Our Academy Ambassadors are made up of people who share a great passion for our academy.

Led by a chairperson, Academy Ambassadors meet once per term, and will have at least two parent ambassadors elected to the group. They work closely with headteachers, regional and national staff as well as our trustees, and focus on the four Cs of Communication, Celebration, Complaints and Community.

AAG Charter

Please note that the board of trustees is the governing body for E-ACT and all E-ACT academies. The Academy Ambassadors are an advisory body only.

Attendance of trustees at meetings is published on the trust website within E-ACT’s annual report which also contains information on the structure and responsibilities of the board and its committees.

Other important documents that can be found on the trust website include:

  • Trustees’ business and financial interests
  • Articles of Association
  • Master Funding Agreement and Supplemental Agreements
  • E-ACT’s Scheme of Delegation which shows all delegated authorities from the board of trustees
  • E-ACT’s detailed governance overview, showing how we continue to meet all our statutory and regulatory requirements under our regionalised governance model

All of these documents can be found by clicking here.

Our Academy Ambassadors

Hareclive E-ACT Academy has two parent academy ambassadors – Michelle Pople and Katie Riches. Katie is the chair of the group and we also have Mike Shipway and Steffan Probert (community engagement officer for Hartcliffe) as community Ambassadors.

You can meet Michelle and Katie either in the playground or at one of their regular coffee mornings which will be posted on our Facebook site. If you’d like to meet with them privately please contact the academy office to make an appointment.

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Katie Riches – Parent Ambassador and Chair

Hi my name is Katie Riches. I was born in Portsmouth but have had the luxury of living in many places around England and Germany, as a forces child. We moved to Bristol three years ago. I have completed the Princes Trust and two of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards schemes working on different community and fundraising projects. This, in conjunction with my working life, which has included hospitality roles in Hotels, Financial Accounting and payroll, working within homeless hostels, outreach work and Dementia care. This has enabled me to travel, explore and experience a wide variety of cultures and communities and provided me with transferable skills with a view of seeing things with an open mind. I have two daughters. My eldest attended Hareclive for years 5 and 6 obtaining one of the first E-Act value awards for Doing the Right Thing​ in Year 6 for her fundraising and raising awareness of homelessness around Bristol. My youngest has been at Hareclive for years 2,3,4 and 5 and is set on saving animals and conservation. So far she has sponsored dogs that cannot be homed and even adopted a Polar Bear this year with her birthday money. I have been a Parent Ambassador for 2 years now developing relationships with Staff and Parents. I believe that kindness, compassion and honesty can prevail and make Hareclive a positive and fulfilling basis for our children by working together.


Michelle Pople – Parent Ambassador


I am Mum to 2 girls studying at Hareclive Academy in year 6 and year 1. I have always been a local resident of Hartcliffe and attended Hareclive myself. Professionally, I have worked in the financial industry for the past 16 years and my current role is Service Delivery Manager within a global company. I have experienced many changes over the years at Hareclive and I am proud of the progress the school is currently making. I am very excited to be an Academy Ambassador and I am looking forward to celebrating progress and success, helping build links with the community whilst communicating with other parents and pupils.


Steffan Probert – Community Ambassador

I’m Steff, I moved to Hartcliffe 5 years ago from Swansea. I love living in the area. I am a community worker. Part of what I am trying to do is organise free sport opportunities for children and young people. I love the idea of local people giving up their time to invest in our young people by supervising them playing sport. Get involved if you are interested! Our children are the future so any time given to them is priceless.

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