Bridgwater College Academy’s Local Governing body exists to provide strategic leadership for the school in partnership with the Executive Head Teacher and Academy Leadership Team, as part of the Bridgwater and Taunton College Trust.

The Governing Body is responsible and accountable in law and practice for major decisions taken for the Academy and its future.

A further key role is to act as a "critical friend" in providing fair and constructive challenge to the Executive Head Teacher and her team.  The governors ask searching questions and respect the Executive Head Teacher's position as professional leader of the Academy.Governing Bodies make decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the school's development plan. Governors monitor the impact of policies and oversee the use of the school's budget. They report to parents on the school's achievements and respond to inspection recommendations.The Full Governing Body meets at least termly with its detailed work carried out by the Finance, General Purposes & Personnel sub-committee and the Students and the Standards & Quality sub-committee.

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Bridgwater College Academy Governors

Carole Chevalley (Chair)Doug Bamsey (Governor)Simon Brewer (Governor)Jonathan Cridge (Governor)Mike Hodson (Governor)Sam Lewin (Staff Governor)Ali Luckins (Governor) 

Committee Structure

Finance, Personnel & General Purposes

Doug Bamsey

Carole Chevalley

Simon Brewer

Students, Standards and Quality

Mike Hodson (Chair)

Ali Luckins

Carole Chevalley

Jonathan Cridge

Sam Lewin 

Governor Profiles

Doug Bamsey - Bridgwater College Academy Governor

Doug Bamsey is a Town Planner by profession, having graduated with a Geography Masters from the University of Toronto. He has over 25 years’ experience in Local Government across a diverse range of Local Authorities in the South East and South West of England. He has been a Corporate Director at Sedgemoor District Council for over 10 years where he has lead responsibility for the Council‟s Economic Development, Planning Policy, Development Management and Housing Enabling Activities

Simon Brewer - Bridgwater College Academy Governor

Simon Brewer started working life as an Engineering Technician Apprentice in Structural Engineering, moved through mechanical and process engineering roles until moving across into the work-based learning sector in 1998, where he has mainly worked since. Holding various management roles across large employers & SME’s including Learndirect and Bristol City Council, he is now National Apprenticeship Manager for TABS Training, responsible for delivery of government funded apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeship training programmes to unemployed adults, looking to progress them into sustainable employment. 

More recently, Simon has been Head of Employer Relations at Bridgwater College and is currently seconded as Head of Civil Engineering at Bridgwater and Taunton College. 

More recently, Simon has been Head of Employer Relations at Bridgwater College and is currently seconded as Head of Civil Engineering at Bridgwater and Taunton College. 

Carole Chevalley - Chair of the Local Governing Body

I taught for nearly forty years and enjoyed a very rewarding career, working with young people. My philosophy has always been that as students only go through the education system once, it must not fail them. It is important that their experience of education is enjoyable, ensures that they reach their full potential and prepares them well for the rest of their life. I trained as a teacher of History and held a series of middle and senior management roles in three schools. Following two Deputy Headships in large 11-18 comprehensive schools. For eleven years, I was a Head teacher in a 13-18 school in Berkshire. The school I led, was very multi-cultural and had students who came from a wide variety of backgrounds, including an area of extreme deprivation and the local garrison.I hope that my experience of secondary education and its challenges can be used to the strategic benefit of Bridgwater College Academy.  I enjoy the opportunity to act as a positive, critical friend  to the Academy and to support the school in its pursuit of excellence for all students.

Jonathan Cridge - Parent Governor

It doesn't feel that long ago I was attending Sydenham Community School as a pupil, but looking back a lot has happened since then. After college I gained a bachelor of science degree with honours in design, technology and business from the University of Plymouth. I went on to work at Cannington College, Capita Education Services, Connexions Somerset and since 2005 the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office in Taunton. My career has always been IT based and since 2009 I have been working as a business analyst on projects delivering complex IT systems. I have always known that my school years played an instrumental role in what I have achieved and the person I am. I have always lived locally, my family and friends form part of the local community and I'm passionate about where I come from. As a parent I found being a governor at my children's primary school a valuable experience and always intended that as they progressed to secondary I would follow them as a governor. I am proud to witness the improvements made at Bridgwater College Academy over recent years and playing a part in its continuing success.   

Mike Hodson - CBE


Mike had a full 30 year Army career reaching the rank of Brigadier. Mike’s main focus was Logistics and Planning for operational theatres. He served in Germany, Northern Ireland and Falklands amongst others. He Initiated Private Finance Initiatives into the MoD. On retiring from the Army he joined a manufacturing company as the logistics director managing warehouses in four countries. Now retired. he is a volunteer caseworker for the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens` Families Association (SSAFA) and also volunteer for Healthwatch Somerset.

Sam Lewin - Staff Governor


I was lucky enough to go to Sedgemoor Manor Infants and Juniors and then to East Bridgwater School before moving on to Chester University to study maths and completing my teacher training in Exeter. Over the last seven years, I have worked as a SEN LSA, a supply teacher and class teacher across Early Years Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. I have worked in schools with a similar background to Bridgwater College Academy, working on one school's maths development team, also as a member of multiple PTAs and running extra-curricular clubs. I am now fortunate enough to return to the school which gave me such a good start in life. Whilst a pupil at the school, I was privileged to help it reach performing and visual arts college status and develop links with the college. Now back as a teacher, I am able to assist in the further development of the school and am grateful for the chance to help it move from strength to strength. I believe every child, regardless of background, has the right to a quality education and should be given the opportunity to become their best self.

Ali Luckins


I am currently working at Somerset Equus which is a therapeutic service working with young people aged between 5 and 16 years, using Play, Forest and Equine Assisted therapy.  Our referrals are from Social Care, Private Care Providers and Schools.Previously I worked for the Local Authority as an Access Casework Officer covering the Sedgemoor Area. My remit was to organise education and support for vulnerable and permanently excluded students across the area, linking in with PEVP (the Panel for Permanently Excluded and Vulnerable Pupils), Pupil Referral Units (PRU's), Children's Social Care and other alternative education providers across the County. Also my remit was to advocate and support young people and their families when they have been permanently excluded, implementing interim education and challenging schools on exclusions through GDC's (Governors' Disciplinary Meetings). Prior to being a Casework Officer, I worked as a Parent and Family Support Adviser ( PFSA) in the Mendip Area and was a Champion for the local authority working with Schools to enable and assist Support Staff around the County access to furthering their own qualifications, through training and skills days.