Mr Dave Spencer - Chair of Governors
Mr Og Owen - Vice Chair
Mrs Carla Good - Parent Governor
Miss Charlotte Abraham - Staff Governor
Mr Nick Rynn
Mr Spencer Harling
Mr Stuart Fox
Mr Robin Bakewell - Parent Governor
Mrs Hilary Thomas
Mrs Kathy Weston - Headteacher
Mrs Fran Lennon - Clerk
Dave Spencer (Chair)
I have worked in the health, fitness and leisure industry for 30 years working for some of the largest operators in the industry which included working 11 years in London with 4 years working at the Harbour Club in Chelsea which is one of the most prolific clubs in the UK. I currently work for Freedom Leisure a leading charitable trust provider overseeing leisure centres and active community teams covering the Forest of Dean and Malvern Hills. As some of my sites are dual use, I work closely with our site partners with these being local secondary schools within the area I manage.
I am sports mad with football being my main sport and played for local teams over the years but now enjoy the more relaxed veterans’ football.
My reason for wanting to become a governor was so I could play a part in my daughter’s education and I am pleased to say that since she started at Trinity she has grown in confidence and has really taken to her educational journey.
Og Owen (Vice Chair)
In my previous post I was Head of a large Humanities faculty in a local secondary school. I had responsibility for History, Geography and RE. The main aim of the post was to respond to a growing number of national initiatives at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The faculty invested heavily in curriculum development and was in the forefront of teaching and learning in the school. I became a staff governor and served on various governing sub committees. Towards the end of my career I became an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) with the Authority and worked with a number of primary and secondary schools, bon developing Humanities and on educational issues in general. On retiring in 2010 I became involved in Teacher Training though the local consortium and set up a training programme for trainees as well as doing lesson observations across the West Midlands. I was also involved at the same time in working with English Heritage to make their historical sites more accessible to school visits. I have been a governor at Trinity since January 2016.
Carla Good (Parent)
I have been a Childminder for the last ten years and love working with children. I continue this outside of work by being involved in the running of a local Scout Group and managing an Orchestra in Malvern. I wanted to become a Governor for the school to be able to use the knowledge that I have gained over the years I have spent in childcare to help support the continuing development and safety of the children within the school. Since becoming a Parent Governor, I have now become the Link Governor for the Early Years and have more recently become the Safeguarding Governor for the school.
Nicholas Rynn (co-opted)
I spent 37 years in the Army as an Infantry Officer leaving as a Lieutenant Colonel. In my last decade of service I specialised in Human Resources. At one stage I was responsible for the career planning of 13,500 soldiers. I then ran the Army's Internal Complaints System. Whilst living in Glasgow I spent 6 years working as a volunteer with the Scottish Children's Hearings - under Scottish law the responsibility for putting children into, and taking them out of, Social Services care lies primarily with a Panel of lay people. I was a member, or in later years the Chair, of such Panels. This gave me an intimate, and detailed, understanding of the massive challenges faced by Children who need of the sort of help and care that only Social Services can provide. I am a trained Harassment Investigator and am a Civil Service qualified job interviewer. I have written, and run, large budgets and management plans and run organisations with up to 500 employees.
On leaving the Army I set up my own firm, Nicholas Rynn Limited. I research and write Expert Witness Employment Reports for the Civil Courts. I specialise in personal injury claims made by soldiers and airmen who have been medically discharged from the Armed Forces.
I arrived in Hereford just short of 3 years ago - my daughter is a local GP and I help look after my two school age granddaughters (who are not at Trinity). I am a firm believer that each of us has a responsibility to try and make our community a better place. That is why I have become a School Governor.
Stuart Fox: (co-opted)
I am a public relations consultant and for 25 years was a director of one of the UK's leading independent PR and communications agencies. Originally from Wolverhampton, I moved with my family to Herefordshire from London 15 years ago. I firmly believe that all children should have the best start in life and that school should enable them to achieve and believe in a safe, stable and caring environment. I Chair the Resources Committee and have a particular interest in English and am therefore the Link Governor for this subject area.
Spencer Harling: (Parent)
I moved to Herefordshire from Bedfordshire over 24 years ago and have established myself well and truly in Hereford. I have over 25 years of managerial experience in retail and the finance industry, with my current role for the last 10 years as a bank manager in a leading high street bank. I felt it was important to be able to support the local community in a way that would be beneficial to the future of Hereford. Being a family man, I wanted to link in closely with the local school that my daughter attends, so offering my time and commitment to Trinity was an easy decision to make. The transferable skills that I have will make a difference and help the school flourish over the coming future alongside the dedicated teachers and governors. So as a bank manager, I opted to be a parent governor supporting the finances of the school links closely together.
Robin Bakewell (Parent)
I am one of the Parent Governors and have two children who both attend Trinity School.
As a physiotherapist, I have a keen interest in movement, exercise and health promotion and how this can benefit children from a young age.
My profession links well to my role as part of the well-being committee for the school. I feel privileged to be part of the school’s governing body and hope to have the opportunity to make a difference, not only for our children now, but for children in years to come.
Miss Charlotte Abraham (Staff)
I am a Year 3 teacher and have been at Trinity for just over a year and a half. I came to Trinity fresh out of University where I graduated with a 1st class degree from Manchester Metropolitan University. I have lived in Hereford for the majority of my life and knew from an early age that teaching is what I wanted to do. Since becoming a qualified teacher I have been intrigued by the inner workings of a school so when the opportunity arose to represent the staff on the governing body I was keen to get involved. I am looking forward to bringing forward the voice of my colleagues and making a further contribution to the children of Trinity Primary School’s education.
Mrs Hilary Thomas (LA)