Governing Body

Global Academy’s Governing Body consists of dedicated and experienced governors from the creative broadcast and media industry – who bring a wealth of expertise and experience to support and challenge the school. They’re committed to working in close partnership with the Principal, staff, parents and students in developing a successful school that prepares students for a career in the Creative Media Industry.

Their main duties are to:

  • Set and review the school’s budget and development plans
  • Set the strategic direction, policies and objectives of Global Academy
  • Monitor and review the curriculum, behaviour, and safeguarding outcomes for the students;
  • Be a critical friend to challenge and support the Principal


Below are the key documents and information relating to the governance of Global Academy.

Articles of Association

Funding Agreement

Members and Trustees

Governor Meeting Attendance 2020 – 2021

Global Academy UTC Trustees

How the Governing Body works

Emma Bradley - Chair of Govenors

Chair of Governors
Director of Global Goodness, Global

Emma has been on the Board of Global Academy since 2016, formerly as Safeguarding Governor and member of Teaching & Learning Committee, and now as Chair of Governors. She currently works at Global where she runs the in-house charity, Global’s Make Some Noise, which supports projects supporting disadvantaged people across the UK.

Prior to Global she worked in marketing at the BBC, and before that she held various marketing roles in the travel industry.

She is also a Trustee of YHA (Youth Hostel Association) which provides opportunities for young people to broaden their horizons.

Will Harding

Development Governor

Will has over 25 year’s experience in the media and creative industries.

He was Chief Strategy Officer at Global Media & Entertainment ( from 2006 to 2020, responsible for strategic development and M&A as well as regulatory and public affairs. He served as a Director on the main Board of Global from 2009. During this time at Global he was responsible for setting up the Global Academy and was Chair of Governors from the opening of the Academy in 2016 until 2020.

Prior to Global, Will was Commercial & Operations Director of Sky’s interactive division, was one of the team responsible for launching Ask Jeeves in the UK, and worked in international TV and online at BBC Worldwide. He started his career as a management consultant with KPMG.

Will is a Trustee and Director of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust which supports University Technical Colleges including the Global Academy.

Zey Suka-Bill

Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee
Dean of Screen, London College of Communication

Zey Suka-Bill is the Dean of Screen at London College of Communication, with responsibility for leading undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Film, Television, Animation, Games Design and Sound Arts. In addition to her role as Dean of Screen, Zey is the College lead for wellbeing of staff and students, be responsible for Health and Safety, and jointly Chair the Health and Safety Committee alongside the Director of College Administration.

After gaining a BA in Photographic Arts and Criminology from Westminster University, Zey worked as a medical illustrator within the public sector before becoming a full-time educator.

Zey is a qualified teacher with over 25 years’ experience of teaching, leadership and management in both Further and Higher Education, and has taught and developed visual art modules across a variety of degree disciplines in several London based Higher Education institutions. She holds a Masters in Research (MREs) from the University of London and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Julie Coombes

Link Governor for Recruitment and Marketing
Director of Internal and External Relations, London College of Communication, UAL

Julie Coombes is the Director of Internal and External Relations for UAL’s London College of Communication (LCC), a pioneering global leader in creative communications education. Since 2013, Julie has provided strategic leadership and direction for the College on a wide internal and external relations remit aimed at engaging core audiences, raising the profile of the College, and enhancing reputation.

Her team develop and deliver a diverse range of programmes, initiatives and activities including marketing for student recruitment, internal and external communications, media relations, brand management, events and exhibitions, digital content, and graduate support and engagement.

Julie has over 20 years experience of in marketing and communications across the Higher Education, charity and public sectors.

Sobia Shamim

Chair of the Finance, Audit and Premises Committee
Finance Director, Global

Sobia is a qualified accountant with over 25 years experience in commercial finance roles in blue chip, FMCG and tech environments. She currently works at Global Media and Entertainment where she is Finance Director, Group and Outdoor.

Prior to Global, Sobia was VP of Finance at Shutterstock and headed up their London office. Sobia also worked as European FD at Revlon International and in a variety of finance roles at Cadbury Trebor Bassett and British Airways.

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