Llantwit Major School

Llantwit Major School

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Carol Brown

I have been a school governor for the past 11 years, initially at Wick and Marcross

Primary School and now at Llantwit School. I am the secondary parent governor

representative on the Vale Council’s Learning Scrutiny Committee and also a member

of the Vale Schools Governors’ Association Management Committee. I am also a

member of the School’s PTA and Parent Forum.

I am a senior lecturer in initial teacher training for secondary maths and science at the

University of South Wales. My particular interests in education are numeracy and

raising the profile of STEM.


Gwyn John

I was born in Llantwit Major and am the seventh generation of my family in the Town.

I was educated at Cowbridge Grammar School and worked fort the Ministry of Defence

at St. Athan for 25 years before moving to a private engineering supplies company

based in Cowbridge for 23 years until my retirement in 2010. I first became a Llantwit

Major Town Councillor in 1974 and served for five years before leaving to work in

Leisure/Community Education for the South Glamorgan County Council on a part time

basis, returning to politics in 1997.

I have been a Vale of Glamorgan Councillor since 1999 and I have been a Cabinet

Member on the Council for Visible & Leisure Services during the periods 2006/2008

and 2012/17. Currently I serve on the Environment & Regeneration Scrutiny

Committee in addition to many other Council Committees.

I have spent a lifetime in football and was awarded the British Empire Medal for

Services to grassroots football in the New Years Honours in 2014. I am married to

Gloria who shares my passion for sport – Gloria supports Liverpool whilst I am a

season ticket holder at Swansea City.


Eddie Williams

I am a keen Learning and Development professional and a chartered member of the

CIPD with over 30 years L & D experience. I am currently working for the MOD at the

RAF Training School as a trainee manager. In this role I am lead for Trainer Staff

development, apprenticeship frameworks and centre co-ordinator for qualification.

As an elected member of the Vale of Glamorgan County Council I am a member of

the Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee. I have been an LEA appointed governor at

Llantwit Major School since 2013.


Alyson Jones

I have been a parent Governor for almost 5 years in total with this being my second

term. I had 2 children at the school but both have now left to continue in further/higher

education. I also work as an LSA in Llanfair School and Eagleswell where my main

focus is numeracy and literacy interventions so I have an insight into the ALN aspect

of learning. I am also an active helper on the PTA.

Outside of work I am a volunteer at Major Music. I like anything to do with music –

particularly live music and have helped organise the last three stage performances at

the Summer Fayres and Llantwit Illuminations. I am a keen walker, especially if there

is a good meal at the end of it.


Rebecca Satherley-Thomas

My family have lived in Llantwit Major since the 1970s, after being posted here with

the RAF. Both my daughters attended Llantwit Comprehensive and very much enjoyed being

part of school life.

I am currently a Governor at St. Illtyd Primary School and work for the Local Authority

as an Early Years and Childcare Quality and Monitoring Officer.

For the past fourteen years I have worked within the Vale of Glamorgan for the Diocese

of Llandaff, Action for Children, Families First and local authority agencies.

My lifelong companion is Rusty (my four legged friend) who now enjoys my undivided

attention since both my daughters left for University.


Sarah Hamilton

Originally from Cornwall but calling Wales home for 28 years, I am currently studying

for a Masters in counselling children and young people and renovating a cottage in

West Wales. Previously I was Head of residential life and pastoral care at UWC

Atlantic College supporting students from all over the world in their journey to attain

the IB. I have also worked in hospitality management and recruitment leadership prior

to training as a counsellor. I consider the wellbeing of young people as a major issue

in today’s society and my particular interests are working with them on resilience and

empathy, skills that are critical for them to reach their full potential.

I love to practice yoga and, with my husband and daughter, we like to walk our dog

Rubi on the many wonderful beaches in Wales!


Sharon Cox

I have lived in Llantwit Major all my life and was actually a pupil at Llantwit Major

School in the 1980s. I am a staff governor and have served on the board of Governors

for about 6 years, this being my second term. My job in school is Student Support

Manager, a role which I find very rewarding.

I have one son, who was a pupil at Llantwit Major Comprehensive but is now grown

up. I love walking, particularly in Pembrokeshire, with my husband and border collie called



Paula Richards

I have lived in Llantwit Major since 2004 where both my sons have attended schools

– Llanilltud Fawr Primary and Llantwit Major School. I was a school governor for many

years at Llanilltud Fawr Primary School and Ysgol Dewi Sant. Presently I am a

Community Governor at Llantwit Major School and I also take an active interest in the

Parent Forum which meets half termly. I work as a teacher in a comprehensive school

in Bridgend and I am passionate about the individual needs of pupils being met in an

inclusive and nurturing environment.


Stuart Pownall

I have been a parent governor at Llantwit School for three years and currently have

one son in year 12 and one son in year 10. I have been a geography teacher for 20

years and a head of department for the last ten of those. Alongside this role, I have

gained promotion to temporary acting assistant head teacher and have been

seconded to the senior leadership team a number of times to carry out whole school

strategic roles that have all involved improving student outcomes. I have become

adept at planning and executing large scale foreign educational excursions including

numerous visits to Italy, Iceland and California, leading in excess of 50 students of all

ages and abilities.

I am married to Leanne, deputy head teacher at Llantwit School and this allows us to

exchange experience and ideas about education that ultimately lead to changes in the

way our respective schools approach matters, and this often leads to school

improvement in some form.

Having served on my own school’s governing body simultaneously has enabled me to

share good practice in both environments and brig a level of expect knowledge and

understanding that is always to used to challenge Llantwit School to strive for everimproving

outcomes for all students.

I am a keen mountain walker and middle distance runner and take part in the Cardiff

half marathon most years. I also enjoy participating in ‘mud run’ events such as Men’s

Health, Cowbridge Burn and Tough Mudder.

I am looking forward to remaining part of the governing body whilst my sons continue

to grow in terms of their academic and sporting ability and also their social confidence

in Llantwit School.


Fiona Greville

Following a Food Science degree and PGCE at Cardiff University, my initial teaching

career started in inner London and I then moved back to Wales in 1985 initially as a

main scale teacher of Home Economics and Science in Llantwit Major School. In 1987

I became Head of Home Economics, 1994 Head of Careers/PSE, 2002 Head of Sixth

Form, 2005 Assistant Headteacher, 2012 Deputy Headteacher and in 2017 was

appointed Headteacher.

I am passionate about education and the impact it has on young peoples’ lives and

was delighted to be instrumental in delivering and project managing the new school

build which opened on 1st March 2017.

Outside education I enjoy travelling, cooking and needlecraft. I also enjoy spending

time with my family and friends.


Graham Price

After a history degree in Oxford I began my working life as a teacher, later moving into

teacher education, and then into adult education. On the way I acquired a further

degree in philosophy. The last 19 years before retirement were spent as General

Secretary of the Workers’ Educational Association for South and Mid Wales.

I have been a governor of Llantwit Major School since the early 1990s and after a

period as a local authority appointee, I was pleased to be invited back as a community

governor. I served as Chair of Governors for a time and since then have been Vice-

Chair. I was also for a time a governor of the then Eagleswell Primary School.

In retirement, as well as being a Governor, I have retained my interest in adult

education, and public policy generally, while my principal leisure activity is singing,

particularly with St Donats Chorale, of which I am currently Chair. With now three

small grandchildren, family life has an increasing role for Gwyneth and myself.


Rob James

Born and raised in Llandow village, I moved to Llantwit Major in 1995. I have 2 sons,

both of whom attend/attended Llantwit Major Comprehensive. For many years I

worked for my Dad’s Plumbing Company based at Llandow. Then 14 years ago I had

the opportunity to go into Further Education working as a Plumbing Lecturer at

Bridgend College. In that time I have also been the Staff representative on the Board

of Governors and I’m the Chair of UCU (University and College Union).


Mark Minchinton

Mark began his career in the insurance industry in 1997 before moving into local

government in 2005, he now works for Headway Cardiff and South East Wales. He

has significant experience in people and project management and he delivers training

in general management, employee relations and health and safety issues.

Mark is married with three children, two of whom attend Llantwit Comprehensive. He

is a Trustee of Autism Puzzles, a charity that supports families through the autism

diagnoses process, and beyond.


Mike Bell

I was born in Northumberland where the surname Bell is abundant. Following a

Mathematic degree at UCNW I adopted Wales as my home, where the surname Bell

is not so common place and subsequently started teaching in Llantwit Major over 25

years ago. I have had numerous roles and responsibilities within the school having

taught Maths, Computer Science and ICT of which I am currently leader of learning. I

have been a long serving teacher governor, support Newcastle United and have

recently become a grandparent!


Maria Martin

With a degree in Mathematics I started my career as a business consultant in

London creating mathematical based forecasts for clients ranging from major

financial institutions to charities. One of the most rewarding parts of my role was

training apprentices in maths and physics as they prepared for professional

examinations which prompted my move into teaching eleven years ago. I have had

the privilege to be Head of Mathematics at Llantwit Major School for the past six


With five children and a new puppy my time outside of school is spent juggling their

needs, although I can always find time for socialising with friends, organising

weekends (or longer) away and making the most of my gym membership (in the spa

and sauna of course!)


Alison Jones

Although originally born in Yorkshire, I moved to Wales in 1991 and Llantwit Major in

1999. I have one son in the school and was appointed as a Parent Governor in

October 2019. I have a degree in Sports Science from Loughborough University and

Post Graduate Diplomas from the University of Glamorgan in Human Resource

Management and Careers Guidance.

I am a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and

have over 20 years of experience of working in Human Resources (HR). I currently

work as a HR Business Partner at the University of South Wales (USW) and am

currently responsible for the HR service for the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and

Science. Previously at USW I have provided HR services to the Faculty for Business

Studies, Merthyr College, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the

Research and Business Development areas. My previous work at Cardiff Council

included working in the Housing Department and providing HR expertise to both Adult

and Children’s Services.

Outside of work I love spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy Pilates and

watching most types of sport but in particular rugby (my son’s team at LMRFC, regional

(Ospreys) and of course Wales!).

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