Meet Our Members
Christopher worked in secondary education for over thirty years. He was first appointed to a senior leadership position of Deputy Head teacher in 1988 and then became Head teacher of Ashton Park School, Bristol in 1995. Christopher retired after 16 years of service to Ashton Park School in 2011. During this time he led the formation of the South West Bristol Co-Operative Trust, comprising of Ashton Park, Luckwell, South Street/Compass Point and Ashton Vale schools.
He spent a further three years from 2011 to 2014 working as a consultant for the Co-Operative College helping over twenty schools in the South West of England convert to Co-Operative Trust Schools.
In his working life Christopher has been a Chair of Governors for a primary school, a member of the Secondary Head teachers
Association National Council and Chair of Bristol Secondary Head teachers group.
Christopher is keen to use his expertise to continue supporting school leadership and the education and development of young people across different phases and provision.
Vivien Champeney has worked in primary education for over 38 years in both London and Bristol. She gained her first headship in 1995 where she successfully amalgamated two three form schools which shared a site.
She moved to Bristol in 2001 and became Head of a small 5 class primary school which grew to 7 classes under her headship. Whilst Head, the school also became part of the South West Bristol Co-Operative Learning Trust and Vivien took a lead role liaising with Co-operative Trusts locally and across the Country.
She retired in August 2017 and now brings her expertise on curriculum and pastoral care to the Trust.
Donald is a Director in an advisory firm specialized in capital markets, risk management, digitization and change management working for global banks, regulators, professional services consultancies and multi-nationals corporations. Donald does extensive research on the 4th industrial revolution, analysing trends in skills requirements in 2025 and beyond, and economic/political risks of rising social and income inequality. He is judge, adviser, investor in the fintech ecosystem.
Donald was a two-term trustee for the International School (700 students; 65 nations; aged 5 to 18 with numerous urban owned and rented real estate assets).
In change management, Donald developed governance and advisory skills with the Foundation for Fund Governance, Washington and the steering committee in industry consortium Professional Risk Management Intl Association, CISI, ACIFMA.
After years with Citigroup in US, UK, EMEA, Asiapac, he specialized in currencies/derivatives for sovereign wealth funds. He led a team at BAML with oversight of European capital markets, derivatives and currencies, followed by a stint with Deutsche bank. The foundation of his skills were formed as an Army officer as platoon lead and as a banker with client asset oversight.
Cara been Director / CEO of a number of charitable organisations: Flowerfield Arts Centre (Portstewart), Queens Hall Arts Centre (Hexham), Watershed Media Centre (Bristol), Voluntary Action North Somerset (Weston-super-Mare).
She has extensive experience of being a Chair of Trustees: e.g. Student Housing Association- 5 years (Northern Ireland), Show of Strength Theatre Company -4 years (Bristol).
She have also been a board member of a number of charitable organisations: e.g. Big Telly Theatre Company (Northern Ireland), SS Great Britain (Bristol), Curzon Cinema (Clevedon)
Schools do so much more then teach facts to young people, they have the privilege and challenge to help give a young person the tools they will need to become a healthy and rounded adult. She is keen to use her skills to support the development of the Gatehouse Green Learning Trust.
Michael is MD Senior Managing Director and Partner/shareholder at the London office of Harbert European Fund Advisors Ltd and is registered with the UK Financial Conduct Authority.
Prior to joining HMC in 2004 he held a variety of senior management roles in Europe and the Middle East, including 20 years with Citigroup, with positions in New York, Bahrain, London, Zurich and Geneva, returning to the UK in 2005.
Michael also undertakes a number of charitable roles including MAT trusteeship.