A Welcome from the Local Governing Body

Each Academy within the Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB) that monitors teaching and learning, students’ wellbeing and stakeholder engagement at a local level.

Local governors are appointed by the Trust's HR Committee. For full details on the local governance framework, please click here.

If you'd like to contact the governors directly, please contact the Head Teacher or main school office.

Chris Hobbs – Chair of Local Governing Body

I am Chairman of LMPA Local Governing Body and I also sit on the Endeavour Academy Trust Board of Directors. I am a qualified solicitor and mediator. I started working life as an army officer in the Royal Tank Regiment, based in Germany, before qualifying as a solicitor in London in 1986. I specialised in the resolution of commercial disputes, travelling extensively in that role and spending five years in Greece with my family whilst managing my firm’s offices there. Whilst in Greece, I also chaired the board of Governors at my children’s school in Athens. After returning from Greece, as a family we all moved to Bristol, where we have been happily living ever since. I spent the last seven years of my working life as a flexible worker at my law firm, championing the cause of flexible working there and I featured as one of Britain’s top fifty part time workers in the inaugural Power Part Timers List introduced by Timewise in 2012. Before retiring from private practice in January 2014, I was joint head of my firm’s Compliance and Risk Management Team in London for a period of five years. My interests outside work are many and varied, including physical fitness, watching sport, playing the guitar (badly), science fiction and fantasy, cooking and rock music.

Lizzie Fleming – Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body

I have been a governor at Little Mead Primary Academy since February 2015. As well as being a governor I work at the University of Bristol. I coordinate around 350 student employees to work out in the local community in secondary schools, and as peer mentors at the University. I am also studying for a Master’s degree in Neuroscience and Education at the University of Bristol. My area of interest is inequality in education. Before this I worked at the University of Kent in the Partnership Development Office where I did student recruitment in the UK & Europe, taught Biology on an Access to Higher Education course, and ran training and development events for student employees. In my spare time, I salsa dance, windsurf and sail.
Being a governor at LMPA has been a real pleasure. The best bit has been meeting the parents and children in nursery and reception. I also loved seeing the Lion King school play last year.

Tiffany Newman - Local Governor (Teaching Staff)

I have been a school Governor since December 2014.  I have been a Teacher at Little Mead since September 2008.  Since my time at Little Mead I have taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 so have a good knowledge of Early Years and Key Stage One.  After returning to work in September 2014, after the birth of my son, I have worked part time as a cover teacher, teaching small groups of children as well as covering whole classes.

I have enjoyed being a part of the governing body and have learnt a lot in the time I have been the Teaching Staff Governor.  If you ever have a question about the Governing Body come and find me in Year 2, and I will do my very best to answer it for you!


Robin Millard– Local Governor

I became a governor at Little Mead Primary Academy in July 2017 and look forward to meeting teachers, parents and children in the coming months as I get the opportunity to engage more fully with school activities.

As well as being a governor I work at Defence Equipment & Support at Abbey Wood in Filton as a certified project manager in the Safety Environment Quality & Technology Directorate. I currently provide support & co-ordinate schedules for a number of technical programmes. Before this I worked for over 10 years as Business & Information Manager for the Department of the Environment at what was the Government Buildings in Burghill Road, Westbury-on-Trym. I have also worked as a chartered librarian at the University of Bristol Library. Whilst born and brought up in Bristol, I began my career as a librarian in the London Borough of Camden’s Libraries as a children’s librarian in 1979. I spent a number of years arranging school visits, storytelling sessions and summer holiday activities across the 14 libraries in the borough.

Dr Bianca Ambrose-Oji – Local Governor

I am a local governing committee member for Little Mead and named governor for Safeguarding.  I have lived and worked in a lot of different places around the world, including countries in Africa and Asia, and I was a University lecturer in Wales for some years.  These experiences have shown me that everybody, no matter who they are or what their background, can aim high and go far in life when they are given access to good quality education.  This is what motivates me to take part in the governance of Little Mead.  I currently work as a government scientist and do research about all the benefits people get from woods, forests, parks, and other kinds of natural resources.  I am often out and about in waterproofs and wellies, and I am really keen on lots of things to do with the environment.  Naturally enough, I am really interested in what Little Mead’s Eco-Team are up to, and I have a real soft spot for the school chickens and the newly planted trees!


Holly Maurice – Local Governor (Parent)

I am a parent governor with my son just started in Year 1. I am Bristol born and bred and moved back in 2005 after a few years living abroad and attending Leeds Met University and a short time living in Manchester.

I am a freelance event manager specialising in community events and fundraising. In 2013 I set up the Bristol Young Heroes Awards, which is a gala dinner and awards ceremony to recognise the achievements of the cities young people. I also founded the Bristol Together Championships, which is a football tournament for year 5 children and is about crossing the boundaries of the city, whether they be geographical, economic and faith or race based.

Hannah Shiner – Local Governor

My name is Hannah Shiner and I have been a governor at Little Mead for almost four years, previously as a support staff governor and now as a community governor.  I previously worked as a Teaching Assistant at Little Mead for 5 years and although I've recently moved to another school, I wanted to carry on my commitment to Little Mead and the community of Southmead by continuing to support the governance at this fantastic school.

I love working in a school - no two days are the same!  In my new role I am supporting children in Reception who are struggling to settle into school by developing their attachment to new people and their new environment.  In my spare time I enjoy time with my family, I have three young daughters and we try to get outside as much as possible.  We enjoy walking and cycling and have just taken up kayaking!  I also enjoy walking with my friends and this year completed 26 miles of the Cotswold Way, raising money for Macmillan. 




Stephanie Brown – Local Governor (Parent)

I'm a parent governor with my daughter in year 2 and a son who is in the school nursery.

 I moved to Bristol in 2002 as I loved the vibrancy of the city. I now work part time, working for a charity that supports the NHS and before that I ran my own business for 10 years. I loved school as a child and want all children to have a positive experience of school too.

My role as a parent governor is to help run the school. It's not only to support the headteachers but also to ask questions and make sure the heads are taking the school in the right direction. Part of my role is to monitor teaching and learning, student wellbeing and also health and safety to ensure that the school is a safe environment for all of our children. 

If you see me around the school please come and say hello!


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