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Meet the Hub Team

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. 

Caroline Clark

Technology & Fundraising
(Entrepreneurship & Innovation Facilitator)

Caroline is an experienced leader, social entrepreneur, and advocate for people and culture. With a background in engineering and a PhD in Ultrasonic Signal Processing, she co-founded KETS Quantum Security, a University of Bristol spin-out. Caroline's expertise extends to science and engineering, team building, business operations, and strategic planning.

Passionate about empowering young people through design and innovation, Caroline also runs Zebera - an organisation dedicated to empowering young people through design and innovation. This is achieved through design thinking workshops, design sprints and challenge based learning. The ultimate goal for Zebera is to create an open innovation and idea sharing platform to enable organisations and young people to come together to tackle real world problems.

Actively involved in the Bristol startup community as mentor and advisor, Caroline also serves as a board member for Bristol Autism Support and Science Creates Outreach.

Caroline is a parent of two teens, one preparing for University in 2023, one home educated.

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Fabienne Vailes

Research & Wellbeing
(Culture & Languages Facilitator)

Fabienne is first of all a mother of two teenage boys aged 15 and 13, one of whom is home educated and attending School of Humanities whilst the other chose to attend his local secondary school.

She is author of 'The Flourishing Student' (in its second edition) aimed at teachers and tutors and co-author of 'How to Grow a Grown Up' written for parents. Podcaster and Founder of Flourishing Education, she is currently exploring and researching (PhD Candidate) how individuals, communities and the planet flourish together; one imperfectly perfect conversation at a time.

Finally, she is an educator with 26 years experience teaching and facilitating language learning (French, Spanish and English as a Foreign Language) across all levels. She has taught in nurseries, primary and secondary state schools, an independent school as well as in FE colleges, two universities and in adult education settings.

This has given her great insights and understanding of what it means to be a lifelong, lifewide, lifedeep learner and what the key barriers are.

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Jo Sweetland

Partnerships & Programmes
(Hub Manager, Creative Facilitator)

Jo is married to Jez, they have three teenagers and have lived in Bristol since 2013. The vision for the Hub was a seed that was planted in 2018 and grows out of a learning community that Jo has run with Matt in her home. Partnering with Caroline and Fabienne is enabling this seed to grow, establish roots, and be planted in the city.

Jo was an occupational therapist for twenty years, specialising in helping people with neurological conditions regain their independence. During this time, she completed her PhD developing an innovative vocational rehabilitation service. 

It was while serving as a Governor at her children's school, Jo started questioning whether the education system allowed children and teachers to flourish.  In 2017 she deregistered her children from school. Jo stepped into the well established Bristol home ed community, and in her home started a co-learning 'Dojo' with Matt.

In 2021, with Matt, Juliet and Sian, Streams Education was founded, a growing online community of home educators.  Throughout her home ed journey Jo has explored opportunities to bring a progressive school to Bristol; where opening an actual school has been impossible, the learning has been rich, Jo has connected with innovators, thought leaders, and edupreneurs around the world learning from their wisdom and exploring what education could look like when done 'differently'. Collaborations, partnerships, and the network have grown - all this learning interweaving into the vision for the Hub.

Jo is passionate about community and collaboration, and this passion is at the heart of the Hub.

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Matt Harris

Learning Guide 
(Social Media Lead)

Matt is a home-educating dad to his two teenage daughters. His wife, Nic, is Chaplain for Housing working at Bristol Cathedral and in partnership with the Housing Festival in Bristol and the Diocese of Bristol.

Graduating from university with a degree in Sports Studies, Matt enjoyed numerous different roles including working at an outdoor pursuit centre and facilitating corporate team building events. He completed his PGDip in Youth Work and Community Development and has worked in different youth work roles within various settings including schools and churches.

Since moving to Bristol in 2018, Matt has worked alongside Jo facilitating learning in the home education "Dojo" that ran, as well as growing Streams Education (an online community of home educators). Matt’s passion is to see young people live to their full potential and “be all they can be”. His strengths are his adaptability, empathy, positivity, love of learning and ability to help people develop.

When Matt isn’t home educating, you’ll find him trying to keep fit, cooking, listening to a podcast, or working out how to get Wilson and Robin, the family dogs, to behave.

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