Find out more about the Trustees and Ambassador who set the strategic direction of Bristol City Community Trust.
Chairman of Bristol City Community Trust
Mike Lea is the Managing Partner of the Smith and Williamson Bristol office with overall responsibility for around 170 staff and strategic direction across the South West and beyond. He is also lead partner of Business Tax Services within the Bristol office, being responsible for corporate tax, PAYE and VAT work. Key areas of expertise include corporate and international tax and his client base covers a wide range of industries including financial services, aerospace, facilities management, construction and media sectors.
Mike is a member of a number of professional bodies and committees, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). Mike qualified as a chartered accountant in 1987 and worked for nine years in the corporate tax department of KPMG before joining Smith & Williamson in 1996.
Notably active in the local community, Mike is a trustee of a number of charities across the South West, covering areas as diverse as education, theatre, religion, care homes, youth clubs, drugs treatment and sports.
Dave Baker is CEO and Executive Headteacher of The Olympus Academy Trust which is currently responsible for Abbeywood Community School, Bradley Stoke Community School, Charborough Road Primary School and Meadowbrook Primary School in South Gloucestershire. Dave was the first headteacher of Bradley Stoke Community School which opened in September 2005 and grew a year group at a time until the oldest students completed year 13 in 2012. The school has a primary phase on site from September 2015.
Dave was asked by the local authority and both schools’ governing bodies to take on interim responsibility for Abbeywood Community School in October 2011. Abbeywood became an academy on 1st January 2013, sponsored by The Olympus Academy Trust. This has provided an enormous opportunity for both schools to embed partnership working for students, staff, governors and directors with improved outcomes for students and benefits for the local community. Abbeywood is now oversubscribed on entry and was judged to be a “good” school in every respect when Ofsted inspected in October 2014.
Charborough Road and Meadowbrook Primary Schools joined The Olympus Academy Trust in January 2015.
Dave has taught in and around Bristol since 1987. He is passionate about improving the life chances of young people and broadening their horizons. He believes strongly in collaborative approaches to teaching, learning and leadership and wants to help nurture the leaders of tomorrow. He wants the schools he works with to support and work with their local communities. Dave contributes to local, regional and national leadership training programmes for various organisations; he chairs the 14-19 Concorde Partnership, is an accredited Local Leader of Education and is a member of the Headteacher Board for the South-West of England.
Dave has been following Bristol City FC since January 1990 through good times and bad! He has been actively involved in promoting BCFC through each school community he has been involved with and was instrumental in securing the current partnership arrangements between BCFC academies, Abbeywood Community School and South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
As a lifelong City fan, Jon started supporting the club as a six year old and has been watching the team from the terraces ever since. Jon graduated from Southampton University in 2005 with a degree in Economics and Management before joining the UK’s leading financial services and investment management company, Hargreaves Lansdown. Jon then moved to Bristol City in 2009 before becoming an Executive Director at the club in June 2011, responsible for all new major projects.
John has been in finance all his life with a respectable 30 years in banking and now 14 years as a Financial Adviser. John has actively supported City for over 30 years and has been Honorary Secretary of City Foundation for the last 20 years. John is also a Senior Red, sits on the Fans Forum and is a Debenture member of the Premier Club.
Brian grew up on Bedminster Down and has been involved in Primary Education in South Bristol for over 30 years, being a head teacher of a Hartcliffe Primary School for 14 of them. He has seen at first hand the power of Bristol City Community Trust coaches working with disadvantaged children and the motivation provided by the Bristol City Study Centre in encouraging children to learn. He is excited about how Bristol City Community Trust can change children’s aspirations and improve their futures.