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Committee members

Members of The Priory Academy LSST's LGB come from a wide variety of different backgrounds. Below you will find a short biography of each of our thirteen Governors. Please click on the following link for details of appointments and attendance:

Governing Body Details and Attendance 2017-18

Mr J Weir (Chair)

John is a qualified engineer with more than 20 years’ practical experience in learning and development with the armed forces and in the energy sector.

After leaving RAF Waddington in 2003 as an aircrew instructor, John joined a power sector training company as a high voltage instructor and then became the head of training. In 2007 he led the formation of the E.ON Engineering Academy, responsible for the delivery of training to more than 6,000 delegates and 450 apprentices in four UK training centres. During his time in E.ON, John was fortunate enough to be inspected by Ofsted and to gain an insight into what it takes to meet the government standards for organisations drawing public funding for education.

In 2012 John joined Centrica as the Head of Technical Training and subsequently in 2015 became the Global Learning and Development Director responsible for ensuring the capability and competence of engineers, traders, technicians and apprentices across the oil, gas and power generation sectors. In 2017 John joined the University of Hull as the Talent & Pipeline and Business Engagement Lead in Offshore Wind collaborating with business, academia, research and local government organisations.

Outside of work, John has been a coach and chairman for his village junior football club. He is also a trustee for an engineering training association charity that manages 300 apprentices in the Humber region.

John, who joined The Priory’s LGB in 2013, says he has a passion for developing people to the best of their abilities and to support those responsible for discovering and nurturing talent. John became Chair of the LGB in September 2016.

Dr D Knowles
David was born in Nairobi, Kenya, where his father was seconded to the Colonial Office.  He went to school in Manchester, then University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, to read Geography before being awarded a PhD from Lancaster University.  He has lived in the Lincoln area for the past 30 years, and joined the first governing body of The Priory LSST in 1992. He has been a governor since then, an unbroken run of 24 years.  He and his wife have two children, both past pupils of The Priory Academy LSST. 

David served as Chair of the LGB from December 2012 to August 2016, having served on a full range of committees in his long association with the school governors. He now continues as a LGB member with responsibility for Health and Safety.

David works for ADAS, a large environmental consultancy, managing compliance and risk management; he is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. In his leisure time he enjoys salmon fishing and hill walking.

Mrs S Ashcroft

Sue is a veterinary surgeon who has owned a veterinary practice in North Hykeham for over 20 years. Originally a single vet practice, the business now employs 30 staff members including 7 vets and 10 registered veterinary nurses.

Sue is a keen advocate for continuing professional development. The practice is an approved training centre for veterinary nurses and offers placements for veterinary students and veterinary nursing degree students as well as apprenticeships to kennel and grooming assistants. A number of LSST students have come for work experience over the years.

Sue was a parent governor at a local primary school for four years, a role both stimulating and rewarding. During her time there, she was involved in the appointment of a new head teacher and worked closely with the school’s SENDCo. 

She has two daughters; her eldest has just finished her first year at the University of Cambridge after completing seven years at LSST. Her younger daughter is also at the school and has just taken her GCSEs and will enter the sixth form in September. Sue would like to credit the school for giving her daughters academic success, friends for life and the confidence to meet challenges in life. 

Sue is a very proud to be taking up a position on the school’s Local Governing Body. She hopes her experience of running a business, working in the local community, her previous role as a governor and, most importantly, being a parent at the school for the last eight years will enable her to contribute to the ongoing success of The Priory Academy LSST and all its staff and students.

Mr G Johns (Vice Chair)

Glynn is a Commander in the Royal Navy in a career that has so far spanned 30 years.  Currently serving as the Royal Navy Liaison Officer at RAF Waddington, a role that brought him and his family to Lincoln in 2010, he is a qualified aircrew instructor and more recently worked on the delivery of the new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier that will become operational later this decade.

Despite the nomadic military lifestyle, Glynn’s permanent home is now Bracebridge Heath where his two children (sons) have undergone the whole of their secondary education at LSST.  Beyond spending many an hour supporting his children at kick boxing, ten-pin bowling and on the side-lines of numerous football pitches throughout the county, the family have always been avid travellers, exploring all corners of the globe when time permits.  Attracted to the outdoors, skiing is also a family passion. 

This is Glynn’s second stint in a governor role, having ‘cut his teeth’ in the primary school that his sons attended in Cornwall.  His interest in education is borne out of the fact that he was ‘likely to have become a biology teacher’, had he not joined the Navy.  

Mrs T Holmes

Tina is a qualified HR professional, and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development.  Tina's career has focussed on Human Resources, operating at Board level for the last 10 years, both within the public and private sectors. 

In 2007 Tina joined a Lincoln based construction company as HR Director, and took up the role of Head of Human Resources in 2014 for a National manufacturing company employing circa 1,000 employees across the country.  Tina has responsibility for setting and delivering the HR, Learning & Development, and Health & Safety strategies for the business, and has a passion for Management Development.

Although born in Lincoln, Tina only returned to the City in 2004 with her husband Trevor, following the birth of their daughter, who now attends LSST.  Tina and her family reside in Bracebridge Heath, having moved to the area to reduce the school commute.  

Tina says she has a natural vested interest in young people's development, who will become our workforce of the future.

Mr C Miller

Craig is an RAF aviator and officer with a background in instructional duties within HM Forces.

Deeply passionate about both education and youth outcomes, Craig has a history of volunteering within the educational sector. As a volunteer for the Young Enterprise Charity, he delivered educational packages within schools, focusing young minds on the practical world of business. Furthermore, he served as a governor for All Saints C of E School in North Hykeham for 4 years, where he chaired the Resources Committee.

Whilst serving as a governor at  All Saints C of E School, Craig was elected Parent Governor Representative to Lincolnshire County Council, where he had full voting rights and provided oversight of the decision making process via the Children’s & Young Peoples Scrutiny Committee. He was further elected to Lincolnshire Schools Forum, which oversees the high level educational budget for Lincolnshire.

A lover of the outdoors, Craig is a volunteer for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, which is run through the Priory Academies.

Craig is married to Angela with 3 children, the youngest of which, Joseph, is a pupil in Year 8 of LSST.

Mrs P Wood

Paula is a retired Police Chief Superintendent, born and educated in Northumberland she move to Lincolnshire in 1986 to join Lincolnshire Police retiring at the end of 2016.

During her career Paula carried out numerous roles in Uniform and CID including child and adult safeguarding. She also has vast experience working in partnership with both public and voluntary services including a secondment to Lincolnshire County Council as an Assistant Director for Community Safety.

At the conclusion of her Police career Paula was the Area Commander for the East and latterly the West of the County, responsible for the leadership and delivery of policing services across both command areas.

Paula is married and has 2 daughters aged 15 and 17 who are pupils at LSST. In her spare time she enjoys teaching swimming and is a member of the Lincoln Concert Orchestra.

Paula is looking forward to supporting the Chairman and the Senior Leadership Team in her role on the LGB.  She is committed to adding value to the LGB, applying her professional skills and parental perspective to the role whilst also ensuring she understands the demands and challenges for the school, staff and pupils.

Mr T Kavanagh

Tony Kavanagh is currently Director of Human Resources (HR) for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS FT (a mental health and learning disability trust) and has been in post for 2 ½ years and spent most of his 23 years in HR working within the NHS.

Tony is a graduate of history and politics from the University of Huddersfield, holds a post-graduate diploma in personnel and has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for 10 years.

In 2015, Tony was awarded a Masters in Employment Law with distinction from De Montfort University.  Tony has previously been a parent governor for 5 years for a local primary school and has lived in Lincoln for 20 years. He is married with two children, one of whom attends LSST.

Ms V Townshend

Victoria is a senior manager within the NHS with 15 years’ experience in general and operational management; including commercial enterprise, hospital services and leading change programmes across the healthcare system.

Originating from the South West, Victoria moved to Lincolnshire with the RAF, leaving in 2004 to raise a family and develop the family business. Joining the NHS in 2008 as a general manager for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Victoria managed various services for the organisation until 2017. Recently Victoria was appointed to lead a number of programmes on behalf of the Lincolnshire Sustainability & Transformation Partnership, a unique team which aims to improve health and social care services for the population of Lincolnshire across all provider organisations.

Victoria has experience of budget management, designing and implementing robust quality and financial governance systems and effectively interfacing with national regulatory bodies which has a symmetry with publically funded education provision. Outside of “the day job” she has a passion for teaching adult learners, predominantly leadership and management skills, and facilitating sessions for professional teams to develop and implement their own service improvements.

The two eldest of Victoria’s four children attend The Priory LSST and now that the children are older she says that joining the LGB is an exciting opportunity to directly support the development of the school for all current and future pupils and staff.

Mr P Stephenson

Paul is a senior fundraising professional with over twenty years’ experience within the NHS, Charity, and Higher Education sectors.  Most recently, employed as the Deputy Director of Advancement at De Montfort University in Leicester, Paul led a multidisciplinary team, managing strategic partnerships with businesses, trusts, and individuals.  Specialising in High Net Worth relationships, he has a track record of securing major gifts at five, six and seven figure levels. 

Paul has previously been the Deputy Chair of Governors at Ling Moor Primary Academy, which is now part of the Priory Federation of Academies, he is also a graduate of Business Studies and Marketing from Humberside University.

Paul is married to Pippa and has three children, the eldest one of whom is studying at LSST.  His family currently reside in North Hykeham, having moved to the area from London in 2006.   In his spare time Paul enjoys football and is a qualified fitness instructor.