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LGB 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 2020-21 and attendance 2019-20

Mr G Johns (Chair)

Having served in the Royal Navy for over 34 years, 6 of which were based at RAF Waddington as the Naval Liaison Officer in the Air Warfare Centre, Glynn formally retired from the military in December 2020.  Although aiming to pursue another part-time career, the ‘what’ has still to be decided.

Despite the nomadic military lifestyle, Glynn’s permanent home is now Bracebridge Heath, where his two children (sons) undertook the whole of their secondary education at LSST.  Beyond spending many an hour supporting his children at local youth groups 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 and walking is also a 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 his own admission that he would have become a biology teacher had he not joined the Royal Navy.

Ms V Townshend (Vice Chair)

Victoria is a senior manager within the NHS with nearly 20 years’ experience in operational and strategic leadership; including commercial enterprise, hospital services and leading change programmes across the health & care system in Lincolnshire.

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. In 2017 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.

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.

Victoria’s four children currently attend The Priory LSST, joining the LGB provided an exciting opportunity to directly support the development of the school for all current and future pupils and staff.

Dr D Knowles
David was born in Nairobi, Kenya. 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 35+ years, and joined the first governing body of The Priory LSST in 1992. He has been a governor in an unbroken run of 28 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 Safety Management.

David has his own business, Safestate Consulting Ltd., with clients mainly in the rural sector; he is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. In his leisure time he enjoys salmon fishing, food and drink.

Mrs S Ashcroft

Sue is a veterinary surgeon who owned a local Veterinary Hospital for over twenty years. During that time, the practice was an approved training centre for veterinary nurses and offered placements for veterinary students, veterinary nursing degree students and work experience as well as apprenticeships to kennel and grooming assistants.

Prior to becoming a member of the LSST local governing board, Sue was a parent governor at a local primary school for four years.

She has two daughters who were both educated at LSST. Her eldest now works for The Department of Health and Social Care and her younger daughter is studying pharmacy at Newcastle University.  Sue would like to credit the school for giving her daughters academic success, good friends and the confidence to meet life’s challenges. 

Sue is a very proud to be able to serve on the LGB and to contribute to the ongoing success of The Priory Academy LSST and all its staff and students.

Mrs P Wood

Paula is currently working as a Manager at the Incident Command Centre for Lincolnshire Community Health Service, as part of the response to Covid-19 and other service pressure issues.

Paula was born and educated in Northumberland and moved 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 the Assistant Director for Community Safety.

Paula concluded her policing career as a Chief Superintendent and 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 returned to work in November 2020 to undertake a role to support the local response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Paula is married and has two daughters aged 18 and 20, both former pupils of LSST who are currently studying at University in Leeds and Newcastle. In her spare-time, she enjoys teaching swimming and is a member of the Lincoln Concert and the Bomber Command Centre Orchestra.

Paula has been a Governor since September 2017. 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 P Stephenson

Paul is a senior fundraising professional with over twenty five years’ experience within the NHS, Charity, and Higher Education sectors.  Most recently, employed as the Head of Development at Anglia Ruskin University, 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 two are 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.

Mr A Wood

Andrew is a senior design and production engineer and departmental manager within a high-tech electronics engineering business in his home city of Lincoln. His formative years were spent elsewhere in a similar role with both businesses serving the aerospace, military and power generation sectors.

With a single-minded pursuit of the inspiration of young people to fulfil their potential, becoming a Governor at his former school and that which his daughter is now a Year 7 pupil is a natural progression toward that end. Andrew strives to make a positive impact in return to the community, society and institutions from which he has received a great deal from.

He is a registered STEM ambassador, engaging in a variety of activities with young people to encourage exposure to the STEM subjects while seeking to improve ties between education and industry with the welcome support of his employer. Andrew makes the most of his leisure time with his loving and supportive family and an active interest in philosophy.

Andrew hopes his experience within industry and the broad exposure to a variety of functions in high-growth and innovative small businesses, along with that experience of being both a pupil and parent at the school will go some way to contributing to the continued success of the students.