Big Creative Academy Governance

Big Creative Academy Governing Body

Chair of Governors

Appointed 31 May 2019

John Stone brings over 40 years experience in education to the governing body at Big Creative Academy. 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.

John is also Chair of the Learner Experience Committee and link governor for safeguarding and SEND.

Chair of Finance and General Purposes Committee

Appointed 15 June 2018

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.

Dev is Chair of the Finance and General Purposes Committee and link governor for whistleblowing.

Appointed 23 November 2019

Chris Preddie OBE is a international speaker, mentor, creative writer, and spokesman. He is CEO of Make Dreams Reality, an organisation facilitating mentoring and workshops for young people. He runs programmes around the UK helping people believe in themselves and their dreams.

In 2012 he received an OBE for his outstanding contribution to youth work.

Chris is our link governor for wellbeing.

25 January 2018

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.

Appointed 17 July 2013

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.

Alexis is the link governor for careers.

Academy Principal

Sacha Corcoran MBE 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.

Sacha’s place on the governing body is an ex-officio post in accordance with the Academy’s Articles of Association. She is also the Accounting Officer for Big Creative Academy.

Appointed 18 February 2020

Finance professional with 15 years of experience across professional services, banking and social impact investing. As a Director within the Shawbrook financial sponsors business based in London James supports management teams of SMEs raise funding to support buyouts and acquisitions. As a fund manager at the Big Issue Invest, James worked with social enterprises seeking to raise funding to invest in new projects and assets to grow impact and build financial resilience.

Statutory Documents

Big Creative Academy Trust Articles of Association
Big Creative Academy Funding Agreement
Register of Pecuniary Interests – October 2019
Big Creative Academy Accounts, August 2019
Big Creative Academy Ofsted Report, April 2017
Big Creative Academy Policies
Scheme of Delegation for Governance Functions - January 2020Sub-Committee Terms of Reference - January 2020

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Big Creative Academy, please reach out to Victoria Spence, Clerk to the Governing Body who can be contacted by email on and by telephone on 0208 498 3304.