Mr Tim Harris

Committee: All Committees

I am the Headteacher at Colyton Grammar School and I am committed to ensuring that every student receives an inspirational education. I have been a teacher for 27 years. Prior to taking up the post at Colyton I was Deputy Headteacher at Reading Grammar School, in charge of the Sixth Form, Admissions and quality assurance.

I grew up in South Wales and attended a local comprehensive school before going on to read Ancient History at university. Growing up in Wales I have a passion for sport and rugby in particular and I recognise the value of a fully rounded education. At Colyton Grammar School my vision is that the school becomes truly world class - that students value the acquisition of knowledge and the quest for excellence through intellectual curiosity, creativity and growth. Moreover, that there is a focus on doing the right thing, respect for oneself, others and the environment, thereby enabling informed decisions and the quest for truth and freedom.

Mr Barry Sindall
Chair of Trustees

Committees: Education; Resources

I have lived in the Colyton area since 1976 and in January 2017 I was appointed under Article 50 as a trustee of Colyton Grammar School.

My professional involvement in education embraces 50 years, including 18 years as a grammar school headteacher. From 2007-2016 I was the Chief Executive of the Grammar School Heads Association. In that period I served on a range of ministerial working parties and I was also a member of the National Advisory Committee on School Admissions. I have also represented grammar schools on a wide range of national educational bodies.

Other experience includes working as the regional co-ordinator of the National Gaining Ground programme. I am currently a consultant to the Leading Edge Programme which is a national network for promoting high quality teaching and learning. I am the School Improvement Partner for a number of grammar schools and for five years I was a governor of a local primary.

Mrs Linda Linnell
Vice Chair of Trustees

Committees: Education; Resources

I became a Trustee after Colyton became an academy, and having been an elected parent governor some years before I was pleased to be able to re-join the school community. I have a professional background in business management particularly in HR, training and development in a variety of successful public and private organisations.

Lt Col TJ Dyer MBE
Vice Chair of Resources

Committees: Education; Resources

A parent trustee since 2014, I am the Link Trustee for Information Technology and Computing. My elder children attended the school and I currently have a daughter in Year 11. I have been a governor at two previous schools and have professional qualifications in leadership, HR, finance and project management within 37 years of Army and Defence Staff experience. Given my local Colyton and Seaton contacts and interests in the environment and agriculture I seek to promote CGS’s place in the community. As a trustee, I am particularly interested in communication between students, parents and the school. I have an MSc in the Design of Information Systems; I hope my cyber and forensic computing qualifications will not be too relevant to the school, but I do have concerns on how the digital age impacts our children and their education.

Miss Misty Nickells
Chair of Resources

Committee: Resources

I was appointed a Trustee of Colyton Grammar School in July 2016, under Article 50. I am a chartered accountant and have a particular specialism in academy schools. In my professional life, I have worked with a large variety of academy trusts, helping them manage their finances. My key role at Colyton Grammar School is as the Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. The academy sector as a whole is facing significant funding challenges and my main focus within the board is to help ensure the school’s financial stability, to ensure it can continue to provide a outstanding and broad educational experience for its students. I have a son who is currently a pupil at the school.

Mr Martin Goscomb

Committee: Resources

I have been an appointed Trustee since September 2015, currently serving on the Staffing and Finance & Resources Committees. My professional background includes more than 30 years in local government and police administration at a senior leadership level including as Financial Services Manager for Dorset Police and as the Chief Executive and Monitoring Officer of Dorset Police Authority.

I appreciate the importance of sound governance in public service and can see close parallels between the work of a Police Authority within policing and the work of Governors within schooling and education. Ultimately, school governors are helping to ensure the best possible education for our children and I am pleased to have the opportunity now to give some time and my substantial experience to this important voluntary role.

Mr Andrew Gould

Committee: Resources

I attended Colyton Grammar School from 1976 to 1983 and was appointed a Trustee in 2017. After undergraduate studies in the UK and US I worked alternately in journalism and PR in London and Hong Kong, before returning to Devon in the early 1990s. Since then I have worked as a freelance communications professional specialising in health and science, working for trusts, universities and other research institutions around the UK. I am also a Patron of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, a graduate of Common Purpose and an elected Fellow of the Royal Society for the advancement of Arts, Science and Technology. At Colyton I am the Link Trustee for Science, with an enthusiasm for the School and the desire to ‘give back’ to the organisation which gave me such a good foundation for academic and professional life.

Mr Gordon Davis

Committee: Resources

I was first elected as a Staff Trustee in 2001 and I have been teaching at Colyton since 1997. I am the Head of Maths and a Leader of Teacher and Learning and as such feel I have a lot to offer with regards to development of the curriculum within the school.

As well as being a teacher at the school for the past 20 years I was also a student at the school from 1976 to 1983. In between my student and teaching days I gained a degree Electrical/Electronic Engineer and spent a number of years working for both large and small companies. I have seen a lot of changes during the time I have been involved with Colyton and I am keen to see it continue to be an environment in which students can succeed.

Revd Prebendary Hilary Dawson
Chair of Education; Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation

Committee: Education

I was appointed as Rector of the Holyford Mission Community in 2011, a group of churches which includes St Andrew’s Colyton and St Michael’s Colyford, and have been a trustee of Colyton Grammar School since 2012, appointed under Article 50. I am link governor for safeguarding and serve on the Education committee. Prior to ordination in 2008, I was a teacher for nearly twenty years and also served as a school chaplain. I have significant experience of school governance, and currently also serve on the governing body of a federation of local primary schools.

I am delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with the grammar school in this way and to help to foster and build links with the local community.


Mr Ian Griffin
Vice Chair of Education

Committee: Education

My wife and I moved from London to East Devon in 2016 and I was delighted to become a Trustee of the school last year. Most of my life has been spent building businesses in the Media and Technology sectors.

I have two adult children and am soon to be a grandfather. I believe that the key role of a school is to encourage pupils and teachers to fulfil their potential and to enjoy doing so.

I have been very impressed with the quality of governance, leadership and ambition in all aspects of the school and I look forward to assisting in any way I can to ensure that CGS remains at the forefront of the provision of superb education for pupils from all walks of life.

Mr Ben Merrett

Committee: Education

I am a re-elected parent trustee and have been on the Board for 6 years. I have been a member of a number of the committees and am the link trustee for Science. I am also the data monitoring trustee which involves understanding our performance in the context of all UK schools. Three of my six children have benefitted from Colyton and I am a strong advocate of selective grammar school education.

I have taken an active role in developing our governance and am the CEO of a Medical Research Charity as well as the Chairman of the Charity Retail Association. When I am not being a taxi driver for my children I enjoy kite surfing in Lyme Regis bay.

Mrs Vicki Wells

Committee: Education

My background is in law and the City and I am serving my third term as a Parent Trustee. My eight children - four girls and four boys - have all attended Colyton, the eldest starting in Y7 in 2001 with the youngest currently in Y11. I was until recently Chair of the Staffing Committee and also sit on the Education Committee. I have over the years been linked to Science, Maths, Creative Arts, SEN and the Humanities.

My eldest seven children have all left Colyton to go on to university at either Oxford or Durham studying Law, History, Medicine and Biological Sciences; five have now graduated. One is a human rights lawyer, another is doing an ESRC funded PhD, the third is a pupil barrister having just completed a year as a Judicial Assistant at the Court of Appeal, the fourth is about to start work as a junior doctor and the fifth has a training contract with a Magic Circle firm in the City. Encouraged by the school to seize every opportunity, they have all been active in various fields at university - legal, political, sport, journalism, drama - and since matriculating have travelled well beyond East Devon to see (between them) most of the rest of the world.

I have lived in one of the nearby coastal villages for forty years between spells away at university, in London, Kentucky, the Mojave Desert and Germany and have been very glad to serve as Trustee, particularly over the recent challenging years in education. I continue to strongly support the delivery of excellent education through the grammar system on the basis of it being genuinely accessible to all.

Mrs Sue Burns-Price

Committee: Education

I am a Staff Trustee and have been a member of the Governing Body since 2003.

I was born, brought up and educated in Devon. During the 1980s I worked as a Training Officer for the Youth Training Scheme in East Devon - writing training programmes, visiting trainees in their workplaces and enrolling them on day release courses at local FE colleges.

After time off following the birth of my second son, I joined CGS in 1993 in the Resources Department, with part-time responsibility for the library. The library side of my work increased and developed over the years, eventually resulting in my affiliation to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). My job now also includes press liaison and the upkeep of information on the school website.

Both my sons attended Colyton Grammar School and I decided to stand as a Staff Governor as a way of giving something back to the school. It is a role that has enhanced my time as an employee of the school, giving me an insight into, and a say on how the school is managed and run.

I live in Honiton and enjoy regular cycling trips, including an annual foray to France, with a group of family and friends – many of whom have connections to the school as former parents or students.

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