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Our Governors

Sue Northend – Chair of Governors

Member of the Finance, Administration & Estates Committee. Lead Governor for: Arts, Diversity and Inclusion

Sue is Director of HR for REAch2 Multi Academy Trust, the largest primary-only academy trust in the country overseeing 60 academies across England and responsible for the education of over 25,000 children. She meets regularly with headteachers to develop leadership skills and with national unions to promote good employment practice.

In her previous role Sue was Chief HR Officer, Europe for Assurant Solutions Europe, a Fortune 500 insurance company regulated by the PRA and FCA.

As Chair of Governors, Sue works with Mrs Robinson to promote and maintain high standards of educational achievement and to ensure that the governing body sets a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction for the school.  

Sue has a Masters in HR from Oxford Brookes and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from York University. Her first degree was French with Spanish at Leeds University. When she is not working, Sue enjoys the cinema, holidays and dining with friends.

Delyth Lynch – Vice Chair of Governors 

Committees: Education & Welfare (Chair). Lead Governor for: Outdoor Education

Delyth is a Deputy Head at Wellington College, leading in the areas of Safeguarding and Mental Health. She has been on the Senior Leadership Team for 12 years following a long career in boarding as Director of Extra-Curricular activities and Housemistress at two schools.

Passionate about reducing the stigma around mental health, Delyth is an advanced coach and mediator and speaks nationally about wellbeing, mental health and safeguarding young people. Her innovative approach has seen her win several national awards including the BSA award for research and the TES Boarding Initiative of the Year. She has previously been a counselor for Childline and a Broadmoor visitor.

She currently leads the Bracknell Forest Independent Schools Safeguarding cluster group and in her spare time enjoys long distance running and swimming and is a Mum to a very active toddler!

Kevin Gordon

Chair of the Marketing Committee. Member of the Education & Welfare Committee. Lead Governor for: SEN and Sustainability

Kevin is an independent advisor, most recently advising Xynteo Ltd on the leadership aspects of the delivery of energy-related projects. He has been Executive Director, Research & Strategic Consulting in a private equity company, managing $10 million of clients’ portfolios in e-commerce/telecommunications sectors.

Before this, he was CEO of a $4-million advanced materials business within BP.  His other BP roles included: supporting four oil companies under one ‘virtual’ management umbrella in a $12-million R&D programme. As BP’s R&D Commercial Manager, he led, or participated in, re-structuring, IP management, merging tax and legal teams and accelerating joint ventures.

Prior to this, he had roles in project appraisal and research & development.

Simon Crew

Chair of the Finance, Administration & Estates Committee. Member of the Marketing Committee. Lead Governor for: Staff and staff wellbeing

Simon has worked in Financial Services for the past 20 years in a variety of strategic and leadership roles and is currently a National Sales Leader at Mercer Marsh Benefits (part of the global Marsh & McLennan Companies), providing insurance, risk management and benefits solutions to businesses across the UK. For the past 3 years, Simon has been helping to shape and implement consultancy solutions to schools across the independent sector.

Simon is the current Chair of the Finance & Estates Committee, working with the school leadership and Chair of Governors to provide strategic guidance and governance relating to the development and maintenance of the school site and its financial sustainability.

He has a degree from Aberystwyth University in International Politics and a master’s in Global Politics & Economics from Birkbeck University. Simon has twin 4-year-old daughters and is an avid follower of Bath Rugby.

 

Clare Lynas

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee. Lead Governor for: EYFS

After an English degree from St Andrews and a primary PGCE, Clare undertook a couple of prep school teaching roles: at Arnold House and St Christopher’s in north London, as well as working in an LEA primary school.

Outside of education, Clare spent a few years as Youth Theatre Director and Assistant Director at Chichester Festival Theatre.  Following a secondary PGCE she taught English and Drama at Douai Abbey and then led those departments at Winchester House in Brackley, with a Deputy Headship at Thorngrove School and finally Headship at Rupert House in Henley for 7 years.

At various points, Clare enjoyed studying for an M.A. in Child Development and the NPQH (headship qualification) as well as ongoing safeguarding, compliance and ISI inspector training.  When she is not working, she enjoys outdoor sports of all sorts with her 3 sons, especially walking, skiing and running.

Stephanie Rose

Member of the Finance, Administration & Estates Committee. Member of the Marketing Committee. Lead Governor for: GDPR

Stephanie is a Partner and Joint Head of Wills and Inheritance at Clifton Ingram. She specialises in wills, probate and estate planning. She is a former Board of Director of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) and is still the Regional Co-ordinator of the Berkshire branch. Stephanie is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the Law Society Private Client Section. She qualified as a solicitor in 2001. She has a degree BA in Combined Studies with a Law Major from DeMontfort Leicester and completed her Legal Practice Course at DeMontfort Law School.

Railton Blyth

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee. Lead Governor for: Safeguarding

Railton is a Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral Lead) at St Crispin’s School as well as the Designated Safeguarding Lead for The Circle Trust.  He is also a PiXL (Partners in Excellence) associate and has served on the management committee of a local Pupil Referral Unit, chaired the Fair Access Panel and the Secondary Behaviour Leads group and chaired the Wokingham Primary/Secondary liaison group.

A Historian by training, Railton now runs a bespoke course at St Crispins who have barriers to learning and is a trained Forest School Leader.  In 2017 Railton was recognised for his contribution to working with children by being named as Building for the Future’s Teacher of the Year 2017.

Outside of school, Railton enjoys indoor climbing, reading and tending to his garden allotment and chickens and spending time with his two young children.

 

Liam Clarke

Member of the Education & Welfare Committee. Lead Governor for: EYFS

Liam has nearly 20 years of experience in the education sector and has taught across many areas of the curriculum. He is currently Head of Upper Prep at Kingswood House School in Epsom. He is passionate about providing a nurturing environment to allow children of all abilities to flourish.

Liam is a University tutor for the University of Buckingham on their iPGCE and he loves being able to visit so many different schools and work closely with trainee teachers at the start of their career journey.

Liam is a keen sportsman as well as supporting his children in their varied interests.  He has two children and three stepchildren that bring considerable joy to his life.

Trevor Marriott

Member of the Marketing Committee. Lead Governor for: Digital Strategy

After graduating with a Physics and Electronics degree Trevor worked as a Design Engineer at Racal Electronics plc and qualified as a Chartered Electrical Engineer before moving into a number of senior sales management positions at Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Vodafone and Apple. In his last position, Trevor managed the sales team responsible for the Public Sector and Apple’s largest corporate customers across the UK and Ireland.

As a young man, Trevor represented Great Britain in Karate at two World Championships and one Commonwealth Championship eventually achieving the rank of third dan.  Both of Trevor’s sons are former pupils of Holme Grange School.