We have a governing body which is responsible for ensuring we meet our statutory requirements and provide a high-quality service for all of our families.

Jackie McGregor – Headteacher

I have been working in the North of Bristol for over 6 years and previously spent much of my 30 years teaching in South Bristol and North Somerset. I have always felt very passionate about Early Years education and the enormously important role that parents and families have.

I have two daughters of my own and now have a grandson, with whom I adore to share my love of the outdoors and walking and cycling.

I understand the importance of listening to children and parents and endeavour to give everyone the opportunity to have a voice within our diverse community. I am always happy to discuss anything with parents/carers and welcome comments from you.

David Jepson – Chair of Governors

I am David Jepson and I am the chair of governors here at the school. My professional background is working in economic development consultancy,  but I have also long been involved in community issues. Before moving to Bristol, I was a City Councillor in Birmingham for several years. I think that Children’s Centers have gone an excellent job in recent years and we need to make sure they continue to do so. I am currently Chair of the Resources and Well-being Sub Committee, which deals with people and with money – both vital to success!

Sue Smith – Clerk


I have been the Clerk to the Governors at FANSCC since January 2010 and have a little experience with children, having 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

Part of the clerk’s role is to liaise with the Bristol Governors Service, the Head, the Chair and the Governors. Besides providing the usual administrative support before, during and after full governing body meetings, I gather information about legal and procedural matters for the governing body when requested.

I really enjoy playing a small part at FANSCC and working alongside the Head and Governors who work so hard for the school and community.

Lynne James – Community

Anna Mooney-Community

Danielle Larner-Community

Margaret Cecil-Parent

I became a school governor when my grandson attended Filton Avenue Nursery as I felt it was important to get involved, and may be an influence in the future of the school.

Gemma Heffernan-Parent

Mo Clifford – Staff


I have previously worked for a telecoms company and building society.  So, when joining our team in 2003, it was a very different working environment for me.  I love being able to see the children each day and having the opportunity of working with professionals from different backgrounds.

I have a camper van and like to relax on summer weekends with my husband and/or family – usually by the sea.  I have two grown up children and four grandchildren.  I like travel, theatre, reading, enjoying sport and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Woodfield – Staff


Hello my name is Sarah Woodfield and I am a staff governor, working as the assistant head of the nursery school. I have been at the centre for over 7 years, having previously worked in a large primary school in both Reception class and nursery. I am passionate about provision for young children at school – their enjoyment, safety and hopefully inspiring them in their learning for the future.

I love walking my chocolate Labrador in woods, horse riding and shopping! I live in Henbury with my husband and have 2 daughters with whom we regularly share our love of food and cooking! I am very proud to work in such an inspiring place as Filton Avenue with outstanding facilities for young children and look forward to continually reflecting on all aspects of the centre to ensure we all deliver the best practice for our children.

Our setting is funded by Bristol City Council. Part of the governors’ role is to ensure that we make best use of the annual budget.

The governors are all volunteers who are committed to our work and have knowledge and expertise to share with us.

They are our ‘critical friends’ because they spend time with us and know us well.

They meet as a whole group six times a year. They also have sub-committees which oversee all aspects of our provision.

To find out more about our governing body and how you might get involved, please speak with one of our parent governors. Alternatively read the Governors’ Annual Report to Parents 2013