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- Headteacher
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.


Kathleen Barclay– Business Manager

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.

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Jackie Penfold- Pastoral Manager

Jackie is a coach and responsible for the pastoral support to students on a daily basis.

Richard LoveProgrammes Manager
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.






DSCF2088[1]Lynn Robinson- Functional Skills Tutor

Lynn is our 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. Chris is also responsible for site maintenance.



Lisa O’Kane 2016-01-14 13.55.10

Lisa is a coach who works as a sessional worker.



 Clare Stanton IMG_5714

Clare is responsible for providing animal care, skills for working life and horticulture courses with school groups. She also coaches bespoke students in animal care courses and personal and social development.



Sarah Vaughan

Sarah is a full-time coach working with bespoke students. She coaches bespoke students in skills for working life and English.

Hayley Clayton

Hayley works Monday to Friday as a coach working with bespoke students.

Kerry O Brien

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

Additional Roles

Judith Baker – Exams Officer2015-12-09 14.25.10

Judi is responsible for work related to students obtaining qualifications and assisting with financial matters.




Diane Hancock – Centre Administrator2015-12-09 14.25.34

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



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