Vanessa Bragg - Chair
Vanessa is CEO of the Aspire Academy Trust which has 29 primary schools in Cornwall. Vanessa has over 30 years of experience in primary education in schools in Cornwall, including fifteen years of executive leadership responsibilities. During this time Vanessa led schools to outstanding and moved schools from an Ofsted category to good. Vanessa has wide experience in running small rural schools in Cornwall and has extensive experience of being a governor and governance.
On a personal note, Vanessa is a founder of an African children’s charity. She runs a large children's centre, focusing on providing education and healthcare for children affected by HIV, and grassroots projects for women and girls in the Mombasa slum areas of Kenya.
Vanessa is passionate about education and upholds the values of integrity and fairness. She believes all children deserve a chance to shine and is delighted to be able to support Whitstone Primary School and its community.