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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 Membership 2021-22 and Attendance 2020-21

Ms V Townshend ( 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.

Mrs S Ashcroft (Vice-Chair Designate)

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.

Mr G Johns 

Having served in the Royal Navy for over 34 years primarily in the Fleet Air Arm as a helicopter specialist, 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 February 2021.  He now works for INZPIRE, an award-winning Lincoln based company, in their Technical and Strategic Services operational business unit.

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 boys 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 (and Covid) permits. Attracted to the outdoors, skiing and walking is also a passion. 

Maintaining his naval connections by continuing to act as Vice Chair Navy on the East Midlands Reserves Forces and Cadets Association Management Board, Glynn is also a volunteer at the Lincoln Community Grocery Shop.  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.


Mr I Dodd

After completing 17 years in the Royal Air Force Ian is now employed by TUI as an airline pilot.  He left the University of Warwick in 2002 with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics and later obtained an MSc in Aerosystems during his time in the RAF.  He lives with his wife and two children, one of whom attends LSST and the other a local primary school.

Recently Ian volunteered to help lead the Academy’s student return to school Covid testing team.  This provided him with a privileged insight into the school environment and the unique relationships which underpin the leadership and values steadfastly upheld by staff and students alike.  Following the successful completion of the testing programme Ian was keen to explore further opportunities to assist the Academy.

Away from his job Ian is a supervisor for the school’s Duke of Edinburgh programme, delivers online mathematics tutoring and referees for his son’s Sunday league football team.  In his spare time he can often be seen heading for the hills as he is a keen mountaineer.

Mr A Wood

Andrew is the head of hardware for a high-tech safety wearables business in his home city of Lincoln. His formative years were spent elsewhere in a similar role with both businesses serving the aerospace, military, telecommunications 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 10 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 and the outdoors.

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.

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.