About the Governors

Here is a little background information about each of our governors.

CHAIR: MICHAEL LLOYD

I am a Local Authority Governor and have been a member of the Governing Body since January 2011. I was elected Chair in February 2012 and serve on both the Curriculum and Staffing and the Finance and Resources Committees. I have served on other Governing Bodies in both S Gloucestershire and Bristol and was previously a Chair for 6 years.

I have been in education all my working life, having gone from college to teaching in schools. After a lengthy period in a variety of schools I worked in the former County of Avon within the advisory support service as Senior Assessment Coordinator. On the demise of Avon I established my own education consultancy. I am currently semi-retired. I am particularly interested in curriculum matters, assessment for learning and staff performance and development.

I joined the Governing Body as I felt that my knowledge and expertise could be of benefit to the whole school community.

STELLA SUTERA

I am an ex-pupil of Coniston together with my three sisters, and my own five children also attended school here so Coniston has played a big role in my family’s past.  I am a busy working mum.  I have been a manager at McDonald’s in Patchway for the last 30 years and this is where a lot of the Coniston people know me from. 

I am a real people person – I love to get involved and help others where I can.   I feel very privileged to be a governor at Coniston and look forward to being actively involved in school life.

ROB CLARKE

I have been a Governor at Coniston since September 11, and Chair the Finance and Premises Committee. I was a Founding Governor at Bradley Stoke Community School and served there for six years.

I work as a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, specialising in personal financial advice. My job prepares people for the future and to protect their family. This is similar to Coniston Primary School, which has professional and dedicated teachers who support their pupils and their families to look to a brighter future.

I ride a motorbike and support Sheffield United & Arsenal

CATH STABB

I am a Staff Governor on both the Finance & Premises and Staffing & Curriculum Committees since becoming a member of the Governing Body in 2010.

I have worked in education since 2002 employed in various roles within primary and secondary schools whilst working on extended schools projects.

My interest and enthusiasm for education have given me the opportunity to use my skills to support our school and pupils.

Being a Governor gives the Governing Body and I the opportunity to demonstrate accountability for the decisions and actions that we take which always put the interests of our pupils and the community as the first priority.

ELISA VINDEL

I joined Coniston Primary School in 2012 and currently work as the Learning Mentor, working with children across the school as well as with families and the wider community.

Although I was born in England, I spent a lot of my childhood in Spain and Australia and came back to England to study Psychology.  I am a busy mum of three children that attend local Primary, Secondary and Post16  schools, our calendar can be very busy!

I have a very strong sense of commitment to inclusion and equal opportunities, therefore I am delighted to be a Governor, serving on the Curriculum and Staffing Committee, as I strongly believe that Coniston Primary has much to offer it’s pupils, families, staff and community.

AMY STOCKWELL

I joined the board as a Parent Governor in October 2013 as my two sons currently attend Coniston Primary. Ever since my eldest child joined in 2011, I have felt passionately about the school and am really keen to see it succeed. I feel that the involvement of parents is key to the success of both individual students and the school as a whole. I hope to bring that essential parent’s perspective to the governing body.

I am now a full-time mother, but as a former bookseller I am passionate about improving literacy among young people; something which I feel is important to begin at a young age. I grew up in Patchway and, aside from a short period in the neighbouring Bradley Stoke, I have lived here for almost 30 years. I care a great deal about the community and feel it has a lot to offer young people.

DEBORAH NEWMAN

I have been Clerk to the Governing Body at Coniston Primary School since September 2012.

My background has been in senior Personal Assistant/Office Manager positions in both the Healthcare, Retail and Manufacturing Industries.

I have served as a Local Parish Councillor and am secretary to two pedigree cat clubs. I am also Clerk to the Governing Body at St Stephen’s Infant School.

SARAH TRUSSELL

I have worked at St Chad’s Pre School for the past 17 years, and have been the manager since 2008. Prior to working at the pre school I was a registered childminder. Working in the pre school has given me a very good understanding of the needs of our youngest children and how best to support them during this time of rapid physical and mental development. I have also worked as a volunteer with primary school children during the time my own children were at primary school. I love sewing, reading and walking my dog when I have the time!!! I have a grandson who is in his first year of primary school and it is interesting to see through him how different this experience is now to when my own children were that age. Becoming a governor seems like the natural progression for me at this time.