Our Academy Ambassador Group is made up of people who share a great passion for our academy.

Led by a chairperson, AAGs meet once per term, and will have at least two parent ambassadors elected to the group. They work closely with headteachers, regional and national staff as well as our trustees, and focus on the four Cs of Communication, Celebration, Complaints and Community.

AAG Charter

Please note that the board of trustees is the governing body for E-ACT and all E-ACT academies. The AAG is an advisory body only.

Attendance of trustees at meetings is published on the trust website within E-ACT’s annual report which also contains information on the structure and responsibilities of the board and its committees.

Other important documents that can be found on the trust website include:

  • Trustees’ business and financial interests
  • Articles of Association
  • Master Funding Agreement and Supplemental Agreements
  • E-ACT’s Scheme of Delegation which shows all delegated authorities from the board of trustees
  • E-ACT’s detailed governance overview, showing how we continue to meet all our statutory and regulatory requirements under our regionalised governance model

All of these documents can be found by clicking here.

Our AAG members are:

  • Jon Arthur Headteacher
  • Tanja Engelbrecht Community Ambassador
  • John Stratford Community Ambassador
  • Brian Snary Community Ambassador
  • Liz Radford Community Ambassador
  • Rachel Evans Parent Ambassador
  • Aleisha Foreman Parent Ambassador
  • Cathy Kerfoot Parent Ambassador and Chair

Ambassadors can be contacted at: aag.stursulas@e-act.org.uk

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Cathy Kerfoot

I am a mum of two girls, one in reception and one in Year 3 at St Ursula’s (in 2019/20). In my day job, I work in research funding, managing strategy and policy, and I have worked in the past on teaching quality in higher education so try to bring that perspective to the AAG role. I have been Chair of the Ambassador’s group for the last 2 years. It provides a fantastic opportunity to work with other parents, community members and the school’s leadership team, to help St Ursula’s to grow and develop to its full potential.

Tanja Engelbrecht

I am a mum of two children and moved to the UK over 12 years ago. I am a Construction Engineer and Site Manager and have over 6 years’ experience as a school governor. Currently I am working as a Project Manager in the Marketing sector. As an Academy Ambassador of St Ursula’s, I am confident giving the school important support on several subjects to a high standard, to achieve the best for all students at St Ursula’s.

John Stratford

I first came to Bristol in 1969 to undertake a Business Studies Course. Following the successful completion of this, I spent my entire working life in the Aerospace Industry. In the latter years, I specialised in Risk Management at Airbus, working in Filton, Toulouse and Hamburg, until my retirement late in 2014. I lived in Clifton for over 30 years, before moving to Henleaze. I have been very impressed with the obvious community spirit within Henleaze, to which I believe that the St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy can and should make a valuable contribution. I believe that with the first-class new school buildings and its continually improving performance, the future for St Ursula’s E-ACT Academy can only be very positive. Having recently retired, I have the time and willingness to provide whatever support I can as an Academy Ambassador.

Brian Snary

I am a local resident and am very pleased to be an Academy Ambassador for St Ursula’s. I recently retired, having worked in education in various capacities including teaching, lecturing and administrating, mainly in Bristol. I was also responsible for music education for Avon. For the past 20 years, I have been examining music students around the world, but have now decided to undertake my final tour in China this autumn. I am looking forward to helping St. Ursula’s move to the next stage of its development, building on its strengths. The exciting move to the new building will bring a renewed focus, and I hope to be part of the academic and pastoral development of the young people in the area. The school is thriving, has a well organised and experienced staff, moves to a delightful new building, and I am pleased to be able to add my experiences and interests to the future work of St. Ursula’s E-ACT Academy.

Liz Radford

I am a Henleaze resident and also one of the Bristol City Councillors for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze Ward. With three school-age children, I was very concerned about secondary school education in our area and became one of the founding members of Parents Voice, which went on to set up the Bristol Free School. I come from a finance background and work part-time as a Finance Manager for an online oncology news and e-learning provider. I also run the Henleaze & Westbury Park Youth Group on a voluntary basis. I feel passionately that every child should be given the best opportunities to reach their potential and I am delighted to be able to get involved at St Ursula’s as an Ambassador.

Rachel Evans

I am one of the Parent Ambassadors on the AAG. I have a great interest in the Academy as a local resident, a previous pupil of St Ursula’s, and now parent to a current pupil at the School. Professionally I am a Chartered Management Accountant working for the University of Bristol, supporting the Faculty of Science. I hope my many years of experience working at a large Higher Education institution will allow me to contribute to many areas of the School.  As a current parent I am able to give feedback and help the School continue to develop. I am very pleased to be an Academy Ambassador and I look forward to continuing to work with the School to support its activities and promote its achievements.

Aleisha Foreman


My eldest son is currently in year one, and my youngest is set to start reception in 2020. I am communications manager for Southmead Hospital Charity where I manage the marketing and communications. Prior to that I was a news journalist working for newspapers and a national news agency before joining the NHS. I also help out on the team at a local playgroup and I am also a trained mother supporter for the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. I am proud to be a part of the St Ursula’s AAG at such an exciting time for the school, and I hope to use my professional and parental experience to help the school’s bright future become even brighter.

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