Our Patrons

Students at South Quay College are placed in one of three different houses: 

The house names are reflective of key skills identified through the CBI Framework for Employability Skills and were chosen in collaboration with the students. We are grateful to have three House Patrons who embody these characteristics and help raise levels of aspiration.

Mark Lloyd, Celebrity Chef & Entrepreneur

Ambition Patron

Mark is a chef, CEO, entrepreneur, wild food expert, author, presenter and food waste warrior. Renowned for his British wild food knowledge and true farm to fork ethos, he honed his skills in top establishments both in the UK and Europe. These skills saw him head up the first River Cottage Canteen.

Mark has a passion for shooting, fishing and foraging, and has also reared his own livestock, set up chemical free kitchen gardens, poly tunnels and even a heritage orchard. An experienced chef and presenter, Mark works closely with Love Food, Hate Waste to promote healthy, budget-friendly meals, as well as working with young people to promote life skills, mentoring and cooking skills through his School Diners project.


Andy Ansah, Entrepreneur

Tenacity Patron

Andy is a former professional footballer who set up his own company, Sports on Screen, known globally as the number one consultancy for sports related films, commercials, and TV programmes. Andy has been contracted to work on projects worldwide and was the first choice for Goal, the multi-million pound football trilogy. Andy has worked with some of the best-known names in football including Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Pele.

He has also been involved with some of the world’s best award-winning sporting action commercials, notably the "Nike: Write your future" campaign that rewarded him and the creative team with the Grand Prix at the Cannes International Film Festival. Andy was a nominated counsellor at the One Young World 2011 Summit alongside Desmond Tutu, Sir Bob Geldof, and Jamie Oliver. Andy is also a Trustee of UK Resettlement, a social enterprise working to inspire vulnerable young people and adult ex-offenders.


Octavia Goredema MBE, Entrepreneur

Zest Patron

Octavia is an award winning social entrepreneur and the founder of Twenty Ten Talent and Twenty Ten Club. She was awarded an MBE in 2012 in recognition of her services to support women in business. A Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Octavia is passionate about enabling others and currently serves as a Board Trustee of the Zimbabwe Educational Trust.

Originally from Birmingham, Octavia started her career in London working in public relations before moving to Los Angeles. Octavia was responsible for delivering PR and marketing campaigns for leading brands in the United Kingdom and the United States. Previous clients included Xbox, Courvoisier, PlayStation, Nissan, O2, Snickers and Top Shop. In 2005 Octavia was awarded the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Professional Diploma from London Metropolitan University.

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