Our Staff

   Senior Management

Neil Hornby- Managing DirectorNeil

Neil has over 30 years’ experience of working in a variety of secondary educational establishments. Initially as a Geography teacher, and then Head of Humanities. Neil has a Master’s Degree in Special Educational Needs. He has experience of teaching and managing staff within a Community Special School. In 2007 Neil became the founder and manager at the Bridge.
As a Director Neil is responsible for fundraising, accounts and site development. Neil is also a trainer and an assessor. Neil is a coach for a variety of courses including construction, horticulture, mechanics and personal and social development.


IMG_5734Sue Hornby- Head teacher
Sue has been involved at the Bridge since the start. She has a background of working in marketing within an Educational establishment. Sue has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and other qualifications in Organic Horticulture and Quality Assurance Award. As headteacher she is responsible for Internal Quality Assurance,  health & safety, staff recruitment and development and safeguarding. Sue is also a trainer and an assessor. Sue also works as a coach in a variety of curriculum subjects.


View photo in messageKathleen BarclayDeputy Head teacher

Kath is responsible for arranging new schools and students. She sets up contracts and service level agreements with sending agencies. Kath is also involved in financial matters and marketing. She liaises with parent/carers and sending agencies and attends multi-agency meetings.



Richard LoveProgrammes Manager and Coach
Richard is the programmes manager responsible for producing individual timetables and data management. He is also a coach working with school groups and bespoke students. Richard coaches bespoke students in skills for working life and practical skills. Richard is also responsible for information technology.

Jackie Penfold – Pastoral Co-ordinator

Jackie supports the students on a day to day basis.




DSCF2088[1]Lynn Robinson- Functional Skills Tutor

Lynn is our lead tutor for Maths and English working one to one or with small groups of bespoke students.




Chris BannisterIMG_5715

Chris works full-time as a coach for school groups completing construction courses. He also coaches bespoke students in a variety of activities, such as construction, woodwork, animal care, cookery and employability. Chris takes students off site for work experience to gain valuable construction skills on real building jobs.



 Clare Stanton IMG_5714

Clare works as a full time coach working with bespoke students and school groups.




Lisa Hodson

Lisa is a full time coach responsible for looking after the animals and teaching the animal care City and Guides qualification.



Sarah Vaughan

Sarah is a full-time coach working with bespoke students primarily teaching Functional Skills

Hayley Clayton

Hayley  is a full-time coach working with bespoke students primarily teaching Functional Skills

Kerry O Brien

Kerry works full-time as a coach with bespoke students working often mentoring one to one or with small groups of students.

Holly Till

Holly is a full time coach and responsible for delivering art and craft.

Richie Allen

Richie is the environmental coach, working outside with small groups of students.

Babs Hynes

Babs is a full-time coach who is responsible for physical education.


Additional Roles

Judith Baker – Exams Officer2015-12-09 14.25.10

Judi is responsible for work relating to the students obtaining qualifications and assisting with financial matters. Judi also teaches music lessons.




Diane Hancock – Administrator2015-12-09 14.25.34

Diane is  the administrator responsible for record keeping of staff and student records and overseeing day to day procedures. She is the volunteers coordinator and clerk of governors.



Tara Spaul- Receptionist/ admin

Tara works as the receptionist at the Bridge Training and Development Hanley site.

The Bridge is an approved City and Guilds Centre.
Bridge Training & Development is a registered charity No 1122536