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:


Siuli Kadir (Governor)

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.



Lucia Nixon (Governor)

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 (Governor)

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 (Governor)

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 (Governor)

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 (Governor)

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 (Governor)

I work as a Policy Researcher for Universities UK and am interested in how education policy develops and is implemented. Universities UK is an organisation that seeks to influence policy conditions for UK universities to maximise their positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Prior to this I worked for Oxford Brookes University as a Widening Participation Evaluation Officer, in this role I undertook research and data analysis to inform the development of student recruitment and widening participation strategies. I have also worked directly with schools and colleges, developed a portfolio of outreach interventions, worked in a university admissions team and coordinated a student marketing campaign.


Thomas James (Governor)

Following a brief career as a neuroscientist and lecturer at London University, I have spent most of my working life in a number of secondary schools. After running the Biology Department and then Housemaster, I spent the last 19 years as Sub-Warden at St Edward’s School, Oxford. During this time, I was also an inspector of schools, focussing on school improvement, pastoral care, safeguarding and compliance. Now retired from teaching, I sits on several school governing bodies and am a trustee of a charity that supports a young peoples’ club in London. I live locally in Marsh Baldon, where I act as Clerk to the Parish Council as well as Development Support Officer for Radley Parish Council.


Schedule of Meetings for FGB 2020-2021 – PROVISIONAL

Date Room Time
1st October 2020 – This meeting replaces the provisional date of 30th September Library 4:30pm
11th November 2020 Library 4:30pm
3rd February 2021 Library 4:30pm
12th May 2021 Library 4:30pm
14th July 2021 Library 4:30pm