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Advisory Board

As we develop and grow into our vision we recognise we need and want to have accountability, wisdom and guidance. 

We have chosen  four  advisory board members, as the Hub community grows we will be looking to have two youth members join us. 

Professor Penny Hay 

Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries 

Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning and Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, School of Education Bath Spa University

Director of Research, House of Imagination

Professor Penny Hay is an artist, educator and researcher. She is Professor of Imagination at the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries, Reader in Creative Teaching and Learning, Bath Spa University and for many years the Director of Research, House of Imagination  a role she recently stepped down from. Signature projects include School Without Walls and Forest of Imagination. Penny’s doctoral research focused on children’s learning identity as artists.

Penny is the strand leader for Creative Pedagogy in the Policy, Pedagogy and Practice Research Centre, Associate Director of TRACE at Bath Spa University and co-chair of the eARTh research group focusing on education, arts and the environment. She is co-investigator on an Erasmus+ project Interstice in Europe researching the space between art, children and educators.

Penny is also a visiting Lecturer at Arts University Plymouth, National Teaching Fellow and Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching, with awards from Action for Children’s Arts and Creative Bath.

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Dr Chris Bagley 

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Director of Research at States of Mind
Lecturer, tutor and doctorate research superv
isor at The Institute of Education, University College London

Co-Director of Square Pegs CIC

Chris is a teacher, psychologist and writer. As a practitioner, Chris has spent many years working with the most marginalised young people and families and in particular, those subject to school exclusion, social marginalisation and the youth justice system.

As Director of Research at States of Mind and in collaboration with UCL, Chris co-delivers 'participatory action research' projects, led by young people and supported by doctorate researchers with a focus on evaluating the impact of schooling and co-producing better ways of conceiving and actioning education. Chris was recently appointed as the new Director of Research, House of Imagination . 


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Dr Abide Zenenga

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Headteacher at Riverside Education,


Dr Abide Zenenga is an experienced educationalist with over 25 years of working with young people with autism (14-19). Before, coming to the UK, he taught in various schools in Zimbabwe, pioneering a project to include deaf children in mainstream secondary education.

As a father to a child with autism, Dr, Zenenga has strong interest in advancing the educational opportunities of young people with SEN. In 2005 he gained a Masters of Education in Special Education Needs at the University of Birmingham. He then went on to manage a special education provision for young people whilst simultaneously completing a PhD at the University of Northampton focusing on the engagement of fathers in the education of their sons. Inspired by the findings of his PhD, Dr Zenenga founded Riverside Education in 2015 with the help of his friends, a local businessman and the University of Northampton.


Riverside Education is now one of the fastest growing providers of alternative specialist education in and around Birmingham. Since 2015, the school has grown from forty to one hundred students on three sites with plans for a fourth one. Riverside Education is currently rated by Ofsted as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas.

Dr Zenenga has written a few published academic papers and is currently working on research to explore how students with autism coped with the Covid 19 pandemic.  

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Jane Yorke - Apprenticeship Development Manager, Western Training Provider Network

Youth Member ~ to be appointed

Youth Member ~ to be appointed

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