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Llantwit Major School Ysgol Llanilltud Fawr

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Governor Profiles

 Jo Johnson
Chair of Governors

Llantwit Major born and bred, I’m very committed to our school and local community. I attended the school myself, have three children there already and one soon to join them, so definitely feel a strong personal attachment.  I have lots of private and public sector experience, most recently Employee Experience Lead for HMRC. I’ve led large operational commands, worked in strategic finance and am a project management professional but I’m most passionate about improving and maintaining organisational engagement. This allows me to reach out to local communities to support volunteering activity with schools and colleges, helping prepare students for working life.  As an Associate CIPD Member, I have the benefit of a strong HR background with experience in mediation, attendance and performance management for example.  In my free time, our family are big Cardiff Devils fans. I’m a coach and committee member of Llantwit Major Junior Football club, I enjoy running and walking in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, having taken part in the Cardiff Half Marathon over the last few years. I’m an active member at the local gym but if I’m not doing any of that, I enjoy reading or going to the theatre with my husband (and the odd bar of chocolate.)

 William Moulder
Vice Chair of Governors 

I am a parent governor with two children in the school and a third who will be joining in 2024. I grew up in the West Midlands and studied Business Administration at the University of Bath before moving to London to train as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. I subsequently held a series of roles with the insurer Prudential plc in London over 12 years, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer of their African business. The latter gave my family and I the opportunity to live in Zambia for a couple of years before we moved back to the UK, eventually to settle in Llantwit Major. Although I am not a local, I have a strong connection to the area through my wife Sian who grew up in Rhiwbina and is the daughter of a Freeman of Llantrisant. After we were married, I also became a Freeman “through the petticoat”. In my free time I can often be found running the Heritage Coast path with our two English pointers

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.

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.

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 Fleur.

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.

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 years.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!).

Annabel Ingram

Having studied a Sports degree and PGCE in Cardiff I taught PE in Wales for a year before moving to York to teach 11-18yr old Girls at a private boarding School.Marrying an Army Air Corps soldier meant that after the 6 years in York we were on the move around the UK. I moved away from teaching as I found it hard to do with regular Army postings and I went to work for the Army Families Federation (AFF) supporting serving personnel and their families across the UK and overseas.When posted to Northern Ireland I was fortunate to change my role with the AFF and became their Devolved Lead working across NI, Scotland and Wales. I worked with Governments to make sure their devolved policies included the mobile Army community and highlighted disadvantage when it arose.Whilst in NI was a Primary School Governor for 1year.We have now left the military life and have settled in Llantwit Major. This means that my 2 boys are continuing their education journey in Llantwit Major School with no more moves on the horizon.This summer after 12 years with AFF I have moved to join Sport Wales as their Partnership Development Lead which has allowed me to get back to my first passion which is Sport.

 Mark Narusberg

Born and bred in Wales - growing up in Llantrisant and Tredegar - I moved to the Vale in 2005, originally to Eglwys Brewis and then to Llanmaes in 2017. I have been working in the Welsh Higher Education sector since 1995 and have worked at almost every university in South Wales. My work has always been focussed on quality assurance issues in education and ensuring students receive the best education experience - which is something I am hoping I can bring to Llantwit Major School as a Governor. Since 2008 my career focus has been in developing academic partnerships and as part of this work there is also a focus on delivering a high quality education experience and being accountable for this delivery.Having laid down roots in Llantwit Major, I see myself as being here for the long-haul and am therefore keen to ensure the local schools offer our young learners the best possible start in life - least of all as I have a young daughter who will soon be entering primary school in Llantwit.As well as being part of the team of Governors for Llantwit Major School, I am also a School Governor at Ysgol Dewi Sant in Llantwit Major and I am a Councillor with the Llanmaes Community Council.In my free time - huh, like there's plenty of that!!!!... I enjoy being outdoors, sight-seeing, music and history.

Kate Tinsley

 This will be my second term as a local authority governor, having completed a four-year term at Llangan Primary School. I gained a solid understanding of school governance during my time there and also experienced inspection (the school entered and emerged from Estyn review) and headteacher appointment (under my responsibility as the chair of governors). I am a data analyst for RM Education and have worked with education data for 17 years. My children attend Cowbridge Comprehensive School.     

Ben Faire 

I am a single parent with a son in year 7. We live in Rhoose.I hold a BSc Hons degree in Information Systems & Business Management.I am currently an Assistive Software Specialist in the IT department of Cardiff University.I enjoy sailing, coastal walks, PC building and gaming.Being a school governor is a new experience for me.  I believe all children should have the opportunity to be the best they can be.  I look forward to supporting the children, the staff, the parents and my fellow governors during my term.My own education was blighted by undiagnosed dyslexia which has made me a strong advocate of IT software programmes that assist learning for any disability.