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Picture 1 Brooke Allen - Clerk to Governors
Picture 2 Elizabeth Carruthers - Head of Centre
Picture 3 Emma Butcher - Staff Governor
Picture 4 Janet Rose - Co Opted Governor
Picture 5 Jenny Clarke - Parent Governor
Picture 6 Johanna Thomas - Chair of Governors
Picture 7 Kat Campian-Spall - Parent Governor
Picture 8 Katja Benyon - Parent Governor
Picture 9 Lisa Allen - Staff Governor (On Maternity leave)
Picture 10 Paddy Bannerman - Co Opted Governor
Picture 11 Co Opted Governor
Picture 12 LA Governor
Picture 13 Parent Governor

Governor Profiles:


Brooke Allen is the Administrator at Redcliffe Children’s Centre. She started as an Admin apprentice in October 2011 and took up the role of Clerk to Governors in September 2015.  Brooke enjoys the variety of her role as an administrator and is keen to learn more about the Clerk to Governors role through the Governor Development Service training programme. 









Elizabeth Carruthers joined Redcliffe as Head of Centre in 2006.











Emma Butcher has worked at Redcliffe Nursery School since 2008 and has engaged  in a diversity of roles; SENCo, Maths SLE, Leader in Blackbirds with the two year olds, summer camping adventures with children and families, supporting the development of Beach, Forest Experience and  Going Out and About across the city and local community. Emma is currently looking to develop a Boat and Waterways vision for nursery children this summer term; this is both an exciting and challenging prospect.  Emma would like to involve the Governors more with these aspects of the nursery, as well as advocating the voices of the many people she works with in different ways and share how these things are unfolding.  In addition, Emma see’s learning about the Governing process as another valuable contribution to her professional development.



Dr Janet Rose is a Principal Lecturer and the Award Leader for Early Childhood Education at Bath Spa University.  She has over 20 years' experience of working in the early years both in England and internationally.  In addition to her academic career, she has worked as a specialist early years teacher and for several local authorities developing training programmes for supporting young children.  She is an Associate for Early Education and Kate Cairns Associates. She also ran her own business providing workshops for parents, babies and toddlers.  She has recently co-written a book on The Role of the Adult in Early Years Settings and will soon publish a book on Health and Well-being in the Early Years.  She is currently leading a research project that is implementing a community-wide, cross-disciplinary approach to promoting children's resilience and well-being and is developing a project called Attachment Aware Schools and Settings, which is a comprehensive programme of support for children affected by early attachment difficulties, trauma and neglect.  She is very pleased to be a co-opted Governor and the link for the Teaching School at Redcliffe Children’s Centre.  She also works closely with the professional development activities at the Centre, in relation to accredited Master’s courses.  She is delighted to be able to play a part in the continuing success of this outstanding Centre, which holds such a strong and positive national and international reputation of excellent early years’ practice and research.



Jenny Clarke's daughter attended the nursery in 2014-15 and absolutely loved it.  She enjoyed the freedom and experiences it offered her.  Jenny was keen to get more involved and to give something back to the nursery, so became a parent governor in 2015.  She hopes that she can use her experience as a parent of a child that attended the nursery to feedback as a parent Governor.









Jo Thomas started off as a parent governor when her two children attended the nursery. Jo was so impressed with the nursery that she wanted to get involved as much as she could, to help continue the great work the nursery puts into the community. She was in post for 3 years as a parent governor before becoming chair of governors. Jo is also our health and safety governor, which involves regular meetings with the health and safety officer to complete checks of the premises and equipment making sure it is safe for the children and staff.  Jo enjoys being a part of an outstanding nursery and to be able to see it go from strength to strength




Rev’d Kat Campion-Spall has lived and worked in the local area as the Associate Vicar at St Mary Redcliffe Church, just up the hill from the Children’s Centre, since 2014.  For most of that time her daughter has attended the nursery, beginning in Blackbirds straight after her 2nd birthday, so Kat has a keen interest in both how the Children’s Centre helps individual children to flourish but also how it connects with the life of Redcliffe as a community.  Kat’s particular area of responsibility as a governor is literacy.





Katja Benyon is a parent governor at Redcliffe Children's Centre. She has a particular interest in finance and works in Redcliffe's Finance Team once a week. She also represents Redcliffe Children's Centre as a trustee of the Bristol Early Years Teaching Consortium (BEYTC). Katja is German, moved to the UK in 1999, met Mark and decided to stay for good. Prior to taking a family break to look after her son Eric, Katja worked in the telecoms and media industries, as a strategy consultant and for communications regulator Ofcom. She has an MA in Russian and Economics from Hamburg University. She is treasurer of the German church congregation in Bristol, and loves music, fresh air, and making things.  




Lisa Allen has been at Redcliffe since 2007 and has spent time working in both Seagulls and Blackbirds. Lisa is a currently a teacher in the under 3's. She has engaged with professional development and has undertaken a work based degree and teacher training. Through this, Lisa has been able to link her practice to theory and research. She has taken an active part in the development of Forest Experience for the under 3's, developed and facilitated a course for parents and delivered a variety of training to other early years settings. Lisa has interests in children's play and literacy. Through her role as a Staff governor Lisa hopes to gain a greater insight into Redcliffe and to play a more active part in ensuring high standards of experiences for all children. (Currently on Maternity Leave)




Paddy Bannerman has been a Governor since 2003.  He spent ten years as a soldier ( ending as Captain of the Royal Engineers) and school master (twenty two years at Warwick School). He obtained a BSc Hons II/I in Geography at Aberdeen University. Paddy  lives  a stone’s throw from the Children’s Centre and regularly attends  St Mary Redcliffe and Temple Church.

During his life, Paddy has come to realize that the practice of good habits, successful education and contentment are acquired at a very young age. It would seem that the Redcliffe Children’s Centre is close to the time when these essentials are learned and that there we have some chance of making a real and effective change (for the good) in the lives of our children. It is an honour (and great fun) to help at the Centre."








Governor attendance of Full Governor Body Meetings 2015-2016


Name/Date 30/04/15 09/07/15 17/09/15 10/12/15 21/01/16 17/03/16 19/05/16 30/06/16 22/09/16
Jo Thomas                                                                                                                                                
Paddy Bannerman                                                                                                                                                
Janet Rose                                                                                                                                                
Elizabeth Carruthers                                                                                                                                                
Emma Butcher                                                                          
Lisa Allen                                                                          
Jenny Clarke                                                                                                                                                
Tony Goring                                                                                                                    
Kat Campian - Spall                                                                                                                                                
Katja Benyon                                                                                                                                                


         Present              Apologies            Absent

We are always looking for people to join our governing body.  If you would like to know more about becoming a governor, please speak to Brooke Allen, Clerk to Governors on 0117 9030334 or email: brooke.allen@bristol-schools.uk