding.


Andrea Wills

Chair of Quality and Standards Committee and Whistleblowing Trustee

Committee: Quality and Standards

Andrea worked for the BBC for 25 years, starting as a journalist with Radio Bristol and then making television programmes for the Natural History Unit and Bristol Features.   As Chief Adviser, Editorial Policy she was one of the BBC’s most senior editorial managers and in 2005 revised its Editorial Guidelines.   

Andrea is a highly respected and skilled investigator of broadcast complaints and was an independent editorial adviser to the BBC Trust.  She is an experienced broadcast trainer and has worked for the BBC’s College of Journalism and spent a year in Sydney in 2012 launching the ABC’s Editorial Leaders Programme.

Andrea is on the Appeals Panel for the Video Standards Council Rating Board.


Eileen Chin

Safeguarding Trustee and Chair of St Matthias Academy Council

Committee: Quality and Standards and Chairs Committee

 Eileen has been a qualified teacher since 1978 gained her Master’s Degree in ‘Raising Attainment In Inner City Schools‘at the University of the West of England and has Taught chemistry and science in secondary school for almost 40 years. For the last 3 years Eileen has been teaching in a primary school. Eileen was on the leadership team of an inner city comprehensive school for over a decade,

The Director of Inclusion and the designated Safeguarding Officer. Eileen has managed the Special Educational Needs Coordinator, the ‘English as an additional language’ department and the learning mentors. Eileen led her school to be one of the first two secondary schools in Bristol to be awarded the Inclusion Standard and also to achieve the Healthy School’s award. She also led on the Aiming High project to support the achievement of African Caribbean students. Eileen has worked with colleagues across the city (Bristol) to avoid permanent exclusion of students and was a member of the Fair Access Panel. Eileen has also taught in Japan and worked with colleagues in Canada and Jamaica.  

Eileen has been on the management committee of St Matthias Park Pupil Referral unit for over a decade, her ambition is to ensure that all children receive the support and care that they need without having to go through the damaging process of permanent exclusion.


Martin Bisp

Committee: Audit, Finance and Resources  

Martin is Chief Executive of Empire Fighting Chance, a charity he co-founded. They work with young people who are on verge of, or have been, excluded from mainstream education and use sport combined with intensive personal development to help them realise their potential. They have worked extensively with St Matthias and the Alternative Learning Provision in Learn@ MAT. 

Previously Martin was a business analyst for an investment company for over 20 years. He is married with two daughters and in his spare time he is an amateur boxing coach for Empire ABC.

Julie Atherton

Academy Councillor for Knowle- DGE

Committee: Audit, Finance and Resources

Founder and Managing Director of Small Wonder a marketing consultancy specialising in the education sector. After over 20 years’ working at a Board level in commercial businesses and agencies, Julie has a breadth of strategic experience delivering leadership, business transformation, integrated marketing, and brand development. A digital and social media expert, Julie currently works with many organisations, schools and universities, in content marketing, brand development, recruitment, fundraising, CRM, digital and data, and social media. An industry leader and trainer, Julie creates and delivers digital and direct marketing training for the IDM and universities, regularly judges awards, and chairs the DMA Social Media Council.Julie is a co-opted member of the University of Gloucestershire Council sitting on Finance and General Purposes committee, a trustee of Learn@ MAT and an Academy Councilor for Knowle DGE.


Peter Evans

CEO of Learn@ MAT

Experienced Leader in Education with over 22 years as a Head Teacher of a range of Special Schools covering specialisms in Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN), Social and Emotional Mental Health (SEMH), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Deaf children.

Peter represents local Special Schools on the Bristol Schools Forum and is a member of the South West network of CEOs representing a voice for SEND. Included within his many professional achievements is the realisation of Knowle DGE Academy as an inspirational provision for young people with SEMH or SLCN in Bristol, and the ongoing partnership with a Primary and Special School in Nakuru, Kenya with whom he has lead and supported professional visits and exchanges of staff and students.

He is committed to ensure specialist education has a strong voice locally, regionally and nationally, especially vulnerable young people who experience social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.