Meet the Governance

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 set, 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:

Marie Ashley, Chair (Email:

Karina Porter, Principal

Sarah Driscoll, Chief Officer - Standards

Heidi Faure, Chief Officer - Operations

Debra Smith, Community

Gareth Pyle, Parent

Mario Flanagan, Community


Marie Ashley

Having more than 10 years’ previous experience as a governor, Marie Ashley has an excellent understanding of education with experience of ensuring children’s needs are met.  With children attending College, she is passionate about learning and being part of supporting children in their journey through the LAB.  With a background in Environmental Health and a senior manager with human resources experience, there can be no doubt that Marie is very well placed to be an extremely effective member of the group. 

Karina Porter

Since joining the Science team in 2006, Karina Porter has worked in a number key posts at the campus, including Coordinator, Associate and Director of Teaching and Learning roles.  Having gained Advanced Skills Teacher status, she continued to champion her subject vigorously.  With a wealth of experience, she became Vice Principal at Parkside in 2016, before becoming Associate Principal.  She is well placed to lead and manage the Studio College, with the necessary drive and ambition to secure student outcomes.

Sarah Driscoll

Sarah Driscoll has vast experience in educational leadership in both the primary and secondary phase, as well as Studio Colleges and UTCs.  Starting her career as an English teacher, Sarah has worked in various leadership positions previously, as Principal, School Adviser and School Inspector. She is passionate about maximising opportunities within The Trust for cross-collaborative working and ensuring all children are supported to reach their potential from the moment they arrive in Nursery through to Post 16.  Indeed, as Chief Officer – Standards, she is committed to ensuring that all stakeholders are well placed to maximise their potential.

Heidi Faure

Heidi Faure is an accomplished leader with a proven track record of success. As a former Mathematics Teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Management, Heidi moved into the role of Vice Principal, before becoming College Principal in January 2013; and Executive Principal in February 2018 with responsibility for the secondary phase.  She remains accountable for the College provision. As Chief Officer – Operations, she continues to be an advocate of clear targets and monitoring of progress.  She continually strives to secure fantastic outcomes for all learners. As a former governor of a local primary school, she has an absolute understanding of the needs of the community and is resolute that all children should fulfil their potential.

Debra Smith

Debra Smith has been associated with The Trust in various capacities since September 2008. Her experience together with an MA in Integrated Provision for Children and Families, makes her well placed to discharge her role as Director of Early Years and Family Services.  With day nursery management experience and strategic lead at a local primary school where she set up stand-alone, self-financing pre-school provision, Debbie has been active in the local community, championing the cause of families bringing up children in challenging circumstances.  As governor, she continues to be a great advocate for high quality Early Years provision. 

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Gareth Pyle

As a parent associated with Parkside Studio College, Gareth Pyle has expressed his intention to support the College by being an active member of the LAB.  He is keen to ensure that learners flourish as the College continues to grow from strength to strength.

Mario Flanagan

Mario Flanagan has worked within the Hyatt Hotels Corporation for more than 12 years, and has a wealth of operational and management experience.  His career began in South Africa, where he held leading operational positions and undertook various special projects before moving to London in 2010 to take up post as Hotel Manager at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill.  As General Manager at Hyatt Regency Birmingham, he led the refurbishment and repositioning of the hotel in an increasingly competitive market, before becoming the General Manager of Andaz London Liverpool Street.  Andaz celebrates local culture and the unique spirit of the neighbourhood in which it is based, allowing guests to live like a local in the four walls of the hotel. Mario shares this strong sense of community and diversity, and aims to impart a customer focused mind-set to life whilst implementing strategy that continues to build on ethos and core values.  



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