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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 five children and nine grandchildren. 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 success 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 leaders his book, 'Asperger's Syndrome, That Explains Everything', was published in 2012 and highlights his model of successfully running schools for young people with Autism.


Ian McGregor (appointed 1 September 2017)

Was born in Glasgow is married and have two daughters and five grandchildren. He worked in Glasgow for Honeywell Controls and Rest Assured .

In 1981 he relocated to Bristol where are he spent 34 years working for Imperial Tobacco now called Imperial Brands, as General manager in logistics. He was responsible for a budget of 15 -20 million £s over various locations worldwide,  up to 40 managers and 2000+ employees and numerous logistics partners.

Ian retired earlyfrom Imperial tobacco in 2004.

Ian was governor and chair of finance for KnowleDGE for almost 5 years during the transition from Florence Brown school to KnowleDGE.



Deirdre Fitzpatrick (appointed 28 November 2017)

Deirdre is currently Director of Education for ‘I CAN’, the National Charity which supports children with communication difficulties. The charity runs two special schools and a large social enterprise providing training and resources to support students with speech and language difficulties.

Deirdre is also an Ofsted inspector and a school improvement partner. She currently sits on the executive of Swalss ( South West Alliance Of Leaders in Special Schools ) and is asked to speak on leadership at numerous conferences.

In the recent past she has also been a Department of Education Advisor, Headteacher and Senior Advisor for Mainstream and Special Schools in a Local Authority.

Deirdre has two children and lives at home in Swindon, Wiltshire, with her husband and dog, Bob.