Big Creative Academy Governance

Develop Talent   Transform Lives   Create Careers

With a vision to:  Be an outstanding education provider  |  Promote wellbeing for staff, students and the community  |  Bring industry into the classroom

Within a culture of:  Excellence  |  Support  |  Collaboration

To achieve:  Skills  |  Integrity  |  Networks


Big Creative Academy Governing Body

Governors have an important role in schools and academies, working alongside the Principal and senior leaders as vision setters and strategic decision makers. They are responsible for ensuring the best possible education for our learners and that the needs of the community are met.

The Department for Education set out three core functions of a governing body:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its learners, and the performance management of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and ensuring money is well spent

Governors have been working behind the scenes for the Academy over the last academic year and have influenced the Academy’s direction in many areas:

  • Governors monitor the Academy’s financial strategy, budget, income and expenditure via dedicated meetings and monthly management accounts. The financial position of the academy continues to improve with year-on-year improvements in reserves.
  • Governors monitor the quality of teaching and student experience at the Academy via an annual self-assessment report and ongoing quality improvement plan. Most students are progressing to their favoured destination with a high proportion progressing to Higher Education. Achievement rates are excellent, in most cases well ahead of the relevant national averages.
  • Governors have considered and laid out the principles for setting executive pay, including that of the Principal. Details are documented in the Academy’s Pay Policy.
  • Governors considered and approved a staffing restructure to create a new directorate for Careers, Research and Partnerships.
  • Governors have provided support for the Principal and senior team in assessing measures taken to comply with health and safety arrangements in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Governors have specifically approved the Academy’s risk assessment.
  • Governors have completed a self evaluation to ensure governance is effective.
  • Link governors for safeguarding, careers, wellbeing and whistleblowing have supported the Academy and reported back to the full governing body.
  • With the recent move to a new purpose-built facility substantial increases in student numbers governors have overseen the achievement of the vision for the first phase of the Academy’s development.

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mark Shaw, who can be contacted by email at and by telephone on 0208 498 3304.


Academy Governors

Chair of Governors

Appointed 31 May 2019

John Stone brings over 40 years experience in education to the governing body at Big Creative Academy. His career started in South London where he was appointed as a ‘Lecturer with an interest in Music’ charged with setting up a new course in Music Instrument Technology which is still in operation today. Since then he has held a variety of senior roles which include Principal of Ealing Hammersmith and West London College, before moving to be Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Network and latterly Principal of Treloars,  a residential school and college for young people with complex physical disabilities. Throughout his career John’s focus has been on improving the quality and range of educational opportunities for students. He is a strong believer in promoting technical innovation and the power of Education to support regeneration.

John is also Chair of the Learner Experience Committee and link governor for safeguarding, PREVENT, LAC and SEND.

Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Appointed 15 June 2018

Dev Daworaz is an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank and resident of Waltham Forest. His experience in both the public and private sector combined with skills and knowledge and qualifications enables him to tackle specific issues faced by schools such as finance/ budgeting and staffing/ HR. He believes in values such as integrity, innovation, discipline and partnership.

Dev is Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and link governor for whistleblowing.

Appointed 25 January 2018


Adam Taylor is a local champion for Big Creative Academy with networks across the creative arts sector in Waltham Forest. He is a Marketing Manager for John Lewis. He has a keen sense of the requirements of the industry and  joins up the work done by students with local businesses and volunteers.

Appointed 17 July 2013

Alexis started founded Dv8 Training Ltd in 1999, initially designing and teaching events management to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Waltham Forest. The approach of designing courses around industry practice and live briefs has become the blueprint what is now Big Creative Education. Alexis is Managing Director of Big Creative Training.

Alexis is the link governor for careers.

Academy Principal

Sacha Corcoran MBE is Principal of Big Creative Academy and also sits on the governing body. A single mum and homeless at 16, Sacha’s own success story is inspirational. She started as a PE teacher and has now been involved in education for more than 20 years. Sacha assisted in establishing BSix College and was Deputy Director for Learning at City and Islington College. She also had a three-year sabbatical at the Sector Skills Council developing the national Creative Apprenticeship project.

Sacha’s place on the governing body is an ex-officio post in accordance with the Academy’s Articles of Association. She is also the Accounting Officer for Big Creative Academy.

Appointed 18 February 2020

Finance professional with 15 years of experience across professional services, banking and social impact investing. As a Director within the Shawbrook financial sponsors business based in London James supports management teams of SMEs raise funding to support buyouts and acquisitions. As a fund manager at the Big Issue Invest, James worked with social enterprises seeking to raise funding to invest in new projects and assets to grow impact and build financial resilience.

Appointed 21 October 2020

Amani Simpson is an award-winning social entrepreneur, coach, activist and filmmaker. At the age of 21, he was stabbed 7 times after intervening in a robbery attempt. 

Since then he has dedicated his life to empowering young people through digital media, events and personal development under his social enterprise Aviard Inspires CIC. In January 2019, he produced a powerful, now award-winning short film called ‘AMANI’ about his life experiences starring Hollywood actor Joivan Wade (DC’s Doom Patrol, Shiro’s Story & The First Purge) which amassed 1 million views in just 4 days. It has now been viewed over 3 million times!

Amani is using his short film and story in schools, alternative provisions and events as a tool to transform the lives of young people across the country. He was named as the North London Ambassador for the Mayor of London’s ‘London Needs You Alive’ campaign and was shortlisted from 28,000 candidates as a positive role model at the 2019 National Diversity Awards.

Amani is a former BCE student and is the Academy’s link governor for wellbeing.


Big Creative Academy Trust Articles of Association
Big Creative Academy Funding Agreement
Register of Pecuniary Interests – January 2021
Big Creative Academy Accounts 2021-22
Big Creative Academy Ofsted Report, April 2017
Scheme of Delegation for Governance Functions
Scheme of Responsibility
Sub-Committee Terms of Reference
Governors Code of Conduct
Big Creative Academy Policies