Sam Hogg Davies  - I am the current chair of the Academy Ambassador Group, and a parent to 2 children studying at St Ursula’s. I have now lived in Bristol for 6 years after returning from the USA where I resided for 8 years. As a family we love living here. Professionally I am a qualified nurse with experience in the NHS, academic and business sectors. I currently work in, and co-own, a local pre-school here in Henleaze. I have seen St Ursula’s go from strength to strength as a school, and enjoy working with its dedicated team of teachers and staff as it continues this journey to improve the educational experience of our children.


John Stratford - I first came to Bristol in 1969 to undertake a Business Studies Course.   Following the successful completion of which I spent my entire working life in the Aerospace Industry.  In the latter years, I specialised in Risk Management at Airbus, working in Filton, Toulouse and Hamburg until my retirement late in 2014. I lived in Clifton for over 30 years moving to Henleaze early last year. I have been very impressed by the obvious community spirit within Henleaze to which I believe that the St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy can and should make a valuable contribution. I believe that with the first-class new school buildings and its continually improving performance the future for St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy can only be very positive. Having recently retired I have the time and willingness to provide whatever support I can as an Academy Ambassador.


Brian Snary - I am a local resident and am very pleased to become an Academy Ambassador. I recently retired having worked in education in various capacities, teaching, lecturing, administrating, mainly in Bristol: I was finally responsible for music education for Avon. For the past 20 years I have been examining music students around the world, but have now decided to undertake my final tour in China this autumn. I am looking forward to helping St. Ursula's move to the next stage of its development, building on the strengths which are now well founded. The exciting physical move will bring a renewed focus,and I hope to be part of the academic and pastoral development of the young people in the area. The school is thriving, has a well organised and experienced staff, moves to a delightful new building, and I am pleased to be able to add my experiences and interests to the future work of St. Ursula's E Act Academy.  

Ruth Watts. I have a son in Year 3 and a daughter in Year 1. I have been a Governor for E-ACT since November 2013 and transferred as an Academy Ambassador in December 2015.  My career has mainly been in the banking and finance industry until November 2011 when I became self-employed and bought a Franchise called "Little Kickers" which teaches football skills to children  aged 18 months to 7 years. In May this year I decided on another change in career and have recently been appointed as Regional Co-ordinator for E-ACT in the South West. Reporting to the Regional Education Director, Stephen Luke, my main responsibilities are to ensure that all the meetings to monitor Raising Achievements and staff performance in each of the 4 E-ACT academies take place and the resulting actions are followed through. I also help run the Academy Ambassador Groups and support communication and celebration across the Academies.  I feel I can add value to the Academy Ambassador Group from the insight I bring as both a parent and an employee.

Tanja Engelbrecht – I am a mum of two children and moved to the UK over 12 years ago. I am a Construction Engineer and Site manager and have over 6 years’ experience as a school governor. Currently I am working as a Project Manager in the Marketing sector.  Being now an Academy Ambassador of St Ursula’s I am confident to give the school important support on several subjects to a high standard to achieve the best for all students at St Ursula’s.

Liz Radford
I am a Henleaze resident and also one of the Bristol City Councillors for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Ward.  With three school age children, I was very concerned about secondary school education in our area and became one of the founding members of Parents Voice, which went on to set up the Bristol Free School.  I come from a finance background and work part time as a Finance Manager for an online oncology news & e-learning provider.  On a voluntary basis I run the Henleaze & Westbury Park Youth Group.  I feel passionately that every child should be given the best opportunities to reach their potential and I am delighted to be able to get involved at St Ursula's as an Ambassador.

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