John Stone, Chair of Governors
John Stone joined the Board as Chair of the Big Creative Academy in May 2019 bringing over 40 years experience in education. His career started in South London where he was appointed as a ‘Lecturer with an interest in Music’ charged with setting up a new course in Music Instrument Technology which is still in operation today. Since then he has held a variety of senior roles which include Principal of Ealing Hammersmith and West London College, before moving to be Chief Executive of the Learning and Skills Network and latterly Principal of Treloars, a residential school and college for young people with complex physical disabilities. Throughout his career John’s focus has been on improving the quality and range of educational opportunities for students. He is a strong believer in promoting technical innovation and the power of Education to support regeneration.
Raguraman Srinivasan, Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee
Raguraman Srinivisan is Director of Financial Fluency with the Radisson Edwardian Hotel Group. He leads the finance function of the company with over 2000 employees and £167 million turnover and has an active involvement in the development of group strategy, including acquisitions, business development and IT infrastructure.
Dev Daworaz is an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank and resident of Waltham Forest. His experience in both the public and private sector combined with skills and knowledge and qualifications enables him to tackle specific issues faced by schools such as finance/ budgeting and staffing/ HR. He believes in values such as integrity, innovation, discipline and partnership.
Adam Taylor is a local champion for Big Creative Academy with networks across the creative arts sector in Waltham Forest. He is a Marketing Manager for John Lewis. He has a keen sense of the requirements of the industry and joins up the work done by students with local businesses and volunteers.
Alexis started founded Dv8 Training Ltd in 1999, initially designing and teaching events management to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Waltham Forest. The approach of designing courses around industry practice and live briefs has become the blueprint what is now Big Creative Education. Alexis is Managing Director of Big Creative Training.
Sacha Corcoran MBE
Sacha Corcoran is Principal of Big Creative Academy and also sits on the governing body. A single mum and homeless at 16, Sacha’s own success story is inspirational. She started as a PE teacher and has now been involved in education for more than 20 years. Sacha assisted in establishing BSix College and was Deputy Director for Learning at City and Islington College. She also had a three-year sabbatical at the Sector Skills Council developing the national Creative Apprenticeship project.