Oxford Spires Academy has the following Governors in post


Marianne Blake – Principal

Marianne has been teaching since 1999. Throughout her career she has been a Head of Year, Head of Design & Technology and Head of Art & Design, A senior leader of Pastoral and Student welfare and a Local Authority lead for STEM collaboration. Her most recent role before becoming our Principal at Oxford Spires Academy was as a Deputy for Achievement, Standards and Curriculum.Marianne presently lives in North Oxfordshire. In her “spare time” she is an avid supporter of both the Saints and Bath Rugby and a keen runner.


Chris Scrivener (Acting Chair of Governors)

Chris is an education consultant, and before retiring, worked as a School Improvement Leader with Oxfordshire County Council, with a specialist responsibility for working with leadership teams supporting school improvement. Chris is one of Oxford Spires Academy’s two Local Authority-appointed Governors. He has been associated with Oxford Spires, and its predecessor school, for a number of years. Chris spent many years in teaching and leading schools before joining Oxfordshire County Council as a school’s adviser. In addition, he is the Chair of a locally based charity which grew out of the school partnerships between Oxfordshire schools and schools in Uganda, and now spend much time in Uganda where he works with national and local groups on improving the quality of education. Chris Scrivener can be contacted on:


Nigel Molden (Vice Chair)

Nigel attended the City of Oxford High School between 1960-66 and was at Oxford School during its first year, 1966-7 following the COHS and Southfield merger. During that year he was a School Prefect and the Head of Trevelyan House. He later became Chairman and President of the Old Boys Society.Nigel holds an Honours degree in Sociology, a Masters degree in Management Studies and a PhD for research work in the long cycle of business activity. During the 1970s he was General Manager of Warner Music in the UK and founded his own company, Synergie Logistics/Magnum Music in 1980 which he continues to run to the present time. He was a Magistrate for 22 years, a Town and District Councillor and has held the position of Chairman of HM Courts Board for the Thames Valley. He is a Governor (and former Chair of Governors) at Claremont High School Academy in Harrow and has served as Governor at the Wycombe Royal Grammar School and Windmill Primary School. He has completed the Certificate of Higher Education, the Foundation Certificate in History and the Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies at Oxford University.


Barbara Watson (Parent Governor)

Barbara is a parent-appointed Governor and has lived in Oxford for 30 years, previously having been brought up and having worked in Edinburgh. She has two children at Oxford Spires Academy. Barbara lives very close to Oxford Spires Academy, and has seen the improvement in behaviour since the Academy was launched. She is particularly happy that Oxford Spires is setting high expectations for its students, and is keen to see everyone achieve their full potential. Barbara’s children are keen footballers, and she supports Hibernian and Kidlington Youth Football Club.

Barbara Watson


Siuli Kadir (CST Nominee)

Siuli has been a home-school community link worker for the past nine years and currently works for Oxford Spires Academy. She has served as a youth worker for the Bangladeshi community in the past and has also worked with various Asian women’s groups in the community.The mother of two beautiful children, Siuli is very involved with the community and at present is supporting an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class at Oxford Spires Academy for our students’ parents who have very limited English.



Colin Aldridge (Parent Governor)

Colin is a parent-appointed Governor. He is a father, husband, youth mentor and a practicing Buddhist. He won’t sit back and watch life from the sidelines. He will jump up, grab life by the horns and swing it around until it submits or at least sees things from his point of view (which is always right). One day these children in our care will be the ones to rule the world and take it over, invent things to make life better and cure diseases. Colin feels it is our duty to make sure children have strong foundations to build on, educationally, socially and emotionally. He thinks it is important we help children believe in themselves so the phrase “I can’t” is forgotten.


Lucia Nixon (CST Appointee)

Originally from Canada, Lucia has lived in Oxford for nearly 25 years. She has had a career in Higher Education in Canada and in the UK, with a long-standing interest in outreach and events for schools and teachers. Her academic subject is Archaeology, and she continues to publish on various aspects of Cretan and other landscapes. Her last post before ‘retirement’ was Senior Tutor and Tutor for Admissions in an Oxford college. Lucia has always enjoyed encouraging students to aspire, and finding ways to set them up for success, whatever they have chosen to do. She likes food, travelling, music, and the St Giles’ Fair.


Catherine Kneafsey (CST Appointee)

Catherine has lived in East Oxford for 30 years and is actively involved in local community activities and music. She originally trained as an English teacher and worked in London and Italy but came to Oxford as an educational publisher for Oxford University Press. In the last six years she has returned to teaching English at GCSE and A-level and also English as a Second Language (ESOL). She currently works as a variable hours teacher at the City of Oxford College of Further Education and also writes teaching materials for English as a Second Language. She is particularly interested in how research into the psychology of learning can suggest ways to improve outcomes for learners.


Fridolin Wild (CST Appointee)

Fridolin is local to Oxford, living with his partner Katerina and their three kids in the nappy valley of Cowley, close to the school. He is a Senior Research Fellow of the technical university of Oxford, Oxford Brookes, and Director of the Performance Augmentation Lab, which investigates, how wearable technology can be used to benefit society to learn, train, and work better. He graduated at the University of Regensburg, Germany, then joined the Vienna University of Economics and Business in Austria for five years, later the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University of the UK for seven, before opening his own lab at Brookes. He secretly paints, loves publishing, and plays piano with more enthusiasm then skill.


Iffraaz Khan (CST Appointee)

I moved to Oxford in 2013, living with my wife and four children in Headington. I hold a Masters in Linguistics from De Montfort University and is a Certified Security Trainer.
Having served in various sectors which includes Police, Civil Service and the Local Authority I am also a Professional Urdu Interpreter providing services to the Government & Private Sector.
As a Security Specialist who is passionate about Health, Safety & Risk Assessments I am keen to maintain quality standards and discipline within organisations. As a newly appointed Governor for OSA I am seeking to construct and enhance a communication relationship between parents, teachers and pupils as well as aiming to raise basic awareness to maintain the school standards.


Louise Brown (CST Appointee)

I have both business and educational experience. I set up and run a local commercial agency department in my previous role as a qualified Chartered Surveyor and I have been teaching for over 10 years, initially in the state sector where I trained. I am a linguist and have a love for all things French. I spent time teaching French and English to refugees in the ‘Calais Jungle’ and have and continue to play a small part in supporting several families who have been re-located to my local community. I am passionate about reading, I write fiction, and have had a couple of articles published in the Educational Press. I am extremely active on the environmental front both in and outside school. I run and am attempting my first Marathon this September where I am raising funds for the ‘Oxford Food Bank’ and ‘The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy’ that helps educate young people who are not ready to live independently, through Horsemanship.


Rowan Fisher (CST Appointee)

I have a large amount of experience undertaking primary and secondary research and data analysis to inform the development of student recruitment and widening participation strategies. I lead the monitoring and evaluation of the university outreach team’s activities. I am an elected member of the Academic Board at Oxford Brookes University (the chief Academic and Student Affairs committee). This is a role of responsibility and has given me insight into the strategy of a large and complex education institution. I believe this background in evaluation in education research would bring huge benefit to a governor position. I have worked in the Admissions team, coordinated university applications and led on a number of marketing campaigns at Oxford Brookes University. In my work I have account managed the relationship with over 50 schools and colleges across the country. I delivered bespoke sessions involving university, summer schools and subject specific workshops.


Acting Clerk to Governors – Sandra Jaggers


Schedule of Meetings for FGB 2019-2020

Date Room Time
25th September 2019 Library 4:30pm
13th November 2019 Library 4:30pm
15th January 2020 Library 4:30pm
13th May 2020 Library 4:30pm
1st July 2020 Library 4:30pm