Welcome from the Chair of Governors, Sara-Jane Watkins

Sarah-Jane Watkins

Sara-Jane Watkins

Chair of Governors

On behalf of the Local Governing Body at SGS Berkeley Green UTC, welcome to our website.

As part of a Multi-Academy Trust, the Local Governing Body is a Committee of the SGS Academy Trust Board of Trustees.

SGS Berkeley Green UTC has high expectations for all and we are passionate about delivering education for young people that both inspires them and enables them to succeed in the sectors of Engineering and Digital Technologies.

We are a committed Local Governing Body who both support and challenge the Principal and his team to ensure outstanding outcomes for learners through the monitoring of activities and progress in the UTC. Our Local Governing Body is a proactive and dynamic group of people ranging from parents/carers and family members to professionals from the community. We appoint Governors who have a passion to support SGS Berkeley Green UTC for the benefit of the pupils, families, employers and staff as well as the wider community. The Governors meet regularly to discuss all aspects of UTC life and will be critical friends to ensure the UTC meet the high expectations and aspirations we set for our learners and the UTC.

Learners are our number one priority and all staff, governors and trustees work together with a common aim of providing a safe and personalised learning environment in which all learners can reach their potential and have a positive time at the UTC. Parents and carers are very much part of the whole school community and we welcome your input through links with Parent Governors and involvement with the UTC.

Our Governors

Sarah-Jane Watkins

Sara-Jane Watkins
Sara-Jane was appointed Principal of SGS College in September 2015 and is responsible for providing leadership of all functional and curriculum areas, implementing Corporation decisions, day to day management of budget and resources, plus overseeing all aspects of staff and student discipline.

With a Masters Degree in marketing from the University of the West of England and an Honours Degree in countryside management, Sara-Jane was previously Communications Director at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.

Chair of Governors
Steve Shepherd

Steve Shepherd
Steve has worked in the IT, Web and Data industry for the last 20 years. Starting in the financial banking sector and moving through software development to be Chief Technical Officer of a global data aggregation company with executive level responsibility.

Steve is keenly interested in all forms of technology and innovation and sees the UTC as an incredible opportunity for learners and employers to be more closely aligned going into the future.

Vice Chair of Governors
Phil Spiers

Phil Spiers
Phil is a Chartered Engineer currently Head of testing at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre a part of the University of Sheffield. Phil has spent the majority of his career in the aerospace engineering world working for Rolls –Royce, Martin Baker and Messier Dowty. Phil is passionate about engineering and manufacturing in the UK and sees the future in bringing the young to appreciate the value of a career in the industry at all levels. Phil is a Fellow and council member of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a trustee of the Vulcan to the sky trust.

Outside of work he has a passion for mechanical clock making and lives in Coaley with his wife and 4 children who are all still in school.

Governor
Paula Thomas

Paula Thomas
Paula's role as an Academic Subject Leader at the University of Gloucestershire includes managing the university's expanding portfolio of courses in Cyber Security and she has responsibility for curriculum development and ensuring academic quality standards are met.

Paula is also the Director of the Institute of Cyber Security & Risk Assessment which promotes academic and industry research into emerging cyber security topics. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is an active contributor to their workshops and research projects on cyber security and digital forensics. Paula has been a university academic in the Computing subject area for many years and prior to moving into academia, she worked in the software development industry.

Governor
Nick Jones

Nick Jones
Nick is a retired headteacher having lead schools in Bristol and West London. He was principal of the first state funded school in the UK to be sponsored by an overseas organisation and, more locally, was a founding leader at John Cabot City Technology College. He is now an educational consultant working in the UK and overseas.

Nick is the Senior Education Advisor for the Baker Dearing Educational Trust and is heavily involved in supporting young people on the autistic spectrum, especially in projects that allow autistic young people to live independently in the community. He is a ‘hands-on’ craftsman and engineer who enjoys making ‘one-off’ pieces of furniture. Nick lives in Keynsham with his wife and has three grown-up sons.

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