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Academy Council



To contact the Clerk to Brook Academy Council, please telephone: 0117 456 6513 or email

The Chair of Brook Academy Council, Gus Grimshaw, can be contacted by email  or by telephoning 0117 456 6513

Brook Academy Council 

Chair : Gus Grimshaw

Executive Headteacher: Michelle Reysenn

Safeguarding Lead : Gus Grimshaw

Academy Councillor : Helen Bond

Academy Councillor : Nathan Roe 

Academy Councillor :  Vani Devi Kirshnan Unny

Teaching staff Rep : Vacant

Support Staff Rep: Andrew Charsley 

Parent Representative: Vacancy

Finance: Vacancy

Local Authority Representative : Nathan Roe 

Clerk: Elizabeth Jahn

Roles of the Academy Council 

Academy Councillor


Gus Grimshaw

Link Trustee
Chair of Academy Council
Link Councillor for Health & Safety
Link Councillor for Safeguarding

Helen Bond

Link Trustee
Link Councillor for Pupil Premium
Link Councillor for Special Educational Needs & Disability

Andrew Charsley

Support Staff Representative


Teaching Staff Representative

Nathan Roe

Link Councillor for Children in Care / Young Carers

Local Authority Representative 

Vani Devi Kirshnan Unny Academy Councillor 


Meet the Academy Council

Michelle Reysenn, Executive Headteacher, Learn@ MAT

Appointed by Learn@ MAT Board, Ex-Officio 

Michelle trained as an English teacher in 2001 at Oxford Brookes University, after completing a degree in English Literature at University College Worcester. She has worked in 3 schools previous to Notton House, both mainstream and special education, leading year groups as a pastoral head, and also, being a subject/ department leader. Michelle has experience as Advanced Skills Teacher and a Special Leader of Education,

Michelle has a Post Graduate Diploma in education from the University of Gloucestershire, and has completed a senior leadership qualification (NPQSL)


Gus Grimshaw

Chair, Brook Academy Council 

Appointed by the Learn@ MAT Board 01 June 2022 - 31 May 2025

Gus is retired and enjoying life back in the Cotswolds with his  wife and two dogs.  He is a very proud parent of two sons and grandfather to five grandchildren. A passionate follower of sport and his durability is illustrated by being a Bath Rugby season ticket holder for 50 years.  Gus became a Trustee of learn@MAT in 2018 after spending five very enlightening year “farming” and running a tourist business in North Devon.  

The majority of his working life was as a teacher and then Headteacher in schools in Bath, South Gloucestershire and Bristol.  During his 30 years of Headship experience he was fortunate to be part of a Building Schools for the Future scheme, a mini Education Action Zone, the BEON project (a scheme to introduce IT and the intranet into the classroom) and a School of Creativity!  Gus was also privileged to be seconded to work at the Local Authority on developing Federation and Trusts to encourage and promote partnership working and executive leadership across schools.  His school was one of the first in Britain to host a breakfast club, a forest school and a Children’s University (extended activities on a Saturday).  

Gus has the leadership experience of  being involved in four new builds and as a founding member of a free school.  Throughout his career Gus believed in parental engagement and partnership working  and the value of education in regenerating communities.

His passion for Learn@ MAT  is in its desire ensuring all young people are given the best opportunity to succeed in life.

Nathan Roe

Academy Councillor 

Appointed by the Learn@ MAT Board 20 June 2022 - 19 June 2025

My name is Nathan and I have lived in Gloucestershire since 2010. I trained as a teacher in the 1990s and taught in both special and mainstream schools (where I was a Special Needs Coordinator) in Southampton before working for number of different Local Authorities in the areas of SEND and Inclusion. I have been a governor on and off for a number of years in different types of schools and I am pleased to be part of the Academy Council at Brook Academy as I was involved, in my professional capacity as a Local Authority officer, from the very earliest staged in the establishment of the school. As a foster carer I have my own personal experience to draw on when it comes to appreciating and responding to the challenges faced by young people with additional and complex needs and their families and how, working together, we can all make a real difference for these exceptional young people. 

Helen Bond

Parent/Carer Representative

Appointed by the Learn@ MAT Board 20 June 2022 - 19 June 2025

Helen is mum to two boys and has lived experience of neurodivergence, including autism and ADHD.  She understands the world of Special Educational Needs first-hand.  Having spent years working in the oil industry and local authorities, Helen took a career break to raise her boys.  Once they were old enough Helen went back to education gaining a FdA in Therapeutic Counselling, a BSc in Applied Social Science and a Post graduate diploma in Psychology. 

Helen is currently the Co-ordinator of her local Parent Carer Forum and actively involved in working with families whose children have SEN or disabilities.   Helen has a particular interest in supporting families whose children are not currently in formal education.  Helen has been Chair of a small charity in the past and hopes to bring some of her experience from that role along with her interest in Special Educational Needs to the role of trustee. 

 At home she enjoys spending time with her family and her chocolate Labrador.  Helen likes to read, knit and spend time with friends.

Andrew Charsley

Support Staff Representative 

Elected by staff body -  21 October 2022 - 20 October 2025

Andrew (or Andy) is the Forest School Lead and a Learning Facilitator at Brook Academy with the  Respect Class (Year 8). Andy has previously worked at another SEN School in Cheltenham in a similar role, working predominantly with the Secondary Pupils; taking an interest in helping to teach students life skills alongside their classroom lessons.

Andy is pleased to be a part of the Academy Council as the Support Staff Representative, bringing the views of the support staff at Brook Academy to the council to help ensure the needs of both pupils and staff are met.

He is really looking forward to taking an active role in helping the community at Brook Academy grow and creating a school that supports and challenges our pupils as they prepare to join the wider community.

Vani Devi Kirshnan Unny

Appointed by the Learn@ MAT Board 31 March 2023 - 30 March 2026

Vani is a Project management professional with over 18 years of experience in organisational change, business & data analysis, process improvements, service management, risk and governance along with project,  programme and portfolio delivery.  She has recently moved to Cheltenham to be closer to her son's secondary school. 

From a volunteering perspective, Vani has extensive experience working with a homeless charity, in several roles as a home cook, hands-on work of distributing food to running their social media campaigns. Vani has also worked closely with her son's primary school in Bristol, to organise and run PTA events/school fetes, to support teachers with reading and trips. While in India, Vani was working for an educational charity to teach Maths and English to kids from a deprived area. 

Vani is keen to contribute to the community by supporting causes that matter. When she came across this opportunity to work with Brook Academy she felt it would utilise her professional experience to support the school.