Board Chair


Dr. Marie-Annick Gournet


Director at MAG Consulting UK

Marie-Annick has a track record of successfully developing both staff and students in HE. Since 2013, she successfully led the Learning for All Hub and managed all the fellowship schemes including (NTF, UKPSF and LTFS) at University of the West of England. Her areas of expertise include program development and innovative approaches to delivering learning; student and staff participation and engagement; policy and strategy on inclusive learning, teaching and assessment.

In July 2017 she became the director of MAG Consulting UK, which offers a range of consultancy services, from education and pedagogy to diversity, inclusion and intercultural communication.


Board Treasurer



Abdi Mohamed

Director at the Bristol Cable

Abdi has been the Director of the Bristol Cable since March 2016. He is also the Company Secretaty and Director at Ashley Community Housing, and Project Manager at Bristol Somali Media Group. Absi is an active member of the Bristol Somali diaspora with an interest in International Development. 


Marti Burges

Since 1999, Marti has practised as a lawyer advising SMEs on corporate and commercial law. Her particular areas of specialism are company and business sales and purchases as well as providing companies with all the commercial contracts they need to run their businesses. She joined Gregg Latchams in August 2012 and is the Head of Bristol Corporate SME which is part of the Company-Commercial team.

She is a trustee of the Bristol Music Trust which has been set up with two aims. The first is to manage all aspects of the operations and programming of Colston Hall, Bristol's flagship concert hall. The second aim is to drive forward music across the city with the aim of creating a world-class music scene in Bristol.

Marti is also a trustee of the Queen Square Association and the Company Secretary for Bristol Food Network which organises Bristol Food Connections.

Cllr. Afzal Shah

Bristol City Council

Afzal is a Labour councillor representing the Easton ward.