We are proud of our team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to support us in achieving our goals. 

The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust as sponsor, is responsible for a number of schools and colleges, including Parkside Studio College.  As part of its remit, the Trust continues to drive up standards, being fully committed to the further development of its provision for its stakeholders.   The Parkside Studio College Local Advisory (Governing) Body (LAB) is therefore required to meet formally each term before reporting to the Academy Board as part of Governance Day, involving the Members and Directors. 

The LAB consists of community (co-opted) members, parents, guardians, carers and staff.  The skills sets, expertise and commitment of each individual are fundamental, as the LAB is critical to the work of Parkside Studio College and overall governance arrangements of the Trust.   Accordingly, the Parkside Studio College LAB is made up as follows:

Nicole Heard, Chair (Community) [Email:]

Stewart Duguid, Adviser

Nick Obie, Adviser

Ian O'Connor, Executive Principal

Karina Porter, Associate Principal

Karen Fletcher, Parent

Charmain Stanley, Parent (to be confirmed)


Thumbnail NHEARD web-1 Nicole Heard

Nicole Heard is well rehearsed with the work of the Local Advisory Body at Parkside Studio College.   With this in mind, she stepped into the role of Interim Chair to provide the necessary support whilst the new De Salis LAB is formed and roles embedded.  As a former teacher herself, she is working to ensure effective and impactful governance through her participation in the Teach First ‘Governor Impact Programme’ – the organisation with whom she is now Strategy Manager.  Through her business links and previous role as a Business Strategy Consultant at Accenture, a broad range of expertise is readily accessible to the Board. 

[12.11.13 to 12.11.18]  [No pecuniary interest declared]

Thumbnail SDUGUID web-1 Stewart Duguid [Adviser]

As an IT Manager at BP, Stewart Duguid has first-hand experience of financial reporting requirements and risk management; he is qualified in both Business Continuity Management and also auditing management systems to ISO standards. With strong organisational skills, he has been highly successful in running his own business and also a diverse career with a number of multi-national organisations.  Using his project management skills, he has demonstrated his ability to deliver complex projects to budget and on time.  His business acumen will certainly benefit the work of the LAB as will his wider interest in rugby, both as a qualified referee and Level 2 coaching experience at Wasps.

photo (3)Karen Fletcher [Parent}

Karen Fletcher expressed a keen interest in becoming a member of the LAB to offer support.  As a parent, she is passionate about every child having the opportunity to achieve highly, nurturing their imagination and creativity to succeed at College.  She also aspires to develop skills through governance arrangements and sees this as a unique opportunity to ensure every learner receives an outstanding learning experience.

[07.03.17 to 07.03.18]  [No pecuniary interest declared]

Thumbail NOBIE web-1 Nicholas Obie [Adviser]

As a former Principal, Nicholas Obie has high aspirations for the College.  Having been an Assistant Headteacher at a number of large mainstream secondary schools and a Headteacher of an Alternative Provision School, he is now working within the primary phase.  His commitment and dedication in channelling learners to realise their expectations is a main focus and through his inclusive outlook, he seeks to create positive life changing experiences and provide a well-rounded educational experience for those in his care.  As a former Director of a programme based in the USA aimed at helping children at risk, Nick is an inspirational practitioner.   

Thumbnail IOCONNOR web-1 Ian O'Connor

Ian O’Connor is passionate about standards and in his role as Executive Principal of the Secondary Phase, is ambitious for the students, recognising the importance of establishing a culture of excellence.  His MSc in Computer Science, together with his professional background and National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH) means that he is well placed to oversee the delivery of the ICT strategy and manage on-going and sustained improvement across The Rosedale Hewens Academy Trust.

[01.09.12 to 01.09.22]  [No pecuniary interest declared]

Thumbnail Karina Porter Karina Porter

Since joining the Science team in 2006, Karina Porter has worked in a number key posts, including Coordinator, Associate and Director of Teaching and Learning roles.  With Advanced Skills Teacher status, she has always championed her subject vigorously.  With a wealth of experience, she took up post as Vice Principal at Parkside in September 2016 before becoming Associate Principal; being well placed to lead and manage the Studio College, with the necessary drive and ambition to secure student outcomes. 

[01.09.16 to 01.09.21]  [No pecuniary interest declared]

Charmain Stanley 

As a parent of a student studying at Parkside, Charmain Stanley is keen to support the College to continue to grow from strength to strength.  With the necessary key skills, qualities and integrity, she will play an active part in the LAB.  


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