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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.

Sue can be contacted at:

[email protected]
Chair of Governors
Holme Grange School
Heathlands Road
RG40 3AL




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!

Richard Sims

Member of the Finance, Administration & Estates Committee

After taking degrees in History at Aberdeen University and Downing College Cambridge, Richard qualified as a solicitor and worked in both private practice and the charity sector, before being appointed General Counsel of St John Ambulance, advising on commercial law, data protection, commercial property and Health and Safety. He is currently Company Secretary and Legal Counsel at an international animal welfare charity. 

Richard has sat on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organisations, and is currently a Trustee of the Douai Foundation, an educational charity, and a Director of the Eco Attractions Group, a collaborative alliance of ecological visitor attractions including the Eden Project.  

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.


Railton Blyth

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

Railton is the Director of Safeguarding for The Circle Trust as well as Senior Deputy Headteacher at St Crispin’s School. He was previously a PiXL (Partners in Excellence) associate, managed and chaired the local Designated Safeguarding leads network and Secondary Behaviour Leads group as well as chairing the Wokingham Primary/Secondary liaison group. He is currently a Trustee for a local charity that seeks to support young people in navigating their teenage years.

A Historian by training, Railton’s passion lays in Inclusion and Outdoor Education. He is a qualified Forest School leader and he has created bespoke courses to ensure our young people are able to connect with nature and embrace risk away from screens. In 2017, Railton’s work was recognised for his contribution to working with children with Special Educational Needs by being named as Building for the Future’s Teacher of the Year 2017.

Outside of school, Railton’s life is dedicated to his wife and two children (as well as Sooty the dog) as he seeks adventure to create special memories for them. Being a boy from Kent originally, Railton is at one with the sea and as a family, they have a deep love of North Cornwall and the RNLI.

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.

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.

Tosin Bakare

Tosin is a security cleared Project Management Consultant who has worked in the digital industry for close to 7years as a full-time contractor. Tosin is an AMBA certified MBA holder in International Management and has a BSc degree in Pharmacy (but not practising). 

Formally a parent of Holme Grange School with children now at Kings College University in London studying Electronic Engineering and the other, a Sports scholar who played with London Irish Academy and now an Ealing Trailfinders, is currently studying at The Henley College in Oxfordshire.

Tosin is looking forward to working as a Governor to promote and hold up the school ethos and princples.