Studio School Academy Council

Rob Gillman – Chair of Studio School Council
Health and Safety Link

I am delighted to have the opportunity to Chair the Digitech Academy Council and to be involved in such an exciting, innovative and creative education programme that is so attuned to the changing patterns of employment and opportunity in the world in which we live.

By way of background, I have previously had a near 30 year career in financial services, specialising in risk management. I have also been involved for the last 5 years in another CLF Academy where I worked as a volunteer supporting GCSE Maths and also served on the Academy Council including as Chair for 18 months.

Russell Gallon
Sponsor Appointee

Having previously been a governor at the Grange School for several years I am pleased to join the Digitech Studio School Council.

In my day job I am a senior manager at AIRBUS and also a non-executive director of WEAF, the regional trade association for aerospace companies in the South West of England.  I am passionate about the South West and Bristol and through my associate with WEAF I am amazed at the number of highly skilled and diverse jobs that are available within the region.  Our challenge is to give students the visibility of their career opportunities and then inspire and enable them to take advantage of these.  I am looking forward to supporting the school in meeting this challenge and ensuring the school is a great place where staff and students enjoy attending.

Lindsay Curry

Sponsor Councillor

Antony Merritt
Sponsor Appointee

Strategic Economic Development Manager – South Gloucestershire Council

I am an economic development professional with a 30 year career in both the private and public sector.  My current role at South Gloucestershire Council involves managing a team to create and maintain the optimum conditions for business to thrive.  This includes maintaining relationships with key companies and sectors in the area, supporting small and medium size businesses to start up and grow and to promote the area to potential investors.

Partnership working is crucial to my role and I work closely with many colleagues from across the West of England on a range of boards, committees and steering groups.

Before joining the Council, I was a founding Director of Digeo.  A media consultancy company, Digeo implemented managed media solutions across the UK, Europe and the USA.

I began my career at the BBC after studying at the University of the West of England. Whilst at the BBC, I developed a platform for exploring how the organisation would need to change to meet the challenge of the internet as a mainstream consumer media platform


Sponsor Councillor

Isabel Tobias

Local Authority Rep

As a teacher of many years, I bring extensive professional experience of working with young people and understanding their developmental, academic and mental health needs.

As a Headteacher of 19 years I also bring a deep understanding of the pressures on teachers and headteachers and commitment to providing the best possible educational experience to students. I have active experience of the scrutiny and compliance needed in all areas of education, and of HR processes in making appointments and managing staff at all levels. I bring experience of strategic planning and management and of implementing change, and overing seeing many new capital projects.

At Digitech I am the SEND link councillor.

Debbie Boucher

Parent Councillor

Lee Bradford

Parent Councillor


Support Staff Councillor

Leila Henry-Thorne

Staff Councillor

Megan Ferguson

Student Advocate

Lis Jolley
Academy Principal

I studied music at Cardiff University, I then trained as a music teacher at Goldsmith’s University London. I moved into school leadership about ten years ago and have worked in four Cabot Learning Federation schools. I am passionate about education and the role it plays in improving life chances and opportunities for young people.

Digitech Studio School Bristol
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Sponsor Appointments  
Sponsor 1 1 Rob Gillman Chair
Sponsor 2 2 Maths subject link


Sponsor 3 3 Isobel Tobias SEND
Sponsor 4 4 Lindsay Curry Safeguarding
Sponsor 5 5 Russ Gallon Employability & Careers
CLF Exec Principal 6 Dan Nicholls Executive Director of Education
Academy Principal 7 Lis Jolley Principal
Local Authority Rep 8 Anthony Merritt Educational Outcomes
Elected Councillors  
Parent 1 9 Ms Debbie Boucher Wellbeing
Parent 2 10 Mr Lee Bradford
Teacher 11 Megan Ferguson

Leila Henry-Thorne

Support Staff 12 VACANCY