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:
Mr G Johns (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.
Ms V Townshend (Vice Chair)
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 foremost, the Boarding House and The Priory Academy LSST in general.